From THE SCOTSMAN:
To many, the image of the Free Church of Scotland is of stern, colourless men and women seemingly intent on being unhappy. But the Church's leader yesterday called on members to do more to make the faith more appealing, making it a home for everyone.
The Rev David Meredith, the moderator of the Free Church General Assembly, warned that members are regarded as a "quaint relic from a bygone age". He said more excitement and edginess should be demonstrated in the Church, in a major break from tradition.
He said it would be great to hear "as much Polish and Mandarin spoken in the foyers of our churches as Gaelic". He added: "The achievement of this inclusive ethos is tied up with our preaching. The principle is that we get into our churches the very types of people that our preaching is aimed at. In Scotland in 2010 this means that we aim our teaching at everyone.
"A good start would be the Goth and the granny."
Earlier this month it was revealed that a growing group of members is pushing to lift a century-long ban on hymn-singing and the playing of musical instruments in the Free Church. A committee is currently examining the way the Church worships and if change is needed.