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.



  1. I’m an old goth (as opposed to a Visigoth and/or Ostrogoth), and I would LOVE to sing Bauhaus songs during Mass. 😉

  2. Bauhaus lived up the road from me back in the 70s. I saw them once at the Nags Head in Wollaston. The deejay for the night was John Peel. There was no such thing as Goth at the time, of course and the punks thought Bauhaus were just a Bowie rip off band. The turning point for the band, as far as being cool was concerned, was when they got Bela Lugosi’s Dead onto the Cat People soundtrack. One of my favourite films by the way.

  3. Was it the Free Church (wouldn’t they say “Kirk”?) of Scotland that were the seemingly-in-rigor-mortis buzzkills seen in the film Breaking the Waves? [Awesome flick, BTW.]