New hymn book puts strain on Christian shoulders

Pensioners are up in arms over a new church hymn book which they claim is too heavy to hold.

The latest Church of Scotland hymnary has caused such a stir that even some ministers have questioned the decision to make it a more weighty tome.

The new book, called CH4, contains 130 more items – songs, psalms and canticles – than the previous version.

But the church’s senior citizens are complaining that it is just too much of a strain to hold for an hour-long Sunday morning service. The issue has even dominated the letters page of the latest issue of the Church of Scotland magazine, Life and Work.

The Scotsman has the full story.