Moderator highlights invaluable work of CrossReach as he visits social care projects across Scotland

Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr has praised the Church's social care council CrossReach, calling its work an 'invaluable" illustration of "love when it gets its sleeves rolled up and its hands dirty."

Children and Family services
CrossReach offers a range of children and family services as well as support for people dealing with addictions, dementia, homelessness and other circumstances.

The Moderator helped launch CrossReach week 2016 and its theme 'Love in Action' with a special service at Letham St Mark's Church in Perth on Sunday 9 October.

CrossReach projects support people who are experiencing homelessness, learning disabilities, mental health issues, addictions, childhood trauma, dementia, and many other circumstances. Find out more about CrossReach on its website.

CrossReach week comes as the council begins its search for a new chief executive officer, to lead the church's social care mission and serve as council secretary after Peter Bailey, who is retiring. See the vacancy description for CrossReach CEO (pdf. file)

During CrossReach week,the Moderator will travel to: Perth, Garelochead, Glasgow, Falkirk and Shetland, where he will meet staff and volunteers and see the valuable work Crossreach is leading in projects across the country.

Dr Barr said the week will give him an opportunity to recognise the contributions of the council's 2000-plus staff and volunteers and to thank them on behalf of the wider church. He said:

"The social care mission of our church is invaluable. The Gospel tells us not to walk past on the other side of human need and CrossReach shows us what it looks like.

"The value that it brings to the Church and the immense difference that it makes to the life of so many people in Scotland is just great and as Moderator it is my privilege to travel the length and breadth of Scotland, to visit CrossReach projects and tell people to share the good news of what CrossReach does.

“It is never enough to know what a particular [Bible] passage or parable or doctrine commits us to believing, it is also vital to know how it commits us to living. If the Bible teaches us God is love, then CrossReach reveals love in action, love when it gets its sleeves rolled up and its hands dirty.

Best of all CrossReach shows us what it looks like to live God’s more excellent way.”

Among the projects Dr Barr will visit are:

  • Tayside support services, which helps people dealing with addictions
  • Oasis, Garelochead which helps older people to continue living independently
  • Finniescroft Farm, Lennoxtown, a loving home for children in care
  • Polmont Family Bus, which helps prisoners and their families stay connected
  • The Walter and Joan Gray eventide residence and day-care service
  • Kirkhaven, Dalmarnock, which helps homeless adults into long-term housing
  • Threshold Edinburgh, a user-led service for people with learning disabilties

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