Church members build a Bridge of Kindness

Church members have carried out 320 acts of kindness to mark the official opening of the Queensferry Crossing.

The structure inspired the congregation at Queensferry Parish Church to reach out to people in the local community.

Over the last year, people of all ages have engaged in a wide range of activities to assist people such as DIY, litter picking and gardening.

Bridge of Kindness
Queensferry Parish Church members have carried out 320 acts of kindness to mark the opening of the new road bridge over the Firth of Forth.

They have kept a record of what they have done on post-it notes attached to an impressive drawing of the new £1.35billion bridge, which is the tallest in the UK.

Derek Hobson, a member of the church community team, said: “Over the last year we have been encouraging our members to share acts of kindness with other folk in the ‘Ferry’.

“This was initiated in recognition of the constant need for the church to be building bridges with the surrounding community.

“Using an official drawing of the Queensferry Crossing as a template, the church was able to make its own 9ft drawing of what we call the Bridge of Kindness.

“After each act of kindness has been shared, members are invited to colour in one of the segments of the road deck, the towers or one of the viaduct supports which equates to 320 pieces.”

Kindness

Mr Hobson said children within the congregation have been particularly enthusiastic about the project, which was finally completed on Sunday.

He added that members personally identified with the 1.7-mile bridge, which took six years to build and has 682ft high towers, because it is “right on our doorstep”.

Mr Hobson said: “Many have gone out of their way to be kind in the home and among their friends and seeking to include those who have no friends.

“Older members of the congregation have also played their part in giving lifts, cooking, baking, gardening for those in need, to name but a few.”

Bridge
The congregation feels passionately about reaching out to the local community.

Minister Rev David Cameron said the new bridge was an impressive feat of engineering and the design complemented the existing road and rail bridges.

“We have a striking cross on the wall of the sanctuary of the church which sums up our faith really well,” he added.

“It points upward and reminds us of the importance of our relationship with God.

“But it also points outwards and speaks to the importance of living out our faith and showing love and kindness to our communities.”

Thrilled

Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, is blessing the bridge next Monday.

He said he was "thrilled" to be accompanying Her Majesty the Queen who is officially opening the structure, which spans the Firth of Forth and connects Fife to Lothian.

The event will include a welcome address by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a specially commissioned poem read by Scotland’s Makar, Jackie Kay, and live performances showcasing a cross-section of Scotland’s rich musical talent.