Church Moderator to spend time with CrossReach this week

This week Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, will spend time with CrossReach through online meetings where he will meet staff and service users and learn about the vital work they do across the care sector.

Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair
Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair.

The annual event has been carefully planned this year to ensure it is done safely and many of those who would normally be involved will join in remotely.

Dr Fair said: "It's been said that nobody will care about what you know unless they know that you care.

"And that seems about right to me. The New Testament puts it this way: 'Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?'

"CrossReach does something about it. Through its many services, it demonstrates the care and compassion of Christ.

"This week I'm going to be seeing some of that work for myself - in person or remotely. I fully expect I'm going to be inspired and encouraged all over again by seeing faith in action. Bring it on."

Today, Monday 2 November, Dr Fair visited Charis House, which is the main office for the central services of CrossReach.

On Tuesday Dr Fair will speak online to staff and service users at Morven Day Services in Kilmarnock, which offers support to people that have mental health problems on their journey to recovery.

Later in the week he will find out more about the Heart For Art programme that offers creative arts groups for people with dementia which are located throughout Scotland.