CROSSREACH Baton comes to Lewis

Donna MacLennan and Calum MacKay from CROSSREACH's 'Dochas' project with the Baton
Donna MacLennan and Calum MacKay from CROSSREACH's 'Dochas' project with the Baton

To showcase the vital work of CROSSREACH, the CROSSREACH Baton is being relayed throughout Scotland – and it arrived in Lewis last weekend.

CROSSREACH was launched in June 2005 and was previously known as the Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility.

Under its new name, CROSSREACH continues the Church of Scotland’s long tradition of providing care and support to the vulnerable, a public service which the Church first provided in 1869.

And the Baton visited CROSSREACH’s ‘Dochas’ and ‘Lewis Street Project’ in Stornoway during its Lewis stint, together with a number of Churches.

Carved from a single piece of oak, the Baton’s journey began when it was launched by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly from the main stage of ‘Heart & Soul’, the General Assembly’s worship event, on Sunday, May 18th.

The Baton travels throughout Scotland during the build up to the Commonwealth Games and arrives at the Kirkhaven Project (Glasgow), in the shadow of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, on Monday, July 21st.

In a letter accompanying the Baton, Dr Sally E Bonnar, Convener of CROSSREACH, says: “As the CROSSREACH Baton journeys throughout Scotland, visiting all our services, and some Churches connected to them, showing that, while we are a large and diverse organisation, we are united by shared values and commitment to serving in Christ’s name.”

CROSSREACH now employs more than 2,000 staff and, with an annual expenditure of £51 million, seeks to support some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland.

Most of CROSSREACH’s funding comes from Local Authorities and is augmented by Legacies and Donations.