Leap of faith over Forth for ab­seil­ing church lead­ers

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

Three church lead­ers will say their prayers be­fore they launch them­selves over the side of the Forth Bridge.

Moder­a­tor of the Gen­eral Assem­bly of the Chuch of Scot­land, the Right Rev Dr Rus­sell Barr will ab­seil down the iconic struc­ture from 165ft, with prin­ci­pal clerk the Very Rev Dr John Chalmers and chief ex­ec­u­tive of CrossReach, Peter Bai­ley.

Dr Barr stands down from his year-long am­bas­sador role on Satur­day and will per­form the leap of faith next Sun­day.

The dare­devil min­is­ter has pre­vi­ously braved a para­chute jump and hopes his lat­est ad­ven­ture will raise at least £10,000 for CrossReach, the church’s so­cial care arm.

He said: “The Gen­eral Assem­bly starts on Satur­day and I am go­ing to be hand­ing over my du­ties to my suc­ces­sor, Rev Dr Derek Brown­ing.

“But rather than just go­ing out with a whim­per, I wanted to go out with a bang, metaphor­i­cally speak­ing.

“CrossReach is one of the great or­gan­i­sa­tions within the Church of Scot­land.

“It is do­ing fab­u­lous work in a dif­fi­cult fi­nan­cial cli­mate and do­na­tions could make all the dif­fer­ence.”

Mr Chalmers and Mr Bai­ley are also re­tir­ing and the gang have been nick­named ‘The Three Form­ers’.

CrossReach is one of Scot­land’s largest providers of so­cial ser­vices, of­fer­ing care for older peo­ple, help with al­co­holism, drug and men­tal health prob­lems, and as­sis­tance for home­less peo­ple and those with spe­cial learn­ing needs.

The Right Rev Dr Rus­sell Barr.

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