New Passing the Baton video – Befriending people back into their community


Pall Singh, Passing the Baton Coordinator at Bethany Christian Trust, writes…..

We trust that you and your Church members are keeping safe during COVID-19.

Loneliness and social isolation in our communities kills more people than smoking 15 cigarettes per day! We are all created in God’s image to be in relation with Him and one another. The need for social connection and meaningful friendships are wired into our “Being”, by God, who said, “It is not good for man/ woman to be alone.”

Befriending can make a huge impact in the lives of people who are at risk of homelessness or moving into new settled accommodation. A Christian Befriender from your Church can help people reconnect back into the community by taking them out and introducing them to social groups and activities in their area, including a local Church.

Bethany Christian Trust’s new ‘Passing the Baton’ video explains more about this Christian befriending project in Edinburgh and shares the inspiring story of Sandra who was befriended by Carol from a local Church. Please click the link below to watch the short video. We’d love you to show it to your Church members on a Sunday (morning) and share wherever possible through social media or a church email.

Our ‘Passing the Baton’ programme  trains and equips volunteers from the local Church to serve God in Edinburgh. We would love to work in partnership with you and your Church to transform lives by showing God’s love in action. Even with Government restrictions in place, there are plenty of ways for volunteers to get alongside those who are struggling on their own and who have been homeless previously or at risk of this now.

We are running online Zoom ‘Passing the Baton’ training sessions in November for interested volunteers to find out more. Choose from:

Part 1: Tuesday morning, 17th November, 10.00 – 12.15pm

Part 2: Tuesday morning, 24th November, 10.00 – 12.15pm

Repeated on:

Part 1: Wednesday evening, 18th November, 7.00 – 9.15pm

Part 2: Wednesday evening, 25th November, 7.00 – 9.15pm


Please book spaces by registering at Eventbrite:


Now, more than ever, we need to demonstrate God’s love to our community. Please consider sharing and showing the ‘Passing the Baton’ video and training dates, encouraging anyone in your congregation who might be interested in befriending during this season to contact us by email, or phone us on 07969 771659/ 07990 078377.


Kindest regards and blessings,


Pall and the Passing the Baton Team


Pall Singh
Passing the Baton Coordinator
Bethany Christian Trust
32 Jane Street
Edinburgh EH6 5HD
t: 0131 454 3114
m:07969 771 659