people sitting around dinner table and eating foodThe New Scots Holiday Programme, an initiative coordinated by the Church of Scotland’s arm Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, is a programme which aims to provide hospitality and friendship to people who have fled war-torn countries like Syria. It also includes activities for raising awareness among the local congregations on refugee issues. In 2018 the project received sponsorship from the European Union which was due to finish on the 30th of September 2020.

The extension was made possible by a grant from the Scottish Refugee Council which will enable the project to run until the 31st of December 2020.

Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees coordinator, David Bradwell, said: “The Church’s need and commitment to engage in multi-cultural and multi-faith dialogue, and be a light and example in this world has become even more evident.[…] Welcoming the stranger and showing hospitality and the hand of friendship are at the heart of the Christian message. At times of crisis, racial injustice and political hard-heartedness, it is more important than ever that we recommit to our values of love and hope.”


For more information, please visit the Church of Scotland’s website.

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