Opening Doors to a brighter future for Glasgow's homeless.
My name is Claire Herbert and at the beginning of July I took up the post as Chaplain to Lodging House Mission. I have trained for the diaconate ministry in the Church of Scotland.
Prior to joining the Mission I spent 15 months on placement with St Marks Church in Raploch, Stirling - an area of multiple deprivation - after a period of study at Glasgow University.
The diaconate is a Christian ministry of Word and Service. We serve in a number of ways both in the parish setting and beyond. As a deacon I seek to live our "rule of life" which commits me to a life of prayer, active listening and creativity responding to the needs of others.
As a deacon my areas of interest include serving on the Violence Against Women Task Group (VAWTG) of the Church and Society Council, and the work of Priority Area Parishes supporting congregations to respond to Gods word.
I am mum of four energetic children; Ewan, Amy, Adam and Lauren, and live in East Kilbride with husband Craig who is a puppy walker with Guide Dogs.
When I manage to find the time I enjoy reading, art journaling and crochet, as well as catching up on TV and movies.
All people are made in God's image and we are part of God's creation. Every individual has inherent, intrinsic value and all are equal in the eyes of God. We are of value to God by our existence not because of contributions we may or may not have made.
My personal call is to walk with and seek the full flourishing of others as they strive to fulfil their God given potential. Because, it is written in Matthew 25:40 "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
Because every individual is of value and worth to God, it should be a Christian's greatest hope that each person is able to fulfil their God given potential.
That's why I look forward to sharing with you in the coming months the exciting new opportunities that present themselves as I walk with and seek the full flourishing of our service user (guest) as they strive to fulfil their God given potential. I look forward to developing and strengthening Lodging House Mission's relationship with your Church so please feel free to drop in and say hello if you are passing, and keep the work of the mission and chaplaincy in your prayers over the coming months.