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Guild News - 17 May
Look forward at a new thing!
Such an uplifting and joyous couple of weeks.
Firstly, recording the video which included the final updates and thanks from the six project partners we have supported during our ‘One Journey Many Roads' strategy 2018-21: Malawi Fruits, Free to Live Trust, World Mission, Crossreach, Sailors’ Society and the Boys’ Brigade.

The generosity of Guild members, especially during the past year when we have not been able to meet and share in person for worship, prayer, action, and fellowship, is truly amazing. We have raised (at the last count) £551,000 in support of all the wonderful work our project partners have carried out; touching the lives of people across the world and bringing hope and inspiration to so many. It has been a joy to work so closely with them all and to know that we have been able to help them achieve great things. I wish them every blessing for the future.
As we bid our farewells to the 2018-21 projects, we are thrilled to have launched our new partners as they 'Look Forward In Faith' with us, offering their service to people across four continents and across a wide range of human experience.

I feel a Big Sing coming. Watch this space!
On 26 April I recorded my convener's speech for the General Assembly. I am privileged to be in the Assembly Hall in person along with our General Secretary on Tuesday 25 May when the Guild report is presented.
I have been uplifted by such positivity and now to hear that the restrictions are being relaxed slightly. Being able to attend church, increased numbers for funerals, and being able to visit family and friends in their homes and stay over. I am also looking forward to Guilds meeting in person in the not too distant future! And HUGS! I know not everyone will look for hugs, but beware, I will be asking permission... ‘Human Undertaking God’s Service’.
Some words from Isaiah 43: 18-19:
When a thing is done, don't look back and don't worry.
Lift your eyes up to the hills from whence comes your help.
God is getting ready to do a new thing in your life.

Our Lord, ‘Whose we are and Whom we serve’, says:                                                                                                             
Forget what happened before, and do not think about the past.
Look at the new thing I am going to do.
It is already happening. Don’t you see it?

Mabel Wallace
National Guild Convener 2020/21
Meet the Guild at Ruberslaw
Ruberslaw Guild usually meets in the village of Denholm in the Scottish Borders. We last met in February last year. Many of our members are not on the internet or social media and rely on face-to-face meetings to know what is going on. Living in the country, we have not been as isolated from one another as other Guild people may have been as we can meet on our walks, at the post office or at the butchers.

In December, the Guild committee made up gift bags with a prayer square, a Christmas card, tea and coffee bags and a piece of shortbread for each member of the household, and distributed these to our 11 members and our manse family. They were well received. In January, we held a coffee morning by Zoom. Our normal January coffee morning raises funds for Guild projects and this year we raised £75.

Since then, our church has been closed, as has the hall where we meet. We are waiting patiently for the day when we can meet again in person and get back to doing all the things we have missed during the past year.
2021 Stamp Appeal
During the Covid-19 pandemic, support for the Faith Impact Forum's 2020 stamp appeal faced some challenges. Therefore, their 2021 appeal will continue to benefit The Women’s Development Centre in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Their project supports women and girls who have been victims of rape and sexual violence.
A new poster for 2021 is available to download from the Church of Scotland website, where you can also find out more about how to support this appeal.
Support the Stamp Appeal
Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
At a time when there is so much conflict in homes, communities and across our world, this hymn can be our prayer and help us become peacemakers in so many situations.
Listen now
Coronavirus diaries: God has been faithful
In this week's feature on the Life and Work website, the Rev Dr Billy Gama, General Secretary of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Blantyre Synod in Malawi, reports on how his church has coped with the pandemic.
Read more
Monday memories
As we slowly begin to be able to do more things with more people, we thought this photo would remind you of happy days ahead when we can all be together for a coffee, a chat and a cake.
General Assembly 2021
The General Assembly will take place from 22-27 May. This year, the Assembly will be held online and you can watch it on the Church of Scotland website.

On Saturday 22 May, there will be an opening session at 10am, including the installation of the Moderator, Jim Wallace, and an afternoon session from 1pm.

To limit screen time during the Assembly over the Monday to Thursday, the sessions will be held in two slots each day. The first will be held between 1pm and 3:30pm followed by a second held between 4pm and 6pm.

The Guild report is being heard at 4pm on Tuesday 25 May and our National Convener, Mabel Wallace, will be in the hall to answer questions. Her speech has been pre-recorded so you can watch this now using the link below. If you are a commissioner then please consider submitting a question on the report.
Watch the Guild's Convener speech
Pray this fornight
Monday 17: remembering the ongoing situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories and asking God to lay his hand on the situation and help find a path to peace and justice in the area.
Tuesday 18: for all attending the Resource Coordinator Zoom meetings in the North region of the Guild.
Wednesday 19: for all attending Resource Coordinator Zoom meetings in the North East and South regions of the Guild.
Thursday 20: for all attending Resource Coordinator Zoom meetings in the East and West regions of the Guild.
Friday 21: giving thanks for Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair and for all that he has done to support the Church and the Guild in this strange year. Praying for God to bless him and his family as they are able to spend more time together.
Saturday 22: for Jim Wallace as he is installed as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
Sunday 23: thinking especially of the Principal Clerk, Rev Dr George Whyte, and his Deputy, Christine Paterson, as they support the work of the General Assembly in the week ahead.
Monday 24: for all international representatives who will be taking part in the General Assembly, giving thanks for the way in which their contributions enrich our deliberations, particularly as we debate a series of complex issues.
Tuesday 25: for National Convener, Mabel Wallace, as she presents the Guild report to the General Assembly.
Wednesday 26: for the Conveners of the Faith Impact Forum and CrossReach (Social Care Council) who will be presenting their reports at the General Assembly.
Thursday 27: giving thanks for the work of HM Forces Chaplains who will report to the General Assembly, and for Scott Shakleton who leaves his role in chaplaincy to become Head of Faith Action in the central Church.
Friday 28: remembering our partners in the Guilds of the Synod of Livingstonia as they work to support the most vulnerable in their communities.
Saturday 29: asking for rest and relaxation for staff and members this weekend.
Sunday 30: for our project partners, past and present, giving thanks for the work that they do across Scotland and in so many parts of the world.
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