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Guild News - 8 February
Nature
I love watching the wildlife that appears at the feeders just outside my window.
With very low temperatures, the bird’s water freezes and the feeder box containing the squirrel’s peanuts often freezes shut.

The other morning, I was fascinated watching the red squirrel trying to solve this problem. After some attempts to get the lid up, it looked longingly at the bird’s peanut feeder.

Having tried to climb the pole and slipping down again, it decided to jump from a nearby tree, which was about two feet away. It landed on the feeder and enjoyed the nuts. A fair reward.

As our current theme is 'The Extra Mile', I thought that this squirrel qualified.

Many people have found nature to be a wonderful healer and refresher while we have been in lockdown. But the word "nature" has more than one meaning.

When looking for an appropriate Bible passage I came across this:
“Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.” - 1 Corinthians 11 :14-15

With hairdressers being closed, I always knew God has a sense of humour.
 
The word "nature" also means the way we behave. How enthusiastic are we now? Are we still looking out for all our neighbours and keeping in touch?

Just because someone has always appeared energetic and cheerful, do not assume that they are not feeling just as miserable and frustrated sometimes when they wake up in a morning.
 
Nature is God’s creation and we forever thank God for it. But our nature is up to us.

God bless you all.
 
Helen Banks
National Vice Convenor
Love is all around us
Well done to New Monkland & Greengairs Guild and their treasurer Linda Murray who kindly made these beautiful paper roses to be given to their members before Valentine’s Day and also to promote our Virtual Soup Lunch for the Guild projects being held this Sunday (14 February).

We hope that you and your friends and family will take part, and show your love for the Guild projects. Any money raised on our donate page using the link below, from Monday 8 February until Monday 22 February, will be split between the Guild projects. 

We also hope that you will email us your photos of you enjoying a bowl of soup.
Donate here
Sharing the blessing 
These lovely packs will soon be winging their way to members of Duntocher Trinity Guild. The new Guild blessing card makes sure members know they are loved and also part of something much bigger whilst the Guild tartan mask helps them stay safe when they are out and about! Caring for the body and the soul - how smart is that?
New refugee resources launched
Two new sets of worship materials and educational tools on the theme of refugee integration have been launched for churches, individuals and community groups to use. These may also be useful for Guilds as well.

The Scottish Refugee Council has created a collection of three ‘New Scots Integration: Rights & Communities’ toolkits. A worship booklet, ‘God With Us’, has been created by Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees in ecumenical partnership with Churches Together In Britain and Ireland. Copies are available online and are free of charge.
Get the resources
Monday memory

Congratulation to members of Macduff Parish Church Guild who raised thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in a "virtual" sponsored walk to Bethlehem. They had set out to collectively cover 2,520 miles, which is the equivalent distance from the town to Jesus' birthplace, during the run-up to Christmas.

Initially, the distance was going to be shared between 20 enthusiastic Guild members but friends and family got involved, with one person based in the USA and another from Belgium joining in.

In the end, around 8,000 miles were covered and they raised £2,600, which will go towards supporting different projects including a local food bank and some of our Guild projects.

The idea came about when the group was trying to create a fundraising activity that would work despite the pandemic and something people could do safely as individuals.

Those taking part would send regular updates to one another, so although they were not able to walk with each other they could share their experiences together.

Macduff Guild member, Jenny Tait, said: "The whole event tied in closely with our theme of 'One Journey Many Roads' and gave us a real sense of purpose and companionship which encouraged us all during this difficult time.

"We used phones, we used FitBits - it was fun and caught people's imaginations."

Huge congratulations and thanks to everyone involved. Is this something your Guild could do? Where could you try and walk to? 

Intergenerational stories of change
For many years the Guild has spearheaded a lot of the Church's intergenerational work, particularly our work with the National Youth Assembly. Many Guild members are parents and grandparents and involved in various ways connecting younger people in the life of the Church.

We thought that some of you might be interested in this online webinar on Monday 1 March from 7:30-9pm, where you will hear from churches who have started their journey towards being more intergenerational, in particular in worship, faith formation and relationships.
Register here
Leave no child behind
In this week's Life and Work Coronavirus diary, we hear from the Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa about the work that they are doing in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
Read more
As the deer pants for the water
Our hymn this week is a well known hymn that has been around for many years. However, this version is an online virtual choir, showing how we can continue to worship God in new and exciting ways even although we aren't in a church building.
Listen now
Zoom talks online
Helen Eckford, one of our National Vice Conveners, has been speaking to a few Guilds in recent weeks about her visit to the Journeying Together Project almost a year ago. The Guilds used Zoom with a number of members joining in by phone. The members enjoyed hearing directly from Helen about her experiences.

Maybe your Guild is meeting online and would like a speaker? Why not get in touch with us?
Email the Guild
Pray this week
Monday: for National Convener Mabel Wallace as she adapts to a very different year in office.
Tuesday: for the Guilds in the East regional grouping and for Margaret Muir as she supports them.
Wednesday: for the Guilds in the South region and for Andrea Houston who supports them.
Thursday: for Guilds in the West region and for Helen Eckford who supports them.
Friday: for Guilds in the North region and for Helen Banks who supports them.
Saturday: for our six Guild project partners as they continue to develop their work, supported practically and spiritually by the Guild.
Sunday: for the Guild staff, that they may be encouraged and enthused as they work to support the Guild across the country.

This month we have asked former and current national Guild leaders to select a Bible verse each day and say something about why they have chosen it. You might like to take a look at them on our Facebook page using the link below.
Read our daily Bible readings
Monday memories
For those of you who like a wee 'jaunt' into Glasgow, this one is for you. Remember Buchanan Street? This photo is from the Big Footprint walk with the Girls' Brigade and Boys' Brigade. It was a glorious sunny day as we walked our way from Glasgow Cathedral along the Clyde, ending up in fellowship with the Gaelic congregation. 

Won't it be great when we can do these things again, but until then enjoy the memories...
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