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Weekly News: 20 April 2020
Look forward in faith!
We have had the agony of Good Friday and the hallelujahs of Easter Day and still we are ‘self-isolating’ and ‘social distancing'.

I feel that these words from a favourite hymn have more meaning than ever:

“Look forward in faith, all time is in God’s hand.
Walk humbly with Him and trust His future plan.
God has wisely led His people by His power.
Look forward in hope; He gives us each new hour.
Look forward in faith, the world is in God’s care.
His purpose of love he calls on us to share.
In our neighbour’s need the Lord is present still.
He blesses the meek! The earth will know God’s will.
Look forward in faith; God gives us life each day.
Go onward with Christ, His Spirit guides our way.
Now God lets us live within the sphere of grace.
Trust ever in Him, He rules o’er earth and space!”
Our days certainly are in God’s hand during these times; sadly most of us will have been touched in some way. However we must take reassurance that our Lord is always with us and watches over us wherever we go and we should trust His future plan.
As we look forward with hope. The current situation is not forever. Our Guilds will be able to meet again, National Events will happen and what a blessing that will be. Friends warmly welcomed and fellowship shared. “Hallelujah, thanks be to God”
Yes, we must continue to look forward in faith and hopefully people may appreciate more of God’s creation around us each and every day and be thankful for what they have instead of always looking for bigger and better things!
Finally, as we continue to look forward in faith, in hope for the future and in love for those around us I leave you with this verse from Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”
May God bless you all

Margaret Muir
National Vice Convener
50 years of St Columba's Guild
St Columba’s Guild in Kirkintilloch celebrated their 50th anniversary by presenting long service certificates to 12 members with service ranging from 30 to 49 years.

Thank you ladies for your commitment to the Guild. It is really appreciated.
Scots Night
Scots nights are a great way to share in traditional food and entertainment. As well as members sharing their talent in song, poetry or music it is a great way to reach out to young people in the community. Perth North Guild members were recently treated to wonderful violin playing from Lola Collin and she's the granddaughter of Ann Graham, one of their members! 

Why not put a Scots night in your syllabus for next year?  There will be lots of talented folk in your Guild or known to Guild members.

If you are looking for an extra something to do Luminate@Home is a new programme of short online films demonstrating creative activities for you to do wherever you are

The activities will be presented by professional artists and will feature different arts forms including crafts, poetry, music and dance. Luminate have developed the films in partnership with Scottish Care, and they are aimed at people living in their own homes, as well as care home staff who are looking for ideas of activities for residents.

We understand that this is a worrying and difficult time for everyone, especially with older individuals having to spend the next few weeks isolated at home or in a care home, and we hope that you will find the activities enjoyable and engaging to do over the next few weeks.

Find out more about Luminate@home
Convener's Challenge 2020
The Convener's Challenge has proved popular with Guilds since its introduction in 2017. So far we have had bowling, which was won by Glasgow North Guilds Together and then a challenge to design and produce a cushion which was won by Lewis Guilds Together.

This year our Convener's Challenge was chosen by National Convener Marian MacIntyre and was a literary one.

Guild members were to create a piece of writing - prose or verse - between 2000 and 3000 words entitled 'The Journey'.

There has been a splendid response, with most Guilds Together groupings enlisting support from poets, teachers, writers and literary pals to select their finalist. The finalists....all 34 of them....have been judged by 2 published authors, Marsali Taylor and Anne Dickie and they have chosen two pieces to be joint winners.

The winners will be announced in June, as previously promised, and the awards will be presented at the Annual Gathering in September.

Marian would like to thank all who took part. The response was nothing short of inspirational!
Pray this week
Monday: for Guilds who are currently putting together their syllabus for next session, giving thanks for the hope of meeting together again.

Tuesday: for those working in schools and childcare situations, looking after the children of key workers. Give thanks for their enthusiasm, encouragement and care for all they are supporting.

Wednesday:  for those supporting those who have lost a loved one. Give them the care and compassion needed to support people at this difficult time.

Thursday: for those struggling with their mental health at this scary and isolating time, asking the Holy Spirit to bring peace and perspective to troubled minds.

Friday: for those in positions of power, that the decisions that they make will be wise and just.

Saturday: on World Malaria Day, for countries where malaria is still a daily challenge. Pray too for those searching for an affordable preventative treatment that would be made available to the world's poorest people.

Sunday: for those who have the privilege of preaching in churches and online communities around the world today. Let them and us, proclaim your life to a world in mourning with passion.
Pray at 7pm
Remember to light a candle each Sunday and put it in your window. Pray for the healing hand of God to be on our world, your community and yourself at this difficult time.

Send us your photos of your candle and we will share a collage in a future edition.
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