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Guild News March
  They say you cannot choose your family, but you can choose your friends. With mental health being talked about so openly nowadays, we are constantly made aware that we need to talk. But we must also be a good listener. On a day course about “Listening”, I was surprised to find how difficult it is to be silent, but receptive, when someone is talking about a difficult subject.  Your body language needs to make a person feel safe and comfortable by not seeming to jump in with our own stories as soon as there is a second’s break. You may be the first person to have heard their story.
 
Whenever we ask Guild members what they value most about the Guild, it is the fellowship. We have such an amazing organisation which meets regularly, supports our members, reaches out into the community and gives people a chance to feel valued and cared about.
 
We have many ways of communicating and Facebook has brought many families closer together as the miles continue to separate us. This has given many more older people a familiarity with the Internet, tablets and smart phones.
 
The Guild has a website  where you can find information and resources to read, download or print out. You can also find pictures of the merchandise for sale in the shop. We are constantly bringing out new items which help boost our income. But also, the Guild Badges of various types, are a sign that we are proud to be members of such a big organisation with a wonderful history of championing difficult causes.
 
We hope our new area Guilds Together Groupings will be another way we can connect, encourage and support each other and perhaps make new friends.
 
Over 120 people are now coming to our National Conference on 12th March in Perth. We hope that your Guilds Together Group is amongst them. Please check and maybe volunteer to come so that every area is represented.  This is a chance for you to put forward ideas for the way ahead and hear others views of 2020 onwards.
Find out more from your Convener or emailing Guild Office.
 
Why not encourage others in your Guild, church or wider community to sign up  for the enews using this link or visiting the website. We are always looking for stories so please keep sending them to Karen at kgillon@churchofscotland.org.uk

Jesus reached out to all. It is sad that some do not feel there is anyone who cares about them. Let your Guild be the place where people feel at home and safe, but most of all, where people care.

 “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds”.
James 2:18

Helen Banks, National Vice Convener with responsibility for Communications and Marketing 
Project talks
Having a speaker is a great way of learning more about our amazing Guild projects. South Queensferry Guild recently enjoyed hearing from Pauline Robertson, The Sailors' Society chaplain at Leith docks. It was an informative evening with lots of laughs.  Why not have a Project speaker along and invite your church members along to a special evening.

National Convener, Marian Macintyre, will be spending a day with Pauline later this month and she will also spend a day with the Boys' Brigade, visiting companies and hearing more about the difference the Guild is making to their work.
Hats of all colours....
Hats off to the folks at Airdrie Clarkston Guild who have been knitting hats that can be given to sailors arriving in our Scottish ports. The wind and rain of recent weeks have given us a tiny insight into the conditions that these sailors face week in week out. These hats help to keep them warm but are also a lasting reminder that someone cares about them and had them in their prayers.

Maybe this is somethng that your Guild could consider doing. It is also a great way of connecting with housebound members who can perhaps still knit or reaching out to community craft groups.
Transforming a Ghanaian School
During a visit from Faithshare Partner, Rev  Josephine Mate-Kole, from Ghana, St John's Guild in Largs learned of their need to refurbish the classrooms in the school of the church in Nii Boi Town. 

The Guild  had a Christmas fundraiser to assist with supplying new furniture for the children. Chocolate oranges with ‘Santa’ hats were sold in various places around the town raising over £1200.00. 

A fabulous total! Shows how far a chocolate orange can go!
Amazing time with Amazon
Members at Westburn Parish church in Greenock enjoyed a very informative talk from Amazon, learning more about how good gets from the click to the customer. It was Amazon;z first invite and are happy to speak to other Guilds. 
Tartan showing off the Guild
Well done Abbie, grandaughter of former National Convener Patricia Robertson, who asked to borrow a Guild tartan scarf for her school's Scottish day.

Abbie was able to tell her classmates a bit about the Guild and what the tartan represented.

You can never be too young or too old for the Guild!
Just for fun
Congratulations to Cicely McCulloch, Secretary of Glencorse Church Guild, who correctly identified Margaret Muir as the National Vice Convener who is liaising with Angus East Guilds Together. A  Guild goodie bag is on its way. 

This month tell us what church is being support by St John's Church in Largs for your chance to win some goodies.
National Convener Elect

We are delighted to announce that the National Council have unanimously elected Mabel Wallace, of Lochaber Guilds Together, as our National Convener Elect.

Mabel is married to Gordon and they have 3 children. She is session clerk at Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church and is Company Secretary at Lochaber Citizens Advice Bureau.

Please keep Mabel in your prayers as she prepares to serve the Guild in this new role.

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Prayer diary
This month please pray ...

9 for Associate Secretary Karen Gillon as she speaks at Kenmure Guild in Glasgow

10 for Guilds in Bandawe, Malawi as they prepare 6 local schools to receive solar lighting provided by the Guild
11 giving thanks for the visit to the Journeying Together Project by a group from The Guild. Thinking especially of all the girls they met and shared with as well as the project staff who support them
12 for farmers in Malawi, preparing to harvest their crops, and preparing to replant thanks to the use of solar pumps provided by Malawi Fruits and the Guild
13 for General Secretary Iain Whyte as he meets with Perth and Kinross Guilds Together
14 for all attending the National Conference, that they will develop a comprehensive vision for the Guild in the coming decade
15 he Moderator as he continues his visits across Scot, giving  thanks for his visit to the Journeying Together project in Zambia and the encouragement he was to the young wpmen and staff
16 thinking especially of National Convener Marian Macintyre as she embarks on a busy time of speaking engagements that will include Breich, Glasgow North, Isle of Bute and Bellshill as well as spending a day each with the Sailors' Society and the Boys' Brigade
17 giving thanks for the positive  impact Sailors' Society chaplains are having on seafarers, thinking particularly of Pauline Robertson in Leith as she shows Marian around the docks today
18 for those meeting to plan our contribution to Heart and Soul, asking God to bless the preparation
19 all churches in vacancy, asking that God will use the gifts of all members, including those in the Guild, to provide effective local worship and mission work during their vacancy
20 for Guilds in Dwangwa as they prepare 6 local schools to receive solar lighting provided by the Guild
21 thinking especially of the 5 girls who are studying midwifery in Zambia thanks to the Guild project, asking that God will enable them to work well and be able to support their children
22 for the work of Faith in Older People, as they help people to realise the important role that older people can play in local communities
23 giving thanks for the support being provide to isolated young people thanks to the Guild working with Crossreach
24 on World TB day, pray for all working to eradicate TB, one of the biggest killers in many parts of Africa. 
25  for the development of the feeding programme in Pune. From April, Seema plans to offer overnight accommodation to the children. This will remove them from the streets and brothels to the rooms above Kayakalpa offices where they will be much safer
26 giving thanks for all who serve as Guild elders in Kirk Sessions across Scotland. Encourage them to support the Guild and to offer constructive criticism when it is needed
27 asking that God will bless the work of the Assembly trustees as they help develop a plan for the church to make us  ready for the next decade and beyond
28 giving thanks for all boys who have joined the Boys' Brigade this year and for all the leaders who have supported them on their journey
29  thinking especially of Guild members who are housebound or in nursing homes, that they will continue to feel part of the Guild family and know that they are loved and valued
30 for Guilds in Mzuzu as they prepare 6 local schools to receive solar lighting provided by the Guild
31 thinking especially of all elected representatives at local and national levels, asking that they will act justly and fairly for all people
1  asking God to prepare organisations who are hoping to be Guild projects from 2021, that the projects will challenge and inspire the Guild and the wider church
2 for the group meeting to review and update our Help I am Leading Worship resources.Pray that God will enable them to put together something that will be useful to Guilds across the country
3 giving thanks for we 'Big Sings' that are being held across the country, bringing together Guild members and friends

 
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