3rd November 2020

Church of Scotland Guild Weekly E-News


Blessed Assurance


During these past months, as well as journeying through the Covid-19 situation and

working alongside the leadership team in my new appointment as National Convener of the Guild, I have also been blessed to be part of Lochaber Presbytery’s journey in the forthcoming union of the congregations of Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church and Kilmallie Parish Church, Caol /Corpach to form the new congregation that will become Fort William Kilmallie Parish Church linked with Kilmonivaig Parish Church in Spean Bridge.


In the true sense of this year’s theme - going 'The Extra Mile'.


On reflection, this is the second journey through a church union that I have been involved with. In 2007, Rev Donald MacQuarrie and the congregation of Duncansburgh Parish Church (circa 1881) united with the congregation of MacIntosh Memorial Church (circa 1929) as Rev Alan Ramsay prepared to retire after 40 years’ service as minister.


Three different situations all benefitting from the blessed assurance that the constant companion through each journey set before us to travel is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ - ‘Whose we are and Whom we serve’.


Going forward, can I ask that you remember in your prayers God’s new church congregation, their minister Rev Richard Baxter, the worship team, and Kirk Session as the union develops in the coming months.


Pray also for all those who have recently been ordained or inducted into God’s service throughout the land. Especially remembering the Moderator Designate, Jim Wallace, as he prepares for his year in office.


And through doing so, to all of you...


Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is our story, this is our song,

Praising our Saviour all the day long.


Always, in Him IXOYE


Mabel Wallace, National Convener







Guild tartan masks


We have a limited supply of cotton Guild tartan masks available for sale. The masks are £4 each (which includes postage and packaging) with profits going to the Guild projects.


These masks are being made by former National Convener Patricia Robertson, so thank you Patricia for your hard work.


If you would like to order a mask then please send us an email using the red button below. Please also pass on this information to the wider membership. Please be aware that these are being made in batches so there may be a slight delay on delivery.


Order your mask <mailto:kgillon@churchofscotland.org.uk?subject=Tartan%20mask&body=I%20would%20like%20to%20order%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Guild%20tartan%20masks%0A%0APlease%20send%20them%20to%20me%20at%3A>







Super 'supper' meeting


Duntocher Trinity Guild are talking our language! They decided to do something a bit different to help members feel connected and involved. They ordered 44 fish suppers and five steak pie suppers from their local chippy, Perfect Catch, who delivered them piping hot to their members. A neighbouring Guild, Faifley Guild, made up little prayer cards with the prayer:


'We thank you Lord for air, sea and land in one meal.

The scent of dinner that makes us hungry, the potatoes grown in dark earth and the fish harvested from the sea.

When all comes together it feeds us well.

Bless our friends in the Guild who believe the same gospel, serve the same Master and come together to eat as we eat tonight. Amen.'


It was so encouraging for their members to know that they were all sharing a meal at the same time.


This might be something you want to try with your Guild and of course ask your chip shop if they deliver to Carluke so Karen can join in!







Prospects annual celebration


Many of you will remember our project partners Prospects who support adults with learning difficulties to be more involved in the life of the Church. They had their annual celebration virtually this year - it was noisy and fun with around 100 people on Zoom; many of whom can't work the mute button!


This year they made a film to show at their celebration and they thought their friends at the Guild might like to see it.


We are sure you will find it very uplifting and encouraging.


Watch the celebration video <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=7350aa6e48&e=43d4a1fa0e>







St Andrew Blackadder Guild's online meeting


St Andrew Blackadder Church has recorded a Guild meeting that you might want to watch. It features two videos on Malawi Fruits - Growing the Future. As you know, our partnership with this charity aims to provide solar-powered pumps and other equipment to young farmers in northern Malawi.


Watch the video <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=91bc260a27&e=43d4a1fa0e>







Pray this week


Monday: giving thanks for the work of CrossReach and asking for protection for staff and service users across the country.

Tuesday: for the USA as they vote for their next President. That justice and peace will be the hallmark of the election.

Wednesday: especially for the Guild Leadership team as they begin the process of selecting new Guild projects. Praying for guidance on the right projects to be chosen.

Thursday: thinking especially for the Moderator Designate, Jim Wallace. Thanking God for his life and witness.

Friday: for those struggling financially and finding life hard. Asking God to provide help through local churches, foodbanks and other support organisations in their area.

Saturday: giving thanks for our family, those living close by and those further away. Praying that we will find ways to stay close in spirit even when there is physical distance between us.

Sunday: for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia and their newly elected General Secretary, Rev Willie Tembo. Asking that God will bless him as he serves the church in Northern Malawi.





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