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Letter from our National Convener

Easter Blessings

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:8-10

Here we stand at the end of our three-year strategy ‘One Journey Many Roads’.

  1. Seeking the Way - strong in the knowledge that God’s will be done.

  2. Companions on the Road - sharing the load with each other through His plan.

  3. Going the Extra Mile - rising to the challenges set out by Covid-19

We give thanks that we are not skilled to understand what God has planned, for all things find their way to the foot of the cross where we find our Saviour.

‘Whose we are and Whom we serve’; He who died once for all, is alive and lives amongst us this day and forever-more, that’s for sure.

As we say farewell to our 2018-21 strategy it is also time to say goodbye to our six projects. We have been journeying alongside them and wish them God’s richest blessings into the future as they continue on God’s planned course.

We hope you all managed to catch the recorded Guild Lenten service containing a final update and thanks to Guild members throughout the land for their prayers and monetary support during our three-year journey. The Lenten service is still available on YouTube or the Guild’s Facebook page.

Our last theme - 'Going the Extra Mile’ - has certainly lived up to its title, for that’s exactly what our great movement is doing, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic that has gripped us for over a year now. Guilds throughout the land rose to the challenge and went forward in faith, prayer and action, to go 'the Extra Mile' to bring the overall amount raised during the three-year period to over £530,000 for our project partners.

Well done, good and faithful servants! It is not our place to know what God has willed or planned; what we do know is who stands at His right hand.

Christ Jesus, our Saviour - ‘Whose we are and whom we are privileged to serve’.

Do you know his story, how He came to be?
Can you see His pain up there on the Cross?

Can you see our gain – can you feel the loss?

Can you hear Him cry?

Father, forgive them, for they know

Not what they do.

All this, for whom? For me and you.

Look to the sky by day –

See the Son He sent our way;

Look to the sky at night –

Let Him be your guiding light.

At this Easter time and always

May He

Abide in you and also in me.

Grace, peace and love

be with you all as we

Look forward in faith.

Mabel Wallace
National Convener

Life and Work Lenten Reflections
'We mourn each loss'

This week, the Rev Aaron Stevens, minister of St Columba's Church, Budapest, looks back on a year with moments of success and humour, but too much loss of life.

Journeying Together online meeting

St Andrew Blackadder Church in North Berwick, East Lothian, has recorded a Guild video meeting for April, with Easter hymns, prayers and readings. It features an interview with Helen Eckford about her visit to the Journeying Together project in Zambia. We hope it will give you an insight into the project and the difference it is making to the lives of the young women and their children.

Pray this week

Monday: for Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair and his wife Elaine as he has a chance to relax after a busy week of Easter pilgrimage.

Tuesday: for the Chief Officer, Dave Kendall, as he continues to provide direction for the central Church in the months ahead.

Wednesday: for Guild National Convener, Mabel Wallace, as she guides the Guild into the new three-year strategy and out of this strange year.

Thursday: for the Guild staff - Iain, Karen, Mandy and Alice - giving thanks for all that they do for the Guild.

Friday: for our project coordinators as they prepare to come together at their conference on 15 April and meet the six new projects that have been selected for the three years ahead.

Saturday: for our four national vice-conveners - Andrea, Helen, Helen and Margaret - as they support the Guilds at a regional level.

Sunday: for congregations who are meeting again in person and those who have chosen not to. That God will bless whatever decision they have taken and guide them in the months ahead.

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