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Guild News - 26 October
Autumn
Autumn is a time of change; the green leaves of spring and summer become a glorious display of browns and golds, as nature prepares the trees for the coming harshness of winter. The nights draw in, the heating has to go on, the clocks go back, the syllabus is all planned and we start to think of the session ahead in The Guild.

This year not only the trees have changed colour, but our every day life has changed… a challenge we never anticipated, however, we believe in a God who is the God of yesterday, today and all our tomorrows.

The trees let go of their autumn leaves, and they fall to the ground. Change in our lives also means letting go of the things that are past. God has something else in store for us for the present and the future. This does not mean that we should lose sight of the past – we have much to remember – both happy and painful lessons to learn from. The autumn leaves fall to the ground, but are there to both protect and feed the new growth emerging in spring.

The people of Israel loved to remember the stories of God’s care for them. The stories gave them the faith and courage they needed to face the present and the future.

As we adapt to the new way of doing Guild this autumn let us remember:

God is God of the past, God of the present and God of the future.

Every blessing to you all,
Margaret Muir, National Vice Convener
The Guild donate button has launched
A large number of you have been asking how best you can support the Guild and our projects in these difficult times when our usual fundraising opportunities are not available to us. 

We are delighted that we now have our own online donations facility that enables you, your members and friends of the Guild to support the work of the Guild and our amazing project partners by using this facility. It is a safe and secure way of donating so you can  donate with confidence.

Please circulate this information to anyone who might be interested.
Donate now
Guild members' quiz
Westburn Guild in Greenock have been sending out quizzes to members to keep them involved whilst they cannot meet together. They are quite short and easy to send out. It might be something that you would like to try with your members as an activity over the winter.
Perth North Guild is 75
Perth North Guild celebrates their 75th anniversary in the coming year. Over the years they have had many good times together and have supported a huge variety of campaigns and projects as they took forward the Guild's aim of worship, prayer, action and of course fellowship.

Many of you will recognise Sheila Wyles from Perth North Guild (pictured left with Janice Taylor), who was an ever present attendee at the Annual Gathering until she passed away last year.

Whilst they are not currently able to meet together in person, they are still celebrating their anniversary.

Each member is collecting 75 coins, which can be of any value, and the coins will be combined and donated to the projects.

What a great way to celebrate their anniversary but it is also a simple idea for your Guild to raise funds for projects this session.
Diverted Traffic
For those who enjoy reading, a book has recently been written by Avril Duncan, co-founder of the Free to Live Trust, who has spoken to many Guilds about Seema's Project, which helps and frees trafficked children in Pune, India.

The story deals with illicit whisky manufacture and the rescue of a trafficked nine year old child and is an excellent read. The book, Diverted Traffic, is available from Tippermuir Books as well as Amazon and a number of bookshops. It is also available on Amazon Kindle.

Something else to help the projects during these difficult times!
Order the book
Pray this week
Monday: for all in positions of leadership in the Church, thinking especially of our Moderator, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, as he continues to lead the Church in these strange times.
Tuesday: thinking of Church of Scotland Mission Partners - some serving overseas and some still here in Scotland - waiting to be able to return to the country God has called them to.
Wednesday: asking God to watch over our young people who continue to study in school, college, university or on a modern apprenticeship. Pray that they may be able to grasp the opportunities given to them.
Thursday: remembering the work of chaplains in hospitals, prisons and in the armed forces. Praying that they will be used by God.
Friday: for all struggling with illness at this time. Asking that God will work in and through the medical professionals treating them.
Saturday: for all in leadership positions within the Guild either nationally or locally. Asking God to give them a fresh vision for the Guild going forward.
Sunday: for those who this month have been inducted into new charges in congregations in various parts of Scotland. Praying that God will bless them and their ministry in the coming months and years.
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