MUCKAIRN Church Guild host An­nual Guild Rally.

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MUCKAIRN Church Guild was the host at the An­nual Guild Rally held in Taynuilt Vil­lage Hall on Satur­day 25th June. Mar­lene Stan­ners, Chair, wel­comed the other Guild mem­bers present, from Con­nel, Dun­beg, Oban, Ap­pin and Lis­more. Rev Robert Brookes led the prayer and ev­ery­one sang the hymn “Look for­ward in faith”.

There fol­lowed a talk by May Ni­chol­son who started the Pre­shal Trust twelve years ago to tackle so­cial ex­clu­sion in Glas­gow.

May spoke of her life in a poor part of Pais­ley and how, in spite of hav­ing a close and lov­ing fam­ily, she be­came an al­co­holic at the age of fif­teen, even suf­fered an over­dose-in­duced coma and be­came a no­to­ri­ous fighter. She told of her many times in hospi­tal, of elec­tric shock treat­ment and strait jack­ets and drink­ing even after mar­riage and hav­ing two chil­dren. Then she went to a meet­ing and God came into her life and with his help she had the strength to be­come a re­formed per­son. She com­pared her story to that of the para­ble about the prodi­gal son.

Pre­shal is gaelic for pre­cious. All peo­ple are pre­cious to God. The trust seeks to tackle the prob­lems of poverty, al­co­hol and drugs in the Lint-House Go­van area of Glas­gow, adopt­ing an holis­tic ap­proach, meet­ing in­di­vid­ual phys­i­cal, men­tal and spir­i­tual needs. Ivy Smart gave a sin­cere vote of thanks. Re­fresh­ments and Fel­low­ship rounded off the af­ter­noon. £252 was col­lected for the Pre­shal Trust.

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