MUCKAIRN Church Guild host Annual Guild Rally.
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.