The six projects be­ing sup­ported

One Jour­ney, Many Roads work high­lighted

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

The lat­est meet­ing of Glenkens Churches’ Guild took place in the Town Hall, New Gal­loway.

Con­vener Joan Walker wel­comed 10 mem­bers and led the open­ing de­vo­tions. The hymn Bind Us To­gether, Lord had been cho­sen by Chris­tine Rhodes and Irene McFadzean gave a read­ing from James II.

Joan in­tro­duced the speaker Mrs Vi­o­let Ser­vice, this year’s project co-or­di­na­tor for the area guild fel­low­ship, who gave an over­view of the six new projects in the Guild Project Part­ner­ship Scheme.

These were cho­sen un­der the strat­egy of One Jour­ney, Many Roads, which runs from 20182021, as the guild’s out­reach group con­sid­ered the projects of­fered a range of ways in which peo­ple can jour­ney to­gether with peo­ple in their comm-uni­ties, their coun­try and their world.

Mrs Ser­vice went through all the projects and gave de­tails of each char­ity and which of the char­ity’s spe­cific projects the guild is sup­port­ing. The char­i­ties and projects are: Sailors’ So­ci­ety: A Chap­lain for our Ports – a project which aims to trans­form lives by bring­ing hope and com­fort to sea­far­ers ar­riv­ing at our ports.

Malawi Fruits: Grow­ing the Fu­ture – fo­cus­ing on train­ing young peo­ple in Malawi to grow cash crops us­ing mod­ern meth­ods; to pro­vide so­lar-pow­ered pumps to enable ir­ri­ga­tion; to pro­vide ac­cess to a trac­tor to aid young farm­ers; con­nect these peo­ple with pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties and good mar­kets to avoid ex­ploita­tion.

The Boys’ Brigade: Faith in Young Peo­ple – to fo­cus on growth in faith; growth in com­mu­nity part­ner­ships; growth in young peo­ple.

World Mis­sion Coun­cil: Jour­ney­ing To­gether Em­pow-er­ing Teenage Moth­ers in Zam­bia – this seeks to pro­vide men­tor­ing and sup­port for young moth­ers and to en­cour­age them to com­plete their educ-ation or vo­ca­tional train­ing in order to im­prove their lives and the lives of their chil­dren.

The Free to Live Trust: Seema’s Project – this was be­gun in 2014 to build a home for aban­doned street chil­dren in Pune, In­dia, and to pro­vide a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre for res­cued vic­tims of the sex in­dus­try. It is hoped to ex­pand the project, with the help of the Guild, to help many more sex work­ers and their chil­dren.

Cross­reach: Join Up the Dots – this aims to tackle prob­lems of lone­li­ness and so­cial iso­la­tion in Scot­land and to try to find solutions to many of them.

Betty Pea­cock thanked Mrs Ser­vice for her de­tailed and in­for­ma­tive talk, which had pro­vided a clearer pic­ture of the dif­fer­ent char­i­ties, and their re­spec­tive projects, as the guild em­barks on this new Project Part­ner­ship Scheme.

Fol­low­ing a break for tea and bis­cuits, served by Prim­rose Mor­ri­son, Joan Walker in­tro-duced the busi­ness sec­tion, in­clud­ing de­tailed plan­ning for fu­ture guild events.

The meet­ing was then closed with a short prayer.

Speaker Vi­o­let Ser­vice

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