The six projects being supported
One Journey, Many Roads work highlighted
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