Continuing the three-year, themed cycle of work which has seen its members reach record levels of giving, even in these straitened economic times, the focus of the Guild's work is into looking at faith and how members reflect that in their daily lives, their communities and the wider world.
This strategy, entitled 'Whose we are and Whom we serve,' which echoes the Guild's motto since its founding 125-years ago, will see members invited to raise awareness of, pray for, and fundraise for the following areas of work with these partner organisations.
These six projects running from 2012-2015 will surely inspire and encourage members to support them with "worship, prayer and action."
From September 2012 to October 2013:
- Comfort Rwanda: £46,398.39
- CrossReach: £74,277.29
- Mary’s Meals: £49,073.31
- Ministries Council: £18,304.19
- Scottish Churches Housing Action: £36,637.19
- World Mission Council: £36,750.92
- Total: £261,441.29
A Passage from India, in partnership with the Priority Areas Committee of the Church of Scotland, and dealing with micro-financing of enterprise within Urban Priority Areas in Scotland.
Comfort Rwanda's work is to extend a project in which those who were responsible for the genocide that killed 1million Rwandans in 100-days are building new homes for the survivors.
Heart for Art, with CrossReach, are looking at the use of art therapy in the care of those with dementia. The project offers the opportunity for people with dementia and their carers throughout Scotland, to build supportive relationships and access support and advice from CrossReach staff.
Mary's Meals, working in Liberia, one of the poorest countries in the world, to provide food and resources for school children. Hundreds of children were recruited to fight in a war which has had long and devastating consequences for Liberia.
Out of Africa into Malta, run by the Church of Scotland's World Mission Council and the Presbytery of Europe, it addresses issues faced by refugees escaping from a range of tragic circumstances and coming to Malta to seek hope.
The Julius Project is an initiative of Scottish Churches' Housing Action recognising the problems faced and support required by people entering social housing tenancies following a period of homelessness.