Keeping You in the Loop June 2020

Check out the latest news from the Secretary of the Guild, Pat Duncan.

Ardoch Parish Church Guild
May 2020 Keeping You in the Loop:
Here we are at the end of May experiencing a few days of exceptionally hot weather… and not complaining. I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine.
Things are changing very slowly as we very gradually venture out of lockdown. We are still being asked to ‘Stay Home’ as much as possible in order not to create a bridge for this virus to cross and so spread infection. Caution seems to be the operative word.
Church Activities – It would seem that church activities, including services, will probably not resume until Christmastime at the very earliest.
Your Guild Committee met online via ZOOM to discuss the way forward and we have agreed on a tentative syllabus that will start in January 2021 (dependent on permission for meetings being given).
Our president, Heather McDonald, has assiduously been phoning around members and so keeping in contact with us all.
I know how much I have appreciated these conversations with Heather as I am sure you have. I am sure you also are doing your bit to keep in touch with your friends and neighbours at this difficult time.
We, as a Guild, have done much this year – with inspirational speakers, outings, fundraising events and donations to many projects. Our session finished prematurely but we have still achieved much.
We donated £50 to Mercy Ships and gave £50 each to Elaine Hopley (the Atlantic rower) for the Altzeimers Society and Breda Seaman for ‘Dementia Friendly Dunblane.’
Two donations were sent to the Church of Scotland World Mission Aids Project (‘Sundae Sunday’ in September 2019 which
raised £137.61, and ‘Souper Sunday’ in January 2020 which raised £93).
Following a very successful World Day of Prayer organised by Sally Young we donated £120.
We have also given £500 to the church.
It was also thought that since ‘after- church collections’ for two charities did not take place this year that we would donate to these charities as follows:
£150 to Christian Aid
£150 Red Cross
Revision of church website – if you have access to the website you will find The Link and a Guild section there.
Wheelchair – The church is in need of a replacement wheelchair. It needs to be in very good condition and if any of our members know of how we might source such an item, please get in touch.

Wishing you all a wonderful Summer.
All good wishes,
Pat Duncan, Secretary, Ardoch Guild. (01786 880 877).