Happy New Year! Welcome to the first edition of Guild News in 2019. Being a good Scot, I am a particular fan of Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) with the chance of fresh starts and resolutions. I love to look back back and reflect on what has been good, and to look ahead to make plans and to see opportunities on the horizon.
In 2018 in the Guild there has been much to celebrate – successful events, increasing membership and our networks spreading into key areas of church and health. This edition of Guild News has articles drawn from some of our key events, and we are republishing a blog post from Lambeth Palace Library which focused on our archive which is now stored there. So our past is of continued interest to scholars and church historians – and is available for you to visit too.
Looking ahead, what is clear to the trustees and to me is that our aims as a charity are not only relevant, there is an increasing need in our society for the message of healing, health and pastoral ministry that we seek to promote and to resource.
We are, however, running at a significant deficit. At a meeting in December last year, the trustees committed themselves to reducing the deficit over a five year period through projects, seeking grants and continuing to refine our running costs. It is enormously exciting to commit ourselves to long term survival, and to focus our work on a projects which meet our aims as a charity, fostering healthy, healing churches in all corners of the UK.
Your membership continues to be of vital importance. Please do continue to support us, and to spread the word about the Guild.
Green Health Live – a report
Journeys into healing – a sermon from the AGM service
For the Guild Archives
The Grace of God – from the sadness of was to a ministry of healing
Book Review: ‘Dying well’, John Wyatt