Women’s Conference 2022: Registration is Open

We are delighted to announce further details about the WfM Women’s Conference which will take place on Saturday 17th September in Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church in Inverness.

Our main speaker for this year’s Conference will be Helen Thorne who is the author of a number of books including “Hope in an Anxious World”.

Helen is Director of Training and Resources at Biblical Counselling UK, formerly working with London City Mission. She has a passion for seeing women come to Christ and grow in Christ whatever their circumstances in life.

She is an experienced speaker and author whose recent books include Walking with Domestic Abuse Sufferers and Hope in an Anxious World.

Helen lives in south-west London, attending Dundonald church, where she is active in pastoral care, evangelism and international ministry.

Helen Thorne

As well as enjoying a time of fellowship and praise together, we look forward to hearing updates from Rosangela Fraser (WEC), Mairi Beaton (FCYC) and Dina (Community House Damaris).

How to Register

Tickets can be booked online here, however please phone 01224 742911 or 07756 820158 if you are unable to book online.

The cost of this year’s Conference is as follows:
Adults – £20
Students – £15
Under 18s – £10

All women are welcome! The cost includes both lunch and refreshments. 

There will be craft stalls, book stalls and baking so remember to take some change!

Please note that this is an in-person conference and a livestream will not be available.

WfM Annual Meeting Report 2022

On the afternoon of Saturday, 21 May 2022, the Women for Mission (WfM) Committee welcomed over 60 participants to its first in-person Annual Meeting since 2019.  This took place in Knox Free Church, Perth, which proved to be a very suitable venue for this occasion.  The meeting was also livestreamed and it was encouraging to see that a very good number joined online including group events in Lewis and Skye.

It was a real joy to be meeting once again and to have the opportunity to give thanks to God for his goodness to us as we continued the work of WfM through a pandemic.  It was a clear reminder to us of His faithfulness to His people at all times and in all circumstances.

Reports & Speakers

After opening the meeting with a time of worship and with the singing ably led by Catherine Joan MacDonald, reports were received from Holly Smith, Treasurer, and Sarah Lytle, Secretary.  We then had the opportunity to hear from 3 speakers who had been or would be supported by WfM either through the Projects or by one of the funds for short term or community work.  Kathleen MacSween of Sparkle Sisters, a relatively new charity based in St Columba’s, Edinburgh, spoke about its vision and work in the city, reaching out to vulnerable women with love and compassion.  Abby Morrison, who had received a SAV grant to visit Tanzania under the auspices of Tearfund during the summer of 2019, shared with us how at very short notice that arrangement fell through.  However, with the help of Catriona MacDonald, Abby found herself heading to Colegio San Andres, Peru, an experience she found so rewarding that she is returning there this summer for 3 months. On her return to Scotland, the trip to Tanzania had been resuscitated and she was soon travelling to another continent. This trip brought with it many challenges but through it all she was aware of God’s protection not least through the prayers of family and friends back home.  Our final guest speaker was Maria Cockburn of World on our Doorstep who works with ethnic groups in Govanhill, Glasgow.  She spoke of the very real challenges there are working in a relatively small area where over 80 languages are spoken!  Maria’s love for the people in that locality was evident and she encouraged us to continue praying for her and her fellow workers as they endeavour to share the love of Jesus across the cultural divide.

New Project – ‘Refuge & Strength’

As the 2021/22 Project draws to a close (30th June 2022 being the last date for donations) Catherine Joan MacDonald launched the new Project, Refuge and Strength.  This will raise funds for MISIUR (Peru), Sparkle Sisters (Edinburgh) and Bethany Christian Trust (specifically North East Scotland). 

CookBook

Fiona MacAskill took to the podium and enthusiastically announced that plans are afoot to relaunch the Favourite Recipes CookBooks. Having raised thousands of pounds since the 1990s for disaster and relief, and with very few copies available for sale due to a fire at the printers where the books were stored, it is hoped that a new edition combining the two books will be ready for sale later in the year.

Women’s Conference

Before closing the meeting with prayer, the Chairperson announced that the Women’s Conference would be held on Saturday, 17 September 2022, in Inverness. For further information about the new Project visit this page.  After the meeting we enjoyed refreshments and a time of fellowship.

WfM Annual Meeting in Perth & Livestream Link – Saturday 21 May 2022

We are delighted to invite you to the WfM Annual Meeting 2022 in Perth Free Church on Saturday 21 May at 2.00pm.

As we have the opportunity to meet in person for the first time in three years, we give heartfelt thanks for God’s goodness to us through the last few years and that we have been able to continue the work and witness of Women for Mission. 

At the meeting, we look forward to sharing an update on the amount raised for the 2021/22 Project, Hope for the Hurting which has been raising money for Safe Families for Children, Community House Damaris and Lakhnadon Christian Hospital.

We will also hear from some of those who have been supported by WfM in the past or will be in the coming year – speakers include Kathleen MacSween (Sparkle Sisters), Maria Cockburn (World on Our Doorstep) and student Abby Morrison (volunteered in Tanzania with support from SAV Fund).

We are also excited to be launching Project 2022/23 and the new opportunities it will give us to partner alongside Christian organisations which seek to be an influence for good, both practically and spiritually, either at home or overseas and often in challenging circumstances.

It would be so lovely to see as many people as possible gather with us in-person – all ladies welcome!

Livestream Link

For those unable to attend in person, a livestream link is available here.

Supporting Ukraine Refugees through Moldova Support Group

It is impossible to comprehend the feelings of those caught up in the scenes in Ukraine we have seen on our screens in the past 48 hours. As people, made in the image of God, we cannot turn our eyes away from the horror of what is going on.

Last year as part of our WFM project we raised funds for The Moldova Support Group. As one of the countries bordering Ukraine the church in Moldova are on the front line of the ensuing refugee crisis.

Today we were able to send £1000 from the WfM Disaster Fund to the group who are already using this money to buy food and bedding etc. It is an immense privilege to be able to support the Christians in Moldova who are doing all they can to help those who are fleeing the war.

As the scenes of destruction and the upending of people’s lives unfold on our screens we must stand as a church to support those in need. If you would like to support the Moldovan group’s work with the refugees financially then you can do so here.

Above all please pray. We have a great God who knows the heart of every soul. He is the Ancient of Days.

Though the nations rage, kingdoms rise and fall
There is still one King reigning over all
So I will not fear for this truth remains
That my God is, the Ancient of Days

The above recording, sung by Anna Macleod and CJ Macdonald was kindly provided by Lochbroom and Coigach Free Church.

Save the Dates: Annual Meeting and 2022 Conference

The following dates, times and locations have been confirmed for this year’s Women for Mission events.

WfM Annual Meeting
Saturday 21 May 2022 at 2pm
Perth Free Church & Online Livestream

Women’s Conference 2022
Saturday 17 September 2022
Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, Inverness
10am – 3.30pm

Planning for both events is currently in progress, so keep an eye out for more details soon!

WfM Festive Hamper Giveaway!

This December, Women for Mission are excited to be holding a nationwide fundraiser alongside all the fantastic fundraising efforts that are going on in local churches.

In this festive hamper we have put together a lovely assortment of crafts and locally produced goods such as a beautiful handmade Harris Tweed bag and glasses case, Neal’s Yard bath and shower oils, Isle of Skye Candles, tablet, fudge, a starry mug with tea bags and a lovely tote bag which reminds us to rejoice this Christmas!

These have all been kindly donated to us by some of our dedicated Women for Mission supporters around Scotland.

How to Take Part

If you would like to take part in this fundraiser, all you have to do is make an online donation to the project (any amount) and select ‘Christmas Hamper Fundraiser’ on the dropdown menu when it asks ‘What should this donation go toward?’.

All the money raised in this Fundraiser Giveaway will go towards the 2021/2022 Project Hope for the Hurting, which is raising funds for Safe Families Scotland, Community House Damaris and Lakhnadon Christian Hospital.

The closing date for donations is Friday 17 December at 8pm, and we will announce the recipient of the hamper (if they give us their permission!) on Saturday 18th December.

Spread the Word!

We would also love it if you could help us spread the news about this Giveaway on Facebook! See our Facebook page more details.

Update and Thanks from the Moldova Support Group

Below is a message of thanks from Ann Macaulay on behalf of the Moldova Support Group who we supported part of last year’s project ‘Embracing the World with a Touch of the Gospel’. The funds raised by WfM will support the work of a church in Nisporeni, Moldova. The group were particularly grateful for these funds during a year where normal fundraising efforts were not possible due to Covid.

Dear ladies of the Board and all your supporters throughout the country,

We are absolutely delighted to confirm that your donation of £8,500 was received by us yesterday.

It is far above anything we could imagine, just as scripture tells us in Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,…”.

I have shared this with Pastor Alex today and he responded as follows: “Praise to our Lord for His Providence. He knows when to do things at their time. Thank you for letting me know. I will let the church know. God bless.”

Although Covid restrictions curtailed our normal fundraising this past year we trusted that God would continue to bless the work in Nisporeni, Moldova, and He certainly has with this unexpected and most generous provision.

The outcomes with this project are still on track, despite the impact of Covid. However, there may be adjustments to the delivery to meet local restrictions and so I will send an up-to-date report on the current status shortly.

In the meantime, we just wanted to pass on our grateful thanks and ask for your continued prayerful support of the charity’s work in Moldova.

With every blessing for all that you do, by showing love for those in need and helping to spread the Gospel across the world.

On behalf of the Board of trustees and supporters of Moldova Support Group

Anne Macaulay

Anne Macaulay, Chair

Update and Message of Thanks from SU Scotland

We recently received a message of thanks from Dave Rickards, the Director of National Ministries at SU Scotland to thank WfM for their fundraising efforts as part of our 2020/21 Project ‘Embracing the World with A Touch of the Gospel’.

For all the groups and individuals who helped to raise money for this project, here is his message below, for your encouragement. Dave mentions how the funds will be spent, and raises a few points for prayer with regards to work in schools.

Dear Friends,

Thank you!

I have recently been told that your kind and generous fundraising effort has raised a magnificent sum! I understand that John Mowat has passed on an informal thank you, but I wanted to add my voice to John’s.

The gift will be applied to our regional work, where staff equip and lead local volunteers to engage in schools work, run local events and lead discipleship programmes.

Even though the young people who will benefit from this will be unaware of your efforts, I wish to thank you all on their behalf too. As you know, it has been a tough time for young people – but we have seen a wonderful uptake on those wanting to connect online, or in small groups. We are keen to make these connections last, while at the same time bringing back our ‘traditional’ ministries which were paused by COVID, giving numerous local opportunities for children and young people to explore the Bible and respond to the significance of Jesus.

Schools work in particular is a need for prayer. While we know of around 300 SU Group Team Leaders who are keen to restart, restrictions on school visitors are still prohibitive. But it is a joy to see creativity abound, with SU Groups meeting in churches, coffee shops and online until ‘normal’ activity can be resumed.

Thank you again for your efforts and your partnership in this ministry.

God bless,

Dave Rickards

Director of National Ministries, SU Scotland

Two Copper Coins – Ness WfM Group Fundraises for WfM Projects

A few months ago, Cross Free Church WfM group, based in Ness on the Isle of Lewis established a small fundraising group called ‘Two Copper Coins’ which raises funds for the WfM Project in their local area through the sale of donated handmade crafts. We asked Joanne Murray, who helped to start this fundraising initiative, to tell us a little more about their group.

Tell us about Two Copper Coins!

As a fundraising initiative during the lockdown, we decided to attempt to sell items online, perhaps as a kind of ‘shop’. This proved rather challenging due to various tax regulations so we then had the idea of being more of a fundraising group that would hold various ‘pop-up events’ using online means to spread the word.

Where did the name of your fundraising group ‘Two Copper Coins’ come from?

After much consideration on what to name the venture, we decided that the attitude of the widow in Mark 12:41-44 was a good inspiration. Her simple offering of two copper coins was more heartfelt and meaningful than much larger sums of money that were contributed in the wrong attitude. The Lord looks at the heart and is pleased when we give for His glory. God has blessed us all with different talents and means and all of these can be used by the Lord. There is no contribution too small. The ladies of Two Copper Coins pray that the Lord will use their small contributions to bless the work of WfM around the world.

How do you sell items in your local community?

Our first event was an online Harris Tweed Craft Fair. One of our ladies, Edna Macleod, donated beautiful Harris Tweed items that she made herself, to raise money for the 20/21 WfM Project. Photos of items and details were shared on our Facebook and Instagram pages and we created a brochure to circulate around those who are not online. This event was aimed at locals with cash payment only and collection from our prepared collection box.

What are your ideas for the future?

It is our hope that our future events will accept online payment and we will offer the option of posting items. This will open the event to a much wider audience and hopefully generate even more funds for the WfM projects!

Some confirmed themes for future events are candle stalls, handmade gift stalls, handmade card event, bake sales, and jam and chutney sales. We have lots more ideas which we look forward to setting in motion, God willing. We hope you will follow us on social media, join us at a future event and most importantly support the work in your prayers.

Follow Two Copper Coins fundraising here.

WfM are deeply grateful the fundraising efforts of Cross Free Church WfM Group and all the other fundraising groups around the country. All funds raised go towards our annual project. This year, our project is entitled ‘Hope for the Hurting’ and we are raising money for Safe Families Scotland, Community House Damaris and Lakhnadon Christian Hospital in India. Read more here.

WfM ‘Salt & Light’ Online Conference on 18 September

There is so much going on around us. “Woke” culture. Cancel culture. Questions of gender and identity and sexual ethics. The society we live in is changing so fast and is becoming increasingly intolerant of Christianity.

It is harder than ever to be a Christian in today’s world, especially when that means standing out and holding to beliefs that seem so outdated or even offensive to some.  It is so often easier for us to keep quiet and simply blend in with the crowd.

But, as Christians, we are called to be the “salt and light of the earth”. We need to be awake, prepared and ready.  The world – including those we know and love, our families and neighbours – needs to see and hear about the great and eternal message of hope that is in us. But how can we share this message and how can we show it with kindness, gentleness and respect?

This year’s conference, on Saturday 18th September, will get to the very heart of what it means to be a faithful Christian in a hostile culture, exploring how we might shine brightly as God’s people in this fallen and ever-changing world. 

Ann Allen, our main speaker, will deliver two short addresses: the first, ‘Being Christian in a Hostile Culture’ will concentrate on a quick overview of present-day culture and applying the lessons of Ephesians 4 to suggest how we can thrive in a hostile climate. The second ‘Being Missional in a Hostile World’ will examine Luke 10: 38 – 11:4, exploring basic principles which help us in witnessing to and caring for others. 

We encourage women of all ages to tune in to this conference and pray that it will be stimulating, challenging and an encouragement to us all.

How do we watch the conference?

The conference will be broadcast live on Youtube. The livestream will begin at 10.30 with background music playing until the conference begins at 11.00. You can find the link and more details here.

Do we need to pay?

There is no cost to this year’s conference, which will be freely available to watch online. However, if you are able, we would be delighted if you could make a donation to support this year’s projects. 

Organise a Group Event

With some restrictions easing, it might be possible for church groups to meet up and watch the conference together.  If you’d like to advertise a group event, you can download a poster template here.