Fun Weekend in Scotland!

We held the Blessing Information Day last Saturday (4th June) at Dalmeny Church Hall, less than a mile from our usual venue at South Queensferry High School. The hall was beside Dalmeny Church, a very old church built in Romanesque style. It was the first time we had hired the venue, and it turned out to be a good choice. We had fine weather, with just a chill in the wind coming from the Firth of Forth.

The Blessed Family Department team, composed of William Haines, Chris and Carol Jubb, Jennifer Nkumu and Keiko Brouard, travelled from London to give the one-day workshop. William was accompanied by his wife, Ruth. Fourteen of the second generation attended, including a sister visiting from USA and a brother from France doing a three-month course of studies at Edinburgh University. Twelve first generation attended, both parents and members.

William Haines gave talks on the Change of Blood Lineage. Chris and Carol Jubb spok5. William teachinge about parents’ support for matching and blessing of the second generation. Jennifer Nkumu introduced the work of the Blessed Family Department.

There was also a lively and interesting testimony session in which Robert Williamson Jr was interviewed by his younger brother, Eric, on how he managed to be matched and blessed. Robert was blessed with a German sister, Randine, in 2009, and they have a child, Leona, who was born on 11th November 2011 (11.11.11), an auspicious date. Robert, Randine and Leona live in Dunfermline, near Robert’s parents.

There was a break for lunch, buffet-style, which was provided by the blessed wives. In the afternoon, we all split into three groups for discussion: second generation brothers; second generation sisters; and parents. Outstanding questions were written down and answered in a short final session by a panel composed of Blessed Family Department members. The meeting was extremely useful because it was held near at hand, in Scotland, and b6. Buffet lunchecause it reminded us of the providential importance of blessed marriage and family, and showed us how to face the challenges of the matching process leading to the blessing of the second generation.

We are extremely grateful to the Blessed Family Department for making the effort to come to Scotland, and we look forward to visits from them in the future. In the meantime, we have lines of contact with them to help in the ongoing work of matching and blessing.

 

The following day, we celebrated the Day of All True Things with a service at Queensferry High School. The celebration cake was cut by Juliano Allard, who will be thirteen this week. Pizz3. MC Shin Yi Breslina lunch followed.

In the afternoon, a few of us visited a nearby farm where Paul Currie works. It grows mainly fruit in polytunnels, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, and has apple-trees and cherry-trees. It has a farm shop and large café and terrace, as well as outbuildings and fields where people can see sheep, pigs and chickens. We found Paul in a far corner of a field, dressed in white with a net over his head, teaching bee-keeping to four visitors, who were all dressed in white and masked like him. They were surrounded by a swarm of bees. Bees are essential for the pollination of fruit trees and bushes, a key player in the life of all things.

 

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