Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat in June

April 22, 2017

The next Rachel’s Vineyard retreat in the West of Scotland will take place in June (13th-15th). This is a retreat for those who have been involved with abortion and are struggling afterwards. Open to women who have had abortions themselves, men who have lost a child through abortion, anyone who has been involved in an abortion decision (for example friends or family members) and healthcare workers who have taken part in abortion. Through companionship, prayer and activities based on passages of scripture, this retreat takes you on a journey from despair to hope. It is amazing to see the transformation that takes place in those who attend the retreats. The retreats are Christian based but are open to people of all faiths and no faith.

There is more information on the Rachel’s Vineyard website http://www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk

If anyone would like to go on the retreat, please get in touch with Sr Andrea (phone: 07816 942824, email: sisterandrea@rachelsvineyard.org.uk). All contact is kept confidential.

Also please keep this retreat in your prayers- that those who are hurt by abortion will be brave enough to come and seek healing and will apply to come on the retreat, that the team leading the retreat will be blessed in their preparations and that God will work in the hearts of all those involved.


50 Questions About Abortion: 14 – Is there anywhere I can go for help?

April 20, 2017

This year is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act in the UK. Sr Roseann is answering 50 questions about abortion, to mark the 50th anniversary.

Question 14: “I’ve had an abortion and I’m really suffering and sad. Is there anywhere I can go for help?”

http://www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk

http://www.archtrust.org.uk

ARCH (Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline) 0845 603 8501


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

February 8, 2017

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Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. The retreats run worldwide and happen 3-4 times each year in Scotland.

Sr Andrea and her team will be leading a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat this weekend. Please pray for the team as they prepare and for all the participants – that God’s grace and healing will be present to each one of them.

In the autumn of 2016, Sr Andrea trained a group of women in Scotland to speak in churches about how awful it can feel for a woman to have had an abortion and the secrecy that so often surrounds this experience for the rest of her life. Also to explain the Church’s merciful and compassionate teachings for those who have had an abortion and to make people aware that Rachel’s Vineyard retreats exist and are an amazing source of grace and healing to those brave enough to reach out for it. Here is an extract from the “Rachel’s Vineyard appeal”:

“Do not imagine that people opt for abortion because they think it’s a good idea. The vast majority present at our hospitals because of emotional, financial, material pressures that have them totally trapped in a corner so that the only viable option seems to them to be abortion. The challenge for us as a society is to help her deal with those emotional, financial, material difficulties so that she can have her child in peace. If we love the mother, then the child will be fine, because no one is more prolife than the mother.

Since very often it’s not something she actively wanted but did, in the end, agree to, the sense of regret and loss is immense. She is suffering a genuine bereavement but no one comes up to her and says, “I’m sorry for your loss.” No one consoles her in her grief. And she doesn’t look for consolation either because she doesn’t think she deserves it. And so she remains silent. She’s silent, too, because she’s terrified that the people she loves will reject her and that others will judge her. She’s silent because she thinks that to look for healing is to say she’s alright with what happened, she’s over it, she’s forgotten the life that was lost. But that is a mistake! There’s a bad way of remembering, that intensifies pain and destruction; and there’s a way of remembering that gives life. Pope Francis said, ‘Our infinite sadness can only be cured by an infinite love.’ It’s that love that gives us hope.”

For more information about Rachel’s Vineyard, please see the website:  www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk

If you or someone you know has been affected by abortion and you are interested in going on a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat, please get in touch with Sr Andrea on 07816942824


Prayer Requests

January 25, 2017

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These women have all been in touch with us over the past week. They desperately need your prayers. As well as prayers, we are supporting them in whatever way we can.

Please pray:

For K, who is 14 weeks pregnant and whose child has been diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. She is under great pressure to have an abortion and really needs prayers.

For S, who has an abortion booked on Friday 27th January. She is very confused and needs a lot of support. Her baby is of 22 weeks’ gestation and in real danger.

Fr E, who is in early pregnancy and feeling very vulnerable and confused. We’re meeting her on Friday morning and prayers would be much appreciated.

Also please pray for A, who sadly had an abortion last weekend following a diagnosis of foetal abnormality. Not unexpectedly she is devastated, as her text to Sr Roseann expresses, “Just feeling so terrible and I know that it is going to take a long time for me to get over this sadness. I am going to miss him so much… I will never forget my little boy. What a cruel world, he didn’t deserve this.”


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

October 28, 2016

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Sr Andrea will be leading a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat this weekend, for post-abortion healing. We have all been busy with preparations over the past few days. Collecting cakes that have been baked by volunteers, making bouquets of flowers, collecting greenery, making up bags of sweets and decorating place names. Please pray that all will have a blessed weekend and experience God’s healing.

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Publicity for Don’t Stop a Beating Heart

January 17, 2016

The Herald interviews a few voices behind the Don’t Stop a Beating Heart Campaign. Our very own Sr Roseann is amongst those interviewed, as well as John Deighan, CEO of SPUC Scotland and Margaret Cuthill, Coordinator of ARCH in Scotland.

ABORTION cannot be justified at any stage of foetal development. That is the clear cut, hardline conservative shared belief of the voices behind…
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Personal Campaign for Scotland

January 12, 2016

Over the years since the Abortion Act was passed, we have heard so many stories from women who have had an abortion and deeply regretted it.  For us in Scotland we have always had our own Margaret Cuthill who has for so long has  led the former  Victims of Abortion and now ARCH.  Without women like Margaret who are prepared to share their pain and personal tragedies we would not know so much about what leads women to make these decisions and the after math of an abortion.  Once again she has come forward to support the latest prolife campaign launched at the start of 2016 Don’t Stop a Beating Heart.

*taken from SPUC Scotland *

Margaret Cuthill from Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline told her story this week to the Sunday Times.  Margaret is a much loved stalwart of post abortion recovery and care.  Along with Jolene they are bravely giving testimony of their own abortion experiences to help others recover.  Also to help women before they have an abortion to think it through.  “Women are not wired to abort their children” says Cuthill, “the abortion industry does not tell women the truth about abortion.  Neither the physical or psychological effects”.  They are both fully behind the “Don’t stop a beating heart campaign” set up by SPUC Scotland.

Margaret and Jolene’s stories can be read here:

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