10th December 2018

Church of Scotland Guild December E-News


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Advent hope







Dear friends




This is the season as the advent hymn says, when we wait, long and prepare for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas. May we never forget the true reason for the celebrations at this time as we get caught up with the buying of presents, writing cards and planning the food required (often buying too much) which we seem to get involved with every year.



It is the season for giving and receiving gifts but as it is often said it is better to give than to receive. With this thought in mind it is right that we as a Guild give, remembering our friends in Malawi especially, our monetary gifts from the offerings from our "Big Sings this session to put a metal roof on one of their churches replacing the grass one therefore making it more watertight. We also remember those in our prayers who are struggling through grief, illness, results of war and homeless to name but a few.



As we remember it is better to give than to receive and of course the reason we give is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, showing us "Love came down at Christmas".



I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.




Patricia Robertson


National Convener





Big Sing comes to Airdrie





Over 700 Guild members and friends gathered together in New Wellwynd Church, Airdrie to celebrate Guild week through hymns and readings.




It was encouraging to see people from all over Scotland.





The fabulous organ playing of David Stewart added to the enjoyment of all in attendance and certainly enhanced the worship.




A tremendous £1674 was collected for our partnership with Malawi.





We were also very grateful to Rev Robbie Hamilton and everyone at New Wellwynd who helped make the event such a success



Big Christmas Sing





What an amazing day of singing and celebration was enjoyed by almost 750 people at our Christmas Big Sing in St Cuthbert's Church in Edinburgh. It was a wonderful way to begin our advent season and to think about the different journeys to Bethlehem by Mary & Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men.


Everyone was in very good voice and we were expertly accompanied by Morley Whitehead.


Once again everyone was incredibly generous and over £1700 was raised for our partnership in Malawi and specifically for work to help put a roof on a church in Mzuzu.



Long service





Airdrie Clarkston Parish Church Guild held their dedication service was held on Sunday 25th November 2018. The service was conducted by the minister the Rev Hanna Rankine. Three members were presented with Long Service certificates and Long Service badges. Congratulations to Elizabeth McCrone, Norma Mitchell and Elizabeth Kennedy.


It was a wonderful celebration of the Guild and the faithfulness of our members





Congratulations to Cath Croll who marked over 60 years of service as a Guild member at Monifeith. The church also held their dedication service, which included a quiz led by Minister, Rev Fiona Reynolds. The quiz helped raise awareness with the congregation of the history of the Guild, its membership, activities and its campaigning. Following the service Guild members provided a Soup and Something Sweet Lunch, to raise funds for the projects.





Newtonhill Guild celebrated the long service of Pauline Platt, Joan McNaught and Margaret Brooks who all have been members of the Guild for over 30 years.


We are very fortunate as an organisation to have as much experience and knowledge within the Guild and it might be worth asking your members to share something of their life and journey at a Guild meeting.



Duntocher is 125!






Duntocher Trinity Guild’s celebrated their 125th anniversary recently. To mark the anniversary they had a wonderful day with former members and also members Guild link, Larkhall Trinty.




Larkhall Convener, Frances Gilmour and Duntocher Convener, Mhairi Clark are pictured cutting the cake.




For any Guild to continue serving their community and church for 125 years is a remarkable achievement and we are all delighted to sending congratulations to everyone at Duntocher.



Around the country!





Netherlee Parish Church Glasgow had a Christmas Tree Festival recently. This is the Guild entry based on our theme Seeking the Way.




Well done all. A great way to promote the Guild!





Two hanging stained glass windows are now in place at Morningside Parish Church along with a plaque detailing the Guild aim of ‘Worship, Fellowship and Service’. The Guild motto ‘Whose we are and Whom we Serve’ spans both windows.


The windows are certainly a special way of acknowledging the service given by the Guild over many years to Morningside.





Callander Kirk Guild invited neighbouring guilds along with two members of Stirling Presbytery 'All Guilds Together' to their meeting to celebrate Guild Week.




Everyone seems to have had a very happy time of fellowship.




Sharing with Guild friends ad new members is a great way to celebrate Guild week.



More news....





Annandale and Eskdale Guilds Together Committee enjoyed an early Christmas lunch in Lockerbie. Food was delicious and a great time was had by all, lots of laughter, sharing of stories and making new friends.





Williamwood Parish Church Guild celebrated it's 80th. Anniversary on Sunday 18th. November 2018 - the start of Guild Week.





St Clements Guild in Dingwall hosted an Afternoon Tea where they worshipped, prayed, enjoyed fun and laughter through reading, poetry and prose and music



December Prayer Diary






Please pray:



Week beginning 10th



As we wait during this time of advent, give us the excitement of Elizabeth's baby who jumped with gladness on Mary's arrival. Encourage us to share the excitement of the coming season with family and friends.


Week beginning 17th



When we feel weak and frail, give us the courage of Mary who responded to the call of God. Help us to listen and to respond to God's plan for our lives.


Week beginning 24th



As wait for the coming of the Christ child, help us to make room for Jesus anew in our lives just as the innkeeper made room for Mary and Joseph.


Week beginning 31st



As we look forward to New Year, give us the courage of Mary and Joseph as they journeyed to Egypt to escape persecution. Remember all who travel today to escape persecution, war and famine.



Just for Fun





The "Just for Fun" question for November was:




Guilds in which county will welcome the present and past National Conveners this month?




The answer was Ayrshire




The winner is Maureen Smith of South Queensferry. Congratulations Cicely, your prize will be on its way to you soon.




This month's question is: who made a Seeking the Way Christmas tree?




Answers to Guild Office by 31 December for your chance to win some Guild goodies!







A prayer for advent


God our Father, we thank you

for this time of Advent praise and worship

and as we await the birth

of our Saviour Jesus once again,

we come to you in prayer:




God, we come to you in our waiting.

We wait with our fears,

our anxieties and frustrations,

our pains and regrets, our shame and confusion.

God, help us to wait in peace.




We wait with impatience:

we rush around, preparing for the festivities,

not leaving the space to prepare our hearts.

God, help us to wait in faith.




We wait in excitement:

we are ready to celebrate!

we know the story with its humbleness, simplicity

and wonder.

God, help us to nurture our joy.




We wait in thanksgiving:

we are free and able to celebrate whilst others are not.

We have friends and family around us to share the Advent journey.



We are able to wonder at the marvel of your gift.

God, help us to receive your love, born for us in a stable.














Well, that's everything fpr December's edition of Guild e-news! If you have something to contribute for the next e-newsletter, then please email guild@churchofscotland.org.uk <mailto:guild@churchofscotland.org.uk?subject=e-newsletter%20contribution> - we can't wait to hear from you!




Have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

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