11th June 2018

Church of Scotland Guild June E-News


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From the National Convener






Here I am writing an article for the Guild E-News, as National Convener of the Guild. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think this would be part of my journey in life.

It is indeed a privilege to be in this position. I still regard myself as an ordinary member of the Guild who for some reason or another has reached this position. I trust I can fulfil this task.



As you are all aware we are now on a new strategy, "One journey, many roads". We must not however forget the last strategy "Be bold, be strong" as during that 3 year period we’ve seen changes in the Guild as we try to move forward and encourage new members. This past session we have 600 new members. It’s not always felt these changes are necessary but it would be futile not to look to the future.



As this is the Year of the Young People, it may be an idea to invite young people to a Guild meeting to share their thoughts. This might lead to some intergenerational working.

Our new strategy "One journey, many roads", will be one during this next year where my journey will be taking me on many roads and I look forward to meeting fellow Guild members. I always feel it is good to hear how Guilds run their meetings depending on their location and then share their methods with others. I would like during my year to ensure that all relevant information is communicated to all members as I feel strongly that this is not happening in all Councils.



I hope those members who meet during the summer months have a successful session and those who have finished for this session enjoy the break.



I look forward to my journey, as I travel this year, on meeting Guild members and at all times remembering "Whose we are and Whom we serve"



Every blessing






General Assembly





Huge congratulations to Marge Paterson on the excellent way in which she presented the Guild report to the General Assembly at the end of what had been a very long day. With her usual engaging, friendly manner, she ensured that the Assembly knew what we had been up to and how they could support our work. The report was well received and we were delighted with the positive comments other commissioners made.


We then had a fabulous time of worship at the Big Sing where we celebrated our 6 projects as we drew our formal relationship with them to an end. We were grateful to the Very Rev Lorna Hood who led the evening and shared an excellent reflection. Friends from across the globe joined us and it was a particular pleasure to have friends from the Synod of Livingstonia, Malawi. The offering raised £3700 to support the installation of a borehole at Louden teacher training college and the development of a tailoring project that will enable the Guild in Malawi to make affordable uniforms and other items to sell to help build sustainability.


Thank you to all of you who were able to join us. A few videos of the night are available on our Facebook page... see for yourself what a great night it was.



Phenomenal project totals





We have been overwhelmed by amount of money that has been raised for our 6 Be Bold, Be Strong projects. All 6 projects have raised important issues both here in Scotland and across the world and without doubt the support of the Guild has helped our partners change lives for the better.


The final totals for each project are:


Ascension Trust - £130,099.04

Care for the Family - £111,592.76

Christian Aid - £111,038.47

Feed the Minds - £145,142.16

Mission International - £120,252.56

Prospects - £115,315.32


Final Total - £733,440.31





Heart and Soul 2018





A great day of fun, fellowship and faith was had by all who joined us at Heart and Soul. We were joined by our 6 new Project Partners.





Our theme for the day was 'Go in Love' and we were able to use the theme to tell people more about the Guild and encourage them to join us.





We were delighted by the encouragement and enthusiasm we felt for the Guild from those who joined us on such a wonderful day.



Guild at Gardening Scotland


Greetings from Arbuthnott, Bervie & Kinneff parish centred in Inverbervie where we have a lively Guild and a community volunteer group called Brighter Bervie (find us on Facebook).<http://i8.cmail19.com/ei/t/FF/553/74B/csimport/garden.120449.jpg>




Our friends at Arbuthnott, Bervie & Kinneff parish centred in Inverbervie have a lively Guild and a community volunteer group called Brighter Bervie.



Since 2013, Brighter Bervie has developed a trail of community gardens which includes the Voyage of Life Garden beside their church.



For the past 3 years they have successfully entered the pallet and planter competition at Gardening Scotland held at Ingliston. This year, they exhibited a pallet garden featuring the new Guild theme : One Journey - Many Roads.




The pallet garden was a huge success and was well received by all who stopped by and it was another great opportunity to tell people more about the Guild.



Happy 90th birthday





Guild friends at St Blane's Guild in Dunblane were excited and delighted to share in the 90th birthday celebrations of 2 of their members, Ishbel Kerr (on the right of the photograph) and Margaret Henderson (on the left of the photograph). We can't believe these 2 are both 90, they look so young!


The two ladies have many years’ service to the Guild, their church and their local community.


They have seen many things change over the years in the Guild, but the friendship and fellowship they enjoy are just as fresh and real. They have lived through a World War, the establishment of the NHS and so much more.


Huge congratulations Ishbel and Margaret. We hope this is an extra special year for you both!



Northern Roadshows





Getting out and about across Scotland enables us all to get to know each other and learn about the challenges people face in various parts of Scotland.





Our most recent roadshows saw us visiting Unst in Shetland, East Mainland, Orkney and Wick. In each place we received a warm welcome and a great time of fellowship.





We shared in workshops and had a good discussion on a wide variety of subjects, including how the Guild can support young people. In October we are in the North East, so watch this space.



June Prayer Diary






Please pray for:


June 11 Tom Macintyre as he represents the Guild at the Pan African mens’ conference in South Africa

June 12 members of the National leadership team who are meeting to plan for the year ahead

June13 staff and leadership team as they join in a day of training and planning

June 14 all new members of the National Council meeting for the first time.

June 15 project partner, the Boys’ Brigade Scotland, as they work with boys across Scotland

June 16 our friends in the Girls' Brigade as they celebrate their 125th anniversary

June 17 all who have recently taken on leadership roles with local Guilds, that they may be led by God as they lead their Guild

June 18 project partner, Free to Live Trust, and their work in India

June 19 all involved in helping write the 2019 Theme and Discussion Guide

June 20 give thanks for the money raised to help install the borehole at Louden Teacher Training College, enabling young teachers to have clean, fresh water

June 21 project partner, Crossreach, as they support people feeling lonely or isolated

June 22 Patricia Robertson, new National Convener, that she will be guided as to how best to lead the Guild in the year ahead

June 23 the work of the Mission and Discipleship Council as they develop new resources to support congregations

June 24 project partner, Sailors’ Society, working with sailors in the ports of Scotland

June 25 staff of Life and Work as they decide on topics for future editions

June 26 Marian Macintyre, new National Vice Convener, that she helps develop the work of the Guild in the year ahead

June 27 project partner, World Mission Council, working with teenage mothers in Zambia

June 28 all who have recently taken on leadership roles in Presbyterial Councils, that they may be led by God as they lead their Council

June 29 all ministers and deacons who have been inducted in recent weeks, that God will richly bless their ministry

June 30 project partner, Malawi Fruits, as they work to give young farmers in Malawi a more sustainable future





Just for Fun





The "Just for Fun" question for May was:




When did Doris Tulloch join the Guild?




The answer was 1978.




The winner is Elizabeth Kennedy from Airdrie Clarkston Guild. Congratulations Elizabeth, your prize will be on its way to you soon.




This month's question is: What was the final total raised for all 6 projects?




Answers to Guild Office by 25th June for your chance to win some Guild goodies.







A prayer for summer


Creator God, thank you for summer!


Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight.


Thank you for the gentle patter of rain on freshly planted gardens enabling growth and life.


Thank you for the beauty we see all around us and for the


opportunity to be outside and enjoy your creation.


Thank you for the increased time we have to be with friends and family,


and for the more relaxed pace of the summer season.




Draw us closer to you this summer, Creator God.


Teach us how we can pray no matter where we are or what we are doing.




Warm us with the awareness of Your presence, and light our paths


as we look to see what this summer will bring.


As we enjoy Your creation, create in us pure hearts


and a hunger and a thirst for You.






Well, that's everything for June'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!

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