1st April 2016

What's the Guild up to in April?

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Dear Friends,


In the last few weeks, I seem to have been away from home a great deal! In the middle of March, I was at the Spring Break with a group of other Guild members where we enjoyed wonderful weather, friendship and fellowship at the Christian Centre in Kincraig.


The following week I was in Stornoway where I shared a supper with the Guild members at their AGM - a great idea to share food to encourage a good turn-out at an AGM! I think I will suggest it to my own Guild...


I hope you all had a lovely Easter, hopefully sharing time with your families and managing to enjoy a bit of good weather for egg-rolling!


Every blessing,


Linda Young

Guild National Convener






A Round-up of the Resource Days

by Iain Whyte


Over the past couple of weeks, it’s been great to be involved in the first ever series of Resource Days. These replace the Theme and Topic Days of previous years and are designed to allow people to hear about the Theme and Topic Guide, but also about other resources that are planned or already available.


Running over a half day rather than a full day, the fast-moving programme has been well-received by over 300 people in 11 venues across the country.


Once again this shows the enthusiasm and commitment that characterise the Guild and it is exciting to see the positive response to the content delivered at these events. So much of this is the working out in practice of the vision presented in our Guild Action Plan.


From the Guild Office viewpoint, it is really great to have the chance to hear the views and opinions of the broader membership of the Guild, as that is the (extremely large!) group that we are here to support and serve…please keep us on our toes and help to ensure that we are running this great movement with and for all of you!






Updates and news



* ​Big Sing, November

A few people have been asking if, because of the upcoming Big Sing event at the General Assembly, we won't be having a Big Sing during Guild Week. In fact, we are delighted to announce that the Guild Week Big Sing will take place in Greenock Westburn Church on Friday 18 November. More details will follow, but for the moment save the date!


* Argyll Presbytery idea

The Guild Office was recently approached by a representative from Argyll Presbytery who wanted to send packs of information about the Guild projects to all congregations without a Guild to show what the Guild was involved with. We would like to encourage all Guild who would wish to do something similar, whether with project packs, Guild newsletters or anything else, to contact the Guild Office - we would love to help get the word out about exactly what the Guild does!


News in brief



This is a reminder to send in your application for tickets for the Big Sing at the General Assembly! Each Guild was sent an application form by post to ensure fairness. Because of this, the Guild Office is only accepting posted application forms. Didn't receive yours? Don't worry - reply to this email to request another.



A group of Guild members recently enjoyed the Spring Break at Kincraig. Kay Keith, former National Convener, said of the Break, "It was a beautiful place to be in beautiful weather. The food was mouth-watering thanks to our great chefs Linda [Young] and Patricia [Robertson]." We're so pleased everyone had a good time!



In case you missed it, for International Women's Day on 8 March 2016, both the National Convener and the General Secretary wrote a short article on a woman they find inspiring. Many will be familiar with both women mentioned in the articles, and you can read about them and all the other inspiring women here <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dtjtml-dujtnsj-f/> !






News from you



We love hearing about Councils coming together to plan, share ideas and enjoy fellowship. This photo was taken at the joint Angus West & East Presbyterial Councils Preparation Day which was held in Lowson Memorial Church Hall, Forfar, on Saturday 27 February. Pictured is Angus West Convener, Eleanor Butters, addressing Guild members.



King's Park Church Guild in Glasgow has two knitting projects. One has been organised by Ann Phillips for the past 31 years. They knit mittens, bootees, cot blankets, large blankets, knee rugs, tops and cardigans! The second knitting project, 'The Buzy Bees', run by Morag Murray, also knits baby clothes, toys and blankets, and at a coffee morning on 11 April, some of the goods will be sold. Well done to both groups!



We were sent some super pictures recently from Margaret Robinson of Duntocher Trinity, showing the Guild's recent Spring outing to Luss. Margaret commented that it was "great weather and even better company"! We're so glad everyone had a good time and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time together.


Meet the Committees




Every month, we say hello to a different Convener or member of the National Executive in a bid to get to know the Guild members representing us. This month, say hello to Marge!



Marge Paterson



Convener of Marketing & Publicity Committee


What is the name of your Guild?

Because we're in a linked charge, I'm actually a member of Old Cumnock Old Church Guild and also Lugar Guild.


How long have you been a Guild member?

On returning from eleven years of living abroad, I joined the Guild in Pittenweem in Fife in 1991.

Can you think of something you would say was your 'favourite ever Guild moment'?

When the Guild recognised the need for change, and embraced the opportunity, through consultation with all branches, to propose a radical approach rather than piece meal alterations. This has provided greater flexibility and has reinvigorated many branches. There is ongoing hope that the new vision will provide many more opportunities for the Guild movement as it continues to evolve and develop. The Guild is a movement, not just an organisation and must always be open and willing to respond to current situations and context. For me, the moment the Guild agreed to journey together in this direction, gave me much hope for the success and future of the Guild movement.

What did you like about being on the Committee you have been on?

I enjoyed, appreciated and benefited from the variety the Committee offered; the fellowship we shared; the opportunity that each member had to bring their ideas, expertise and enthusiasm required when there was a need to continually identify new products to promote the Guild inside and outside the movement. In order to be successful as a Committee, teamwork was essential and business was always conducted with good humour.

How do you feel about becoming the new National Vice Convener?

I have never sought prominence in any committee or walk of life, however, I have always been open to God's call and any ministry He invites me to participate in. Whilst I am pleased to be able to serve the Guild in this new capacity, I openly invite the prayers of the Guild, that God will equip me and enable me to fulfil the role in accordance with His will and purpose.


Why should people join the Guild?

People joining the Guild can expect to be in a gathering of Christian community and enjoy fellowship together. It is also an opportunity to ask and have questions answered concerning current issues based on God's Word. It is a non threatening environment in which to explore the questions of faith relevant to today's living in today's world. It also introduces people to a Christian response of issues at home and overseas.









Be sure to grab a copy of this month's Life and Work <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dtjtml-dujtnsj-v/> where there is a great article on past Project Partner, International Justice Mission (2009-2012 cycle). Andy Bevan, Regional Development Executive, says, "Our success is in part due to the faithful commitment of the Guild's members to support our work, both prayerfully and financially, raising £166,074.28 over the three year period... Your support has changed the lives of many in Cambodia and was a game-changer in the fight against sex trafficking."



Street Pastors has arrived in the Borders! Sandy Scrimgeour, of Ascension Trust (Scotland) said, "I am pleased both Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland are supportive, along with a number of churches. Whilst the intention is to operate in both Galashiels and Hawick, as the initiative progresses it will look to support other communities during the Borders festival period."


Click here <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dtjtml-dujtnsj-e/> to read the full article.



Don't forget you can check how much money has been raised to date for each of the projects by visiting the Guild's pages <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dtjtml-dujtnsj-s/> on the Church of Scotland website - scroll right down to the bottom of the page to find individual figures and the total figure raised across all of the projects. This figure will be updated shortly after the end of each month once a report has been run. A huge congratulations to all Guilds for raising such an incredible amount already!






Just for fun!



Congratulations to March's competition winner, Doreen Stewart, who correctly told us that Anne Hepburn opened the 1982 Annual Meeting with a 'God, our Mother' prayer. Loads of people entered this competition, so a big well done, Doreen - we hope you enjoy using your new bag!


This month, you could win a £5 voucher for the Guild shop so you can choose your own prize! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer this question:


What event did the Guild tweet about on 18 March, saying that we were already excited about it? (Hint here <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dtjtml-dujtnsj-w/> !)


Answers should be sent by email by 12 noon on 29 April. A winning answer will be chosen at random from correct entries and the winner announced in the next e-newsletter.


Well, that's everything for April's edition of Guild e-news! If you have something to contribute for the next e-newsletter then please email guild@churchofscotland.org.uk - we can't wait to hear from you!


What better way to finish the e-news than with an advert for the Guild...?



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