1st December 2017

Church of Scotland Guild December E-News


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From the National Convener...







Dear Friends,


After all your hard work, that's another Guild Week successfully completed! I hope you have had an exciting week with lots of varied activities. We always like to hear about and see photos of what you have been up to and some of these are to be seen in this newsletter. It may just spark an idea with another Guild.




Despite the wintry weather, we had an uplifting "Big Sing" in Inverness, with around 700 Guild folk braving the elements to be there.




Our next national event is the Big Christmas Sing in Glasgow on 8 December. The uptake of tickets for this was so great that we are having to run the event twice, at 3pm till 4pm and again at 4.30pm until 6pm! As this was the first time we had undertaken such an event, we were not sure what the response would be. We should have known better. Next time, we will have to look for a bigger venue!




It's hard to believe that I'm almost half way through my year as your National Convener. The time is passing so quickly I would quite like to press the "pause" button sometimes! I must say, I'm really enjoying travelling around the country meeting a wide variety of inspiring Guild members. I have been so warmly welcomed everywhere I've been...thank you!




As we approach the Advent season, I wish you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas.




Marge Paterson



Big Sing, Inverness






On Friday, 24 November, around 700 people gathered in the East Church in Inverness for the latest "Big Sing". The East Church is now faced with having its roof put back on after the Guild raised it!




The day was one of worship, fellowship and celebration and it was great to see people from all over the country coming together to mark Guild Week.




Thanks to everyone who helped make the day such a success.




Special thanks go to Heather Beck, Convener, and Inverness and Nairn Presbyterial Council; Sheila Murray and everyone at the East Church; Myra Jerrit for playing the organ and to Iain Gibson and the students of Inverness College who photographed the event for us.




To hear a recording of the service go to: www.invernesseast.com <http://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-kkdddtd-dujtnsj-b/> then look under resources, sermons.



Some Inverness pictures...














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Big Sing Offerings





The offerings from Big Sings are raised to support the work of our friends in the Synod of Livingstonia of the CCAP in Malawi. One of the projects we have helped with is the student hostel at the Louden Teacher Training College in Embangweni, where we have provided furniture for ten student rooms.




In August we saw the hostel at first hand and were really impressed by the building and by the commitment of so many people to this important place, where young women are encouraged to train as teachers (the picture shows some of the students at Embangweni) and, by extension, to encourage girls to remain in education.




We learned that the hostel could not run at full capacity as they had only been able to afford to dig one bore hole for fresh water.




So, we are donating the offerings from the Inverness and Glasgow Big Sings to allow a second source of water to be provided.




The offering at Inverness was a wonderful £ 2448.80, or around 2.5 million Malawi Kwachas, there being around MK1000 to £1. The estimated cost of the bore hole is MK4 million, so we are well on the way to reaching that target...let's hope we can get there in Glasgow!



Guild week...Holburn West





During Guild Week, the Holburn West Church Guild, Aberdeen, had Afternoon Tea with Music. THe event was a great success, with members from 10 Guilds attending. There were 107 people there, and a very happy time was had by all.



Guild week...Erskine





Erskine Parish Church Guild held an open evening on Wednesday 22nd November to celebrate Guild week and raise funds for Guild projects.



We were joined by 56 members and friends and were treated to a lovely evening of musical entertainment by members of the Fable Theatre Company Concert party followed by supper. The evening was a great success and a total of £230 was raised for the projects.



On the final Sunday of Guild week, the Guild Convener was asked to give a talk on the work of the Guild, locally, nationally and internationally and this was a great opportunity to raise awareness among members of the congregation and hopefully recruit a few more members!



Guild week...Monifieth






We received this lovely picture of Margaret Gateley, one of the Leadership Team in Monifieth Parish Church Guild, along with their most senior member, Margery Dick, who is cutting the Guild Birthday Cake.




After the Guild Dedication Service, when Guild members participated in welcome duties, giving the intimations, reading and serving at Communion, the Guild invited all in the congregation to their Soup and Something Sweet lunch, in aid of the Guild Projects. A great day, altogether!




Well done, Monifieth... a Guild well known to Guild Office for their help at the shop at the Annual Gathering in the Caird Hall every September!



Guild Week...Duntocher Trinity





Convener, Mhairi Clark, Duntocher Trinity, with a new pulpit fall made for Guild Week by ladies of the Guild.



Guild Week...Northesk





PIctured during Guild Week are Northesk Church Guild President, Margaret Elgin (left) and Charmain McMeekin, their guest speaker .




Charmain is the daughter of Eric Lomax (The Railway Man) and she gave an enlightening talk, not only about her father’s terrible experiences during the war and how he found redemption, but also about her own family life. She spoke about her journey through many difficulties and experiences as she found her own role within the Church and as a Christian counsellor, helping many people who had been affected in similar ways to her own. It was an inspiring talk about forgiveness.



Northesk welcomed organisations from the other churches in Musselburgh and from their twinning partner - Wardie Church, Edinburgh.



Guild week...Martyrs' Sandyford





At the Guild dedication service, on Guild Sunday, Martyrs' Sandyford Guild (Paisley) presented thirteen Guild ladies with long service awards.




These ladies have clocked up 450 years service between them! Two of the ladies, Catherine Riddell and Lily Clark, celebrated over sixty years of continuous service.



Guild ladies took an active part at this service and afterwards they had a soup an sandwich lunch.



Guild week...Denny Old






On Sunday, 26th November, as part of Guild Week, Denny Old Parish Church Guild held its Dedication Service at which Long Service Certificates were presented.


The recipients are, from left to right:



May Thomson (30 Yrs), Christina Fowler (25 yrs), Annie A Couper (43 yrs), Sadie Farquhar(25 yrs), Marion McWhirter (40 yrs), Anne Couper (33 yrs), Betty Nelson (25 yrs), Janet Rhodes (25 yrs)

Not in picture Jean Johnston (30 yrs), Dorothy Leadbitter (30 yrs), Jean Weir (30 yrs)



New apron!






Available now from Guild office is the new Guild apron. Navy blue with a prominent, woven, Guild logo, this is a great addition to our range of merchandise.




The cost is £6...we expect them to go quickly, so if you are looking for a wee Christmas gift, get in touch asap!




Thanks to our Finance Assistant, Alice, for modelling it for us!



...and tartan bunting





Also added is this Guild tartan bunting.


It comes in 10m lengths of 24 pennants for £15.




The pennants are hard-wearing plastic and connected by black webbing.




The bunting would add a colourful decoration to any Guild event..use it to draw attention to stalls, events, Guild worship occasions and any opportunity you have to make people notice the Guild!



Project news.


The amounts being raised for our six Partnership Projects continue to impress.




The totals to the end of November are:




Street pastors: £ 98 036.03


Care for the Family: £ 87 348.59


Christian Aid: £ 83 535.60


Feed the Minds: £113 973.78


Mission International:£ 70 558.80


Prospects: £ 75 164.47







December Prayer Diary






This month, we would ask you to pray especially for our Associate Secretary, Karen Gillon, who is unwell and will be hugely missed from Guild Office (and everywhere else in the Guild) over the next while.




Please pray for Karen and for her family at a difficult time and for everyone who is unwell or facing challenges in their lives.








Until 10 December: 16 days of prayer when we pray for victims of abuse, those suffering because of HIV (the picture shows children supported by the Livingstonia Aids Project) and campaigns for justice and peace, but also during December we pray for:




* Fri 1 December: World Aids Day

* Sun 3 December: The first Sunday in Advent

* Thurs 7 December: The National Leadership Team meeting in Edinburgh

* Fri 8 December: The Guild Big Christmas Sings at St George's Tron Church in Glasgow

* Sat 9 December: Sleep in the Park, an event in Princes Street Gardens targetting the end of homelessness

* Thurs 14 December: The Feed the Minds Carol Concert in Greyfriars' Church in Edinburgh




In the rest of the month, we pray for those who face a lonely Christmas; those who have lost dear ones and face Christmas without them, perhaps for the first time; those who are unwell; those for whom Christmas will bring financial stress rather than fun and celebrations.




Amidst the whole Advent and Christmas season, let's pray for a world where the Christian message of hope and expectation, of Grace and love, is central to everything we do.



Just for Fun





This month's "Just for Fun" question has to have a Christmas theme!




How many wise men does the Bible mention?




Send your answers to Guild Office by 15 December!



Looking ahead to the season of Advent


We remember the words of the great advent hymn, originally written in the18th century and taken from a series of seven antiphons (chants) known as the 'O' Antiphons as they all begin with 'O'. In Latin, taking the first letter of each form last to first, spells ERO CRAS, which means "Tomorrow I will come" :




O come, O come, Emmanuel


and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lowly exile here,


until the Son of God appear.


Rejoice! Rejoice!


Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!




Well, that's everything for 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!




Please note that the January e-news will be published in the week beginning 8 January to let us get the content together after the holiday!

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