2nd June 2017

Church of Scotland Guild June E-News


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National Convener shares her vision for the year ahead






Firstly, may I thank you for giving me the honour of serving you as National Convener. These thoughts are an attempt to keep the aims of the Guild in association with the mind of the Church as expressed in General Assembly, Councils and Committees of the Church of Scotland, without losing the independent thinking and operation of the Guild.


In this year of the 130th anniversary of the Guild I want to invite the Guild to have a year of prayer and mission, to discern its distinctive place in Church and community. The soon to be available Guild’s Wee Tartan Book of Prayers with 366 prayers, one for each day of the year, will assist in this objective. Guild members less able to be involved in other aspects of Guild activity may find their service in prayerful support of the Guild, locally, nationally and internationally.




It is not the intention of the Guild to simply increase its membership. An integral tenet of the Guild is to disciple its membership so that mission and outreach might be enacted through sharing the Good News, encouraging others to give their lives to Jesus Christ.




Through prayer, education, worship, and fellowship, reaching out, I encourage the Guild to re-open or establish 10 new, individual or joint branches, across the country and each Guild branch to initiate a new expression of Guild by beginning a new outreach project or activity locally in its community. This could serve as a gateway to people coming into the Guild, an intergenerational activity or simply an activity identified as a local need of a section of the community.




This being the year when the six new projects, three at home and three overseas, are chosen and 2018 being the Year of Young People, I think it would be appropriate if one new project was young people specific, whether at home or overseas.




In Guild week we would like to encourage each branch to have a celebratory anniversary event to which members and non members from within the community are invited to attend and be made aware of the depth and breadth of the Guild’s work at home and overseas.



It is an exciting time for the Guild and I look forward to journeying with you as we see where God wants us to go.



Heart and Soul





Heart and Soul was once again a fabulous opportunity to share the work of The Guild with the wider church and Christian community in Scotland. Our tent was busy all day and we were heartened by the way in which people engaged with us in such an appreciative way.





The Lord High Commissioner, Princess Anne even popped by to hear more about our work and had the opportunity to chat with Guild members from Ayrshire. She complemented us on the fantastic work we do 'You folk are everywhere and are doing such good work'.





We spread 'joy' during the day by handing out sunflower seeds and we hope to see lots of pictures of them over the summer. We also had a balloon race and we are waiting to see just how far the balloons have travelled, will they make it to Europe?



General Assembly 2017





We have been greatly encouraged by the positive feedback that we have received following the Guild report to the General Assembly.




Rosemary Johnston gave a fantastic overview of our work over the past year and encouraged churches where there is no Guild at present to think about how they can engage with us.




A number of commissioners asked questions and made positive comments from the floor. In conversations afterwards 4 different ministers asked how they might go about setting up a Guild.




Rt Rev Derek Browning was delighted to receive our first 130th anniversary mug and his chaplains didn't miss out either.




There is still time to order your 130th anniversary mug. Email guild@churchofscotland.org.uk by 8th June to ensure you don't miss out.




You can watch the Guild report online. <http://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-kytkuud-dujtnsj-f/>



Big Sing at the General Assembly





We had another fabulous evening at the Big Sing. Almost 1000 people joined us at the Assembly Hall for an evening of hymns and readings. We also were joined by over 30 delegates from overseas.





Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan led the worship and was full of fun but also thoughtful reflection as we prayed for those affected by the Manchester tragedy. His infectious enthusiasm was appreciated by everyone.





Almost £3000 was raised to support a project run by our friends at Livingstonia Synod Aids Project (LISAP) in Malawi which will support women in a micro loan / credit union model to be able to start up a small business.



To Zambia with love.






Morag Muirhead sent us this great photo recently.



It is their hostess, when they were on a twinning visit to Zambia.


She is pictured proudly wearing their gift of a Guild apron as she cooked breakfast for the group on their last morning together.


Guild is a big part of church life in Zambia and so sharing the work of the Guild here in Scotland and learning more about the work of the Guild in Zambia was an important part of the twinning visit.


In August a group from Scotland will travel to Malawi to attend the Womens Guild and Mens Guild conferences and to look at ways in which we can strengthen the links between Guilds here in Scotland and their sisters and brothers in the Guilds in the Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP.



Long service celebrations





Kilbowie St. Andrews Church, Clydebank, Guild recently held a long service award ceremony. Seven ladies received awards although only 4 were in a position to attend the Church Service. The total years celebrated was 332 which is an outstanding achievement for any Guild. One of the ladies Margaret Ward has been a Guild member for 60 years and was also a member of the Girls Association prior to joining The Guild.




When asked what they liked about the Guild they said the caring fellowship and as members of the Guild it enabled them to help others through the projects. Also pictured is Jean Menigall of Dumbarton Presbyterial Council.



Duns Summer Rally






Duns Presbyterial Council held its Summer Rally in Eccles Church on Wednesday 3rd May. They were joined on the evening by the Heart & Soul Swing Band who had everyone dancing in the aisles.



Rev David Taverner gave an interesting insight into the history of the church and Marjorie Clark or ‘Auntie Marj’ as the band call her gave a brief but interesting talk as to how the monies raised are put to use. An enjoyable evening was had by all.



Orkney Guilds Spring Rally





The Orkney Rally took place on the 10th of May and was a great success. More than 50 ladies came over on the ferry (thankfully they had a good crossing!) and were joined by members of the Westray Kirk Guild, Mary from Papay Kirk and ladies from the Westray Baptist Church.




The guest speakers were Teenie and Michael Harcus of the Westray Baptist Church who talked of their work and their mission. They have toured

extensively and spoke of the impact that their music had had on a wide range of audiences. They also played a number of pieces, much to the enjoyment of the audience.




Everyone had a great afternoon and enjoyed a time of fellowship and tea before returning home.



Around Scotland





The ladies of Irvine & Kilmarnock Presbyterial Council held a "Tea at Two" recently in aid of The Ayrshire Hospice. They are pictured with Rev. Colin Strong and a member of the Hospice team.

£500 was raised to help the work of the hospice locally





Wormit and Balmerino Guild were joined by Tayport, Pittenweem and Leuchars Guilds to their annual Spring Tea, where it was pleasant to exchange news with members from other parts of Fife. The afternoon's entertainment was provided by Gordon Reid on his accordion.





Monifieth Guild recently had a speaker from Guild partner project, Feed the Minds. They found the evening both challenging and informative. The members signed the Feed the Minds pledge. Support for Feeds the Minds has now reached an amazing £102,473.02



Project totals reach £478,676.01





The amount of money raised for Guild projects never ceases to amaze and astonish us. By 31st May, a fabulous £478,676.01 had been raised. The totals for each project so far is:




Street Pastors £88,894.84




Care for the Family £80,216.56




Caring for Mother Earth, Bolivia £73,251.44




Feed the Minds £102,473.02




Mission International, Haiti £64,672.88




All Friends Together £69,167.25




Thank you to you all for supporting the projects and taking on these challenging issues.





Just for fun





Well done to everyone who took part in our competition and correctly told us that New Kilpatrick Guild raised £1783 at their coffee morning.




A Guild goodie bag is on its way to Lesley Langlands from Annan St Andrew's Guild.




The question this month is how much has been raised so far for Mission International?



Answers to the Guild office by Friday 23rd June for your chance to win some Guild goodies.



June Prayer Diary






Please pray for ...


Fri 2 June: Marge Paterson as she begins her year as National Convener.

Sat 3 June: Patricia Robertson as she begins her year as National Vice Convener

Sun 4 June: Rosemary Johnston as she steps down as National Convener, giving thanks for her work throughout the past year.

Mon 5 June: Presbyterial Council rallies happening across Scotland this week.

Tues 6 June: Karen Gillon as she speaks at Ardrossan Presbyterial Council in Arran.

Wed 7 June: Iain Whyte as he attends the final meeting of Jedburgh East Presbyterial Council in Yetholm and give thanks for the formation of the new Jedburgh Presbyterial Council.

Thurs 8 June: the Leadership team as they meet to plan the Annual Gathering.

Fri 9 June: all those elected to serve as MP’s across the UK. Grant them wisdom and discernment.

Sat 10 June: those struggling with loneliness.



Sun 11 June: the National Youth Assembly members.

Mon 12 June: Presbyterial Council rallies happening across Scotland this month.

Tues 13 June: the work of project partner Christian Aid.

Wed 14 June: members of the National Council as they meet in Edinburgh.

Thurs15 June: the work of Livingstonia Synod Aids Project.

Fri 16 June: those suffering from poor mental health that they might find strength and healing.

Sat 17 June: for Finance officer Alice Finlayson.



Sun 18 June: all members of the Outreach Group.

Mon 19 June: Presbyterial Council rallies happening across Scotland this week.

Tues 20 June: refugees across the globe as we seek to support those who have come to settle in Scotland.

Wed 21 June: for Guild Administrator Lesley Blyth.

Thurs 22 June: Marian Macintyre and all members of the Communications and Marketing Group.

Fri 23 June: for the Moderator, Rt Rev Derek Browning as he completes his first month in office.

Sat 24 June: the work of project partner Care for the Family.



Sun 25 June: for seafarers and those minister to them.

Mon 26 June: Helen Kerr and all members of the Resource Group.

Tues 27 June: for Admin Assistant Nicola Robinson.

Wed 28 June: for Guild link visits taking place over the summer.

Thurs 29 June: the work of project partner Prospects.

Fri 30 June: the work of project partner Mission International.

Sat 1 July: for General Secretary Iain Whyte.



Sun 2 July the work of project partner Feed the Minds.

Mon 3 July: Jane Dargie and all members of the Events Group.

Tues 4 July: for Guild members meeting in summer Guilds.

Wed 5 July: for Associate Secretary Karen Gillon.

Thurs 6 July: the work of project partner The Ascension Trust.



A summer prayer


This summer,




Take time to claim your strength; this is a gift from God.

Take time to have fun; it is God’s way of teaching you your strengths.

Take time to grow yourself; only you can grow you.

Take time to trust yourself; God trusts you.

Take time to be self-reliant; it is better than being dependent.

Take time to share with others; they will bless you and you will bless them.

Take time to have hope; you are a child of God.










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