3rd August 2018

Church of Scotland Guild August E-News


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Hopes of the National Vice Convener





Dear friends



Rev Dr. Archibald H Charteris, our founder, left us these words of encouragement:



'It is they who dream bright dreams that in the end deliver ....

Do not be afraid or ashamed to announce splendid hopes...

It is enthusiasts the world needs, and I pray you to be enthusiastic'



Hopes, dreams, plans, projects...we all have those in our lives. Looking forward is a basic human activity, whether in a 'day-dreamy' sort of way or in a more single-minded constructive way.



We have hopes and dreams for our loved-ones, we have career plans, we have projects we support, which we long to see come to fruition. We make plans for our holidays, visits and activities.

But if our hopes, dreams, plans and projects remain as 'day-dreams' or abstracts in our minds, then nothing will happen. Hopes have to be committed to action, or they will come to nothing. Action is one of the main tenets of the Guild, and I would even go as far as to call it 'activism'.



Actually, as Guild members, we are already 'activists' in terms of the way in which we have supported so many Projects over the years, by raising massive funds, but also by raising awareness and providing education, not only among our own members, but for the whole Church.




So...if our hopes for attracting new members, for a renewed vision, for a positive image for our organisation, then we have to get out there and make it happen..by being inclusive, by identifying and using our gifts, by talking to people, by getting involved in decision-making and not leaving it to 'someone else', by getting alongside folks in our communities. In a word by being 'enthusiasts'!



No-one gets enthusiastic about a 'lost cause'...but ours isn't a lost cause; ours is the best cause ever, telling others and showing by example the Good News of Jesus Christ, whose we are and whom we serve.



So, as we plan for a new session, let's get out there, and 'Just do it' (with apologies to Nike!)



Every blessing






Conveners' Challenge 2018






Huge congratulations to Lewis Guilds Together who designed the winning cushion cover in this year’s Conveners' challenge.


Their design which combined local scenery and local fabrics with the theme of 'One Journey, Many Roads' caught the eye of the judges. The cushion will be on display at the Annual Gathering and I am sure it will be well received by you all.


The runners up were Melrose and Peebles and 3rd was Edinburgh.


Many thanks to everyone who took part.



Conveners' Conference





Conveners from across Scotland came together recently to discuss a variety of issues including how best to encourage more people to get involved in Councils and also to share best practice. There was a lot of useful information shared and everyone was very encouraged by the energy and enthusiasm in the room!


One of the key recommendations was to change the name of Presbyterial Councils to Guilds Together. It was felt that this name better reflected the nature of the work done, better explained to people what they actually did (brought Guilds together) and may encourage others to get involved.


This recommendation was Conveners' taken to and agreed by the National Council and the name will be changed from this session so for example Perth Presbyterial Council will now be known as Perth and Kinross Guilds Together. Some felt that they would also like to think about the geographical part of the name and whether it might be changed as well, to better reflect the area in which Guilds operate. Perth and Kinross is an example of this, moving on form just Perth.



Birthdays all round





Friends at Fraserburgh Old Parish Church Guild recently said a very happy 98th birthday to their oldest member Mrs Katy Hay. Mrs Hay is still a regular attender at Guild and church, health and weather permitting





It was 90th birthday celebrations at St Blane’s Church in Dunblane for Margaret Henderson and Ishbel Kerr. Both ladies are long serving members of the Guild




We are very fortunate to have so many people in the Guild across Scotland who have so much knowledge and experience that they can share with younger members.




Why not think of working with your youth church, Boys' Brigade or Girls Brigade on a reminiscence project?




Both age groups have so much to offer each other and so much to learn from each other. It would also be a great way of celebrating the Year of Young People too!



Duns Afternoon Tea





Duns Presbyterial Council held its afternoon tea summer rally recently in Chirnside.




Their guest speaker was Very Rev Dr. Russell Barr who gave a very interesting and insightful talk on his year as Moderator.




Very Rev Dr. Russell Barr was also able to present silver, gold and diamond badges to long serving members of the Guild.




A lovely day was had by all who came along.



Is this the best travelled scarf??






Guild convener of the Afternoon Guild at the United Church of Bute in Rothesay, Janette Henderson, bought a Guild scarf when they were first produced and took it to the Arctic, then member Sandra Lindsay took it to Canada last summer. (You have featured it in Guild News Spring/Summer 2018 issue at the Rockie) and now Fiona Martin took the same scarf to Melbourne and then to the trip to Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park. The photos were taken at Uluru (Ayer's Rock) & Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)




I think you'll agree that's quite a distance for one wee scarf to travel from a Guild with only 9 members!



Nursing home visit





Holding meetings in local nursing homes are a great way to keep older members engaged with the work of the Guild.




Folks in Dumbarton recently held their closing social in Buchanan Lodge nursing home. 22 residents joined with Guild members in the meeting that was led by National Council member Margaret Robinson. They were entertained by the Zigeuners, who had a great repertoire and all the members were able to join in with songs that were familiar to them.



Inchcolm Island






In June around 80 members and friends of the Edinburgh Guilds Together had a wonderful day out on Inchcolm Island. The day had been ably organised by their outgoing Convener, Jeanette McIvor.



They were able to explore the Island and Abbey combined with a tour of the Forth and its three bridges. In the Abbey they had an uplifting service of Communion lead by the Reverend Ian Gilmour.




All involved said it was a wonderful experience and would recommend it to other Guilds.



Take Action push for a strong Scottish Climate Change Act





Climate change affects us all, but it's the world's poorest people who are impacted most. They feel the worst effects in day-to-day life but have done the least to cause climate change.



This is a momentous year for tackling climate change in Scotland as in May 2018 the Scottish Government introduced a new Climate Bill, which gives us the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to build a better world, free from poverty and climate change. However, Christian Aid believes that the Bill lacks the ambition and action needed for Scotland to play its part in tackling climate change. The Scottish Government claims that they'll be one of the first countries to achieve net-zero emissions, but the Bill doesn't commit to that.



Christian Aid are asking us to take action today by asking your MSPs to push for changes to the Bill as it makes its way through Parliament.

You can go online e-action <https://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-ukjiudy-dujtnsj-f/> or get in touch with Christian Aid to request postcards to distribute in your church and community or contact Fiona Buchanan 0131 240 1527 fbuchanan@christian-aid.org




Mass Climate Lobby of Parliament Wednesday 19th September 2018



Why not join Christian Aid on Wednesday 19th September for our Mass Climate Lobby of the Scottish Parliament, and speak to your MSPs directly about why you want to see more action on climate change. You’ll be meeting with lots of other campaigners from around Scotland, and be given lots of lobbying hints and tips in advance and on the day. Find out more and register. <https://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-ukjiudy-dujtnsj-z/>



Just Festival



Faith in older people (FiOP) will be holding a ‘Conversation’ on the theme of ‘Identity and Belonging’ based on the stories of individuals on Thursday, 16th August 2018 at St John’s Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh at 17.15. Our aim is to explore where we get our sense of identify and belonging and how does religion, belief and culture and our family roots influence of sense of being human and our attitudes to our society. Tickets are available at justfestival.org





August Prayer Diary






Please pray:




3rd giving thanks for the summer, the warmth of the sunshine and the beauty of gardens, fields and coastline



4th that as many of us enjoy holidays and time with family this summer, we will remember the world’s 1.6 million seafarers away at sea, many on long contracts and unsure of when they will see loved ones again. We pray that our chaplains will continue to bring comfort, hope and peace to seafarers who are feeling lonely or isolated



5th for the team at Life and Work as they share news about the church and the wider Christian community



6th for our partner the World Mission Council, asking for the smooth inception and running of the project in Zambia and for encouragement for Mable and Helen who will lead the project



7th for young people across Scotland awaiting exam results, that each will know contentment and be able to see a plan for their future whatever the results might be



8th thanking God for children and young people who have attended camps, holiday clubs or beach missions, that God will touch them in a special way as he has done in years gone by. Give particular thanks for the work of Scripture Union who celebrate their 150th anniversary this year



9th for the estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures .Every year many face challenges of loss of their lands, territories and resources due to development, climate change and war



10th for Church of Scotland Mission Partner, Rev John McCulloch and his family serving in Israel and Palestine



11th for Guilds who meet in the summer months, asking that they may feel part of our Guild family



12th on International Youth day pray for the 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world that they may have the chance to fulfil their potential. Remember particularly young people you may know



13th remembering especially staff who work in the NHS



14th remembering our partner Malawi Fruits, who are preparing to work with young Malawian farmers in the forthcoming planting season



15th thanking God for all who serve in our armed forces that they may be get safe in situations of conflict around the globe



16th as schools return we thank God for all those involved in education



17th for all those who have been nominated to be Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2019-20, that God will guide the church to the right person for this important role



18th especially for those Guild members living in nursing homes, that they may know companionship and friendship



19th aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.



20th our partner Free to Live Trust and for Seema and her staff as they work in the dangerous red-light district of the city of Pune and for the children in the house at Bori for their integration into the local schools in the village



21st for all who have been victims of terrorism, praying that they will experience peace



22nd giving thanks for the work of our friend in CCAP, Synod of Livingstonia, and asking God to deepen and strengthen our bonds as brothers and sisters in Christ



23rd people who even today are enslaved by modern day gang masters. We pray that governments around the world will do more to protect and free people



24th for those sleeping rough on our streets tonight for whatever reason, that they may be safe and warm



25th while many enjoy the summer, others face challenges with isolation and loneliness. Pray that they will find a listening ear or a friendly face to encourage them in the days ahead



26th for firefighters who day and daily risk their lives to help keep others safe



27th for the National Youth Assembly Moderator, Tamsin Dingwall as she prepares to speak at the Annual Gathering



28th for strength to someone you know who has been bereaved that they will know peace and find comfort in the days ahead



29th for the Moderator, Rt Rev Susan Brown as she prepares to speak at the Annual Gathering



30th for National Convener, Patricia Robertson and all involved in the leadership of this year’s Annual Gathering



31st as the technical team, stewards and staff meet at the Caird Hall for final preparations pray that everything will go smoothly and they will be prepared and ready for the Annual Gathering



1st for all those attending the Annual Gathering that they may receive encouragement and leave enthused about the role of the Guild in today’s world



2nd for ourselves that we may draw closer to God each day



3rd thanking God for the work of the Boys’ Brigade and companies planning for the new session



4th for Church of Scotland Mission Partner, Fiona Kendall who works with Mediterranean Hope, a project created by the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy to support refugees



5th for politicians in local, national and international governments that they will act in the interests of peace and justice for all



6th that as we look forward to another new session of the Guild, God will bless and direct our work and witness





Just for Fun





The "Just for Fun" question for June was:




What was the final total raised for all 6 projects?




The answer was (at end May) £733,401.31!




But the money keeps coming in and we now have a fabulous £753,883.11






The winner is Norma McIntyre from Nairn Guild. Congratulations Norma, your prize will be on its way to you soon.




This month's question is: When is the Christian Aid lobby of the Scottish Parliament?




Answers to Guild Office by 31st August for your chance to win some Guild goodies.







A prayer for a new session


Lord God, our loving Heavenly Father,


as we continue our journey into this new session,


we praise you for how you have led and guided us in the past.


We praise you that we have been given strength and hope by your promises


made at different times, in different places and to many different people.




We recall how you promised Noah that the rainbow in the sky


would ever be a reminder of your forgiveness and your covenant that


never again would the earth be destroyed.




We recall how Moses was strengthened by your promise to lead


his people out of captivity and into the promised land,


as were countless prophets and others since then.




Your promise of a Messiah to save the people was fulfilled when


you sent your only Son into the world to give strength


and hope to all who accept his call and follow Him.




We give thanks for all who have found strength for a new way of life in


Jesus’ teachings and his promise that he will never leave us nor forsake us


and we have great hope in his promise of eternal life.




Help us, then, Lord, to believe these promises and to be strong


to do your will day by day.




In your name we ask this.








Well, that's everything for August'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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