4th March 2016

Guild March E-Newsletter

 

The Guild: MARCHing forward!

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Dear Friends,

 

I hope this March edition of Guild e-news finds you well. Can you believe this month we will be celebrating Easter?!

 

One of the many services that I love and particularly look forward to over Easter is one held early on Easter Sunday. The service takes place on the beach right outside our church and it is so peaceful to celebrate that happy morning while the sea is lapping the shore and we can see small fishing boats on the horizon. Easter is also a wonderful time to come together and enjoy fellowship as a church family - and a Guild family - to celebrate the victory over death of the one Whose we are and Whom we serve.

Many of you will have seen the latest edition of Guild News by now and we want to congratulate Rosemary and Marge, our incoming National Convener and Vice-Convener. I'm sure we all wish them every blessing.

We remember in our prayers all those who struggle with ill-health or are currently recovering, and we wish Marian Mcintyre (Project and Topic Committee Convener) a speedy recovery from her knee operation last week - by now she will be back home in Shetland. There will be lots of people known to you in your Guilds, too, who are in need of prayer and I hope that, as Guilds, we can all extend the hand of fellowship to anyone who could use some support at this time.

I have been travelling around Scotland in the last few months and it has been a joy meeting Guilds all over the country, experiencing the warmth, friendship and hospitality that the Guild is known for across the land. The Leadership Team has also been busy travelling, hosting Action Plan Roadshows in many areas. If your Council hasn’t had one, please contact the Guild Office, as we would be delighted for more opportunities to explore the Action Plan and all the exciting things in the Guild’s future.

I wish you all a Happy Easter.

 

Every blessing,

 

Linda Young

Guild National Convener

 

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Updates and news

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* Convener and Vice-Convener Elect

As many will now know, at the last National Executive meeting, the two nominees for the posts of National Convener and Vice-Convener 2016-2017 were confirmed. Rosemary Johnston, current National Vice-Convener will take on the role of National Convener in May and Marge Paterson, current Convener of the Marketing & Publicity Committee, will become the new National Vice-Convener. Read more here <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dykjild-dujtnsj-z/> . Many congratulations to both!

* National Committee Restructure

Also at the last National Executive meeting on 11 February, it was agreed to change the structure of the Committees after the General Assembly to better reflect the areas of work carried out by the Committees. The new Committees will be: Communications, Events, Outreach and Resources. In addition, it was agreed to change the name of the National Executive to 'National Council' in line with all other Church of Scotland departments.

 

* Big Sing at General Assembly

We are currently in final talks about hosting a Guild BIG SING at this year's General Assembly! More information will be posted about when exactly this event will be and how to get hold of tickets once everything has been finalised. In the meantime, could you help to choose the songs? Click here <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dykjild-dujtnsj-v/> to take a short survey so that we can have the most popular songs at this event!

 

* Resource Days

Don't forget that Resource Days will most likely be happening near you this month! If you DON'T have one near you and would like to organise one, or an Action Plan Roadshow, please contact the Guild Office to discuss possibilities. Find out more about when Resource Days are taking place here <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dykjild-dujtnsj-e/> .

 

News in brief

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The Borders Gathering is taking place in Kelso North Church on 30 April from 10am-3pm and will be a day full of fun and fellowship as we celebrate the Guild. More details will follow and we hope to see you there!

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Happy World Day of Prayer today (4 March)! Did you know that World Day of Prayer Scotland has a Facebook page <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dykjild-dujtnsj-s/> ? Find out what's going on around the world, too, on the World Day of Prayer website <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dykjild-dujtnsj-g/> .

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The Speaker List has been repackaged and broken into easy-to-use sections. You can find this resource here <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dykjild-dujtnsj-w/> , or we can email a copy - just get in touch with the Guild office. This will be posted out as a hard copy in the September mailing.

 

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News from you

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Recently, members of Kirkpatrick Durham Guild shared a New Year lunch in the Grapes Hotel, Springholm, and also celebrated Muriel Edgar's 60 years of service to the Guild. 87-year-old Muriel first attended the Guild in Crocketford in 1956, and later moved to join Kirkpatrick Durham. It was with much pleasure that she was presented with a certificate for her sixty years' service from the Guild Office. Muriel is pictured cutting her special cake!

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In November 2015 Strathblane Parish Church Guild celebrated not one but two important events. Firstly, the Guild celebrated its 80th birthday and, also in November, one of the Guild's longest serving members, Dr Perry Harrison, celebrated his 100th birthday! This photograph shows Perry with President Isabel Brown and other members of the Guild and Church who helped with the preparations for his birthday tea on Saturday 28 November. Congratulations to everyone!

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Guild members Margaret Muir and Laura Digan had a great idea to raise money for Guild projects - they were sponsored to spend a night sleeping in a stable in December! From 10pm on 4 December until 8am the following day, the two ladies braved the elements, saying, "We had a bit of hardship for an evening but what about those who experience homelessness everyday?" The two projects to benefit from this event were Street Pastors and the Haiti Project.

 

Meet the Committees

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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 Patricia!

 

Name:

Patricia Robertson

Committee:

Convener of Programmes and Resources Committee

Name of Guild:

I'm a member of Westburn Parish Church, Greenock. (Its previous was name St.Luke's, and when I joined the Young Women's Group, it was The Old Kirk.)

How long have you been a Guild member?

I have been a member of the Guild 39 years (I can't remember exactly - I joined after the birth of my daughter who has just celebrated her 39th birthday).

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

This question is the most difficult to answer as I can recall several favourite moments! One would be the centenary celebrations - both the Greenock Presbyterial Council centenary service and the civic reception that the Council gave to the Presbyterial Council. I also recall the tins of biscuits that were ordered and distributed at that time. Another favourite moment was when I had the opportunity of being the YWG National Convener for a year - again, the exact year I can't remember! I also enjoyed the visit to Wamphray service to mark the 125th anniversary celebrations. Also, I remember when the National Mission was part of the Guild being involved in leading members of local Guilds to a week at Craigengower, Tighnabruaich for a week's holiday.

What do you like about being on the Committee you're on?

I enjoy being on the Programmes & Resources Committee as I feel that in some small way the committee helps Guilds by suggesting various formats for meetings. It is gratifying that the committee share their faith and dedication to produce the Theme Guide annually. It was a privilege to be part of this Committee this year when the decision was taken to include the Discussion Topic within the Theme Guide.

 

Why should people join the Guild?

I think people should join the Guild as the fellowship we get from each other can give us the strength to keep going when things get difficult. My hope is that in time the younger generation can see that becoming a member of this great organisation would be an advantage. Also I think, as is often said, that the Guild should be blowing their own trumpet - about our projects, about our true image (not twinset & pearls!).

 

Projects

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Care for the Family (project - Let's Stick Together) continue to post pictures of their trips <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dykjild-dujtnsj-yd/> to Guild across the country. You can follow their adventures on Twitte <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dykjild-dujtnsj-yh/> r and Facebook <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dykjild-dujtnsj-yk/> !

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Did you know that Prospects has a charity shop <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-dykjild-dujtnsj-yu/> in Tollcross Road in Glasgow? Why not support the project by having a clear-out and donating your unwanted things?

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The Project Co-ordinators' Conference is coming up on 28 April! Project Co-ordinators can expect more details on this in the upcoming mailing. Don't miss out on this great event!

 

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Focus on... Twinning

 

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"The twinning has provided an insight into the cultures of our two countries as well as sharing our common bond of the love of Christ" Benbecula, Presbytery of Uist twinned with Jerusha Kanyua Memorial Church, Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Kenya.

Over the years our understanding of mission has changed and while traditional links through Mission Partners are still important, congregations and presbyteries now have the opportunity to connect with partner churches more directly through the Twinning programme. Twinning congregations and Presbyteries with partner churches has given them the opportunity to maintain contact with the world church. Through twinning, congregations and Presbyteries can build relationships with each other, learn and experience different cultures, and walk alongside other Christians in different parts of the world exploring their faith together.

 

Twinning relationships focus on what each party can learn from the other. Working together as equals, twinned congregations and presbyteries can ensure that that they are getting what they need from the relationship to ensure growth and development. Chalmers Ardler Church in Dundee has been Twinned with Kayole, Nairobi in Kenya since 2010. Through visiting one another their Twinning relationship has been strengthened through seeing and experiencing how each congregation functions and the groups within them. Together these congregations hope to grow youth participation in Chalmers Ardler and increase volunteering in Keyhole. Each congregation is learning from the success of the other.

It’s great when Twinnings involve the whole Church in their Twinning like Inverness Crown who are twinned with North Street United Church in Jamaica. On a recent visit to Inverness, the visitors were shown all the different groups and activities that make up the church life there. By seeing how groups like the Guild work within the church and the wider communities, can give Twinnings more substance.

It is encouraging to see that through the use of technology, it is easier to communicate group to group, church to church. Emails, texts and even Facebook are great ways to keep in contact, to see how the churches and their groups are getting on. It can, for some, make the relationship feel more real by having a personal connection with someone in their Twinning.

We will shortly be launching a new Twinning eNews which will provide stories and top tips for Twinnings. If you would like to be part of our mailing list, please click here to subscribe.

For more information on Twinning, please contact Stephanie Thomson, Twinning Development Officer in World Mission Council on stephanie.thomson@churchofscotland.org.uk

 

Dates for your diary

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* If you're excited about the 2016-2017 theme of 'Go in Joy!' or feel a bit daunted about planning your Guild's syllabus, then come along to one of the Resource Days! It's an opportunity to unpack the theme and discussion topic fully and really get to grips with all the resources available to build a great programme for the session. To book a place for a National Day, please contact the Guild Office and to book a place for a Local Day, please contact the appropriate Presbyterial Council.

 

National Days:

Aberdeen, 19 March, High Hilton Church

Ayr, 19 March, Ayr Auld Kirk

Dundee, 12 March, Meadowside St Paul's

Edinburgh, 17 March, Murrayfield Parish Church

Glasgow, 12 March, Springburn Parish Church

 

Local Days:

Dumfries, 16 April, St George's Church Hall

Gordon, 19 March, The Acorn Centre, Inverurie

Hamilton South, 19 March, Dalziel St Andrews

Inverness, 12 March, Crown Church

Moray West, 19 March, St Andrew's Church Hall

Perth, 19 March, Bankfoot Church Centre

 

* The Perth Action Plan Roadshow is coming up on Saturday 19 March. Have your say about the future of the Guild and come along to explore the Action Plan and its ideas for the way forward for the Guild over the coming years. Topics covered include operational matters, communication, branding & perception and membership. (The Perth Resource Day will be held in the morning on this day, with the Roadshow held in the afternoon)

 

* Anyone in Aberdeen interested in finding out more about the work of Christian Aid are invited to hear from Kathy Galloway, Head of Scotland, and others talking about the work of Christian Aid. The event will be held on Saturday 12th March 2016 in St Mark’s Church, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1JY from 11am to 3pm. Please bring your own lunch, but tea and coffee will be provided. If you have any questions please call the Perth office on 01738 643 982 or email Perth@christian-aid.orgThursday 17th March

 

* All are invited to join Christian Aid, the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the United Reformed Church in Scotland when they come together to share prayers and reflections on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. The next occasion will be Thursday 17th March in Grahamston United Church, Bute Street, Falkirk FK2 7DH from 7 9PM. All welcome.

 

Just for fun!

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Congratulations to January's competition winner, Jean Hodgson, who correctly told us that the only current Project Partner with a 'Y' in its name is Care for the Family. Well done, Jean - you'll be stylish and dry with your new Guild umbrella!

 

This month, you could win a Guild shoulder bag (pictured) and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer this question:

 

Which Guild National President opened the Annual Meeting in 1982 with a ‘God, our Mother’ prayer sparking controversy and debate at the General Assembly?

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Answers should be sent by email by 12 noon on 25 March. 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 March'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!

 

We finish this month with a thought from Archibald Charteris himself...

 

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