5th May 2017

Church of Scotland Guild May E-News

 

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Rosemary's reflections on her year as National Convener

 

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Dear Friends

 

 

It seems no time at all since late May last year when I wrote my first letter to enews as National Convener! Where has the year gone? Our theme for the year "Go in Joy" has certainly been appropriate I have had the most joy-filled year! I have learned about the effects of climate change; I have learned about the desperate plight of trafficked victims and the help available from very stretched resources; I have learned so much every day is a learning day in The Guild!

 

 

During my year, I have met many interesting and inspiring people, both within the Guild and in other areas of the Church of Scotland and beyond. I have travelled from Shetland to London, Oban to Broughton and various points in between! What I have seen in Guilds up and down the country is so encouraging change is being embraced and new opportunities for service developed.

 

 

Early in my tenure I was asked if the Guild is still relevant for today after all women, now have a voice in the Church as moderators, ministers and elders. My answer is that the Guild is as relevant today as it was in 1887. The Guild still reaches out to the margins of society where vulnerable people are often left to their own devices with no-one to care, provide or educate. Through our tenets of worship, prayer, action and fellowship we continue to touch lives and we continue to challenge our church and communities to t

 

ake up at times controversial and uncomfortable issues.

Friends, it has been an honour to serve you and I thank you all for giving me the opportunity to serve my Lord in this way and move me along on my faith journey.

 

 

I trust that you will support Marge Paterson as she takes on the role of National Convener and Patricia Robertson as National Vice Convener, and the Leadership Team and office staff as they take The Guild forward into a year going in love.

 

 

With every blessing

Rosemary

 

 

North East Gathering

 

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Over 100 members joined together in Aberdeen to celebrate our North East Gathering. We enjoyed thoughtful inputs and also a day of 'joy' with singing from the Salvation Army songsters. A huge thanks to Jane Dargie, Events Group Convener for all her work to make it possible.

 

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Rev Shuna Dicks shared her experiences of supporting refugees in Greece and working with Moray Supports Refugees. Then Rev Hugh Wallace shared information about the work of churches supporting refugees in Aberdeen.

 

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Refugees from Syria who have made Aberdeen their home in the last year shared their experiences of life in the 'granite city'. In particular they shared how welcome they had been made to feel by people living locally

 

 

Big Sing at the General Assembly

 

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It's less than 3 weeks until the Big Sing at the General Assembly and we are very excited by the hymns that people have chosen. It's a good mix and we are all who are there will have a great night.

 

 

 

We hope to have an international feel to the evening with a couple of songs from the world church and also some singing from the international delegates who are at Assembly.

 

 

 

There are a few tickets left so email guild@churchofscotland.org.uk if you would like to join us.

 

 

 

Why not bring a friend who isn't a Guild member and let them see how we like to worship God and enjoy ourselves!

 

 

103 and still going strong

 

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We were delighted to receive this photo of 103 year old Mrs Hamilton being presented with her long service certificate for an amazing 72 years of service to the Guild by National Vice Convener Marge Paterson.

 

 

 

Born at the start of WW1 Mrs Hamilton grew up in a Scotland very different from the one we live in today. She was just a young woman when all women got the right to vote and was just 25 when war began again in 1939. So Mrs Hamilton has seen huge change in the world and as well as in the Guild.

 

 

 

Mrs Hamilton joined the Guild in her 30's having attended the Guild as a girl with her mother who was secretary. She and her sisters used to have to write out the minutes from her mother's notes, a job she tells us they really didn't like doing!

 

 

 

Mrs Hamilton still enjoys hearing all about what Guilds across Scotland are doing to live up to our tenants of worship, prayer and action. Thank you for all you have done for The Guild and here's to many more years of service and your prayerful support for all the work we do.

 

 

A night at the 'pictures!'

 

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United Church of Bute Evening Guild enjoyed at evening at the 'pictures'

 

Two of their members dressed as usherettes serving the ice cream to the other members when they booked the local cinema for their final meeting of the session.

 

 

 

They all went to see The Bodyguard and then adjourned to a local restaurant for a fish tea.A lovely afternoon was had by all.

 

 

 

 

In your Easter bonnet

 

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Guild member Freda Young and grandaughter Emily Birnie staff the Easter egg hunt!

 

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The Guild at Fraserburgh Old held an Easter Coffee Morning on April 15th

 

Despite a horrible day with driving wind and rain they still raised a fabulous £894.60

 

They had a great event for folk of all ages.

 

Margaret McRobbie and Cath Roskell are showing off their Easter bonnets!

 

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Emily's mum Helen Birnie and daughter Fiona who always help out

 

 

Linlithgow Girls Brigade sign up!

 

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Associate Secretary Karen GIllon had a great night with the Girls Brigade at Linlithgow.

 

 

 

They had fun learning about peace, joy and love as well as the Guild and Guild projects.

 

 

 

The company is becoming a honourary Guild for the coming year - we look forward to hearing how they get on!

 

 

Long service in Upper Tweeddale

 

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National Convener Rosemary Johnston was on hand at Upper Tweeddale Guild to present long service certificates to a number of members at their recent AGM.

 

 

 

Pictured from right to left are Janet Hunter ( 52 yrs) Jean Brown ( 52 years) Peggy Wills (55 years and from Newlands Guild), Margaret Ellis ( 70 yrs), Betty Eastland (50yrs) and Jessie Eastland (50 yrs).

 

 

Happy birthday Betty

 

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Bellshill Central Guild celebrated the birthday of one of their oldest and longest serving members is style!

 

 

 

Betty Toal, who has been an active and dedicated Guild member for 56 years, celebrated her 94th Birthday on Easter Sunday.

 

 

 

Betty is pictured with Stanley Cook; Session Clerk, Guild friend Rena Girdwood and Guild President, Liz Morton.

 

 

 

Betty, who was one of the first female Elders appointed at Bellshill Central, attends Church every week.

 

 

 

She is described by her Guild as an inspiration! You certainly are Betty!

 

 

Solar Oven comes to Prestwick South

 

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Prestwick South Parish Church Easter egg competition had a visitor from Bolivia!

 

The Guild entry won first prize for adult entries with an innovative depiction of the solar ovens being provided to women in Bolivia through The Guild partnership with Christian Aid.

 

Pictured with their entry Caring for Mother Earth Bolivia are Shona McGill (vice convener) Helen Inglis (convener) and Mhairi McAlinden (secretary).

 

 

News from around Scotland

 

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Members of St Boswells Guild are pictured receiving long service badges from Rev. Sheila Moir

 

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Members and friends of Kirkcaldy Templehall Guild enjoying an impromptu Songs of Praise after their Easter service.

 

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New Kilpatrick Guild held a Coffee Morning on recently which raised £1783 for our Projects -- " Care for the Family " and "Feed the Minds "

 

 

Mad Hatters Tea Party

 

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Houston & Killellan Kirk Guild, held a very successful Mad Hatter's Tea Party and raised a fabulous total of £828 for their Kirk Extension Fund.

 

 

 

As you can see by our photos they had a lot of fun preparing, dressing up and serving their guests who all seemed to enjoy their afternoon tea and the fun they all had.

 

 

Just for fun

 

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Well done to everyone who took part in our competition and correctly identified Aberdeen as the venue for this year's North East Gathering.

 

 

 

A Guild goodie bag is on its way to Kathie Hay from Inverurie.

 

 

 

The question this month is how much did New Kilpatrick Guild raise at their coffee morning?

 

 

Answers to the Guild office by Friday 26th May for your chance to win some Guild goodies.

 

 

 

 

May Prayer Diary

 

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Please pray for ...

 

 

Fri 5 May: all those elected to serve on Councils throughout Scotland

Sat 6 May: the work of project partner, Christian Aid

Sun 7 May: the work of project partner, Care for the Family

Mon 8 May: the work of project partner, Mission International

Tues 9 May::the work of project partner, Ascension Trust

Wed 10 May: the work of project partner, Feed the Minds

Thurs 11 May: the past National Conveners who are meeting in Edinburgh to share information.

Fri 12 May: the work of project partner, Prospects

Sat 13 May: all serving in our armed forces

Sun 14 May: young people in Sunday schools across Scotland

Mon 15 May: all inolved in supporting the work of Chistian Aid this Christian Aid week

Tues 16 May:: all attending the joint Guild and Faith in Older people event in Edinburgh

Wed 17 May: delegates from overseas as they prepare to travel to the General Assembly

Thurs 18 May: Rev Derek Browning as he prepares to serve as Moderator in the year ahead.

Fri 19 May: Rev Russell Barr as he prepares to reflect on his year as Moderator at the General Assembly

Sat 20 May: the Council of Assembly as they present their report to the General Assembly

Sun 21 May: for all attending Heart and Soul both in Princes Street Gardens and across Scotland.

Mon 22 May: the World Mission Council and Social Care Councils as they present their report to the General Assembly

Tues 23 May: Rosemary Johnston as she presents The Guild report to the General Assembly, for Mary Reid and Naomi Dornan who will present the Intergenerational Working Group Report and for all attending the Big Sing

Wed 24 May: the Ecumenical Relations Committee and the Ministries Council as they present their report to the General Assembly

Thurs 25 May: the Mission and Discipleship Council, the National Youth Assembly and the Theological Forum as they present their report to the General Assembly

Fri 26 May: all those in various departments who will report to the General Assembly

Sat 27 May: organisations considering applying to be a Guild project in 2018

Sun 28 May: National Convener Marge Paterson as she begins her year of office

Mon 29 May: National Vice Convener Patricia Robertson as she begins her year of office

Tues 30 May:: Helen Kerr, Ardrossan Presbyterial Council as she begins her role as convener of the Resources Group

Wed 1 June: Everyone attending the Presbyterial Council Conveners Conference

Thurs 2 June: the work of the Girls Brigade

Fri 3 June: the work of the Boys Brigade

 

 

A Prayer for Christian Aid Week

 

This red envelope, Lord, has been put through my letterbox.

And I have delivered others like it through other doors

in this Christian Aid Week.

As have hundreds of others in churches and faith communities all over

the land.

 

It seems such a small thing,

in the face of such global hunger, poverty and injustice.

 

 

 

And yet, small and slight as it is, this red envelope is a sign, a

symbol,

of an unwillingness to do nothing,

to let the powers and principalities of entrenched inequality

remain unchallenged and unchanged.

For you, Creator God, have told us what is good,

and what you require of us

to do what is just, to show constant love

and to live in humble fellowship with you.

 

 

 

So I thank you for these red envelopes,

for all those who deliver and collect them,

for all those many more, of all faiths and none,

who give through them.

And I pray that as a result

someone somewhere will be able

to buy a mosquito net, or rebuild a house,

or send their daughter to school, or dig a well,

or sow seeds and in due course

reap a harvest a harvest of hope.

 

 

 

Let your blessing, change-making God,

be upon the work of Christian Aid and all agencies

and people of good will everywhere

who seek your Shalom and pursue it.

 

In the name of the One who came that people might have life

life in all its fullness.

 

 

 

This prayer appears in Like Leaves to the Sun, Prayers from the Iona Community

Wild Goose Publications 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Well, that's everything for May'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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