6th February 2017
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Thoughts from the National Vice Convener
As I write this, the bulbs are beginning to pop through and in some places the snowdrops are beginning to appear. I always find this encouraging, that we are heading away from Winter towards Spring
Meanwhile the Guild Year is passing too quickly. I always feel that when we have our Christmas break, we are half way through the Guild year. Please continue to send photos of whatever you have been up to, so they can be included in future editions of the Guild E-News. If you or your friends haven’t signed up to receive it, please consider doing so. It’s a great way to keep up to date with what is going on in the Guild nationally. So often we get caught up with our own Guilds we forget the huge movement of which we are all a part.
By now you should have received your Guild mailing. Please read all the items carefully because there is a lot of information which should be shared with the members of your Guild. There is a form to nominate members for Long Service Certificates. Please give consideration to this. There is a generic long service badge (which can be used at your discretion) and then there are the 25, 50 and 60 long service badges. I am sure this will generate discussion with your members!
I hope you find the Theme Guide an invaluable resource. There are so many suggestions as to how you can lead your Guild meetings. There is an evaluation form in the mailing. Please take the time to fill it in so the Resource Group can use your suggestions. A lot of time is spent in preparing the Theme Guide. They are always working a year ahead! While we are using one, the next one is being planned!
The booking form for the Annual Gathering 2017 is also included in the mailing. Please encourage your Guild to be represented. If you have never been before, I am sure you will find it a moving experience. It would be good if every Guild was represented. If you feel it is too far away, why not make a weekend of it? Food for thought. Of course if you can’t manage to come, remember the event will be live streamed on the internet. You can order programmes from the Guild Office and participate in the events of day.
It's a busy year ahead and we hope you enjoy the fun, fellowship and friendship of the Guild family.
Marge Paterson, National Vice Convener
Theme and Discussion Guide
As Marge has mentioned, the 2017-18 Theme and Discussion Guide has now been sent to all Guilds. As in previous years, the Guide has been put together by members of the National Council.
We hope you will enjoy the worship resources, activities and reading suggestions that will hope you unpack the new theme 'Go in Love' in your own context.
How far can we go?
Our Guild tartan has certainly been getting about! Past National Convener Elva Carlisle gave a scarf to her friend Joan Kelley in Adelaide in Australia. Joan came to our Annual Gathering in 1999 when she was National President of the Uniting Church Adult fellowships. They first met in Alice Springs over 20 years ago and have been friends ever since.
In the autumn Past Convener Marjorie Paton visited ministerial colleagues in Whitefish, Montana. While there she was asked to speak about our Guild at a meeting of the Womens' Group of their Church. They were very interested in our work and especially the projects as you can see from the leaflets they are holding. Their President was delighted to receive a gift of our Guild scarf.
And Norma McIntyre, Secretary of Nairn St Ninian's guild
is pictured wearing her scarf at the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia. It's great to see the scarf in so many places. Friends also sent a scarf to our former Project Partners Comfort Rwanda and the scarf is now being proudly worn in Rwanda.
Keep sending your photos! How about some in interesting places here in the UK?
Annual Gathering 2017
Plans are now well in place for the Annual Gathering 2017 'Go in Love'. Ticket applications are coming in thick and fast so it looks like the Caird Hall will once again be full of Guild members joined in worship, prayer and action.
We are delighted that Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator Elect of the General Assembly will be joining us and sharing his thoughts on the year ahead.
We are equally delighted that Dr Pam Cairns has agreed to be our guest speaker. Pam is a retired GP and author of two issues based novels. The books deal with such subjects, as the life of the street child, modern slavery and human trafficking.
Pam’s first encounter with poverty in the developing world was while she was the volunteer Medical Director of the Vine Trust (2004-6). She and her husband Alan, worked to develop and promote the Amazon Hope Medical and Dental Project in the Peruvian jungle.
We are sure she will be an interesting and inspiring speaker.
Interfaith Parliamentary Event
The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse hosted a lunch time event in Scottish Parliament, to which all MSPs and Faith Leaders were invited. It was an event full of information sharing and awareness raising. It included an outline of the progress to date and some exciting new developments in schools and the prison service that the group are involved in.
They also took part in an interactive exercise to deal with some of the common misunderstandings of the process of abuse and how it develops alongside a quiz, which helped to dispel some of the myths relating to the effects on families and individuals.
The event concluded with a question and answer session followed by a time for networking. Useful connections were made for future events and new fields of work.
Exploring Pastoral Care
The Mission and Discipleship Council have arranged a Pastoral Care Conference entitled
Exploring Pastoral Care - Why? What? & How?
It will be held on 24 June 2017 in the Vine Conference Centre, Dunfermline.
This is a Learn Conference to enthuse and inspire local congregations with a vision of Pastoral Care.
It will provide hands-on ideas for the first steps towards effective Pastoral Care.
If you or someone in your Guild is interested in a day of exploration and discovery then they can book <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-hhdjhid-dujtnsj-z/> here.
Moderator presents long service certificates
As the Moderator drove along the A70 (the Lang Whang) on Sunday the rain and sleet was horizontal.
However the icy journey was in complete contrast to the warm welcome awaiting him at Carnwath town hall where he led worship and he was welcomed by the Reverend Maudeen MacDougall.
Young piper Jamie Brownlie provided the musical welcome.
During services at both Carnwath and Carstairs The Moderator presented long service certificates to elders, Board members and Guild members, all of whom had served the Church of Scotland faithfully and well over many years.
Following the services there was a lovely lunch in Carstairs village hall where there was an opportunity to meet people from the church and local community.
It was an excellent event, and the Moderator clearly enjoyed being in the company of such welcoming and hospitable people.
EMMS Cycle Malawi Challenge
EMMS are looking for people to make a resolution that will last past the end of February and will bring health and hope to the people of Malawi by signing up to Pedal & Pray this summer.
You can join this cycling challenge exploring Malawi and meeting its people, and also get a vision for God’s heart for the poor and provide compassionate healthcare.
The route takes you through northern Malawi as we explore the connections to early Scottish missionaries, such as David Livingstone at Ekwendeni, and visit a project which works to stop the spread of HIV in mothers and babies in the Mzenga community. Find out more here <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-hhdjhid-dujtnsj-v/>
Pilgrimages to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
In late April, The World Mission Council will be leading a pilgrimage. It will be supported by Paraic Reamonn and Kate Reynolds, our ministers in Jerusalem and Tiberias respectively. Numbers are limited for this tour, which takes in many of the Biblical Sites, but also meets with many of the Church of Scotland partners, which will enable participants to support the local Christian community, and hear from key thinkers in the region. For more information contact Kenny Roger at Kroger@churchofscotland.org.uk
Then in October Marjorie Paton and her husband, Iain will be leading another pilgrimage and a few places remain. The group will be visiting some of the previous Guild projects which were based there. Details can be obtained from Marjorie; tel. 01764682234 or email@example.com
World Day of Prayer
On Friday 3rd March services will be held in Scotland and all over the world to celebrate World Day of Prayer.
The theme is "Am I being unfair to you" and has been written by the women of The Philippines.
This is always a great opportunity to join in worship prayer and action.
Why not go along to a service near you.
If you would like more information why not take a look at the website <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-hhdjhid-dujtnsj-e/>
Larbert West members receive long service badges
10 members of Larbert West Church Guild were presented with long service badges. The photo shows 8 of the members who received their badges from June Annan.Convenor of Falkirk Presbytarial Council.
From left to right they are, Linda Marshall, Molly Priestly, Mae Marsden, Margaret McCafferty, Moira Taylor, Moira Edmonds. Pauline McAuslan and Wilma Johnson. Missing are Sheila Fraser and Jessie Russell.
Date for your Diary
Resource Coordinators Conference: Friday 24th February, 10am - 3pm, 121 George Street.
Project Coordinators Conference, 6th April, 10am - 3pm, St Andrews and St Georges West, Edinburgh
Christian Aid, the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal church and the United Reformed Church have come together to support events in churches around Scotland on the 24th of each month.
Each event will include stories from Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories and prayers for peace.
The next event is on Sunday 26th February 2017 at Corstorphine Craigsbank Church, Craigs Bank, Edinburgh EH12 8HD from 7 -9pm
Just for fun
Thank you to all who entered our competition last month and to all who correctlysaid that Marion McFarlane had been a Guild member for 45 years.
Our lucky winner is: Norma McIntyre of Nairn St Ninians Guild. Guild goodies will be on their way to you soon. Commiserations to those who also got the right answer!
The question this month is who is this member of the National Leadership team?
Answers to the Guild office by Monday 27th February for your chance to win some Guild goodies.
February Prayer Diary
Please pray ...
Mon 6 Feb: As we mark International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, pray for our Project Partner Feed the Minds
Tues 7 Feb: Resource Group Convener, Patricia Robertson, as she speaks at the Greenock Presbyterial Council Annual Business Meeting.
Wed 8 Feb: General Secretary Iain Whyte as he provides leadership and guidance.
Thurs 9 Feb: National Vice Convener Marge Paterson, as she speaks to St James Parish Church Guild, Ayr.
Fri 10 Feb: the work of Livingstonia Synod Aids Project (LISAP) as they support people infected and affected by HIV/Aids
Sat 11 Feb: our project partner Ascension Trust as they support the work of street pastors
Sun 12 Feb: for Guild Conveners as they lead meetings locally
Mon 13 Feb: Outreach Group Convener, Sheila Bishop, as she supports those who represent the Guild on the Councils of the Church and other organisations.
Tues 14 Feb: as we get ready to Go in Love, help us to be more loving to those we meet today.
Wed 15 Feb: the National Council as they meet to agree budgets and elect a new Convener and Vice Convener
Thurs 16 Feb: the Communications and Marketing and Events Groups as they meet to develop a strategic plan for the year ahead.
Fri 17 Feb: for our Project Partner, Mission International, as they begin construction in Haiti.
Sat 18 Feb: the new Convener and Vice Convener as they prepare for the year ahead.
Sun 19 Feb: National Convener, Rosemary Johnston as she speaks to the Glasgow City Group meeting.
Mon 20 Feb: on World Day for Social Justice remember the poorest and most marginalised in our communities and help us to seek justice for all.
Tues 21 Feb: Associate Secretary Karen Gillon as she speaks at St Andrews Erskine Guild
Wed 22 Feb: for the work done to support sailors and seafarers in our port and island communities.
Thurs 23 Feb: Events Group Convener, Jane Dargie as she plans the wide range of events taking place this coming year.
Fri 24 Feb: for Resource Coordinators as they meet to share ideas and knowledge.
Sat 25 Feb: for Past National Conveners and General Secretaries, giving thanks for their service and knowledge that we can draw on.
Sun 26 Feb: Communications and Marketing Group Convener, Marian McIntyre as she helps select new merchandise for the year ahead.
Mon 27 Feb: for the work of Presbyterial Councils across Scotland.
Tues 28 Feb: Guild Treasurers as they ensure that money given is used wisely.
Wed 1 Mar: on Zero Discrimination Day help us always to challenge discrimination in all it's forms.
Thurs 2 Mar: for young people who find themselves sleeping rough in our streets tonight.
A Prayer for Lasting Joy
help us to seek the values
that will bring us lasting joy
in our lives,
in our communities,
in this changing world.
As we seek what you promise
make us one in mind and heart.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Well, that's everything for February's edition of Guild e-news! If you have something to contribute for the next e-newsletter then please email firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com?subject=e-newsletter%20contribution> - we can't wait to hear from you!
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