6th May 2016

Get ready to 'Go in JOY' with the Guild!

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Dear Friends,


As I am writing this introduction for my final e-news as National Convener, again I would like to say what an honour it has been to be in this position.

It's been a busy year, but one in which the Guild has moved on considerably. The idea of having this e-news has been a great way of keeping us all updated month-to-month as things happen, and it has been good to hear about other Christian partners and organisations via the 'Focus on' section.


I have also loved being on the National Executive (known as the National Council after the General Assembly). Being part of the Executive makes you realise just how much work gets done by so many people in their corner of the country. I have met so many dedicated Guild people from all around Scotland and, on occasion, England. I will take away many memories of the places I have visited and people I have met.

I wish Rosemary and Marge every blessing as they take over as National Convener and Vice-Convener for 2016-17 and also the Leadership Team as they take us forward. May we all go in JOY!


I thank the whole of the Guild membership for their friendship and encouragement and, of course, those in the Guild Office for all the help and advice given.


We will always be whose we are and whom we serve.


Every blessing,


Linda Young

Guild National Convener






News and updates



* General Assembly

The General Assembly will take place from 21-27 May this year. To find out more about the General Assembly in detail, including all reporting days and subjects, please refer to the Church of Scotland's website <http://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-dhquit-dujtnsj-f/> . The Guild's reporting day is Tuesday 24 May, directly after Church & Society's report.



* Heart & Soul

Please do come to visit the Guild's stand at Heart & Soul on Sunday 22 May, which promises to be bigger and better than ever! You could enter the colouring competition <http://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-dhquit-dujtnsj-z/> , find out more about the Guild, grab some freebies, write on our message board and more! Come along as we get ready to Go in JOY!



* Big Sing at the General Assembly

If you managed to get tickets for our Big Sing at the General Assembly, they should be with you! Those on the waiting list who have now been allocated tickets will also receive those within the next week. Come along on the Guild's reporting day, Tues 24 May, at 7pm (doors at 6pm) for an evening of joyful singing and celebration. The offering on the night will go towards furnishing more rooms at Louden Teacher Training College's hostel in Embangweni (see right).



* Council Conveners

We would like to remind Council Conveners to tell us who your representative for the National Council is for the coming session by next Friday. Please contact the Guild Office by returning the form that was sent to you.


News in brief



On Saturday 30 April, the Guild Borders Gathering took place in Kelso. The event was a special celebration of the Church of Scotland Guild, and featured singing, fellowship and an informative keynote speech from Katherine Gilmour, the Church of Scotland’s Violence Against Women Development Officer. With representatives from Guilds as far flung as Shetland and Carlisle, the event was a huge success and another similar Gathering is already being planned in another region of Scotland for 2017. Jane Dargie, Convener of Finance & General Purposes Committee, said of the event, "A great day at Kelso! It’s so true the saying: ‘There are no strangers in the Guild, only friends you haven’t yet met.’



On Thursday 28 April, the annual Project Co-ordinators’ Conference took place, once again in the beautiful surroundings of St Cuthbert’s in Edinburgh. This yearly event is an opportunity for the existing projects to connect with Project Co-ordinators from Guild Presbyterial Councils across Scotland by presenting an update about their project. This year, the event was attended by representatives from all six projects: Ascension Trust, Care for the Family, Christian Aid, Feed the Minds, Prospects and Mission International. The total donations for each project to date were announced at the conference, with over £154,000 having been raised in total this Guild session.



The Annual Past Leaders' Lunch took place at the Church of Scotland offices in 121 George Street, Edinburgh on Thursday 5 May. Every year, previous National Presidents, Conveners and General Secretaries are invited to attend to catch up with everything going on in the Guild and enjoy some fellowship with other Guild members. Also in attendance were the current National Convener, Linda Young, and National Convener Elect, Rosemary Johnston. Linda praised the event, saying, "Not only is this an important opportunity to make past leaders aware of what's happening, but also an opportunity to honour these Guild members for their incredible contributions in the past."






News from you



Bothwell Parish Church Guild recently joined forces with the Tuesday Club of St Brides' RC Church to host an afternoon tea in aid of Mary's Meals. As many will be aware, Mary's Meals is a past project and seeks to provide one hot meal every school day to some of the worlds poorest children, currently feeding over one million boys and girls in their place of education in countries around the globe. The event raised the marvellous sum of £1100 and a happy afternoon enjoyed by all. Well done, everyone!



St David's Memorial Park Church Guild recently helped to knit this wonderful rainbow cross. Their 'Art in Worship' group had taken the theme of the ARK for lent (Acts Of Random Kindness), culminating on Easter Sunday with the church being decorated with this very large rainbow cross made with knitted squares. It has now been taken down, unpicked and sent to be made into blankets for refugees, as the group supports Scottish Action for Refugees.

We're told the group loves meeting together and there is always lots of chatting and a great deal of laughing!




On Sun 17 April 2016 at Ayr St Columba Church, Rev. Fraser Aitken presented Long Service Certificates to four Guild members who between them had served for more than 250 years! Pictured, along with the Guild Convener, Dorothy Bone, and Rev. Aitken, are (back row) Jane Harbison (joined the Guild at Strathbungo, Glasgow ,62 years ago) and Daisy Milne (joined in Inverurie, 61 years ago). Seated left is Claire Howat (joined at Bridge of Allan, where her late husband was the minister, 63 years ago) and on the right is Mary Martin (joined at Welllington Church in Glasgow, 67 years ago). They are still active members of the Guild. Congratulations to all!









We're always looking for ways to get across the message of our projects in new and innovative ways. This drama <http://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-dhquit-dujtnsj-e/> was recently performed by Feed the Minds volunteers at the Project Co-ordinators' Conference. Feed the Minds also recently shared this powerful video of the story of FGM <http://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-dhquit-dujtnsj-s/> , which is well worth watching.



For anyone who missed the Project Co-ordinators' Conference or would like to re-watch the video shown about Christian Aid's solar ovens in Bolivia, then the video is available to watch on Youtube <http://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-dhquit-dujtnsj-g/> . This is a great oportunity to see the ovens in action and find out the impact they are making on the communities where they are being introduced.



Support Prospects by making a plan to join in with Ability Sunday on 11 September this year. Ability Sunday is a special day for us and our churches to celebrate the gifts and abilities that we have been given by God. To take part, simply register with Prospects and download all the resources. Click here <http://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-dhquit-dujtnsj-w/> to find out more.






Focus on... Bridging the Gap




The Church of Scotland's Science, Religion & Technology Project is looking at ways to close the 'digital divide'. Find out what this has looked like for some churches:


We’re all aware of the great benefits that access to the internet can bring. It makes communication easier (think Skyping the grandkids in Australia). It means we can find all sorts of bargains (online marketplaces such as eBay and Gumtree), and we can easily compare the cost of our weekly groceries from a variety of supermarkets.


However, for many people, accessing the benefits of going online is not easy. Perhaps you don’t feel confident about navigating the online world, or you simply don’t have access to the necessary equipment.


A number of churches are keenly aware that many of the people in the communities they serve struggle to access the internet, for a variety of reasons. Many congregations have responded to this need, and have seen lots of people gain in many ways. Churches have shared their stories about the benefits people gain which are often much more than simply financial and, more importantly, about gaining social confidence or other life skills are at the heart of what transpires when churches seek to bridge the digital divide.


Read how some churches are tackling the problem here. <http://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-dhquit-dujtnsj-yh/>


If you would like to discuss these issues, please contact the SRTP team on srtp@cofscotland.org.uk.






Dates for your diary

Guild events:

* Heart & Soul: 22 May, 1-6pm, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

* Guild Report at General Assembly: 24 May, afternoon, Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

* Big Sing at the General Assembly: 24 May, 7pm-8.15pm approx. Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

* Presbyterial Council Conveners' Conference: 2 June, 10.30am, 121 George St, Edinburgh



Other events you may be interested in:

Christian Aid walks:

* Tay Bridge Cross, Sat 30 April 2016, 11am -2pm, Tay Road Bridge, Newport on Tay

* Erskine Bridge Cross, Sat 7 May 2016 2-5pm, Erskine Road Bridge, Old Kilpatrick

* Cumbrae Challenge, Sat 11 June 2016, 10am4pm, Cumbrae Slip, Great Cumbrae

​Register now for any of the walks. Or for further information call Amy Menzies, Events Fundraising Officer on 0141 241 6138.





Sat 4 June, 2.30 pm 4.30 pm

St Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church, Westgarth Avenue, Colinton

Dress as a Guest! Tickets £10 (children £3) from Clare Laybourne 0131 441 1409 or Wendy Pearson 0131 455 860. Proceeds to Christian Aid



Learning Disabilities Conference 2016: Exploring Call in our Communities of Belonging


* An event to connect, resource and inspire those with a passion for enabling their church to be communities where those with learning disabilities belong and are supported to explore God's call in their lives

* Booking is now OPEN ONLINE <http://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-dhquit-dujtnsj-yk/> for the Learning Disabilities Conference. Please click the link to book and to find a conference poster to print out and display.







Just for fun!



Congratulations to March's competition winner, Joan Hodges, who correctly told us that the event we were tweeting about on 18 March, saying we were already excited, was Heart & Soul! We're still excited and hope you are too!


This month, you could win a Guild notebook and pen - perfect for planning those programmes for next session! To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question:


What day and date is Ability Sunday on this year? (Hint here <http://theguild.cmail19.com/t/t-l-dhquit-dujtnsj-jl/> !)


Answers should be sent by email by 12 noon on 27 May. 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 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 - we can't wait to hear from you!


Following on from the recent Project Conference where the latest Project totals were revealed, we thought it would be good to finish by remembering how much the Guild is taking action especially through its six projects. What a fantastic sum of money!



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