7th October 2016
Roadshows, Celebrations & Caring For Creation!
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October news from the Vice Convenor
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This is my first letter to you as your National Vice Convener. Over the next few months you will hear from all the Conveners of all the National Groups (formerly Committees), thus adding a bit of variety.
What a wonderful day we had at the Annual Gathering in Dundee! We started off by hearing about the exciting year of our retiring Convener, Linda Young. The talk of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Dr Russell Barr, was both interesting and humorous. In the afternoon the thought provoking and moving talk by Sally Magnusson on her charity ‘Playlist for Life’ highlighted how music can help those who suffer from dementia. In addition to that, we had the wonderful Heart and Soul Swing Band getting us literally dancing in the aisles! If you were unable to be there, maybe you will get the chance to watch the DVD which should be available shortly. The problem now is how to follow that next year. Yes, we have already started planning next year’s event!
Why not take a look at our photos from the Annual Gathering <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-hyhhktl-dujtnsj-f/>
On Saturday 1st October I attended the Care for Creation Conference in Bridge of Allan. It was interesting to hear speakers from around the world share how climate change impacts on the lives of their communities. It certainly gave us all food for thought.
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. Please don’t just file it in a drawer or on the kitchen table! Also included is the order form for the ‘Big Sing’ in Westburn Church, Greenock on Friday 18th November. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so fill in the form now to avoid disappointment. If previous Big Sings are anything to go by, it will be a good day.
You will all be preparing to start the new Guild year, if you have not already started. I wish you all well as we all ‘Go in Joy’ together.
With every blessing
National Vice Convener
Annual Gathering Live stream fun
As over 2000 folk joined us at the Annual Gathering in the Caird Hall 500 more joined via live stream. They were in good voice at Inverurie where more than 50 people were able to share in fellowship.
In Inverness they also had a great time and joined in with the Heart and Soul Band with a some singing and even more dancing! A great day was had by all involved across the country.
Dancing in the aisles!
Care for Creation 2016
As Marge said, The Guild co-hosted a series of events last month around the theme 'Care for Creation'. The vents gave people an opportunity to hear from partners across the globe and folk here in Scotland who have been affected by the impact of climate change. We heard how changes to climate have led to increased displacement, food insecurity; gender based violence, family break up and increases in street children. Our international partners, including Jaqueline Spence (Jamaica) and Mabel Sichali (Zambia) went home with Guild fleeces so watch out for photos !
One of the highlights of the event was the chance to hear more from our project Partner Christian Aid and their Bolivian programme director Cecilia Cordova who shared more about the Caring for Mother Earth. You can read more here <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-hyhhktl-dujtnsj-z/>
Northern Isles Roadshows
National Convenor, Rosemary Johnston and General Secretary Iain Whyte were in Shetland and Orkney this month for a series of Action Plan and Resources Roadshows.
It was an opportunity to share with, and learn from, the most Northerly Guilds. The discussions were wide ranging and came up with some very forward looking ideas.
It's great to see the Guild in such good heart and looking forward to the year ahead. Listen to an interview about the Guild and the events on Radio Shetland <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-hyhhktl-dujtnsj-v/>
Christian Aid is urging us to remember remember to use Will Aid this November! The Will writing scheme comes around for just one month every year (and bookings are taken from the beginning of September) providing an excellent opportunity to make or update your Will with a participating Scottish solicitor, while benefiting nine charities, including Christian Aid. Rather than pay a fee you make a voluntary donation. Please call Jo Dallas, Christian Aid’s Legacy and In Memory officer on 0141 2416139 if you have any questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out more here <http://theguild.cmail20.com/t/t-l-hyhhktl-dujtnsj-e/>
Long service celebrations in Duns
Duns Presbyterial Council held an event to celebrate the long service of 6 remarkable women who have each served the Guild for 60 years. They are, from left to right, Ellen Veitch, Annie Fish, Mary Sherrard, Mary Jeffery, Jessie Lamb, and Jean Whelans.
Linda Young, former National Convenor was delighted to join them for their celebrations. Presbyterial Council Convenor Christine Taylor hosted the celebrations.
One of the women, Mary Jeffery, brought along her enrolment form she received on joining in 1947.
It was great to see and led us to wonder what forms of possible service would be given to new members in 2017? Ideas welcome!!
Projects total breaks £250,000!!!
We are delighted that total raised up until 30th September for our 6 Project Partners was an amazing £250,564.68. Thank you for your continued generosity and support for these 6 life changing projects.
We are bold, we are strong, we are the Guild!
Annandale and Eskdale hard at work
The Annandale and Eskdale Presbyterial Council (Guild Executive) have been meeting under the able leadership of Council Convenor Isobel Reid to plan the session ahead. They have a great syllabus planned for folks in their area and Secretary Muriel Askew will be keeping Guilds up to date. They are looking forward to what God has planned in Annandale and Eskdale as they get ready to 'Go in Joy'.
Out and about
The Guild at Duntocher Trinity Guild have been on their travels with a 3 day visit to the Highlands. They had a fabulous time of fellowship and fun not to mention some wonderful food.
They are pictured at a visit they made to Crathie Kirk and were delighted to spend time at the church where Her Majesty The Queen worships when at Balmoral.
Perhaps future visitors to the area will spot the Queen with her Guild tartan scarf!
Edinburgh Presbyterial Council
Edinburgh Presbyterial Council began their session with a communion service led by Rev Ian Gilmour followed by a talk by Mission Partner Rev Páraic Réamonn, Minister of St Andrews Scots Memorial Church in Jerusalem. Rev Réamonn provided a very thoughtful and interesting insight into the current conflict in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. National Convenor, Rosemary Johnston and Associate Secretary, Karen Gillon were delighted to join the Council and felt very welcome and at home
Linwood Long Service Celebrations
Linwood Parish Church Guild had a special event to mark the long service of a number of members including Alice McSporran and Bunty Sallows (pictured on left). Alice and Bunty have both been Guild members for 50 years and have seen many changes over the years, most recently with their Guild moving to summer meetings. This has worked really well in Linwood with membership increasing and men joining their ranks. It is encouraging to hear this good news from Linwood.
If your Guild has found an innovative way to encourage new members to join please let us know.
Just for fun
Thank you to all who entered our competition last month and who correctly identified Evi J Carmichael as the designer of this year's Guild Christmas Card.
A Guild goodie bag is on its way to Jeanette McIvor from Queensferry Parish Church Guild.
This month's question is in what year did Mary Jeffery join the Guild?
Answers to the Guild office by Monday 31st October for your chance to win some Guild goodies.
October Prayer Diary
Please pray for ...
7th October - Rosemary Johnston at Scottish Churches Housing Action Autumn Event & AGM
8th October - Rosemary Johnston at Youth Equip event in Linlithgow
10th October - Marge Patterson at Boat of Garten Guild
15th October- Rosemary Johnston at Oban Guilds
18th October - Karen Gillon, Associate Secretary at Lochaber Prebyterial Council
19th October - Karen Gillon at Jedburgh East Presbyterial Council
20th October - Marge Patterson at Prestwick St Nicholas Guild
22nd October - Falkirk Action Plan Roadshow, Brightons Church, Falkirk
22nd October - Marge Patterson at Baptist Women's Federation, Renfield St Stephens
24th October - Church of Scotland Theme Discussion, Rosemary Johnston and Iain Whyte representing the Guild.
28th October - Marge Patterson and Patricia Roberston at STUC Women's Conference, Perth
29th October - Resource Coordinators Conference, Perth North Church
A Prayer Creation
A prayer based on
‘In the beginning you laid the foundations of
and the heavens are the work of your hands.’
Thank you for the gift of your creation.
As we travel through our lives may we take time
to appreciate it,
from each sunrise to sunset;
to celebrate the intricacies of your handiwork,
admire the changing of the seasons,
recognising that this is a gift.
And may we care deeply that as our climate
future generations may not have this luxury
that people around the world now are already
are suffering from climate change.
May our actions reflect a love for your world
and justice for those affected.
Give us prophetic imagination for a world free
Taken from Christian Aid's Big Shift Resources.
Well, that's everything for October's edition of Guild e-news! If you have something to contribute for the next e-newsletter then please email email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=e-newsletter%20contribution> - we can't wait to hear from you!
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