10th November 2020

Church of Scotland Guild Weekly E-News


Let us build a house


I live in a house that is around 170 years old. It’s stood the test of time and has no doubt seen many people spend at least part of their lives inside its walls.


It was built as two dwellings and we know that previous residents have included a miner and a cobbler. Indeed, one of our two front doors has a big hook behind it which allowed the cobbler to keep it open and to serve his customers from his workshop.


Our neighbours’ house is over 300 years old and was a coaching inn where Robert Burns was amongst the guests. Across from us is Kirkliston Parish Church, which dates back to the 13th century. The village also saw the first meeting of the Scottish Parliament in 1235. In 1298, Edward Longshanks camped here on the way to the Battle of Falkirk with William Wallace. In the 16th century, Mary Queen of Scots described it as the prettiest village in all of Scotland.


So much history. So many lives, from the richest to the poorest, from the mighty to the humble.


Just now, time has caught up with the house a little. Wear and tear, Scottish weather, natural limitations of materials have conspired to necessitate the replacement of our roof.


For six weeks now, we have lived with scaffolding outside and with leaks in the roof that are worse than the ones that led us to get the work done. It’s been wearing, but needs to be done if we are to face the future with confidence and peace of mind and the knowledge that we are protecting the historical as well as the contemporary.


We have the scaffolding of our faith, our God, our history, our forebears, and they are the platform on which we can stand to repair and to restore what we value… our church and our Guild that are both home to us in so many ways.


The appearance and materials may change, but we are custodians of the same house with the same foundations.


As we struggle with the pandemic and the challenges of the time, maybe it’s worth thinking that what we are going through is difficult. It’s demanding. There will be times when we ask if it is worth the effort as the leaks seem worse than what we knew before.


But it is. It really is.


Mabel Wallace,

National Convener







Convener's Challenge shield presentation


We were delighted that past National Convener Marian Macintyre was able to make it to Kirk Yetholm to present her winner, Margaret Rustad from Roxburgh Guilds Together, with the Convener's Challenge shield. Local minister Rev Colin Johnson was able to speak about the challenge and about the Guild in his service and to celebrate Margaret's success.


We are putting together a small booklet featuring the stories that were submitted for the Convener's Challenge and if you would be interested in purchasing a copy please let us know.


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A walk down memory lane


Thank you to Brenda Graham who sent us this Guild memory. She has said she has so many memories to choose from but chose this one as it reminded her of many devoted members past and present.


The above photo shows Guild members and friends on the 2007 Liberton Kirk Guild Edinburgh Annual Outing to Kelvingrove Art Gallery followed by high tea at the Popinjay Hotel in Rosebank. Looks like a great day and a wonderful memory.


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Celebrating 50 years in Dalgety Bay


Dalgety Parish Guild held a Zoom meeting on Wednesday 28 October to mark their Guild's 50th birthday.


National Convener, Mabel Wallace, and former Dalgety Parish Guild convener and former National Convener, Lesley McCorkindale, both joined the meeting, which was very much appreciated, as was their best wishes for the Dalgety Bay Guild. It looks like they enjoyed the evening as much as the members did.


The Guild still meets on the 1st and 3rd of the month via Zoom, helping to keep members in touch with each other while we are still under restrictions. Hopefully, they can have another celebration once life is a bit freer and all members can attend.







Going the extra mile in 2007


Thank you to Moray West Guilds Together for sending is this photo from 2007 of Guild members and friends 'going the extra mile' as they walked to raise awareness of human trafficking.


It is a great photo of the Guild taking action but also leading on the big issues of the day. We were walking to raise awareness of human trafficking back in 2007 and we are still raising awareness today through our work with Seema's Project and also our work in the Anti Human Trafficking group.


It also gives us the chance to say happy 90th birthday to Elma Stuart (pictured at the front in the red jacket). Elma is a Guild stalwart and it is a pleasure to wish her a happy birthday and to share this fantastic memory from 2007.







Project Gift Cards


Many of you will be wondering what to get your friends and family for Christmas. We have an idea for you... Guild project gift cards.


These cards are for each of our six Guild projects and are available in £5, £10, £25, and £50 values. Each card does something special to support each project and is a lovely useful gift to give someone special. Order your cards using the link below.


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Hymn of the week


We are sharing a hymn each week to inspire you in the days ahead. We are starting with a real Guild favourite. 'Brother, sister, let me serve you' encapsulates what we are about.


We hope you enjoy this rendition from St Botolph's Church on Songs of Praise.


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Pray this week


Monday: laying all that you are anxious or concerned about at the foot of the cross, and asking God to give you peace in these uncertain times.

Tuesday: for those involved in chaplaincy across Scotland; in schools, prisons, hospitals and with sports clubs. Asking that God will open up opportunities for them to minister to people.

Wednesday: for the National leadership of the Guild. Asking God to give them inspiration and encouragement for the days ahead.

Thursday: giving thanks for all who work within the NHS and asking for protection for them.

Friday: thinking particularly of our project partners working here in Scotland - Boys Brigade Scotland, CrossReach and the Sailor's Society.

Saturday: asking that God will root out hatred wherever it raises its head.

Sunday: asking God to protect our friends in the Bori Children's Home in India where cases of COVID-19 have come in large numbers to the village next to them.





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