21st December 2020

Church of Scotland Guild Weekly E-News


Love came down at Christmas


Hello everyone.


Well, 2020 has been quite a year. It has been a year full of emotions, fear, uncertainty, loneliness, but also joy, encouragement and love. I want to say a personal thank you to all of you for all your words of encouragement and support as we have worked to keep you informed, connected and enthused over the past nine months. It has been simply outstanding and very much appreciated.


As I said, a year full of feelings, and I wonder how you are feeling today? Now be honest!


God wants to know how we are feeling, and He wants us to be honest with Him.


The other day I was sitting ready to spend time with God and I didn't really feel like it. I was wondering what I could do to pass the time. Sometimes, especially at the moment, we are too busy just trying to fill the day. We try to be upbeat, content, coping when we are far from it. As Christians, we know that God loves us, that as we prepare for the birth of His Son, He is in control but sometimes we allow the stresses of every day to overwhelm us and forget that simple truth: God loves me. He loves me so much that He sent His Son to be just like me, to experience all the emotions that I am experiencing. Love did indeed come down that first Christmas.


I woke up this morning to a wee rain shower, more rain, another shower.


But a wee shower was just what I needed today. Soft rain falling, falling quietly on us, making us aware of the Lord's presence with us, refreshing our souls, giving us a sense of peace and security, knowing that God is indeed with us.


He is listening to us, to our needs in the moment. In the busyness of this time of year, let's just relax and enjoy the wee showers of blessing, the sense of peace, the certainty that God is working His purpose out, He loves us and is with us in our situation, whatever that is.


In Ezekiel 34:26 God says: "I will bless them, I will send down showers in season, there will be showers of blessing."


As we wait in hope and expectation for the coming of His Son, our Saviour, may you know God's richest blessing this Christmas and throughout 2021.


Karen Gillon

Associate Secretary







80th anniversary at Corstorphine St Ninian's


Edinburgh Corstorphine St Ninian’s Guild celebrated its 80th Anniversary in 2020. The celebration in March was cancelled and the cake is still in the freezer! However, the certificates of long service due to be presented have been delivered individually. Fourteen of the members have a total of 577 years' service.


Their eldest member, Isobel MacKenzie (pictured above), received her certificate for 67 years served at Inverness East, Edinburgh Clermiston St Andrews and Corstorphine St Ninian’s. Thank you Isobel.


With almost 60 members and weekly meetings until March 2020 there has been a strong fellowship worshipping together and finding ways to support others locally, nationally and internationally. We hope it's not too long until you are able to meet together again as a group and continue your good work.







Love is all around us


What a beautiful display of angels outside Lenzie Union Church. They have been knitted by Guild members and friends and people are welcome to take one away and have it in their home for Christmas.


It has been great to see so many Guilds taking up the challenge to 'spread the love' in this way this Christmas - it's also a great way to spend those lockdown days. We are sure that people will appreciate having these little angels about their homes and remind them that God loves them just where they are.


Send us your angel pictures <mailto:kgillon@churchofscotland.org.uk?subject=Our%20Christmas%20Angels>







Monday memories


Last year, St Mary's Greyfriars' Guild in Dumfries decided to have their Christmas dinner with a carry-out from the chippy rather than visiting a local hotel, as was the norm.


The pre-order was placed and the husband of one of their Guild members was assigned the task of collecting it.


It was a great night which was finished off with silly games and a competition to see whose balloon would go furthest once it was released... causing great hilarity as, unknown to the Guilders, they were very unpredictable, silly rocket flying balloons!


Here's hoping that we can enjoy fun-filled Christmas events in 2021.







Once in Royal David's city


Our final hymn for the year is the classic 'Once in Royal David's City' from the Kings College Choir. We hope you enjoy it and that it helps you to prepare for the coming of the baby Jesus.


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Pray this week


Monday: giving thanks for past national leaders of the Guild who helped shape and develop the Guild and who still support its work today.

Tuesday: for our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world who are supported by Guild projects past and present.

Wednesday: remembering the Guild staff, and asking that they may be rested and refreshed during this time of holiday.

Thursday: for children, going to bed in homes where tomorrow will not be a day of celebration but where it will be one of fear and violence. Pray that God will watch over them.

Friday: giving thanks for the gift of Jesus and the joy of this Christmas morning.

Saturday: thinking especially of those who are on their own, far from family and for whom this is a very lonely time.

Sunday: for all who have been affected by Covid-19 in 2020 and asking that they are comforted and strengthened in the days ahead.







December Christmas Reflection


We hope that you enjoy this short act of worship that has been put together for you by the national Guild leadership team with a carol from Caitlin Robinson.


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Christmas Crafts with Barbara Ogston


Thank you to Barbara Ogston who has again put together some simple Christmas crafts that you can try at home or with others in your Guild.


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A happy and peaceful Christmas


This will be the last Guild newsletter for 2020. We hope that you have found it interesting and informative. The Guild office will be closed from 24 December until 6 January. Guild news returns on Monday 18 January 2021.





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