23rd November 2020

Church of Scotland Guild Weekly E-News


Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest


Every year, our three churches offer a Bubblegum 'n' Fluff programme for our three primary school P6s.


This is a morning of stories, plays, songs, crafts and games. The story board game is the Nativity story. They participate in Bible stories by dressing up as the characters. A puppet play tells of a child who finds some bubblegum under his bed, which has been there for many months. It is covered in fluff, but he discovers there is still the original bubblegum underneath. Behind all the hype of Christmas, there is still the love of Christ, who was sent by God to take our burdens upon himself.


The children write a prayer on a candle which is stuck on an Advent Ring. These prayers always surprise us. Rather than asking for a gift for themselves, they ask for peace, for an end to hunger, or more knowledge on climate change.


This opportunity will not be available this year. This is not only a shame for the children, but the team from the three churches also miss the opportunity to plan, present, dress up, and laugh together.


On a positive note, we can offer this to P6 and P7 next year.


These programmes are a wonderful opportunity to connect with children who are not attending Church. The Christian message is clear and fun.


"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one anotherand all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:24-25 <https://churchofscotland.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=29d4cd56ce6871362e9339137&id=86a48efc49&e=43d4a1fa0e>


We may not meet face to face, but so many have found other ways to keep in touch.

Guild members are always so creative and determined not to be beaten by circumstances. We know how much we have benefited from the love and fellowship of our Guild meetings over the years. We cannot let this pandemic take this away and leave us with nothing once we can meet again.


Oh love that will not let me go

I rest my weary soul in Thee.

Oh, joy, that seeks me through the pain

I cannot close my heart to thee

I trace the rainbow through the rain

And feel the promise is not in vain

That morn shall tearless be.


God bless you.


Helen Banks

National Vice Convenor








World Day of Prayer


Many of you will know that the World Day of Prayer is coming to Scotland in 2022 and that is a fabulous opportunity to share with women from across the world. They are currently knitting these prayer squares which have a cross at their centre to celebrate this.


As you will also know, many Guilds have been involved in the prayer shawl ministry over the years. Boghall Guild has developed this over lockdown and members have been knitting prayer squares which they have shared with Guild members and friends. Most folk can knit a simple square so it may be something that your Guild wants to consider doing as part of your outreach.







Guild stocking filler


With many of you now moving into tighter restrictions we are offering a Guild stocking filler. They will include a selection of Guild goodies. The bag will be £6 which includes postage and packaging. Each goodie bag will be different and will contain goods valued at at least £6. The picture is just an idea of some of the things that might be included.


Order your goodie bag <mailto:kgillon@churchofscotland.org.uk?subject=Please%20send%20me%20a%20Guild%20goodie%20bag&body=I%20would%20like%20to%20order%20a%20Guild%20goodie%20bag.>







Welcome Margaret


Lockdown wasn't a time when we thought we would get new members but what do we know? Up in Arbroath we are delighted that Margaret Todd has become our newest member. She went to Guild meetings at the start of 2020 as a guest and everyone was so welcoming and friendly and the speakers so very interesting that when she was asked to think about joining she said yes. Since then her local Guild has been offering a 'Guild in a bag' to each member every fortnight.


Margaret told us: "During lockdown it has been so good to have the brown paper bag with the notes, craft materials and other lovely treats. I have even taken Guild materials away on holiday in our motorhome. The notes from the 12th of October included the story of Irena Sendler which coincided with the novel I was reading set at the time of WW2. It is a privilege to be a member and to be involved."


We think the 'Guild in a bag' is a great idea and the folks at St Andrew's in Arbroath have kindly agreed to let us put their idea together as a booklet that we will be able to send to you. We hope that it will be useful and it will give you inspiration of things you might try with your Guild.


Send me a Guild in a bag booklet <mailto:guild@churchofscotland.org.uk?subject=Guild%20in%20a%20bag&body=Please%20send%20me%20a%20Guild%20in%20a%20bag%20booklet%20when%20it%20becomes%20available>







Get crafty


We are delighted that Barbara Ogston of Luce Valley Guild has put together this excellent video of how to make some simple gift ideas using old jam jars. These would be great do-it-yourself Christmas gifts.


Why not watch the video, give it a go and send us your creative ideas.


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A chance to worship and share


The Guild leadership team and staff have put together a short meeting that includes prayers, readings, hymns, and reflections. It is good to watch alongside the craft video from Barbara. It will be just like being at a Guild meeting! Feel the fellowship.


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Monday memory


This week's memory is from October last year. The leadership team was in Pitlochry for a day sharing with Guilds from Dunkeld and Meigle East and West. It was a great day where we learned more of the challenges faced by rural Guilds and the innovative things they do to overcome barriers. It will be good to get back out and about, hopefully in 2021.







10,000 reasons


We are continually reminded that, even in difficult situations, God continues to bless us. We hope you enjoy this more modern hymn that reminds us just how much we are blessed each and every day and how much we have to be thankful for.


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Scotland and the demands of democracy


Edinburgh Presbytery is hosting a Zoominar on Thursday 3 December at 7pm with George Robertson, former Secretary of State for Defence and Nato Secretary-General. The Zoominar will look at the American elections and their impact on British democracy.


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Light in the darkness


Please remember to sign up for the Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse webinar on Wednesday 25 November at 7:30pm.


During the webinar:

- you will gain an insight into domestic abuse from a survivor.

- hear from Women’s Aid and an MSP on how COVID-19 has impacted domestic abuse.

- discover the unity those of all faiths have against domestic abuse.

- gain an international perspective of domestic abuse from a leading charity.

- learn from our film on how to help.


We are sure that you will find it interesting and informative.


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Pray this week


Monday: giving thanks for the £420,192.61 raised to date for the current Guild projects.

Tuesday: for those Guild members who are once again living in lockdown and are unable to see family and friends. Help us to persevere in finding new ways to keep in touch.

Wednesday: for all participating in the interfaith webinar on domestic abuse, asking that they will be challenged to take action in the months ahead to support those who are survivors of domestic abuse.

Thursday: for those young people known to us who are applying for university, asking that they will be guided to the right place for them.

Friday: asking God to bless those who are currently studying for the ministry and who still benefit from the 1990 Guild 'Reading Matters' project.

Saturday: remembering all those in positions of authority in Scotland, the UK, and the wider world. That they will act justly and fairly.

Sunday: reaffirming our commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people on this International Day of Solidarity. Praying especially for Church of Scotland Mission Partner Rev John McCulloch as he works in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.





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