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The Guild GUILD WEEK 2004: NEWS AND IDEAS EXCHANGE This new initiative aims to encourage all members to promote the Guild's work - both locally and nationally - in our own communities from 21 to 28 November 2004. Idea exchange! Ideas for promoting the Guild during Guild week and up-to-date news from around the country are being received. Find out what Guilds are up to, or get some inspiration from your own Guild group: Responses Wrangholm Guild, New Stevenson: Hamilton South Guild Presbyterial Council are planning a display in the local library and are to hold a coffee evening with photographs from the archives. Moray West Guild Presbyterial Council are planning a display in a local charity shop window with input form every Guild in the area. They are starting Guild Week off with a 'Songs of Praise' service and individual guilds in the area are all planning various other activities. Burghead Guild: Moray West Presbyterial Council are holding their dedication service on 21 November and inviting all the congregation to coffee after the service. Aberdeen Guild Presbyterial Council are holding a 'Songs of Praise' service and finishing the week with a coffee morning and exhibition. Springburn Guild: Glasgow North Presbyterial Council will be holding an exhibition in their church at the end of Guild Week. A local photographer, who is setting up his own business, has offered to attend Guild meetings, trips etc. to compile lots of good, recent photographs for the exhibition. Dumfries Presbyterial Council are having a 'Come and meet the Guild' coffee morning, with free coffee and information about the work of the Guild, as well as an opportunity to chat, on the 28 November as part of Guild week. Kirkcudbright Presbyterial Council have chosen their Autumn Rally on Sunday 28 November as the special event in our council area for Guild Week. This will take the form of a carol service given by a local church choir:The Glenkens Church Choir from St John's Town of Dalry. As the council has so many small Guilds they thought one big event would cover it rather than not have anything at all. The council has also been in contact with a representative of Wiseman's Dairy and they are providing the milk and orange juice for the rally: they deserve our thanks. Dumbarton Prebyterial Council Within the council, the following activities are planned: Duntocher Trinity Church are taking the church service on one of the Sundays. In Bearsden, Guild Week coincides with several coffee mornings and Christmas fayres, and Guilds will put up a special display or video about their Guild in the hall. The press release will be adapted for the local newspaper to cover all the Guild events. Killermont Guild has a 'slot' to promote the Guild during the 21 November service and the centenary hymn will be sung. New Kilpatrick Guild, as well as celebrating their centenary, had a special slot recently in their congregation's re-dedication service, and gained six new members. A 'bring a friend' evening is also planned. Bute Council are doing the readings in church on both Sundays of Guild Week, and will also be holding open meetings for all the congregations. There will be a service of thanksgiving with a tea and then a ceilidh. News from the Guilds The following messages have been received from Guild contacts: Burghead Guild, Moray West Presbyterial Council We had a great service on Sunday 21 November, during which the Guild rededication took place. Several people independently described it as "very meaningful". Two Guild members did the readings and a third did the children's talk. Because it was both Guild Week and Prisoners' Week the work of Prison Fellowship (PF) was used as part of the talk. Afterwards in Sunday school, the children and teachers talked about PF's Angel Tree Appeal and decided to send £50 to this year's appeal. What a wonderful ripple from a Guild pebble. St John's and King's Park Guild, Dalkeith, Lothian East Presbyterial Council Guild members took part in the morning church service on Sunday 21 November and laid on lunch for the congregation following the service. There were many good reports. St Mungo's Church Guild, Alloa, Stirling Presbyterial Council We are joining with the ladies of the North Church, Alloa in a sister Guild meeting on Tuesday 23 November, fulfilling something of the spirit of the week. The congregation is having a Christmas Market in Alloa Town Hall on Saturday 27 November (from 10 to 1pm should you be in the area). So a busy time and by Sunday usually a mixture of feelings (exhaustion and elation - if all goes well!) so say a prayer for us and ask Him for some stamina, please. As usual, if you look around the Town Hall on Saturday, you will find Guild ladies to the fore. Catering and serving soup and snacks, manning the stalls and generally being useful. God bless them all. I sometimes wonder what the Church would do without the Guild members. Their loyalty, devotion and practical help knows no bounds; and as for their baking skills wow! Orkney Presbyterial Council There has been an interview on Radio Orkney by Joyce Johnston the presbyterial council convener; a display in foyer of library all week. A lot of guilds have been holding open evenings and many guilds are taking part in their church services There is to be an Advent Celebration on Saturday 27 November in St Magnus Cathedral. Wrangholm, New Stevenson, Hamilton South Presbyterial Council We had a few moments to promote Guild week during the service on 21 November, which I did ending with one of the prayers from the Guild Week sheet. I have posters all over New Stevenston advertising Guild Week and inviting everyone to our Coffee Evening and slide show on Tuesday 30 November. I hope and pray that some of the congregation will come along and enjoy fun and fellowship. Wiseman's dairies have been great, they are supplying enough milk, orange juice and cream for 50 people. St Ninian's Craigmailen and St Michael's, both Linlithgow, West Lothian There was a Guild week display in 'Nifty Needles' in Linlithgow High Street. We used banners, pulpit fall, Guild tea-towel, archive photographs, project materials, Guild cup and saucer. We also had the posters giving details of contact persons, etc. This was well received within the town. We also had an open evening at the Guild and had a good number of visitors when everyone enjoyed the subject "Broadly speaking in Scots". On Sunday 28 November we took part in the morning service at our Church. St Mary's, Greyfriars, Dumfries Presbyterial Council Members are all up and running with a playlet performed in the church on 21 November (this saved the minister a children's address). There is a free soup and roll lunch on Thursday scheduled to take place - Wiseman's dairies are promising lots of milk and orange juice so maybe they will just leave a cow and an orange tree for us! St Stephen's Church Guild, Aberdeen Presbyterial Council Members are holding a Christmas floral arrangement afternoon on Tuesday 23 November. We have invited members from Greyfriars/John Knox; Woodside and Tillydrone Guilds. We will be selling 'numbers' and the lucky number will win one of the floral arrangements. Money raised from this will be donated to The Leprosy Mission. Our minister spoke at yesterday's church service on the motto of the Guild and brought to the congregation's attention the poster our Guild have been working on. The poster highlights our Guild's origins (namely we were formed from the union of Powis Church and Causewayend Church in 1988). We had collected pictures from members of both Guilds and put them together with our up-to-date photographs from St Stephen's Church Guild. We are also selling quiz sheets to raise money for Guild projects. Balmaclella and Kells Church, Kirkcudbright Presbyterial Council Members invited their council convener to take part in the family service on 21 November to say opening prayers and the Lord's Prayer.The service had been given over to the Guild to use for Guild Week. It was very uplifting with one 90 year old lady and another in late 70's taking an active part- a worthwhile time spent in worship. Eaglesham Guild, Glasgow South East Presbyterial Council We couldn't wait for Guild week to start so here in Eaglesham we started a day early! We replaced the 'sale of work' with a 'Christmas cracker'. Instead of using two halls (50 yards apart) we did it all in one hall. We banished tired stalls like groceries and unwanted treasures (white elephant as was) and had a totally 'Christmassy' theme. What a brilliant morning! With a floral art stall, Christmas gifts, children's stall and Christmas crafts. One member baked a lovely Christmas cake, another's daughter decorated it with a sugarcraft Christmas cracker of course and my husband won by guessing the weight correctly after complaining that because of Guild (and other) duties I hadn't made him one in years! One member had an apron with what seemed like millions of pockets, filled with gifts and had folk picking her pockets - for a price of course. What a success. Totally shattered, but we raised £1,200 with odds and ends to sell at our usual meetings in case some members had been unable to attend. Eaglesham certainly know about the work of the Guild. Hope everyone enjoys their events as much as we did. Moray West Presbyterial Council Over 150 Guild members and friends enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship. The wonderful singing was led by Elgin City Brass Band. A great start to Guild Week. Window display in Moray Volunteers Office looking good. Plenty going on in local guilds throughout week. Much enthusiasm! Wiseman's provided milk and Walker's of Aberlour donated shortbread for the afternoon's tea. Clarkston Church Guild, Airdrie, Hamilton North Presbyterial Council All members have been set the following activities: Sunday; attend worship. Monday; phone a friend. Tuesday; prepare a gift (for the 'bring and buy table') on Friday. Wednesday; make some time for yourself. Thursday; visit a friend or place Friday; Mad Hatter's lunch (wear a hat!) also spend at the bring and buy table. Saturday; take a walk in the fresh air. Sunday; attend worship and give thanks for Guild week! Have fun, and Happy Guild Week to all. Cowdenbeath Trinity Guild, Dunfermline Presbyterial Council The two Guilds of Cowdenbeath and joining together to celebrate the first ever Guild Week. Beath and Cowdenbeath North and Cowdenbeath Trinity Guilds will be hosting a presentation on the Guild at Cowdenbeath Library on Wednesday 24 November from 9.30am. We hope the folk of Cowdenbeath will be out in force as this will be a unique opportunity to find out what we get up to and to visit the Guild website, check out our chosen projects and meet some of the guild members. Cowdenbeath Trinity Guild are also holding an open night for members of the congregation to come along and 'meet the guild' with tea/coffee discussion and chat - details of Guild week have been posted on the local presbytery website as well as in the local press. St James Church, Lossiemouth, Moray West Presbyterial Council The sermon preached by the minister of St James, is available on their website to download. Contact the Guild information officer here for details Belhaven Church Guild, Dunbar, Lothian East On 21 November after the service, the guild held a drop in/at home event and showed the annual meeting video over coffee to all those present from the congregation. On 28 November, there is a special service with a soup lunch in aid of the projects Aberdeen Presbyterial Council A moving play, by former national convener, Elspeth Kerr, on the subject of asylum seekers, and domestic violence, is available from the information officer here. Our national convener, Elspeth Dale, writes: What a wonderful response to Guild Week! I'm full of admiration for all the ingenuity and enthusiasm. I injured my ankle at the weekend so have to give it a bit of rest. My son has just gone off to work saying: "While you're sitting around here it must be good to know that your troops are so busy!" Well done everyone - I'm really proud of you. What I CAN do is pray that your efforts will bear fruit and that you are enjoying this special week! Aberdeen Presbyterial Council held a Songs of Praise on Thursday. It was a wonderful evening, the singing was superb, the Moderator of Presbytery read the part of Dr Charteris and there was a great turnout. Elie Guild, St Andrews Presbyterial Council: On the first Sunday of Guild Week everyone in the congregation was given a copy of the prayer initiative On The Wings of a Dove. One of the Guild spoke about the background to it and invited everyone to take part. The next Sunday the Guild led the first part of the morning service using material from the Guild Week pack. We were a bit unsure of doing this as it was Communion Sunday, but it all worked in extremely well. The comments afterwards were extremely favourable. Thanks to all who wrote this material. Barrhead Bourock Guild, Paisley Presbyterial Council: The activities we had planned, as well as those of all four local Guilds, were advertised in the two local libraries. We started on Sunday 21 November with our dedication service. On Monday, several of our members joined with Arthurlie Church Guild for Bible Study. On Tuesday, 49 members turned up for our bring and buy sale for the projects. On Thursday, the morning service was led by Dorothy Ramsay who talked about the work (and fun) of the Guild. In the afternoon we hosted a Guild Walk and 20 members, including representatives from all four Guilds in the area, walked along the banks of the Levern Water and enjoyed really good fellowship before returning to the church hall for tea and a good blether as well as a look at the Guild 2004 video. On Saturday we had a Guild display at our craft club sale and once again we took the opportunity to show the Guild video as well as a video of our millennium Flower Festival. All in all we had a really successful week and feel that we have done a lot to raise the profile of the Guild in our church and in our community. Now we'll start to think about what we can do next year! from Ruthwell Guild, Dumfries: We took part in the service on Sunday 28 November during which our Convener told the congregation about the Guild and two of our members performed a sketch. One of our members, Mrs McKeen wrote the following prayer especially for the service: Reach to us Heavenly Father Use us as Thou wilt Thine is the Glory and the Power Hear now our humble prayer We would seek Thy guidance Each and every day. Light the patch before us, Lead us on our way. Guide our faltering footsteps Until you call us home. In all our ways protect us, Lovingly direct and show us how to dare to care. After the service we had teas and sandwiches for all the congregation.
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