The Guild

DUE TO THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS, GUILD MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR THE REMAINDER OF MARCH AND INTO APRIL AND MAY HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. The situation will remain under review for the anticipated Rally on Cumbrae in June.

The Church of Scotland Guild is a movement within the Church of Scotland which invites and encourages both women and men to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and enables them to express their faith in worship, prayer, action and fellowship.

guild125The Guild has changed a lot, now less formal, and open to men and women.

We are a friendly group of people, giving everyone a warm welcome.

Each year we have a varied programme of speakers. If you have nothing planned for Wednesday afternoons, do come along and join us – you can count on a welcome cup of tea and sometimes some home baking.

[CLICK HERE to see the Guild at national level.]

The timing of GUILD WEEK is changing and will now start on the day of the Annual Gathering (Dundee) so in 2020 it will be from 6th – 14th September. 

REGRETFULLY THE ANNUAL GATHERING FOR 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE ONGOING CONCERN ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING CONTINUING FOR SOME TIME YET.

GUILD PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE

Information about the three year theme/strategy and partner projects can be found below.


Companions on the Way

The second year’s theme is linked to a three years strategy: One Journey, Many Roads.

We usually meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 2 pm to 4 pm in the Church Hall unless otherwise indicated.

2020

Jan 15th           Argyle Primary School: Children’s Burns Day
Feb 5th             South Beach House
Feb 19th          Communion: Rev Sarah Nicol
Feb 21st          ALL AYRSHIRE Guilds Together BIG SING: Kilwinning Abbey (Old) Parish Church from 2.30 pm
Mar 4th            Life in a Scottish village before, during and after WW1: Irene Howat
SATURDAY March 7th 11:00-15:00 GUILDS TOGETHER RESOURCE DAY: Saltcoats St Cuthbert’s
Mar 18th        CANCELLED History of Portencross: Isabel Garrett
Apr 1st             CANCELLED Easter Party
Apr 15th         NO MEETING / EASTER HOLIDAYS
Apr 22nd         CANCELLED Guilds Together Songs of Praise & ABM: Fairlie Parish Church; Speaker from Mission Aviation Fellowship
May 6th           CANCELLED Guild Roadshow in North Ayrshire (10:00 – 15:00)
May 20th        CANCELLED AGM and Planning Meeting for 2020/2021
June 2nd       CANCELLED Guilds Together Summer Rally: Cumbrae Parish Church (NEW!) AND SALTCOATS GUILD DAY OUT.


THREE YEAR STRATEGY

Every three years, a strategy is decided by the Guild and within that are three annual themes. Strategy 2018-2021 – “One Journey, Many Roads!”

Annual themes were introduced to encourage Guilds to plan their programmes more effectively. These resources were introduced in the 1950s to give a focus for Guilds but are sufficiently broad to allow for imaginative planning.

Theme 2018 – “Seeking the way”

Theme 2019 – “Companions on the way”

Theme 2020 – “The Extra Mile”


PROJECTS

Click on the project title to find more information.

Faith in Young People: Boys’ Brigade Scotland

The Boys’ Brigade is a volunteer-led youth organisation, which provides youth work to the Christian church.

Growing the Future: Malawi Fruits

Malawi Fruits is a Scottish Christian Charity committed to working in Malawi to support young farmers in the North of the country. Our aim is to lift hundreds of small-scale farmers out of poverty, and we see opportunities to bring great help through irrigation and crop processing.

Seema’s Project: Free to Live Trust 

Seema’s project began initially in 2014 with the aim of building a home for abandoned street children from the red-light district of the city of Pune, India, and to build a rehabilitation centre for rescued victims of the sex industry.

A Chaplain for Our Ports: Sailors’ Society 

Sailors’ Society is an international Christian charity working in ports across the world. Together with the support of the Scottish Guild, we aim to transform lives through bringing hope and comfort to seafarers arriving at our ports.

Journeying Together: World Mission Council 

Journeying Together helps teenage mums in Kanyama to build a life of promise for themselves and their children.

Join Up the Dots: CrossReach

CrossReach’s Join up the Dots project is a collaborative partnership between CrossReach and the Guild to tackle the problems of loneliness and social isolation in Scotland.