The aim of the Church of Scotland Guild:
To invite and encourage women and men to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and to enable them to express their faith in worship, prayer and action.
October 21 onwards
We have been very pleased at the numbers attending after such a long break. It's good to have you back!
Guild Meetings started again on Wednesday 13th October (and will continue fortnightly thereafter) at 1.30pm in the Glebe Street Hall.
So far our programme is:
> October 13th: 2021 World Day of Prayer Service.
> October 27th: Cruise down the Danube: Powerpoint show with David Atkins (which we had to cancel 18 months ago).
> November 10th: New Rules for Fire Safety and Alarms in the Home. (Speaker from the Fire and Rescue Service)
> November 24th: Isobel Gray gives a talk on her career: "From Theatre to Maternity"
> December 8th: Liz Macintyre: Nan’s Story
> December 15th: Christmas Lunch at Brew 74, near to Stewartfield Morrison's. 12.30pm for 1pm. Two courses for £20
> January 12th: Barbra Campbell: "My life as a policewoman". 1.30pm, Glebe St Hall.
Under the present rules in East Kilbride Old Parish we have to:
> be seated one metre apart on chairs only, without sitting around tables as we would normally do.
> wear masks (except for the speaker). NB: I will try to limit meetings to an hour as a result
> use hand-sanitiser on entering and leaving.
> give name and phone number to be noted on arrival (for Track and Trace).
> forgo tea, coffee or biscuits as at present there is no use of the kitchen.
Hope for the future?
Later if the rules change we could be seated three to a table, have tea and coffee and wrapped biscuits. There is to be no movement around the hall. Continue to wear masks (except when eating). Only 2 persons in the kitchen and serving. Use of dishwasher for hygiene.
All of this is difficult but I hope you will feel able to come along and join your friends and enjoy the Guild again. The Guild headquarters is keen to encourage Guilds to start again and has offered useful guidance. They have even reduced the capitation fee to £9 .This supports the work of the Guild throughout Scotland.
Hope to see you soon.
Mary Smith (President)
Here's a taste of last year's events....
You can find a link to the video of the Big Sing event when you Click Here.
The Guild Annual Gathering 2020
Click Here to watch a video of the Guild Annual Gathering 2020 - a digital event
Themed around ‘the extra mile’, members were able to take part from the safety of their own homes, via the internet.
Featuring singing and worship led by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, the specially created video helps us recreate the Guild’s joyful atmosphere and feeling of togetherness despite being unable to physically meet.
As usual this year’s Annual Gathering offered the opportunity to welcome the Guild’s new national convener, Mable Wallace, along with a chance to bid farewell to the outgoing national convener, Marian Macintyre.
Mrs Macintyre said: "During lockdown, Guild members all over the country have proved to be true 'companions on the road', especially by keeping in touch with those in their groups who have no access to technology—via phone chains, photocopied printed versions of the eNews (which has been steadfastly produced every single week), socially distanced visits.
“Now we are going 'the extra mile' - we can't be all together in the Caird Hall on 5th September, so we have produced a 'Virtual Annual Gathering ' which is available on the Church of Scotland website.
Other sections will include contributions from Rev Richard Baxter of Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church, and news about our current Guild projects.
Those watching from home are advised to have bread and wine on hand in order to take part in communion.
Iain Whyte, general secretary of the Guild, said: “We were delighted to have sent out hundreds of DVDs and USB sticks to those without internet access in the run up so that hopefully everyone who wanted to was able to take part.
“It was very cheering to hear about small groups of Guild members who were planning to meet and watch the Annual Gathering together whilst still following the government’s guidelines."
‘A Guild is, by definition, about companionship and sharing’. (Guild Notes)
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