The Church of Scotland Guild is a movement within the church which is open to both men and women of all ages. Our meetings are fortnightly on Monday evenings at 7.30 pm in the hall and there is a varied programme of guests and events. Some of the regular highlights of the year are the Quiz Night, Scots Night and of course our Christmas Meal. There is always a Coffee Morning in February and a sponsored walk (and silence!) in May.
We follow the Guild themes which for the next 3 years are "Seeking the Way", "Companions on the Road" and "The Extra Mile".
Our strategy is 'One Journey, Many Roads'. As Christians we are all on a journey and the roads we follow on that journey can have many twists and turns for each of us.
Guild members across the country have raised over £733,440.31 for the 2015-18 projects. No small achievement for 20,000 members.
Our new projects aim to see our members raise awareness of, pray for, and fundraise for the following areas of work with these partner organisations. In line with the 2018 Year of Young People, four the six projects supported by the Guild focus on the young.
These six projects running from 2018-2021 will surely inspire and encourage members to support them with "worship, prayer and action".
Join Up the Dots, a new partnership between CrossReach (the Church's Social Care Council) and the Guild, which will tackle loneliness and isolation, and encourage each of CrossReach's services from care homes to youth projects to supporting mental wellbeing.
Journeying Together, a partnership between the Guild and the World Mission council, will help teenage mothers in Zambia living in poverty. Alongside mentoring and training, they will have the chance to return to school. Girls who previously had no prospect of finishing their education will now be able to pursue career goals.
The Sailors' Society, an organisation aspiring to place a chaplain in every port in Scotland to give spiritual and practical support to merchant seamen in Scotland who are often far from home. Help ranges from providing sim cards to contact relatives, to winter gear for those who are unused to Scottish winters to encouraging church attendance.
Seema's Project, which was launched to protect street children in Pune, India, who are vulnerable to being trafficked, often children whose mothers are prostitutes. In 2016 the charity built a home for 32 children and the Guild partnership will allow them to double the size.
Malawi Fruits, a charity working in the north of the country, aims to help young people to farm cash crops and to irrigate using solar-powered pumps. This will help to address the depopulation of the north and help farmers to move away from subsistence farming.
The Boys' Brigade continues through its Christian ethos to enrich the lives of young people, and aside from fundraising they will look to work on intergenerational activities alongside the Guild such as developing IT skills.