The Church of Scotland Guild, with some 20,000 members, is one of the largest voluntary organisations in Scotland.
In 2017 the Guild celebrated its 130th anniversary.
Here at Galston, we meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, from end of September to March/April of the following year. The venue is the Hogg Hall and we start at 7.30 p.m. Our meetings are interesting and varied, with topics varying from the serious to the hilarious. We have an annual musical concert, a variety of guest speakers, a Candlelight Supper in December and a Daffodil Tea to finish off our session.
For those who require transport, we provide a taxi service at a small cost of £2.00 per meeting.
The Guild nationally supports six projects over the course of three years and raises a tremendous amount of money for these very worthwhile causes.
The final total for the six projects supported during 2015 to 2018 was £733,440.
At present the projects in question are:
• Crossreach – Join up the dots. To tackle the problems of loneliness and social isolation in Scotland.
• World Mission Council – Journeying together empowering teenage mothers in Zambia. The project will provide mentoring and support for young mothers as they learn about nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and parenting skills. They are also supported and encouraged to continue their education.
• Sailors’ Society – A Chaplain for our ports. The hope is to provide a Chaplain for every Port in Scotland.
• The Free to Live Trust – Seema’s project. To rescue abandoned street children and provide rehabilitation for rescued victims of the sex industry in Pune, India.
• Malawi Fruits – Growing the Future. To support young farmers in the north of the country. To help lift hundreds of small-scale farmers out of poverty and recognise opportunities to bring great help through irrigation and crop processing.
• The Boys’ Brigade – Faith in Young People. The partnership with the Guild will focus on growing the Boys’ Brigade across Scotland. They will focus on three areas, namely, Growth in Faith, Growth in community partnership and Growth in Young People.
Why not come and join us? We offer friendship and fellowship and are open to all.
Our programme for the forthcoming session is as follows:
30th Sept 2019 – Opening Service with Rev. Ada McLeod
14th Oct 2019 – Cantanti
28th Oct 2019 – A secure home
11th Nov 2019 – Crossreach – Joining up the dots
25th Nov 2019 – Edible Novelties, plus 100 years ago
9th Dec 2019 – Candlelight Supper with SMT
13th Jan 2020 – Louisa May Alcott with Barbara Graham
27th Jan 2020 – Burns Celebration with Loudoun Friends
10th Feb 2020 – Boys’ Brigade project
15th Feb 2020 – Spring Fayre
24th Feb 2020 – Therapet Dogs
3rd Mar 2020 – Daffodil Tea with Ayrshire Ukes
6th Mar 2020 – World Day of Prayer at St. Sophia’s
23rd Mar 2020 – AGM and quiz night
11th May 2020 – Annual Guild Rally at New Laigh, Kilmarnock
26th May 2020 – Guild trip