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.
Why not come and join us? We offer friendship and fellowship and are open to all.
Our current six projects are :
Home for Good
Finding homes for vulnerable children
Beat is the UK's eating disorder charity. They exist to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders.
UNIDA – which means "together" in Portuguese –
Hear our Voice: empowering young women for ministry and service" is a project at UNIDA designed to empower young women through theological education.
Starchild – finding the light in every child
The project will address the challenges of stigma and myths related to intellectual and physical disability in Uganda. Many of these children and young people have been locked up, tied up and left in the dark.
The Vine Trust – Kazunzu Village of Hope
Enables volunteers to provide medical, home-building and care support to communities living in severe poverty in Tanzania and Peru.
Chocolate Heaven – Pioneers
Chocolate Heaven is providing employment for chocolate makers, fair prices for local growers, producing and selling delicious chocolate in all the flavours we love.
The total money raised for the undernoted six projects from 2018 to 2021 was £551,434.
Sailors' Society: £84,555.46
Boys' Brigade: £93,853.57
World Mission: £84,874.10
Malawi Fruits: £86,837.29
Free to Live Trust: £98,190.94