The Guild at St Michael's Parish Church is part of the nationwide Church of Scotland Guild. Our motto is 'Whose we are and Whom we serve'. The aim of the Guild is to invite and encourage the commitment of our lives to Jesus Christ and to enable us to express our faith in worship, prayer and action. In 2017-18 our theme is: ‘Be Bold be Strong’ 'Go in Love'.
St Michael's Guild meets fortnightly on Mondays at 7.30pm in the Kirk Hall from September to April for fellowship and friendship and to consider local or world issues or to enjoy more light-hearted topics. Anyone is welcome to attend any meeting that interests them. The programme is here on the website and on the Guild notice boards in Cross House and the church.
A typical meeting starts with a time of worship before we hear our speaker. We have a diverse programme of speakers - some on serious topics and others more entertaining. We also have fun evenings when we simply enjoy each other’s company (e.g. our Christmas Celebration). We usually finish after a cup of tea/coffee and chat among friends at about 9pm.
The Church of Scotland Guild raises awareness of various issues locally, nationally and internationally e.g. trafficking of people, violence, HIV/AIDS, trade justice, body image and health issues. As a part of this process, six projects are supported financially over three year periods linked to a theme.
Our projects this session, 2017-18, include support for;
At National level
Prospects - All Friends Together. This project is encouraging Churches to care for and include disabled people in their services. Guild funds have already fully funded a second full time employee. Three training sessions for twelve volunteers, who will go out to guilds and groups to give talks on their work, have taken place. A Church that welcomes people with learning disabilities is Better for Everyone.
At International level
Mission International - Haiti Project. Haiti is almost the forgotten disaster. Eighty thousand people are still living in tented accommodation. Funds raised are to help construct a school, church and community centre. These buildings will enable Adult Literacy, Community Development, Education Income Generation, Skills development and Medical Care among other things. The Project is almost a year ahead of schedule due to the support of the Guild.
As part of our programme we invite speakers from the different projects to explain how the money raised by the individual Guilds is used. We raise money through fortnightly giving, coffee mornings and other fund raising events.
Non-members are very welcome to attend any meeting – we would love to see you – but why not come and join us and become a part of this very worthwhile organisation.