With around 30,000 members, the Church of Scotland Guild is one of Scotland's largest voluntary organisation. Although women make up the bulk of our membership, increasingly, men are becoming members and taking active roles at local and national levels.
Members meet in local groups at congregational level, in regional groups known as presbyterial councils, and once a year at our national meeting, to which each group can send a representative.
The current constitution of the Guild was adopted in 1997, after a major review of the present organisation's predecessor, the Woman's Guild. In 2003, the Guild reviewed its constitution to ensure more inclusive language was used and to take account of the need for flexibility in local groups.
The Guild is about invitation, encouragement, commitment, and fellowship which leads to providing opportunities for continuing growth in Christian faith through worship, prayer and action.
Worship is an essential ingredient in all meetings and activities. Prayer underpins everything - and is a means of involving those members who cannot be active in other ways.
Action means living out the faith through project work, exploration of the discussion topics and local involvement of groups and individual members in various aspects of Christian service.
Women and men of all walks of life meet together under our common aim:
"The Church of Scotland Guild is a movement within the Church of Scotland which invites and encourages both women and men to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and enables them to express their faith in worship, prayer and action."
The aim has been underlined in our motto which is taken from Acts 27, verse 23: "Whose we are and Whom we serve."
There has been a long and happy relationship existing between both churches and the Guild Office. Over the years many women have been proud to associate themselves with the Guild and all it stands for. We are no exception today, although small in numbers, we remain active and commited to the high ideals and principles that being a Guild member involves.
Our meetings, which are open to men and women of all ages, are held:
- on the last Thursday in the month in Tough vestry at 2pm
- or an occasional meeting in Tough vestry at 7pm
Our first meeting is in April when we have an informal communion through until December when we entertain the residence of Muirhead Care Home with carols and readings.
In March our Guild takes part along with other Guilds in the World Day Of Prayer which rotates between local churches. We have a Guild Link with Whitehills Parish Church sending them an occasional letter or card and we have visited them a few times.
We enjoy meeting other Guilds at local and Presbyterial events and this year the annual rally in Dundee.
The Guild has a long history of tackling injustice and bringing to the fore issues such as: people trafficking; HIV & AIDS and drug and alcohol abuse.
We support this through our monthly donations and fundraising.