St Luke’s and St Paul’s Guilds in Milngavie are holding special events to celebrate Guild Week, which runs from
November 16 to 23.
There will be a congregational lunch at St Luke’s on Sunday, November 23 and church members are being invited to an open meeting, with afternoon tea, at St Paul’s on November 24.
The Guilds have been supporting WEvolution, a charity which gives micro-loans to Self Reliant Groups, for two years. Some members from an SRG in Provanmill have spoken at Guild meetings, voicing their optimism about the scheme which has empowered them and changed lives. Visitors are welcome to meetings.
The history of the Guild is a long one, going back to its inception in 1887, 39 years before women achieved equal voting rights with men. It was formed by the Rev Archibald Charteris ‘to unite all women who were engaged in Christian service’.
These aims have been extended to include service in the wider world, where Guild projects have supported a variety of schemes, giving each of them a reliable source of income over a three year period.
The great thing is that Guild members themselves have a say about which projects they want to support. These have included work overseas, like Mission Aviation Fellowship and Mary’s Meals. More local schemes were also helped, for example, the visitor centre at Perth Prison as it had been shown to be vitally important to the families of prisoners.
Guild members in both congregations contribute richly to the life of the Kirk. Visiting speakers vary from the serious to the light-hearted, often educating members about current social issues.