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BE BOLD, BE STRONG

2016-17 SESSION

….  GO IN JOY  …

Discussion Topic – ‘Let’s talk about…. Working towards Fulfilment

The 2016-17 Session begins on Tuesday 4th October – in the Hall at 7.30 p.m.    Everyone, both men and women, are invited – so please come along – a warm welcome awaits you.

The seasons are changing – and with the onset of the longer nights, so begins another session of our Guild.

The Guild nationally follows a three year strategy, and we are now beginning the second of our 3 year programme under the title – “Be Bold – Be Strong” and this years focus is on “Go in Joy”.

As always we have a varied programme that should suit the men and women who attend the Guild meetings.

We begin on Tuesday 4th October, with an evening entitled “Joy in a Bubble”, which should be a fun way to depict our theme, led by Helen Dutch, who always brings a chuckle to any meeting!

During the course of the year, we will look at JOY in music; in photography; in The Armed Forces (with Padre Duncan Macpherson); in Older Years, etc.

We will also explore the work of Street Pastors as one of our projects, and also discover more about “Caring for Mother Earth”, a project from Christian Aid about Bolivia.

We  have another evening about Positive Prisons?  Positive Futures, as recommended by Rev. Neil Campbell – as well as a return visit from Susan Tilley.

Please do consider coming to any of our meetings – usually held on the first and third Tuesday of the month – if something appeals to you in our programme, you would certainly be made most welcome.

WHOSE WE ARE AND

WHOM WE SERVE

The 2015-16 Session begins on Tuesday 6th October – in the Hall at 7.30 p.m.  Everyone welcome.

The Guild welcomes both women and men to their Meetings.    The syllabus is now available for the coming session – it has a good mix of subjects and speakers – something for everyone.    We welcome Dr. Susan Tilley from Windynook,  a very good friend of Annan Old Guild, as speaker at the first meeting.      Please join us.

Guild AGM April 2015

The last meeting of the Guild session was, as always, the Annual General Meeting. The Guild continues to play an important part in the life of the Church and the various reports given to the meeting reflected this.

£5,600 was raised over the last 12 months thanks to the hard work and generosity of the 40 members and those who supported all the events during the year.

The funds were distributed as follows –

Annan Old Parish Church  …………………£3,600

Julius project for the homeless……………..£   450

Mary’s Meals project……………………….. £   450

Church of Scotland HIV programme………£    450

The orphanage at Matatiele…………………£    450

Mission Partner Book Fund………………… £    100

TOTAL…………………………………………£5,500

Annan Old Parish Church Guild meet in the Church Hall at 7.30 p.m., usually on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, from October to April.  See Calendar for dates of meetings.  The present number of Guild members is 50 (both men and women). Anyone interested in joining us would be most welcome.

The Theme for 2014-15 is “A World to Serve”

Discussion Topic – “How to Share”

Mary’s Meals, Befriending, Serving the World – in El Salvador, The Red Cross and “How to share at Christmas” have been discussed over the past session – we look forward to hearing from speakers representing ….. Matatiele Orphanage in South Africa, Local First Base, Serving in Prison and The Julius Project – Scottish Churches Housing Action and the Carlisle Street Preachers.      If there is a subject that takes your fancy, feel free to come along to any or all meetings – a warm welcome awaits you.  (Check out the dates on the ‘Calendar‘).

Guildcakephoto

Last session we celebrated 125 years of this movement.

Annan Old Guild held a celebration in December 2012 when our oldest member, Mrs Betty Metcalf and our longest serving member, Mrs Jane Seaton cut a beautifully decorated cake to mark the occasion.  This special anniversary was also celebrated locally when in the Spring of 2013,  a display of flowers was shown to depict the Guild Motto, in the garden overlooking the River Annan (kindly arranged by Annandale and Eskdale Garden’s Department).

Nationally, the Guild has a three year strategy which focuses on a particular theme – this year “A Faith to Proclaim”.  Annan Old Guild follows the theme each year with Speakers, Readings and Prayers which are relevant to the theme.

The Guild promotes 6 projects in the three year cycle with Guilds asked  to support these projects.  Annan Old Guild chooses two projects a year thereby giving financial and prayerful support.

Events to support the projects of the Guild can be found on the Calendar and Special Events pages of the website.