The Church of Scotland Guild in Lamlash currently has 26 members including one honorary member with an average of 20 members attending each session.
We meet from October through to March beginning with a Dedication Service for the whole congregation with members assisting in the service and re-affirming their vows.
We meet fortnightly in the Church Hall at 2 p.m. with our first meeting of the new year being held in the Trust Housing complex at Mackelvie Road, with residents and members sharing the meeting. The final meeting of the year is an AGM for all Office Bearers and members. A social event, usually a lunch outing concludes our session.
Throughout the year we actively follow the Church of Scotland Guild theme and discussion topic with 2 or 3 members attending a training session in Glasgow early in the year. We are currently following the 2nd year of the strategy ‘Whose we are and whom we serve’ with this year’s theme being ‘a fellowship to build’ and the discussion topic ‘Let’s talk about… finding the right way’. The meetings are varied using outside speakers and DIY activities.
We have at least one annual meeting with the Guild from St. Molios, including Shiskine and Pirnmill members, usually to celebrate Guild Week. Two members have in the past supported the Annual Guild Rally in the Caird Hall, Dundee, but not last year. We usually manage to support the Presbytery June Rally with 6 plus members making a day out of the event.
We have in the last two years formed a Guild link with the New Laigh Kirk, Kilmarnock and so far, have had 2 successful joint meetings.
Our fund raising events include the organisation of an annual fete at the local High School, organised by the Guild but supported and manned by the whole membership. We currently hold three Guild Coffee Mornings – Valentine’s Day, Daffodil time and Christmas. Over the last few years we have been able to support financially the Church, the Guild projects, Erskine Hospital and Mary’s Meals as well as donations to visiting speakers.
The Guild project we are currently supporting is ‘A heart for Art’ in partnership with Crossreach.
We continue to maintain membership and attendance numbers and our fellowship is lively and friendly. We tend to be an all female membership with a few male attending for perhaps, a special speaker – we would welcome more – our door is always open and a warm welcome extended to everyone