Crossmichael, Parton and Balmaghie
Church of Scotland
Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright
Scottish Charity Number SCO14901
Crossmichael and Parton & Balmaghie Church of Scotland Guild
Crossmichael and Parton Guild started in 1898 as two separate
guilds. Parton guild met in Parton House and Crossmichael met in
Culgruff. Later Mrs G Stewart of Culgruff provided the old guild
room, and on her death bequeathed it to the minister and Kirk
Session. The two Guilds united in 1989 and now meet in the church
hall in Crossmichael.
The Guild meets from October to March at 2.00pm. on the second Tuesday of the month. Meetings commence with a prayer, followed by a hymn and bible reading, and each month there is a guest speaker.
Meetings are warm and friendly and afterwards members enjoy chatting over a cup of tea.
There is a joint meeting with Kirpatrick Durham and Corsock Guilds in November and the Kirk Session is invited to the January meeting.
The Guild arranges events to raise funds for the chosen Guild project and selected charities. This year the projects are Feed the Minds and Let's Stick Together
Membership is open to both men and women, so a warm welcome awaits you. If you would like more information please telephone Christine Collier on 01556 670275
Who in the Guild
Leadership Team Stella Dickson Sue Beddows Anne Carstairs
Jean Galloway (Projects)
Feed the Minds
- Breaking the Cycle of FGM
More than 125 million girls in 29 countries including Scotland
have been subjected to female genital mutilation. This cruel and
dangerous practice can cause severe physical and psychological
problems. Some girls die after being cut. Typically girls who
are cut drop out of school and become mothers, often before they
reach age 16. Ending FGM is complicated because it is seen as a
rite of passage in some cultures. Feed the Minds, a charity that
works to combat poverty and injustice across the Global South is
partnering with communities in the Kuria district of Kenya to
raise awareness, share knowledge and promote a culture of
change. Support from The Guild will help girls to choose their
own future and stop the innocent becoming victims.
Church of Scotland website
Let's Stick Together - Care for the Family Scotland
Jean Galloway (Projects)
Feed the Minds - Breaking the Cycle of FGM
More than 125 million girls in 29 countries including Scotland have been subjected to female genital mutilation. This cruel and dangerous practice can cause severe physical and psychological problems. Some girls die after being cut. Typically girls who are cut drop out of school and become mothers, often before they reach age 16. Ending FGM is complicated because it is seen as a rite of passage in some cultures. Feed the Minds, a charity that works to combat poverty and injustice across the Global South is partnering with communities in the Kuria district of Kenya to raise awareness, share knowledge and promote a culture of change. Support from The Guild will help girls to choose their own future and stop the innocent becoming victims.
From the Church of Scotland website
Let's Stick Together - Care for the Family Scotland
"More than half of all new parents who divorce or separate do so within three years of having a child.
It's a very exhilarating time when you have a new baby, but it's also a time of great change for the family and the beginning of a new life. Some couples don't make it and it seems a bit easier today for couples not to stick together. We recognize that a huge part of that is about communication and understanding what is going on. Care for the Family Scotland helps new parents build strong family relationships and stick together through tough times."
Kay Keith, Guild National Convener
From the Church of Scotland website
Project Topic for this session "Go in love"
Report of the March Meeting of Crossmichael, Parton & Balmaghie Church Guild
Eleven members attended our March meeting which was also the AGM. Unfortunately seven members were not able to attend owing to holidays or sickness. We missed them and wish them well.
The Convenor, Sylvia Livingston, welcomed everyone. The speaker for the day was Peter Cuthbertson from CrossReach, who is based in their Fund Raising Department in Edinburgh.
He first hymn was “Great is they Faithfulness” and was followed by a prayer, and a reading from Acts ch.3 by Jean Galloway.
Peter’s talk about CrossReach was so enlightening. We were enthralled and amazed at just what they are involved in, such as children and families, counselling, criminal justice, homelessness, learning disabilities, mental health, older people and substance abuse.
Throughout the country there are seventy places where they function in various forms. There are none in the South of Scotland, but there is one in Stornoway over to the Aberdeen area and many in the Central Belt.
Cross Reach was launched in June 2005 and previously known as the Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility. Under their present name, CrossReach continue the Church of Scotland tradition for providing care and support.
We were told in great detail about the work they do at Perth prison, where they offer support to visitors providing a listening, non-judgemental ear, advice if requested, and a cuppa if needed.
In Perth they have accommodation provided by the prison to undertake these services, but at Polmont they have a double decker bus at the entrance. The aims are to avoid social isolation, to increase self esteem and to motivate and maintain communications within the family unit.
It was indeed a most interesting, informative and thought provoking talk.
Jean Galloway gave a vote of thanks, and after a tea break, Rev. Sally Russell took the Chair for our Annual General Meeting business.
Crossmichael Parton & Balmaghie Church of Scotland Guild
Annual General Meeting held on 13th March 2018
The AGM took place with eleven members attending and Rev. Sally Russell in the Chair.
The Meeting commenced with a prayer and the Secretary gave her Report
Heather Bell (Secretary) reported that the Galloway News had printed guild reports, and Marion Owen had put them on the Church website.
The guild had had a successful year with interesting speakers.
Monthly Reports are always to hand and can be given to any interested parties.
Sylvia Livingston (Convener) told of the great year with many interesting speakers.
Fundraising was very successful.
The Christmas Party had been an enjoyable occasion although it was a one-off experiment.
She wished all members well; especially those sick at this time.
Margaret Wilson (Treasurer) presented the Statement of Accounts, and these showed that we had been able to give money to many charities and our own church (£755)
Jean Galloway (Projects Manager) gave us a copy Of “Guild News” which gave the total up until January 2018 as £587,121.31, which is very satisfactory.
APPOINTMENT OF OFFICE BEARERS
The present Office Bearers were voted back in
HEATHER BELL (Secretary)
SYLVIA LIVINGSTON (Convener)
MARGARET WILSON (Treasurer)
JEAN GALLOWAY (Projects Manager)
A Date for the preparation of the 2018/19 Syllabus was agreed upon. It will be
Sally concluded the Meeting with a Prayer.
Forthcoming Events for the Guild
1st May 10 a.m. Planning meeting for the 2018/19 syllabus
"There is an open invitation to anyone interested in any of the Guild meeting. Please feel free to come and join us .... the Guild is not just for members. We meet on the second Tuesday in the month at 2pm from October to March Speak to any Guild member and they will put you in the picture."
Sylvia Livingston (Convenor)
Stewartry Church Guilds are joining the worldwide movement of small groups who gather to create shawls for individuals who would benefit from this outreach of love and compassion. Often these are people burdened with illness or sorrow, but the shawls can also be a gift to celebrate a marriage or a new baby.
The purpose is to provide a garment which will allow them to encounter God's love in a tangible way; a feeling of comfort and warmth beyond what the woven threads alone would be able to provide.
........."we celebrate our God who knits us into wholeness, who enables us to car for others, who encircles the world in an eternal shawl of love and compassion."
Susan S Jorgenson
For more information about sharing this ministry please contact Sheila Bishop or Sylvia Livingston.
Our thanks are given to BUCKHAVEN AND WEMYSS PARISH CHURCH for sharing this special ministry with us, and to Deacon Jacqueline Thompson, for putting us on the right track with a view to setting up the shawl ministry.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry held a meeting last week in Crossmichael Church Hall. It was very successful with nine people attending.
The aim was to knit shawls with a prayer in our heart for the recipients who may be undergoing illness, and who will get comfort from a shawl made with love in the hearts of those knitting. Two ladies whose late husbands received a Prayer Shawl, still get comfort themselves from the shawl as it is a close reminder of those they loved and cared for.
The meeting started with a prayer, and then it was knitting pins to the ready as people of all abilities knitted their own interpretation of what pattern they thought a shawl should be! The meeting also gave people fellowship and it was heartening to hear one lady, who is over 90, saying she was delighted to get her knitting out again, as she would have been sitting at home all alone.
After tea and biscuits people left with the feeling that more people would benefit from the "knitting and natter" as anyone from any background or ability is welcome. Not a knitter - then you will be shown how to do it!
See the diary page for the date of our next meeting which will be in Crossmichael Church Hall. Just come along, but if you want more information contact Jean Galloway, or Tel. Sylvia Livingston (01556 503816) on behalf of the Stewartry Guild Council.
Soup and sweet lunches are held on
the last Tuesday of every month in the
Youth Work in Crossmichael is
co-ordinated by Netta Adams with the help of Eleanor Hex, Olive
Kirkpatrick and Christine Collier.
Scripture Union Meetings
are run by Netta Adams, Christine Collier and Olive Kirkpatrick
......... and this is what happened recently ...........
The Crossmichael School Scripture Union group met up with the Springholm School group at Kirkpatrick Durham Church on St. Andrews Day. Seventeen children enjoyed an afternoon of fun and games, craft and story activities, and juice and goodies. They learned a new song which they will probably be singing to parents in the days to come.
They watched a DVD telling the story of "The Candy Maker", another take on the Christmas story.
The children all went home with beautifully decorated boxes, tied up with ribbon and containing hearts and stars and a Christmas tree made from buttons. A candy cane had been added to each box so that when they opened them on Christmas Day the children would be reminded of the story of the candy maker.
We set off for home feeling happily tired and thinking of next year's event.
If you have any good ideas please do come and share!
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