The Guild was founded in 1887 by Rev Dr Archibald Charteris as the Church of Scotland Women’s Guild. Charteris’ aim was for “a movement of all the willing women workers in a parish, old and young, rich and poor, for mutual help and united action”. Within years there were 29,000 members in 400 branches. Membership reached a peak of over 160,000 in the 1950’s.
In 1997, membership was opened to men and the name was changed to the Church of Scotland Guild. Membership is open to all who support the Guild’s 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.”
Today the Church of Scotland Guild is one of Scotland’s largest voluntary organisations with around 30,000 members.
Annual themes encourage guilds to plan their programmes more effectively. The theme for 2019/20 is Companions on the Way… the program is shown below.
Burnhead Parish Church Guild meet every Monday night at 7:30pm in the Church Extension and is open to all to attend.
Click here for The Church of Scotland Guild Website.
- Companions on the Way: 2019/20 Program
- 7th October 2019 – Joint Communion at Bellshill Central Church
- 14th October 2019 – Susan McAuley of Viewpark Foodbank
- 21st October 2019 – Guest Night at Bellshill Central Church
- 28th October 2019 – Chazanne Fenn
- 4th November 2019 – Rev. Les Brunger
- 11th November 2019 – Our Guest Night
- 18th November 2019 – Danny McLaughlan
- 25th November 2019 – Billy Watson – CAP
- 2nd December 2019 – Christmas Lunch
- 9th December 2019 – Carols & Mince Pies
- 16th December 2019 – Holiday
- 23rd December 2019 – Holiday
- 30th December 2019 – Holiday
- 6th January 2020 – Catch Up
- 13th January 2020 – Hamilton Shelter Speaker
- 20th January 2020 – Stewart Grady
- 27th January 2020 – Burns Tea
- 3rd February 2020 – Rhetta McLean
- 10th February 2020 – Flower Arranging
- 17th February 2020 – Viewpark Guest Night
- 24th February 2020 – Rev. De Beer
- 2nd March 2020 – Heritage Centre Speaker
- 9th March 2020 – Rev. Caryl Kyle
- 16th March 2020 – Quiz
- 23rd March 2020 – Andrew & Alec
- 30th March 2020 – AGM / Bring & Buy