History and backgroundWith around 30,000 members, the Church of Scotland Guild is one of Scotland's largest voluntary organisation. Although women make up the bulk of our membership, increasingly, men are becoming members and taking active roles at local and national levels. For more details on our history, check out our timeline here.Members meet in local groups at congregational level, in regional groups known as presbyterial councils, and once a year at our national meeting, to which each group can send a representative. The current constitution of the Guild was adopted in 1997, after a major review of the present organisation's predecessor, the Woman's Guild. In 2003, the Guild reviewed its constitution to ensure more inclusive language was used and to take account of the need for flexibility in local groups.
The Guild todayThe Guild is about invitation, encouragement, commitment, and fellowship which leads to providing opportunities for continuing growth in Christian faith through worship, prayer and action.
Worship is an essential ingredient in all meetings and activities. Prayer underpins everything - and is a means of involving those members who cannot be active in other ways. Guild-led worship resources are available on our pages here. Action means living out the faith through project work, exploration of the discussion topics and local involvement of groups and individual members in various aspects of Christian service.
Aims and ethosWomen and men of all walks of life meet together under our common 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." The aim has been underlined in our motto which is taken from Acts 27, verse 23: "Whose we are and Whom we serve."
What does the Lord require of you 2009-2012 Project launch - April 2009To find out more about our full range of work and follow the links on the right hand side.For information on the previous set of projects, click here Guild History
The six projects that Guilds are invited to support under the What does the Lord require of you? strategy runs from the autumn of 2009 to 20012. For more information on these new projects, click here.
Check out our timeline - dates and information on all the important events in Guild history - click here