Motto: Whose I am and Whom I Serve

Midstocket Guild has strong membership. We meet on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm and the third Monday at 2.30pm with a break during the summer months. We follow the three-year strategy, set by the National Committee of the Church of Scotland Guild and actively support the Guild Projects. Our syllabus this year has a variety of interesting topics. Visitors are welcome at any of our meetings.

Guild 2021

We look forward to our new session with a return to some normality. Our first meeting is on Monday September 13th at 2.00pm in the Garden Room, when we hope to welcome back many of our members. We realize this may be too soon for some but trust that with the easing of the Covid19 situation more members will feel confident to join us.

For the next three years the Strategy is “Look Forward in Faith” and six new Projects have been chosen. The Theme for 2021/22 is “Lights and Bushels”

Instead of our usual 2 meetings a month we have decided on one a month at least until Christmas when hopefully the situation will be clearer.

Meetings will be at 2.00pm on Mondays and the programme is:

September 13th: Malawi Fruits

October 11th: Frances Martin – Fun at Weddings

November 8th : Air Ambulance

December 13th: (to be confirmed later by Mile End School)

Anyone interested in any of the subjects of our meetings will be made most welcome.

Guild Afternoon Tea

The Guild met on Monday 22nd June for the annual afternoon tea party. Although we could not meet up in person as a group, we all met initially on Zoom. Members invited others who do not have internet access to join them in their households. Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon and many thanks to all our hostesses.

As the Church Guild had not met since February 2020, it was decided to consider meeting on Zoom. Several members expressed an interest and an informal get-together was arranged for Monday 8th February. 15 members joined on Zoom and one on telephone, and we were delighted Tanya was able to join us.

Pat welcomed us and we were pleased to hear that everyone seemed to be coping, although fed up with lockdown and unable to see friends and family in person. Several members were relieved to have received their Covid 19 vaccine and others have their appointments soon.

We are indebted to Edyta for arranging the meeting, sending out invitations and putting a notice on the website. We look forward to meeting again in March - details will be posted on the Church website.

After our successful get-together on Zoom in February, about 20 Guild members have enjoyed a Zoom meeting each month. In March we welcomed Barbara Marks who gave a very interesting presentation, including a short video, about Mary’s Meals. From 20 children a day in Malawi in 2002, Mary’s Meals now provides 1,667,067 children with a meal each day at school in 19 countries in Africa, India and South America. They work with the local communities, and therefore have been able to continue with their support despite Covid 19 closing schools.

In April Dr. Peter Fogiel escorted us on a fascinating trip, with stunning

photographs, on a Hurtgruten supply ship around the coast of Norway, from

Bergen, over the Arctic Circle to Kirkenes close to the Russian border.

We look forward to hearing from Robert and Kim Duncan in May about their

Faith and their Music. In June we hope to be able to meet in small groups for

Afternoon tea. Within our Parish Grouping congregational organisations are being encouraged to make links, and a Guild Grouping Zoom meeting was held in March with representatives from the five Churches - St Marks, Holburn West, Midstocket, and Rubislaw/Queen’s Cross (combined). Each Guild shared their experiences during the pandemic. Another meeting will be arranged after the summer when hopefully Covid 19 restrictions will be relaxed.

Guild 2020

Unfortunately our meetings have had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Below are some examples of the type of meetings we hold.

2020 MONDAY EVENING – 7.30pm

Feb 3rd Dr Peter Fogiel: An exciting train journey

Mar 2nd Mr Andy Hall: Photographers perspective on language and literature

April 6th AGM+ Mr Jim Pirie: English classes for the overseas

2020 MONDAY AFTERNOON - 2.30pm

Feb 17th Ms Ruth Duncan: The Moffat Trench

March 16th Rev. Shuna Dicks: Companions on my Ministry Path - HAS BEEN CANCELLED

April 20th Ms Frances Martin: What the organist heard

The Guild Party 2020

It was a stormy night but this did not deter members of the Guild from coming to the annual party. As usual the Committee had a range of games and stories to entertain us. Joyce organised a new game where she gave us the letters for the word 'celebration'. After she gave us a clue, we had to find an appropriate word from the letters in 'celebration'. Much deliberation was needed. Edna and Doreen entertained us with short stories amid much hilarity. A wonderful buffet supper was then enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to the Committee for giving us such an enjoyable evening.

Guild 2019

Guild Coffee Morning 2019

We had a very successful coffee morning on 9th November 2019. With your support, we raised the tremendous sum of £1,878.80.

Guild Meeting - Drama Wifies

Guild Meeting - Armchair Exercises

The Guild year at Midstocket Church was a most successful one with a variety of interesting speakers. We had, however, a change of venue for our last meeting. Toes were tapping, arms swaying, the Bee Gee’s playing in the background……we were in the church hall enjoying a “work out” with our lovely keep fit instructress. The fantastic music made our armchair exercises seem so easy and an hour later, we felt we could do it all over again! We then adjourned to our normal meeting place, the Garden Lounge, for a well – deserved cup of tea.

The Guild Walk

Every May Guilds in Aberdeen hold their annual Guild Walk. This year the walk was hosted by the Guild at Midstocket Church. It was very much a social event. As well as the walk, there were quizzes to answer for the less able for the walk. A welcome cup of tea / coffee/ juice and a “fine piece” was served back at the church.

This year it was an intergenerational event with representatives from the Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade.

The Guild Party 2019

The Guild held their annual party on Monday 7th January. Sandwiches, sausage rolls and quiches were served followed by eclairs and meringues which needless to say were enjoyed by everyone. Entertainment followed with Edna and June telling us amusing stories. These gave our minds a rest from the quizzes which we were trying to solve. The competitive spirit was very evident. Everyone went home in good spirits having enjoyed a wonderful party. Thanks are due to the Committee who organised the event.