Recent Guild Meetings
8th November 2017 - From Vet to Vicar
We were delighted to welcome as our speaker the Rev. Elspeth MacLean from Forth St Pauls Church. Elspeth was a small animal vet in Aberdeenshire before a family accident resulted in her making a deal with God to do whatever He wanted her to do if her daughter survived. She attended many introductory courses, went on charity bike rides in Uganda, on an EMMS International bike ride in Malawi, before in 2001 while on a bide ride in Jerusalem, at her lowest point, she had a sudden and illuminating moment which changed her life for ever. She went back to University to study for the ministry and was inducted to her first charge at Kirkapol Church of Scotland on the island of Tiree where she served the community for 5 years before moving to Forth St Pauls just over a year ago. It was a truly remarkable and inspiring journey she undertook to keep her deal she made with God.
11th October 2017 - St Andrews Hospice
We were delighted to welome not only our friends from Symington to our meeting but Lorna McCafferty, Trust Fundraising Officer from St Andrew's Hospice as our speaker. She gave us a very interesting talk about the work of St Andrew's Hospice which was opened in 1986 and now is one of the largest hospices in Scotland covering both North and South Lanarkshire. Running costs per annum are 7.3 million, 37% of which is provided by the NHS, and continuing provision of services is only possible due to the generosity and assistance of the people of Lanarkshire. Fundraising takes place all year round with events such as dinners, cabaret nights, ladies lunches as well as corporate giving. A variety of services is provided including out patient care, community palliative care, crisis management respite care as well as a range of complimentary therapies. The Hospice provides care and support to patients and their families tailored to fit individual needs in calm, peaceful and welcoming surroundings ensuring the best quality of life and far from it being a place of doom and gloom it is a happy place where sad things happen.
13th September 2017 – Go in Love
We move from the Guild themes "Peace" and "Joy" and come to "Love" which is the binding force gathering altogether in one. Our speaker, our own Minister, George, gave us a different slant on the meaning of "Go in Love" using as his text Mathew, Chapter 5, verse 44 "Love you enemy". Having spent time in Jerusalem he spoke about some of the things he had experienced in particular how the Bedouin tribes - Arabic speaking nomadic people - had been displaced from the Negev region of Israel. He left us with a question "how do we love people who are different from us"
8th March 2017 - Street Pastors
The Ascension Trust - Street Pastors- is one of the Guild Projects running from 2015 - 2018 and we were delighted to welcome as our speaker Iain Scoular, co-ordinator of the Bathgate Street Pastors. He gave us fascinating insight into the wonderful work carried out by his team on the streets of Bathgate. Teams of volunteers from local churches, together with other professionals, work every week-end from 10pm - 4am supporting, listening to and caring for those who are out and about enjoying the town's nightlife without being judgemental. There has been a considerable reduction in crime, less suicides, less broken windows etc. due to the presence of the Street Pastors on the streets. Iain felt that they were" taking the love of Jesus onto the streets."