The Guild was founded in 1887 by Rev Dr Archibald Charteris as the Church of Scotland Woman’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 1950s.
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 about 30,000 members.
Crown Court Guild celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2010.
Annual themes encourage guilds to plan their programmes more effectively. The theme for 2010/2011 is Called to love mercy. Topics offer a chance to explore a particular issue of current concern, possibly leading to some local action. The topic for 2010/2011 is Let’s talk about… can we forgive and forget?
To find out more about Crown Court Guild email the convener, Evelyn Pellow, or the secretary, Jennifer Laird, on firstname.lastname@example.org.