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THE GUILD

 

The Guild  met on Tuesday 22nd March and we opened with the well-known hymn `All things bright and beautiful`.   We then had a reading from Psalm 145 v 13b-21 followed by prayer.

       We were very sad to acknowledge the passing of our fellow member Freda Silver`s husband Ian.   He passed away on Sunday 20th March in Ninewells Hospital.   His daughter  Lorna and niece Lynne were by his bedside and his passing was very peaceful.   Our thoughts and prayers are with Freda and  the family at this time.

       Our dear friend Marguerite Ruffle put us through our paces with seating exercises.   We all worked out to the sound of Scottish music which was great fun and kept us all going.   A big thank you to Marguerite for all her efforts in getting us fit and making it so enjoyable.

       We were all ready for the welcome cup of tea and cake afterwards!

       Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th April at 2p.m. in the hall where Stan Nutt will speak to us on `The Death of a Dinosaur`.   This will also be our annual Gift Day.

 

Chris Livingstone

President

CHRISTIAN  AID

 

Enclosed in this newsletter are envelopes for Christian  Aid Week  15th - 21st May.  These can be placed in the collection plate in church on a Sunday or handed  or posted to me at any time in the next couple of months until the end of May.    Donations have been covered for the past 2 years so it is a welcome move that collection envelopes are once more in circulation

 

Elspeth M Collins

FOOD BANK

The Dundee & Angus Foodbank  Staff in Dunsinane Avenue have expressed sincere gratitude for our contributions to their collection depot so please continue to bring  donations of non-perishable goods for the box in the Welcome Hall.  We are very grateful to Brian Flynn for delivering these on our behalf as  this is a never-ending need throughout the entire year.

 

A VERY SPECIAL MEMORIAL SERVICE

 

On the 6th March  2022 the loving family of the late  Rev David Taylor  masterminded  a wonderful Memorial Service to honour the memory of Dave who died on 10th May 2020.   Although this occasion was held back  because of the restrictions of the pandemic which started  in March 2020  this did nothing to interfere with the celebratory atmosophere  engendered  by  a congregation of over 150 friends and family members.   The wide spectrum of his life`s experiences ensured representatives of his Masonic circle, The Black Watch  Association, and the the British Legion Dundee Branch, (honoured by their Standard Bearers) to name but a few, were proudly  present  for him,  and  course he was fondly remembered for his long years as padre to the annual Dundee Festival of Remembrance in the Caird Hall.   At one time he served as a  railwayman and even as a special constable  and this is not to mention his years as a highly respected and much loved padre, minister and chairman opening him  to many hundreds of people in all walks of life.  This special day was also the occasion for the dedication of the beautiful plaque  honouring him and  sited at his own Prayer Corner with his lovely picture  above it.  The plaque, the masses of flowers in the church, and  all the organisation was undertaken entirely by the Taylor family and the playing of Bruce Erskine the piper was quite glorious.   David  Taylor  Jnr gave a superb and  heart-warming eulogy which captured the very essence of his father`s life and character  and along with his sister Margaret  Ann`s precious  thoughts and words ensured there were quite a few tears in eyes.   Collections were taken in his memory  for  “Harlow`s Helping Hands” “Dundee Bairns”, and “Freya`s Wish”  and the collection plates were in the charge of young David, Kirsty, Victoria and Laura  being part of the younger generation of the dynasty that is the Taylor Family.   Dave and his much loved wife Chris of  nearly 63 years  have no less than 23 great-grandchildren and the two  very youngest of these little ones  are to be baptised in our church on Easter Sunday  17th April.   This will bring  the presence of  dear Dave  close to us all again for the very best of reasons.

EMC

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

 

       The World Day of Prayer Service was held on Friday 4th March, 2022, in St. Andrew`s R.C. Cathedral, Dundee at 2.30p.m.   This year`s Service was written by the Christian women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

       As there were still some restrictions in place because of “Covid-19” we made a few changes in the format of the Service to ensure that everyone was safe, however, it did not take anything away from the meaning of the title of the Service “I know the plans I have for you”. 

        Before we began the Service we had a few minutes of reflection and Prayer for the people of Ukraine whose families are being torn apart by having to flee their homes and indeed their country through the ravages of “War”.

       We were extremely happy that we had a congregation of around 38 people and, although behind masks, sang their hearts out to celebrate this very special day which is held throughout the world.  Our offering amounted to £186.

       The only down side to the day was the fact that we couldn`t have our refreshments and that very special  social time together that we all enjoy.   God willing maybe next year!!

       Sadly, the International Meeting, which was to have taken place in Scotland in June this year, because of the logistics of travelling from all over the world will now be held in an online form.   Any donations which were given to help offset costs, etc., will be used to put this together.   There will also be a gift sent out to each of the ladies who would have been delegates from different parts of the world,

 

Mary Wightman

Chair

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