The Guild is a Church of Scotland organisation which supports people within the Church and wider community. The National Guild website is full of information - please go to Church of Scotland, Serve, The Guild.
Pitlochry Guild meets in The Tryst (the church halls) monthly, on a Wednesday afternoon from October to April. All meetings are open to everyone and visitors are always made welcome. From autumn to spring, the Guild organises the weekly Wednesday coffee mornings - which are for everyone - at 10.30am in The Tryst. The Guild Secretary is Romilly Carter, and the Guild Conveners are Ginnie Wilkie and Judy Park. For further information please contact them via the church office initially (474010). Meetings include:
Wednesday 11 January at 2.30pm - Hazel Watson on Human Trafficking
Wednesday 8 February at 2.30pm - Fr Edward Vella on Malta - History, Culture and People
Wednesday 8 March at 2.30pm - Guild Project - Feed the Minds - Breaking the cycle of FGM Wednesday 22 March at noon - Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 12 April at 2.30pm - Guild Project - Prospects - All Friends Together
Saturday 22 April from 10am to noon - Coffee Morning
The Guild supports six Projects over three years (three are in Scotland, the others are in Kenya, Bolivia and Haiti).
Tryst for Prayer
On Wednesday mornings a group meets in the Tryst, for half an hour of singing, Biblical reflection and open prayer. People are most welcome to attend and participate in prayer in silence: there is never any pressure on individuals to pray aloud. The Prayer Group meets at 10.00 am when the Guild coffee mornings are taking place.
Coffee and Chat
Coffee mornings take place each week starting at 10:30 am until around 11:30am. Volunteers are needed each week to prepare, serve and clear away the tea and coffee.
The choir supports the congregation in the provision of music during the Sunday worship. It also produces additional musical items, particularly for Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter. Practices are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm during the autumn and winter months and the choir is always keen to recruit new members. Those interested should get in touch with the Choir Master Gordon Mackenzie, via the church office (Tel. 01796 474 010) in the first instance.
The group meets fortnightly on Wednesday mornings alongside the Guild 'Coffee and Pancakes', from September until April. Made up of ladies, there is nothing to prevent gentlemen from coming along too! Their ‘talents’ are many and varied: clothes and toys have been made for Oxfam, the Ekwendeni Centre in Malawi , premature baby units in Scotland and hospitals for children in Europe . Christmas Craft Fairs and Coffee Mornings raise funds for local organisations. Perhaps more importantly, their talents include discussion and listening, offering friendship and support to all who care to come along. Contact person: Jenny Cruikshank.
The Banner created by the Talents Group, commemorates the union of the East and West churches of Pitlochry.
'The Sanctuary' - Music for Reflection
The Sanctuary is held quarterly, an evening of peaceful relaxing music in the Tryst Lounge. Well-known hymns, new songs, choral and instrumental. Open to all to come and listen, reflect and benefit from the Ministry of Music. Contact person: Rachael Wood.