Pitlochry Guild, a branch of the national Church of Scotland Guild, usually meets in The Tryst on the second Monday of the month from October to April at 7.30pm, with one or two afternoon meetings in the winter.  All meetings are open to everyone and visitors are always welcome.  From autumn to spring, the Guild is involved in Wednesday coffee mornings at 10.30am in The Tryst - a time of friendship and fellowship for all.  Please look at the order of service for details of Guild meetings.

The Guild Secretary is Romilly Carter, and the Guild Conveners are Ginnie Wilkie and Judy Park.

The current constitution of the national Guild was adopted in 1997, after a major review of the present organisation's predecessor, the Woman's Guild. Since 1997 the Guild has supported 30 projects throughout the world and raised over three and a half million pounds.  Continuing the three-year themed cycle of work, this coming session the Guild will be looking at faith and how members reflect that in their daily lives. The Guild’s strategy "Whose we are and Whom we serve," (repeating the Guild's motto since its founding 125 years ago), invites members to raise awareness of, pray for, and fundraise for the following areas of work with these organisations – our ‘Projects’ for the next three years:

  • Comfort Rwanda, whose work is to extend a project in which those who were responsible for the genocide that killed one million Rwandans in 100 days are building new homes for the survivors
  • Heart for Art, with CrossReach, are looking at the use of art therapy in the care of those with dementia. The project offers the opportunity for people with dementia and their carers throughout Scotland, to build supportive relationships and access support and advice from CrossReach staff.
  • Mary's Meals currently provides over 600,000 children with a daily school meal in 16 countries.  Liberia (one of the poorest countries in the world) is a priority country for Mary’s Meals and their second largest feeding programme.  Hundreds of children were recruited to fight in a war which has had long and devastating consequences for Liberia.
  • A Passage from India, in partnership with the Priority Areas Committee of the Church of Scotland, and dealing with micro-financing of enterprise within Urban Priority Areas in Scotland.
  • The Julius Project, an initiative of Scottish Churches' Housing Action recognising the problems faced and support required by people entering social housing tenancies following a period of homelessness.
  • Out of Africa into Malta, run by the Church of Scotland's World Mission Council and the Presbytery of Europe, it addresses issues faced by refugees escaping from a range of tragic circumstances and coming to Malta to seek hope.

The Guild website provides more detail.

For further information please contact Gill Frame or Romilly Carter via the church office initially.

Tryst for Prayer
On Wednesday mornings a group meets in the Tryst, or very occasionally the church, 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.

Prayer Group meetingThe group meets at 10 am when the Guild coffee mornings are taking place; otherwise it meets at 12 noon .  There is a break for Christmas, Easter and the summer months.

The Choir
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 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  Douglas Flower, via the church office (Tel. 01796 472160) in the first instance. 

Talents Group
The Banner created by the Talents Group, commemorates the union of the East and West churches of Pitlochry 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

Mid-week Study Groups
Study GroupsIn the autumn and spring, groups are normally arranged for those who wish to take part in Bible study in discussion based on videos or on talks by invited speakers.  The day, time and venue of these meetings vary.  Details are given in The Torch diary and Sunday intimation sheet.
The Church Office (telephone 01796 472 160).(Tel. 472774). 

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