125th anniversary of Church Guild

THE CHURCH of Scotland Guild is celebrating 125 years since its inception in 1887.

The Montrose Old Kirk was one of the first 38 congregations to form a Guild, following the General Assembly’s deliverance to establish the organisation.

As a result, Montrose is jointly celebrating the event.

Over the years each of the Church of Scotland congregations established their own Guilds, but due to perpetual amalgamations these have come together as one.

To mark the occasion, a series of events is being held, starting today (Thursday, March 21), with a flower service and exhibition in the Old and St Andrew’s Church.

The latter depicts events over the history of the Guild, right up to the modern day. Contributions are from members of the Guild, congregation and friends, as well as Montrose and District Floral Art Club. The exhibition will be open from 10am to 4pm, Thursday and Friday; and 10am to noon on Saturday.

On Saturday (March 23), in the church hall, a ceilidh party starts at 7.30pm, with music and entertainment by the Scottish Accordion Music Group, and local piper Andrew Clark. Tickets, £8, include a stovie supper, and are available from Ian Robb at 672263, or at the door if there are any left.

To complete the series of events, a ‘Big Sing’ will be held in the Church on Sunday, starting at 6.30pm. The event has been organised with the assistance of ‘Mr Song Shop’, Fraser McGlynn, and proceeds will go to National Guild projects, supporting Scottish and international charities, including Mary’s Meals, Crosswatch and World Mission.