Ayton celebrations mark Guild’s 125th birthday

Guild Rally and Garden Party held last week at Ayton Church.
Guild Rally and Garden Party held last week at Ayton Church.

Ayton Church hosted the 125th birthday celebrations of the Church of Scotland Guild, in which 70 members of the Duns Presbtyery Guild took part.

The celebration took the form of a the garden party followed by the summer rally, with members gathering for tea and a good blether in the sun before one of the longest serving members, Margaret Deans, was joined by Iain Whyte, General Secretary of the Guild, to cut the celebration cake.

Following the celebrations members moved into the church for the rally service with Olive Bell, the Presbytery Council convenor, leading the worship reflecting the theme ‘Whose we are and Whom we serve as Christians in today’s world’.

Rev. Tom Nicholson, moderator, brought greetings from Presbytery commending the work of the Guild members, past and present, as they focused on the community of the church locally and worldwide.

The Ayton minister, Rev Norman Whyte, gave a short and interesting history of the church in Ayton and Margaret Carey read the lesson from James ch.2 entitled ‘Faith and Deeds’.