Marjorie Paton

Marjorie Paton, a retired teacher from Edinburgh, has been appointed as the new national convener of the Church of Scotland Guild.

The Guild, which is a charitable arm of the church, encourages worship, prayer and action as methods of helping communities. The role of national convener is a year-long role, beginning in May. Mrs Paton said it was a “great honour and privilege” to be asked to lead the Guild for the year. She has been a member of the Guild since not long after her marriage, 43 years ago, to minister Iain Paton. The couple have served parishes across the country and overseas. They have two children and three grandchildren.Her aims are to raise awareness of the Guild and increase membership.“The Guild is one of the biggest organisations in Scotland. We have 27,000 members, and although we originally were an organisation of women, around 300 of our members now are men. It does a tremendous amount of good in the church and for the church. Every three years the Guild chooses six projects to support, and in the last three years these projects raised a quarter of a million pounds. We help all sorts of communities, from African refugees in Malta to dementia patients.

“We’re helping a lot of people who are living on the edge. Besides raising money, the Guild are praying for them.”

• Full story at the Edinburgh Evening News.