2011 Guild Festival
article posted 1 Nov 2011

The Guild Festival and Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 22nd October at 11.30am in Llandaff Cathedral.

The sun shone and the skies were blue as the participants assembled at this beautiful Cathedral for the Festival Eucharist and Ministry of Healing. The President was the Warden of the Guild, Bishop of Blackburn the Rt Revd Nicholas Reade.
Revd Amanda Evans, who was scheduled to be the preacher, was indisposed and so at short notice Revd Beatrice Brandon, the Archbishops' Adviser for the Healing Ministry, undertook this task.

Her address was at once moving and thought-provoking, emphasising both the sacramental and the incarnational dimensions of healing. The full text of this sermon is available as a pdf download [here].

After the mountain-top experience of an inspiring Festival Eucharist we were enjoined to remain in our seats for the Annual General Meeting (a necessary prodedure and not too reminiscent of the Slough of Despond).
The Sub-Warden made his report and the Honorary Treasurer (and Honorary Secretary) presented the accounts. There was discussion of the implications of the year's deficit of around 2k. Elections followed: Fr Robin Pettitt was formally elected to his two positions and to membership of the Council; those Council members willing to serve for a further year were elected en bloc, and David Martlew was elected to Council to serve as WebScribe.

Luncheon was well worth waiting for! Home-made soup, crusty bread, an excellent selection of cheeses, and to finish with the most delicious home-made apple pie with compot of fruits and good Welsh cream! All present gave a sincere vote of thanks to the Dean and Chapter of Llandaff Cathedral for their unstinting hospitality, and to the ladies whose culinary skills were so much appreciated by all. A most memorable Festival!

A more detailed account, with photographs taken at the time, is available as a 3MB pdf download [here].
Guild Festival 2012
article posted 29 October 2012

Liverpool was the venue for the Guild Festival on
Saturday 27 October.

A hundred or so members and friends gathered in the Lady Chapel of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, at 10.30am on a cold and very breezy autumn day.

Proceedings began with an entertaining but very thought-provoking talk by the Guild's Roving Ambassador, Revd. Canon Paul Nener. Under the title
Do You want to be Healed?
He focused on the concept of a sacramentally-based healing ministry and its implications for the individual and for the church itself. Delivered with his unquenchable cheerfulness and down-to-earth wisdom, this talk was an opportunity not to be missed! But if you were unable to be present we are planning to make the content available in written form - watch this space!

The brief and (fairly) painless AGM started promptly at 11.30am. Revd. Robin Pettitt presented the accounts for the year ending March 2012, which continued the sobering story of declining financial reserves, and Revd. Rodney Middleton in his Sub-Warden's Review spoke of how Council had put in place some important measures to contain costs and to make faithful use of the funds entrusted to the Guild by its members. Part of the picture was a plan to make increasing use of electronic communication means to distribute our publications and to give better support to the Branches. To this end, members and friends are asked to contribute their email addresses to our electronic mailing list so we can keep everyone informed about the Guild and its activities. Please email David.Martlew@gmail.com.

The Eucharist itself began at 12.05pm and as in previous years the service incorporated the Ministry of Healing and the laying on of hands. The Guild's Warden, The Rt Revd Nicholas Reade Bishop of Blackburn, presided at the Eucharist and gave a brief but very thought-provoking address. If you'd like to read his homily, please click here.

Lunch as always provided a time and space for a chat with the members of the Guild Council and with members from other Branches. It was a good opportunity to share some of the joys and frustrations experienced in the Branches, and to comment on what the Guild could do to support the Branches better. Tea and coffee are good social lubricants!

Those who attended agreed that this had been a very worthwhile and rewarding Guild Festival. Our grateful thanks go to the Dean and Chapter of Liverpool Cathedral for making us welcome, and to Professor Ian Tracey for delighting us by playing the Organ for the Festival. If you'd like to see more photographs taken at the event, please click here.