The St Athernase Guild


With around 24,000 members, The Church of Scotland Guild is one of Scotland’s largest voluntary organisations. Although women make up the bulk of our membership, increasingly, men are becoming members and taking active roles at local and national levels.

The St Athernase Guild meets at 7.00 p.m. in the Coach house on alternate Mondays – a warm welcome assured, please come along.
Members meet in local groups at congregational level, in regional groups known as presbyterial councils, and once a year at our national meeting, to which each group can send a representative.

The current constitution of the Guild was adopted in 1997, after a major review of the present organisation’s predecessor, the Woman’s Guild. In 2003, and again in 2010, the Guild reviewed its constitution to ensure more inclusive language was used and to take account of the need for flexibility in local groups.

The Guild is about invitation, encouragement, commitment, and fellowship which leads to providing opportunities for continuing growth in Christian faith through worship, prayer and action.

Worship is an essential ingredient in all meetings and activities. Prayer underpins everything – and is a means of involving those members who cannot be active in other ways.

Action means living out the faith through project work, exploration of the discussion topics and local involvement of groups and individual members in various aspects of Christian service.

Aims and ethos


Women and men of all walks of life meet together under our common aim:
“The Church of Scotland Guild is a movement within the Church of Scotland which invites and encourages both women and men to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and enables them to express their faith in worship, prayer and action.”

The aim has been underlined in our motto which is taken from Acts 27, verse 23: ‘Whose we are and Whom we serve.’

Knitting Group


On Tuesdays from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. in the Coach House we meet to knit for children being helped at Rachel’s Place in South Africa and Amy’s crèche in Lesotho.

Their needs are ever increasing as they take in more homeless children and we would love more folks to come along and get needles clicking – wool supplied if you need it.

Baby Pack Knitters


Our Baby Pack knitters meet in the Coach-house Centre on Main Street, Leuchars every Tuesday afternoon from 2 – 4pm. The centre is run by Leuchars: St Athernase Church of Scotland.

As well as knitting or crocheting we enjoy a blether and a cuppa, accompanied by some lovely home baking. We started out knitting for the Baby Pack Project in South Africa: this guaranteed every new mother a little gift of basic baby clothes in which to dress the new born to take the baby home from hospital.

Rachel’s Place and Amy’s Crèche


Over the last few years our focus has shifted from new born baby clothes and blankets (every knitter loves to do baby bits and bobs) to clothes for older children. Rachel’s Place is in South Africa and is run by Val Bailey and her husband Davey; the name remembers a young friend of theirs who was to go out and help but was sadly killed in a car accident just before she was due to leave home. They also have Amy’s Crèche in Lesotho which they built recently and I mean “built”, everything from actually making the bricks to painting the walls, to making drains – even a solar panel to work the washing machine!

Can you help us?


Val reports sometimes of a whole family being “handed in” – this can be for a whole variety of reasons, such as the death of the parents but in one case the father had been jailed for molesting the daughter and the mother just could not cope so ran away and left the four children to fend for themselves. So now we knit and sew clothes for any size, shape or form!
To send all our creations to South Africa is expensive and that is why you see us out at various craft fairs selling knitted goods and other craftwork to raise the postage. Can you help us do some of this work?

We sorely miss one of our members, Mrs Joan McNeill, who has recently left the district. Although we wish her well in her new home, we do need someone to help us with all those lovely crafty animals etc she was so good at making. You don’t even need to come along on Tuesday if you do not want to, just make the goods and we will collect them!!

All welcome, just come along to The Coach House.

The Coach House

Coach House Cafe


The Coach house café is open every Tuesday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, serving home baking, soup at lunch time over the winter months.

Great value for money.

WiFi Broadband Service is available throughout The Coach House.

On Tuesdays from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. in the cafe we meet to knit for children being helped at Rachel’s Place in South Africa and Amy’s crèche in Lesotho.

Their needs are ever increasing as they take in more homeless children and we would love more folks to come along and get needles clicking – wool supplied if you need it.

All welcome, just come along to The Coach House.