Chaplain speaks at Trefoil Guild

The first meeting of the new Trefoil Guild session was held in Kemnay Village Hall on in September. Chairman Marty Donaldson welcomed a good turnout of members.

The speaker for the evening was Reverend James Falconer who spoke of his work as hospital chaplain at Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

Reverend Falconer was brought up in Dumfries and following various jobs in industry, he decided to train as a nurse. He worked in intensive and cardiac care, a job which re really enjoyed, but the time came when he felt he should train as a minister.

Reverend Falconer has been a hospital chaplain for the past twenty-four years. The role has developed over time - people in this role are now called ‘Health Care Chaplains’ and are available to people of all faiths. All hospitals have a chapel and offer services which are open to all.

Health Care Chaplains see families and patients either at the bedside or in their office and there is always a chaplain on call.

Reverend Falconer can be asked to speak to patients or families in any of the Grampian Health Board premises. He has to support families and individuals in very difficult and tragic times in their lives and has helped to set up various services to give practical as well as emotional support in his role.

Reverend Falconer gave us an insight into his work with humour and obvious compassion for those who need his help in times of trouble.

Marty Donaldson gave the vote of thanks and refreshments were enjoyed.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday (October 9) at 7pm in Kintore Church Hall. Ann Park will give a talk on World War One memorials.

The Trefoil Guild aims to live in the spirit of Guiding, to offer practical help to Girlguiding in the UK and to support Guiding worldwide. It also aims to carry the spirit of Guiding and Scouting into communities.

Members promise to do their best, love their God, serve Queen and country, help other people and keep the Guide Law.

The Guild has special sections for members of religious communities and those that live abroad.