The History of St. Hilda’s Guild

It all began in 1968 when Sallie Modlin and her mother, Ruth Settle, had the idea that St. Stephen’s needed a night time guild, primarily for working women. They went to see the rector, the Rev. Raby Edwards, explaining that there were only morning guilds, St. Mary’s and St. Martha’s. Raby thought it was an excellent idea—thus St. Hilda’s was born.

St. Hilda’s was created for Bible study and for service to St. Stephen’s. Strong bonds of friendship and deep commitment followed. The ladies were indeed busy. The following are some of the projects that have taken place over the years.

St. Hilda’s has made and sold enough chicken salad and cheese biscuits to feed an army. The proceeds have gone to many worthy causes such as: The Empty Stocking Fund, supported a child from the Thompson’s Orphanage—giving them birthday and Christmas gifts, The Junior Woman’s Club Shoe Fund, Stop Hunger—Now, Operation Santa Claus, sent children to summer camps, supported summer mission trips, bought Altar linens and big print Bibles, cleaned and planted the Garth each spring. Our last big project was a $1,000 check for the Renovation Fund for our beloved church.

St. Hilda’s Guild, as part of the ECW, provides an opportunity for fellowship, Christian formation and service in our church community. We meet the second Tuesday evening of each month at 7 p.m. in the Common Room at the church. All Episcopal church women are invited and encouraged to participate with this long standing intergenerational group which provides invaluable opportunities to meet and enjoy the company of our fellow parishioners. A yearly Christmas Party for members is held each year with an early fall picnic for members and their spouses. St. Hilda’s will have this year’s fall kick-off picnic on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the home of Martie and Mike Saylors, 2303 Old Mill Place, Goldsboro. Members are asked to bring a covered dish item of your choice and the Guild will provide meat and beverages. Bring along a bottle of wine to share if you like. Church women who are possibly interested in becoming a part of St. Hilda’s are encouraged to join us for the evening along with a guest. We look forward to seeing you on the 11th!
Judy Carpenter ( and Martie Saylors (, Co-chairs

St. Hilda’s is known as the “Get it Done” and “Have Fun” guild. Please join us!