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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church


Winter 2017/18 Bearsden Cross Church – Scottish Charity No: SC009082 – Congregation No: 1811


Contacts Minister: Rev. Graeme R. Wilson 61 Drymen Road, Bearsden, G61 2SU | 942 0507 Minister’s Secretary: Anne Reid (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9.30am-12.30pm) Office: 942 0507 | Session Clerk: Keith Wright Editor: Peter Grant Cover picture from Microsoft Clipart

Any content for the February 2018 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor by Thursday 18 January. Website version of the magazine 2

Parish Letter Dear friends, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. For God alone my soul waits in silence; for my hope is from him.” (Psalm 62, verse 1 & 5) The all-consuming bustle and noise of the Christmas season jostles our senses at this time of year. Presents to buy, cards to write, parties and functions to attend, Christmas dinner plans to be made (and bought!). In this season of frenetic clamour what does it mean for our souls to wait in silence? In whom, or in what, should we trust? So often, too often, we place our trust in something less than God. We place our trust in busyness, in things, in politicians, in institutions and in our selves. We do so, time after time, year upon year, and we wonder why it never satisfies. The Psalmist rests content in God alone. The material things and the preoccupations of this age are “lighter than a breath” – of no consequence – compared to the unshakeable strength of God, the rock and fortress of our salvation. In this Advent season of waiting and preparing we once again place our trust in the God who came among us, the Word made flesh, full of grace and truth. God is the dependable presence in whom we can trust, the source of our hope and our salvation. For God alone our souls wait in silence. We wait and we pray, “Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus come.” May the hope, peace, joy and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and all those you love, this Christmas and in 2018. Shalom Graeme 3

WORD FROM THE CROSS ‘Word from the Cross’ is 100!

I’m told that this edition of ‘Word from the Cross’ will be its’ 100th! We have been very lucky to have had such excellent and conscientious editors over the years in Alan Agar, Dan Scott-Heaney, Ross Greer and Peter Grant – and we owe them a debt of gratitude for all that they have done to bring ‘Word’ of all that is going on at the ‘Cross.’ Most of all, thank you to you for making this church and congregation the thriving and bustling place it is. Thank you for making the news, and thank you for sharing it. Here’s to the next 100! Graeme


Evening Communion Services 2017-18

Do you have a favourite hymn? A hymn that means a lot to your faith, or reminds you of a particular time or person in your life? This year I want to take your choice of favourite hymns to be the theme for the monthly evening communion services. If you have a favourite hymn and would like to talk a little (or a lot!) about it then call me on 0141 942 0507 or email me at to have an initial discussion without obligation! You may just wish to speak for a few minutes, and wish me to say some more, or you may wish to speak for 10-15 minutes … it’s up to you. The main thing is that it is your choice, and your voice! The evening communion service takes place at 6.30pm on the second Sunday of each month, and is a chance to celebrate the sacrament in a more intimate setting. The dates of the services are as undernoted, and we will also continue to have a ‘Time for God’ – a time for silent prayer and reflection – from 6-6.20pm before the service itself. Graeme December 3rd January 14th 2018 February 11th March 11th May 13th June 10th

‘At the name of Jesus’ Renton Thomson Sandy Forsyth (TBC) ‘Will you come and follow me’ Anne Henderson ‘God is our refuge and our strength’ Gwen Stokes TBC Still free! 5

‘Exploring Mark’ –Bible Study groups The Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the four gospels, and is considered to be perhaps the most straight-forward too, though it does have a richness of its own. I have started a day-time Bible Study called ‘Exploring Mark – Bible Basics’ and it is intended to be a fairly gentle and nonthreatening entry into Bible Study. This is aimed at those curious to find out some of the basic ideas and themes of Mark, as well as looking at some of the key stories and characters. No prior knowledge assumed and no question asked is a bad question! We have had quite a few folks at the first sessions and the remaining dates for 2017 and those for early 2018 are as noted below. We meet in the Manse and Bibles and the relevant materials will be provided. The Bible Study’s will take place on Wednesday mornings at 10.30 – 11.30am and last around an hour, and there is no need to have attended previous sessions to come along. We will meet on the following dates: Wednesday 6 December, Wednesday 20th December, Wednesday 24th January 2018, Wednesday 7th February 2018 If you think you might be interested then please give me a call on 0141 942 0507 or email me at, or alternatively just turn up on the day! Graeme 6

Funday Sunday Over recent weeks we have continued to look at our “Community is…” theme, including “Community is Remembering” on Remembrance Sunday, and diverting to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. As we move in to Advent, we’ll be planning for one of our favourite activities of the Year - our Nativity, which we will share with the congregation during morning worship on 17th December. Our Gift Service will be the week before, on the morning of 10th December, with our gifts going, as has become our custom, to East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid. EDWA request that the gifts are unwrapped so that mothers can choose something appropriate for their own child. At present they have children of all ages, including a good number of teenagers, boys and girls, and of course gifts for the mothers are also very welcome. The Funday Sunday Christmas party is on Saturday 16 December at 4:00pm in the Church hall. Funday Sunday leaders will take a break after our Nativity, restarting for 2018 on 7th January, meeting weekly until Easter. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas,

Elizabeth Thomson, Funday Sunday Secretary


Bible class We will continue to meet until 17th December. On 3rd December we have our monthly breakfast club commencing at 9.45. On 10th December we will meet at 10am and then join Funday Sunday for the gift service and nativity rehearsal. 17th December we will support Funday Sunday in giving our nativity play. All welcome. Further information from Ed, Ross or Lesley.

Saturday Night Club Will continue to meet up to and including 16th December. This night will be our party with bouncy castle and a promised visit from Santa.... SNC will then have a break over Xmas and new year and resume on Saturday 13th January. All S1 to S6 welcome. Further details from Lesley, Wendy, Ed or Ross

Eco-Group The ink cartridges collected were sent off to be recycled via a company called ‘Recycle4Charity’. The charity chosen by Eco-Group is ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful ‘, mainly because it has a focus on preventing littering by educating the public, especially children, not to litter. They also recycle mobile phones. Our first box of cartridges and a few phones was recycled for £70. This money was passed to Keep Scotland Beautiful. Please keep handing in your cartridges and mobile phones for this good cause. Jane Hill 8

The Girls’ Brigade

This session the company is thriving, and we have taken on board the new “GB Bee” the place to be theme. The Explorers and Juniors have been learning all about Bee’s and have been making them in various forms. The Brigader section have been learning Gaelic Football and we are also currently running a course in Youth Alpha. At the beginning of October, we held a fund raiser for McMillan Cancer where the girls made cakes and gave a donation. £165 was raised and I thank all who donated for this worthy cause. Sunday the 12th November the Junior and Brigaders will be representing the company at Bearsden Cross Cenotaph where Hannah Martin will lay the wreath on behave of the company. The following weekend 17th – 19th is our weekend activity camp with some of the older Juniors and all the Brigaders . Hopefully we will be blessed with good weather. Our Enrolment service is to be at Bearsden Cross Church on Sunday the 26th November. December is party time and our Christmas activities will be held on Thursday 7th December. On behalf of the staff and girls we wish you all a Happy Christmas and Good New Year. Jennifer Major Captain Email: FB: 98th Girls Brigade Company 9

The Guild The Guild’s only meeting in December is on 11th at 1.45 (note earlier time) when we will have the treasurer’s report followed by a Christmas afternoon. On January 8th 2018 we will hear from Rev. & Mrs Harris ‘On Our Retirement’ and on 22nd we will have a Scottish Musical Afternoon with Mr Nairn Young. All are welcome to any or all of these meetings. Further information from Irene McLachlan Secretary

The Phoenix Circle Monday 11 December: Christmas Dinner at the Burnbrae Hotel. May we take this opportunity to wish all our members and friends Best Wishes for the Festive Season and we look forward to seeing you all in January 2018. Senga Dempster (Secretary)

Too Many Candles (TMC) TMC has no regular meeting in December allowing us to enjoy the festive season with friends and family. Our theatre trip (Mama Mia) goes ahead however on 7th December. Further details from Gwen or Anne. We again all join up for friendship, fellowship and chat on the last Monday in January at Massimo. Until then have a good Xmas and new year Lesley Shaw 10


First of all, thank you to everyone for supporting the recent DEC Rohingya Crisis Appeal. We raised £307 for those fleeing the violence in Myanmar. This year’s Christmas Appeal, “Enough for Everyone”, focuses on the millions of families in sub-Saharan Africa who will battle against hunger and malnutrition this Christmas. At this time of plenty for most of us, we have an opportunity to include those with much less – to “feed the hungry and help those in trouble” (Isaiah 58:10). At all our Christmas services you will find special “Christmas Appeal” envelopes in the pews and in the Vestibule and Assembly Area. There are also Christian Aid “Present Aid” catalogues in the Assembly Area for you to take home together with copies of the current prayer list, newsletter and empty penny boxes. Looking very much to the future, next year’s annual Erskine Bridge Cross Walk will take place on Saturday, 5 May. Christian Aid Week will be from Sunday, 13 May, to Saturday, 19 May. As always, thank you so much for your continuing support. Lyndsay Ross


Glasgow City Mission Volunteers needed for Glasgow Winter Night Shelter 2017-18 The nights are drawing in, we’ve already had to scrape ice off our windscreens and there’s a touch of snow visible on Ben Lomond – all signs that winter is fast approaching. For the 70 or so rough sleepers in Glasgow, winter is a grim prospect, especially when the temperature falls and hypothermia is a real threat. That’s why the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter was set up 6 years ago by Glasgow City Mission, and it has operated every winter since then, with help from several other charities. This winter it will be based once again in the Glasgow Lodging House Mission, East Campbell Street, and will be running from 1st December to 31st March. It can take up to 40 sleepers and they are all carefully checked when they arrive by teams of regular fully trained staff that operate shifts. These teams are assisted by specially trained volunteers who undertake to be on duty one night per week throughout the winter. At a lower level than that are untrained church volunteers (that’s US!) who serve for just one night (9.30 pm – 8.30 am) serving out hot drinks and toast to the users, chatting with them to help them relax and feel comfortable, and possibly setting out or clearing away sleeping bags. That is all! Ideally, GCM looks for churches to offer 14 volunteers each (two per night each night for a week) but not all churches can manage as many as that. Last winter, six volunteers from our 12

church gave a night; all of them were deeply moved and challenged by the experience and very glad they had volunteered. (See their reactions in the insert to last April’s church magazine, “A Night to Remember”.) We have been provisionally offered the possibility of sharing with Baljaffray Church (as we did last year) to cover the week 21 – 27 January. Could we manage more than six volunteers this winter? And could we also manage a few volunteer chauffeurs as well, to take the volunteers to East Campbell Street in the evening and collect them next morning when they may be too tired to drive home? Do please consider this seriously and contact me or the Church Office as soon as possible if you feel you could volunteer or just to get more information. Visit the GCM website and scroll down to Winter Night Shelter – there’s a five minute video showing the Night Shelter in action. Donations are also welcome and please remember the Night Shelter in your prayers. Thank you. Katie Thomson

Lodging House Mission Christmas Appeal This year the LHM have asked for monetary donations instead of their traditional shoe box appeal, one of the reasons for this was the considerable disparity in the contents and quite often the boxes had to be opened to redistribute the said contents and it was felt that money could be put to better use. Donation envelopes are available and every penny will be put to great use. Many thanks, Barbara Skett 13

Social Functions INVITATION to Brew ’n’ Blether After a very successful first meeting in September, the next meeting will take place on Wednesday 6th December. The remainder of the DVD about old Glasgow will be shown, followed by tea, coffee and cake and an opportunity for chat. The invitation is open to anyone who is at home during the day and would like to come along and meet up with old friends and hopefully, make some new ones. Transport can be arranged for those who require it, by phoning the Church Office (942 0507). If you do not require transport, just come along on the day. The dates planned are:DATE Wednesday 6th December 2017 Tuesday 13th March 2018 Wednesday 9th May 2018

ENTERTAINMENT DVD of old Glasgow To be arranged To be arranged

Please put these dates on your calendar, although there will be reminders in the Magazine and Church Notes nearer the time. Mary Munro Convener



Coffee concert BEARSDEN CROSS CHURCH Saturday 20th JANUARY 2018 11.30 a.m.

Organ recital

John butt Gardiner professor Of music At Glasgow University ADMISSION £10.00 (CHILDREN ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT FREE) COFFEE, SERVED FROM 10.45 A.M., INCLUDED.



“Mind that Song” “Mind that song” is a service provided by Alzheimer Scotland, in conjunction with Bearsden Cross Church, which uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment. Our Forthcoming events will be: 8 December FROM: 2 – 3.30pm Tea and coffee provided WHERE: Church of Scotland 61 Drymen Road Bearsden G61 2SU CONTACT: Anne O’Donnell AO’

Alzheimer Scotland- Action of Dementia is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland 149069. Registered Office: 22Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN. It is recognised as a charity by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, no. SC022315.


Flowers “Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolour, Summer an oil painting and Autumn a mosaic of them all.� Stanley Horowitz Thank you to the following members of the congregation for providing flowers in November and December and to the flower arrangers. NOVEMBER

Provided by:

Arranged by:

5th. 12th. 19th. 26th.

From funds. Anonymous From funds. Ms. I. Mackinnon.

Ms.R. Walters. Mrs. G. Agar. Mrs. E. Anderson Mrs. M. Land

DECEMBER 3rd. 10th. 17th. 24th. 31st.

From funds. From funds. Christmas Arrangements. Christmas Arrangements. Christmas Arrangements.

Mrs. E. Hall Mrs. K. Edmond Flower Group Flower Group Flower Group.

The Flower List for 2018 is now available in the Assembly area. If you have a particular date in mind, please add it to the list. If any member of the congregation would like to help decorate the Church with a floral arrangement for the Sunday Service please contact either Aileen Minty or Christine Taggart or the Church Office. Wishing you health and happiness for the Festive Season. Christine Taggart 18

Bearsden Cross Church Walking Club 25.11.17 9.12.17 6.1.18 20.1.18 3.2.18 17.2.18 3.3.18

Chatelheraux. Dougalston. Strathblane – Lennoxtown. Bowling – Westerton. Hill House – Rhu. Burncrooks. Callander – Brig O’ Turk.

Walkers leave from Bearsden Station Car Park at 9.30am. ( weather permitting ). Friends and occasional walkers welcome. For further information contact the Church Office or Sheila Stevenson or Margaret Mackinlay The Walking Club also meets every Wednesday at the Allander Leisure Centre car park at 9.30am. (weather permitting ). There is no set programme of walks. More information can be had from Amanda Mackenzie All walkers participate at their own risk.

Church Register Baptisms 05.11.17 19.11.17

Iona Brid Sarah Neill, Kilmardinny Avenue Flora Elizabeth Hood, Aberdeen

Change of Address Spring 2017 Mrs June Marshall from Ralston Road to Morven Road 4.10.17 Mrs Elaine O’Hara from Boclair Cresc to Russell Drive 19

Dates for your Diary November 26 Bible Class Morning Service (Girls’ Brigade enrolment) Funday Sunday & Crèche 27 The Guild TMC Phoenix Circle 28 Follow 30 Follow . Choir Practice

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 2.15 p.m. 7.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

December 1 Messy Church 2 Saturday Night Club

3.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.


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Bible Class (breakfast) Morning Communion Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft Goods on sale Evening Communion Follow Brew’n’Blether Follow Choir Practice “Mind that Song” with Alzheimer Scotland Movie & Pizza Night Saturday Night Club

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 7.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service (with Gift Service) Funday Sunday & Crèche The Guild Phoenix Circle (out to dinner) Choir Practice

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 1.45 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 20


Funday Sunday Christmas Party Saturday Night Club Christmas Party

4.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.


Bible Class Morning Service (including Nativity) Crèche Carol Service

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 4.00 p.m.


Morning Service Family Christmas Eve Service Watchnight Carol Service (doors open for carol singing at 10.45p.m.) Christmas Day Family Service (children bring a present to show and celebrate)

10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 11.15 p.m.

Morning Family Service Crèche

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

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January 2018 7 Bible Class Morning Service Crèche and Funday Sunday 8 Guild Phoenix Circle 11 Choir Practice 12 “Mind that Song” with Alzheimer Scotland 13 Saturday Night Club 14

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Bible Class (breakfast) Morning Service Crèche and Funday Sunday Evening Communion Congregational Board Coffee concert Saturday Night Club

10.30 a.m.

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 2.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 10.45 a.m. for 11.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.



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Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods on sale Guild Phoenix Circle Choir Practice Messy Church Saturday Night Club

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 2.15 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 3.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche TMC Kirk Session

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

February 1 Choir Practice 3 Saturday Night Club

7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Any content for the February 2018 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor by Thursday 18 January. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome! 22

Picture from Microsoft clipart

… the angel said,

“Do not be afraid; I bring you good news, news of great joy for the whole nation. Today there has been born to you in the city of David a deliverer – the Messiah, the Lord. This will be the sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.” “Glory to God in highest heaven, and on earth peace to all in whom he delights.” Luke 2, 10-12 and 14


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