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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS February 2018 Bearsden Cross Church – Scottish Charity No: SC009082 – Congregation No: 1811 1

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 photograph by Peter Grant

Any content for the March 2018 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor by Thursday 15 February. Web version of the magazine


Parish Letter Dear friends, Blink and you missed it! Christmas and all its attendant celebrations seem like a distant memory – covered in the plentiful snows of January. 2018 has begun with a flurry, and in many ways, this is appropriate because there are many things planned or in the pipeline for the coming year in our church life Two things are of particular note… The first is that 2018 is being celebrated as the ‘Year of Young People’ in Scotland as a whole and also by the Church of Scotland. In its meeting at the end of November the Kirk Session re-affirmed its commitment to our young people and signed the Church of Scotland Pledge to be involved in the Year of Young People 2018. The Pledge reads:  We will explore ways to engage with under 25s  We will increase participation of our young people  We will celebrate all that they are and bring  We will pray for children and young people in our church and community’ As a beginning to this Pledge our Young People will conduct the service on Sunday 28th January using material they have themselves created and materials from the central church and I know that you will support them in this venture … and indeed in other activities during the year. Further details 3

of these will be published in forthcoming magazines. The second event of note takes place later in the year when the 100th anniversary of the Armistice at the end of the First World War will be marked. As ever, Remembrance Sunday is not a cause for celebration, but rather an opportunity to reflect on the struggles of the past and to look to the future with hope. Indeed, the words of John Maxwell Edmunds continue to ring just as true today, as they did when written in 1916. As we look forward to celebrating the many gifts and talents of our young people, and the many activities of this wonderful congregation, we remember his haunting verse. “When you go home, tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow, we gave our today� May God bless you and yours in 2018.

Shalom 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 February 11th March 11th May 13th June 10th

‘Will you come and follow me’ Anne Henderson ‘God is our refuge and our strength’ Gwen Stokes TBC Still free!


‘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 date is 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 7th February Wednesday 14 March Wednesday 4 April Wednesday 18 April 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 We’re nearly at half term already and Advent is but a distant memory…..but Funday Sunday had a busy time in December as the pictures show. The Gifts brought to the Gift service on 10th December were much appreciated by East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid; thank you to all who contributed. On the 17th we participated in the service with our annual Nativity, again thank you to all our supporters.

And of course we found time to celebrate the season with a party for all (including friends from All Saints and some of our crèche regulars this year). Thanks to Santa for fitting us into his busy schedule.


Since New Year we have been looking at the early days of Jesus’ ministry – what sort of friends Jesus would have had, and the calling of the disciples. Do have a look at our boards in the guild room and Large hall. We’re looking forward to being part of the Service for Youth. Funday Sunday is off for half-term on Sunday 12th February, but as usual there will be activities available for those not away. Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary

Our young people enjoying their Christmas party.

Bible Class Our session commenced in January planning our very successful service to celebrate the year of young people. As we move forward we are looking at further interactions with Church activities. We are also looking at community engagement and charity activities. We will join with SNC on film and movie nights and continue to enjoy our monthly breakfast club. Further details from Ross or Lesley 8

Saturday Night Club Has started again after the holidays. With a short break for half term in February we will run up to Easter meeting at our usual time on Saturday. We are discussing further movie nights, an outing or 2 and possibly a short evening walk. Further details to follow. All S1 to S6 welcome. Further information from Lesley or Wendy

The Guild February 5th ‘My Brush with Art’ The speaker is Thelma Struthers, one of our own. February 19th The Clyde Coastal Path The speaker is Dr Iain White Further details are available from Pat Findlay or the Church Office. Irene McLachlan Secretary

Too Many Candles (TMC) Continues to meet for friendship, fellowship and chat on the last Monday of the month at Massimo* Bearsden commencing at 7pm. [*Massimo have not yet confirmed a reopening date following the fire damage suffered over the festive period. If necessary an alternative venue will be advised prior to the next meeting.] Further information from Anne or Diane 9

The Phoenix Circle 5th February: Our meeting this evening will be a talk from one of the staff at Boclair House Hotel. There is so much history attached to this building which has stood in Bearsden for so long, and I am sure this will be a very interesting topic. We meet at 8.00pm in the large church hall and all ladies are most welcome to join us. 19th February: This evening we welcome Street Pastors to our meeting. They do a very worthwhile job in Glasgow at the weekends keeping people safe and your support for such a worthwhile cause would be most appreciated. We look forward to seeing you and any friends you care to bring along to join us. Usual meeting time of 8.00pm. Senga Dempster (Secretary)

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS Date for your diary Brew ’n’ Blether Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th March. There will be entertainment followed by tea, coffee and cake and time to 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. Mary Munro Convener


Church Garden Is there an Alan Titchmarsh or a Charlie Dimmock out there? It is the first week of December and we have just lifted the last of the leaves from the church garden. The gardening year is over and I am going to hang up my church gardening gloves. Many thanks to the people who have helped me over the last seven or eight years. We have emptied all the beds, replanted, weed killed, cut grass, cut hedges, pruned bushes and lifted tonnes of leaves!! In Spring and autumn we have organised garden clean-up days and we have enjoyed fellowship over coffees and cake after our endeavours. My especial thanks to the ninety year old who responded to an appeal for help in the garden, she was delegated the job of serving the refreshments. The church now needs someone to take over the job of running the garden. Are you interested in gardening? Would you like to develop a gardening group? Could we engage some of the members who have time to help? The garden shed is well stocked with most of the equipment needed, including a new lawn mower! If you would be willing to help in the gardens please speak to Douglas Thompson, clerk to the church board. Kate Edmond


CHRISTIAN AID Dates for your 2018 Diary Erskine Bridge Cross Walk Christian Aid Week

Saturday 5 May Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 May

Thank you for supporting Christian Aid’s Christmas Appeal, “Enough for Everyone”, which aimed to help those in sub-Saharan Africa who battle against hunger and malnutrition. Throughout December we raised £190.00 for this appeal. The money raised nationwide for this appeal will receive match funding from the UK Government. Thank you also, to all those who continue throughout the year to support the work of Christian Aid via “penny boxes”. You can find empty boxes – along with the current Prayer List – on the shelf under the Christian Aid notice-board in the Assembly Area. Please return your “penny boxes” to me or to the church office. Lyndsay Ross


At the time of writing, our church’s team of volunteers are getting ready to join up with Baljaffray’s team to help as all night volunteers at Glasgow Winter Night Shelter during the week 21-27 January. Most of us have some knowledge of the task, having done it last year, and you were able to read of our group’s experience then in the pamphlet included in last April’s church magazine. It was heart-warming and heart-breaking, as we tried to bring a smile to the faces of people who had been through the worst that life could throw at them and lost all hope, but still tried (sometimes) to make a joke and plod on. However, on the good side, the system that has been developed seems to be working: the Hamish Allan Centre is on the phone all night long, trying to find more permanent accommodation for as many of the rough sleepers the Night Shelter refers to it as possible, representatives from Glasgow City Council’s Housing Dept. come along quite frequently, even at midnight, to see and hear them for themselves, and there is the Hunter Street Medical Centre not far away which concentrates on the health problems of the homeless. Over and above that, at a higher administrative level, positive steps are being taken to help them get real homes first and then all-round support as they deal with the other issues in their lives. So the Night Shelter, now in its seventh year, though not an end in itself, has become an amazing means of helping Glasgow’s most vulnerable people. In some cases it has probably saved them from dying of hypothermia. We are all looking forward to our night of service with excitement, hope and, yes, some trepidation, especially the new volunteers. Please pray that God will bless the Night Shelter right through to the end of March, the staff who work there regularly, the volunteers like us and all the guests who come for warmth, safety, friendliness and the blessing of a good night’s sleep. Thank you very much. Katie Thomson 13

“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: 9 February and 9 March 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 January Flowers 2018 "No Winter lasts forever. No Spring skips its turn." Hal Borland Thank you to the following members of the congregation for providing flowers in January and to the arrangers.

JANUARY 7th. 14th 21st. 28th.

Provided by. Miss C. Jamieson. From funds. From funds. In memory of Edith Aitken

Arranged by. Mrs. A. Minty Mrs . E. Sinclair Mrs. G. Stokes Mrs. C. Taggart

If you would like to add your name, the 2018 Flower list is available in the hall vestibule. Wishing you health in the New Year. Christine Taggart. Christine Taggart


Tradecraft Our next sale will be on Feb 25. By that time we shall have our new Spring catalogue for your perusal. We have a good selection of cards and all variations of chocolate have been replenished. Jo and Keith Moody

Bearsden Cross Church Walking Club 3.2.18 17.2.18 3.3.18

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 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 the Church Office Amanda Mackenzie All walkers participate at their own risk.


Love I may speak in tongues of men or of angels, but if I have no love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy and the knowledge of every hidden truth; I may have faith enough to move mountains; but if I have no love, I am nothing. I may give all I possess to the needy, I may give my body to be burnt, but if I have no love, I gain nothing by it. Love is patient and kind. Love envies no one, is never boastful, never conceited, never rude; love is never selfish, never quick to take offence. Love keeps no score of wrongs, takes no pleasure in the sins of others, but delights in the truth. There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, its endurance. Love will never come to an end. Prophecies will cease; tongues of ecstasy will fall silent; knowledge will vanish. For our knowledge and our prophecy alike are partial, and the partial vanishes when wholeness comes. When I was a child I spoke like a child, thought like a child, reasoned like a child; but when I grew up I finished with childish things. At present we see only puzzling reflections in a mirror, but one day we shall see face to face. My knowledge now is partial; then it will be whole, like God’s knowledge of me. There are three things that last for ever; faith, hope and love; and the greatest of the three is love.

1 Corinthians 13


Church Register Church Register Baptism 17.12.17

Noah McArthur, Rannoch Drive

Funerals 12.01.18 15.01.18

Prof Archie Duncan, Westerton Care Home, formerly Norwood Park Mr Archie McFarlane, Canniesburn Care Home, formerly Whitehurst

Change of Address correction 11.01.18

Mrs Joan Marshall from Ralston Road to Morven Road Mr Robert & Mrs Margaret Marshall from Anniesland to Lesmahagow

Mr Robert and Mrs Margaret Marshall, formerly of Anniesland who have moved to Lesmahagow and have passed on the following message; "We have many friends in the church, but .... we have had to move to a more amenable environment. We wish all the best to the church and the congregation."


Dates for your Diary January 28 29 31

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche TMC (location tbc) Kirk Session

February 1 Choir Practice 2 WAGs 3 Saturday Night Club 4 5 7 8 9 11 15 17 18 19 22 24

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

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche The Guild Phoenix Circle Bible Basics – Mark (Manse) ABC Unity Supper (NK) Choir Practice “Mind that Song” Alzheimer group

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 2.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m.

Morning Service Funday Sunday activities & Crèche Evening Communion Choir Practice Saturday Night Club

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche The Guild Phoenix Circle Choir Practice Saturday Night Club

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 2.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 19


28 March 1 2 4

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods Congregational Board Choir Practice World Day of Prayer Service (Westerton) WAGs Saturday Night Club

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. time tbc 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Any content for the March 2018 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor by Thursday 15 February. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome! 20

Word From the Cross February 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church

Word From the Cross February 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church