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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS March 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 picture from Microsoft Clipart

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


Parish Letter Dear Friends, A few weeks ago Julie and I managed to get a night off together, and we headed off to the cinema to see ‘Darkest Hour’. The film tells the story of Winston Churchill’s rise to become Prime Minister in 1940, and the challenges that he and the country face in those dark and difficult times at the beginning of World War II. One of the major challenges was of course ‘Dunkirk’, and if you haven’t seen that film of the same name from last year then I would thoroughly recommend it, and indeed it sits as an interesting companion piece to ‘Darkest Hour’. Gary Oldman’s Winston Churchill is remarkable and is worth the entrance money alone. I often feel that January is the longest and darkest of months. Christmas and New Year have passed, the days are short, it’s cold, and Spring and Summer seem a long way away. But here we are now in February and the snowdrops are coming through (the snow!) and surely the crocuses and daffodils can’t be too far away from making a welcome reappearance. In the Church the season of Spring leads us into Easter – the time when the ‘darkest hour’ of Good Friday is replaced by the hope of the light of the resurrection of Easter Sunday. As always, please join us for any or all of our services during Lent and Easter. You will find mention of a number of activities initiatives elsewhere in the magazine and I would briefly mention a couple of these. First, we are looking to record Sunday services on a regular basis and to 3

make those recordings available to those of our members who wish them, particularly those who are housebound or unable to get to Church. We also have our ‘Brew and Blether’ afternoons which are an opportunity for our retired members to get together for tea, coffee and chat. At the other end of the age spectrum, our young people led the service on the morning of 28th January and this was very well received by all those who were present that day. Plans are developing for other events and activities to mark 2018 as the ‘Year of Young People’ in our church and details will be made available in due course. The ‘darkest hours’ are behind us, and the light of the world awaits us. May the light of Christ illumine the way for you, now and always. Shalom Graeme

Would you like to hear a recording of Church Services at home? We can now record church services on USB sticks and distribute these to members of the congregation who are unable to attend church. At its simplest all you need is a computer / laptop / electronic device into which you can plug a USB stick. You can then listen to the service at your leisure during the week. If you are interested in finding out more about this speak to your District Elder, or contact either the church office or myself. If there is a demand from members who do not have access to this equipment there are alternatives we can use to assist with this. We are ready to go - please get in touch if we can help! Keith Wright Session Clerk 4


At Bearsden Cross Church Thursdays 22 and 29 March; Lenten Reflections Time for Reflection followed by a light lunch at 1pm Communion will be celebrated on 29th March.

12.30 pm

25 March; Palm Sunday Service,

10.30 am

1 April; Easter Sunday, Dawn Service with Communion, followed by breakfast

8.00 am

Family Easter Celebration

10.30 am

Association of Bearsden Churches Holy Week Services 25 March; Palm Sunday Youth Led Service Bearsden Baptist Church

7.30 pm

Monday 26 March; Stations of the Cross St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church


Wednesday 28 March; Lunchtime service Westerton Church (Service followed by a light lunch)

11.30 am

March 30; Good Friday Baljaffray Parish Church

7.30 pm


LENTEN LUNCHES 2018 This year’s Lenten lunches are on Thursdays 22nd and 29th March at 12 30pm Please join us for a short reflective service in the church with the Sacrament of Communion being celebrated on 29th March (Maundy Thursday).We then move through to the hall to enjoy fellowship and a simple lunch. The theme of this year’s services will be “The things He did” referring to two separate incidents in that first Holy Week. There will be the opportunity to make a donation to defray costs and to send a cheque to charity. Please join us! It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. As he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens break open and the Spirit descend on him, like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my beloved Son; in you I take delight’. At once the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness, and there he remained for forty days tempted by Satan. He was among the wild beasts; and angels attended to his needs. Mark 1, 9-13

Picture copyright Peter H Grant


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! June is still available! 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 March 11th May 13th June 10th

‘God is our refuge and our strength’ - Gwen Stokes ‘You are before me God, you are behind’ - Katie Thomson Still free! 7

‘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 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 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


POITIERS VISITORS AND VISITS Having recently heard from our friends in Poitiers, it seems likely that we may look forward to hosting another group from l’Eglise Reformée de Poitiers during the month of June this year. This will most probably be from 10 th June onwards (dates to be confirmed). You may remember that we hosted three members from the church in Poitiers during 2017 and those members of this congregation who met our previous visitors had a very interesting time entertaining and discovering the similarities and differences between our respective congregations. This was also followed by Graeme Wilson and Eleanor Wright enjoying a reciprocal visit to Poitiers some time later. Whilst we don’t have definitive numbers of possible guests yet, we should like to make preparations for the 2018 visitors and visits. With this in mind, if you would like to be involved in any way with entertaining our visitors, either by hosting, or if you have ideas for entertaining, please speak to Keith Wright, myself or Eleanor Wright who will be happy to hear from you. Similarly, if you are interested in being a part of the group visiting Poitiers in late September/early October this year, please let us know this too.

Girls’ Brigade The 98th Girls’ Brigade Company will be celebrating their 30 th Anniversary this month, with a Celebration and Thanksgiving service on Sunday 18th March in Baljaffray Church at 3pm. All past members and friends of the company are warmly invited. Full details on the Church noticeboard or e-mail


The 1st Bearsden Company are enjoying their 120 th session. The Annual Concert in November was a tremendous success and the Boys are now hard at work taking part in national Brigade competitions and preparing for their visit to Wisconsin in late June. Every 5 years, ex-members are invited to join with The Company for a weekend of celebration; the Annual Inspection (on Friday 11 th May), followed by a reunion on the 12 th and a thanksgiving Church Parade to Bearsden Cross Church on the 13th. Invitations will be circulated to ex-members in late March. These are sent to the last address we have; sometimes this is a parental address. We are trying to build an active ex-members community and are asking for some help from the congregation. If you receive a letter addressed to your son, please pass it on to him. Ex-members who do not receive an invitation by Easter should contact Robin Linton on

Funday Sunday It seems no time since the last magazine article….it’s been a short but exciting month. We contributed to the service for the Year of Young People at the end of January when we explored the parable “feeding the 5000”. In February we explored what sorts of friends Jesus would have had and how he found more friends. After half term we start exploring Lent and the lead up to Easter. So far we have talked about giving (rather than giving up) for Lent – thinking of things to do every day to make other people happy. We will be meeting every week through March.

Elizabeth Thomson, Funday Sunday Secretary 10

The Guild World Day of Prayer will be held at 11:00am on Friday 2nd March in Westerton Church . March 19th will be a regular meeting All are welcome to any or all of these meetings. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone our coffee morning. Further information from – Irene McLachlan, Secretary

The Phoenix Circle 05 March 2018: Our meeting for this evening is about “Colours”. It will be interesting to learn which colours suit each of us best; no excuses for not making the best of ourselves. It may also be an opportunity to think about clearing out the old wardrobe and purchasing a few new items for spring. Hold on to the credit card!! All ladies welcome to join us and enjoy the talk from Denise Winton. 19 March 2018: It is our Annual A.G.M. this evening. Please do join us to discuss past events and look forward to the future. Do not feel that you will be asked to join the Committee, as some of the existing committee have agreed to stay on and we are sure there will be a queue of willing participants. We will be having a fish supper after the meeting and a chance to have a “natter” before breaking up for the summer(?). Senga Dempster, Secretary


Saturday 5 May - Erskine Bridge Cross Walk Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 May - Christian Aid Week Please make a note of these dates in your diary. More information next month! We are now in the season of Lent. Once again Christian Aid has produced a thought-provoking leaflet entitled “Count Your Blessings 2018”. It invites us to take stock and to reflect upon all the blessings we enjoy in our daily lives and to consider this year those who have no safe place to call home. Throughout 2018, Christian Aid is remembering the 40 million people all over the world who are internally displaced. They have been forced to flee their homes but, unlike refugees, they remain in their own country, with no guarantee of protection. Although the internally displaced make up the majority of people leaving their homes to find safety, they are often ignored by the international community. Christian Aid is responding to their needs by providing life-saving food, clean water and sanitation facilities and by calling for the United Nations to ensure they receive a fair deal and are no longer forgotten. This Lent, with “Count Your Blessings”, you can walk alongside those who have been forced from their homes into a very real and frightening wilderness. You will find copies of this leaflet in the Vestibule and Assembly Area. Please take one home with you. On Thursday, 8 March, Christian Aid Scotland will mark International Women’s Day at the Scottish Parliament with the official launch of “Side by Side”, the global faith movement for gender justice. In partnership with the churches in Scotland it will showcase the work of “Side by Side”, which grew out of its work with faith-based organisations, acknowledging that gender inequality violates human rights and keeps people in poverty, and will highlight the role played by women from Scotland and across the world in breaking the silence and being messengers of hope in the fight to overcome gender inequality. Finally, if you are planting seeds this month, please sow some extra ones for our plant stall at the Christian Aid Joint Churches Coffee Morning in May. Lyndsay Ross 12

Social Functions INVITATION to 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, by phoning the Church Office (942 0507). If you do not require transport, just come along on the day. The dates planned are:DATE Tuesday 13th March 2018 Wednesday 9th May 2018

ENTERTAINMENT 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


Glasgow City Mission Our church’s week of duty at the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter in late January is now fading into the past, but for the seven volunteers who were able to take part it was, as last year, a challenging and eye-opening experience. On most of our nights, all forty beds were taken and in some cases, a few late arrivals were unable to get one (though they always got a hot drink and were helped in conjunction with the Hamish Allan Centre to find accommodation of some sort for the night.) Once again, we wondered how we ourselves would cope as rough sleepers owning nothing except the contents of a couple of plastic bags. But those courageous people were often cheerful and quite ready to exchange smiles and jokes with us, especially about the burnt toast – which will soon be a thing of the past as our minister, Graeme, has arranged for Baljaffray Church and ourselves to donate a new toaster to the Night Shelter, which, I am certain, will be much appreciated! The Mission is very grateful to all our members who volunteered to serve for a night or to be chauffeurs, and to the whole congregation for its concern and prayers. It is still a worrying fact, however, that not all the rough sleepers in the city centre are willing to use the Night Shelter or the drop-in at the Mission, possibly because they don’t want to lose their “pitch” for begging. Since they won’t come in, therefore, teams of staff from Glasgow City Mission have started deliberately going out to them, chatting to them, providing them with sandwiches and such things as foam sheeting to put under their sleeping bags, and inviting them to the drop-in to get warm and have a hot meal. With this in mind, the drop-in is now open in the afternoons as well as the evenings. The Mission sees this building of relationships with the rough sleepers as the first step to helping them turn their lives around. Read all about it in the Winter 2017 number of “Connect” magazine at - and please pray for the success of this new venture. 14

And finally, an appeal to the younger and fitter among us (probably!): would you be willing to undertake the Great Arran Challenge on Saturday 12 May to raise funds for GCM by hiking to the top of Goatfell and/or cycling 57 miles round the island of Arran? Full details and application forms are available at the website above. And for the rest of us, if we aren’t taking part personally, could we sponsor someone who is? Let’s give it a thought! Katie Thomson

Too Many Candles (TMC) As Massimo’s remains closed we decamped to the church hall for a pizza and cake evening to celebrate our 5th birthday. We will continue to meet on the last Monday of the month for fellowship friendship and chat. On 26 February we will meet in the Beefeater Restaurant at West Highland Gate. The venue for 26 March will be notified in the order of service nearer the time. Contact Diane, Anne or the Church Office






YOUNG MUSICIANS 2018 ‘Celebrating young people, their talents and their contribution to the cultural and creative life of Scotland’ These are the terms in which the Scottish Government has set out some of the aims of 2018 - ‘The Year of Young People’. In a joint venture involving Bearsden Cross Church, Milngavie Music Club, MacOpera and the Glasgow Chamber Choir a young musicians festival is to take place in our church from 1st - 3rd June of this year. It will feature young professionals who are beginning their careers, and school pupils who show exceptional talent, and begins on Friday 1st June with a recital of music by Schubert, Poulenc and César Franck for violin and piano by the brilliant young violinist Savitri Grier and pianist Richard Uttley. On Saturday morning 2nd June a Coffee Concert with a difference will be given under the auspices of MacOpera, which will feature twelve talented music pupils from Dumbartonshire Schools who will perform a selection of movements from classical works along with the professional musicians from the orchestra of Scottish Opera. The young people were invited to apply for this opportunity and were auditioned in our church in November. The overall standard was very high and the adjudicators had a difficult job in making a selection. On Sunday 3rd June the morning service will include contributions from the East Dunbartonshire Youth Choir and then at 3.00 p.m. a concert will be given by the Glasgow Chamber Choir directed by Michael Bawtree. The choir has given regular performances in its present season in Holy Trinity Church Ayr, St Aloysius Church, Garnethill and Hyndland Parish Church as well as singing for morning service on Radio 4. This concert will feature a young solo artist. The festival has already been publicised in the major concert halls and other cultural outlets in Glasgow and local publicity will shortly be on view. Tickets for the concerts are priced £10 (full time students £5; school pupils free) or, alternatively a combined 3concert ticket can be purchased for £24. All of these will be available from Purple Edge, Bearsden and The Iron Chef, Milngavie. The Festival Service is of course open to all and does not require a ticket. The Music Team, who organise the Coffee Concerts, hope you may be able to support some, or all of these concerts which form part of a new venture linking the church and local community. Please put the dates in your diary now! Nairn Young


“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 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 " Nor will I then thy modest grace forget, chaste snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring and pensive monitor of fleeting years ! " William Wordsworth Thank you to the following members of the congregation for providing flowers in February and to the flower arrangers.

4th 11th 18th 25th

Provided by:

Arranged by:

From funds. From funds. Mrs. C. Speirs. Mrs. V. Johnston.

Ms. R. Walters Mrs. G. Agar Mrs. E. Anderson Mrs K. Edmond

The 2018 Flower List is available on the table in the Church assembly area for anyone wishing to add their name. Christine Taggart

Our next Traidcraft sale is on March 11th. We shall have items from our new catalogue including Easter cards, a large choice of chocolate plus Real Easter Eggs. If you would like one of these please order a.s.a.p. Jo and Keith Moody 19

Bearsden Cross Church Walking Club 3.3.18 17.3.18 7.4.18

Callander – Brig O’ Turk. Chatelheraux Greenock Cut

Walkers leave from Bearsden Station Car Park at 9.30am. ( weather permitting ). Friends and occasional walkers welcome. For further information contact Sheila Stevenson, Margaret Mackinlay or the Church Office. 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 or the Church Office. All walkers participate at their own risk.

Thank you I would like to say a huge "thank you" to everyone in our church family for their support over the last six months. We have been overwhelmed by the offers of help, get well messages and most importantly, your prayers, for my full recovery. Each and every one has been very much appreciated, especially in January / early February when things were particularly difficult. We were also touched that so many of you included David and Malcolm who have been beside me every step of the way. I must also thank Graeme for his visits, both at home and in hospital, and for the beautiful church flowers. Thank you again, with my very best wishes Lesley Bruce 20

Church Register Funerals 05.03.18

Mrs Margaret Elder

Changes of Address Mr Iain Brown from Lennox Court to Clarence Court Mrs Aileen Minty from Greenhead Road to Norwood Park

Dates for your Diary February 25 Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods 26 TMC 28 Congregational Board Mar 1 2 3 4 5 8 9 10 11

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 7.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Choir Practice 7.30 p.m. World Day of Prayer Service (Westerton) 11.00 a.m. WAGs 8.00 p.m. Saturday Night Club 7.30 p.m. Bible Class 10.00 a.m. Morning Service 10.30 a.m. Funday Sunday & Crèche 10.30 a.m. Phoenix Circle 8.00 p.m. Choir Practice 7.30 p.m. Mind that Song (with Alzheimer Scotland) 2.00 p.m. Saturday Night Club 7.30 p.m. Bible Class Morning Communion Service

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 21

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19 21 22 23 24

Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods Trustees Meeting Evening Communion Service Brew’n’Blether Choir Practice Coffee Concert Saturday Night Club

10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 12.00 noon 6.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 10.45 for 11.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Congregational ASM Guild AGM Phoenix Circle AGM Kirk Session Lenten Lunch Choir Practice Messy Church Movie & Pizza Night Saturday Night Club

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 12.00 noon 2.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 12.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 3.30 p.m. 7.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.


Bible Class 10.00 a.m. Palm Sunday Service 10.30 a.m. Funday Sunday & Crèche 10.30 a.m. th 26 – 30th March - Holy Week services see separate details 26 TMC 7.00 p.m. 29 Lenten Lunch (with Communion) 12.30 p.m. Choir 7.30 p.m. April 1

Easter Morning “Dawn” service with Communion 8.00 a.m. Easter Breakfast Easter Morning Family Celebration 10.30 a.m. Crèche 10.30 a.m.


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


Word from the cross no 102 March 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church

Word from the cross no 102 March 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church