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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS April 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 Text from Luke 24, verse 5

Any content for the May 2018 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor by Thursday 19 April. Web version of the magazine


Parish Letter Dear Friends, Let me tell you one of my favourite Easter stories – the story of the Ragman. I saw a strange sight. I stumbled upon a story most strange, before the dawn one Friday morning. I noticed a young man, handsome and strong, walking the alleys of our City. He was pulling an old cart filled with clothes both bright and new, and he was calling in a clear, tenor voice: "Rags! New rags for old! I take your tired rags! Rags!" he sang. "Now, this is a wonder," I thought to myself, for the man stood six-feet-four, and his arms were like tree limbs, hard and muscular, and his eyes flashed intelligence. Could he find no better job than this, to be a ragman in the inner city? I followed him. My curiosity drove me. And I wasn’t disappointed. Soon the Ragman saw a woman sitting on her front step. She was sobbing into a handkerchief, sighing, and shedding a thousand tears. Her knees and elbows made a sad X together. Her shoulders shook. Her heart was breaking. The Ragman stopped his cart. Quietly, he walked to the woman, stepping round tin cans, dead toys, and Pampers. "Give me your rag," he said so gently, "and I’ll give you another." He slipped the handkerchief from her eyes. She looked up, and he laid across her palm a linen cloth so clean and new that it shined. She blinked from the gift to the giver. Then, as he began to pull his cart again, the Ragman did a strange thing: he put her stained handkerchief to his own face; and then he began to weep, to sob as grievously as she had done, his shoulders shaking. Yet she was left without a tear. "This is a wonder," I breathed to myself, and I followed the sobbing Ragman like a child who cannot turn away from a mystery. "Rags! Rags! New rags for old!" he sang. In a little while, when the sky showed grey behind the rooftops and I could see the shredded curtains hanging out black windows, the Ragman came upon a girl whose head was wrapped in a bandage, whose eyes were empty. Blood soaked her bandage. A single line of blood ran down her cheek. Now the tall Ragman looked upon this child with pity, and he drew a lovely yellow bonnet from his cart. "Give me your rag," he said, tracing his own line on her cheek, "and I’ll give you mine." 3

The child could only gaze at him while he loosened the bandage, removed it, and tied it to his own head. The bonnet he set on hers. And I gasped at what I saw: for with the bandage went the wound! Against his brow it ran a darker, more substantial blood—his own! "Rags! Rags! I take old rags!" cried the sobbing, bleeding, Ragman. The sun hurt both the sky, now, and my eyes; the Ragman seemed more and more to hurry. After that he found a drunk, lying unconscious beneath an army blanket, an old man, hunched, wizened, and sick. He took that blanket and wrapped it round himself, but for the drunk he left new clothes. And now I had to run to keep up with the Ragman. Though he was weeping uncontrollably, and bleeding freely at the forehead, stumbling for drunkenness, falling again and again, exhausted, old, old, and sick, yet he went with terrible speed. On spider’s legs he skittered through the streets of the City, this mile and the next, until he came to its limits, and then he rushed beyond. I wept to see the change in this man. I hurt to see his sorrow. And yet I needed to see where he was going in such haste, perhaps to know what drove him so. The little old Ragman, he came to a landfill. He came to the garbage pits. And then I wanted to help him in what he did, but I hung back, hiding. He climbed a hill. With tormented labour he cleared a little space on that hill. Then he sighed. He lay down. He pillowed his head on a handkerchief and a jacket. He covered his bones with an army blanket. And he died. Oh, how I cried to witness that death! I slumped into a junked car and wailed and mourned as one who has no hope because I had come to love the Ragman. Every other face had faded in the wonder of this man, and I cherished him; but he died. I sobbed myself to sleep. I did not know—how could I know?—that I slept through Friday night and Saturday and its night, too. But then, on Sunday morning, I was wakened by light—pure, hard, demanding light. It beat against my sour face, and I blinked, and I looked, and I saw the last and the first wonder of all. There was the Ragman, folding the blanket most carefully, a scar on his forehead, but alive! And, besides that, healthy! There was no sign of sorrow nor of age, and all the rags that he had gathered shone with for cleanliness. Well, then I lowered my head and, trembling for all that I had seen, I myself walked up to the Ragman. I told him my name with shame, for I was a sorry figure next to him. Then I said to him with dear yearning in my voice: "Dress me." 4

He dressed me. My Lord, he put new rags on me, and I am a wonder beside him. The Ragman, the Ragman, the Christ!

~~~~~~ May the joy of the risen Christ be with you all this Easter. Shalom Graeme

LENTEN LUNCHES 2018 The second of this year’s Lenten lunches is on Thursday 29th March at 12 30pm. Please join us for a short reflective service in the church on Thursday 29 March, Maundy Thursday, with the Sacrament of Communion being celebrated. We then move through to the hall to enjoy fellowship and a simple lunch. The theme of the service 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!

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 5


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

12.30 pm

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


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 May 13th June 10th

‘You are before me God, you are behind’ - Katie Thomson TBC!


‘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 Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday

4th April 18th April 2nd May 16th May

If you think you may 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


Every 5 years, ex-members of the 1st Bearsden Company are invited to join with The Company for a weekend of celebration; the Annual Inspection th (on Friday 11 May), followed by a reunion on the 12th and a thanksgiving Church Parade to Bearsden Cross Church on the 13th. Invitations will be circulated to ex-members. These are sent to the last address we have; sometimes this is a parental address. We are trying to build an active exmembers 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. Exmembers who do not receive an invitation by Easter should contact Robin Linton on

Funday Sunday During Lent we have been exploring various big themes including God not abandoning us (the Rainbow), “Who am I” (Guessing games), “Who do other people think I am?” (question posters), “How does Love grow” (seed planting)? We also had great fun helping the Bible Class ice cakes for their bake sale. (and of course we had to do some quality control…) , and on the same morning we made our Mums wee bags of chocolates…. We will all be in church together for Palm Sunday (25 March), and then we’re off for two weeks for the Easter holidays – all children welcome at all the Easter services, especially the Easter Family Celebration at 10.30am. Funday Sunday will resume at 10.30 am on Sunday 15th April. Elizabeth Thomson Secretary 9

BibleClass The Bible Class, with help from Funday Sunday, raised £155 from the bake sale, and £30 from the teas and coffees, on Sunday 11 March, all for Glasgow's Children's Hospital Charity. We have continued to study the role of women and young people in church life as well as planning further activities in line with the year of young people. Bible class will be off for Easter Sunday and 8th April - and will return on the 15th at 09.45am for breakfast club. Thereafter we will meet for rest of April at 10am. Lesley, Ed and Ross

Saturday Night Club

Has a well earned break over Easter on 1st, 8th and 15th April. We return at usual time of 7.30 on the 22nd. Lesley and Wendy

The Guild The Guild will be holding their annual Coffee Morning on Saturday 14th April from 10-12 noon. Tickets priced £2.50 can be obtained from Guild members or at the door. This is our main fund raising event to support the Church and Guild projects. Please join us. Further information from - Irene McLachlan, Secretary 10

Moderator celebrates year of young people at Scottish Parliament reception Adapted from an article on the Church of Scotland Website, 28 February, 2018

A number of our young people attended a reception at the Scottish Parliament on February 27th, celebrating the contribution of young people to society. The event was hosted by the Moderator of the General Assembly, Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, and sponsored by our own Ross Greer MSP. Ross is the only member of the Scottish Parliament under 25.

Rory and Gregor Clark, Douglas Owler, Alastair Thomson and Lesley Shaw with The Right rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator of the General assembly

Speakers at the event, attended by interfaith partners and MSPs, included Church Youth Worker Gigha Lennox, who talked about being part of a group of young people who went to Rwanda. National Youth Assembly Moderator, Robin Downie, reflected on a recent trip to Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Dr Browning spoke of the need for politicians to engage with religious groups 11

and his "genuine delight" at taking part in events in the Parliaments of Holyrood, Westminster and Brussels during his year as Moderator. During his address, he also challenged the view that young people "don't do religion". Dr Browning said: "Wherever I have met young people, questions about faith and doubt, the existence of God, the meaning of the Bible and other Holy Books, prayer and the point of religion are not only lively, they are perceptive and profound." He highlighted the need to continue working closely with other Christians and faith groups. Dr Browning said: "I believe faith is about bridge-building. Churches, and all faith communities, given the work that they do and the difference for good that they make, should not be one of our country's best-kept secrets." Ross said it was "fantastic" to welcome guests from the Church, and other faiths, of different ages to Holyrood.

The Church of Scotland is taking part in the Scottish Government’s ‘Year of Young People’ and will mark the year with a series of events, workshops, services and gatherings. Pictures by Andrew O’brien Photography


For everything its season, and for every activity under heaven its time: A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot; A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to break down and a time to build up; A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time for mourning and a time for dancing; A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them; A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to seek and a time to lose; A time to keep and a time to discard; A time to tear and a time to mend; A time for silence and a time for speech; A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace. What profit has the worker from his labour? I have seen the task that God has given to mortals to keep them occupied. He has made everything to suit its time; moreover, he has given mankind a sense of past and future but no comprehension of God’s work from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing good for anyone except to be happy and to live the best life he can while he is alive. Indeed, that everyone should eat drink and enjoy himself, in return for all his labours, is a gift of god. Ecclesiastes 3, 1 - 13 13

Erskine Bridge Cross Walk: Saturday 5th May 1 – 5 pm Christian Aid Week is just around the corner. Before that, Christian Aid celebrates the 31st anniversary of the Erskine Bridge Cross Walk on Saturday, 5th May. Over the years it has helped raise an amazing amount of money for Christian Aid. Last year our congregation contributed £1880. Do please join us again this year when you will have the opportunity to cross one of Scotland’s amazing bridges, complete the optional Boden Boo forestry walk and celebrate at the end with entertainment, face paint and an obstacle course. You can walk and/or sponsor our Minister, who will also be taking part. Sponsorship forms, information guides and check-in cards for walkers are available on the Christian Aid notice-board next to the kitchen in the Assembly Area. Please take copies and also complete the Registration Form on the notice-board. Remember to ask if your sponsors are tax payers and will agree to Gift Aid. If they agree, then fill in their house number and post code on the sponsor form. This will enable Christian Aid to get 25p extra for every pound you collect. If you are not walking – please sponsor someone who is. If you don’t know who is walking, just look at the Registration Form on the notice-board. The Minister’s sponsorship forms will be in the Vestibule and Assembly Areas.

Christian Aid Week Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th May Throughout 2018 Christian Aid is remembering the 40 million people all over the world who are internally displaced. Christian Aid Week will be highlighting the stories of the people of Haiti, such as Marcelin, pictured, who have struggled with repeated and often relentless natural disasters which have destroyed their homes. Marcelin lost his home, livestock and possessions when Hurricane Matthew struck in 2016. He is still recovering from that as he fights hard to raise his three daughters alone. Christian Aid’s Door-to-Door collection during Christian 14

Aid Week is the single biggest act of Christian witness in Britain, when we join with 20,000 other churches across the United Kingdom and Ireland in helping people like Marcelin and his family. Last year we raised over £4000. It is our major fundraiser for Christian Aid. Please consider volunteering as a collector this year. Jim Stewart (587 7253) will be looking for approximately sixty collectors. He will be delighted to hear from you and can explain what is involved. You can also sign up on the volunteer sheet on the Christian Aid notice-board in the Assembly Area.

BEARSDEN JOINT CHURCHES COFFEE MORNING – SATURDAY 12th MAY 10.00 – 12.00 NOON IN NEW KILPATRICK CHURCH NEW HALLS Our Coffee Morning is earlier than usual in the month this year – so no clash with “The Wedding”! Tickets for tea/coffee and pancakes - £3.00 for adults/50p for children – will be available at the door on the day. There will be a Food Hamper Raffle, Home Baking Stall, Plant Stall, Craft Stall, Fair Trade Stall and a Tombola. As usual we in the Cross Church are responsible for stocking and running the Plant Stall. Could you plant up or donate some labelled plants? House or garden, decorative or edible – all sorts of plants are most welcome! These can be brought to the New Kilpatrick Church New Halls on Friday 11th May between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. Helpers are also required to staff the stall – though very useful, no horticultural knowledge is required – and also to count the money. Please sign up on the volunteer sheet on the Christian Aid notice-board in the Assembly Area or contact me. Whether or not you are a gardener, do please come and support the coffee morning and buy from our stall. As always, “thank you” to all those who continue to support Christian Aid via the “Penny Boxes”. If you would like more information about how your money is used, take a look at the Christian Aid website at

Lyndsay Ross


Glasgow City Mission The Night Shelter and the Big Snow There are winters and winters and this one has certainly been the most challenging one yet for the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter. As on 16th March, the picture looks like this:There have been 570 different individual guests since 1st December, about half of them aged 30-45 and about 5 times as many men as women. Most nights 35 – 38 of the 40 beds have been used and on 5 occasions all 40. During March, because of the exceptional weather, the shelter opened earlier and 4 extra beds were set up in the foyer. Nevertheless, some people still had to be sent away, though they always got a sleeping bag and a hot drink and if they were clearly very vulnerable, the team contacted the street team or the police to help them. Over three quarters of the guests have been UK citizens, most, but by no means all, from the Glasgow area, the remainder being EU nationals and refugees. The majority stay for only 2-3 nights but a few have been there for the long haul. They are mostly EU nationals who have no benefits or accommodation available to them. The Govan Law Centre and Shelter have been working hard with them to access all available help, sometimes with success, but clearly these people will have great difficulties once the shelter closes. The heavy snow brought a range of problems not experienced before to both the teams and the guests. It was very difficult for some of the regular team members to get to the shelter. Two 4 x 4 drivers kindly collected and dropped off some staff while other staff who lived nearby managed to walk in and do extra shifts to cover for those who couldn’t make it. And while we were all worried about not getting bread and milk, many of the rough sleepers were struggling to get the methadone prescriptions, drugs and alcohol that they rely on. This made them restless and sometimes quarrelsome during the night and, though the team coped very well, the police had to be called in a few times to deal with difficult situations. This year, the Hunter Street medical clinic which is near the shelter sent a nurse in every weekday morning at 8 am to deal with medical issues and/or direct the guests to appropriate services, which was a big help. Even so, the general strain on the team has been considerable, especially as they have not had as many church volunteers as usual. 16

So there will be sighs on the morning of 1st April when the night shelter finishes for this winter, of relief from the teams and helpers who can look forward to sleeping in their own beds again, and of regret from the guests who still have no other place to stay. The Mission is most grateful to us for sending a team of volunteers and also for the gifts of food and clothing that our members have sent – and, of course, for the new toaster!! – but most of all for our prayers, which have been greatly appreciated. God has clearly blessed the work of the shelter and there is much to be thankful for. Despite the problems, just imagine what things would have been like for the rough sleepers without it! However, there are still many people needing help whose problems are very hard to solve, and so our prayers are still very much needed.

Katie Thomson

Our next sale will be on April 15th. We have a large selection of all occasions cards some for as little as £1 each. We also keep a good selection of "Divine" Chocolate to suit all tastes. See you on the 15th! Jo and Keith Moody


“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: 13th April, 11th May, 8th June 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 March Flowers 2018 " And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love fell everywhere, And each flower and herb on the Earth's dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest." Percy Bysshe Shelly.

The photograph above was taken on the occasion of a presentation to Aileen Minty from the ladies of the Flower Group to mark her retirement as Convenor. For eleven years Aileen ,as Convenor, has been the inspiration for the main events in the Church calendar such as Easter, Harvest Thanksgiving, Christmas and Flower Festivals which have beautified the sanctuary. I'm sure the whole congregation will join in thanking her for giving of her time and talents. Gwen Stokes has kindly agreed to be the next Convenor. Thank you to the following members of the congregation for providing flowers in March, and to the flower arrangers. 4th. 11th. 18th. 25th.

Provided by: Mrs. E. Anderson. Dr. J. Conner. Mrs. M. McConnell. Ms. I. Mackinnon.

Arranged by: Mrs. G. Stokes. Mrs. M. Land. Mrs. A. Minty. Mrs. C. Taggart.

Christine Taggart. 19

Bearsden Cross Church Walking Club 7.4.18

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.

Church Register Funerals 06.03.18

Mr Iain Brown Clarence Court formerly Lennox Court


Mr James Douglas, Abbotsford House formerly Birch View


Dates for your Diary March 25

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

4 8 13 14 15

18 20 21 22

Easter Morning “Dawn” service with Communion Easter Breakfast Easter Morning Family Celebration Crèche Bible Study – Exploring Mark

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Morning Family Service Crèche Choir “Mind That Song” with Alzheimer Scotland Guild Coffee morning

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

Bible Class Breakfast Club Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods on sale Bible Study – Exploring Mark Movie & Pizza Night Saturday Night Club

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

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

8.00 a.m.


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Congregational Board Choir Saturday Night Club


Morning Service Children & Young People's activities Crèche

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Choir Christian Aid Erskine Bridge crossing

7.30 p.m. 10.00 a.m.

May 3 5

7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Any content for the May 2018 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor by Thursday 19 April. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome! 22


Saturday, 14th April 2018

10.00a.m. - 12 noon Admission - £2.50 (incl. tea/coffee) 23

Word from the cross no 103 apr 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Parish Church

Word from the cross no 103 apr 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Parish Church