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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS May 2018 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 copyright Peter H Grant

Any content for the Summer 2018 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor by Thursday 17 May. Web version of the magazine

Parish Letter Dear Friends, Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

(John 10:14)

George Adam Smith, the 19th century biblical scholar, told the story of travelling in the holy land and coming across a shepherd and his sheep. He fell into conversation with him and the man showed him the fold into which the sheep were led at night. It consisted of four walls, with a way in. Smith asked him, “This is where they go at night?” “Yes,” said the shepherd, “and when they are in there, they are perfectly safe.” “But there is no door,” said Smith. “I am the door,” said the shepherd. The shepherd wasn’t a Christian – he wasn’t speaking in the language of the New Testament. He was speaking from an Arab shepherd’s viewpoint. Smith looked and him and asked, “What do you mean you are the door?” “When the light has gone,” said the shepherd, “and all the sheep are inside, I lie in that open space, and no sheep ever goes out but across my body, and no wolf comes in unless he crosses my body; I am the door.” It doesn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination to put human faces, our faces, onto the sheep. Our instinct is to run, to scatter ... and it is only our trust in the good shepherd that enables us to stay there, shivering but together. Jesus the good shepherd, our good shepherd, is the one lays down his life for the sheep, for us.

A little girl who was reciting the 23rd Psalm began like this, “The Lord is my shepherd; that's all I want.” Perhaps the girl got the words wrong ... but she certainly got the theology right. To have Jesus as our shepherd is indeed a blessing. We can trust him, and we can give him our allegiance to him, because of his commitment to us. We love ... because we were loved first. It was Henri Nouwen who said that “we are not loved by God because we are precious, but we are precious because we are loved by God.” The good shepherd knows us, he calls us, he guides us ... because we are precious to him. May the good shepherd lead you and protect you. Listen to him, follow him, put your trust, put your life in his tender care.

Shalom Graeme

Would you like to hear a recording of Church Services at home? Listening to recordings of church services is now even easier We have been able to simplify the system for distributing recordings to members. All we need is your e-mail address and we can send a recording to you as a link within an e- mail message. To join the group of members now listening to recordings of our services at home all you need to do is contact the church office and confirm your details. You will then start to receive the recordings in your in-box each week.”

Keith Wright Session Clerk

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 have been taking your choice of favourite hymns to be the theme for the monthly evening communion services. 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 The Minister

‘Exploring Mark’ –Bible Study group ‘Exploring Mark’ – New Bible Study group The Bible Study take place in the Manse on Wednesday mornings at 10.30 – 11.30am and lasts around an hour. There is no need to have attended previous sessions to come along. Bibles and relevant materials will be provided. We will meet on the following dates: Wednesday 2 May Wednesday 16 May Wednesday 20 June 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! The study on the 20th June will be the last one on Mark’s gospel. It is my intention to start another series of ‘Bible Basics’ after the summer months … so watch this space!


Lenten Lunches 2018 This year's Lenten Lunches took place on Thursdays 22 and 29 March. Both took the form of a short service (with the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper being celebrated on 29th), followed by a simple, but delicious lunch. £217 was sent to Marie Curie Hospice. Thanks are due to everyone who contributed in so many ways to the success of these occasions. Anne

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 (on Friday 11th May), followed by a reunion on the 12th and a thanksgiving Church Parade to Bearsden Cross Church on the 13th. Invitations have been circulated to ex-members. For further information contact Robin Linton on

Funday Sunday Palm Sunday seems a long time ago, but we enjoyed participating in the service with our Messy Church friends, coming in to church behind the cross with Donkey heads. Afterwards we made stained glass window Easter cards while listening to the Easter story, followed by our own Pitta bread and cheese “last supper”. We then enjoyed our holiday, including a wee bit of chocolate!

Sunday 24th June.

Elizabeth Thomson Secretary

In our new term we will continue the theme of Resurrection and new beginnings. We are also planning our End of Session Barbecue – more details next month – but you can put the date in your diary -

Bible Class We meet on the 13th and 20th May, but we will be off the holiday weekends. We continue with our theme of journeys and where this takes us through the bible. We are hosting the breakfast for Poitiers on 13th May and will look to see many of you then

Further details from Lesley or Ross

Saturday Night Club Saturday Night Club has only 2 official nights left until the end of the session. We will meet in the hall as usual on 12th May and then on 19th May we have our end of term barbecue at Mugdock, whatever the weather! We have one further event - a sleep over. Watch this space for details..... Further information from Ross, Wendy or Lesley

TMC TMC continues to meet on the last Monday of the month. Please join us for fellowship, friendship, food and chat. We had an excellent evening at Bearsden Golf Club in March and thanks are due to Madeleine, the club steward for her efforts. £50 was raised for the Calman Charity. On April 30 we meet at the Inn (Bearsden Station) at 7pm. We have booked upstairs and the Station Car Park should have plenty of spaces in the evening. Our picnic this year is on Friday 8 June when we will have a return visit to Gartocharn and Ross Priory. Can you please let Anne Henderson know if you are hoping to attend and also whether you are willing to drive and offer lifts. Please look out for notification confirming the venue for May’s occasion Further details from Anne Henderson or Diane Walker

The Guild Our Guild along with all Guilds in Scotland supports projects promoted by Edinburgh. On a three year cycle, six separate projects are recommended and Guilds are free to choose which one(s) they want to support, their donations being allocated accordingly. The current cycle has just finished and donations to all projects so far totalled £633,788, a truly magnificent figure. Over the last three years we have donated £900 to the projects, £1200 to Mission & Aid and £1700 towards heating and lighting in the Church . We have only been able to reach these figures due to the continued generosity and support of all church members As yet, we do not have a list of projects for the next three years but no doubt they will be varied and very deserving.

Further information from - Irene McLachlan, Secretary

Fresco adorning the ceiling in the cupola of St Isaac’s Cathedral, St Petersburgh. The painting, by Karl Bryullov, covers an area of 816 sq m. (photo: Peter H Grant)

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YOUNG MUSICIANS 2018 ‘Celebrating young people, their talents and their contribution to the cultural and creative life of Scotland’ 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. On Friday 1st June a recital of music by Schubert, Poulenc and César Franck for violin and piano will be given 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. 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. Tickets for the concerts are priced £10 (full time students £5; school pupils free) or, alternatively a combined 3-concert ticket can be purchased for £24. All of these will be available from Purple Edge, Bearsden, The Iron Chef, Milngavie and The Church Office. 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, this new venture linking the church and local community. Please put the dates in your diary now!


All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. 2. Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colours, He made their tiny wings.

5. The cold wind in the winter, The pleasant summer sun, The ripe fruits in the garden,− He made them every one:

All things bright ...

All things bright ...

3. The rich man in his castle, The poor man at his gate, God made them high and lowly, And ordered their estate.

6. The tall trees in the greenwood, The meadows where we play, The rushes by the water, We gather every day;−

All things bright ...

All things bright ...

4. The purple headed mountain, The river running by, The sunset and the morning, That brightens up the sky;−

7. He gave us eyes to see them, And lips that we might tell, How great is God Almighty, Who has made all things well.

All things bright ...

All things bright ...

This popular hymn, the full version of which is given here, is number 33 in the Songs of Praise chart of the top 100 hymns. It was written by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 1895) and first published in 1848 in her Hymns for Little Children which reached its 69th edition before the close of the nineteenth century. Hymns written for children were in demand throughout the nineteenth century, as the Sunday School movement grew in strength and in its desire to improve the service of praise, taught singing and published books of hymns and choruses for this purpose. The book is dedicated - ‘to my little godsons, I inscribe these simple lines, hoping that the language of verse which children love may help to impress on their minds what they are, what I have promised them, and what they must seek to be’. The stanzas of ‘All things bright and beautiful’ are based on the opening of the apostles creed - ‘I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth’ - the hymn is therefore not simply one expressing joy and wonder in God’s creation but is intended to teach a religious truth. Other hymns by Cecil Frances Alexander are also illustrative of phrases from the Apostles Creed - ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ is based on the next phrase ‘and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary’ ; and ‘There is a green hill far away’ on the next again: - ‘Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried’. While all seven verses of the full hymn are printed here, in modern hymnals verse 3 is always omitted because of its apparent justification of a Victorian class-based society. It is more likely however that Cecil Frances Alexander was simply referring to what she observed round about her, rather than attempting to justify it, but the verse is nonethe-less unsatisfactory in a modern context, as is verse 6 which is also usually omitted. The latter’s somewhat idyllic imagery of playing in meadows and gathering rushes cannot be said to be a common experience of childhood today. The hymn has appeared set to different tunes in Church of Scotland Hymnaries. In the 1927 Revised Church Hymnary two tunes are suggested, one by John Stainer and the other by F.A.G. Ouseley. These were both dropped in CH3 and Royal Oak, an English traditional melody adapted by Martin Shaw, offered as the sole choice. Only with the publication of CH4 is the tune by W.H. Monk (1823 - 1889) included - the tune originally set to the words and associated by everyone with it. In 1857, Monk’s talents as composer, arranger, and editor were recognised when he was appointed the musical editor of Hymns Ancient and Modern, a volume first published in 1861, containing 273 hymns. After supplements were added it became one of the best-selling hymn books ever produced. 13

Stained glass window in St. Columba’s Cathedral Derry in memory of Cecil Francis Alexander, illustrating three of her hymns. From left to right: ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘There is a Green Hill far away’ and ‘The Golden Gates are lifted up’. N.M. Young


Christian Aid Week Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th May

Erskine Bridge Cross Walk

Saturday 5th May 1 – 5 pm

The Erskine Bridge Cross Walk takes place on Saturday, 5th May. There is still time to register to walk and /or to sponsor our walkers, including our Minister. You can find the Registration Form with the names of all the walkers, together with information guides, sponsor forms and check-in cards, on the Christian Aid notice-board in the Assembly Area. Do please consider walking and/or sponsoring our walkers. The Minister’s sponsorship forms are in the Vestibule and the Assembly Area. We raised £1880 last year. Let’s do even better this year!

BEARSDEN JOINT CHURCHES COFFEE MORNING SATURDAY 12th MAY 10.00 – 12.00 NOON NEW KILPATRICK CHURCH NEW HALLS 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, a Tombola and Katie Thomson will seek you out there and also in church – to purchase this year’s paper quiz. A modest prize will be awarded to the first correct entry opened on Sunday, 20 May. Completed answers to the Vestry by Friday, 18 May! As usual Bearsden Cross Church is responsible for stocking and running the Plant Stall. We need lots and lots of plants and some volunteers to help on the day. If you can contribute some plants, it would be much appreciated and very helpful if they could be labelled and brought to the New Kilpatrick Church New Halls on Friday 11th May between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. Please sign up on the volunteer sheet on the Christian Aid notice-board in the Assembly Area or contact me if you can help. Do please come and support the coffee morning and buy from our stall.


Christian Aid Week

Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th May

Christian Aid Week this year will be highlighting the plight of the people of Haiti, such as Marcelin pictured above, who have struggled with repeated and relentless natural disasters which have destroyed their homes. The nationwide Door-to-Door collection is our main fundraiser for Christian Aid 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. Please consider volunteering as a collector this year. We need approximately 60 volunteers to cover the Parish. Jim Stewart (587 7253) will be delighted to hear from you and can explain what is involved. Please either contact him or sign up on the volunteer sheet on the Christian Aid notice-board in the Assembly Area. After the collection we will be counting the money from 7pm on Monday, 21st May, in the Guild Room. Please let Jim know if you can spare the time for this – your help would be much appreciated. Christian Aid Week envelopes and an 11-day devotional for Christian Aid Week will be available in the pews. Please take a copy home. In recent months you will no doubt have seen reports of misconduct in the international development sector. Christian Aid works through partner organisations in the countries involved rather than sending large numbers of international aid workers into poor countries. It believes that this makes a real difference to its relationships in those communities. Though never complacent, it is confident in the positive difference it and its supporters are making in changing the world for the better. Last month Christian Aid welcomed its New Chief Executive, Amanda Mukwashi. Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience, extensive knowledge and expertise in working to alleviate poverty, injustice and inequality. Her most recent appointment was as the Chief of Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation for the United Nations Volunteer 16

Programme, based in Germany. Prior to that, she was the Director of Policy for VSO International, based in London. She was warmly welcomed by Dr Rowan Williams, Christian Aid’s Chair of Trustees. Finally, “thank you” as ever 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

Lindsay Ross

Flowers April Flowers 2018 " Spring drew on..........and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshingly daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed the at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps. “ Charlotte Bronte. Thank you to all who contributed to decorating the Church for Easter. Thank you, too,to the following members of the congregation for providing flowers in April and to the flower arrangers.

1st. 8th. 15th. 22nd. 29th.

Provided by

Arranged by :

In memory of Fiona Thomson. Mrs.A.Taylor. Mrs.M. Sleight. Mrs.M. Brown. Mrs.A. Hill.

Gwen Stokes and the Flower Group Mrs. E. Sinclair Mrs.K. Edmond Mrs.G.Agar Mrs. E. Anderson.

Christine Taggart. 17

Glasgow City Mission .....needs more volunteers With winter and the Night Shelter over for another year, Glasgow City Mission now has time to develop some new plans. Very excitingly, it has secured 10 flats to install homeless people in, with a key worker to supervise their often complex needs, help them establish a steadier lifestyle and hopefully keep their tenancies. This is a joint project with the Glasgow Simon Community and other charities, but the cost and overall responsibility are GCM’s. It is a big commitment but the Mission is absolutely convinced that this is God’s will. Establishing contact with rough sleepers is obviously an important first step and teams of Mission staff are working hard at this, especially by bringing them into the Project Centre, for a hot drink and something to eat. This has meant that the drop-in is no longer open just from 8 – 10 p.m. but for much of the day and on Saturday afternoons as well. The day-time activities upstairs have also been extended. As well as the optional Bible studies, art, photography, music, IT, keep fit etc., the guests can consult a visiting podiatrist and pharmacist, the Internationals can learn English and a representative from the Hamish Allan Centre is present every day to advise on housing issues. As for the evening drop-in, the old mug of soup and a roll and sausage have been replaced by a proper hot meal cooked by the Mission’s chef, with staff, guests and volunteers all sitting down to eat together, serve each other and chat about how their day has gone. The Bible talk has become a lively Bible discussion at each table with the guests fully involved. Everybody is equal and everybody’s contribution is important. And at the Child and Family Centre in Govan too things are expanding! As well as the Nursery, Parent and Toddlers Group and After-School Club, there is now a Breakfast Club, Holiday Club during school holidays, Bible studies and classes in cookery and keep 18

fit for parents and even a Dads’ Group. No wonder the Mission is currently looking for a larger building to move to! You can read about all these things in the GCM magazine “Connect” or its website. Of course, none of it would be possible without the prayers and gifts of many people, and the Mission is very grateful for these. However, what it most urgently needs just now is more volunteers to help, especially with day-time activities at the Project Centre and in Govan. The evening drop-in too (where I help myself) is sometimes trying to operate just now with only about 60% of a full team. No special skills needed, just a spare couple of hours per week, a heart for Glasgow and a willingness to serve God in this way. Please do have a look at and give it some prayerful thought. As the Tesco advert says, every little helps.

Katie Thomson

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS Date for your diary Brew ’n’ Blether Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th May. There will be a DVD of the first part of the West Highland Way starting in Milngavie, 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. You are also very welcome to bring along a friend or friends. Transport can be arranged for those who require it by phoning the church office (942 0507). Mary Munro Convener 19

“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: 11th May and 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.


Bearsden Cross Church Walking Club 5 May 19 May 2 June 16 June 30 June 14 July 28 July

Callander – Brig o’ Turk Clachan of Campsie – Kirkintilloch Incailloch Conic Hill Dumgoyne from Killearn Cobleland Balloch - John Muir Way

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

Church Register Wedding 21.04.18

Nairn R Young and Adriana Morato de Menezes

Funeral 12.04.18

Mrs Anne Cowan


Dates for your Diary April 29 May 2 5 6 9 11 12

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Bible Study Exploring Mark Christian Aid Bridge Cross

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

Morning Service Funday Sunday Activities & Crèche Brew’n’Blether Alzheimer Scotland “Mind that Song” Christian Aid Coffee Morning (Joint Churches – in New Kilpatrick New Halls) Saturday Night Club

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 2.00 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 10a.m.-12noon 7.30 p.m.

Christian Aid week 13th – 20th May 13

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Bible Class (Breakfast Club) Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft Evening Communion Bible Study Exploring Mark Kirk Session Messy Church Saturday Night Club Mugdock BBQ Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Christian Aid Count Morning Service Funday Sunday Activities & Crèche

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 3.30 p.m. 7.00 p.m. 10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. from 7.00 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Music Festival with Milngavie Music Club Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 22

Church website and e-mail addresses During April we had problems with the church domain name which affected both the website and the email. The problems are now sorted and the Church website is available again at The church email is also working again, but sadly all previous emails and all contacts have been lost. To assist with rebuilding distribution lists, if you would like to continue receiving e.g. Kirk Session Papers, “Word from the Cross”, various rotas etc by email, please email the usual church email address ( as soon as possible. -oooOOOooo-

‘Arran’s Tin Church’– Photo: Colin Waudby If you have a picture from somewhere you have visited that may be of interest to others, please send them to the editor.

Any content for the Summer 2018 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Thursday 17 May. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome! 23

Word From The Cross May 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church

Word From The Cross May 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church