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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS Summer 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 - Seilebost, Isle of Harris Š Peter H Grant

Any content for the September 2018 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor by Thursday 16 August. Web version of the magazine 2

Parish Letter Dear Friends, A Lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)

I am writing this letter as I travel through to Edinburgh for the opening of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland where I am a Commissioner this year. The ‘Blue Book’, full of the reports from the Church’s various Councils and Departments, thudded through the letter box a few weeks ago and I have tried my best to read and digest as much of this as time has allowed. Some last minute cramming may also be required during the week! It’s hard to communicate just how much wonderful work the Church does in towns and communities throughout Scotland and beyond. The media isn’t interested in telling the countless positive, good news stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in God’s name, but as you read through the various reports and hear the stories told at the General Assembly you appreciate just how much good work is being done. If we think about our own local initiatives here in Bearsden such as BEAM and ‘Mind that Song’ and 3

begin to multiply that across the many parishes who are providing locally contextual care and compassion in God’s name, then we can begin to get a picture of the difference the Kirk makes to our nation’s life. Jesus’ answer to the Lawyer in Matthew Chapter 22 provides us with clear guidance as to what is important in serving God and serving others. Two straightforward principles that are easy to say, but harder to live out. Love God. Love your neighbour. These two commandments lie at the heart of all we to do, and all that the Church strives to do across this country. Sometimes it’s hard to fully love or understand God in the light of setbacks, illness and disappointments. Often, it’s even harder to love our neighbour when they do not appear to love, respect or value us. But we are called to keep on loving God – to keep on loving our neighbour – when it would be easier not to. That’s what our faith is about. That’s what church is about. For “on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Loving and serving God. Loving and serving others. I hope that you have a happy and relaxed summer whatever you are doing, or wherever you are going. Shalom Graeme 4

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 This year I have been taking your choice of favourite hymns to be the theme for the monthly evening communion services. The final choice of this session is my own. 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. 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 June 10th The Minister 5

‘Exploring Mark’ –Bible Study group ‘Exploring Mark’ – New Bible Study group The Bible Study takes 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. The final meeting of this session takes place on Wednesday 20 June. This 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! 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

Summer suns are glowing over land and sea

©Peter H Grant

Hymn 225; William Walsham How


Funday Sunday

Over the past few weeks we have been exploring our journey with Jesus, looking at God’s love supporting us, Jesus saying goodbye to his friends before going to heaven, and Christian Aid (God’s love in action now). Our annual Barbecue will be after morning service on 24th June – all welcome for Burgers, sausages and lots of other unhealthy goodies! Just come through to the Manse garden after the service (or, if it’s a wet day we’ll be in the Large Hall…) After what we hope will be a fun and relaxing Summer for all, we’re back on Sunday 19th August at 10.30 am. Over the Summer (Sundays 1st July – 12th August inclusive) there will be a Summer crèche and older children will be welcome in church. Thank you to all our Leaders over the past year for their enthusiasm and commitment I hope you all have a lovely Summer Elizabeth Thomson Secretary 7

Bible Class & Saturday Night Club Saturday 2nd June – Night Walk and Sleepover - We’ll be going for another night walk along the final bit of the West Highland Way before heading back to the Church for movies, food and games followed by Breakfast Club on Sunday morning. Sunday 10 June -The Bible Class will be doing teas and coffees after the morning Communion. Friday 15 June – Movie and Pizza Night (Dumb and Dumber). Sunday 24 June – Youth led prize giving service – 9:45am Further information from Ross, Wendy or Lesley. See also ‘Bearsden Cross Church Youth’ Facebook group.

TMC TMC will continue to meet on the last Monday of the month throughout the summer. Please join us for fellowship, friendship, food and chat. Contact Anne Henderson or Diane Walker for details of the venue each month. 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. Our theatre visit this year takes place on October 18, when we will relive our youth, dancing in the aisles, at Saturday Night Fever. See Gwen Stokes for details.

Further details from Anne Henderson or Diane Walker


Eco Congregation

We are still collecting, spectacles, used postage stamps, ink cartridges, used batteries and unwanted mobile phones for recycling. In the last year the ink cartridges and mobile phones have raised £86 towards Keep Scotland Beautiful, so I encourage you to continue bringing these items for recycling. The postage stamps are sent to The World Mission who sell them to collectors while the used batteries are taken to recycling points to prevent their chemicals entering landfill and contaminating our soil and waterways and eventually us. Keep up the good work. Jane Hill

TRAIDCRAFT Our next sale is on June 3rd. Come and support all people who grow and make Fairtrade goods to support their families and communities. Jo and Keith Moody

CHRISTIAN AID As I write, Christian Aid Week is in full swing with our volunteer collectors knocking on doors throughout the parish. For once the weather – so far – has been kind to us! There will be a full report, covering the Erskine Bridge Cross Walk, the Joint Churches Coffee Morning and the Door-to-Door Collection, in the next issue of the magazine. Meanwhile, thank you for your continuing support and especially for all your hard work at this busy time. Lindsay Ross 9


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 this new venture linking the church and local community!


Glasgow City Mission – The Portrait Gospel

Our Last Supper

I D Campbell

One of the activities that run during the day at Glasgow City Mission is its Art Club, which is a welcome opportunity for some of the guests to discover their talents for drawing, painting, pottery and, more recently, photography. It lets them put aside their worries and relax, while also building selfconfidence and giving them a chance to make new friends. Four years ago, the first art display was held which enabled the artists to show and in some cases sell their work, and this was a great success. In fact, it is now an annual event! The actual work produced is of varying quality as some of the artists are starting from scratch while others are much more advanced. One of the 12

latter is Iain Campbell, who is now artist-in-residence at St. George’s Tron Church, Glasgow, which has a strong link with GCM. As such, he often meets GCM guests at the art club and at the Wild Olive Tree Café in St. George’s Tron. This gave him the idea of painting a version of the Last Supper with portraits of the GCM folk as the disciples sitting eating round a (GCM!) table. ‘Our Last Supper’ is now permanently on view at the Wild Olive Tree but it led to a link-up with the Scottish Bible Society which has published a version of St. Luke’s Gospel with Iain’s picture on the front cover, and drawings of other individual GCM guests right through the book. These vivid and dynamic portraits give a very good idea of the range of people the Mission helps. There are a few copies of the Portrait Gospel on the display table in the Assembly Area. Please do riffle through them and read, especially Iain’s introduction, explaining how he answers the question “Which one in the picture is Jesus?”, what he feels about Luke’s Gospel in particular and how some of the “models” have reacted to the painting. It’s very thoughtprovoking! The Portrait Gospel can be obtained at the Wild Olive Tree or online from Scottish Bible Society. You can read the full story of how it came to be published at And finally – thank you from the Mission to all at Bearsden Cross Church whose help over the year has, with God’s blessing, enabled this project and many others to take place and give new life and self-respect to some of Glasgow’s homeless and hopeless people. Katie Thomson


Flowers "There are always flowers for those who want to see them� Henri Matisse. Thank you to those members of the congregation who have generously donated funds for flowers and to our loyal flower arrangers.

Flowers for MAY 2018 Provided by 6th. Mrs. M. Waudby. 13th. Mrs I. McLachlan. 20th. Mrs. H. Hutchison. 27th. Mr. I. Duncan.

Arranged by Ms. R. Walters Mrs. E. Hall Mrs. H. Hutchison Mrs. A. Minty

Wishing everyone a relaxed and peaceful summer. Christine Taggart.


“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: 8th June and 11 August 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.


COFFEE CONCERT SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER The new season of coffee concerts will begin on Saturday 15th September with an organ recital by John Kitchen, Edinburgh City Organist. Recognised for his entertaining programmes, demonstrating the wide variety of music styles the instrument is capable of, John is also something of a raconteur. We can be sure of a very entertaining morning. Look out for more details nearer the time. Nairn M Young

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

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, 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 Baptism 20.05.18

Dominic Carson Millar

Change of Address April

Colin & Marlene Waudby from Drymen to Ledcameroch Road

Dates for your Diary Dates for your Diary May 27

Morning Service Funday Sunday Activities & Crèche June 1-3 Music Festival with Milngavie Music Club June1 Concert – Violin & Piano 2 Coffee Concert – ED Young Musicians 3

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

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft Concert – Glasgow Chamber Choir Alzheimer Scotland “Mind that Song” Pizza & Movie night

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 3.00 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 7.00 p.m.


Bible Class Breakfast Club Morning Communion Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Evening Communion Service

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m.


Bible Class

10.00 a.m.



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Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Congregational Board

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

Bible Class 10.00a.m. Morning Service 10.30am (Funday Sunday closing service with Prize-giving) Annual BBQ (Manse garden) from 11.30a.m.

Sundays July 1 – August 13 inclusive Morning Family Service Summer Crèche

10.30a.m. 10.30a.m.

Aug 11

Alzheimer Scotland “Mind that Song”

Aug 19

Morning Service Funday Sunday, Bible Class restart Crèche

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

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche

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


2.00 p.m.

Any content for the September 2018 edition of the magazine should be with the editor no later than Thursday 16 August. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome! 18

St Michael's Parish Church, Linlithgow John Gair St Michael's Parish Church in Linlithgow has a history that dates from 1242 although the present building is from mid-15th century and was restored in the 1890's. The distinctive crown spire was added in 1964. The Rev Dr Stewart Gillan, the minister of St Michael's, recently preached in our pulpit.

To mark the 750th anniversary in 1992 a beautiful stained glass window designed by Mr Crear McCartney was installed in St Katherine's Aisle. A tribute to Mr McCartney featured in the April 2017 edition of Life and Work. All pictures ŠJohn Gair

If you have a picture from a church or other Christian site that you visit this summer, which you think may be of interest to others, please send it to the editor with brief details. 19

Word from the cross no 105 June 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church

Word from the cross no 105 June 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church