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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

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


Contacts Minister: Rev. Dr 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 Any content for the October 2018 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Thursday 20 September. Web version of the magazine


Parish Letter Dear Friends, Julie and I had a former work colleague from my London days, together with her husband and two boys, staying with us the other week. The boys are aged 20 and 17 and so, having grown up in the age of Harry Potter, they were very keen to see the steam train going over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct. And so we drove up north through Glencoe and Fort William and managed to get the very last space in the car park opposite the Glenfinnan Monument. It seems we were not alone in wanting to get a view of the train! After some wrong turns and aborted climbs, we finally found the correct path up to and beyond the Viaduct and we took our




hillside to capture the perfect photograph ‌ along with about 60 other


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the train driver played his part by letting off a cloud of steam and sounding the whistle. Photographs and videos duly taken, the crowd made their way back down the hill … Harry Potter dreams fulfilled. I have to confess that the first time I saw a Harry Potter film (I’ve never read the books) I was very disappointed as I found ‘The Chamber of Secrets’ (the second book and film) to be somewhat childish. The later films however become much deeper and darker, and the struggle between good and bad much more pronounced. The series is ultimately a morality tale – a study in virtue and the struggles between light and darkness, even within some of the characters themselves – and therefore it stands in a line with works such as ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The choices between good and bad, right and wrong, aren’t always as clear as we might think or might wish and this is where our faith comes in. Over the summer weeks we have been looking at the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:110 and these eight ‘blessings’ show us a pattern of life. The Beatitudes are like a sauce that’s been reduced down and down until what you are left with is the pure, concentrated, intense taste – “the essence of the essence.” The Beatitudes are that intense flavour and aroma which distil the essence of Jesus’ teaching on how to live the Kingdom life. There will be a short summary of the reflections on the Beatitudes issued with next month’s magazine and I hope that this will be of interest to you all.


There are many activities and organisations starting up as we begin our new church year and I commend these to you. May I also commend the best gathering of all – Sunday worship at 10.30am! I look forward to seeing you soon. Shalom Graeme

Minister awarded his Doctorate! As many of you will know, our Minister began studying for a Doctor of Ministry in the summer of 2015. The doctoral programme was run as a partnership between the University of Edinburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and involved two residential stays in Edinburgh and Pittsburgh as well as the production of a final project and thesis. In June of this year six Church of Scotland Ministers, including Graeme, were awarded their doctorate at a ceremony in Pittsburgh. The focus of the Doctor of Ministry programme was to enable theological reflection on the practice of ministry, particularly in the local context and to this end Graeme ran a conference and course on ‘Discipleship’ for a number of our Elders towards the end of last year. The resulting thesis ‘Eldership and Discipleship in the Church of Scotland’ examined not only the role and function of the Elder in Bearsden Cross Church but also in the wider, contemporary Church of Scotland. Graeme’s biblical and theological research has already been used by the Eldership Working Group of the Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church, and it is hoped that some of the research and outcomes might be used to develop study materials on ‘Discipleship’ for members and Elders alike.


At an Awards lunch prior to the graduation ceremony itself, Graeme was awarded the Richard J. Rapp Memorial Prize in Doctor of Ministry Studies for his “outstanding doctoral paper” and as part of the award a copy his thesis will be bound and placed in the libraries of all of the members of the Association of Theological Schools – around 150 different institutions in Canada and the USA. The Minister is now officially the Rev. Dr. Graeme Wilson, and we congratulate him on his award.

Graeme is pictured here with Julie and his brother David, who came from New York for the graduation ceremony.

Recordings of Church Services Services are recorded each Sunday. If you have internet access and wish to be added to the growing number of members who wish to receive a copy of the service please contact the church office. Your name can be added to our mailing list and you will receive an audio copy of the service each Monday.” Keith Wright Session Clerk 6

Evening Communion Services 2018-19 ‘Stories Jesus Told’

Do you have a favourite story or parable that Jesus told? A story or parable that is important to your faith, or perhaps was foundational in coming to faith. Would you like to share your favourite story with others? Last year a variety of people reflected on their favourite hymn, and I know from comments received that these different perspectives were very well received and much appreciated. This year I want to take your choice of favourite stories and parables that Jesus told to be the theme for the monthly evening communion services. If you have a favourite story or parable 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 the dates of the services are as undernoted. 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. 7

Date Sunday 9th September, Sunday 14th October, Sunday 11th November Sunday 2nd December


Reflection Lost Sheep/Lost Coin



‘Bible Basics – The Gospel of John’

The Gospel of John is the last written of the four gospels and contains many stories and sayings of Jesus that are not recorded in the other gospel accounts. The portrayal of Jesus in John’s gospel is also more spiritual than the others and is rich in images and metaphors. After the very positive reception of last year’s series of studies on the gospel of Mark, I will be starting a new series of day-time Bible Studies on John’s gospel beginning in September. ‘Bible Basics’ is intended to be a fairly gentle and non-threatening entry into Bible Study and is aimed at those curious to find out some of the basic ideas and themes of John. No prior knowledge assumed and no question asked is a bad question! 8

The Bible Studies will take place on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am at the Manse and will last around an hour. and I will provide Bibles and the relevant materials. We will meet on the following dates: Wednesday 19th September, Wednesday 3rd October, Wednesday 17th October, Wednesday 7th November, Wednesday 21st November, and Wednesday 5th December. If you think you might be interested then please call me on 0141 942 0507 or email me at, or just turn up on the day! Graeme

Class for New Communicants I will be holding classes for those who wish to explore their faith and potential membership of the church, and these classes will run over four Sundays from around 12.30 to 1.30pm in October and November. It is my intention to hold the service for admission to full membership of the church on Sunday, 25th November 2018. Attendance at the classes do not commit you to becoming a member of the church – rather they are there to give you an idea as to the nature of the Christian faith in order that you might be able to make an informed decision for yourself. If you are interested, or know of someone who might be interest ed, then please contact the Minister on 0141 942 0507 or at

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Funday Sunday I hope everyone has had a good break as well as enjoying the exceptional weather we have had over this summer, and are looking forward to the new session. At the end of June we enjoyed the Youth service led by the Bible Class, and followed that with our annual BBQ. This was held in the Manse back garden again this year and all those who attended seemed to enjoy themselves eating burgers and sausages in rolls! As in previous years a bouncy castle was hired and this proved to be a great success. Many thanks to Jim Stewart, Ed Reid and Ken Owler for helping set everything up and cooking the BBQ! Funday Sunday resumed on Sunday 19th August. Please come along and join us if you have not done so before. You will be warmly welcomed. Our Harvest Thanksgiving service will take place on Sunday, 7th October‌.. more details later. Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary

Messy Church will resume again in September. Its start date is still to be confirmed and once this is clarified it will be included in the intimations at Sunday services. We will be starting our sixth year in September and we look forward to welcoming all young people of nursery or primary school age. Messy Church aims to help reinforce and widen our church family with activities, stories and a meal. Messy Church is not only about young people. 10

We encourage family participation and a responsible adult is invited to come along as well and take part in activities with the young people. If a young person from your family attended last year we look forward to seeing them again soon. Our first meeting will be looking at "Jesus, the Good Shepherd". Why not suggest to them that they bring a friend who has no other church connection. All will be welcome. Keith Wright Messy Church Co-ordinator

BIble Class Bible Class has started back. We are welcoming new and old members. We are also learning from those who attended the National Youth Assembly and will look at the topics in details over the coming month. Breakfast club will be a regular feature and we are looking forward once again to serving the tea and coffee after the service once a month. All sessions will commence at 10.30 apart from breakfast club when we meet at 9.30

Saturday Night Club (SNC ) SNC starts back on 9th September and we look forward to meeting our members and planning the session ahead We could also do with another couple of adult helpers - if anyone is able please speak to Ross, Wendy or Lesley Thanks Further information from Ross, Wendy or Lesley. See also ‘Bearsden Cross Church Youth’ Facebook group.


Phoenix Circle The fortnightly meetings will commence on Monday 3rd of September at 8pm with a welcome supper and quiz. The next meeting will be Monday 17th September when the group will be visiting Milngavie fire station. A full and interesting programme will follow over the coming months. All welcome! Helen Kirk Secretary Phoenix Circle 942 4622

TMC TMC’s annual picnic took place on Friday 8 June. We first of all had coffee in the Millennium Hall, Gartocharn then it was off to Ross Priory for our picnic and games, courtesy of Marlene. The winner was Diane who was presented with her prize (a balloon!) by Anne T. Anne H then led an impromptu session of Tai Chi and we ended with a rousing chorus of the Hokey Cokey. After another coffee, we set off for home. We are now back in Massimo’s, meeting on the last Monday of the month, except December. Our theatre trip to “ Saturday Night Fever” is on October 18. Further details from Anne Henderson (943 0643) or Diane Walker (965 4840) 12

Our sales table has been replenished so do come and stock up with tea, coffee, dried fruit, chocolate and cards. Our date for September is the 23rd when we shall be pleased to see old and new customers. Jo and Keith Moody

The Guild The Guild resumes on Monday 8th October at 2pm. Rev Dr Graeme Wilson will be speaking on the theme for the year ‘One Journey, Many Roads’. All are welcome to join us for any or all of our meetings and further information may be had from Irene McLachlan or the Church Office.

The Knitting & Sewing Circle The Knitting & Sewing Circle are always looking for more knitters. We provide wool and if desired, patterns and needles. We donate blankets to Erskine and other homes so if you can knit a few squares to be sewn into blankets, we will be delighted to give you wool. We also donate baby and children’s items to various charities. For more information contact Vilma Johnston or the Church Office.


Knitted Remembrance Poppies Could you commit to knitting Remembrance Poppies? As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on Sunday 11th November 2018, I thought it was important to do something tangible to mark this significant event. Therefore, I wonder if we might try to knit as many poppies as we can over the next couple of months, and to then take these poppies and put them together to form a display/hanging in the Sanctuary for Remembrance Sunday ‌ and perhaps beyond. I am no knitter (!), however I am assured that the undernoted pattern is easy to follow and simple to make. The preference would be for as many red poppies as possible; however, I recognise that people have different views on this and so if you wished to knit a white poppy for peace, or a purple poppy to remember the lives of animals lost in war, then please feel free to do so. There will be a box available in the Assembly Area of the church for you to leave your finished poppies. The more poppies we make the larger and more creative we can be with our display. Time to get knitting! Graeme Knitted Poppy Materials: - Red and black DK yarn. Size 9 (3.75) needles. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Using red yarn cast on 60 stitches. 1st row (Right Side) knit, 2nd row knit. Knit 3 together. Repeat to the end of the row (20 Stitches). Knit 2 Rows. Knit 2 together. Repeat to end of row (10 Stitches). Repeat step 4 and 5 above (5 Stitches). 14


Cut the yarn and thread tail through a darning needle and through remaining stitches and pull tight. Seam the edge to complete your petals.

8. Using the Black Yarn cast on 12 stitches. 1st row (right side) knit. 9. 2nd row, knit 2 together to end of the row (6 Stitches). 10. Cut the yarn and thread the tail through a darning needle, through the remaining stitches and pull tight. Sew into centre of poppy. Tie ends off invisibly.


CHRISTIAN AID “THANK YOU!” From the beginning of July 2017 to the end of June 2018 we raised the sum of £8,618.69 for Christian Aid. Although more than £3k less than last year, this is still a wonderful achievement. The money came from a variety of sources including our Harvest and Christmas Appeals, the DEC Rohingya Appeal, penny boxes, the Erskine Bridge Cross Walk, the Christian Aid Week Door-to-Door Collection, our Plant Stall at the Joint Churches Coffee Morning, where we also sold copies of the Christian Aid Week Quiz, and from Traidcraft. In May, during Christian Aid Week itself, we had a very successful fundraising period. Our Erskine Bridge Cross walkers and their sponsors raised £1960 more than last year, our door-to door volunteers collected £4640.79 – also more than last year! - and the Joint Churches Coffee Morning raised £1288.16. Once again our Plant Stall did well, both at the Coffee Morning itself and then the following day after church, by making a total of £567.65. A huge ‘thank you’ is due to each and every one who supported these appeals so generously and to all those who worked so hard, especially our door-to-door collectors and our plant growers and contributors, for Christian Aid throughout the year. At our Harvest Thanksgiving Service the children will be invited to bring gifts to share within our church family. You will have the opportunity to contribute to Christian Aid’s Harvest Appeal. You may remember that last year’s Harvest Appeal featured farmers in Malawi who were growing pigeon peas (a type of pulse) which can withstand dry spells and harsh conditions. The farmers were struggling to make enough money by selling their peas. With the money raised last year, Christian Aid set up a project which has been able to help these farmers by giving them training and business skills and so enabling them to connect to buyers and to transform their lives. This year’s Harvest Appeal will fund life-changing projects with women in Burkina Faso, Honduras, Malawi and Ethiopia. Our gifts will provide tools and training to help many women with their own businesses and thanks to the European Union, every £1 we give will be worth £5! That is five times the 16

number of lives which can be transformed this Harvest. Special Christian Aid envelopes and prayer cards will be available in the pews that Sunday. Other Christian Aid material, including empty penny boxes and current copies of the prayer diary and the newsletter, can be found on the shelf in the Assembly Area under the Christian Aid Noticeboard near the kitchen. Lindsay Ross

The Church of the Beatitudes, Tabkha, Sea of Galilee

Photograph Peter H Grant


Flowers " Where flowers bloom, So does hope" Lady Bird Johnson

Thank you to the following members of the congregation for providing and arranging flowers. Provided by :

Arranged by :

JUNE 3rd. 10th. 17th. 24th.

Mrs. F. Dunlop. Mrs. J. Shaw. Mrs. D. Day. From Funds.

Mrs.E. Sinclair Mrs. G. Stokes Mrs. C. Taggart Ms. R. Walters

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

Mrs. C. Taggart Mrs. E. Anderson Mrs. K. Edmond Mrs. E. Hall


Mrs. C. Henry. From Funds. From Funds. In memory of Fiona Thomson. Miss C. Jamieson.

AUGUST. 5th. 12th. 19th. 26th.

Mrs. F. Dunlop. Anonymous. Anonymous. Anonymous.

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

Mrs. M. Land

Christine Taggart.


Glasgow City Mission It has been a busy summer for Glasgow City Mission in various ways. The lovely weather during July made the day trips and activities the staff organised for the guests (who, of course cannot go away for holidays) particularly enjoyable; it also made life easier for those sleeping rough. And the Mission itself was named Glasgow Charity of the Year 2018 against stiff competition from six other fine charities. As CEO, Grant Campbell, said, “A huge thanks to our supporters, army of volunteers, staff team and all glory to God.” Aspects of homelessness have been high on GCM’s agenda, as always. Over the summer, the Mission acquired a second Housing First property which is now being lived in by one of the guests with personal support from a local Community Worker. Also, not surprisingly, the Mission has been alarmed about the possibility of Serco evicting 300 of its asylum seeker tenants, which could affect a number of GCM guests, and so it has been among the organisations negotiating with local and national government as well as Serco itself, to try to work out a fair and humane solution. And (already!) the recruiting has begun for the paid and trained staff who will run next winter’s Night Shelter. Full details of these posts can be found on the Mission’s website but even if you are not interested in applying, remember it won’t be long before the appeal starts to go out for the untrained church volunteers to help, as we have done over the last two years. Do give that some thought. Another aspect of GCM’s work which has been developing steadily is its contact with people begging in the streets and usually sleeping in shop doorways. Though many of them are very nervous of leaving their “pitch”, the Mission staff are building up relationships of trust with them and would 19

very much like to do more of this street outreach. Read more about this in the leaflets available in the Assembly Area. And finally, since so much of all this work has been aided in so many ways by many members of this congregation, why not come along to the Mission and see for yourselves what is going on, meet the staff and volunteers, visit the roof garden and the art studio, ask questions and discover what your help has achieved. Glasgow Doors Open Day 2018 is on Saturday 15th September and the Project Centre, 20 Crimea Street, G2 8PW, will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. No booking is necessary and it’s completely free. The Mission will be glad to welcome and thank you! Katie Thomson

Mind That Song We have now returned from a break during the summer. Our first event was very lively with a band to sing along with. If you know of anyone who you feel would enjoy musical sessions along with a coffee and cake, please come along or contact Anne O’Donnell at Alzheimer Scotland (AO’ We are always looking for extra helpers to serve tea and coffee. If you are able to spare some time, on the second Friday of any the month, we would love to see you. Please speak Wendy Owler, Anne Henderson or Alasdair Meldrum. Wendy Owler - Local Mission


“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: 14 September, 12 October, 9 November and 14 December 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 CONCERTS The first of this year’s Coffee Concerts takes place on Saturday 18th September. We begin with an organ recital by John Kitchen, City of Edinburgh Organist. John has given a recital on our organ before that was much enjoyed, not only for his virtuosic performance, but also for his interesting and entertaining anecdotes between items. As before, concerts are at 11.30 a.m. with coffee being served from 10.45 a.m. and tickets remain priced at £10. Children accompanied by an adult are admitted free. Thank you to all those who helped in any way with the Music Festival which took place over the first week-end in June. It proved be to a most successful venture; the young musicians that took part amazing us with their virtuosity and musicianship, but perhaps the most moving moment was the Youth Choir’s singing of John Rutter’s ‘the Lord Bless You and Keep You’ at the end of the morning service on the Sunday. Although not intended primarily as a fund raising event, it is none-the-less pleasing to report that the festival generated a surplus over expenditure of £1600, of which £800 will be transferred to the church general funds and £800 retained in the music fund. Nairn M Young


Coffee concert BEARSDEN CROSS CHURCH Saturday 15th September 2018 11.30 a.m.

Organ recital

JOHN KITCHEN Edinburgh city organist And Edinburgh university organist




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Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods on sale TMC Kirk Session

September 2 Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche 3 The Phoenix Circle 8 Saturday Night Club 9

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Bible Class Morning Communion Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Evening Communion Service Congregational Board “Mind that Song” Coffee concert Saturday Night Club

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Bible Class Funday Sunday & Crèche The Phoenix Circle

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Morning Service Funday Sunday & Bible Class Activities Crèche Traidcraft TMC Saturday Night Club

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Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche

10.30 am 10.30 am 10.30 am

The Phoenix Circle Saturday Night Club

8.00 pm 7.30 pm

Any content for the October 2018 edition of the magazine should be with the editor no later than Thursday 20 September. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome! 25

Howmore Church - South Uist Built in 1858, Howmore is one of only two churches serving the Church of Scotland South Uist Parish. 95% of the population in South Uist remained with the Roman Catholic Church at the reformation, while Howmore turned to Protestantism.

Howmore is of interests because of the long central communion table, found rarely in Scotland.

The east end of the church can be closed off by curtains, particularly in inclement weather, giving the west end a more intimate and comfortable feel.

Bill Frizzell


The Moosie’s Prayer A puir wee kirk moose aw forlorn It’s furry coat fair sairly worn Sank doon upon its bony knees And prayed – ‘for just a wee bit cheese’ The tears ran doon its wee thin cheeks But nane could hear the saddest squeeks That drifted on the cauld nicht air Till whiles it could’na pray nae mair Syne daylight cam, the kirk bells rang The doors swung open wee a bang Communion day had come oan by Wi wine and plates au breid piled high The wee moose lay as still as daith And watched it aw wi bated braith Then thocht – If ah keep awfu quate A bit might just fa aff a plate And so it gazed as roond they went Then just as th’o twas heaven-sent Whit landed richt upon it’s heid But twa lumps o’ communion breid! The staff o’life lay on the flair Then bounteous answer tae his prayer Just as he thocht “It looks fell dry” Ae body couped some wine forbye Wee moosie stoated up the aisle Wearin sic a boozy smile The folk stopped singing, fair aghast Tae see a drunken moose walk past The organist fell aff his chair The meenister could only stare Tae see this drunken sinful moose Cavortin in his sacred hoose At last it staggered up the nave Then turned and geid a happy wave “I ken noo when its time tae pray I’ll dae it on Communion Day”

M. MacArthur

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Word from the Cross September 2018  

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Word from the Cross September 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church