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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS November 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 Cover picture – background Microsoft Clipart; plaques Margaret Campbell

Any content for the December 2018 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Thursday 15 November. Web version of the magazine


Parish Letter

Dear friends, When my father passed away in May of 2006 I came into possession of an old ‘Milady Toffee’ tin box – full of my grandfather’s diaries, notebooks and mementos. At the bottom of the box was a small envelope headed ‘On His Majesty’s Service’, and inside this envelope were two further and smaller envelopes. These envelopes contained a Victory medal and a Great War medal – awarded posthumously to Robert Robertson, Pte 4820. The blackedged card next to the medals revealed that he “was killed by a Sniper in France on 19th May 1916, aged 18 years and 9 months.” Robert Robertson was the brother of my late paternal grandmother Mary. I never met her, as she passed away a number of years before I was born, and yet these medals connect me to her and to Robert in a way that deepens over the years. I have tracked down his grave in Northern France through the Commonwealth War Graves site and it is my avowed intention to get there some day. I’m don’t think anyone has ever visited the grave – my own father never did and I’m pretty sure that no-one in previous generations did either. I will. I will remember and honour his name 3

As we approach the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day it is important that we remember and honour the names. The names on the War Memorials in our Sanctuary are listed in this magazine and will be read aloud at our Remembrance Day service on the 11th day of the 11th month. We will remember them. As we revisit 11th November 1918 a life time later, we owe it to our predecessors and our successors to remember the names and their legacy. We also owe it to them to reflect on what that legacy can teach us for the future, and to strive to make that hope a reality. They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. Shalom, Graeme

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 4

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. Date



Sunday 11th November Sunday 2nd December

TBA Parable of the Talents

Ken Wallace Nairn Young



‘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 am continuing our series of day-time Bible Studies, looking at John’s gospel. ‘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! The Bible Studies take place on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am at the Manse and will last around an hour. I will provide Bibles and the relevant materials. We will meet on the following dates: 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


Funday Sunday We began October with Harvest Sunday, when the children brought gifts of tinned and dried food for the Maryhill Foodbank. Afterwards, the theme of Harvest and God’s gifts was continued with the children talking about bread and its importance to life, but also its importance in a Biblical context. When Funday Sunday resumes after the October holiday, we will continue looking at more of the stories in Mark. Remembrance Sunday will be marked on 11th November, when both Funday Sunday and the church service will start at 10am. After a shorter service, parents can either collect children to take them to the service at the Cross, or leave them to continue Funday Sunday activities until after the service at the Cross. In anticipation of Christmas a couple of advance notes: 1. Our Funday Sunday Christmas party is being planned for Saturday 22nd December. As usual, Santa has promised to drop by even though he is extremely busy at this time of year. Please let us know if your children are able to attend and if there are any special dietary requirements. 2. Our Nativity play will take place on Sunday 23rd December and be incorporated into the Service that is being led by the Bible Class. All are welcome to participate during the Nativity so please come along.

Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary


BIble Class Bible Class continued to meet throughout October, looking at the Beatitudes, The Death Penalty and exploring the Church of Scotland through the assembly and committees. We will throughout November continue that, as well as looking at remembrance and preparing ourselves for Christmas and Advent. As part of our view on remembrance we are looking at the Blitz and would appreciate speaking to any members of the congregation who remember the bombing of the church building during WW2 for our history of the Church project. If you can assist us please speak to Ross or Lesley or contact us via e Mail - We will as usual have breakfast club during November and assist with the Tea and Coffee.... Further details from Ross, Nicola or Lesley

Saturday Night Club (SNC ) SNC continues to meet on Saturdays at 7.30. Please note our evening on the 17th November is our night walk - full details will be issued to members directly - I am sure however it will involve Chips on the way.... All new members more than welcome our activities include games, PlayStation, twister, football and of course there is always a tuck shop. During the month we will also be baking. Thanks Further information from Ross, Wendy, Nicola or Lesley. See also ‘Bearsden Cross Church Youth’ Facebook group.


The Guild The United Meeting of Bearsden Guilds will be held on Tuesday 6th November in Westerton Church at 7.30. The speaker will be Rev Dr Georgina Baxendale, please support this meeting if you are able. On Monday 12th November Miss Sheila Gibson will be taking us on a trip to The Holy Land and, on 26th November, Mr David Sturgeon will be entertaining us with a Musical Afternoon. David has visited us before and I’m sure we’ll have another great afternoon. Both meetings start at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to join us at any or all of these meetings. For further details contact Irene McLachlan, see the notice board or contact the Church Office

TMC TMC meets on the last Monday of the month at Massimo for fellowship, friendship and chat. In addition to our usual evening we had a Theatre Night on Thursday 18th October, enjoying ‘Saturday Night Fever’ at the King's Theatre preceded by a meal at ‘The Griffin’ Bar/ Restaurant. The evening was filled with laughter, fun and serious conversation … “…when is the cast on your arm coming off? Its meringue with lemon and raspberry.” We are also pleased to advise that we raised £50 for the Motor Neurone Society in September. In October we collected for East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid and we will combine this with our collection in November to ensure this gets delivered in time for Christmas (this of course links to the collection of toys etc by Funday Sunday and Bible Class) Further details from Anne Henderson, Diane Walker or the Church Office


SOCIAL FUNCTIONS Social evening - November As indicated in the magazine last month, our fund-raising evening will take place on Friday 30th November, at 7.30 pm. Tickets will be on sale from Sunday 28th October price £7.50 the price to include a hot supper and a glass of wine. The proceeds of the evening will be donated to Faifley Church and an invitation to join us has been extended to their congregation. Music will be provided by ‘The Turn’ who will be playing a selection of 60’s and 70’s popular music. A hot supper and wine will be served. Do come along and join us. Tickets will be available from the office or any member of the committee.

Reminder - Brew ’n’ Blether - Change of date The revised date of our first meeting of this session is Tuesday 4th December. We have received an invitation from The Junior High School of Glasgow to visit them for a performance of ‘Mary Poppins’. This will be an opportunity to enjoy again, the very talented young people who entertained us on their visit to Brew ‘n’ Blether last December. Please put the date into your diary. Details of time and transport arrangement will be in the December magazine and Church Notes nearer the time.

Mary Munro Convener 10

Knitted Remembrance Poppies Thank you to everyone who has been busy knitting poppies for our display on Remembrance Sunday. We now have over 200 poppies to use and the number continues to increase. The last day to leave poppies in the Assembly Area will be Sunday 4th November. Poppies will be used for an internal display in the Sanctuary and plans are being developed to turn this into a longer lasting memorial to those in our former congregations who fell in action. Should we have enough poppies we may also set up a display externally, for passers-by to see. A number of poppies will be held back for sale. This will be on a “donation basis� and funds raised will be sent to the Erskine Hospital. Those wishing to purchase a poppy can add their name to lists which are available in the Assembly Area and the Vestibule. Alternatively contact the church office and your name can be added to these lists. Donations should be handed over when you receive your poppy. Graeme

Our Traidcraft sales will be on Nov 4th and 18th. We shall have Christmas cards, small gifts and all our usual produce. Do come and have a look and hopefully, buy. Jo and Keith Moody


Excerpt from the 1918 Report for Bearsden South United Free Church, formerly New Kilpatrick United Presbyterian Church, later Bearsden South Parish Church. In closing a Report for the past year, the Session feels that it would be altogether incomplete without some reference to its great epoch-making event, - the end of the greatest war the world has ever witnessed. Our hearts are full of a gratitude which no words can adequately express, and conscious that we have been led out of disaster by ways that we knew not, may we raise humble and fervent thanksgiving to Almighty God, praying that His Grace and strength, which enabled us to pass through the ordeal, will be also our lodestar during the difficulties and problems of the coming days. Our natural exultation at the recollection of all from which we have been delivered is chastened by the memory of aching hearts and wounded spirits in every war-worn land, and we bow in reverent homage as our thoughts turn to the lonely graves of our loved warriors who proudly sleep in the calm amnesty of death. It is for us to see that the freedom won for us by their sacrifices, by all that the crippled and maimed have endured, and by the valour and devotion of all who have stood between us and destruction, is not squandered. It is a sacred trust for us, and for all mankind, and for all time. With such a duty before us, we dare not mark time or stand at ease, nor must we allow ourselves to be intimidated by the magnitude of the task that confronts us. We know in Whom we have believed. Above, and behind, and beyond mankind is the Eternal Father: underneath us are the everlasting arms. In grateful humility therefore let us clasp hands as brothers, resolved that in the days to be, though laden with unrest and tumult, we shall strive for the sure garnering of the great harvest of peace and concord and brotherhood in all the sorrow-stricken lands. This then is the call of peace which comes to us, a call no less clamant, no less heart-stirring, no less soul-inspiring than the call which reached us in the fateful days of 1914. May it be ours, as individuals and as a congregation, to give a glad response to the call, and to go forward into the new era that opens before us, however troubled it may be, with lives reconsecrated to 12

God and His service, and thus, in unity of purpose and unity of command, with wills renewed, souls sanctified, and hearts aglow with the love and power which radiate from Calvary, let us labour and pray more devotedly than heretofore to the great end that the kingdom, power and glory of Him who is the Prince of Peace may be more firmly established than ever, even to the remotest corners of the earth. 15th January, 1919 Those from this church who gave their lives in the wars of 1914-18 and 1939-45 Bearsden North Church

Bearsden South Church


1914-1918 William George Buchan Harold Cameron John Neilson Carpenter John Howie Carslaw John R. T. Chalmers William Dishington John Hurll Duvoisin William Ireland Gowans William Alexander Kennedy James McCabe Hugh Nicol Ritchie William Henry Robinson Arthur Russell

J. Douglas Gibson John Hood Walter H. Kay Hugh B. Kay William Muir James D. Niven Donald M. Niven William F. Peebles John C. Pratt Robert Reid David Reid 1939-1945 James M. M. Billing William B. Christie George C. Hercus Andrew Rankin

1939-1945 Douglas Forsyth Alexander Robert John Carnochan Allan Lindsay Duncan McNaughtan Andrew Maxwell Peter Stanbury Salmond John Tomlinson Andrew Patrick Walker William Sanderson Watson


Life and Work Subscriptions for 2019 If you would like to start or continue to receive a copy of Life & Work magazine, then please complete the tear-off slip below and return it by Thurs 15th November 2018. The cover price for 2019 is £2.80 per issue, but with a subscription through the congregation, it will cost £30.60 per annum (equivalent to £2.55 per issue, i.e. ≈ 9% saving). To receive this reduced price, the full cost of £30.60 must be paid by the above date. All such copies will be delivered with the ‘Word from the Cross’ Parish magazine, or you may arrange to collect a named copy from the vestibule. Cheques should be made payable to “Bearsden Cross Church” and returned with the slip below to Alan Agar, c/o the Church Office. Further details are available from Alan Agar or from the Church Office.  Life and Work (Subscription form 2019) I would like to subscribe to Life and Work for year 2019 I would like a copy of the Gaelic supplement I enclose cheque for £30.60 payable to “Bearsden Cross Church” Name



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Return by Thursday, 15th November 2018 (at the very latest) to: Alan Agar, Bearsden Cross Church, 59 Drymen Road, Bearsden G61 2SU 14


“Thank You” to everyone who so very generously supported the DEC Appeal for the victims of the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami at our Harvest Service last month. As I write we have already raised £897 which has been sent off to the Appeal. “Emergency” Christian Aid envelopes are still available in the pews for those who would like to contribute. Cheques should be made payable to “Christian Aid”. You can of course also donate on-line or at your local bank. “WILL AID” runs again throughout November. This is a will-writing scheme which offers an opportunity for people who have yet to make a will, or need to update one, to do so while benefitting the vital work of Christian Aid and eight other charities. Solicitors give their professional time for free and in return ask for a voluntary donation which goes to the charities. A suggested donation is £95 for a single will and £150 for a pair of basic mirror wills. Participating solicitors can be found on the Will Aid website or can be contacted through Jo Dallas, the Christian Aid Scotland Legacy and in Memory Coordinator, on 0141 241 6139. Copies of the current prayer diary, newsletter and empty penny boxes can be found in the Assembly Area under the Christian Aid notice board. Your interest and continuing support is very much appreciated. Lyndsay Ross


Flowers "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows , it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds can perch on its branches." Matthew 13 31-32 Flowers for October 2018 Thank you to those members of the congregation who donate funds for flowers and to our dedicated small group of flower arrangers. 7th. 14th. 21st. 28th.

Provided by: Harvest Thanksgiving. Mrs. M. Turkington. Mrs. S. Ritchie. In memory of Norman. Mrs. A. Sutherland.

Arranged by: Mrs. M. Land and group Mrs. A. Minty Mrs. E. Sinclair Mrs. G. Stokes.

Armistice Day 100 With Harvest Thanksgiving now just a memory, the group is planning to decorate the Church for the Centenary of the 1st world war Armistice, which falls this year on Sunday 11th November. We hope there will be a plentiful supply of knitted poppies to use in this challenge. If anyone would like to assist set up for this special occasion please contact either Gwen or Christine. Christine Taggart


Despite the efforts of various charities including Glasgow City Mission to help homeless people in Glasgow, you only need to walk about the centre of the city to see how many rough sleepers there still are, huddled in shop doorways every night. As winter approaches, this becomes more and more dangerous, which is why the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter is, sadly, still essential. It will be open at 35 East Campbell Street from 1st December to 31st March, offering 40 beds per night, and will be run by a team of trained regular staff assisted by untrained volunteers from church congregations. Some of our own members spent a night as volunteers last winter and the year before, serving out tea/ coffee and toast and chatting to the guests as they come in, to make them feel welcome. It’s a simple but sometimes heart-rending task as you see close up what pain and hardship some people live with. We are hoping to have Lorna McIntosh, the Manager of the Shelter, to speak to us in church about what is involved. This year, we have been asked again if we can provide volunteers, specifically for the week starting Sunday 10th March, but PLEASE NOTE - there are changes to the hours this year. Church volunteers are being asked this year only to work from 9 p.m. till midnight, which will be much less tiring than spending a whole night at the Shelter. It should also be easier for “chauffeurs” to take the volunteers home after their shift. So - do you think you could manage to offer three hours in this way? Ideally, we are looking for 14 volunteers to cover that week. Last year, we managed 8. Can we beat that this year? Please give this some thought and prayer and let me know as soon as you can if you think you might be able to help or contact the Church Office. Thank you. Katie Thomson 17

“Mind that Song” “Mind that song” is a service provided by Alzheimer Scotland, in conjunction with Bearsden Cross Church, which uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment.

Our Forthcoming events will be: 9 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 concert BEARSDEN CROSS CHURCH Saturday 17th November 2018 11.30 a.m.

Vocal music recital Featuring




Church Register Baptism 30.09.18

Conor Angus Logan

Wedding 29.09.18

Sarah Hill and Tim Cairns

Funerals 12.10.18

Mrs Maureen Elrick

Dates for your Diary OCTOBER 28 Bible Class Breakfast Club Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche 29 TMC The Phoenix Circle NOVEMBER 1 Choir Practice 2 WAGs 3 Saturday Night Club 4

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10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class 10.30 a.m. Morning Service 10.30 a.m. Funday Sunday & Crèche 10.30 a.m. Traidcraft goods on sale 11.30 a.m. Bearsden Guilds United Service (Westerton)7.30 p.m Bible Basics Bible Study 10.30 a.m. Choir Practice 7.30 p.m. 20

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“Mind that Song” with Alzheimer Scotland 2.00 p.m. Saturday Night Club 7.30 p.m.


Remembrance Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Evening Communion The Guild The Phoenix Circle Congregational Board Choir Practice Messy Church Coffee Concert Saturday Night Club

10.00 a.m. 10.00 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 3.30 p.m. 10.45 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods on sale Bible Basics Bible Study Choir Practice Saturday Night Club

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

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Creche The Guild The Phoenix Circle Kirk Session Choir Practice 60’s 70’s Fund Raising Evening

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 2.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

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DECEMBER 1 Saturday Night Club 2

Bible Class Morning Communion Service Funday Sunday & Creche Evening Communion Service

7.30 p.m. 10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 21

War Memorial Window Bearsden Cross Church [Designed by Margaret Chilton, executed by John Blyth. Consecrated November 1955.]


On Remembrance Sunday, 11 November, our service in Bearsden Cross Church will commence at 10:00am and will conclude in time to allow those who wish to do so to attend the service at Bearsden Cross (see below). An act of remembrance will be held in the Church for those who wish to remain. A service organised by East Dunbartonshire Council will be held at the War Memorial, Bearsden Cross - commencing at approximately 10.40am - and will be led by the Rev. Roddy Hamilton of New Kilpatrick Church, Bearsden. It will be attended by Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire Pat Steel, Armed Forces personnel, representatives of the Council, Police Scotland, Community Councils, Churches, Boys Brigade and other local groups.

Any content for the December 2018 edition of the magazine should be with the editor no later than Thursday 15 November. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome! 23

Word from the Cross November 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church

Word from the Cross November 2018  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church