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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS December 2018 / January 2019 Bearsden Cross Church – Scottish Charity No: SC009082 – Congregation No: 1811 1

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 from Microsoft Clipart. Words – Luke 2, 14

Any content for the February 2019 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Thursday 17 January 2019. PDF version of the magazine


Parish Letter Dear friends, The Magic of Christmas A number of years ago – when I was a Probationer at Ayr: St Columba – I was requested by the leaders of the Beaver Scouts to come along one night and tell the boys the ‘proper’ Christmas story. The Beaver Scouts are younger than the Cub Scouts and so the age range of the boys I was talking to was around 6-7 years old. I took them into the Church and sat them in the Choir Stalls as I guessed that they hadn’t sat there before. In addition, they were sitting right under the Christmas tree and, as the only lights that were on in the Church were those on the Christmas tree, I hoped it would make for a fairly atmospheric and memorable setting. I began telling the story and the boys, to their credit, listened quietly and intently. When I got to the part about a star appearing one of the leaders, whom I’d primed in advance, switched on the Gallery light. The boys were transfixed. After about 10-15 minutes of rapt attention I finished telling the story and asked the boys if they had any questions. Lots of eager hands went up, and I asked a boy in the front row what his question was. He pondered for a moment … looked at me and asked … “Is Santa magic?” If I had been thinking a bit quicker, I might have replied, “Aye, he’s pure, dead brilliant!” As it was, I took a breath and replied that Santa took toys and presents to boys and girls all over the world, and so made lots of boys and girls very happy … and that there was something very magical about that. I then swiftly moved on to the next question! There is something magical about Christmas. The magic of the joy and excitement of children. The magic of the family gathered around the table. The magic of the nostalgic glow of our favourite Christmas Carols. And above 3

all, the magic of the Christmas story that speaks love into our past, present and future.

May the wonderful love of God in Jesus Christ be born anew in your hearts and lives this Christmas. 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

Carol Service

There will be a service of lessons and carols at 4p.m. on Sunday 16th December in the sanctuary, where we will hear both well-known and not-so-well-known carols performed by the church choir. This will be followed by festive drinks and mince pies in the hall afterwards. John Willmett Organist

It’s a Wonderful Life We are having a screening of Frank Capra’s 1946 classic film on Sunday 9th December at 2pm for 2.30pm. Admission is free! Mulled wine and mince pies will be available before the film begins, and we may have an old-fashioned Intermission too … though Orange Mivvi’s are pretty hard to track down these days!

Come along and enjoy this wonderful, heart-warming film. If you don’t feel Christmassy before it … then you will after!


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 2nd December Sunday 10 February Sunday 10 March

Parable of the Talents The Ten Bridesmaids TBA

Nairn Young Minister TBA



‘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 nonthreatening 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 5th December. Wednesday 9 January, Wednesday 23 January, Wednesday 6 February, Wednesday 20 February. 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 The children really enjoyed the demonstration of bagpipes on Sunday 25th October, and continued the discussion of the smallest being the most important, talking about their place in the church. They made a great chair to demonstrate – as the picture shows. We talked a lot about Remembering - we made poppies, one for all the names on our WWI memorials, which were hung on a tree in the Vestibule for our Remembrance service. We made more poppy pictures on Remembrance Sunday itself.

We’re now looking forward to starting our Nativity rehearsals on Sunday 25th November, for presentation during the service on Sunday 23rd December. This year’s gift service is very early – please bring your presents to the morning service on 9th December. They will be distributed to East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid. Our Christmas party will be on Saturday 22nd December, with a Bouncy Castle and a visit and from Santa. As last year we have invited our friends from All Saints Sunday School to join us. After a well-earned Christmas holiday we’ll be back to normal at 10.30am on Sunday 6th January 2019. Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary


BIble Class and Saturday Night Club Hi, I’m Fiona and I will be keeping you up to date with the latest Bible Class and Saturday Night Club activities. We have been very busy since the summer so I will update you on what we have been up to! In Bible Class we have been talking about climate crisis, considering why and how Christians should respond. We played a fun game defrosting t-shirts which had been frozen into a ball, the first team to unfold and wear one won. I was in the winning team (but luckily not the one having to wear the cold and wet t-shirt!). We then tied this into a very interesting discussion about how global warming affects developing countries more than developed countries even though we are responsible. We have also made bible story scenes using bread and different spreads, built a church out of marshmallows and spaghetti (not very successfully!). In addition, we have been continuing our monthly breakfast clubs and recently Graeme kindly joined us to talk about the Beatitudes. Our Bible Class have been learning more about the Church of Scotland and very much enjoyed a visit from Anne Henderson and Diane Walker who spoke to us about Presbytery and the General Assembly. We also took an active part in the service in remembrance, assisting Graeme during the Sunday service, reading out the names of those Church members who lost their lives during WW1 and WW2, and also planting the crosses outside the Church (as shown in the photo). We are now looking forward to and planning the service on the 23rd December which we will lead. This will incorporate the nativity play and we Hope you will all join us and celebrate! Bible Class will resume on Sunday 6the January‌. 9

At Saturday Night Club (SNC) we have been doing lots of baking including banana bread, peppermint fondants, 15s cake and chocolate brownies, which some of you might have had a chance to try during teas and coffees. We also made lots of bread in different shapes for the harvest display and the Bible Class handed it round the congregation when they took part in the harvest service. At the end of September we went on a trip to the trampoline park, RYZE, where everyone had lots of fun and was very tired by the end of the night. We celebrated Halloween at our yearly party with lots of messy activities and competitions, including pumpkin bowling and the highly requested ‘mummy game’ (using toilet paper to wrap up someone to make them look like a mummy). Krista and Rory’s favourite game was the relay race which included eating dangling donuts from a string, apple dunking, finding a fake tarantula in icing sugar and making bats out of Oreos. In the run up to Christmas we are going on a night walk, enjoying baking and crafts, as well as sports and games each week. We finish on 22 December with our Christmas party (including the bouncy castle!) and sleepover. Our friends from All Saints have again been asked to join us. We will then join Bible Class in presenting the service on the 23rd December and provide the tea and coffee after the service (we may even have baked some festive goodies) Fiona SNC returns on 12 January… If you or anyone you know is interested please speak to Lesley, Ross or Nicola. See also ‘Bearsden Cross Church Youth’ Facebook group.


The Guild The next Guild meeting will be on 10th December at 1.45 (Please note earlier time) when we will hear the treasurer's report and then enjoy a 'Christmas Afternoon' Our first meeting in 2019 is on 7th January and the speaker will be Dr Neil Wilson speaking about David Livingstone and on 21st January we will have 'An Afternoon with Burns' from Mr Nairn Young. Everyone is welcome to join us at any or all of these meetings. For further details contact Irene McLachlan, the Church Office or see the notice board.

TMC TMC will have a short break in December but will return as usual on the last Monday in January (28th) for our evening of fellowship, friendship and chat at Massimo from 7pm. In line with the young people's activity of supporting East Dunbartonshire women's aid with children's gifts at Christmas we have been pleased to be able to send our donations at this time to them to support the work they do Further details from Anne Henderson, Diane Walker or the Church Office

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS Reminder -Brew ’n’ Blether 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 (27 Ledcameroch Road) to visit them for a performance of ‘Mary Poppins’. This will be an opportunity to enjoy again, the very talented young people who entertained People should arrive around 1.15pm for the performance start at 1.30pm. Anyone wishing to attend should phone Mary Munro or Anne in the Church Office (942 0507), If you need transport, we will try and help with that too, but need as much notice as possible. 11


When You Go Home Tell Them Of Us And Say For Your Tomorrow We Gave Our Today.

A special thanks to our flower group Convenor, Gwen Stokes and the Session Clerk, Keith Wright, whose vision inspired the floral tributes on Armistice Sunday. Part of the display is shown in the pictures above and opposite. Flowers for November 2018 Thank you to those members of the congregation who donated funds for flowers.

4th. 11th. 18th. 25th.

Provided by:

Arranged by :

From Funds. Anonymous. Ms. I. Mackinnon. Mrs. M. Meldrum.

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

Christine Taggart

Picture opposite by Margaret Campbell



“BE A PEACEMAKER” First of all, thank you to everyone for supporting the recent DEC Appeal for those whose lives have been so cruelly affected by the recent Tsunami in Indonesia. We have raised £1,186.70 over the past few weeks. At our local level, the churches in Bearsden jointly raised the magnificent sum of £28,181.36 for the work of Christian Aid in the year from July 2017 to the end of June 2018. As I have already reported, we here in Bearsden Cross contributed just over £8,500 to that amount. This year’s Christmas Appeal, “Be a Peacemaker” focuses on the need to build peace as the basis for tackling poverty in regions dogged by ongoing conflict. Christian Aid invites churches and individuals to stand with peacemakers worldwide in bringing hope to people threatened by conflict and violence. Your gift could:1) Go towards arts and crafts materials for young refugees to use in art therapy in Lebanon. 2) Help teach life skills to children in Lebanon. 3) Help South Sudanese young people, affected by conflict, to attend training events to learn about leadership, community skills and how to respond to people in need. 4) Help towards the cost of a lawyer working with rural communities in Columbia affected by armed conflict, and help them secure their right to live in peace and safety. If you would like to support this appeal, you will find special Christian Aid envelopes in the pews and in the Vestibule and Assembly Area at all our Christmas services. There are also Christian Aid Charity Gifts catalogues in the Assembly Area for you to take home together with copies of the current prayer list, newsletter and empty penny boxes. Looking much further ahead to 2019, next year’s Annual Erskine Bridge Cross Walk will take place on Saturday, 11 May, just before Christian Aid Week itself, which will run from Sunday, 12 May, to Saturday, 18 May. As always, thank you so much for your continuing support. Lyndsay Ross 14

Even in mid-November, we have already had some sub-zero temperatures, and, already also, a steady trickle of rough sleepers has been coming to the GCM drop-in hoping that the Hamish Allan rep. there can find a hostel room for them. Some have been fortunate but for the rest, Saturday 1st December, when the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter opens, cannot come quickly enough. They really need it. But in order to operate properly, the Shelter needs its teams of volunteers as well as its trained professionals. Like many other churches, we have offered to raise a team, in our case for the week beginning 10th March, to serve tea/coffee and toast from 9 p.m. till midnight each evening. A number of people from Bearsden Cross have already volunteered, which is most encouraging, but in order to provide two people per night, we need fourteen, which we don’t yet have. Please do consider whether you could join the team and, even if not, please pray for the Shelter and all those involved with it, both guests and those welcoming them. Both volunteers and prayers will be very much appreciated. Katie Thomson


“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 December, 11 January, 8 February and 8 March 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 Walkers leave from Bearsden Station Car Park on the following Saturdays at 9.30am. ( weather permitting ). Friends and occasional walkers welcome. For further information contact Sheila Stevenson, Margaret Mackinlay or the Church Office 1 December

Strathclyde Country Park via Chatelheraux.

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Torrance David Marshall Circular Three Lochs’ Way Balmore Cathkin Braes

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 Margaret Mackinlay or the Church Office

Our last sale of the year is on Dec 2nd. Come and make your last minute purchases of foodstuffs and small gifts for Christmas. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas. Jo and Keith Moody 18

And when you pray….

Matthew 6:7a

“How do you eat yours?” That was the question in a certain egg-shaped confectionery advert. The implication being that there is no right way to do it, but rather it’s about how you best experience the egg. How do you pray? Perhaps you haven’t really thought about it too much. Perhaps it’s now hard to concentrate because you’re thinking about chocolate, but regardless of appetite, past experiences, how we wrap it up or try to explain it, prayer can be rather confusing. It can often be a mystery. It can at times seem like a chore. It can even be a blessed relief. So then, how do you pray? Are you a morning person? Do you greet the sunrise with thanks and praise to our God? Do you utter hopeful words and try and live them throughout the day to come? Are you more spontaneous? Do you respond to life with a ‘breath prayer’, off the cuff, as life makes you dance to its tune and in each moment you seek the steadying hand of our Creator and Sustainer? Perhaps you find yourself needing space. Like a free-diver coming up for air after plumbing the depths. Maybe you carve out some time in your day to be still and know the presence of God. You may prefer to reflect on your day in the presence of God, as was the practice of Ignatius of Loyola, who gave us the daily examen – a way of praying that helps us recognise God’s presence in the midst of the day just lived. The practice of prayer is part of the lifeblood of our faith. We may find ourselves in the darkest of circumstances, when prayer is the only thing that we can turn to for comfort. We might see prayer as that thing we do together on a Sunday, or as the words said on our behalf by a minister or worship leader. Maybe it is the one thing that keeps us going, those times when we can just let God know how we are feeling. It might even be that thing that happens by accident or that we’re unaware of until, looking back on a time of quiet, perhaps with a cup of tea or watching the world go by 19

from our living room window, we realise that in the stillness, God was there the whole time. Whatever your habit or preference may not really matter. What is important is that we are having the conversation, that we are opening ourselves up to God in whatever moment we can manage, that in some way prayer is part of our life. Prayer may be a constant companion on the journey, or a friend that visits once in a while, to bring comfort and solace. It may be something deeper, more mysterious that is largely left unspoken, something felt, yearned for, grieved over or something long-forgotten brought to mind. How we pray then, is not the most important thing, but rather that the experience of prayer and the encounter with God is recognised. That our faith is tended and our relationship with God is nurtured, in precious moments. No fancy wrapping is needed and it may not always taste sweet but, in the midst of life, listening for and opening our hearts to God is indeed food for the soul. Resourcing Worship Team, Mission & Discipleship Council Church of Scotland

May the wonderful love of God in Jesus Christ be born anew in your hearts and lives this Christmas . Graeme


Church Register Funerals 30.10.18 7.11.18 20.11.18

Mr James Bowes Mrs Margaret Robertson Mrs Janet Wright Mrs Doris Flint

Dates for your Diary November 25 Bible Class (breakfast) Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche 26 The Guild TMC Phoenix Circle 29 Choir Practice 30 Social Functions “The Turn” December 1 Saturday Night Club 2

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9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 2.15 p.m. 7.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class (breakfast) Morning Communion Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft Goods on sale Evening Communion Brew’n’Blether (out to Mary Poppins) Bible Basics Choir Practice Messy Church Saturday Night Club

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 1.15 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 3.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service (with Gift Service)

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Funday Sunday & Crèche 10.30 a.m. Film – It’s a Wonderful Life 2.30 p.m. The Guild 1.45 p.m. Phoenix Circle (out to dinner) Kirk Session 7.30 p.m. Choir Practice 7.30 p.m. “Mind that Song” with Alzheimer Scotland 2.00 p.m. Saturday Night Club 7.30 p.m. Bible Class 10.30 a.m. Morning Service 10.30 a.m. Crèche 10.30 a.m. Carol Service 4.00 p.m. Funday Sunday Christmas Party 4.00 p.m. Saturday Night Club Christmas Party & sleepover 7.30 p.m. Morning Service (including Nativity) 10.30 a.m. Crèche 10.30 a.m. Family Christmas Eve Service 6.30 p.m. Watchnight Carol Service 11.15 p.m. (doors open for carol singing at 10.45p.m.) Christmas Day Family Service 10.30 a.m. (children bring a present to show and celebrate) Morning Family Service 10.30 a.m. Crèche 10.30 a.m.

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

Guild Phoenix Circle Congregational Board Choir Practice “Mind that Song” with Alzheimer Scotland Saturday Night Club

2.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 22


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Bible Class (breakfast) Morning Service Crèche and Funday Sunday Evening Communion Coffee concert Saturday Night Club

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 10.45 a.m. for 11.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Guild Phoenix Circle Choir Practice Messy Church Saturday Night Club

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 2.15 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 3.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class (breakfast) Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche TMC Kirk Session Choir Practice

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

February 2 Saturday Night Club

7.30 p.m.

Any content for the February 2019 edition of the magazine should be with the editor no later than Thursday 17 January 2019. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome!


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