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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

Make your paths known to me, Lord

WORD FROM THE CROSS February 2019 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 March 2019 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Thursday 14 February 2019. Website version of the magazine Cover Photograph ŠPeter H Grant; Text - Psalms 25:4


Parish Letter Dear friends, ‘Change and decay in all around I see: O thou who changest not, abide with me.’ There are various accounts as to where and when Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) composed the hymn ‘Abide with me.’ One account suggests that he wrote it as a young clergyman in his first charge in Ireland as he sat with a neighbouring priest who was dying. Another account suggests that Lyte wrote the words after tea on the last Sunday that he preached in Brixham, just some three short weeks before his own death at 54 years of age. We will never know the correct story, but whatever the truth, it is a hymn that has spoken deeply to many people over the years, especially in times of grief and loss. Lyte drew his inspiration for the hymn from the account of the encounter on the Emmaus Road (Luke 24:29), ‘Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent’, and the last verse draws from 1 Corinthians 15:55, ‘O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?’ The connection with death and loss is clear, and yet the hymn doesn’t leave us in the valley of sorrow but rather it asks that God might ‘shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.’ The present political context and the deep uncertainty over the what, or even if, of Brexit has cast a ‘gloom’ over the future path of our personal and professional lives. The comprehensive defeat of the Government in last week’s so-called ‘meaningful vote’ has left us no further forward and indeed has perhaps plunged us into a period of even greater storm and turmoil. ‘Change and decay in all around I see’ could almost be the anthem for this period of turbulence and taken in isolation this line might hint at a wearied, shoulder-shrugging inevitability and resignation.


And yet, the following line, ‘O thou who changest not, abide with me’ offers us a clue as to the way forward. Our Christian hope and our Christian belief is that the eternal, unchanging God is with us through the ups and downs of this life. God is with us in grief, and God is with us in our personal and collective times of trial. It was the 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich, who wrote, ‘He did not say, “you will not be storm-tossed”, but he did say, “you will not be overcome.”’ We will be storm-tossed by Brexit – one way or another … but we will not be overcome. We will be storm-tossed by the griefs and trials of this life – but we will not be overcome. For we remember the promise of God – the God who loves us – the God who is with us. The God whose promised son promised us, ‘I will be with you always, even to the end of time.’ May God abide with you and yours, today and always. 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


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 10th February 2019 Sunday 10th March

Story The Ten Bridesmaids Parable of the Sower

Reflection Minister 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 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 6th February, Wednesday 20th February, Wednesday 6th March, and Wednesday 20th March. 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


Lent Studies 2019 ‘From Now On’ – based on ‘The Greatest Showman’

The Minister will be leading a series of Lent Studies entitled 'From Now On', based on the film 'The Greatest Showman' based loosely on the life of P. T. Barnum. The studies will explore issues such as hopes and dreams, making a difference, and joy and delight in our faith and life. The studies will run on four Thursday evenings: Thursday 14th, 21st and 28th March, and 11th April at 7.30pm. If you are interested in coming along please let the Minister or the Office know, or just turn up on the night(s)! There will be an advance ‘screening’ of the film on the evening of Thursday 7th March at 7.30pm and all are welcome to this too, even if you cannot make it along to the Lent Studies. I may even provide popcorn! Graeme


Funday Sunday Although Christmas is a long time ago, we cannot start the year without mentioning our Nativity. All the children and young people did an excellent job of portraying the Christmas story.

Funday Sunday restarted on 6th January, and so far we have talked about families. Leading on from the Nativity we talked about how God chose Mary and Joseph to be Jesus' parents, what families do, different sorts of families, when we are christened the Church also becomes our family and promises to care for us God loves all families, big and small how can we help our family We had some 'running about' games...just to waken us up! Then we had word search, crossword, colouring, maze‌We are continuing looking at some of the parables of Jesus helping people over the next few weeks. We will be off on Sunday 10th February for half term, but there will be activities for any children who turn up. Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary


Bible Class and Saturday Night Club (SNC ) Saturday Night Club and Bible Class are back for 2019! Saturday Night club runs on Saturdays (excluding holidays) from 7:30 pm to 10 pm while Bible Class runs on Sundays (excluding holidays) from 10:30 am until the service ends. Once a month Bible Class begins at 9:30 for breakfast Club. They are open to all secondary school age people. It has been a busy couple of months for Saturday Night club and Bible Class! In November we walked part of the Highland way. Highlights included spotting constellations and finishing with a chippy in Milngavie! November was a particularly special time for those of us that became communicants after having classes with Graeme. We have also honed our baking skills making coconut mice and the ever popular 15’s cake! We have been playing some fun and silly games in Bible Class such as twist and crackers. Crackers, is a race to find out who can eat 6 fastest the quickest with no water allowed. Surprisingly difficult! Preparations began to take place at the start of December for the Christmas Nativity Service named “Four Candles” which we organised. Preparations included unusual skills such as door building as well as the more traditional theme choosing and talk writing. The evening before the Nativity Service we were joined by friends from All Saints church to celebrate Christmas with a party and sleepover. Human Hungry Hippos (always popular) made a reappearance as well as some new games. The wrapping challenge was a great team building activity as we worked in pairs to wrap a present while using only one hand each! We also played a Christmas version of the egg and spoon race called stocking fill up, very challenging on a bouncy castle! Our messiest game of the night called Santa’s Cream beard involved spray cream and water guns, some people had to phone home for clean clothes! We also made bath bombs and gingerbread men which were certainly unique in flavour! We finished off cosy with hot chocolate, sleeping bags and “Home Alone”. In the morning we just managed to wake up on time for the Nativity Service! We focused on the four advent candles Hope, Love, Joy and Peace while Funday Sunday performed the traditional nativity play. To the relief of the leaders, no candles were knocked over and everyone remembered their 9

lines! All in all, a success although we were all relieved to be sleeping in comfortable beds the next night! Since coming back in 2019, Bible class have tried some new games such as blind drawing, balloon stomp and steal the keys. We have discussed the refugee crisis and the Christian response to it and odd bible stories including the time Paul talked so long someone died (see Acts, 20:7-13). This week Saturday Night Club are making stress balls, a fitting time as many of us are sitting prelims! We have updated some photos on our display boards in the main hall so please feel free to take a look We are also pleased to announce that we raised a total of £199.97 for the Children’s hospital last year. Please direct any queries about Saturday Night Club or Bible Class to Lesley, Ross or Nicola.

The Guild On February 4th we will be hearing about one of the Guild's projects 'Join up the Dots' and on 18th we will enjoy 'An Afternoon with Thelma' and silk painting. All are welcome to any or all of our meetings. For further details contact Irene McLachlan, the Church Office or see the notice board.

TMC TMC will meet as usual for friendship, fellowship and chat; in Massimo’s at 7:00pm on Monday 28 January and Monday25 February. Further details from Anne Henderson or Diane Walker or the Church Office



Once again we intend to collect for Rag Bag near the end of March. The exact week and details will be published in the next church magazine. The name of the organisation is a misnomer as they will only collect the following items:* Wearable Clothing * Paired shoes * Handbags * Belts We are still collecting ink jet cartridges, via Recycle4Charity, unwanted spectacles, used postage stamps and used ink cartridges. We will take used batteries to prevent them from being put into landfill. Unfortunately mobile phones are no longer accepted. However we are looking into alternatives so please continue to hand in any unwanted mobiles. For every ton of mobile phones recovered and reused, 10 tons of greenhouse gases are avoided and 90% of materials in mobiles can be recycled! Our collection point is still in the Assembly Area. Jane Hill

Despite receiving an e-mail stating that Traidcraft would cease to function in the New Year, this has not proved to be the case and a slimmed down version will now be in operation. There have been a few problems with stock but hopefully these will be overcome. Looking forward to seeing all our old and new customers on Feb 24th. Jo and Keith Moody 12


Dates for your 2019 Diary Erskine Bridge Cross Walk Saturday 11 May Christian Aid Week - Sunday 12 – Saturday 18 May Thank you for supporting Christian Aid’s Christmas Appeal, “Be a Peacemaker”, which focused on the need to build peace as the basis for tackling poverty in regions blighted by ongoing conflict. At our Christmas services we raised £110 for this appeal. As you will know Christian Aid and the Church of Scotland have been campaigning over the past few months for action on Climate Change. They have been calling on our MSPs and the Scottish Government to deliver a strong Scottish Climate Change Act which ensures that Scotland fulfils its commitments to the Paris Agreement and keeps the temperature rise due to climatic changes to below 1.5 degrees centigrade. Thank you as always to all those who continue throughout the year to support the work of Christian Aid via “penny boxes”. You can find empty boxes – along with the current Prayer List – on the shelf under the Christian Aid notice-board in the Assembly Area. Please return your “penny boxes” to me or to the church office. Lyndsay Ross


Flowers December 2018 & January 2019 “The shortest day has passed and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer. Minute by minute they lengthen out. " Vita Sackville-West. Thank you to the following members of the congregation for providing flowers in December and January. Provided by:

Arranged by:

December 2018 2nd. 9th. 16th. 23rd. 30th.

Mr.&Mrs. N. Young. Mrs. K. Edmond Mrs. M. Couper. Mrs. E. Hall Christmas Arrangements. The Flower Group '' '' '' ''

January 2019 6th. 13th. 20th. 27th.

From funds. Miss C. Jamieson. Anonymous. In memory of Edith Aitken.

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

If you would like to add your name, the 2019 Flower List is available in the Hall vestibule. Wishing you well in this New Year. Christine Taggart 14

Thanks I’d like to say a big thank-you to the members of the flower group who helped with the installation and removal of the Christmas floral decorations. An especial thank-you also to Ken Owler and Paul Stokes who rose to my plea for help and reached the parts other flower group members could not! Gwen Stokes Flower Group Convenor

Harry Talbot, one of our young members, is hosting a Quiz Night at 7pm on Saturday 16 February to raise funds for his World Challenge expedition to Madagascar. Tickets, ÂŁ8 (includes buffet etc.) are available from Harry or Elspeth, or from the Church Office. There will also be a raffle (for which any small prizes gratefully received!). Through expeditions and community engagement, World Challenge seeks to develop the life skills young people need to lead a life of courage, kindness and adventure. Part of the challenge is that students are expected to raise a proportion of the cost of the expedition themselves. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and lies in the Indian Ocean off the East Coast of Africa. Harry could encounter african/indian cultures, rainforest, dramatic peaks, giant mangrove swamps and deep canyons as well as beautiful white sandy beaches!


Glasgow Winter Night Shelter We have reached and passed our target number of 14 volunteers to help at the Night Shelter in the week beginning 10th March (though any others will be warmly welcomed!). Heartfelt thanks to all of them and to those who faithfully support GCM in other ways. As a contrast to winter homelessness, here is an illustrated report by Maureen of one way in which the Mission helps its guests use their talents and its resources in the summer!

Update on ‘Urban at the Glasgow City Mission’ Urban at the Mission is an area on the 2nd Floor of the building which is for people who are ready to make changes in their lives and one of the projects we started in March was to use the balcony on the 4th Floor at the top of the building to start a Gardening Club. There is a small greenhouse and a number of troughs and tubs which we used. This was probably the best year weather-wise we could have chosen to do this as we had plenty of heat but of course we needed to do plenty of watering. Potatoes: We began planting in tubs some 2nd early potatoes in March and had a good few pounds of beautiful potatoes. 16

Herbs and Salads: We sowed a wide range of seeds like parsley, chives and mixed salad leaves – all of which gave us a marvellous crop throughout the year which the chef in the kitchen was always happy to use. Geraniums: We took cuttings of some geranium plants and eventually filled our troughs along with annual plants donated to us. Cucumbers: We managed to get a few lovely flavoursome cucumbers from a couple of plants Tomatoes: We had an amazing crop of tomatoes. We were gifted some plants of “Moneymaker” and we were blessed with pounds and pounds of fruit. This was for many of our guests a thrill and I can say that we were truly blessed as watering and feeding was very much a hit or miss; BUT by October we were still harvesting fruit, some of which ended up in chutney for the guests’ sandwiches. Our guests who helped in this project ranged from some experienced gardeners, who do not get the chance to grow anything where they stay, to those who had never gardened or had a memory of their parents’ or grandparents’ garden. There are a number of International guests who are asylum seekers and who have been accustomed to seeing fresh produce grow in their home country who also enjoyed getting involved with the Gardening Project. Maureen Meldrum 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: 8th February, 8th 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.







Church Register Funerals Jan 2019 08.01.19 14.01.19 18.01.19 23.01.19 25.01.19

Mrs Christine Carlow Mrs Doreen Walkey James Ramsay Morton Alexander (Sandy) Inglis Mrs Pat Lambie Ian Riddell Mrs Audrey Taylor

Change of Address D Whittick New members by Profession of Faith 29.11.18

Douglas Owler Harry Talbot Fiona Wright Heather Wright

New member by Resolution of the Kirk Session 29.11.18

Nicola Shirlaw

Certificates of Transfer issued 03.12.18 07.01.19

Mrs Laura Draper Dr Robert Wilson Mrs Maureen Land


Dates for your Diary January 27

28 30 31 Feb

Bible Class Breakfast Club Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft TMC (Massimo’s) Kirk Session Choir Practice

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 7.00 p.m 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.


Saturday Night Club


Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche The Guild Phoenix Circle Bible Basics – John (Manse) ABC Unity Supper (NK) Choir Practice “Mind that Song” Alzheimer group

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 2.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m.

Morning Service Funday Sunday activities & Crèche Evening Communion Choir Practice Madagascar Quiz Night

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche The Guild Phoenix Circle Bible Basics – John (Manse) Choir Practice

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

4 6 7 8 10 14 16 17 18 20 21

7.30 p.m.



Saturday Night Club


Bible Class breakfast Club Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods TMC (Massimo’s) Congregational Board Choir Practice World Day of Prayer Service (NK) Saturday Night Club

25 27 28 Mar 1 2

7.30 p.m. 9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 7.00 p.m 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. time tbc 7.30 p.m.

Any content for the March 2019 edition of the magazine should be with the editor no later than Thursday 14 February 2019. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome! 22

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Mosta, Malta John Gair The tourist promotion states that Malta has a church building for each day of the year. This is not far from the truth with 359, 313 in Malta and 46 in the nearby island of Gozo. In comparison Glasgow had 447 church buildings.

The church was modelled on The Parthenon in Rome and was built from 1833 to 1860 on the site of an earlier church of about 1614. It is sometimes referred to as The Rotunda of Malta and at one time had the fourth largest dome in Europe. On 9th April 1942 Luftwaffe bombs hit the church but did not explode. One penetrated the dome and landed in the middle of the church as the congregation of 300 were celebrating mass.


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