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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS March 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 April 2019 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Thursday 21 March 2019. Web version of the magazine Cover Photograph ©Peter H Grant Text from ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ by William Wordsworth, 1804


Parish Letter Dear friends, One of the strongest memories I have of growing up in the late 1960’s and 1970’s is of watching the television during the mornings of Easter and summer holidays. It seemed that there was a certain set of programmes that were shown time after time, holiday season after holiday season and I remember such classics as ‘Black Beauty’, ‘The Three Musketeers’ and my favourite, ‘The Flashing Blade’ (I can still sing the theme song!). But no morning would be complete without an old black and white comedy such as a Buster Keaton, or Laurel and Hardy. It was therefore with a mixture of anticipation, and some trepidation, that I went to see the film ‘Stan and Ollie’ the other week. My fears were quickly dispelled as Steve Coogan (Stan Laurel) and John C. Reilly (Oliver “Babe” Hardy) inhabited the characters so wonderfully well that you soon forgot that it wasn’t the originals. The film tells the story of Laurel and Hardy’s tour of the UK in 1953-4, and documents their occasionally troubled personal relationship and the decline in their appeal since their heyday in the late 1920’s and 1930’s. Classic routines such as ‘In the blue ridge mountains of Virginia’ and ‘By the light of the silvery moon’ are lovingly recreated alongside other scenes of them playing to half-sold theatres in the regions including the legendary Glasgow Empire theatre. “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be!” runs the joke, and sometimes we yearn and long for bygone days that weren’t perhaps as idyllic as the rose-tinted lenses of memory might suggest to us. This sense of nostalgia is also often applied to our church life and attendances – there were more folk attending on a Sunday morning and our Sunday Schools were full to the brim. The word ‘nostalgia’ is derived from the Greek and literally means an ache/pain (álgos) for homecoming (nóstos). There is no doubt that we all have an ache, a longing, for a homecoming in the church – for a return to the days when all was perfect and well – and yet the fact of the matter is that the decline in 3

Church membership isn’t a recent phenomenon but has been a trend since the peak of church membership in the late 1950’s and very early 1960’s. The same is true of non-church organisations too. The Glasgow Table Tennis League had 7 divisions when I was a teenager, and now it has 3 – and I’m sure that you could provide your own examples. Golf clubs, that once had waiting lists of 5 years and above, are now desperate for members and are facing real financial difficulties. We no longer belong to a “joining” society – we pick and choose what suits us and the demands of work and life mean that we are less able to commit to regular weekday evenings. The same applies to Sunday mornings and the range of retail and other activities that are available. The church is no longer the only show in town on a Sunday morning. So, do we wallow in ‘nostalgia’, bemoan our lot and blame it all on the secular world … or do we take another view? There is a reason that the church has continued, in strength and adversity, for 2,000 years, and that reason is that there is a timeless hope and truth in our faith that is beyond trends and fads. That hope is for a better and more just world – for the transformation of human lives and communities – for the homecoming of heavenly values to our earthly realities. Perhaps this is the true form of Christian ‘nostalgia’ – a longing and aching for the homecoming of the kingdom on earth. This longing is worthwhile … as long as we also act upon that deep-rooted ache. We all have the power to make a difference – let’s turn that ache into action! May God bless you in all that you do. 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

Trustees’ Meeting Trustees are reminded that there will be a meeting on Sunday, 17 March to receive and approve the Annual Report and Accounts for 2018 and the Budget for 2019. The meeting will take place in the Sanctuary after morning worship. Douglas C Thomson Clerk to the Board

Annual Stated Meeting Trustees, members and friends of the congregation are invited to the Annual Stated Meeting on Sunday 24 March. This meeting will take place in the Sanctuary after morning worship. The primary purposes of the meeting are to receive the Annual Report and Accounts for 2018 and the Budget for 2019, to elect members of the Congregational Board and receive a report on the various activities of the congregation in 2018. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Douglas C Thomson Clerk to the Board 5

The late Revd. David P. Munro We were deeply saddened to learn of Revd. Munro’s passing on Monday 21st January 2019. David was, of course, the Minister of the former North Church until his retirement in 1996 and is fondly remembered




continued to preach right up to the end and indeed preached on the Sunday morning before he passed away. There was a wonderful turn out for David’s funeral in Killearn church on Friday 8th February and it is the intention to publish a full tribute to David’s life and ministry in the next edition of Word from the Cross. If you have any stories or recollections of David (approx. 100 words) then please send them to me at and we will endeavour to print as much as we are able. “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23) GRW 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. Date Sunday 10th March Sunday 12th May Sunday 9th June

Story Parable of the Sower Feeding the 5,000 TBC

Reflection Nairn Young Ken Wallace TBC

Graeme 7

‘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 March, Wednesday 20th March, Wednesday 10th April, and Wednesday 24th April 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 three Thursday evenings: Thursday 21st and 28th March, and 11th April at 7.30pm, and will meet in the Session Room. (Please note there is now NO meeting on Thursday 14th March as intimated in the last magazine) 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 9

Congregational Board As noted elsewhere in this magazine, the Annual Stated Meeting of the congregation takes place on 24 March. One of the items of business will be the election of members to serve on the Board and, currently, there are two vacancies. These vacancies need to be filled so that the Board can discharge the various tasks which is undertakes. The Board’s primary responsibilities concern the finances of the congregation, the fabric of our buildings and the maintenance of the grounds. However, that does not fully cover the broad range of issues that the Board undertakes. A more detailed list might start with the fact that the congregation is constituted as a charity and the Board has responsibilities both under church law and charity law to help oversee the good governance of it. The church employs a number of staff and the Board is responsible for HR issues and, indeed, Health & Safety issues as well. There is an active policy for Hall lets and our policies concerning these needs to be kept under reviewed and the groups using our accommodation need to be looked after. In fact, almost every facet of the congregation has a Board input of some sort, whether it is organisational, financial or by the provision of accommodation or appropriate oversight The Board is comprised of regular members and we collectively discuss and decide what needs to be done. Bringing together the diverse interests and skills of Board members for the common good of the congregation as a whole is a summary of the Board’s activities. The only formal requirement for membership of the Board is that applicants must be members of the congregation. The skills that we seek are an interest in the smooth running and good governance of the congregation and a willingness to become involved. There is no age restriction. The usual term in office for an elected Board member is three years but, if you are only able to serve for shorter period or want to become involved in 10

specific issues, we would like to hear from you. Also, if you want more details of what the Board does, you should let me know. My contact details are in the Year Book and you can use them or just speak to me on Sundays. Douglas C Thomson Clerk to the Board

Funday Sunday This term we have continued to look at the life and work of Jesus and the stories he told, including the parable when he turned water into wine at a wedding he attended, which we illustrated by using our giant fuzzy felt, and how people in his own village saw him as the son of a carpenter whilst further afield people believed he was the Son of God. Funday Sunday will be off for the Spring Break on Sundays 31st March and 7th April. More news relating to our Easter activities will be printed in the next edition of the Church magazine. Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary

Bible Class and Saturday Night Club (SNC ) As always, we have been very busy at Saturday Night Club trying lots of interesting activities and games. We have also had some interesting discussions in Bible Class as well as more games! 11

At SNC we made shrinkle keyrings and badges and some stress balls, which were fun but very messy; we ended up covered in flour! We also tried some new recipes such as cinnamon cake and flapjacks as well as our traditional banana loaf. When not baking we took a step back in time, trying out some vintage video games on the Sega Saturn and burnt off energy from the tuck shop, playing hockey. The Bible Class has discussed the Clydebank Blitz, which took place over two nights on March 13 and 14 1941, and the effect it had on local people. To help us imagine the impact we were lucky enough to have a visit from Margaret Campbell who told us about Bearsden South Church being hit by an incendiary bomb dropped by a German warplane returning from the raid on Clydebank. She brought along some images of the church showing the destruction after the fire (“totally destroyed – only walls standing” - see picture opposite) and also of a time capsule being placed under the church. This was very interesting for everyone especially as it gave us an insight into something very important right where we live. We have also discussed the early church including the disciples and what we thought the great commission meant. We then discussed how we would establish the church according to the great commission if we were to create a church today. We have tried some new games including the magic carpet challenge which was a fun team builder, banana doctor and the sticky bread challenge. In March, we are having a pancake tossing evening, a movie night, egg decorating, and going on a trip to Xscape! We will also be doing teas and coffee on the 24th, so there will be baking!


If you know any young people who would like to be involved in Saturday Night Club or Bible Class please speak to Ross, Lesley or Nicola. 13

POITIERS TWINNING HOSPITALITY REQUIRED FOR 15 YEAR OLD FRENCH GIRL As part of our twinning programme, last year Graeme Wilson and I stayed for a few days with Stéphane and Anne, members of Église Réformée de Poitiers. I have recently received an email from Stéphane enquiring into the possibility of arranging an exchange visit for his 15 year old granddaughter, Lorelei as she wishes to improve her English. The plan is for Lorelei to come to Scotland for the most or all of the first three weeks in June (3rd-24th). Although I can accommodate Lorelei, three weeks is a long time and so I was hoping that other families, preferably with teenage daughters, could take it in turn to either entertain or accommodate her, even for a day or two. As it will still be term time in Scotland, we are presently looking into the possibility of Lorelei attending school for part of the time she is here. Stéphane and Anne plan to tour Scotland for one week during this time and say they will make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. If you think you might be able to help out then please contact either myself, Eleanor Wright or Graeme on 0141 942 0507 if you would like more information or to chat things through in a bit more detail. Eleanor Wright


The Guild Our next meeting is on 4th March when Katie Thomson will talk about the Glasgow City Mission. Our annual Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday 23rd March at 10 am to 12 noon. Tickets (£2.50, including tea/coffee and baking) can be obtained from committee members or at the door. The usual stalls and refreshments will be available. Donations for stalls welcome on Friday 22 March. I hope you will support us. Our AGM will take place on Monday 25 March at 2:00pm. All are welcome to any or all of our meetings. For further details contact Irene McLachlan or see the notice board.

Phoenix Circle The next meeting of the Phoenix Circle will be held on Monday 4th March at 8 pm in the hall. Guest on the evening will be Margaret Morrison from Fair Trade at Gavin’s Mill. There will be a sales table on this evening. The AGM will take place on Monday 18th March at 8pm (followed by a fish supper). The Phoenix Circle meetings will recommence in September. Thank you, Helen Kirk

TMC TMC will meet as usual for friendship, fellowship and chat; in Massimo’s at 7:00pm on Monday 25 February and Monday 25 March. Further details from Anne Henderson or Diane Walker or the Church office 15

RagBags The RagBag dates have been arranged. Bags of Wearable Clothing, Paired Shoes, Handbags, Belts, can be delivered to the church from Friday 22nd March until Thursday 28th March. RagBag will uplift the bags from the church on Friday 29th March. Until then the bags will be stored on the platform in the church hall. Many thanks. Jane Hill

Our sale this month is on the 24th. We are still having difficulty getting some stock from Traidcraft plc. We are topping up from Gavin's Mill but things should improve in the spring when the new catalogue comes out. Jo and Keith Moody



Dates for your diary Erskine Bridge Cross Walk Christian Aid Week -

Saturday 11 May Sunday 12 – Saturday 18 May

Please make a note of these dates. detailed information.

See next month’s magazine for more

The season of Lent will soon be upon us. Once again Christian Aid has produced a very thought-provoking booklet entitled “Count Your Blessings 2019”. It invites us to take stock and in particular to consider our lives in the context of the world in which we live and the effects of climate change. Climate change is happening. People living in poverty around the world, especially in remote, isolated areas, are at the sharp end of its effects. Through the Lenten themes of awareness, repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation, transformation and blessing we shall discover more about the lives of those who are pushed to the brink of survival by climate change and precarious livelihoods. Each daily reflection will help us give, act and pray so our neighbours around the world can rise up and overcome. You will find copies of this leaflet in the pews and the Vestibule and Assembly Areas. Please take one home with you. Thank you for returning your “penny boxes”. Empty boxes for you to take home – and fill! - along with the current edition of Christian Aid News and the Prayer List are available on the shelf under the Christian Aid notice-board in the Assembly Area. You can return your “penny boxes” either to me or to the church office. Lyndsay Ross


Flowers Flowers for February 2019 "O, wind, if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind" P.B. Shelly Thank you to those members of the congregation who have contributed to the flower fund.

February 2019

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

Provided by:

Arranged by:

From funds. From funds. From funds. Mrs. V. Johnston.

Ms. R. Walters Mrs. E. Sinclair Mrs. E. Anderson Mrs. G. Agar

If you would like to add your name to the 2019 Flower List, it is available in the hall vestibule.

Christine Taggart


About a month ago, Lorna McIntosh, Project Manager of the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter, visited our church. She spoke to the children first and had their (and our!) mouths watering as she described how delicious hot toast and butter is if you’ve just come in from hours outside in the freezing cold. Later, she explained just what a safe night’s sleep at the Shelter can mean to the homeless and described some of the people who have used it this year. She told us how this year more guests than ever have been able to find more permanent accommodation and support with medical and benefit problems through the help of the Shelter staff team and representatives of agencies and charities who work in partnership with GCM. After the service and fortified by coffee, she answered questions on such matters as why some homeless people are afraid to use the Shelter, how the team copes with disruptive guests and what help can be offered to people who frankly just don’t want to waken up next morning. Her words were challenging but exhilarating, especially to the 18 from our church who will be volunteering during the week 10 – 16 March. We’re all conscious of how little we can really do to help. Handing out tea and toast, even with a smile and a friendly word or two, sounds so trivial, and yet those of us who have done it in previous years know the effect it has on the guests. They smile back and reply, sometimes make a joke and almost always say “thanks”. You can see the self-respect of these battered but brave people flickering back into life, and it’s humbling. To find out more about the Shelter, visit , from the “About us” menu select “What we do” and follow up all the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter references, including the video. And then please pray: for the guests who use the Shelter to find rest, relief and help; for Lorna, her permanent team and all the church volunteers to have strength and wisdom 19

and Christian love in all the work they do and, during 10 - 16 March, for the 18 volunteers from Bearsden Cross Church. Thank you. Katie Thomson

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS Brew 'n' Blether - Save the date! The next Brew 'n' Blether will now take place on Monday 18th March, 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Please note this is a change of date from Friday 15th March. Entertainment will be provided by Bearsden Primary School Choir, followed by tea, coffee, cake and time for a 'blether'. An invitation is extended to anyone who is at home during the day. Bring a friend, or friends, everyone will be made most welcome. If required, transport can be arranged - contact the Church office, 942 0507. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Girls Brigade The Girls Brigade is holding a charity fund-raising dinner on Saturday 2 March in Baljaffray Church in aid of Social Bite and Company funds. Tickets, ÂŁ10 per adult and ÂŁ6 per child, include a 3 course meal and are available from GB members, from our Church Office, or by e-mailing


“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 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.







All Saints Episcopal Church, 140 Drymen Road, Bearsden. John Gair A recent intimation in the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald regarding the death of Sir Eric Yarrow on 22 September 2018 at the age of 98 raised my curiosity as the family had long resided in Kilmalcolm with no obvious connection to Bearsden. Yarrow's was famous throughout the world for building mainly naval frigates in their shipyard on the Clyde at Scotstoun. Some research revealed that Sir Harold Yarrow, Sir Eric's father, and his family indeed had an earlier association with Bearden and lived at "Fairlawn" in Ralston Road and attended All Saint's Episcopal Church. The Yarrow family then moved in 1920 to become tenants of Craigend Castle at Mugdock. All Saint's Episcopal Church was founded in 1897 as a mission church of St George's Church, Sandbank Street, Maryhill, now sadly demolished. It then became an independent mission church in 1913. The church building is significant in that when it was opened on 14 October 1897, it was regarded as a temporary building, to be replaced in due course by a more permanent structure. The design and construction was undertaken by the Glasgow firm of Messrs Speirs & Co who were known for their temporary buildings. Spiers & Co had, at that time, offices in Cecil Street, Hillhead, and provided a number of temporary buildings for the Episcopal Church and for schools and village halls. The firm later constructed the Hall and Chapel of All Hallows for the Episcopal Church at the Empire Exhibition of 1938 in Bellahouston Park. This was one of five denominations to have churches at the Exhibition. 23

Plans for a permanent church did not proceed due to the outbreak of war and, over the years, the building has been extended, re-roofed, and halls constructed. The church contains a Sauer Organ, probably the only one in Britain. It was saved when Uphall Church, near Edinburgh, decided to dispose of the organ and it was rebuilt here at All Saint's in 1995 and dedicated in 1996. Wilhelm Sauer (18311910), who was master organ builder to the Royal Court of Prussia, set up his firm in Frankfurt in 1857. The most well-known Sauer Organ is the magnificent 1905 instrument in Berlin Cathedral with 7269 pipes and 113 stops. The organ in All Saint's is much more modest. The "temporary" church building still remains, well maintained and offering an intimate interior for worship.


Church Register Funerals 29.01.19

Fred Hamilton


Revd David P. Munro


William Carnegie

Dates for your Diary Dates for your Diary February 24 Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods 25 TMC 27 Congregational Board 28 Choir Practice March 1 World Day of Prayer Service (NK) WAGs 2 Saturday Night Club 3 4 7 8 9

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Guild Phoenix Circle Lent Study – Film “screening” Choir Practice “Mind that Song” (with Alzheimer Scotland) Saturday Night Club

10.00 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. 11.00 a.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 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. 2.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 25


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Bible Class Morning Communion Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Evening Communion Service Choir Practice Coffee Concert Saturday Night Club

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

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Trustees Meeting Brew’n’Blether Phoenix Circle AGM Kirk Session Lent Bible Study Choir Practice Guild Coffee Morning Saturday Night Club

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 12.00 noon 2.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 10.00 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Breakfast Club Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods Congregational ASM Guild AGM TMC Lent Bible Study Choir

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 12.00 noon 2.00 p.m. 7.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Morning Service Children’s Activities & Crèche

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 26

Any content for the April 2019 edition of the magazine should be with the editor no later than Thursday 21 March 2019. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome! 27

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