The Church of Scotland
Bearsden Cross Church
WORD FROM THE CROSS April 2019 Bearsden Cross Church – Scottish Charity No: SC009082 – Congregation No: 1811
Contacts Minister: Rev. Dr Graeme R. Wilson GWilson@churchofscotland.org.uk 61 Drymen Road, Bearsden, G61 2SU | 942 0507 Ministerâ€™s Secretary: Anne Reid (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9.30am-12.30pm) Office: 942 0507 | email@example.com Session Clerk: Keith Wright Editor: Peter Grant MagazineEditor@bearsdencross.org Any content for the May 2019 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Thursday 18 April 2019. Web version of the magazine www.bearsdencross.org Cover Photograph Microsoft Clipart. Text - John 3: 16 - 17
Parish Letter Dear friends, Perhaps you have heard of the Legend of the Touchstone? According to the ancient legend, if you could find the touchstone on the coast of the Black Sea and hold it in your hand, everything you touched would turn to gold. The way to recognize the touchstone was by its warmth. Other stones would feel cold, but when you picked up the touchstone, it would turn warm in your hand. There was once a man sold everything he had and went to the coast of the Black Sea in search of the touchstone. He began immediately to walk along the shoreline picking up one stone after another in his diligent and intentional search for the touchstone. He was consumed with this dream. He wanted desperately to find this miraculous stone. However, after several days had passed, he suddenly realized that he was picking up the same stones again and again. So he devised a plan... pick up a stone; if it's cold, throw it into the sea. This he did week after week after week. Then one morning he went out to continue his search for the touchstone. He picked up a stone; as he had done so many thousands of times before... it was cold... he threw it into the sea. He picked up another stone - cold! He threw it into the sea. Another stone - cold! Into the sea it went. He picked up another stone. It began to turn warm in his hand, but before he knew what he was doing … he threw it into the sea! That's a wonderful parable for Easter because that can so easily happen to us. We can come upon a miraculous moment like Easter... we can feel it turn warm in our hands... but then (so dulled by the routine)... before we realize what we are doing... we throw it away. Absentmindedly, mechanically, nonchalantly... we toss it aside and miss the miracle of Easter. The challenge for every one of us is to live the miracle of Easter afresh each year. To feel the love of God turn warm in our hands. To know that this love is for you, for me, for all the world. And so, as we journey towards, and through, Holy Week - as we journey to the foot of the cross, and ultimately to the empty tomb - we need to reflect on our own journeys of faith. Our own journey of faith, our journey through life, is almost certainly never on a straight, untroubled line – and just as certainly, our journey is never always in a smooth forward motion. Sometimes our journeys in faith aren’t
about what we know, or can be sure of – sometimes it’s just about trusting. – trusting in the care and providence of a loving and forgiving God. Martin Buber once wrote that, “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” We may not be aware of the “secret destinations” in our faith journeys, but we do have a hope of where that journey might finally take us. Jesus did know where his journey was taking him. The poem ‘The Coming’ by R. S. Thomas seems to sum up the unique nature of Jesus’ divine calling to a journey that could only have one ending. And yet, still he followed. And God held in his hand A small globe. Look, he said. The son looked. Far off, As through water, he saw A scorched land of fierce Colour. The light burned There; crusted buildings Cast their shadows; a bright Serpent; a river Uncoiled itself, radiant With slime. On a bare Hill a bare tree saddened The sky. Many people Held out their thin arms To it, as though waiting For a vanished April To return to its crossed Boughs. The son watched Them. Let me go there, he said. Wishing you and yours Easter blessings. Shalom, Graeme
Appointment of Rev. Douglas Clark as Associate Minister
At the March 2019 meeting of the Kirk Session, it was agreed to appoint the Rev. Douglas W. Clark to be our part-time Associate Minister. Douglas will assist us in our pastoral work and will provide pulpit cover for ministerial holidays whenever he is able. Before his retirement in 2015, Douglas was the Minister of Lenzie: Old and prior to that he was the Minister of East Kilbride: Old â€“ my home congregation! More recently, Douglas has acted as Locum at Kirkintilloch: St David's. Douglas and his wife Janette have been worshipping with us at Bearsden Cross over the past 2-3 years and have recently moved their 'lines' from Cadder church to become members of Bearsden Cross. Both Douglas and Janette feel very much at home here, and Douglas has conducted worship on a couple of occasions to date and will do so again on Sunday 7th April. Douglas will work with us two afternoons per week, and will focus solely on pastoral visiting. Douglas brings with him a wealth of ministerial and pastoral wisdom and I know that he will be a great asset to our congregation. We plan to have a soup and sweet Congregational Lunch to welcome Douglas and Janette after the service on Sunday 28th April and Iâ€™m sure you will join me in welcoming Douglas and Janette into our midst, and wish Douglas every blessing in his ministry with us. Graeme 5
LENTEN LUNCHES 2019 This year's Lenten Lunches take place on Thursdays 11th and 18th April at 12 30. The format is a short reflective service at 12 30 on the message of Easter, followed by a simple lunch and fellowship. Please come along and support this. If you wish to, there will be an opportunity to donate to Marie Curie once we have deducted any lunch costs! We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. This has been a feature of our church life for many years and it gives us the opportunity to take a break from our busy lives and reflect on the meaning of this so important time in our church calendar Anne E Henderson and Diane Walker
CELEBRATE EASTER WITH US AT ANY OF THESE SERVICES Combined ABC services in Blue; Bearsden Cross Church services in Black Thursday 11th April Lenten Reflection followed by a light lunch
Holy Week Services Palm Sunday Service, 14th April, Bearsden Cross Church Monday, 15th April,
“Stations of the Cross” St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church
Wednesday 17th April Lunchtime service - Westerton Church Followed by a light lunch
10.30 am 7.30 pm 11.30 am
Maundy Thursday 18th April Lenten Reflection with Communion followed by a light lunch Maundy Thursday Communion Service
12.30 pm 7.30 pm
Good Friday, 19th April Bearsden Cross Church
Easter Sunday, 21st April
Dawn Service with Communion, Followed by breakfast Family Easter Celebration
10.30 am 6
The Church of Scotland
BEARSDEN CROSS CHURCH If you are free, why don’t you join us for
“FOOD FOR THOUGHT” On
Thursday 11 April and Maundy Thursday 18 April at 12.30pm. At the latter there will be a celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper Short Services for Lent followed by Lenten Lunch A warm welcome awaits you Charity No. SC009082 7
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 12th May Sunday 9th June
Feeding the 5,000 Stories Jesus told
Ken Wallace Minister
‘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 10th April, Wednesday 24th April, Wednesday 15th May, Wednesday 29th May and Wednesday 12 June + Lunch If you think you might be interested then please call me on 0141 942 0507 or email me at email@example.com, or just turn up on the day! Graeme
Funday Sunday Continuing our look at the life of Jesus we looked at Jesus as the “Fisher of men” with some fishing themes including brightly coloured fish and mini–rods, and the Good Samaritan.
During Lent we’ve been looking at temptation, with the children tempted to eat chocolate but only if they ate onion and lemon first! Funday Sunday will be off for the Spring Break on Sundays 31st March and 7th April, but will be back for Palm Sunday on 14th April. Easter Sunday will see a Family Celebration at 10.30am, Funday Sunday back to normal from 28th April, with Funday Sunday ON every week up to an including our BBQ on 23rd June. Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary
Bible Class and Saturday Night Club This month at Bible Class and Saturday Night Club we have been very busy as usual. In Bible Class we have been learning about other Christian denominations, including their history and have focused on Catholics, Baptists and Methodists. When learning about the Catholic Church we examined the process by which the Pope is chosen and learnt that he lives in the Vatican, which is its own country in the middle of
Rome. We also read different verses from the bible to understand why Baptists believe in adult baptism. We looked at what it’s like to be a Christian in China. In groups we researched the ways in which the Chinese government attempt to control Christians, for example by attempting to re-write the bible, closing large churches and even jailing pastors. This has led to many underground and secret churches In addition to the above, we have been looking at different styles of Christian music and rating them from 1-10 to decide our favourites. Songs can range from more traditional hymns, which we are used to hearing in our church, to live bands performing pop music during a service. It’s great fun to hear the variety of music and listen to the range of opinions throughout the group. We have continued to play games every Sunday. This has included a three-legged egg and spoon race, Chinese ball games and team building games, for example the polo mint game, where you work in groups and try to eat a polo mint using only a straw to pick it up. We will be taking part in the Palm Sunday Service on Sunday 14 April and have begun preparing by reading a variety of bible passages both foretelling and describing Jesus’s journey into Jerusalem on a donkey. Please come along to support us! At Saturday Night Club, we celebrated Shrove Tuesday with pancakes. Thankfully, only a few pancakes landed on the floor and none hit the ceiling. There was certainly a lot of laughing though! Toppings included the traditional sugar and lemon, golden syrup, chocolate spread and raspberries. The next week, we had our movie night, with pizza and sweets, to watch Despicable Me, which we voted for in previous weeks. We ended the evening with a game of jailbreak in the dark, running about the halls which is always very exciting and challenging, especially with the intense background music making it even scarier. 11
We also had a trip to Braehead to play adventure golf and laserquest. We took the opportunity to spend time in the arcade too. Some of us won lots of tickets to claim prizes at the end. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we hope to do it again soon. If you are or know a young person that may like to get involved with either Bible Class or Saturday Night Club please speak to Lesley, Ross or Nicola. All are welcome! Ross (in his capacity as MSP) was delighted to welcome the Right Rev Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly, to the Scottish Parliament a few weeks ago. Each year the Moderator is invited to lunch with the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer and a group of MSPs, before delivering Time for Reflection. Time for Reflection is a short contribution to open the week’s business in parliament and is one of the rare occasions where a non-MSP speaks in the chamber. The Moderator’s theme was a society which cares for all. During her speech she told MSPs that too many people in Scotland are ‘left to live on thin air’ and assured them that they would be in the prayers of many as they played their part in shaping a ‘new look UK’ over the coming months, regardless of the outcome of the Brexit process.
The Guild The Guild meetings will recommence in October.
TMC TMC will meet as usual for friendship, fellowship and chat; in Massimo’s at 7:00pm on Monday 29 April. Further details from Anne Henderson or Diane Walker or the Church Office 12
Our April sale is on the 14th April, Palm Sunday. We have a good variety of chocolate so do stock up for your Easter treats! Hopefully I will have a new supply of cards and and notelets. Jo and Keith Moody
CAR PARKING The congregation will know that the roads around the church get quite congested on Sunday mornings. When parking, please take into account the need for local residents to use their driveways and leave enough room for drivers and pedestrians to use roads safely. The particular “pinch points” seem to be at the junctions of Drymen Road on either side of the church at Collylinn and Ledcameroch Roads, where parked cars may provide an additional hazard for both cars and pedestrians. The local authority has attached notices to lamp posts in surrounding roads, and elsewhere, identifying where and when cars can be parked. Holders of “blue badges” will be aware of the special allowances available to them, but we remind all drivers to be considerate to our neighbours and other road users in how and where they park. Of course, we operate a car-to-church scheme, especially for our more elderly members and those that may require additional assistance. Please contact the church office if you want to make use of the scheme. Please contact me if you require any further information concerning the above. Douglas C Thomson Clerk to the Board
The late Rev. David P. Munro, MA BD STM 7th September 1929 â€“ 21st January 2019
We were all saddened to learn of David Munro’s passing on Tuesday 21st January 2019 at the age of 89 years. There was barely a seat to be had a David’s funeral at Killearn Kirk on Friday 8th February and this reveals something of the affection and esteem that he was held in by all those who knew him. David’s contribution to the ministry and mission of the former Bearsden North Church cannot be overstated and so it was felt appropriate to include a tribute to his life and ministry in Word from the Cross. We are indebted to the Rev. Fergus Buchanan for his permission to print the Eulogy he gave at David’s funeral service, and this is reproduced in full underneath as is the Tribute paid to David’s life and ministry at the Kirk Session meeting on Wednesday 20th March. In the last magazine we sought comments and memories from those who had experienced David’s ministry in Bearsden North. A selection of those contributed include:“He was a most caring and dedicated man. His God, his family and his congregation were his life! He always hoped he would be able to preach until the end and I’m so happy he got his wish.” “One memory that remains in my mind is of "The Notebook". If one mentioned anything to him, this notebook, or notepad, which I suspect was already open at a blank page, was whipped out of his pocket and a note scribbled into it in what looked like his own kind of shorthand (you couldn't have read it even if you did have sight of it!) - and you could be sure that if what you had mentioned required further action, it would receive attention. A small thing in its way, but of such things are memories made!” “I, and most people, commented on his prayers – I felt he was talking to me alone and others felt the same.” GRW
Eulogy given by Rev. Fergus Buchanan – 8th February 2019 My first contact with David was when I was a Probationer for the Ministry. Along with others I had to attend a Conference at Carberry Tower. David was one of the speakers and his topic was ‘How To Organize Your First Year. ‘ There was practical advice about setting up your study, not listening to stories about your predecessor and keeping you card index up to date. And David had card indexes for everything. Apart from the usual things like the Congregational Roll, there was a record of books read and illustrations he had gleaned for his preaching - with the dates when they were used. But my abiding memory of that talk is quite simply of this man absolutely buzzing with the joy and the privilege of serving God as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. It was obvious that in David’s mind there was no greater work that could ever fall to a man or a woman, a conviction that he conveyed to a number of Probationers who trained under him. 15
The call came to him earlier than to many of us. He would tell you that from the age of about ten his aspiration was to be a Minister. He had been raised in the family of Hector and Joan Munro. Hector was the Superintendent of Quarrier’s Homes in Bridge of Weir and David and his brothers and sister were brought up to honour God’s Word and to care for the weak and vulnerable. And it seemed to David that the most natural way to combine both of those priorities was to be a Parish Minister. So all the subjects he chose at school we geared towards that end and indeed in the course of time all his interests were caught up in his desire to be the best that he could be as a Minister. Needless to say every parish he served benefited from his vision and energy. After college and a year of study in America, he was inducted to the parish of Aberluthnott in Kincardineshire, then it was on to Castlehill in Ayr in the heady days of Church Extension and then in 1967 Bearsden North where he served until retirement in 1996 having seen the establishment of the Baljaffray Church Centre, later to be Baljaffray Parish Church. There is so much that could be said about David’s contribution to the life of all these parishes in his conduct of worship and his pastoral care but running through it all was his commitment to being the Minister of the parish available to all whenever the need arose. That required considerable discipline with regard to time, energy and priorities and very few of us manage to get on top of that completely but David rarely gave the impression of being overwhelmed. I once read something that somebody from Bearsden North wrote about him in which he was described as the ‘human dynamo‘. We all recognize David in that but we should also appreciate where that came from. He enjoyed being busy but he also valued times of reflection on his own and with colleagues. He thought deeply about the Church, where she stood in our times and where she needed to go. He was open to new ideas when they clarified his vision and encouraged him in his ministry. In fact, he never lost his love of study as his frequent book reviews in Life and Work testify. People used to say to him: ‘How do you find the time to do that?’ And he would always say: ‘Och I enjoy it. And you get to keep the books.’ David was most completely fulfilled as a Parish Minister but the whole Church of Scotland benefited from his gifts. I don’t think I realised until recently just how wide was David’s contribution to the Councils of the Church but perhaps he will be best remembered for his work for the Department of Education and the Assembly Council. On Education his Convenership saw an expansion of children’s ministry in the Church, notably with his editing and contributing to ‘Children Of The Way‘, a programme of Christian Education, something that was very close to his heart. His Convenership of the Assembly Council was during a challenging time with the Church needing to be alerted to diminishing resources and the need to establish priorities in our way forward. One particular General Assembly saw him taking a bit of a bruising from certain quarters but still holding his position with confidence and with respect to all. One fellow Convenor of the time described him as at all times combining ‘unwearied affability and courteous 16
pugnacity’. With regard to the Presbytery of Dumbarton, David was a natural for the post of Clerk which he undertook in 1986. His grasp of procedure at meetings was much appreciated by successive Moderators myself included. When my time came I was much in his debt for his whispered advice when things were becoming a bit intense, not to mention his polo mints which sustained me during the longer debates. But it was also his pastoral gifts which are remembered by members. I was at a Conference when I heard the news of David’s death and when I told a colleague who was also there, a former member of Presbytery; he shared with me a rough time he had endured when David was a major source of support to himself and his wife. Others knew something of that, times when a shadow had fell across your path, and David encouraged you forward. I once had a difficult task to perform for Presbytery. I had to go to a congregation on the Lord’s Day, tell them that their minister had been suspended from his duties, and then conduct worship. Mindful of how I might be feeling about that, David called me to the North Manse on the Friday for a chat. ‘Don’t try to be clever. Just go there and preach the Gospel.‘ That was a pastor’s heart speaking, not just for me but for the congregation involved. What they needed most in that moment was to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. So many memories like that have been shared in the aftermath of David’s death on 21 January the day after he preached the Gospel for the last time at Gartocharn Parish Church. But those of us who heard the news very quickly began to think of those closest to him in the family he cherished. Joan, Catriona and Morag have the happiest memories of David as a husband, a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. They remember with thanksgiving his relationship with Jessie which realized the Biblical vision of two being one with Jessie being confidently pronounced by David ‘the perfect minister’s wife.‘ They remember happy family holidays, David’s interest in the things that were important to them, his encouragement in their studies, his hopes that they would fulfill their own personal dreams, his support throughout their adult lives and his joy when the family grew with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is to them that our hearts go out today. We hope they will continue to draw strength from one another but also that they will be encouraged by the faith in which David lived and died. That having fought the good fight and finished the race and kept the faith he now knows the fulfillment of all the Gospel promises in that place where no shadows fall and there is complete renewal in the presence of the Risen Lord. Amen.
Tribute to the late Reverend David P. Munro Bearsden Cross Church Kirk Session – Wednesday, 20th March 2019 In the Assembly Area behind the sanctuary of Bearsden Cross Church there is a Timeline which was commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the formation of the church from the union of the former congregations of Bearsden North and Bearsden South. The photographs of each Minister to have served these congregations represent something of the history and story of the congregations, and remind us of their respective contributions. But a photograph can only take us so far, and therefore we need to turn to the person themselves and their ministry. Every ministry has its value and worth; however David Munro’s contribution to the life and mission of the former Bearsden North church for nearly 30 years is surely one of the most notable. Following his passing on 21st January 2019, two days after preaching his final sermon, tribute has been paid to David’s relentless energy, a “human dynamo” as someone once described him. Recognition has also been given to his tireless service of the wider Church of Scotland through his work with national committees such as the Department of Education and the Assembly Council, together with his unstinting service to the Presbytery of Dumbarton of which he was Moderator and its’ Clerk. Even after his retirement in 1996, David continued to serve as a Locum in a variety of congregations throughout the Presbytery and his thoughtful sermons and compassionate pastoral work were deeply valued by all those he served. It is, however, David’s ministry to the former Bearsden North church that is closest to our hearts and memories. David’s move to Bearsden North in 1967 from Castlehill in Ayr began the longest period of his ministry. David was renowned for maintaining card index boxes for everything – from pastoral visits and notes, to books read, to sermon illustrations (and most importantly, where and when used!), however this does not begin to hint at his energy and commitment to serving God and God’s people. David was a faithful pastor, a thoughtful preacher and in many ways was a visionary for how the church could and should be. Perhaps the greatest legacy of David’s ministry in Bearsden was the establishment of the church centre at Baljaffray which was raised to full congregational status in 2006. While this final act took place after the end of David’s ministry it is clear that it was his vision and drive that brought the church at Baljaffray into being, and indeed he often bemoaned the fact that the national church has blocked its’ full establishment many years before that – something he felt was imperative for that new and significant estate of housing in Bearsden. 18
I would have lunch with David from time-to-time at, where else but, Oakwood in Killearn (!) and I greatly valued his wisdom, pastoral sensitivity, and enthusiastic encouragement of my own ministry. I will always value and cherish these, invariably lengthy, conversations! David’s ministry was ably and enthusiastically supported by his beloved Jessie and they enjoyed many years of marriage together until her passing. David was kept going by the love and support of his three daughters, Joan, Morag and Catriona and all of their families including his five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren to whom he was a devoted Papa and grand-paps, and it is to the family that our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to at this time. ‘Well done good and faithful servant; … enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.’ (Matthew 25:23, KJV) Rev. Dr. Graeme R. Wilson, MCIBS, BD (Hons), Th.M, DMin Minister, Bearsden Cross Church
Flowers and crosses at Church entrance.
Picture by Graeme R Wilson
Erskine Bridge Cross Walk
Saturday 11th May 1 – 5 pm
Christian Aid Week is just a few weeks away. In the UK last year £8.5 million of vital funds were raised by 57,000 volunteers in 12,000 churches. This year’s Bridge Cross Challenge on Saturday 11th May will launch Christian Aid Week in Scotland. Christian Aid is delighted to welcome its Chief Executive, Amanda Mukwashi, to open the Erskine Bridge Cross Walk which will be celebrating its 32st anniversary. Over the years it has helped raise an amazing amount of money for Christian Aid. Last year our congregation contributed £1960. Do please join us again this year. You can walk and/or sponsor our Minister, who will also be taking part. Later this month sponsorship forms and information guides will be available on the Christian Aid notice-board next to the kitchen in the Assembly Area. Please take copies and also complete the Registration Form on the notice-board. Please ask if your sponsors are tax payers and will agree to Gift Aid. If they agree, then fill in their house number and post code on the sponsor form. This will enable Christian Aid to get 25p extra for every pound you collect. If you are not walking – please sponsor someone who is. If you don’t know who is walking, just look at the Registration Form on the notice-board. The Minister’s sponsorship forms will be in the Vestibule and Assembly Areas.
Christian Aid Week Sunday 12th – Saturday 18th May This year Christian Aid Week’s focus is on helping the world’s poorest mothers in countries such as Sierra Leone give birth safely, and for them and their babies to have the greatest gift of all – the gift of life. The Door-to-Door collection during Christian Aid Week is the single biggest act of Christian witness in Britain, when we join with churches across the United Kingdom and Ireland in helping people like Jebbeh and her family. 21
Last year we in Bearsden Cross raised just over £4600. It is our major fundraiser for Christian Aid so do please consider volunteering as a collector this year. Jim Stewart (587 7253) will need approximately sixty collectors. He will be delighted to hear from you and can explain what is involved. You can also sign up on the volunteer sheet on the Christian Aid notice-board in the Assembly Area. The Bearsden Christian Aid Committee decided recently not to hold a Coffee Morning for Christian Aid Week this year due to the competing Bearsden Festival and the loss of New Kilpatrick’s halls as a venue. We shall therefore need to concentrate our efforts on the Erskine Bridge Cross Walk and the Door-to-Door Collection! “Thank you” to all of you who continue to support Christian Aid via “Penny Boxes”. If you would like more information about how your money is used, take a look at the Christian Aid website at www.christianaid.org.uk. Lyndsay Ross
Flowers “Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.” Bishop Reginald Heber. Thank you to those members of the congregation who have contributed to the flower fund. Flowers for March 2019
4th. 10th. 17th. 24th. 31st.
Mrs. M. Sleight. Mrs. J. Hill. Anonymous. Ms. I. Mackinnon. Mrs. M. Waudby.
Mrs. K. Edmond. Mrs. C. Taggart Mrs. A. Minty. Mrs. E. Hall Mrs. E. Sinclair
There are still a few Sundays left empty on the flower list. if anyone would like to add their names the list is available in the hall vestibule. Christine Taggart 22
Eighteen volunteers from our church helped at the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter for a week recently. Some did morning shifts, some evening, and some both. We all had different experiences, both poignant and funny, but possibly the team with the most exciting time was the one on duty on the Friday evening, Maureen Meldrum and Eleanor Wright, who found themselves present at a presentation of a cheque to the Shelter by Grégory Vignal, former player and current coach of Rangers Football Club. £30,000, half of the money, raised yet again by Rangers Charity Foundation sponsored sleep-outs at Ibrox, has once again enabled the Shelter to remain open to the end of March. Eleanor and Maureen with Grégory Vignal in the kitchen, with a more appetising array of eats than the usual toast. The rough sleepers arriving for the night enjoyed having the Rangers party present and a lot of photographs were taken.
The rough sleeper guests were delighted to be snapped with Grégory, whatever their own football allegiance! Katie Thomson
Social Functions Brew 'n' Blether - Save the date! The next Brew 'n' Blether will take place on Friday 3rd May, 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Come and join us for tea/coffee, cake and time for a 'blether'. Entertainment to be announced later. 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!
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 6 April 27 April 4 May 18 May 1 June 15 June
Sheila Stevenson, Margaret Mackinlay or the Church Office
David Marshall Forest Trail Three Lochs Way Lennoxtown Circular Walk Whitelee Wind Farm Balfron Circular Dunoon
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 from Margaret Mackinlay or the Church Office
“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: 12 April, 10 May and 14 June 2019 FROM: 2 – 3.30pm Tea and coffee provided
WHERE: Church of Scotland 61 Drymen Road Bearsden G61 2SU CONTACT: Anne O’Donnell AO’Donnell@Alzscot.org
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 Mrs Anne Campbell Changes of Address Miss Alison Smart Mr Peter Taylor New members by certificate Rev Douglas and Mrs Janette Clark
Dates for your Diary March 31
Morning Service Crèche
10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.
Morning Service Crèche Bible Basics Lenten Lunch Lent Study Choir “Mind That Song” with Alzheimer Scotland
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7.30 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 12.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 2.00 p.m.
Holy Week (services in Bearden Cross Church except Monday & Wednesday) 14 Palm Sunday Family Service 10.30 a.m. Crèche 10.30 a.m. Traidcraft goods on sale 11.30 a.m. 15 Stations of the Cross St Andrew’s Church 7.30 p.m. 17 Service & Lunch Westerton Parish Church 11.030 a.m. 18 Lenten Lunch (with Communion) 12.30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Communion Service 7.30 p.m. 19 Good Friday Communion service 7.30 p.m. 26
Easter Morning “Dawn” service with Communion 8.00 a.m.
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Easter Breakfast Easter Morning Family Celebration Bible Basics Congregational Board Choir Saturday Night Club
10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.
Bible Class Breakfast Club Morning Service with Girls’ Brigade Funday Sunday & Crèche Congregational Lunch
9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 12 noon
Choir Brew’n’Blether Morning Service Children & Young People's activities Crèche
7.30 p.m. 2.00p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.
May 2 3 5
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
Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church