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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

Profile for Bearsden Cross Church

Word from the Cross April 2019  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church

Word from the Cross April 2019  

Parish magazine from Bearsden Cross Church

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