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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS May 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 Associate Minister: Rev. Douglas W. Clark 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 Summer 2019 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Thursday 16 May 2019. PDF version of the magazine Cover Photograph ŠPeter H Grant; Text Ecclesiastes 3, 1

Parish Letter

Dear Friends, I am writing this on the afternoon of Easter Sunday ‌ tired from the many services that have taken place in recent days and all of the planning and preparation this involved. And yet I am also exhilarated at the wonderful response from the congregation in supporting and participating in these acts of worship and for making the whole of Holy Week such a very special and meaningful time in our congregational life. As much as we might enjoy the thrill and joy of Christmas there can be no doubt that Easter is the truly distinctive Christian festival – the high point of our faith.

One of my theology professors in America used to describe the resurrection of Jesus as a ‘novum’. This is a Latin word to describe a completely new event: an event without precedent. Perhaps another way of putting it is to say that in the narrative and events of Easter we are being presented with signs of the mystery of life. We don’t always necessarily get or understand such things, or their significance, first time round. Or even the second. Resurrection is not an easy concept, and yet however we view the events detailed in the gospels we can believe in the change it brought into the world. We can believe that the empty tomb is the sign of life. We can believe that darkness is giving way to the dawn of a new day and new light. We can believe that an ending has become a new beginning. We can believe that death is not the last word. We can believe that when Jesus tells us to follow him – to leave behind the things that hold us captive – to love our neighbour – to pray for our enemies – to turn the other cheek … then our own lives are resurrected. Resurrection corrects our vision of ourselves, our community, and our connection to God. The grave could not hold him. Love lives again. Shalom, Graeme

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 have taken your choice of favourite stories and parables that Jesus told as the theme for the monthly evening communion services. The final two services of the series are as detailed below. 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.

‘Bible Basics’ is intended to be a fairly gentle and non-threatening 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 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, or just turn up on the day! Graeme


Lent and Holy Week Services 2019

Good Friday 2019

I wish to offer a few words of reflection and thanks for the all those who participated, served and worshipped at our Holy Week services. Our Lenten Lunch reflections this year focused on the accounts in John’s gospel of Arrest of Jesus on 11th April, led by Nairn Young, and on the Trial of Jesus on 18th April, led by myself. There was a good attendance at both events and we were treated to the Social Functions team’s wonderful (secret recipe!) soup on both occasions. £270 was contributed by those present and has been sent to Marie Curie. Thanks are due to Mary Munro and her team of helpers for supplying the lunch after each event. Holy Week brought a variety of perspectives to bear on the events that took place in Jerusalem leading up to Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection. On Monday evening we enjoyed a peaceful service at St Andrews RC church, reflecting on the Stations of the Cross and what they might mean for us today. On Maundy Thursday we celebrated the sacrament of communion in Bearsden Cross church and reflected on John Chapter 13 and the example of servanthood of foot-washing that Jesus offered to his disciples as they spent their last evening together. 7

On Good Friday evening we were pleased to welcome our friends from the neighbouring ABC congregations, and it was heartening to see a congregation of over 100 in attendance. A special thank you to Alastair and Anne Henderson, Nairn Young, Ross Greer, our Organist and the Choir, for making this such a wonderfully moving evening. At the conclusion of the service the white Christ candle, which was lit at the stroke of midnight at our Christmas Eve Watchnight service, was extinguished to remind us of the desolation that Jesus’ followers must have felt before knowing the joy of Easter resurrection three days later. Two wonderfully well attended services on Easter Sunday itself (including the congregation making paper aeroplane crosses!) brought the week to a close. I hope that you found something meaningful among these services, and if you didn’t get a chance to get along this year I hope you might make time next year to share in the Easter story – the story of our faith. GRW/Anne Henderson

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 8

Funday Sunday We all enjoyed holiday for most of April…..and enjoyed participating in the Palm Sunday service. Funday Sunday will be “On” every Sunday from now until the 23rd of June, and we will be continuing to look at some more of the Parables. We have recently chosen the charities for our past years collections and sent cheques to Children 1st and CHAS – certificates of thanks can be seen on the noticeboard. Sunday 23rd June will be our Annual Prize giving followed by our family BBQ in the Manse garden, at which we hope to see everyone –please put the date in your diary! Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary

Bible Class and Saturday Night Club Bible Class and Saturday Night Club have been off for much of April while our young people relax over the holidays. Due to this we will update everyone on feedback we have been receiving for both groups as well as tell you what we have been doing. Saturday Night Club: SNC has prepared for Easter by decorating eggs with paint, marbling and decoupage paper. The eggs will have been displayed on wreaths in the church on Easter Day. We also contributed Easter themed baking, with chocolate nests, lemon cupcakes, carrot cake and Simnel muffins to go with tea and coffee one Sunday morning. 9

Bible Class Our Easter themed Bible Class activity was the classic egg drop, where our young people had to build something to protect an egg from a drop off the balcony. Only one egg exploded on impact!

Following two weeks of study, Bible Class members led the procession, prayers, children's address and Bible readings on Palm Sunday. Our children's address focussed on how Jesus didn't look, or act, like a normal King but he was and still is the King of Kings. Feedback from our young people: Over the past two years, leaders have put a real emphasis on listening to and acting on feedback from our young people. In Bible Class, the most dramatic and bizarre Bible stories, as well as topical issues such as a Christian response to the climate crisis are most popular. Encouragingly, although everyone felt involved in planning our 2018 youth services, many would like to be even more involved. The Bible Class have also spent recent months listening to and scoring a wide variety of traditional and modern praise music, which will help them in planning future youth services. Feedback from SNC has shown baking to be consistently popular, so we now do this once a month, to coincide with the Bible Class serving tea & coffee the following morning. For more information on Bible Class or Saturday Night Club speak to Lesley, Ross or Nicola. All are welcome! 10

TMC TMC will meet as usual for friendship, fellowship and chat; in Massimo’s at 7:00pm on Monday 29 April and Monday 27 May. Further details from Anne Henderson or Diane Walker or the Church Office

Social Functions Brew 'n' Blether - Save the date! The next Brew 'n' Blether will take place on Friday 3rd May, 2 3.30 p.m.

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Come and join us for 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!

Flowers Flowers for April 2019 “ To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow “ Audrey Hepburn. Thank you to the members of the congregation who have contributed to the flower fund and to the arrangers who decorated the Church for Easter. Christine Taggart (Christine is on holiday and will include details of the April flowers in the next magazine, to ensure that the appropriate people are acknowledged.) 11

Christian Aid Week Sunday 12th – Saturday 18th May


CHRISTIAN AID “Thank You” to all those who donated so very generously to the recent DEC Appeal for the victims of Cyclone Idai. So far we have raised just over £1000 for the appeal. Thank you too for all your filled “Penny Boxes” – over £60 was donated last month. Erskine Bridge Cross Walk , Saturday 11th May 1 – 5 pm The Erskine Bridge Cross Walk takes place on Saturday, 11th May. There is still plenty of time to register to walk, by putting your name on the Registration Form, and also to sponsor our walkers including our Minister. You can find the Registration Form with all the names of those walking, together with information guides and sponsorship forms, on the Christian Aid Noticeboard in the Assembly Area. Please consider walking and/or sponsoring our walkers. The Minister’s sponsorship forms are in the Vestibule and the Assembly Area and Diane Walker has once again very kindly agreed to look after them. Last year we raised £1960. Can we do even better this year? Let’s try! The Door-to-Door Collection The focus this Christian Aid Week is on helping the world’s poorest mothers in countries such as Sierra Leone to give birth safely, and for them and their babies to have the greatest gift of all – the gift of life. By providing more health clinics, better hygiene and medical training we can save lives and ensure there are more ‘happy birth days’. 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. Here in Bearsden Cross Church we raised just over £4600 last year. It is our major fundraiser for Christian Aid so please volunteer as a collector this year. Jim Stewart will need approximately sixty collectors to cover the parish streets allocated to us. 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 13

Assembly Area. In past years collectors have usually delivered their envelopes one day and then collected them on subsequent days. This year, if you prefer and are short of time, why not just knock on doors with the envelopes and collect on the same day. The envelopes will say that they can be dropped off at Bearsden Cross Church if they are not collected. We will be counting the money from 7pm on Monday, 20 May, in the Guild Room. If you could spare the time for this, your help would be much appreciated. Further activities Christian Aid Week envelopes, for those who do not receive one, and a 7 day devotional for Christian Aid Week will be available in the pews. Please take a copy home. Look out also for Katie Thomson who will be selling copies of this year’s Christian Aid Week Quiz which is based on book titles. Completed entries should be returned to the Church Office by Sunday, 19th May. There will be a prize for the first correct entry opened thereafter. As there is no Joint Churches Coffee Morning and plant sale this year we shall need to concentrate our efforts on the Bridge Cross, the Door-to-Door Collection and the Quiz! If you are in Edinburgh during Christian Aid Week the St Andrews and St George’s West Book Sale is well worth a visit. The patron for this year is Kirsty Wark. The sale is open from Saturday, 11 May – 10.00am to Friday 17 May – 3.30pm. Over 100,000 books of every kind fill the sanctuary and both courtyards. But there’s much more than books – upstairs in the gallery you’ll find sheet music (and more books!) and downstairs in the Undercroft Café you’ll find pictures and delicious home baking. In the Davidson Room, hidden at the back of the church, there’s a treasure trove of antiques and collectables. And there are also toys, records, stamps and postcards! Since the sale started in 1974 it has raised over £2m for Christian Aid. If you would like more information about how your money is used, and the work of Christian Aid, look at its website at Lyndsay Ross 14

Glasgow City Mission I wonder if you saw “60 Days on the Streets”, a series shown on Channel 4 during March; it may still be accessible online. A former army captain, Ed Stafford, prompted by the fact that there are currently 13,000 ex-service personnel living homeless in Britain, spent 60 days (and nights!) as a homeless person himself, sharing the life of rough sleepers in London, Manchester and Glasgow. The Glasgow episode was shown on 28th March and covered some spells of very cold, sometimes snowy, weather. In the programme, Ed talks with a number of people who tell him how they became homeless and what they think their chances are of turning their lives around. He also spends a night at the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter and hears from Lorna McIntyre about its aims and methods. If you want to know what the Shelter, well known to some of us, looks like, this film gives it plenty of coverage! What emerged strongly from Ed’s experience is that he felt Glasgow and Scotland as a whole are coping much better than the other two cities with the whole issue of homelessness. We see him visiting the place where one of the homeless friends he made grew up in poverty and squalor, and he also goes with two others to interviews they hope will lead to their getting real accommodation. The programme pulls no punches - some of it is poignant and a lot of it is grim - but there is plenty of typical Glasgow humour in it too, and, unmistakably, some real hope that things are improving and people do care. As a footnote to that, Lorna’s report for the Night Shelter for 1 December – 28 February (in the current number of “Connect”) notes 554 as the total number of guests, compared with 486 for the same period last year, BUT only 15

1,788 bed nights this year, compared with 2,993 last year. In other words, as Ed Stafford discovered, Glasgow IS managing to get homeless people housed! The Mission is immensely grateful to all its helpers and most of all to God. Katie Thomson

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 4 May 18 May 1 June 15 June

Sheila Stevenson, Margaret Mackinlay or the Church Office

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: 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’

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.



Killermont Parish Church, Rannoch Drive, Bearsden. Due to the growth of housing in Bearsden in the 1930's, the congregation of New Kilpatrick Church decided to provide a church in the Killermont area. The area had been mainly farmland before the construction of a large number of bungalows. The Campbell-Colquhoun family were the owners of Killermont and Garscadden Estates and, thanks to Capt. A. J. CampbellColquhoun, a site was provided free of charge and a hall constructed in 1935 to be used initially for worship. It was the intention to build the Church adjacent to the hall but this was delayed because of the war and also because construction was restricted to providing housing after the war. New Kilpatrick provided an interim Kirk Session until full church status was achieved and the first minister was inducted in 1935. Killermont became a separate charge in 1938. The erection of a Church finally took place in 1957 and the Session agreed that they should "wear dark suits and black ties for the dedication ceremony". The Church was offered a bell dating back to 1739 from St. Conval in Inchinnan which was installed at Killermont in 1952 but sadly it was stolen and a new bell obtained in 1961. This bell was removed later due to safety concerns during high winds and more recently the bell tower was also removed.


The church contains some attractive contemporary stained glass. The windows on the south wall came from Victoria Park Church when it closed and eventually was demolished in 1993. A window, gifted from Cambridge Street Church, is by one of Scotland's leading stained glass artists, Gordon Webster (1908 - 1987), and was installed in 1968. There are other windows in the church by Gordon Webster and also a window on the west wall by Sadie McLellan (1914 - 2007), another notable stained glass artist who was born in Milngavie and educated at Bearsden Academy. Over the years, three further halls were added at the rear of the building resulting in a comprehensive suite of accommodation. In 2013, the open space between the church and the front hall was enclosed by a large, modern, split level, bright and welcoming area that contains an attractive cafe and modern toilets. There are sets of glazed doors from this area giving views into the sanctuary. The building is well used and appreciated by the local community.

John Gair


Church Register Funeral 05.03.19

Mrs Anne Campbell

Recent Changes of Address Mr Peter and Mrs Sheila Forgie New member by Certificate Mr Ewan Campbell Certificates of Transfer issued Mr Bryan Stewart and Mr Calum Stewart

Dates for your Diary April 28

May 3 5 10 11

Bible Class Morning Service including Girls’ Brigade Funday Sunday & Crèche Congregational Lunch Brew’n’Blether

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.45 a.m. 2.00 p.m.

Morning Service Funday Sunday Activities & Crèche “Mind that Song” with Alzheimer Scotland Christian Aid Bridge Cross Saturday Night Club

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

12th – 19th May 12

Bible Class

Christian Aid week 10.30 a.m. 21

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Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Evening Communion Bible Study; The Gospel of John Messy Church Saturday Night Club Mugdock BBQ

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 6.30 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 3.30 p.m. 7.00 p.m.

Bible Class Breakfast Club Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft Bible Class trip to Heart & Soul Christian Aid Count

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

Morning Service 10.30 a.m. Funday Sunday Activities & Crèche 10.30 a.m. Bible Study; The Gospel of John 10.30 a.m. Kirk Session 7.30 p.m. Coffee Concert 10.45 a.m. for 11.30 a.m. Saturday Night Club 7.30 p.m. Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft Music Weekend Concert

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 3.00 p.m.

Any content for the Summer 2019 edition of the magazine should be with the editor no later than Thursday 16 May 2019. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome! 22


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 23

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