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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS Summer 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 September 2019 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Friday 23 August 2019. Web version of the magazine Cover Photograph ŠPeter H Grant;

Parish Letter I am writing this letter for the magazine as I begin my week at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Every year some 600+ Commissioners (delegates) descend on the Assembly Hall on The Mound in Edinburgh to discuss and debate the work of the Church in Scotland and further afield. There are reports from the various Councils and Committees of the Church presented to the Assembly and these are collated in what is known as the ‘Blue Book’. This runs to some 400+ pages and so requires a lot of detailed reading and thinking before and during the Assembly. Some of you may have seen reports in the Press about the Church cutting some its central overheads, but this is not simply an exercise in cost-cutting but rather an effort to redistribute funds back to congregations and Presbyteries to enable and encourage local missional initiatives. There is no doubt that these are challenging times for the church, not just in Scotland but also in most of the northern hemisphere and what we might refer to as the Western world. And yet the church continues to grow in some places in the southern hemisphere and we should take encouragement that God’s message of love and forgiveness continues to touch hearts and minds across the globe.

There are many challenges facing us as a congregation and as a church but the God we worship and serve will not forsake us. Indeed the God of love will always lead us into new ways for us to serve him, the church and our neighbour. ‘Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?’ (Isaiah 43:19). We need to perceive the new things that God is calling us to do. I wish you a warm and pleasant summer, and safe travels if you are venturing on holiday. God bless you and yours. Shalom, Graeme

White Ribbons You may have noticed the white ribbons adorning the railings outside the Church during May. To show our support for communities affected by the atrocities in Sri Lanka, the Moderator, Rt Rvd Susan Brown, invited congregations throughout Scotland to display ribbons outside their Church buildings.

POTENTIAL PILGRIMAGE TRIP TO HOLY LAND Would you be interested in an 8 or 10 day trip to the Holy Land to visit many of the key Christian sites in that area? A wide range of tour companies offer pilgrimage trips. Two have been recommended to us by friends or ministerial colleagues. These are McCabe Travel Special Pilgrimages

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Depending on numbers who declare an interest it may be possible to organise a customised trip for Bearsden Cross members and friends. If you would like to be consulted /informed about possible plans for a visit some time in 2020 or early 2021 speak to the me or the Session Clerk. Should there be sufficient interest an information evening will be arranged in September. Have a look at these web sites and let us know what type of trip might appeal to you. This will help us target further discussion with potential travel compa nies before any information meeting. The date for any such meeting would be intimated from the pulpit and in the September issue of “Word from the Cross�. No decisions about the timing and nature of any visit will be taken until after this meeting. Graeme 5

BBC ‘Songs of Praise’ Along with many other congregations in the West of Scotland, we received an invitation to bring ‘enthusiastic singers’ to a recording of Songs of Praise at Glasgow Cathedral on Tuesday 14th May. The Cathedral was full to capacity for the recording, and the assembled singers were ably led in singing 12 different hymns by Andrew Forbes – who some may remember gave an organ recital here a couple of years ago. As each hymn was recorded either 2 or 3 times this meant that we sung the equivalent of around 30 hymns on the night which was both tiring and fun. The programme from the Cathedral will be broadcast on Sunday 23rd June using some of the hymns recorded, with the remaining hymns being used for different programmes over the coming months. Why don’t you watch and see who you can spot from this congregation … and maybe beyond! Graeme


Funday Sunday 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 now have a letter of thanks from the Teddy Bear Foundation, our third charity for the past year. 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! Looking ahead, after what we hope will be a great summer holiday for everyone; we will start back for the new Session at 10.30am on Sunday 18th August. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past year. Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary

Bible Class and Saturday Night Club This month Bible Class and Saturday Night Club have been busy with lots of different things. At Bible class we talked about World War 2 and the Clydebank Blitz and the bombing of our own church. We had an amazing opportunity to talk to Bill Mackinley about his experience of WW2 and what he remembers as a child about the effects the bombing had on our church. He brought in old newspaper articles 7

and a toy plane that he had bought at the time. A few members of the bible class then went to another room and interviewed him with questions we had prepared earlier. His wife Margaret also joined us and we got to know them over bacon rolls by playing the M&M game. They were both good sports and joined in our teamwork building game, string circle after enjoying some birthday cake to celebrate a member’s special day. We have continued listening to the different genres of Christian music around the world. We recently spoke about Christianity and its history in France and were interested to learn that a very high percentage of French Christians are Catholic. We also have had a go at the pencil drop game which involves lowering a pencil into a bottle on a piece of string. The catch? Two people must lower it while back to back. Picture included! At Saturday Night Club we have done a lot of baking for the following mornings as we have had a bake sale fundraising for Mediterranean Hope. Thank you very much to all who supported us! Additionally we provided baking for the congregational lunch which members of Bible class helped out with. This included some delicious honey cake, lemon drizzle cake and brownies which all went down very well. Excitingly, we have also done a bit of gardening which was great fun as it isn’t something we regularly do. There was a mixture of plants ranging from flowers to small trees which everyone worked together to put into plant pots. Plants such as lavender where picked for their bee friendly properties! 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!


THE BOYS’ BRIGADE FIRST BEARSDEN COMPANY The 1st Bearsden have had a busy few months. The Pipe Band won the Novice Pipe Band award at the Boys’ Brigade Scotland Band Competition.

Meanwhile, Junior Section Boys won the Lennox and Argyll Model Making Competition. Junior Section Boys also took part in a sleepover at The Glasgow Science Centre and an adventure weekend at Dalguise Centre in Perthshire. Back in Bearsden, Company Section Boys received tuition in resuscitation from members of the Dumbarton branch of The Order of St John and Anchor Boys ended their session with a party and magic show. Company Section look forward to a traditional summer camp at Fordell Firs in August. Congratulations to Alastair Thomson, a young leader in the 1st who has been elected to represent The Boys’ Brigade constituency in The Scottish Youth Parliament. 9

The Girls’ Brigade The Girls’ Brigade were in church on Sunday 28th April for their end of year Parade and it was good to see so many of the girls and the Officers on the day. Sadly, this was Jennifer Major’s last Parade with the GB as she will be retiring from her post as Captain after over 20 years of service to the GB both locally and nationally. We presented Jennifer with a photo frame, together with the photograph below, to mark her many years of devoted service and to wish her well for the future. Graeme


Flowers Flowers for April and May 2019 “Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June “ Al. Bernstein. Thank you to the members of the congregation who have contributed to the flower fund and to the flower arrangers. Provided by:

Arranged by:

April 7th. 14th. 21st. 28th.

In memory of Fiona Thomson. Mrs. G. Stokes From funds. Ms. R. Walters Mrs. M. Turkington. Easter arrangements, Flower group In memory of John Thomson Mrs. G. Agar

May 5th. 12th. 19th. 26th.

Mrs. D. Day. From funds. Mrs. H. Hutchison. Mrs. C. Speirs.

Mrs. E. Anderson Mrs. K. Edmond Mrs. A. Minty Mrs. A. Minty

If you enjoy flowers and would like to join the group as an arranger (no previous knowledge required — help is at hand), please contact either Gwen Stokes or Christine Taggart. Christine Taggart



As I write, Christian Aid Week is in full swing with our volunteer collectors knocking on doors throughout the parish. For once the weather – so far – has been very kind to us and the Erskine Bridge Cross Walk took place on a lovely sunny day. There will be a full report, covering the Walk and the Doorto-Door Collection, in the next issue of the magazine. Meanwhile, thank you for your continuing support and especially for all your hard work at this busy time. Lyndsay Ross

Our last sale before the summer holidays is on June 9th. Do come to clear the decks so we haven't got to put too much into storage! Jo and Keith Moody

TMC TMC will meet as usual for friendship, fellowship and chat; in Massimo’s at 7:00pm on Monday 27 May and Monday 24 June Further details from Anne Henderson or Diane Walker or the Church Office


Glasgow City Mission Across the river.... It was December 2005 and the children were arriving for the Ark, the afterschool care service. One was a boy of 5 who burst chaotically into the main hall, marched up to Anne, the leader and thrust a torn and rumpled paper bag into her hand. “Open it!” he commanded. She did and produced a cheap and battered “silver” cup. “Oh Charlie!” she exclaimed. “This is beautiful. Who gave you this?” “Teacher”, said Charlie. “Did she? And what did you get it for?” “BEING QUIET!!” was the deafening reply. And at that moment, watching this little scene, I knew that the GCM Child and Family Centre in Linthouse was where I would become a volunteer! At that point, it operated a nursery for 3-5 year olds on weekday mornings and the Ark for P1-7 pupils from five local schools in the afternoons. Occasional classes for Mums were also organized, through Cardonald College, on such topics as cookery, budgeting and playing with toddlers, and there was a small Bible study group too. That was all. In 2009-10, however, as the recession hit Linthouse, the Ark closed, for, unlike the nursery, it was not funded by Glasgow Education Department, and few parents could afford its modest fees. Several staff left and things looked bleak, but Anne saw this as a challenge to start new projects. Among these was a thrift shop in an empty local shop, which sold mainly donated second hand clothes. It only lasted a few months but it had important results. It brought together a team of Mums who learned skills (in some cases leading to college courses), gained self-confidence and became friends. They 13

channeled their energies into other activities within the Centre and became the means by which expansion gradually took place, reaching out into a disadvantaged community and aiming to help not just the children but their families too. This work was recognised in 2016, when the parents successfully nominated Anne for an Evening Times Community Award for South Glasgow, and indeed when Glasgow Education Department tried to close the nursery, it was forced to change its mind in face of the social media onslaught it suffered at the hands of the Linthouse community. Today, the after school care is fully restored for P1-7 and there is a Parent and Toddler group too which is held in a local church because there is no spare room at the Centre. Holiday Clubs are run throughout all school holidays and there are now members of the GCM staff assigned to looking after the Mums and – the most recent appointment – the Dads, because parents are so keen to be involved, “to give something back”, as one Dad put it. The main problem the Centre has currently is sheer lack of space and the need to find larger premises – a big problem certainly, but a much healthier one than what seemed to be looming 10 years ago. Anne has no doubt that God has blessed the Child and Family Centre. She sees its aim as being to give the children and their families the best possible start in life and reduce the likelihood of them needing the help of the Project Centre or Night Shelter. Quite simply, she says, she wants “to keep showing the children and their families the love of Jesus through our actions and deeds.” This inspiring and exciting work in Govan is just as important as everything else that Glasgow City Mission does. Our prayers and donations have helped here as well as in Crimea Street and the Mission is, as always, very grateful for both. 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

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Sheila Stevenson or Margaret Mackinlay or the Church Office

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

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS Social Evening - September SAVE THE DATE! A musical fund-raising evening is being planned for Friday 20th September at 7.30 p.m., the proceeds going to Faifley Church and an invitation to join us has been extended to their congregation. Music will be provided by 'The Turn' who will be playing a selection of 60's and 70's popular music. A hot supper and wine will be served. Please come along, should be a good evening! Tickets, priced ÂŁ7.50, are available from the office or any member of the committee. Mary Munro, Convener 15

“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: 14 June, 9 August 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.



Coffee Concert in aid of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Saturday 22nd June

Bearsden violinist and member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Ella Fraser and Estonian pianist Liivi Arder will perform pieces by Barber, Brahms and Saint-Saens to raise funds to support the NYO. 10.45am Tea/Coffee and Home baking 11.30am concert. All welcome.

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FILM - THE TROJANS THURS 13TH JUNE - 7.30pm – ASSEMBLY HALL, DOUGLAS ACADEMY, MILNGAVIE A brand new, haunting and uplifting adaptation of Euripedes’ great anti-war tragedy, The Trojan Women, written and acted by a cast of Syrian refugees living in Glasgow. The Trojans transcends countries and time with a cast who have known the horror of war bringing their own experiences of exile and loss and of the bitter-sweetness of building new lives in Scotland. The film is produced by Charlotte Eagar - award winning filmmaker, foreign correspondent and writer - and William Stirling – writer and film-maker who together set up The Trojan Women Project in 2013 - a combined therapeutic drama workshop and awareness-raising project for Syrian refugees where they can share their stories in a sympathetic group setting helping them to deal with the depression and isolation that comes with losing everything – home, community, family, work – and living in the curious limbo that is refugee existence. A Q and A session will follow the film and there will be an opportunity to talk with refugees over some light refreshments. ADMISSION FREE - Donations to Syria Bright Future & Médecins Sans Frontières [Back in mid-2016 4 Syrian Refugee Families arrived in East Dunbartonshire organised by the Council. Shortly afterwards, until late 2017, English Conversation sessions for the group were held weekly in Bearsden Cross Church as part of a community effort to welcome the families. Recently two of the refugees took part in the making of the film "The Trojans".]


These Local Groups and activities might be of interest to retired members of our congregation. The University of the Third Age (U3A) has over 50 groups in Scotland. Bearsden and Milngavie U3A is the local group which has its main monthly meeting in the upper hall of St Andrew's Church on Roman Road, Bearsden. This is a self-help organisation run entirely by volunteers, where members share educational, creative and leisure activities. It is all about learning for pleasure, with friends to be made and no qualifications to be gained. Any retired or semi-retired person can attend a couple of meetings before deciding to pay the princely sum of ÂŁ10 annual subscription. In addition there are almost 50 interest groups suggested by members themselves such as Genealogy, Languages, Poetry, Walking, Cycling, Garden Visits, Science etc. The Bearsden and Milngavie U3A now has over 600 members and there is absolutely no obligation on anyone except to make friends, learn something new, and enjoy themselves in an informal and social atmosphere. For more information visit the website by simply typing Bearsden U3A and clicking on Bearsden & Milngavie U3A: Home - U3A Site Builder or telephone 07592501648 or just simply come along to a main meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 11am and enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits, pleasant company and a talk from a guest speaker. There is a Cheery Ladies Keep Fit exercise class for over 60's that meets at 10am until 10.45am on a Monday and Wednesday in Baljaffrey Parish Church. Telephone 0141 942 1283 for further details. The Milngavie and Bearsden Men's Shed officially opened its restored building, called The Pagoda, at King George V Park in Killermont on 11 May. This is an organisation for men who wish to undertake projects for themselves or the community. The members undertook the restoration work on the premises to provide a space for relaxation, workbench layouts and a kitchen which is already being used to provide lunches. Applications forms are available for membership by either visiting "The Shed" which is open weekdays from 10am until 4pm or by telephoning the Secretary on 07788130188. An over 60's Club meets at Westerton Hall every Thursday from 2pm until 4pm. It allows people the opportunity to get together in a relaxed, cheerful atmosphere, to play cards and various board games. There is a requested donation of ÂŁ1.50 each week and tea and biscuits are available. For more information phone 0141 570 0791 or go along to Westerton Hall in Maxwell Avenue on a Thursday afternoon John Gair 20

Church Register Funeral 24.04.19

Mrs Margaret Waddell

Dates for your Diary May 26 29 June 1 2

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Morning Service 10.30 a.m. Funday Sunday Activities & Crèche 10.30 a.m. Kirk Session 7.30 p.m. June 1-2 Music Weekend with Milngavie Music Club Piano Recital 10.45 for 11.30 a.m. Saturday Night club 7.30 p.m. Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Concert – Clydeside Strings Saturday Night Club Walk

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 3.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Communion Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft Evening Communion Service Bible Basics “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. 6.30 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 2.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Congregational Board Saturday Night Club (Sleepover)

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



Bible Class Breakfast Club 9.45 a.m. Morning Service (Funday Sunday closing service with Prize-giving) 10.30 a.m. Annual BBQ (Manse garden) from 11.30 a.m.

Sundays June 30 – August 11 inclusive Morning Family Service Summer Crèche

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Aug 9

“Mind that Song” (with Alzheimer Scotland)

Aug 18

Morning Service Funday Sunday, Bible Class restart Crèche

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.


Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

Sep 1

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Messy Church Saturday Night Club

10.00 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 3.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Communion Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Evening Communion Service

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

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2.00 p.m.


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