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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

If I lift up my eyes to the hills, where shall I find help? My help comes only from the lord, maker of heaven and earth.

WORD FROM THE CROSS October 2019 Bearsden Cross Church – Scottish Charity No: SC009082 – Congregation No: 1811 1

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 Cover – Photograph by Peter H Grant Text – Psalms 121, v1-2

Any content for the November 2019 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Friday 19 October. PDF version of the magazine 2

Parish Letter Dear friends, It's a startling fact but true - Jesus and politicians have a lot in common! This no doubt comes as a surprise to those who regard politics as a dirty business, or who think of politicians essentially as liars (with the exception of Ross Greer obviously!) and who believe steadfastly that politics and religion don't mix. Nonetheless, Jesus and politicians have a lot in common. When you think of it, politicians are elected by promising us something better. Many years ago President Ronald Reagan was elected and then re-elected by asking the public, "Are you better off now than four years ago?" The first time, the people answered "no," and elected Reagan for the promise of something better. Four years later they responded "yes" to the question and elected Reagan for another term in hope of an even better four years. Jesus and politicians have a lot in common. Mind you, not always. A little girl asked her mother whether all fairy tales began with "Once upon a time." "No," replied the mother. "Today most of them begin with, 'If I'm elected.'" Jesus made promises, but not like that. Was Jesus, 2,000 years ago, promising something better? Indeed he was. He said he came to bring in the kingdom of God, the rule of God's righteousness in the world. For 900 years Jews had been hoping for a restoration of the glorious kingdom of David and Solomon. For 500 years they had been longing for an end to foreign tyranny and a return to prosperity and freedom. In Jesus' time, the longings and expectations were at an all-time high. They wanted a saviour, a ‘Messiah’, to liberate them from the yoke and rule of Roman occupation and law. Jesus kept his promise – a promise of something better – except that the people of the time could not see it. Jesus’ promise was also fulfilled in the least expected way … hung on a criminal’s cross. Whatever promises our politicians may make, we know that in the life and ministry of Jesus we can see something better, something truer, something surer. Norman Macleod, the author of the hymn ‘Courage, brother! Do not stumble’, must have felt the same as we do when penning the words in the mid 1800’s. The words of the second verse remain particularly true today. 3

Perish policy and cunning, perish all that fears the light! Whether losing, whether winning, trust in God, and do the right. Some will hate you, some will love you, some will flatter, some will slight; heed them not, and look above you: trust in God, trust in God, trust in God, and do the right. We live in chaotic, turbulent and unprecedented times. It’s difficult to know who, or what, to trust. And so, ‘Heed them not, and look above you. Trust in God, and do the right.’ Shalom, Graeme Rev Clifford Strong, LTh I am sad to report that Rev Clifford Strong, who was Probationer Assistant at the former Bearsden South Church from 1982-83, passed to greater glory on Saturday 21st September. Rev Strong became Minister of Creich, Flisk and Kilmany with Monimail and retired in 1995. His son, Colin, is also a Church of Scotland Minister at Riccarton in Kilmarnock and is known to me from my time in Ayrshire. I can provide Colin’s home address or email address to anyone who might wish to get in touch. Graeme

Student Assistant – Alex MacCallum My name is Alex MacCallum and I am currently in my first year of Ministry training for Full time Word and Sacrament. As Graeme highlighted in the last issue of the magazine, I will be joining Bearsden Cross for my very first placement on the 1st October and will be with you until May 2020, alongside this placement I will also be studying at University. I am a student at the Highland Theological College and attend their base in Paisley a few times each week for lectures with my colleagues from around the country, the lectures are given online which means I can literally watch them anywhere with an internet connection so I never have any excuse not to attend!! 4

I am married to Adele and have two children, Eva who is eight and goes to school in Milngavie and Finn who is four and attends nursery here in the Church. With two young children, life can be pretty busy but when we have some free time we enjoy travelling as a family around Scotland. At the moment, we live in Dumbarton but will be soon be moving up closer to here once we finally manage to sell our house! Our ‘home’ church is St Luke’s in Milngavie where we have been members for a number of years. So a little about me, I was born in Alexandria but moved to Belfast as a very young child so I have an Irish accent mixed in with a little Glaswegian! After completing my secondary school studies in Belfast, I moved to Paisley in 1999 to study for my degree in Behavioural Psychology and after graduating I joined a mental health organisation where I managed different services across the country for the next ten years. It was during these years in secondary school and university that I sensed my calling to serve God but did not answer at that time, and so I continued to work in a variety of sectors in care such as homelessness, addictions and latterly managing a dementia service across Renfrewshire. I came to faith when I was seventeen and even that early age, I had a strong desire to be involved in ministry although I was not sure what that would look like or what it would even involve. I found though that my calling was getting increasingly stronger as the years went on and so in 2016, I decided to finally do something about it to see where this lifelong calling would lead me. I found myself firstly at a vocations conference in Perth and soon after on my Discernment period at Radnor Park / Kilbowie St Andrews in Clydebank, I then attended the national assessment conference earlier this year. Having now been accepted into training, I am personally delighted to have the opportunity to join you all at Bearsden Cross Church over the next nine months and as a family we look forward to being part of the church in the weeks and months that lie ahead. Every Blessing, Alex


Class for New Communicants I will be holding classes for those who wish to explore their faith and potential membership of the church, and these classes will run over three Sundays in late October/early-mid November, from around 12.15 to 1.15pm. Sunday 27th October, Sunday 10th November, and Sunday 17th November. It is my intention to hold the service for admission to full membership of the church on Sunday, 24th November 2019. Attendance at the classes do not commit you to becoming a member of the church – rather they are there to give you an idea as to the nature of the Christian faith in order that you might be able to make an informed decision for yourself. If you are interested, or know of someone who might be interested, then please contact the Minister on 0141 942 0507 or at Graeme

PASTORAL GROUP – Can You Help? Can you spare an afternoon each month to help our Minister and Associate Minister by visiting a housebound member of our congregation? This is done on a day of your choosing and doesn't need to be the same day each month. It is extremely rewarding work and helps people who find it difficult to attend church regularly to feel that they are still a part of our church. Please contact either Diane or Anne via the Church Office or the Minister or Associate Minister if you would like to help in this way. Use the same contacts if you, or someone you know, would like a visit. Looking forward to hearing from you, Diane Walker and Anne Henderson Joint Pastoral Group Contacts


Bible Basics – The Acts of the Apostles

The book of the Acts of the Apostles (Acts) was composed by the same author as the Gospel of Luke. If the Gospel of Luke tells the story of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry crucifixion and resurrection, then Acts tells us what happened next. It is the story of the growth of the early church and the spread of Christianity to the Gentile world through the power of the Holy Spirit. ‘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 Acts. No prior knowledge assumed and no question asked is a bad question! The Bible Studies will 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 16th October, Wednesday 13th November, Wednesday 27th November, and Wednesday 11th December. 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


Well … I did it!!

Kiltwalk start at Holyrood Park

On Sunday 15th September I walked the 25 miles of the Edinburgh Kiltwalk in support of the work of Scottish Churches Housing Action (SCHA) of which I am the national Convener. The route wound its way from Holyrood out to Musselburgh and then along the Forth shore through Portobello and Leith to Silverknowes, and then headed south to the finish at Murrayfield stadium. I escaped with sore legs and only one blister which is far better than I could have hoped for! I have managed to raise over £2,500 in total so far for the work of SCHA and if you haven’t sponsored me yet my Kiltwalk page can be found at:


I will provide a note of the final total raised in the next magazine, but in the meantime thank you to everyone who sponsored me so generously, and who were so encouraging of my walk. Graeme


Funday Sunday We’ve been enjoying some well-known Bible stories this term, including Moses (with chocolate krispie cakes for baskets and Jelly Babies for Moses…), the lost coin (we made lamps to help look for them), and the lost sheep (we made sheep). We will continue looking at further parables during October. Harvest Thanksgiving takes place on Sunday 6 October; contributions will be forwarded to a local foodbank. Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary

The Guild 2019/2020 The opening meeting of The Guild is on Monday 7th October at 2pm when our minister will talk about the Theme _ "Companions on the Way". We will also have a visit from Anne Henderson who will have the Cross Reach Christmas cards and calendars for us to buy. The Guild is open to both men and women and we meet fortnightly on Monday afternoons and have interesting talks. Please join us and you will be made most welcome. June MacDonald

TMC Meets at 7:00pm in Massimo’s on the last Monday of each month, for food and fellowship. All welcome. Further details from Anne Henderson or Diane Walker or from the Church Office


Scottish Youth Parliament – September Update September has a busy month for me as an MSYP, as I have joined 2 additional committees (The National Youth Work Strategy Committee and the Year of the Young People Legacy Committee). The National Youth Work Strategy Committee is a group of 12 young people made up of members from the Scottish Youth Parliament, Young Scot and Youth Link Scotland. The purpose of the group is to help co-design elements of the 2020 – 2022 Youth Work Strategy. I attended the first meeting of the NYWS in Edinburgh, where we went through the previous youth strategy from the previous few years and started to design questionnaires which we plan to submit next month. As many of you might know, 2018 was the year of the Young People. The BB has made a legacy group to look at the success of the year of the Young People and see how we can make every year the year of the Young People. I’m honoured to be part of both groups and am looking forward to making a positive impact on the lives of young people in the future. I also attended a Transport discussion day in Edinburgh with 30 other MSYPs. The day was set up by Transport Scotland who are currently consulting on their draft National Transport Strategy (NTS2) which will set out their vision for Scotland’s transport systems for the next 20 years. The strategy has four priorities which are promoting equality, taking climate action, helping our economy prosper and improving our health and wellbeing. The Survey is open to all ages and if anyone is interested in filling out the survey here is the link ( As I mentioned in the last issues the SYP national campaign for the 2019/2020 is Environmental Protection. With the campaign officially kicking off next month at the SYP sitting in Dunfermline, I have begun doing consultations by sending surveys round to different companies across Scotland and even doing my first consultation at my BB company (1st Bearsden). The consultation was a great success as it allowed me to get feedback and the views of the boys which I look forward to presenting at the sitting. Over the next month, I will be attending a variety of meetings and committee sessions as well as preparing for the SYP at the end of the month which I hope to talk about in the next issue. Alastair Thomson


Madagascar World Challenge - Thank You from Harry Talbot I’d like to thank the entire Bearsden Cross congregation for their overwhelming generosity and continued support during my fundraising for my world challenge expedition, all of your support was greatly appreciated. The expedition was such an incredible experience, from the moment we set foot in Antananarivo, in June, the sights, sounds and smells of the capital were overwhelming, and the vibrancy of the markets were a complete contrast to anything in Scotland. Seeing 5 different species of lemur in their natural habitats of the rainforests of Ranomafana (meaning hot water in Malagasy, although the continual rain was not warm!), was an amazing privilege, not to mention the incredible variety of other animals and flora, and especially thanks to our guide, Theo, made it unforgettable, even despite the leeches. One of the special highlights of the trip was our stay in the small village of Ambinretelo, where we helped construct a nursery. It was truly humbling living in a village where there was no electricity, where water had to be carried in containers from the well, yet all the inhabitants made an incredible effort to accommodate us, even building a toilet especially for our arrival! Getting to know the local children, playing football with them, and giving something back to the community was an honour, and we all really felt we made a difference, albeit small, in the time we were there. One of my personal favourite moments was during our time in the Andrigrita national park, a beautiful mountainous area, where we got to summit the highest peak in Madagascar, Pic Boby. Battling through the wind and rain, it was an achievement for all of us, and I personally found it a lot of fun. Last but not least was our seaside stay in Toliara, for 3 days of rest and relaxation. The rest was well-needed, but we still managed to fit whale-watching and snorkelling in among our busy schedule of sunbathing and swimming. It was truly a privilege and honour to visit such a unique country, and I would once again like to thank you all for all of support! Harry 12

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. 5 October 19 October 2 November 16 November 30 November

Whangie Strathclyde Country park Lennoxtown Circular Twechar – Barrhill Strathblane – Clachan o’ Campsie

All walkers participate at their own risk. For further information contact

Sheila Stevenson or Margaret Mackinlay or the Church Office

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

Our next sale is on the 20th October. We have a new selection of notelets for special occasions and, dare we say it, Christmas cards! We always try to put a few more unusual gift items so do come and have a look. Looking forward to seeing you all. Jo and Keith Moody



HARVEST PRAYER FROM CHRISTIAN AID ENTITLED “A SEASON FOR CHANGE” “Change…… In the wind On the ground In our hearts Through our action lived out in love. God, who embraces us all, stretch our Spirits to embrace each other. Together…. In our standing up In our speaking out In our demanding justice In our prayerful living-out of the Changes we call for. God, whose plan includes us all, stretch Our spirits to embrace each other. Where human beings are being stigmatised, marginalised or oppressed, exclusion stifling their human-becoming, God, stretch our spirits to embrace your justice-based bias for the poor. Christ, stretch our spirits to take our place in your body. Spirit, stretch our will to grasp your vision. The season for change is now. Amen” At our Harvest Service on 6 October and over the next few weeks you will be able to support Christian Aid’s Harvest appeal entitled “Make this the Season for Change” which will help transform the lives of many people across the world by helping them to build sustainable futures for themselves and their children. Harvest Prayer-Action cards and Christian Aid envelopes will be in the pews and the Assembly Area and the Vestibule. Please take a copy of the Harvest card home and support this appeal if you can.


If you are in the Edinburgh area between Thursday 24 and Saturday 26 October you might like to visit St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church at 13 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA for a second chance this year to find a bargain at their long-running Sale of Art and Scottish Books for Christian Aid. Empty “penny boxes”, along with the current Prayer List and newsletter, can be found on the shelf under the Christian Aid notice-board in the Assembly Area. Please take them home with you and return your full “penny boxes” to me or to the church office. Lyndsay Ross

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS The social evening took place on Friday 20th September with an attendance of 90 including 44 from Faifley Church. Music by DEGA, food and refreshments contributed to a great evening enjoyed by all which resulted in £970 being raised for Faifley Church. A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone involved. Congregational Lunch - Sunday 6th October Come and join us on Harvest Sunday for tea, coffee and sandwiches and an opportunity to chat with friends or make some new ones. Dates for your diary Sunday 6th November – Congregational lunch Monday 2nd December – Brew ‘n’ Blether Do come along and join us when you can.


Glasgow City Mission “All change here” could well be the motto of Partick Railway Station but these days it is almost as applicable to Glasgow City Mission. The current number of its magazine Connect shows why. Firstly, there is a new CEO. Actually, he’s not new because he joined the staff as pastoral chef and in less than two years has totally transformed the evening drop-in. Instead of staff and volunteers rushing around madly handing out rolls and cups of soup all the time in a constant din, there are tables set with menus, flowers and lamps, guests and helpers serve each other and sit down together to eat two course hot meals (wholesome and delicious food with always a vegetarian option) and chat about how they’re getting on. All good, physically, socially and indeed spiritually, for didn’t Jesus often teach at the meal table? So we are all excited to find out what visions Charles has for GCM as a whole. Another new appointment has been James, the new Dads Worker at the Child and Family Centre. He is a single dad himself, and knows the problems of family life that many of the Govan parents are going through. Like Margaret, the GCM Adult Worker, his main job is with the families of children in the Nursery but the Child and Family Centre is much more than just a Nursery now and the aim is to reach out into the community, build relationships and help enable children to grow up in safe and secure families. And at the centre of this is the Gospel. What else is new? Well, there’s a Bible study group run together with Bethany Christian Trust and St. George’s Tron Church of Scotland, for men who have been through prison. It’s a no-holds-barred group who thrash out their issues and experiences together in light of the passages they are reading, and give each other support. It’s become so important for those involved that another similar group has just been set up in the Project Centre. And the leadership of the Night Shelter has changed too. Lorna, whom we welcomed to our morning service last January has passed the baton to the leader of one of last winter’s core teams and has herself “reverted” to being a volunteer at the drop-in. And at the very top, the Board is currently thrashing out its next ‘4 year plan’ for the Mission. I remember when the last one was published and thought it looked impossibly idealistic – yet it has almost all been accomplished! No doubt the next one will be too, for the Board members, shrewd and practical people in their own occupations, are also 16

people of great faith, and it is faith that makes all the activities mentioned above work. So please read Connect (take a copy away with you) and support the Mission’s Board and work in any way you can, especially by prayer. And finally - have you ever paddle boarded at Loch Lomond, or attended an outdoor chess tournament in Edinburgh? No? Me neither, but that’s what some of the Mission’s guests have done on trips out this summer. That’s new too, but not really surprising. After all, whether it’s the food, the activities, the plans or, if possible, the hearts of the guests, at GCM it’s “all change here.” Katie Thomson

Flowers Flowers for September 2019 “The morning has dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer. “ George R.R.Martin

Thank you to the following members of the congregation for providing flowers; also to our arrangers who give of their time and talents. September 1st. 8th. 15th. 22nd. 29th.

Provided by :

Arranged by :

Mrs. F. Dunlop. In memory of Isabel Letford. Mrs. L. Ross. Mrs. M. Brown. Mrs.C.Sommerville.

Mrs. C. Taggart Mrs. E. Talbot Ms. R. Walters Mrs. E. Anderson Mrs. E. Anderson

Christine Taggart.



At the exploratory meeting on 22 September it was agreed that the most suitable time for us to plan a trip lasting 10 days (9 nights) would be in September 2021. I will shortly receive a draft itinerary from our travel company. Accommodation is likely to be in the Golden Walls Hotel in Jerusalem and the Ron Beach hotel on the Sea of Galilee. A guideline cost for the entire trip is just over £2000 including dinner, breakfast and most lunches. The Scots Hotel on the Sea of Galilee where some might like to stay would add significantly to the cost. The option exists to fly from Edinburgh via Istanbul using Turkish Airlines. For more information have a look at the company’s web site ( If you are at all interested in being kept in the loop as details emerge please contact me and I’ll ensure you are kept fully informed of developments. Be assured that an expression of interest is not a commitment to go. Watch out for more information in the next Word from the Cross. Keith Wright, Session Clerk


Crossreach Christmas cards

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Yes, it's that time of year again! Crossreach is the Social work department of the Church of Scotland and it does so much valuable work helping the marginalised of our society. This work does not come cheaply and Crossreach depends on the folk in the, to assist the work. Bearsden Cross Church has a very good record of generosity, purchasing Christmas cards which are very competitively priced. Please be as generous as you can, bearing in mind there are many other charities dependent on your help, and cards from at least one other charity will also be on sale in our church. The Crossreach cards will be available for order at the first Guild meeting on Monday 7th October and before and after worship on Sunday 20th October. Fiona at Crossreach is very efficient at sending out the orders, so you should have the cards, all ready to write, very soon afterwards! [Cash with orders please!] Thank you in anticipation of your customary generosity Anne E Henderson Crossreach Contact


“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: 11th October, 8th November, 13th December 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.


There is another Way – Transport to the Church Scheme We have very little space at the Church to park our cars and so if it is possible, many of us simply walk to Church, which is of course, very good for our health……and the environment. Those of us who live outwith walking distance and have to drive to Church, park in the Station car park, Ledcameroch, Collylinn or Thorn Road, or in the Hub car park at the Cross from where we can walk to Church. Then there are those of us who have a temporary or long term disablement (Blue Badge). We have priority to park, on a Sunday, in one of the five parking bays in the church grounds And of course, there are those of us who may have given up driving for one reason or another but who have a family member or friend who is able to drive us to the church entrance from where the Elder on duty, will, if necessary, assist us in to Church. BUT there are several of us who do not fit into any of the above categories, and who are unable to walk, drive or be driven to church. Whether that be long term or for a short time only……there is another way… is the Transport to the Church scheme. The Transport to the Church Scheme is run by a group of volunteer driver members of our Church, led by Christine Cogan, who are eager and willing to drive us to Church. A member of the team will pick you up from your home, drive you to church, where the duty Elder will give any assistance which may be required, into Church and after the service (and perhaps a Coffee?) will happily drive you home. There is always a way and many lovely people willing to help wherever possible. We look forward to seeing you in Church in the coming months. Note. 1) Blue badge and temporarily disabled Church Members have priority For parking in the five spaces of the Church car park on Sundays. 2) Christine Cogan’s can be contacted by enquiry via the Church Office. She would love to hear from you.* [*We are looking for a new volunteer to co-ordinate the Transport to the Church Scheme. We are also looking for a few more volunteer drivers to assist on the rota (once a month). Please contact Christine or the Church Office for more details.] 21

……..and then we have limited Parking............. As we all know, space for car parking in the Church grounds is very limited. One of the things which we tackled over the summer break was to slightly re-jig our small car park. Over the past years we have constantly had to repair damage caused by cars to the stonework of the flowerbed at the base of the main entrance steps to the Church. The flowerbed is there as a “buffer” to protect the steps themselves. In an attempt to stop incurring this expensive and frequent repair, the angle of the parking spaces has been adjusted. [Retaining the same number of spaces as before.]

To enter: Drive in and Park. To exit:

Reverse into the Keep Clear area… shown. Drive forward OUT ….onto Drymen Road

Please do NOT try to reverse “uphill”. The angle of the parking spaces is set to enable cars to be reversed into the “Keep Clear” area and then to drive forward to EXIT onto Drymen Road. The “Keep Clear” area and the Driveway MUST be kept clear at all times. Thank you for your co-operation. Douglas Thomson Clerk to the Board 22

St Andrew's Catholic Church, 29 Roman Road, Bearsden. St Andrew's Church was opened on the 15 March 1987. Before this, Catholics attended Saint Mary's in Duntocher, the Immaculate Conception in Maryhill and then St Joseph's in Milngavie. The church was founded in 1967 with the purchase of a large Victorian villa named "Cairnbank" for the sum of ÂŁ23,000. At that time the building doubled as both church and presbytery and catered for 1300 parishioners. It was built on top of a mound on the line of the Antonine Wall, within what were the grounds of the villa. The lower part of the site is now the local authority car park. It was the most westerly of five large Victorian villas along Roman Road. The 4 adjacent villas were in the process of demolition in 1973 to make way for a development of flats when the Roman Bath House was discovered. The modern external design of the church is reflected in the impressively light interior. It was designed by Archie Crawford of Watson, Salmond and Gray, architects. There are two halls that are constantly in use. The lower hall and the larger upper hall, which has an adjoining kitchen, are both used extensively by the wider community. In the sanctuary, to the right of the altar, is the Tabernacle which houses the Blessed Sacrament. The sanctuary lamp burns constantly beneath the Tabernacle. The mosaics on the wall on either side of the altar were designed and made by Peter Connolly, a former parishioner. Around the church are stained glass windows depicting Mary, St Mungo, St Andrew and St Margaret who is Scotland's only royal saint. She was an English princess born in Hungary in 1045, married to King Malcolm lll of Scotland and died in Edinburgh in 1093. John Gair 23

Church Register Funeral 12.09.19

Denis Stirrat

Changes of Address Mrs Helen Kirk Mr Eric & Mrs Jean McQueen

Evening Services, Autumn 2019 At the September meeting of the Kirk Session it was agreed to trial an earlier time for the evening service for a period of three months. As a consequence the services on Sunday 13th October, 10th November and 1st December will be at 4pm. In addition, the sacrament of communion will only be celebrated at the 1st December service with the October and November services offering different approaches. The Kirk Session will review the success or otherwise of the change of time at its December meeting.

Dates for your Diary 6

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Bible Class Breakfast Club 9.45 am Harvest Thanksgiving 10.30 am Funday Sunday & Crèche 10.30 am Congregational Lunch 11.45 am Guild 2.00 pm Phoenix Circle 8.00 pm Choir Practice 7.30 pm “Mind that Song” (with Alzheimer Scotland) 2.00 pm Morning Service Children’s Activities & Crèche “Evening” Service Bible Basics Choir Practice

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Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft Guild Phoenix Circle Kirk Session Choir Practice Messy Church Saturday Night Club

10.30 am 10.30 am 11.30 am 2.00 pm 8.00 pm 7.30 pm 7.30 pm 3.30 pm 7.30 pm

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche TMC (Massimo's) Choir Practice

10.30 am 10.30 am 10.30 am 7.00 pm 7.30 pm

November 2

Saturday Night Club


Bible Class Breakfast Club Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche

7.30 pm 9.45 am 10.30 am 10.30 am

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


Give to the world the best you have And the best will come back to you. Give of the friendship that all men crave And your friends will be many and true. Give love, and love to your life will flow A strength in your utmost need. Give faith and a score of friends will show There is faith in your word and deed. Anon Submitted by Gwen Stokes

Any contributions to the November 2019 edition of the magazine should be with the editor no later than Friday 19 October. All contributions reflecting aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome, including photographs! [But please only send photographs that are of sufficient resolution to print clearly and do not send multiple photographs asking the editor to choose (select those you would like included and send only those).

All contributions should be sent to 26

Life and Work Subscriptions for 2020 If you would like to start or continue to receive a copy of Life & Work magazine, then please complete the tear-off slip below and return it by Sun 27th October 2019. The 2020 cover price is still £2.80 per issue, but with a subscription through the congregation, it will still cost £30.60 per annum (equivalent to £2.55 per issue, i.e. ≈ 9% saving). To receive this reduced price, the full cost of £30.60 must be paid by the above date. All such copies will be delivered with the ‘Word from the Cross’ Parish magazine, or you may arrange to collect a named copy from the vestibule. Cheques should be made payable to “Bearsden Cross Church” and returned with the slip below to Alan Agar, c/o the Church Office. Further details are available from Alan Agar or from the Church Office.  Life and Work (Subscription form 2020) I would like to subscribe to Life and Work for year 2020 I would like a copy of the Gaelic supplement I enclose cheque for £30.60 payable to “Bearsden Cross Church” Name



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Return by Sunday 27th October 2019 (at the very latest) to: Alan Agar, Bearsden Cross Church, 59 Drymen Road, Bearsden G61 2SU 27

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