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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

“Their name liveth for evermore”

WORD FROM THE CROSS November 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 Cover – Photography by Peter H Grant (Essex Farm and Tyne Cot cemeteries, Belgium) Text – For the fallen, Laurence Binyon ‘Their name liveth for evermore’ is the text on the memorial stone at each War Cemetery; chosen by Rudyard Kipling, it comes from Ecclesiasticus.

Any content for the December 2019 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Friday 15 November. PDF version of the magazine 2

Parish Letter Dear friends, As I write this Parish Letter, I do so in the knowledge that folks will be reading this after the Brexit deadline of 31st October has passed. Who knows if we will have a deal, or no deal, or an extension … or even a General Election? During this continued period of uncertainty it is important to recognise the potential for division and distress among us, and for the Church to actively seek hope and unity. The Church of Scotland has prepared a number of Brexit prayer and reflection resources and these can be found at orship_during_brexit/brexit_prayers. I hope these may be of use to you in these difficult and confusing times. The Prayer offered by last year’s Moderator, the Very Rev Susan Brown, struck a chord and so I offer it here in full. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 The date has arrived and it will pass. My times are in thy hand. Like waiting for test results it is unsettling, worrying. To live not knowing, in a state of limbo. 3

My times are in thy hand. What we want is to know what lies ahead. What we want is to be able to begin to face the consequences. God of All, when we worry, remind us it adds nothing to our height. When we feel paralysed by not knowing, remind us that You are the God of all possibilities. Then turn our eyes to look beyond ‘us’ to a world in which Your love transcends every border and barrier to carry all humanity in Your heart. Encourage us to discover that in every place, in everyone, in everything, in every corner of Your creation, You are. For our times are in Thy hand In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Shalom, Graeme


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 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 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


Class for New Communicants I am currently holding classes for those who wish to explore their faith and potential membership of the church. The classes run from around 12.15 to 1.15pm. The first class was held on Sunday 27 October. The remaining classes are on 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 does 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

Justice and Peace Group Meeting Date for your Diary – Thursday 14 November 2019 The Justice and Peace Groups from St Andrew's, Bearsden and St Joseph's, Milngavie have joined with members of New Kilpatrick, Bearsden to organise an evening to hear the views of church representatives and local politicians on Trident. Father John Gannon and the Very Reverend Dr Alan D McDonald will present the churches' position. Local schools will also be represented. The event will be held in St Andrew's Church Hall from 19.30 to 21.00 with refreshments and a chance to talk to the Speakers at the break. Please come along to listen to all views.


Funday Sunday During October, we held our annual Harvest Service with gifts being donated to a local food bank. Thank you to all who so generously donated tins and dried food. We are continuing with our current theme of looking at the well-known Bible stories this term, and will continue to do so for the next few weeks. A reminder that on 10th November, Remembrance Sunday, we will have an earlier than usual start at 10am the same as church. It is each parent’s choice whether to take their child(ren) to the service at the War Memorial or to leave them in Funday Sunday until they return. The Festive Season will soon be upon us. With this in mind, the children will begin rehearsing for our annual Nativity Play. The children all enjoy themselves rehearsing the play and take great pleasure in performing it in front of the whole congregation. Please encourage your children to attend regularly so they know what they are doing. The Nativity will take place during normal Sunday worship on 22nd December. Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary


The Guild 2019/2020 In November we have two interesting meetings. On Monday November 4th Miss Sheila Gibson will give a talk entitled “Snapshot of Jamaica" at 2pm. The second meeting is on Monday November 25th, also at 2pm when Mrs Ailsa Turner will talk about The Glasgow Boys. On Tuesday November 12th at 7.30pm there is a United Meeting of Bearsden Guilds at New Kilpatrick Church and the speaker is Mrs Marian Macintyre National Convener. The Guild is open to men and women so please join us as all will be welcome. June MacDonald

PHOENIX CIRCLE Monday 4th November Cinema Night at Mugdock "Book Club" starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen. Start at 7.30pm

Booking fee ÂŁ4

Lifts can be organised. Monday 18th November Katie Thomson will speak on the Glasgow City Mission. There will be a bring and buy stall at this meeting. Barbara Skett


Just to remind you that we are still collecting used postage stamps, batteries and ink cartridges. The ink cartridges are recycled via Recycle4Charity and the makes that can be recycled are HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, and Neopost. Recycle4Charity will take other makes for disposal such as Epson and Kodak but these must be included in the delivery box along with at least 25 of the recyclable cartridges. Cartridges don’t have donation value if: 1) Damaged 2) They have been previously refilled 3) They have been labelled for another brand like Tesco, PC World or Office Depot 4) They have labels removed or extra holes (signs that refilling has been attempted). So far the congregation has donated £107.50 for the charity “Keep Scotland Beautiful” by recycling ink cartridges. Well done. Jane Hill

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 9


In the year from July 2018 to end June 2019 the total amount raised by all the Bearsden Churches for Christian Aid was £30,205.16 – a quite magnificent sum. As you already know, we in Bearsden Cross contributed over £9,000 to this. Thank you for your generosity and thank you too for those who have contributed to Christian Aid’s Harvest Appeal, “Make this the Season for Change”. As I write, the appeal is on-going, but I shall have a total to report next month. Christian Aid has welcomed the new Scottish Climate Change Bill which was passed on 25 September by the Scottish Government. For many years it has campaigned for the Scottish Government to take climate change seriously for the benefit of those who are impacted first and worst by its effects. Since 2017 Christian Aid supporters have met their MSPs, signed petitions, demonstrated outside the Scottish Parliament and taken to the streets in their local towns and cities. The new bill demonstrates how small actions can lead to a big shift in attitudes and legislation. The Bill sets a strong long-term target to reduce emissions to net-zero by 2045 and drive action in the crucial next decade. Christian Aid was particularly pleased to see all parties coming together on the day to increase the 2030 target to 75%. The last-minute increase in ambition from Parliament was thanks in no small measure to public pressure, particularly the incredible youth-led climate marches. But a bill can only take us so far - it’s what comes next that counts. It is hoped Christian Aid supporters will continue on the next stage of the journey in pushing for immediate and rapid action on emissions and delivering climate justice. With the United Nations Climate talks coming to Glasgow next year, the world will be watching. “WILL AID” runs again throughout November. This is a will-writing scheme which offers an opportunity for people who have yet to make a will, or need to update one, to do so while benefitting the vital work of Christian Aid and eight other charities. Solicitors give their professional time for free and in return ask for a voluntary donation which goes to the charities. A suggested donation is £100 for a single will and £180 for a pair of basic “mirror” wills. 10

Participating solicitors can be found on the “Will Aid� website at or can be contacted through Jo Dallas, the Christian Aid Scotland Legacy and in Memory Coordinator, on 0141 241 6139. Looking much further ahead, we are planning a special Saturday morning Coffee Concert in the Church for Christian Aid on Saturday, 15th February 2020. The concert will be given by students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Copies of the current prayer diary, newsletter and empty penny boxes can be found in the Assembly Area under the Christian Aid notice board. Please leave your filled penny boxes in the Vestry or give them directly to me. Your interest and continuing support is very much appreciated. Lyndsay Ross

The Knitting and Sewing Circle The Knitting and Sewing Circle is starting up again. I have met with Anne and we will open a new bank account. I have still to meet with Vilma for details, keys and information and that will be sometime in November. I then will arrange a 'get together' of knitters and sewers and we can take things from there. Once I have arranged a date and time to meet I will pass it round the various Church groups and notice boards. In the meantime if anyone would like to get in touch my telephone number is in the Year Book. Looking forward to meeting you all. Jean Wilson



PRAYER Prayer for Remembrance Sunday 1919 was the first time the two minute silence was observed Living God, one hundred years ago a year after the guns had ceased, the two minute silence began. However, the absence of loved ones was, if anything, more real and more painful when the soldiers returned and they did not. Some came back in body but changed inside, with memories that would never die and bodies that would never heal. Living God, eighty years ago it all started again and sucked in more and more nations as the Second World War unfolded and front lines became less clear until all were caught up in its misery. We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror. We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives, in world wars and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away. We remember our armed forces serving in different parts of our troubled world and pray for your protection on them in all their undertakings as peacekeepers. Forgive us for ever glamorising war. Help us in our remembrance to commit to working for peace, for justice and for reconciliation. Help us to never forget the courage shown in war by both men and women, serving in so many different ways. As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Colin Sinclair This prayer first appeared in the November 2019 edition of Life and Work. 13

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. 2 November 16 November 30 November

Lennoxtown Circular Twechar – Barrhill Strathblane – Clachan o’ Campsie

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

There will be two sales in November the 3rd and the 24th. We will be selling small Christmas gifts and cards as well as the usual tea, coffee, dried fruit and chocolate. Do come along and have a look! Jo and Keith Moody


Glasgow City Mission At time of writing this, we do not yet have an agreed B - - - - T deal, but, however that situation turns out, there is general agreement that prices will probably rise very quickly after it is agreed. That’s bad news for all of us but particularly, as always, for those at the bottom of the heap. People may not be able to donate so much to food banks or charity shops - and local authorities may be less able to provide help for the homeless. Last winter the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter, run by Glasgow City Mission in conjunction with a range of other charities, did a magnificent job in getting a large proportion of the guests who came to sleep there fixed up with a proper roof over their heads. This year, although the will to help will certainly be as great, the means just may not be there, and the numbers using the Shelter from 1 December to 31 March may therefore be considerably higher. Therefore, having enough volunteers to help at the Shelter will be a vital part of the logistics. Last year, eighteen members of this church did at least one stint of serving tea/coffee and toast to the guests and helping the permanent staff with other chores. They could choose a night shift from 21.00 to midnight or a morning one from 06.30 to 08.00 and we were responsible as a church for covering a designated week. This year, the system will be just the same and we have been provisionally allocated the week 8 – 14 March, still a long way off but it’ll be here soon enough! There are signs that most of the “regular” squad will offer themselves again but it would be lovely to have some more folk to help spread the load. It’s an amazing experience being there; just watching and talking to the guests really has opened our eyes to the plight of people we would probably often pass in the streets without a second thought, and, along with our minister’s recent Kilt Walk for Scottish Churches Housing Action, it has made many of us much more concerned to see real help given to the homeless. 15

If you would like some more information or even to volunteer (if you are over 18), please contact me as soon as possible. And could we all please pray for the Shelter, its staff and volunteers and most of all its guests. Katie Thomson,

Flowers “Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go. “ Unknown Flowers for October 2019 Thank you to the following members of the congregation who have generously provided funds for flowers. Thank you to Gwen and the flower group for decorating the Church for Harvest Thanksgiving. OCTOBER

6th. 13th. 20th. 27th.

Provided by:

Arranged by:

Mr.A. Gall. Mrs.M.Turkington. Mrs. S. Ritchie. Mrs.S. O’Neill.

The Flower Group Mrs. G. Agar Mrs. A. Minty Mrs. M. Paterson

Christine Taggart.


Coffee concert BEARSDEN CROSS CHURCH Saturday 16th November 2019 11.30 a.m.

Organ recital

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St Mary’s cathedral Edinburgh WORKS BY vierne, Gluck, Stanley, Franck, j s Bach, Elgar and Leighton ADMISSION £10.00 (CHILDREN ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT FREE) COFFEE, SERVED FROM 10.45 A.M., INCLUDED. TICKETS FROM PURPLE EDGE, THE CHURCH OFFICE, OR AT THE DOOR. Charity No. SC009082


Westerton Fairlie Memorial Parish Church, Crarae Avenue, Westerton, Bearsden.

John Gair

Our potential joint proposal for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land prompted a visit to Westerton Fairlie Parish Church. The church was promoted by New Kilpatrick Church and funded through a bequest of ÂŁ32,000 from the Fairlie family; George Fairlie laid the foundation stone on 29th September 1957. Before it was opened, services were held in Westerton Village Hall. Although located on top of a hill somewhat exposed to the weather, there are some magnificent views across the city. The modest building is rendered externally and has stone features and details and a bright welcoming sanctuary that mainly is unadorned. It was conceived as a hall 18

congregation and the wider community.

church to allow the sanctuary to also be used for worship, functions and meetings. There are comfortable individual seats that can be turned round to face a platform at the rear of the sanctuary. A new adjoining hall was opened in December 2012 which adds to the facilities that are used by the

The church is located adjacent to Westerton Garden Suburb which is often described as Scotland’s first garden suburb although West Pollokshields is also considered to have been the first, having been established in 1849 by the Stirling Maxwell family. Westerton has a distinctive style of building similar to English designs as the consultant, Raymond Unwin, had designed model villages in England. They are in the Arts and Crafts style, built to look like English country cottages. Originally 300 homes were envisaged and the first were constructed in 1913. Of the 120 proposed as a first phase, only 81 were completed due to the outbreak of the First World War. The foundation stone for the Garden Suburb was laid by Lady Campbell of Succoth on April 1913 on land which was part of the Garscube Estate belonging to Sir Archibald Campbell. The name Westerton is said to have been taken from the farm steadings located on the site. The committee of management included Sir John Stirling Maxwell, hence the likely origin of the name of Maxwell Avenue. Westerton Garden Suburb is now a conservation area which includes a number of listed buildings.


“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: 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.


Church Register Certificate of Transfer issued 21.10.19

Mrs Evelyn Nicholl

Dates for your Diary OCTOBER 27 Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche 28 TMC 31 Choir Practice NOVEMBER 1 WAGs 2 Saturday Night Club 3

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10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Breakfast Club 9.45 a.m. Morning Service 10.30 a.m. Funday Sunday & Crèche 10.30 a.m. Traidcraft goods on sale 11.30 a.m. The Guild 2.00 p.m. The Phoenix Circle 8.00 p.m. Choir Practice 7.30 p.m. “Mind that Song” with Alzheimer Scotland 2.00 p.m. Saturday Night Club 7.30 p.m. Remembrance Service Funday Sunday & Crèche “Evening” Service The Guild – Visit to Faifley Guild

10.00 a.m. 10.00 a.m. 4.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 21

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Bearsden Guilds United Service (NK) Bible Basics Bible Study Choir Practice Justice for Peace Group Meeting Coffee Concert Saturday Night Club

7.30 p.m 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 7:30pm 10.45 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche The Phoenix Circle Congregational Board Choir Practice Saturday Night Club

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Creche Traidcraft goods on sale The Guild TMC Bible Basics Choir Practice Saturday Night Club

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 2.00 p.m. 7.00 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

DECEMBER 1 Bible Class Breakfast Club Morning Communion Service Funday Sunday & Creche Evening Communion Service

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 4.00 p.m.


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

Any contributions to the December 2019 edition of the magazine should be with the editor no later than Friday 15 November. 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 23

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