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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS December2019/January 2020 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 – Gillian Stewart

Any content for the February 2020 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Friday 17 January 2020. PDF version of the magazine


Parish Letter Dear friends,

‘After hearing what the king had to say they set out; there before them was the star they had seen rising, and it went ahead of them until it stopped above the place where the child lay. They were overwhelmed by the sight of it and entering the house, they saw the child with Mary is mother and bowed low in homage to him; they opened their treasure chests and presented gifts to him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.’ (Matthew 2:9-11) The wise men have always had enormous appeal. We don’t know where they come from, just that it is ‘the East’… which as a West of Scotland boy makes them pretty odd for starters! Everything about them has been elaborated in poetry and story. They have become kings; they have been depicted as representing youth, maturity and old age; they have been given the features of different races; they have been named. They function as our representatives; they follow the star – they journey towards the light – and at the end of their faith journey they encounter the king who was both light and love. What they saw, in the end, cannot have been what they were expecting. 3

They were tracking a king, so they looked for him in a palace, and brought presents that must have looked singularly out of place to Mary and the child Jesus. Not for them the direct visitation of the angels, with clear instructions on how to find the baby - that was reserved for the shepherds. The wise men follow the bright, enigmatic star – journeying towards the light – using their intelligence to calculate its path. They recognize their journey's end when they see it. We are told that they are ‘overwhelmed’ and ‘bowed low in homage'. Then, they leave their strange presents and go home satisfied. God’s son, Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmastime, is the light of the world. The glory of God shines; the mystery is made known; the star, the light points the way through darkness. We may need darkness to sleep … but we need light to live. Perhaps we will need that light more than ever in 2020. The twists and turns of Brexit will no doubt anger and frustrate us – no matter our point of view. The apparent continuing rise in the politics of fear and exclusion of the other – those who are different for whatever reason – will make our hearts and sensibilities sore. And that’s why we need the light of Christian hope more than ever. That light of hope is what keeps us going – what drives us forward. That light of hope is the star that guides our way and shows us the way. Keep journeying towards the light. Follow the star. May the light and love of Christmas be with you and yours.

Shalom, Graeme


Open Church evenings during Advent ‘Follow the Star’

The church will be open during the last week of Advent for short acts of quiet reflection during the pre-Christmas rush. The church sanctuary will be open from 5pm – 6.30pm on the evenings of Monday 16th through to Friday 20th December and there will be a short time of reflection (lasting 5-10 mins) every 15 minutes. We hope that this might encourage commuters walking past the Church, and indeed others in the community, to come in to the sanctuary and enjoy some peace and quiet time. All are welcome to come along whenever, and tea/coffee and mince pies will be laid on too so there’s no excuse not to come! 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 11th December, Wednesday 8th January 2020, Wednesday 22nd January, Wednesday 5th February Wednesday 19th February. 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 6

Funday Sunday Over the past few weeks our stories have had activities about the home. We have looked at Joel (trust in God and he will look after us even when things go wrong), Habakkuk (!) looking at the view from our windows (stained glass windows), and Isaiah (all will be renewed moving house). We talked about Remembrance and made paper plate poppies. We will be starting our Nativity rehearsals on Sunday 1st December, with the Nativity presentation taking place during the service on Sunday 22nd. Our Gift service will be on Sunday 15th December, when children are asked to bring a gift for another child. Our gifts are sent to East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid and gifts are also welcome for Mums, who often arrive in refuge with nothing. Please do not wrap the gifts, so that Mums can choose something appropriate for their child. EDWA works with children of all ages, but usually find they receive a lot more gifts for younger children, with fewer gifts for older children and teenagers. Our Funday Sunday Christmas Party will be 4-6pm on Saturday 21st December, including a Bouncy Castle. Santa has promised to try and drop in. After that we will have a week off, returning to normal on Sunday 5th January 2020‌ now would be a good time for me to wish you all a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary 7

The Guild 2019/2020 In December we have just one meeting, on the 9th at 1.45pm. Please note the earlier start. We are starting earlier so we can hear the Treasurer's Report. This will be followed by Christmas Carols arranged by Nairn Young (our ex organist) and the presentation of long serving medals to members of the Guild. We will have our Xmas tea after the entertainment so please come and join us. In January 2020 we start our New Year meetings on January 13 when Mrs. Heather Willimott will give a talk on going "South to Antarctica" On 27 January, Dr Corla van Greithuysen will discuss Chairobics which I am sure will be interesting to all of us. The Guild is open to men and women so please join us as all will be welcome. Further details from June MacDonald or from the Church Office

PHOENIX CIRCLE 2nd December - Christmas craft night. Small charge for bits and pieces. 9th December - Christmas Lunch at Douglas Park Golf Club; 12.00 for 12.30pm. Booking essential. Evenings in January are:6 January - Beetle drive; 20 January - Burns supper. Any enquiries please contact Barbara Skett or the Church Office 8

TMC The pictures below show members of TMC enjoying a meal at Ardnamurchan restaurant, before going on to see The Mousetrap at Theatre Royal.

TMC meets at 7:00pm in Massimo’s on the last Monday of each month, for food and fellowship. All welcome. Money collected at each meeting is sent to a charity; the collection from 25 November will go to East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid. In total, the group has raised around £300 in 2019. Further details from Anne Henderson, Diane Walker or from the Church Office

Milngavie and Bearsden Herald. Every week an article is printed in the "Community Pin board" section of the local paper. This service is an excellent way of informing the community of all the activities within our Church in the coming week encouraging visitors to our Church and Halls. I am preparing the rota for 2020 and would be delighted to recruit new writers. Please contact me should you require further information. Diane Walker or the Church Office 9

CHRISTIAN AID Thank you to everyone for supporting Christian Aid’s Harvest Appeal, “Make this the Season for Change”, which aimed to transform the lives of many people throughout the world by helping them build sustainable futures for themselves and their families. We raised £442.51 over the autumn for this appeal. With the forthcoming General Election only days away we all have the opportunity on the doorstep, at hustings events and elsewhere to remind candidates seeking our votes that the scandal of international poverty is something millions care about. With this in mind, Christian Aid has produced a short thought-provoking guide to the 2019 General Election with suggested questions to ask candidates. You can view this on their website This year’s Christmas Appeal focuses on helping mothers around the world use their God-given gifts to break free from poverty to build new lives for themselves and their families. If you would like to support this appeal, you will find special Christian Aid envelopes in the pews and in the Vestibule and Assembly Area at all our Christmas services. If you are looking for an unusual Christmas present there are Christian Aid Charity Gifts available online @ Looking further ahead to next year, on Saturday, 15th February, there will be a special additional Coffee Concert in aid of Christian Aid to be given by students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Next year’s annual Erskine Bridge Cross Walk will take place earlier than usual on Saturday, 25 April, well before Christian Aid week itself which will run from Sunday, 10 May, to Saturday, 16 May. Copies of the current prayer list, newsletter and empty penny boxes are available in the Assembly Area for you to take home. As always, thank you so much for your continuing support. Lyndsay Ross 10

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS Brew ‘ n’ Blether Our next meeting is on Monday 2nd December. Come along, bring a friend if you like and enjoy some Christmas music, food and chat. If you need transport, please contact either Mary Munro or Anne Reid in the Church Office (942 0507). Congregational Lunch - Sunday 8th December Come and join us after the service for a bowl of soup, tea or coffee and cake. Do come along and join us when you can.

Knitting & Sewing Circle For anyone interested in knitting, sewing or just chatting - to get the group restarted; I will have a short meeting after the morning service on Sunday 19th January. If you can't manage, but, would be interested then either give me a call, catch me after the service on a Sunday, leave a message on the letter rack at the Church or via the Church Office Jean Wilson


Bearsden Cross Church Walking Club Walkers leave from Bearsden Station Car Park on alternate Saturdays at 9.30am (weather permitting). Friends and occasional walkers welcome. The winter programme will be posted on the Church notice board All walkers participate at their own risk. For further information contact Sheila Stevenson, Margaret Mackinlay or the Church Office . The Walking Club also meets for walks every Wednesday at the Allander Leisure Centre car park at 9.30am (weather permitting). There is no set programme of walks, a decision on a route being made on the day taking into account the weather and the capabilities of those participating (and also accessibility of a coffee shop!) More information can be had from Margaret Mackinlay or the Church Office

The final sale of the year is on December 15th. Last chance for cards, small gifts, chocolates and foodstuffs. Happy Christmas Jo and Keith Moody


Glasgow City Mission

- Look for the Helpers! “Look for the helpers!” was the title of a recent sermon by our minister, Graeme, and it struck me that it fits Glasgow City Mission perfectly, especially just now. With the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter opening on 1st December, a lot of helpers will be needed to keep it going until 31st March 2020. We at Bearsden Cross Church are committed to providing volunteers for the week 8th – 14th March and already we have the nucleus of a team. Each night, we hope to provide two people (minimum) from 21:00 to 24:00 p.m., to lay out the bedding in the main hall of the Glasgow Lodging House Mission in East Campbell Street, which is where the Shelter is located. Then, when it opens at 22:00, they will make and serve tea/coffee and hot toast to the guests as they come in, often cold and wet, and chat to them to help them relax and feel welcomed. Once the guests settle down for the night, the volunteers in that slot can leave. There is a second slot, running from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m., at which another couple of volunteers will make more tea/coffee and toast for the guests before they leave, and then help to clear up the kitchen and the bedding. It doesn’t sound difficult and it isn’t, and there’s a core team of trained workers in overall charge all night every night. In theory, therefore, we have 28 places to fill which we managed last winter by having several people doing 2 or even 3 shifts. It would be really great, though, if we had some more people to join us, especially young people, to help spread the load. However, if the kitchen work doesn’t appeal to you but you would still like to help, could you be a driver? Chauffeurs would be very welcome to take the helpers to and especially home from the Shelter after a stint of duty. If you feel you could be one of the helpers GCM is looking for, please contact 13

me or the Church Office as soon as possible. But, whether you can help or not, remember the other part of Graeme’s sermon which was entitled “... and look to the helper”, the Helper, the Leader. Glasgow City Mission would be very grateful to us for all the helpers we can provide, but even more grateful for our prayers on its behalf to the Leader of us all, Jesus. Katie Thomson

Flowers Flowers for November “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found ?” J.B.Priestley Thank you to the following members of the congregation who have generously provided funds for flowers and to our flower arrangers. NOVEMBER 3rd. 10th. 17th. 24th.

Provided by:

Arranged by:

Mrs. A. Sutherland. Anonymous. Mrs. M. Meldrum. Ms. I. Mackinnon.

Mrs. E. Sinclair. Mrs. G. Stokes Mrs. C. Taggart Mrs. E. Talbot.

The 2020 Flower List is now available on the table in the Church Hall assembly area. Christine Taggart.


Thank you everyone for the most generous sum which was sent to Crossreach from the purchase of Christmas cards and calendars. ÂŁ360.55p was raised. Very well done! This helps with all the tremendous work Crossreach does to help many of the marginalised in our society. Crossreach celebrates its 150th birthday this year with 17th November being the designated day for a service held in Dunfermline Abbey which Alistair and I attended. In the absence of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, a former Moderator, The Very Rev Dr Andrew Mclellan preached the sermon. A prerecorded message from the current Moderator, The Right Rev Colin Sinclair was on screen as was a film of people saying why they have benefitted from the loving care of Crossreach. The work which is done is of great benefit to people with physical and emotional needs but it can't happen cheaply. This is why your generous purchase of Christmas cards is so important. In fact, Fiona, the lady at Crossreach who receives our orders told me that she is always amazed by the huge order coming in from our church. For me , it was good to put a face to the kind voice I speak to on the phone! Thank you again and please hold the work of Crossreach in your prayers Anne E Henderson Crossreach Contact in Bearsden Cross Church


Coffee concert

BEARSDEN CROSS CHURCH Saturday 18 January 2020 11.30 a.m.




“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: 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.


Love Actually Every Boxing Day people across the land resolve that next Christmas will be different. In January, when the bills arrive, they promise that next Christmas will be simpler, less indulgent and cheaper. According to Money Supermarket, almost 10% of people will still be paying for Christmas well into next year. Perhaps next year, by refusing to conform to every tradition and everyone’s expectations, we will recapture the wonder, the magic and the awe of Christmas and ‘remember what it’s all about’. November magazines include articles on how to approach Christmas – ‘Twenty Six Ways to Simplify Christmas’; or ‘Five Reasons Why I’m Not Simplifying Christmas’. There are some radical work-saving, stress-busting, money-saving strategies out there. One woman recommends leaving the Christmas tree fully decorated all year. Hers has been in the corner of the sitting room, festooned in tinsel, baubles, lights and all, for sixteen years. It’s true. For most of the year it is wrapped in sheets with the reminder, ‘Do not open until December’. Perhaps, after all, even on Christmas Day, reflecting on how simple or how lavish it has been is to miss the point. Maybe, as we approach Christmas, we do not need a to-do-list and a credit card so much as a Grinch-like revelation: ‘Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more!’ (Dr Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!) A German proverb goes: ‘The main thing is that the main thing remains the main thing’. That seems a pretty good definition of simplicity to me: 18

recognising the extraneous and superfluous for what it is and focusing on ‘the main thing’. Authentic simplicity has to be an inward reality before it bears the fruit of an outward lifestyle. Attempts to create the outer beauty without the inner actuality are doomed to legalism and frustration. ‘The main thing’ is to recognise the significance of that first Christmas, the Nativity. The birth of Jesus Christ was marked by astonishing simplicity. The highpoint of history, the climax of eternity, was not marked with grandeur, pomp and pageant. Rather, a pregnant teenager had no option but to deliver her child in the stark and smelly surroundings of a stable, the only warmth provided by the body heat of sheltering animals. The first visitors were shepherds, who were considered the lowest of the low. Jesus, the Bible tells us, did not come with majesty and opulence, but ‘full of grace and truth’, to reveal God – a God who is love – and to bridge the gap between us and that lavishly loving God. Christmas is ultimately about love ... actually. As Christina Rossetti’s carol puts it, ‘Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine; Love was born at Christmas.’ Perhaps, as we make our plans, we should be less concerned with how simple or extravagant our Christmas will be. Perhaps the touchstone of all that we do should be love: and how we respond to the extravagant love of God and how we love those around us.

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Bearsden Baptist Church, 14 Roman Road. The first minister of Bearsden Baptist Church was Rev. Gilbert Ritchie (1931 2001) whose family had a strong association with Hillhead Baptist Church in Glasgow's west end just off Byres Road. In 1969 he became minister at Stenhouse Baptist Church where he remained for 5 years before coming to Bearsden, where he stayed until moving to Saltcoats in 1985. Initially the congregation worshipped in Maxholme, a mansion house built in 1872 that was gifted to the Burgh as a community facility. After the 25 year lease ended, the congregation bought the building and the grounds on condition that the public had access to the garden. The garden is accessible between 1 and 5 in the afternoons. The rear gardens woodland area has received input of Mugdock Rangers and in 2015/ 2016 was awarded a grant from ‘Stalled Spaces Scotland’ to transform part of it into a quiet sensory garden. In 2016 a woodcarving, "Maximus", was added. The building is located over a Roman Fort that was one of the stations on the Antonine Wall. 20

The modern sanctuary and office extension was designed by Ray Davis, architect, and opened on 19 September 2003. This is an impressive space designed to minimise disturbance of the Roman remains underneath. It has a baptismal pool located beneath the platform to cater for total adult immersion rather than sprinkling of water. The flexibility of the seating arrangement allows various functions to be easily accommodated during the week and also for Sunday worship. The sanctuary has hosted conferences, community groups and weddings and possesses a good sound system including equipment to project hymns and presentations onto the wall behind the platform. It has effective contemporary lighting, underfloor heating, a carpeted floor and comfortable moveable chairs in three different attractive colours. There is a praise band instead of an organ and the young musicians take services once a month in the evening at Killermont and Baljaffrey churches. In addition to the many groups that benefit from using the building, the Church also runs the Bearsden Barista Cafe and serves coffee, tea and home baking by volunteers on a not for profit basis. John Gair


Christmas – Till He Come T’was on a day that God foretold, That the earth would be blest and his love would unfold And goodwill come to the sons of man, Through His son, whom He loved since the world began. And so it was - a child was born. But Herod’s reign with fear was torn, And an edict signed – “all boys be slain”, That Good be vanquished and Evil reign. But the shepherds heard the angels sing And the people heard the Heavens ring With the power of God, and the earth was blest And all His love made manifest. And the Gospel came to a world defiled, Through the simple cry of a tiny child, And Good was planted here to stay, And the promise of a better day. For a Holy God looked down with purest eyes, And found there nothing to chastise. “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased, Hear him. For in his strength your weakness is appeased. For He learns to choose twixt right and wrong, And in temptation’s hour - holds strong, For me he loves with heart and soul and mind and strength, But also you His neighbour, till at length, You’ll hear the call - Come, – for in his love and that alone, Even you may stand before my Holy throne, Till all the travails of this age are past, And He shall reign on the earth at last!” Submitted by Renton Thomson 22

Detail from stained-glass window, Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Photograph by Peter H Grant

And is it true? And is it true, This most tremendous tale of all, Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue, A Baby in an ox’s stall? The maker of the stars and sea Become a child on earth for me? From: Christmas by John Betjeman 23

Church Register Wedding 24.10.19

Kirsty Taggart and Darren Bethell

Dates for your Diary November 24 Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods on sale 25 The Guild TMC 27 Bible Basics 28 Choir Practice 30 Saturday Night Club

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 2.15 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 Funday Sunday & Crèche Afternoon Communion 2 Brew’n’Blether Phoenix Circle 4 Kirk Session 5 Choir Practice 6 Messy Church 7 Saturday Night Club

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 4.00 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 8.00 p.m. 7.30 pm 7.30 p.m. 3.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.


Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Congregational Lunch

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The Guild 1.45 p.m. Phoenix Circle Christmas Lunch (out) 12 noon Bible Basics 10.30 a.m. Choir Practice 7.30 p.m. “Mind that Song” with Alzheimer Scotland 2.00 p.m. Saturday Night Club 7.30 p.m. Bible Class 10.30 a.m. Morning Service (with Gift Service) 10.30 a.m. Funday Sunday and Crèche 10.30 a.m. Traidcraft Goods on sale 11.30 a.m. Bible Class Christmas Craft Sale 11.30 a.m. Carol Service 4.00 p.m. Funday Sunday Christmas Party 4.00 p.m. Saturday Night Club Christmas Party & sleepover 7.30 p.m. Morning Service (including Nativity) 10.30 a.m. Crèche 10.30 a.m. Family Christmas Eve Service 6.30 p.m. Watchnight Carol Service 11.15 p.m. (doors open for carol singing at 10.45p.m.) Christmas Day Family Service 10.30 a.m. (children bring a present to show and celebrate) Morning Family Service Crèche

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m.

January 2018 5 Bible Class 10.30 a.m. Morning Service 10.30 a.m. Crèche and Funday Sunday 10.30 a.m. 6 Phoenix Circle 8.00 p.m. 8 Bible Basics 10.30 a.m. 9 Congregational Board 7.30 p.m. 10 Choir Practice 7.30 p.m. 10 “Mind that Song” with Alzheimer Scotland 2.00 p.m. 11 Saturday Night Club 7.30 p.m. 25


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Bible Class (breakfast) Morning Service Crèche and Funday Sunday Afternoon Service Guild Coffee concert Saturday Night Club

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 4.00 p.m. 2.00 p.m. 10.45 a.m. for 11.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Phoenix Circle Bible Basics Kirk Session Choir Practice Messy Church Saturday Night Club

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 8.00 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 3.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft Goods on Sale Guild TMC ABC Unity Supper (NK Halls) Choir Practice

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 2.15 p.m. 7.00 p.m. 7.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

February 1 Saturday Night Club

7.30 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 February 2020 edition of the magazine should be with the editor no later than Friday 17 January 2020. 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 27

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