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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS February 2020 Bearsden Cross Church – Scottish Charity No: SC009082 – Congregation No: 1811

Contacts Minister: Rev. Dr Graeme R. Wilson GWilson@churchofscotland.org.uk 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 | secretary@bearsdencross.org Session Clerk: Keith Wright Editor: Peter Grant MagazineEditor@bearsdencross.org Cover photograph copyright Peter H Grant Text Psalm 89, v9

Any content for the March 2020 edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Friday 14 February 2020. PDF version of the magazine www.bearsdencross.org


Parish Letter Dear friends, There appeared a man named John. He was sent from God, and came as a witness to testify to the light, so that through him all might become believers. He was not himself the light; he came to bear witness to the light. The true light which gives light to everyone was even then coming into the world. (John 1:6-9) I heard a story about a wedding a while back. At this wedding, the five-year old nephew of the bride was chosen to be in charge of carrying the rings down the aisle. At the wedding rehearsal the wee boy was unusually unruly, almost completely out of control. He kept leaping out at people, baring his teeth at them ... and then chasing the flower girls. And as the wedding party practiced going down the aisle he growled and snarled at folk. Finally, his mother pulled him aside and demanded to know why he was behaving so badly. "But Mum," he explained, "I have to be fierce – I'm the ‘Ring Bear’!" Like so many of us that little boy misunderstood just what role he was supposed to play. He thought he was called to be big, imposing, fearsome, large and in charge. He thought he was to be the "star of the show." He thought the spotlight was his. The author of John has no trouble distinguishing between the one who "bears witness" to the light from the one who is the true light. How often do we miss the true light? How often do we obscure or get in the way of the true light? We get distracted by things that are, at best, of secondary importance. And yet, the true light of the world is there before us every day, if we would but open our eyes, recognise him and know him. It may well be that one of our challenges in life is to know who we are and are not. To know who we truly are – who we truly can be. There's a story 3

about a woman who found herself alone in a lift with the very famous and very handsome Robert Redford. As the lift moved up the floors, the woman, like many of us might, found herself uncontrollably star-struck. Finally, in her excitement and nervousness, she blurted out: "Are you the real Robert Redford?" To which Redford responded, "Only when I'm alone." That story reveals a wisdom that must have served Robert Redford well. For like John the Baptist, he obviously knows who he is not. Christmas may be disappearing rapidly in the rear-view mirror, but we remember that the reason for the season is that the true light has come into the world. And whoever you are, wherever you may be ... this is the moment that God enters our story, your story, as the true light of the World. This is the moment where all darkness has been pierced by the true light that cannot be overcome. May the true light of the world shine upon you and yours in 2020. Shalom, Graeme

POITIERS Our friends in Poitiers have asked if a group from their congregation could visit us for a few days sometime between 8 and 18 May this spring. This will be a fabulous opportunity for the two congregations to get to know each other better. Numbers and exact dates are still to be finalised. We are starting to think about hospitality, entertainment and places of interest to visit. In particular we need a few members of the congregation to offer accommodation for our visitors. Can you help with this or contribute suggestions for their visit? Don’t wait to be asked! Speak to the minister or Keith Wright if you would like to get involved. 4

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND “RADICAL ACTION PLAN”: Summary of Response from Bearsden Cross Parish Church to Presbytery. Introduction: A total of 30 elders and 12 members of the congregation took part in the joint Session and congregational meeting on Wednesday 23 October 2019 to learn about and discuss aspects of this Plan. Members of the congregation had received a brief summary highlighting key points of the Plan at the church service the previous Sunday. The meeting commenced with presentations on the Plan and the current structure and role of Presbytery. Thereafter discussion focused on ways in which a new presbytery might most helpfully provide educational resources for congregations. Responses to specific questions were provided from group discussion. These were: 1. What do you think a “single, easy and accessible platform of faith and nurture resources” might look like? 2. Do you think you are likely to use this platform and, if so, what particular strands of this would you feel most drawn to? 3. Local presbyteries will have an increased role in supporting education, training and support programmes for congregations. What programmes of support might they offer to enhance the content of this platform at a local / regional level? 4. How might the church nationally, and the Presbytery at a local / regional level, engage and support those 40 and under – and what form(s) might this take?

Summary of Responses: a. Questions 1 to 3 (Faith, Nurture and Resources Platform) • an on-line platform to support ministers, trainee worship leaders and congregations a good way forward • use and publicise the resources already available more effectively 5

• Resources should be “faith based” (not secular) and presented in a structured way and accessible format • strong support for an on-line resource to clarify the CoS stand on a variety of moral issues, different worship styles, elder support • God’s message is simple: “Love God and Love Your Neighbour”. This should come through clearly throughout the resource • benefits of face to face fellowship not so easy with social media

b. Question 4 (Under 40s)

• the Under 40’s are not a discrete and homogeneous group. Many “young people” are two generations away from regular church contacts • expecting a significant time commitment from this group is not realistic • larger presbyteries have the potential to bring young people together in regional faith communities and provide opportunities to discuss moral and environmental concerns • Churches need to think about catering for weekend workers, shift workers, different family groupings. Sunday worship is often not the most accessible way to reach out to these groups • churches should offer more services for specific groups, e.g. single parents, fathers, commuters, carers • more inter-church and inter-faith activities • perceptions of church among non-attenders needs to be changed A full copy of the report is available on the church web site (http://www.bearsdencross.org/events.html) Keith H Wright (Session Clerk)

8 January 2020


As you may recall (I certainly do!) 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 final total raised was a magnificent £3,000!! Thank you to everyone for their generosity and encouragement. The monies raised helped to start a Women’s Aid project in South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire (WASLER) and the following is an extract from this month’s Life and Work concerning this new partnership NEW WOMEN’S AID PARTNERSHIP Scottish Churches Housing Action (SCHA) has launched a new partnership supporting survivors of domestic abuse moving in to their new homes. SCHA, which brings together the major Scottish Christian denominations and organisations to help fight homelessness, signed a two-year partnership with Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire (WASLER). The partnership will support and encourage the contribution of local churches in establishing and sustaining a Starter Pack project, helping women who are moving on from WASLER refuges into their own tenancies. Heather Zajac, SCHA development manager, said: “When someone gets a house from the council or a housing association after they have been homeless, it is empty. They don’t get furniture, bedding, cooking essentials or cleaning equipment. And they don’t generally have extra money to furnish their new home outwith essential items such as plates, pots, bedding and cutlery. Families may help, but often people are cut off from family. “Churches are a crucial part of helping the community. We are encouraged and inspired by the response; we would welcome support from any local churches or communities.” Lynsey Queen, WASLER Refuge Manager, said: “Having the support from the local churches to provide starter packs for families moving on from refuge into 7

their own tenancies will make a huge difference. This can be very costly for women, and by having the funds donated this will enable women to not only purchase essential items for their new home but allows them to choose the items they want to buy. “Having this support will enable families to move into their new home and sustain their tenancy. The Refuge Service at Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire are very excited to be working in partnership with SCHA and the local community and we thank everyone for their continued support.�

Thank you all once again, 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 5th February, Wednesday 19th February, Wednesday 18th March, and Wednesday 1st April (honestly!) If you think you might be interested then please call me on 0141 942 0507 or email me at gwilson@churchofscotland.org.uk, or just turn up on the day! Graeme 9

Lent Studies 2020 ‘Where the Lost Things Go’ – based on ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

The Minister will be leading a ‘practically perfect’ series of Lent Studies entitled 'Where the Lost Things Go', based on the film 'Mary Poppins Returns'. The studies will explore issues such as belief and unbelief, loss and acceptance, and being lost and found. The studies will run on four consecutive Monday evenings: Monday 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th March at 7.30pm. If you are interested in coming along please let the Minister or the Office know, or just turn up on the night(s)! There will be an advance ‘screening’ of the film on the evening of Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm and all are welcome to this too, even if you cannot make it along to the Lent Studies. I may even provide popcorn! Graeme


Appointment of Youth Worker After a period of research, reflection and prayer, the Kirk Session decided to appoint a full-time Youth Worker to Bearsden Cross Church for a period of three years. A Job Description and Person Specification was drawn up and the post advertised in various places. Following interviews, it was decided to appoint Ashley Durning to the post and she began her work with us on 6th January 2020. I’m sure you will join me in welcoming Ashley, and her husband Craig, to our congregation and we look forward to seeing how this ministry develops in the coming months. Ashley has given us a few words of introduction … GRW

My name is Ashley Durning and I am from Ruchill, Glasgow. I have been involved with youth and children’s work for over 20 years. I started out as a twelve-year-old running the tuck shop for a summer kid’s club called The Big Buzz, and since then I have worked and volunteered in schools; nurseries; churches; charities; after-school clubs and sports clubs. I have worked with young people of all ages and from many different backgrounds. Through working and volunteering with young people, I’ve found myself canyoning, horse-riding, go-karting, trampolining, playing sports, baking, doing arts and crafts and, of course, eating pizza. I’m really excited to join with the youth work that Bearsden Cross is already doing. I’m hoping I can set up some new projects and even bring back some previous ones. I’m here to support the wonderful volunteers who are already doing so much, and hopefully make their lives a little easier. 11

Funday Sunday Thanks you to everyone who supported the Gift Service - we were able to send a sleigh load of presents to East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid, for which they were very thankful.

We all really enjoyed our Advent activities including our Christmas Party, culminating in our Nativity performance in the church on 22nd December.

After our holidays, we’re now back exploring the life of Jesus from his Baptism through his Ministry.

Elizabeth Thomson Funday Sunday Secretary 12

The Guild 2019/2020 At their meeting on 9 December, several members of The Guild were presented with Long Service Certificates. In recognition of 25 Years service – Joyce Kelly, June Macdonald In recognition of 40 years service – Vi Figes, Greta Frizzell, Frances Gemmell, Alison McConnell, Nan Needham, Margaret Patterson, Ada Shaw, Catherine Speirs

Rev.Wilson, Gretta Frizell, Frances Gemmell, Alison McConnell, June Macdonald, Thelma Struthers, Nan Needham, Margaret Patterson, Ada Shaw, Vi Figes, Catherine Spiers (Not present – Joyce Kelly)

This month on Monday 10th February we will have a talk about our Project for this year and how we will be supporting the Boys' Brigade. The following meeting will be on Monday 24th February when Mrs. Joy Blair will give a talk on "Sea Lights" I do hope you will join us as you will be most welcome. Our meetings start at 2pm. Further details from June MacDonald or from the Church Office 13


"When Sunday brought the Post"

Jill Scottie & Bill Hicks will entertain us with stories of their time working on the Sunday Post. 17th February "A thing of beauty is a joy forever" - the Japanese Garden. Local gardener Nancy Stevens will share her love of Japanese Gardens. Any enquiries please contact Barbara Skett or from the Church Office

Knitting & Sewing Circle 'A meeting was planned for the 19th of January where charities will be discussed. There are currently a number of knitted items and some monies for dispersal. I have been in touch with some local charities and have had suggestions for others either looking for donations of knitted and stitched items or money. I'll update in February and if anyone wishes to get in touch my details are in the Year Book or leave a note at the Church. Jean Wilson

TMC 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; Further details from Anne Henderson, Diane Walker or from the Church Office


CHRISTIAN AID Dates for your 2020 Diary Coffee Concert Erskine Bridge Cross Walk Christian Aid Week

Saturday 15 February Saturday 25 April Sunday 10 – Saturday 16 May

Thank you for supporting Christian Aid’s Christmas Appeal which focused on helping mothers around the world to live with dignity. At our Christmas services we raised £326 for this appeal. As I mentioned in our Christmas magazine we are holding a special Saturday Morning Coffee Concert for Christian Aid on Saturday, 15 February. This will feature a number of vocal students from the Royal Conservatoire Scotland in a varied programme of song. The concert itself will take place in the Church at 11.30 am with delicious fresh coffee and home-baking available in the small hall from 10.45 am. Tickets cost £10 – or more if you wish to make an additional donation – and are available from the church office, Purple Edge and at the door on the day. These concerts are always a most enjoyable way to spend a Saturday morning – and on this occasion, an added opportunity to support a very worthwhile cause. In February Christian Aid is organising a series of “Gatherings” throughout Scotland called “Gatherings 2020” in Dundee, Dunblane, Glasgow and Dumfries where you can explore how Christian Aid responds to communities in crisis across the world. A highlight of the Glasgow event will be an address by Nick Guttmann, who is Head of the Humanitarian Division at Christian Aid. He will talk about how communities in crisis are adapting, transforming and responding to climate change. In addition there will be a “Just Scripture” international link-up with an overseas partner to find out where faith and climate justice collide. The Glasgow “Gathering” will take place on Friday, 21 February, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, in Wheatley House Academy, 150 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DW. If you would like to attend, or require more information, please visit caid.org.uk/Scotland. Thank you for your continuing support of the work of Christian Aid via “penny boxes”. You can find empty boxes – along with the current Prayer List – on the shelf under the Christian Aid notice-board in the Assembly Area. Please return your “penny boxes” to me or to the church office. Lyndsay Ross 15

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS Thank you to everyone who joined us at the various events over the Christmas period. After deducting expenses, we have been able to make donations to Funday Sunday to support their current chosen charity and also the Lodging House Mission. Dates for your diary Sunday 1st March – Congregational Lunch Monday 2nd March - Brew ‘n’ Blether. We are hoping that children from one of the local primary schools will be providing some musical entertainment. If you are at home during the day, come along and join us for tea, coffee, cake and time to chat from 2.00 -3.20pm. Friends are very welcome too. Do come and join us if you can.

Garden Maintenance Volunteers are required for the Church garden to help on three Saturday morning efforts over the gardening year. (Other times will be available!) Work will include weeding - lawn edging - pruning and the like. Those willing and able to assist please contact Chris Marriott or the Church Office Exact dates will be advised by email and in the Congregational notices nearer the time.'

Our sale in February will be on the 23rd. Come and replenish your tea, coffee, dried fruit and treat yourself to some chocolate. We have a good selection of all occasion cards. Jo and Keith Moody 16

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. 8 Feb 22 Feb 7 March 21 March 4 April 18 April 2nd May

Kirkintilloch-Torrance Loop. Helensburgh to Rhu. Inverkip Circular. David Marshall Lodge. Cochno Loch. Culross. Earl’s Hill.

All walkers participate at their own risk. For further information contact Sheila Stevenson, Margaret Mackinlay or 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 to a coffee shop!) More information can be had from Margaret Mackinlay or the Church Office


Glasgow City Mission

The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter has now been operating for two of the four months it runs for. During that time, its dedicated core staff and teams of church volunteers, have been welcoming rough sleepers, cheering them up with hot drinks and toast, swapping jokes with them and making sure they are all safe, warm and able to get to sleep. Admittedly, they’ve met some difficult and distressing situations but have done their best to help with grace and compassion and, thanks to the presence at the Shelter of specialist advisers, there is real hope that the guests may find help not just with accommodation but also with their physical and mental health, and especially addiction. To date 21 members of our congregation have volunteered to help either in the evening or early morning at the Shelter during the week 8 – 14 March, and I am amazed, humbled and profoundly grateful for this. To get an idea of what they will be doing, do take a look at Glasgow Winter Night Shelter | Glasgow City Mission on your computer, watch the video and follow the links. It gives a pretty fair picture of what the Shelter is like, and some of it, admittedly, is grim. But if you look at other areas of the GCM website, you can read some wonderful stories about people who had really reached the bottom of the pit and given up hope but were helped at the Shelter or the Mission’s drop-in to take the first few steps towards turning their lives around and eventually managed to do so. The Mission staff recognise this as the work God has given them to do and rejoice in that fact, but they also know how much they rely on the donations, volunteering and especially the prayers of their supporters. On their behalf, may I thank everybody at Bearsden Cross for all that you have done to help, and please go on doing so, especially for 8 – 14 March.

Katie Thomson, 18

Flowers “ A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations but look what they can do when they stick together ! “ Anon.

Thank you to the following members of the congregation who have generously provided funds for flowers. Provided by: Arranged by : December 2019 1st. Mr. & Mrs. N Young. Ms. R. Walters. 8th. Mrs. A. Hill. Mrs. G. Agar. 15th. From funds Christmas decorations, the flower group. 22nd. “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ 29th. “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ January 2020 5th. 12th. 19th. 26th.

From funds.

Christmas decorations , the flower group In memory of Audrey Taylor. Mrs. K. Edmond Mrs.S.L.Stirrat. Mrs. E. Anderson In memory of Edith Aitken. Mrs. A. Minty.

Gwen would like to thank those members of the Cross Church Flower Group who gave of their time, to make her vision for the Christmas 2019 decoration of the sanctuary, a reality. Also, to those who dismantled, packed and stored away till next year ! Wishing everyone health and peace for the New Year . Christine Taggart. 19

Coffee Concert BEARSDEN CROSS CHURCH Saturday 15th February 2020 11.30 a.m.

Special charity concert for Christian aid Featuring vocal students from The royal conservatoire of Scotland



Church Register Funerals 27.11.19 7.12 19 17.01.20 27.01.20

Mrs May Drummond Mrs Dorothy Watkinson Mrs Elaine Soutter Mrs Elizabeth Paterson

Certificate of Transfer issued 20.01.20

Mr Louis Dunn

Dates for your Diary January 26


Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft The Guild TMC (Massimo’s) ABC Unity Supper (NK) Choir Practice

29 30 February 1 Saturday Night Club 2 3 5 6 9

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

Bible Class Breakfast Club Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Phoenix Circle Bible Basics – Acts (Manse) Choir Practice

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

Morning Service Funday Sunday activities & Crèche

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 21

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Evening Communion 6.30 p.m. The Guild 2.00 p.m. Choir Practice 7.30 p.m. “Mind that Song” with Alzheimer Scotland 2.00 p.m. Coffee Concert in aid of Christian Aid 10.45 for 11.30am Saturday Night Club 7.30 p.m. Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Phoenix Circle Bible Basics – Acts (Manse) Choir Practice 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.

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods The Guild Congregational Board 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. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m. 7.30 p.m.

Bible Class Breakfast Club Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche

9.45 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.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 March 2020 edition of the magazine should be with the editor no later than Friday 14 February 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 MagazineEditor@bearsdencross.org 23

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