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The Church of Scotland

Bearsden Cross Church

WORD FROM THE CROSS Summer 2017 Bearsden Cross Church – Scottish Charity No: SC009082 – Congregation No: 1811


Contacts Minister: Rev. Graeme R. Wilson 61 Drymen Road, Bearsden, G61 2SU | 942 0507 Associate Minister: Rev Dr. Alexander Forsyth 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 copyright Peter H Grant

Any content for the September edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor by Sunday 20 August. Web version of the magazine:


Parish Letter Dear friends, While Graeme and Julie take a few well-earned days off in Campbeltown I am writing this month’s letter. I bring you news of and reflections on, the recent visit of our friends from our twin congregation in the Église Réformée de Poitiers. Roland Poupin, pastor, together with Claude and Veronique Godard awoke in Bearsden on Thursday morning 18th May to brilliant sunshine and made their way with us to visit pupils in their French class at the Junior High School of Glasgow. Thereafter they were able to take in the sights of Glasgow. On Friday morning they visited the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Glasgow University. They finished their afternoon at Messy Church. On Saturday we travelled through to Edinburgh to take in the later part of the morning session of the General Assembly. By this time the Scottish weather had reverted to type as the rain and hail bounced off the pavements. On Sunday evening a number of us gathered at the manse to help cement our bond with our new friends and to look forward to Graeme and Eleanor Wright’s return visit to Poitiers in mid-June. Was it not wonderful to hear John’s gospel being read in French at the service on Sunday morning, so reminding us that the Holy Spirit surrounds us wherever we are and in whatever language we speak. Over the weekend, as we discussed our churches and worship, we 3

learnt how similar our two churches are in terms of how we approach the worship of our Lord. As we talked about our worship and church we were frequently told “C’est la même en Poitiers”. There were also differences to learn about and reflect on. We look forward to expanding our ties with Poitiers. During Graeme and Eleanor’s visit and beyond, perhaps we can all be reflecting on how our two churches can develop this friendship? Finally can I, on Graeme’s behalf, thank all of you who went out of your way to welcome Roland, Claude and Veronique to Scotland, whether it was with a few simple words of friendship or by giving of your time to make their stay such a memorable experience, both for them and for us. Whether we realise it or not summer is now upon us so can I wish you every blessing over the summer months and hope that any travels you may undertake bring you home safe, sound and rested. Best wishes, Keith Wright Session Clerk 4

Messy Church Welcomed our Visitors from Poitiers


10th Birthday Celebrations GIVE TEN FOR TEN “Give when you are asked to give; and do not turn your back on a man who wants to borrow.” Matthew 5 v 42 As we near the end of our tenth anniversary session it’s time to reflect on what we have achieved and thank everyone for their efforts. The small committee overseeing this celebration “giving” did not know what to expect when we started out but the congregation has exceeded expectations. We have collected rag bags allowing us to donate over £130 to Scottish Churches Housing Action, delivered two car / van loads of home starter kit items to Freshstart, collected over £300 in coins for Glasgow City Mission as well as donating Easter Eggs, toiletries, sock and shoe boxes to various charities along the way. Contributions have come from Funday Sunday, the Bible Class and across the congregation. As you read this perhaps you are still filling your penny boxes for Christian Aid (to be handed in by Sunday 18th June). Bearsden Cross Church has a well-established and generous tradition of giving as part of our Christian mission. I am sure it will continue in the coming years. 6

Many thanks again, to everyone who has made our mission to “Give Ten for Ten” such a success. Keith Wright Session Clerk

Funday Sunday Funday Sunday activities will be on every Sunday up to and including Sunday 25th June. On Bible Sunday we continued the Minister's theme of the compass and the Bible pointing the way to Heaven and discussed what we thought Heaven might look like. Lots of suggestions including God – but also Dinosaurs, seagulls, chocolate, angels, Peppa Pig (because she makes people laugh which is a good thing...). Another week we made edible houses using greaseproof paper, which was iced then stuck with sweets. We were exploring the idea that God’s house has many rooms and we are all welcome. 7

Our collections from January until the summer will be going to Christian Aid, and we will also be looking at some of the issues involved with the current DEC appeal. Our plans for the annual Barbecue in the Manse garden (thanks to Julie and Graeme) are going well, and as ever, all will be welcome after the service on 25th June - the Funday Sunday closing service and Prize-giving. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the teachers who have given their time and efforts this session to teach the children. I hope you all have an enjoyable break. Funday Sunday will resume for next Session at 10.30am on Sunday 20st August.

Elizabeth Thomson, Funday Sunday Secretary



Bearsden Cross Church


Meet at Cumbrae Slip (Largs side) 11.00a.m. Or Meet in Bearsden Station Car Park at 9.30 a.m. It is hoped people without cars will be able to share transport. This is seen as an opportunity for fellowship and it would be good to share cars. Plans for the day...... picnic on the beach (crocodile!), walk / cycle round the island, etc...... whatever you feel like – and whatever the weather! Please sign up in the Assembly area if you plan to come, or e-mail the church office 10

Bible Class Bible Class continues to meet and discuss the stories and themes of the lectionaries. Our sessions will start at 10 on 4th and 18th June. On 11th and 25th June we will join with Funday Sunday and meet at 10.30 Bible class will finish for the summer on 25th June and reconvene after the schools go back in August Lesley

Saturday Night Club


The club brought the session to a close with a successful BBQ at Mugdock and is now taking a break until after the

Thanks to all attendees and to our very committed leaders, Wendy, Ken, Ed, Ross, Fiona, John and Lesley

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THE BOYS’ BRIGADE; 1ST BEARSDEN COMPANY The 1st Bearsden have had an active spring. In March a team of four senior Boys, John McEwan, Greg Wood, Ross Brown and Fergus Hempel, travelled to Belfast to participate in the UK final of the BB Masterteam competition and returned victorious.

Not content with that, John and Fergus, along with Alistair Ramsay, then participated in the UK final of the BB chess competition and brought home another trophy. Meanwhile, twenty Junior Section Boys took part in an activity weekend at Dalguise, participating in abseiling, raft building, canoeing and archery. The session ended with the 119th Annual Inspection in May, when three young men received their Queen’s Badges – the highest award in the movement. 12

Congregational Board I am seeking two volunteers to serve on the Board and invite anyone who might be interested to contact either the Minister or me. The Board is involved in many aspects of congregational life, but has specific responsibilities for the finances of the congregation and the fabric of the buildings. We are looking for people with an interest in the management and good governance of the church to join us. Douglas Thomson

Bearsden Cross Church Walking Club Saturdays 3 June 17 June

Battle Royal Killearn to Dumgoyne

Walkers leave from Bearsden Station Car Park at 9:30am (weather permitting). Friends and occasional walkers welcome. 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 Amanda Mackenzie or the Church Office.

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Glasgow City Mission A group of our members is planning to visit the Project Centre, 20 Crimea Street, at 3 p.m. on Thursday 1st June to see and hear about the range of things the Mission does to help Glasgow’s most disadvantaged people, and to ask questions over a cup of tea or coffee. Anybody reading this before that date who would like to join our group is very welcome to do so - just let me know. The annual Glasgow City Mission Art Exhibition will be held from 18 to 20 June, also at 20 Crimea Street, when some of the clients who are members of the Mission’s Art Club have their chance to show what they have been doing in various media. It is always an extremely interesting event to attend, not least as it will be possible to meet the artists and ask them about their work – maybe even buy some of it! Entry is free and includes refreshments at the Mission’s pop-up café plus a tour of the building. The exhibition will be open Sunday 18th June, 2-5 p.m., Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th June, 12-6 p.m. and everybody is welcome.

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Donations in aid of Médecins sans Frontières A world-renowned classical guitarist is to play a special concert in Milngavie on Sunday, June 11. Ayman Jarjour will be performing free of charge to help raise funds for the work of Medecins San Frontieres [Doctors Without Borders] in his native Syria, and throughout the world. The internationally-acclaimed musician is a dedicated supporter of the charity which provides medical care for thousands of people caught up in the violence of his war-torn country. A graduate of the famous Juilliard School in New York, Ayman Jarjour has performed solo and with orchestra in many parts of the world including Syria, Belgium, Lebanon, Egypt, Malta, Jordan, Germany, Tunisia, Sudan, Turkey, the US and the UK. Ayman has been described as a ‘remarkable virtuoso’ whose playing can leave listeners ‘utterly charmed and extremely contented’. His Milngavie concert has been organised by Milngavie Refugee Action Group [MRAG]. A spokesperson for MRAG said: ‘This is a rare opportunity to hear a live performance by one of the world’s greatest classical guitarists and we are very privileged that he has agreed to play here in Milngavie.’ Medecins Sans Frontieres operates in more than 60 countries, bringing medical and humanitarian aid to people affected by war, disease and disasters, regardless of race, creed or political beliefs. In their own words, MSF doctors and support staff go ‘where others cannot or choose not to go’. 16

Admission to the concert at Cairns is free. There will be collection boxes for donations and those attending are asked to give generously. Light refreshments will be served after the performance when there will be an opportunity to meet Ayman.

Milngavie refugee action group

Classical Guitar Recital with

Ayman Jarjour Sunday 11 June 3pm Cairns Church Buchanan Street Milngavie G62 8AW Followed by light refreshments

Admission free



As I write, Christian Aid Week is in full swing with our volunteers knocking on doors and collecting round the streets in the parish. There will be a full report, covering the Erskine Bridge Cross Walk, the Joint Churches Coffee Morning and the Door-to-Door Collection, in the next issue of the magazine in September. Meanwhile, thank you for your continuing support.

Lyndsay Ross

Too Many Candles (TMC) TMC will meet as normal on the last Monday of the month for our usual food, chat and fellowship. We also have our

picnic to look forward to on the 16th June, dry weather has been requested but I am sure all those who are going will enjoy it irrespective of what the day brings. Further details from Anne Henderson

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“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: 9th June and 11 August FROM: 2 – 3.30pm Tea and coffee provided

There will be no event in July WHERE: Church of Scotland 61 Drymen Road Bearsden G61 2SU CONTACT: Angi Inch

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.


May Flowers 2017 “What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.� Gertrude Jekyll

Thank you to the following members of the congregation for providing or arranging flowers in May.

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Provided by

Arranged by

Miss S. Connell. Mrs. I. McLachlan Mrs. H. Hutchison Mrs. M. McConnell

Mrs. K. Edmond Mrs. E. Hall Mrs. M. Land Mrs. A. Minty

Wishing you a warm and happy summer.

Christine Taggart


Church Register Funerals 10.05.17 Miss Helen Taggart 16.05.17 Dr William Thorburn

Dates for your Diary May 28

Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche

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

June 3

Congregational Trip to Millport (see details on page 10)


Bible Class 10.00 a.m. Morning Service 10.30 a.m. Funday Sunday & Crèche 10.30 a.m. Alzheimer Scotland “Mind that Song”2.00 p.m.

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Bible Class Morning Communion Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Traidcraft goods on sale

10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 11.30 a.m. 21

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Evening Communion Service Kirk Session PVG Training Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche Congregational Board

6.30 p.m. 7.00 p.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. 7.30p.m.

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

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Morning Family Service 10.30a.m. Summer Crèche 10.30a.m. Alzheimer Scotland “Mind that Song”2.00 p.m.


Morning Service Summer Activities & Crèche

10.30a.m. 10.30a.m.


Morning Service Summer Activities & Crèche

10.30a.m. 10.30a.m.


Morning Service Summer Activities & Crèche

10.30a.m. 10.30a.m.


Morning Service Summer Activities & Crèche

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Mon 31st July–Fri 4th August Baljaffray Summer Club (leaving P1-P7)


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Morning Service 10.30a.m. Summer Activities & Crèche 10.30a.m. Alzheimer Scotland “Mind that Song”2.00 p.m.


Morning Service Summer Activities & Crèche


Morning Service (with Funday Sunday Opening Service & Promotion, Bible Class) 10.30a.m. Crèche 10.30a.m. Kirk Session 7.30p.m.

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Bible Class Morning Service Funday Sunday & Crèche

10.30a.m. 10.30a.m.

10.00a.m. 10.30a.m. 10.30a.m.

Any content for the September edition of the magazine should be forwarded to the editor no later than Sunday 20 August. Contributions, photographs too, reflecting all aspects of the life of the Church and congregation are welcome! 23

Word From The Cross June 2017  

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