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Bearsden Cross Church - Events & News

Events & News for your diary


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Word from the Cross
current edition of the church magazine available.






Sunday Services at 10.30 a.m. Activities for children, Crèche are available. See below for our upcoming church events or look at the calendar.


Update your email details, we want you to keep in touch

During April we had problems with the church domain name which affected both the website and the email. The issue is now sorted and all is also working again. To assist with rebuilding distribution lists, if you would like to continue to receive information as appropriate e.g. Kirk Session Papers, “Word from the Cross”, various rotas etc by email, please email the usual church email address (secretary@bearsdencross.org) as soon as possible.


TMC Monday April 30th

TMC meet on the last Monday of the month. Please join us for fellowship, friendship, food and chat. Next catch up is on April 30th in the Inn (Bearsden Station) at 7pm.

Bible Basics Wednesday May 2nd and 16th
‘Exploring Mark’ – New Bible Study group take place in the Manse on these Wednesday mornings at 10.30am and lasts around an hour. There is no need to have attended previous sessions to come along, just turn up! Bibles and relevant materials will be provided.

Christian Aid Week May 13 - 19 & Bridge Cross May 5th

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The Erskine Bridge Cross Walk

The Erskine Bridge Cross will be held this year on Saturday May 5th from 2 - 5 pm. Please join in - there are registration forms together with information leaflets and sponsorship forms available on the Christian Aid Noticeboard in the Church Assembly Area.

Christian Aid Week
This year the week for the House -to-House collection will run from 13th to 19th May.

Bearsden Joint Churches Christian Aid Coffee Morning
The Bearsden Joint Churches Coffee Morning in support of Christian Aid is to be held on Saturday May 12th from 10am - 12md in New Kilpatrick Church New Halls. Donations of plants for the Plant Stall and volunteers to assist are being sought.

Brew 'n' Blether May 9th
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th May from 2pm. There will be a DVD of the first part of the West Highland Way starting in Milngavie, followed by tea, coffee and cake and time to chat. The invitation is open to anyone who is at home during the day and would like to come along and meet up with old friends and hopefully, make some new ones. You are also very welcome to bring along a friend or friends. Transport can be arranged for those who require it by getting in touch with the church office.

Music Festival
Music Festival with Milngavie Music Club June 1st to 3rd

YOUNG MUSICIANS 2018
‘Celebrating young people, their talents and their contribution to the cultural and creative life of Scotland’

In a joint venture involving Bearsden Cross Church, Milngavie Music Club, MacOpera and the Glasgow Chamber Choir a young musicians festival is to take place in our church from 1st - 3rd June of this year.

On Friday 1st June a recital of music by Schubert, Poulenc and César Franck for violin and piano will be given by the brilliant young violinist Savitri Grier and pianist Richard Uttley.

On Saturday morning 2nd June a Coffee Concert with a difference will be given under the auspices of MacOpera, which will feature twelve talented music pupils from Dumbartonshire Schools who will perform a selection of movements from classical works along with the professional musicians from the orchestra of Scottish Opera.

On Sunday 3rd June the morning service will include contributions from the East Dunbartonshire Youth Choir and then at 3.00 p.m. a concert will be given by the Glasgow Chamber Choir, directed by Michael Bawtree.

Tickets for the concerts are priced £10 (full time students £5; school pupils free) or, alternatively a combined 3-concert ticket can be purchased for £24. All of these will be available from Purple Edge, Bearsden, The Iron Chef, Milngavie and The Church Office.

The Festival Service is of course open to all and does not require a ticket.

The Music Team, who organise the Coffee Concerts, hope you may be able to support some, this new venture linking the church and local community. Please put the dates in your diary now!

Reforming the Kirk

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A series of three lectures by Rev Doug Gay entitled 'Reforming the Kirk'
will continue this week, viewable live on-line, later by download, on Wednesday 8th at 6:30pm, with the third and final lecture on 15th February.

These promise a candid, forthright and bold analysis of the state of the Church of Scotland and the choices facing it. For further details

He will explore what it means to be ‘presbyterian’ in today’s Scotland, in which even kirk members are ambivalent about their identity. Recognising the significant challenges facing the church in the coming decade, he will offer a manifesto for enacting structural reform, including key economic reforms, within the Kirk and will argue that change is essential to address deep seated problems of decline and dysfunction.

Rev Doug Gay Lecture

Lecture 1 — “Walls Without Church?”
The first lecture (1st February) explores ‘what just happened?’ tracing the decline of the Kirk as a national institution since the 1960s.

Lecture 2 — “Call and Response”
The second lecture (8th February) explores the relationship between the church’s understanding of its own calling and its response.

Lecture 3 — “Grand Designs”
The final lecture (15th February) makes the case for radical structural reform of the Church of Scotland over the next decade.




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For More on the services together with  other events see below, also viewable as a calendar or check out the current issue of our parish magazine.