This site will look much better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.

Bearsden Cross

 Church - General Information

Central pane window in South Building
Worship
Creche
Funday Sunday Staffing
Communion
Membership
Consultation
Baptisms
Weddings
Funerals
Requests for Visitation
Home Communions
Change of Address
Magazines
Offerings
Hall Lets

Sunday Worship

Morning Services: 10.30 a.m. (Except Remembrance Sunday 10.00 a.m.)

Afternoon / Evening Services: Communion during the winter months, October to March, usually on the 2nd Sunday at 4.00 p.m., but variable to fit in with holidays. See  Events & News, Calendar, or Magazine, for further details and variations.
Back to top

Creche, Funday Sunday & Bible Class

During Morning Worship, all children of those attending church of Primary School age and under are cared for in the Church Halls. Young people of Secondary School age attend Bible Class before the service.
Back to top

Funday Sunday Staffing

In the Cross Church Funday Sunday we encourage parents of young children to serve as teachers during the years their children are at Sunday School. This helps parents to share the learning experience of their children and also to think more about their own faith.

We operate a job-share policy, with two teachers for each class, so that teachers do not have to miss out on adult worship. Each teaches on alternate Sundays, and is free to attend the whole of morning worship on the other Sunday.

Anyone wishing to know more about the work of the Funday Sunday, or to volunteer their services as teachers, should contact the Minister or the Funday Sunday Secretary via the Church Office (942 0507).
Back to top

Communion

Invitations, in the form of Cards, are delivered four times yearly, prior to the March, June, September, and December communions which are usually on the second Sunday of the month. There is also a family communion service, at which children are encouraged to participate, on Easter Sunday morning. Communion cards should be handed in at the Church on the first occasion on which communion is received after their delivery.
Back to top

Membership

The Minister is always happy to meet with any who wish to become members of the Church and Congregation, and to give guidance to those who may be uncertain about what membership involves. Classes for New Communicants are held as and when necessary.
Back to top

Consultation

Anyone requiring the services of a minister should telephone the Manse on 942 0507.
Back to topLeft pane window South Building

Baptisms

Preliminary arrangements should be made with the Minister. Please telephone the Manse on 942 0507 in the first instance. Baptisms are usually celebrated during morning service.
Back to top

Weddings

As soon as a date has been provisionally fixed, preliminary arrangement should be
made with the Minister. Please telephone the Manse on 942 0507 to arrange to see the Minister, who will be able to advise about further preparations and procedures.
Back to top

Funerals

In the event of a death the Minister should be contacted as early as possible. It is of the utmost importance that the date and the hour of a funeral service should not be fixed without prior consultation with the Minister on 942 0507.
Back to top

Requests for Visitation

The Minister seeks, so far as time and circumstances allow, to visit the members of the congregation and those resident within the bounds of the parish who have no church connection.

Should a special visit be desired at any time and for any reason, he will gladly call if requested to do so. He is greatly helped by being informed of cases of sickness and other need.
Back to top

Home Communions

Any member wishing to have the Sacrament of Holy Communion celebrated at home is asked to contact his or her District Elder who will make the necessary arrangements with the Minister.
Back to top

Change of Address

Changes of any kind should be made known as they occur to the Elder concerned or to the Rollkeeper, Anne Reid on 942 0507 from whom Certificates of Transference or Disjunction may be obtained by members leaving the district.Right pane window South Building
Back to top

Magazines

Life and Work, the magazine of the Church of Scotland, is available on annual subscription through the church (£27.36 for 2018). Anyone interested should contact Alan Agar through the Church Office.

A monthly Parish magazine, Word from the Cross, is distributed at the beginning of each month except January, July and August. You may opt for either a paper or electronic copy.
Back to top

Facebook Pages

Facebook allows current Church of Scotland news, Church news, events and celebrations to be posted and shared by all. Photos too give a flavour of church life - please use and contribute with comments on events enjoyed. Feedback is encouraged! Find us here.

There is also a private Facebook Group for young people from S1-age to 25 (parents must join for those under 14). It will advertise opportunities and events for Young People. To receive an invitation to join this group please e-mail the church office.
Back to top

Offerings

Members who are tax-payers are encouraged to make the most of their offerings to the Church by giving through Gift Aid. Anyone who pays tax at least equal to the amount of tax being reclaimed whether through Income Tax (PAYE, deduction from bank interest, dividend tax credits, or annually) or through Capital Gains Tax, can give through Gift Aid.

All that is required is that the member completes a Declaration Form, and makes their offering in a way that allows a record to be kept. The Church is then able to claim a refund of the tax that the member has paid. At the current basic rate of tax this is worth a further 25p for every £1 given. The most efficient way of giving is by bank standing order. Members participating in Gift Aid may also give by way of Freewill Offering envelopes or cheque. For occasional cash offerings, there are Gift-aid envelopes available, printed with a single use declaration.

Members who wish to know anything about Gift Aid should contact Fiona Dunlop (Gift Aid Treasurer) or the Church Office. Fiona can also supply Gift Aid Declaration Forms and forms enabling members to set up a Standing Order. Freewill Offering envelopes can be obtained from the Freewill Offering Convener Lesley Shaw.

A Gift Aid Declaration does not need to be renewed annually. It remains valid until such time as the member cancels it. Once the Declaration is in place, the Church recovers Gift Aid Tax on all donations without checking the donor’s circumstances. Since it is the individual’s responsibility to repay to HMRC any shortfall between Tax paid and Gift Aid Tax recovered from their gift aided donations to all charities, Members need to notify us if they are no longer eligible for the scheme.
Back to top

Hall Lets

Please note:

(i) our Halls remain closed at this point,
(ii) we can't reopen our Halls until we are permitted to do so under the relaxation of the relevant Covid restrictions,
(iii) we fully expect to rent our Halls to interested parties in the future, but we do not know when that will be, or the terms or conditions that may apply,
(iv) groups should contact the Church Secretary by e-mail, if they wish to be added to a list of prospective lettees, who shall receive updates on our reopening plans.

Why not contact us to indicate your interest by e-mail to the Church Secretary?

Back to top