Cadder Parish Church, Bishopbriggs.

June-August Gazette

Please note, this is not the entire contents of the Gazette which contains several sections concerning day-to-day church business which are not appropriate for the website. Some other items not always included on this page appear in their respective pages on the site, e.g. The Coffee Shop, The Church Shop, First Monday and The Guild.


Dear Friends,

The people of Palestine were often oppressed by fear of two things, forces of nature and forces of foreign nations. The psalmist addresses these two fears in psalm 46. He writes, "We will not fear though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." Ps 46 v2-3 and "The Lord makes war cease to the ends of the earth" v9

The psalmist had a word of encouragement for his congregation as they faced their fears - "Be still and know that I am God" Ps 46 v10. "Be still" literally means relax, take your hands off! In other words, stay calm and remember that God is in this with you.

For the psalmist, stillness comes through knowing God.v10 How can mere mortals know the immortal God? Only by the immortal becoming mortal and revealing the face of God to us. This is what happened in the life of Jesus.

Throughout the gospels, the identity of Jesus is being gradually revealed and Matthew is amazed at Jesus` power over nature and asks the question, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" Mt 8 v23-27

Matthew records the story of Jesus being with the disciples on Lake Galilee. The lake is 700 feet below sea level and the wind can whip up tumultuous and sudden storms. The word Matthew uses for storm is the same word that can be used for an earthquake. It is a vivid word and he reinforces it by using the word great which brings out the magnitude of the turbulence. Matthew records that the disciples were suddenly afraid for their lives. Where was Jesus? A question that many may ask when a sudden storm comes - Where are you Lord?

Many scholars reckon that the original meaning of the story would be about Christian discipleship and the storms of persecution that the first Christians were facing. Matthew includes this story in his gospel to encourage those first disciples.

He tells of Jesus being asleep in the boat. Jesus was at peace despite the ferocious waves and the howling wind - our Lord was calm and serene. They awoke him with a terse three word expression - "Lord, save, we perish". It is a cry of great anguish - the boat was sinking and they were about to die. The irony of this story is that fishermen are asking a carpenter to help them on the sea. They have no one else to turn to. "Faith chases out fear or fear chases out faith" writes theologian D.A.Carson. What is it going to win? Faith or fear.

The marvel of this story is not just that Jesus had power over the waves and the wind but that he was in total command even when the storm was at its peak - Jesus was still in control - so God was in control.

Take heart from this story, for one thing is certain in life that storms are never that far away but another certainty is that when we trust in God, our Lord is never far from us. We may think at times that He is asleep or that He is not interested - far from it! He is there with us in our trials and He is closer than we will ever imagine.

Jesus turns to his disciples and challenges them with the words - "Where is your faith?" He expected more from them. In the edge of death, he wanted them to trust that he would be there for them. He wants us to trust him even in the storm - to trust him when the dark clouds and shadows appear - He is with you and will never fail you. Like the shepherd in psalm 23, He walks the dark valley with you - He leads and guides you and will be there to guide you into the light at the other side. He is faithful and keeps his promises.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin - oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! -
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But, Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

May you know God to be with you, in whatever sea of life that you are sailing on.

With every blessing,



Following a recent meeting of the Social Committee the group has agreed on a name change and will now be known as the

Cadder Fellowship Group

The group will continue to provide the congregation and friends with entertainment and events, including old favourites such as the popular Film Nights.

We are currently working on a programme for late summer/early autumn so watch this space for further details.

The current group of Janet & Jim Johnstone, Margaret Redpath, Susan Kerr and Claire Martin are delighted to welcome two new members, Margaret Neely and Susan MacGregor.

212th Glasgow Boys Brigade Company

All boys and staff had a fabulous time at Junior Section Camp. The weather was kind to us and the boys enjoyed all the outdoor activities. Lots of tired boys and adults on the journey home!

Company section camp is the last event of this session. This year fifteen boys and staff are heading back to Kirkham via a two night camp at Coniston. Camp is a highlight of the year for boys and I'm sure this year will be no exception.

Four young men will receive their Queens Badge at Glasgow Cathedral on 1st June. This is a very special event for the boys, their parents and myself as Captain.

Thanks to everyone who supported our Annual Plant Sale which raised approximately £490 for Company funds. Also thanks to the parents for their donations to our section sponsor events.

I would urge anyone who hasn't joined our 200 Club to do so. All proceeds go towards funding the running costs of our minibus. Details on our website.

Staff will have a well earned rest to recharge their batteries ready for the new session which kicks off with enrolment on Friday 18th August 2017. Thanks to all the staff for their effort and the parents/friends for their support.

Have a lovely summer, from everyone at the 212th.

For up to date information on all activities and news please go to our website at


I can't believe that the Session 2016 - 2017 is finished already. The months have flown in so quickly.

We had our camp at Scoughall and although the weather was good, it was very cold - a typical East Coast wind! This didn't stop some of the girls having a dip in the North Sea! We had a terrific time: the obstacle course, tunnels and zipline were favourites. We had so much planned but didn't get round to doing half of it!

Our Display went without hitches and the girls all did really well. Thanks to our 1977 Captain, Margaret Redpath, for agreeing to be Inspecting Officer.

On the last Tuesday the Explorers had a party at Cafe Torino. The Juniors went Tubing at Bearsden Ski Club and the Brigaders went Bouldering at the Climbing Academy. A great way to finish off the year!

We still have our 40th GB Reunion Dinner on June 9th. This is at the South Halls and starts at 7.30pm. Spaces are still available, so if you would like to come along for a bite to eat, a glass of wine, a blether and a catch-up with old friends, please just get in touch. Tickets are £10, but you can contact Me or any of the officers for more information.

Our Enrolment Night will be Tuesday 22nd August 2017 from 7pm - 8pm.

Have a lovely summer, from everyone at the 92nd.


The popular QuizAid evening in aid of funds for Christian Aid will once again be held in the South Hall, this year on Friday 16 June at 7:30pm.

Teams comprising of four members will be most welcome.

Admission will be £25 per team. Individuals (who could join forces to make additional teams) will also be welcome at £7 per head. Light refreshments will be available at half-time!

Let the battle (against poverty, climate change and so much more) commence!


The Music Club will begin again, after our summer recess, on :

Wednesday 6th September at 7.30pm in the North Hall.

We look forward to meeting up with everyone again, and an especially warm welcome awaits any newcomer who wishes to join us for lots of fun. See you in September.


It's hard to believe we are almost half way through the year. Wherever you roam over the summer months we hope you will take time to enjoy the scenery around you - and remember there are lots of hidden gems off the beaten track. We are always on the lookout for new routes so if you come across one you think we would enjoy as a group please let us know (nothing too strenuous!!)

Our final walks for this session are:

June 3 Inchcailloch Island, Loch Lomond 3 km
June 17 Brig o' Turk Loop 5 km
July 1 Ardgartan, Arrochar 6 km

As usual meet in Kenmure Church Car Park at 9.20 a.m.


The Adult Education and Care Team presents:

Monday 12th: Easy Dancing
Monday 19th: Line Dancing
Monday 26th: Easy Exercise


This is being held in Springfield Cambridge Church from the 7th to 11th August. 10am - 12 noon Monday to Friday All primary age children are welcome to come along to join in the fun.

As usual, we are asking for volunteers to help for all or part of the week. We couldn't do it without you!

There is a Planning Meeting on June 12th in Springfield Cambridge at 7.30pm. It would be lovely if Cadder could have some representatives go along that evening as unfortunately I am not available However, I will be in touch with the team to find out more.


During the summer months, when the schools are on holiday, there will always be a Team Room for Primary age and pre-school children. Bring the children to church and they will leave to go to the Session House (under the church) after the Children's Address or at some point in the service. They will then return to church for the end of the service.


For our Team Meeting in April we ventured out to visit Lambhill Stables to see the work they are doing bringing the community together. There are lots of different classes being held in the stable buildings throughout the week and outside they are developing the ground, growing their own fruit and vegetables to use in the café and providing seating areas to rest and ponder your surroundings. Hedges are being built to provide habitat for wildlife and various sculptures are dotted around. Work is still very much in progress but do go along and see what is happening and give them your support in this very worthwhile adventure.

At the end of April two of our team attended the Eco-Scotland Annual Gathering in Burnside Blairbeth Church on the theme 'Caring for Creation in Time of Change'. People were there from the North of Scotland down to Harrogate! After worship and the AGM the main speaker of the morning was Alastair McIntosh who spoke of his return to his childhood home and his solo pilgrimage from the most southerly tip of Harris up to Ness at the Butt of Lewis. This is detailed in his book "Poacher's Pilgrimage." . The name of his book came about as he could not publicly say in the Hebrides that he was on a pilgrimage,as pilgrimages were banned after the Reformation, but when seen carrying his fishing rod they assumed he was going poaching and this was okay! He gave a fascinating talk on the landscape, the people, and different kinds of physical signs of spirituality through the ages . We must not only care for God's creation on the outside but take time to listen to him in the inside too.

In the afternoon there were the following workshops:

  • Christian Aid on divestment
  • RSPB encouraging you to visit or volunteer in local nature reserves
  • Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum on how to have sustainable pilgrimages across Scotland
  • Scottish Churches Policy Office on meeting with your local MSPs
  • Tear Fund on how to talk about climate change and its effect throughout the world.

It was a very full but interesting day and we came away with lots to think about - and a book to read.

Gardening Guru

Hopefully by the time you are reading this we are having some warm and sunny weather and enjoying pottering in the garden.

The sound of the mower is the quintessential sound of summer and the best way to use it on your lawn is little and often.

Now is also the time to prune early flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus and Weigela. Also tie in your climbers and ramblers as they grow.

As we head towards the longest day on the 21st June (already!) the extra light and heat means the weeds will sprout up from seemingly nowhere so do keep on top of them by hoeing regularly.

If we are lucky enough to have lots of sunshine you will need to keep the lawn, trees and shrubs well watered. Tomato plants, whether grown in ground or containers need feeding and a steady supply of water - this is crucial to avoid splitting the fruit.

Also do not forget our feathered friends. Dry ground makes it more difficult for them to find food. Do also ensure your bird baths are clean and well topped up so that the birds can splash around and keep cool. If you don't have a bath, put out a bowl or basin of water.

Finally get out the chairs, sit back, relax and enjoy the results of your labours and have a happy summer break.


My Farming History of Bishopbriggs
War Years to Present Day

by Billy Gilchrist

On sale at £5 direct from Billy (762 2607) or from Cadder Coffee Shop


The Shop & Coffee Shop will officially reach their 21st Birthday this June. To mark the occasion there will be an evening of celebration in the South Hall, not in June, but on Saturday 9th September at 7pm. An invitation is extended to all volunteers past and present to come along. Please put the date in your diary now.

Cadder Church mugs, which were sold as part of the fund raising effort, are again available in a limited number. If you would like to buy one pop along to the Shop or speak to me.


Coffee Shop Spring Treats!

  • Tea or Coffee & Scone £2.00
    every Friday & Saturday 10am - 12 noon
  • Bacon Roll or Roll with Sausage £1.50 each
    on sale Saturday 24th June

Buy your tickets soon for the Afternoon Tea on Friday June 2nd at 2.15pm. £6.50 each (limited number available)


The shop closes on Tuesday 12th June and re-opens 15th August. Thank you for all your support over the past year. Have a good, restful summer and I hope to see you back in August.


Hello again everyone,

There's been lots happening in the local schools in the busy period ahead of the summer holidays.

Since my last Gazette article I have taken part in two further assemblies at the Academy for first year pupils, with a final one to come on 5th June. The group now moves on to their second year timetable before the summer break, and look well and truly settled into life at the school.

The Scripture Union group at the Academy is still going strong, though, with our final meeting of the current session scheduled for Wednesday 21st June. After much prayer, numbers at this group have been gradually creeping up and we are now into double figures most weeks.

The chaplaincy team recently met with senior staff at the Academy to discuss our role and how we might get a little more involved in school life, so we will see what comes of that.

At Meadowburn Primary, as well as attending the weekly assemblies, the school invited me to speak to their P6 and P7 classes as part of their recent Careers Week, so I hope they found that an interesting experience, I certainly did.

The P2/3 class at the school visited the church in early May and seemed to have a great time doing various activities. My thanks to Bob and Paddy Burnett, and to John and Susan, for their help with that, not forgetting 'Scruff', who also made a guest appearance!

Preparations are now being made for the P7 leavers service, which is to be held in the church on Friday 23rd June. The whole school comes along to what is an event of mixed emotions, with the P7s excited about moving up to 'the big school', but also sad at leaving Meadowburn where they have had so many happy times.

Since my last report I have had the pleasure of attending the annual displays of both the BB and the GB, which are always fun and enjoyable occasions.

Soon it will be time for a month or so of planning activities for the autumn and beyond, and I will be discussing those with John. For my own 'holiday' it's back to North Berwick to be the Assistant Team Leader at a Scripture Union camp. Once again the camp is almost fully booked, with 50 youngsters from throughout Scotland, so it's going to be lively!

Best wishes for a happy and hopefully sunny summer.

"The Law of the Garbage Truck"

Forwarded by Neta Neill of South Africa

How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, ruin your day? However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly one can get back their focus on what's important.

David J Pollay explains his story in this way....

Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here's what happened. I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by inches!

The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head round and he started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean.....he was friendly. So, I said, "Why did you do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to hospital!" And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

"Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they'll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did."

I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, "I'm not going to do it any more." Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. Love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Believe that everything happens for a reason.


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One of my favourites from the Taste of Cadder Recipe Book

Raspberry Ramsay
Jean Cockburn


1 pkt trifle sponges
2 tins raspberries (in their own juice)
450 ml (15fl oz) natural yogurt
300ml (10fl oz) double cream
85 - 115g (3-4 oz) demerara sugar


Place broken up sponges in bowl.
Pour raspberries over sponge.
Whip cream until firmish, mix with yogurt.
Layer mixture on to raspberries.
Sprinkle sugar all over top.
Leave in fridge, uncovered, overnight.
Matures nicely if left a bit longer.

22 years ago!