November 2019 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,

November is the season for remembering. We all know the famous rhyme, "Remember, Remember the 5th of November", a date when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament and this is followed a week later by Armistice, when we remember those who fought on our behalf, in some of the greatest wars known to mankind; then as November draws to a close, we begin to enter the season of Advent, when we begin to prepare our hearts, to remember again the birth of Jesus Christ into our world.

Remembering is an important gift that we are blessed with as human beings. However, it is vital that what we remember is indeed helpful and hopeful for our future. Many people are plagued by bad memories and these memories seek to darken their days. It is good to remember and focus on positive memories, that will brighten and lighten our days.

On the first Sunday in November, we celebrate our communion and we remember the words of Jesus, "Whenever you do this, do this in remembrance of me." Jesus wants us to remember him and to remember the light and hope that he brought into this world and to remember what he has given to us.

Who can know God? Who can fathom his ways? calls out, the Old Testament prophets, no one of course, but in Jesus, we have a divine sign post, that the God we worship is good and loving and caring and has our best interests at heart. As Christians, it is good for us to continually focus on the person of Jesus and remember with humility his life and words. The Apostle Paul points out, that Jesus is the image of the invisible God; The Apostle was emphasising, that when we look to Christ, we catch a glimpse of the Eternal God.

So what do we see, when we remember Jesus? We see God working out his loving presence in a fractured world; restoring his broken world. We see triumph over darkness and despair. In the life of Jesus, we see a life of personal hardship and suffering; but at the same time, we see in His life, God at work.

In the words of Dr. Leslie Weatherhead, "God will fulfil his plan, weaving into its wonder all that has happened to us, whatever its source, so that finally, from the perspective of the next world we see nothing as loss, nothing as mere accident, or bad luck, or ill fortune, or as inescapable limitation imposed on us by a fortuitous lack of education, culture or possession". In other words, there is a bigger plan and it calls out to us, to remember that God's ways are not our ways, and that although we see at the moment, only through a dark glass, one day we will see him face to face and then there will be reconciliation and joy.

There is beautiful little poem called the Weaver and perhaps you have read this before but it is well worth remembering it again.

The Weaver

My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colours
He worketh steadily.

Oftimes He weaveth sorrow,
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I, the underside.

Not till the loom in silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver's skilful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

Author Unknown

This November take time to remember what Christ has done for you; remember he loves you more than you realise; remember that he walks with you and that he feels your pain and that he will never leave you, nor forsake you. The inspiring poem Footprints comes to mind, where the Lord says to the person who looks back on his life and sees only one set of footprints at the loneliest time, the Lord says to him, "my precious, precious child, when you were at your lowest, it was then that I carried you".

Jesus who spoke so eloquently about God's care for creation - for the birds of the air and flowers of the field, yet he never promised that his followers would escape pain or suffering. On the contrary, he often challenged them that the way of discipleship, would be difficult and that they would face persecution beyond the normal trials of others. But he did promise that he would stand with them and that he would see them through and that there would be great joy at the end of the journey.

Dr Weatherhead writes, "Frequently we torture ourselves by saying about our troubles, "What have I done to deserve this? When the cause of our trouble is that we belong to the human family. Because of this we gain what we do not merit and we suffer what we do not deserve." He uses the analogy of a football player being tackled and going down with a nasty injury, you don't get the player saying, "why should this happen to me?" It happens because he has committed to play the game.

So who or where do we turn to in moments when our world turns against us? The Apostle Paul points us to a God who is much greater than us, who holds the world together, who is beyond our comprehension and yet has become one of us and that our faith should rest in these words, "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor have it ever entered the heart of man to conceive the things that God hath prepared for them that love them" and "the suffering of our present journey cannot be worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed."

These might just be words to you but they can become realities, when we take them to heart and really believe them. Jesus stressed repeatedly about God's care for the individual, he said that not a sparrow falls to the ground but God is concerned. I love this verse for in reality, we are a small speck of cosmic dust floating in a vast universe and yet the Almighty God sees such detail, as a small bird falling to the ground and dying, he sees and knows and is touched by it. "How much greater are you", said Jesus, "you are of much more value..."

If Jesus really is the best clue to the nature of God, let us humbly learn, to sit at His feet and listen to his words and build our lives on them and find the comfort and the strength that we need to face the challenges that life brings our way.

His concern was always for people who were in the thick of life; he reached out to them in their troubles and despair. This means that He cares for you also.

We can almost hear the compassion in His voice, when he calls out, "If God so clothes the grass of the field which blooms today and is thrown tomorrow into the furnace, will not, he much more clothe you?"

So let us Remember, Remember, through the dark month of November, that you have One on your side, who will continually care for you and in his own words, "I will never leave you nor forsake you".

With every blessing,


The World's Fastest Growing Church has no Buildings, No Central Leadership and is Mostly Led by Women

This is the article that Iain mentioned during the Sunday Service on 13th October. Within the link is an almost two hour video that contains some personal testimonies as to what it costs to be a disciple of Jesus in Iran today. It is challenging to watch but it outlines what our brothers and sisters are facing as followers of Christ in that nation.


It is my privilege to write a few words of tribute about Stephen Crompton who has been a committed member and elder of Cadder Parish Church. As his minister, I was continually touched and moved by the depth of Stephen's faith despite his daily battle with Motor Neurone Disease. From his first diagnosis, Stephen never complained; nor did he ever say, "Why me God?" He simply trusted that God was with him each and every day. It was always my joy to visit Stephen and I always came away humbled by the way that he dealt with everything; but he didn't face this battle alone because he received great strength and care from his immediate family, who were always at his side.

Stephen was born on 1th July 1963. He was the first child to Bill and Margaret Crompton. His early years were in Kings Park, where he was brought up with his mum and dad and sister Hazel. He started school at Kings Park Primary and attended the Sunday School and Pathfinders in Kings Park Church.

The family moved to Bishopbriggs and Stephen attended Wester Cleddens Primary and then Bishopbriggs High. From an early age, he started an association with the Boys' Brigade, which was to last throughout his lifetime. As a boy, he came through the sections at 212th in Cadder Church and this was to be a formative part of his life. He eventually became a committed and dedicated officer for the Boys' Brigade at Cadder and then at the 25th company in Springburn for over 30 years. He gained a Queen's Badge and took great delight in coordinating the parades on Remembrance Sunday in Bishopbriggs.

He graduated from university in 1984 with a BSc Honours Degree. He worked for different companies and from 2002, he was with Scottish Power until he retired through ill health.

Stephen had many gifts. He loved to play the bagpipes at special occasions and was also artistic. But deep down Stephen was a family man. Stephen was a loving husband to Gillian and we thank God for their 30 years of devoted marriage and they were blessed with their daughter Beth and Stephen was very proud of all that Beth has achieved; a highlight of Stephen's life was Beth's marriage to David.

Stephen loved sport and he had many sporting interests.

Stephen was a man of faith and he trusted in His Lord. He loved to worship at Cadder Church and he served faithfully as an elder- latterly serving as convener of Stewardship and Finance. We are thankful at Cadder Church for all the wonderful memories that Stephen leaves behind, very fond memories of a kind person who wanted to do his best for others.

Stephen, as I said at the start, battled with Motor Neurone Disease and throughout the battle he found strength in our worship at Cadder Church every Sunday. He came to worship for as long as was humanly possible. Motor Neurone Disease eventually robbed him of his life, however, throughout it all he remained positive and strong and his faith never wavered. He will be greatly missed. Our lives have been enriched at Cadder Church for having known Stephen Crompton.

I commend all his family to your prayers.

Rev John MacGregor


from Rev Iain MacLeod

It is very hard to come to terms with the fact that fifteen months have come and gone, and my time at Cadder is coming to an end. As I approach the end of my placement at Cadder Church, I wanted to place on record my great appreciation and thanks for all your kindness to me over these months. You immediately welcomed me into the church and from the very first Sunday I felt very much at home.

You have encouraged me, taught me, made time for me and blessed me. I say, as Paul said to the Philippian Church, 'I thank my God for every remembrance of you.'

It was a great privilege to work alongside your minister, as he taught me by example what pastoral ministry was all about, and what a joy to work alongside John each Sunday. I will always remember our All Age Addresses, and I will miss my buddy and fellow actor, who brought tears to my eyes as we acted out some comic scene together! You are a privileged people to have John as your minister, and I am pretty sure I will be on the 'phone regularly seeking his advice, sorry John!

I will also miss working with the Cadder Kids, who always stepped up to the mark to deliver the mail to all the Margarets, to follow John's big feet around the church or to join me in playing the saxophone or guitar to the great song 'Build Up!' I loved every minute working with them.

I am most grateful to all those who participated in the Advent videos bringing a fresh dimension to our thoughts at that time of year and to the young folk from the Girls' and Boys' Brigades for their fantastic performances over Lent.

Climate Change became a priority issue in my mind, especially as the world continues to face the ever-increasing impact of global warming. I Appreciated working with Frank Dick on this initiative and I trust you will continue to support him as he leads Cadder's efforts to make a difference in this critical area.

I head off now to take up a role as locum and Interim Moderator of Knightswood St Margaret's Parish Church until I can determine where God is leading me next. I will keep you in my prayers and I would value your prayers as I take my next step into full-time ministry.

May God Bless you all and continue to make you a blessing to the wider community of Bishopbriggs.



Christmas Lunches

Friday 13th, Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December

Tickets, priced £16, will be on sale at the Coffee Shop from Tuesday 5th November

This year we will be selling Christmas Crackers filled with a trio of chocolates. They are priced at £1.50 and can be obtained at the coffee shop.

As always, we offer a very warm welcome to all and have lovely daily specials and desserts on the menu.

If you have any free time to help at the coffee shop, or would be interested in doing some baking for us, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Hope to see you all soon.

Our opening times are as follows:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 am - 2 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 2 pm
Thursday 10 am - 2 pm
Friday 10 am - 12 noon
Saturday 10 am - 12 noon

Why not drop in for a quick cuppa or a leisurely lunch? We also offer hot drinks, soups, sandwiches and home baking to take out.

Jaqueline Burns
Coffee Shop Manager
(07960 178403)


Well November it is already!

The girls have had a great first few months. We have, of course, been doing a company focus of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics meaning that the girls have been learning all about lots of different countries. The Explorers and Juniors have been making their own passports as they 'travel' around the world exploring and the Brigaders have been looking at how hosting an Olympic games can be beneficial to the host country/city.

As well as all of that, the girls have been playing a lot of sports, with Basketball and Volleyball taking up most of our time recently and we were lucky enough to have someone volunteer to come into the company and teach the girls both sports properly. Everyone has had a really great time and we are looking forward to more exploring and more sports!

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212th Glasgow Boys Brigade Company

Thanks to all who contributed, attended and supported our coffee morning on 5th October, raising an amazing £1,024 for company funds. Our next fundraiser will be our Christmas Hamper Raffle.

All Sections are really busy in the next few months:

  • Anchor Boys and Junior Section will have their Halloween Parties
  • Company Section have entered National and Battalion competitions.
  • Company Section have registered for UK Parliament Week and we hope to hold our event on Friday 15th November with a visit from Rona Mackay MSP

Junior Section camps will be travelling South to Whithaugh Park in the Scottish Borders in May 2020. Company Section is returning to Kirkham with a stop over at Coniston for some outdoor activities.

This year, our chosen charity is Operation Christmas Child. Each section will have nine shoe boxes to fill. This is a very worthy charity and we look forward to explaining to the boys where these boxes will be sent.

In the last few weeks we have purchased a new minibus to replace our exsiting bus. Our new bus is Blazer Blue in colour and is six years old. We are delighted with our new bus and we hope that groups within the church will make use of it. Our old minibus will be sold as soon as possible. As always, if you are free and willing to help us at any section we would be delighted to hear from you.

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


Our walk at the end of September was to Callendar Woods, Falkirk. This was a new location and proved successful. The woods are extensive and paths well marked.

The history of Callendar House goes back to 1345 when it was owned by the Livingstone family. The 5th Lord Livingstone was guardian to Mary Queen of Scots and the Marriage Agreement between the Queen and the French Dauphin was signed at Callendar House.

Saturday 5 October saw us back at Culross, a favourite area steeped in history. The Cistercian monks of Culross Abbey started the mining of coal. The coal was exported to the Low Countries and the Baltic. The red curved pantiles you see on the roofs of Culross today are as a result of such tiles being used by the ships as ballast on their return journeys.

Three walks are scheduled for November:

2 November Dams to Darnley 4½ milesWalk led by Robert Forbes
9 November Balgownie Woods, Fife 5 milesWalk led by Margaret and Tom Burniston
23 November Garscube Estate 5 miles 

As always we meet at Kenmure Church car park at 9.20 am. We operate a car share system of £3 for shorter journeys and £4 if it is further away. There is a warm welcome awaiting anyone who feels they would enjoy/benefit from a walk on a Saturday. Look forward to your company at any or all of the walks.


This is the time to take hardwood cuttings to make more shrubs or fruit bushes.
  • Hollow tining your lawn helps with drainage over the winter. You can also do it with a fork. Check there are no shallow underground cables which you might damage.
  • Neaten up your privet hedge with a last trim.
  • Leave flowers on hydrangeas to provide winter protection.
  • Move wooden garden furniture indoors and give them a coat of preservative.
  • Remove dead leaves from strawberry plants.
  • Planting sweet peas now indoors means that their root system will be well established by springtime.
  • It is a good time to weed borders and flower beds so that the weeds don't go to seed.
  • Clean out bird boxes and put up any new ones in a sheltered spot facing away from the prevailing wind, as the birds start looking now for next year.
  • Keep feeders filled so that food supply is constant for the winter.
  • Look out for frosts now and bring any tender plants indoors.
  • It is also a good time to plant new roses - remember to soak bare roots before planting.

Many thanks to all who gave us a hand in the gardens; perhaps you would consider continuing with them.


4th First Monday
11th Easy Exercise
18th Line Dancing
25th Easy Exercise


At the time of writing, we have just enjoyed our opening meeting, when Sandy Kerr delivered a very interesting talk on the Scouting Movement.

On 13th November our planned speaker had to call off. I will be filling this date myself and will be giving an account of my experiences cycling the 185 mile Hebridean Way from Vatersay in the south to the Butt of Lewis in the north. (World record breaker cyclist Mark Beaumont completed this in 24 hours - we took 6 days)!

Moses Jenkins from Historic Environment Scotland will be presenting on the topic "The History of Brick Manufacturing in Scotland" on 27th November. Moses mentioned to me that he will be giving a local slant to his talk.

A very warm invitation is extended to all.



Tuesday 31St December
Cadder North Hall
9 p.m.
Light Supper Provided
BYOB (and glass)

TICKETS £7.50 from Cadder Fellowship Group Members
Children up to 12 years free
Or call: Janet Johnstone on 01360 238 908


Friday 13th December At 7 For 7.30 p.m.
In the North Hall

Miracle on 34th Street

Tickets priced £5 to include refreshments, may be purchased from members of Cadder Fellowship Group.


The website will be updated on a Monday and any material sent to Ian by 2pm on that Monday will be on the site that night. Anything that's late will have to wait a week. Pictures to accompany the text are welcome.

The Facebook page is administered by Gillian Melvin. Stories, photos and details of forthcoming events should be sent to Gillian at


Items for inclusion in the DECEMBER 2019 edition of the Gazette should be in Isabel's hands by midnight on Sunday 10th November 2019.

It would be extremely helpful to also receive information regarding changes to Officer Bearers, etc.

Isabel's e-mail address is:


Aileen, Brian, Susan, Kenny and friends will again be running a New 2 You sale on 2nd November in the South Hall from 10:00-12:00.

If you wish to donate items there will be a collection box in the Church vestibule. Last date for collection at the church is Sunday 6th October.

Please, no out of date electronic items. No DVDs. Or CDs.


At our meeting in September, we reminded ourselves of the ever evident dire consequences of the increasing use of fossil fuels; coal, oil, petrol, diesel, and natural gas, on Planet Earth.

Last month and over the next two months, we will be looking to discuss and agree an action plan to help us play our part as Cadder Church in raising awareness of Climate Change issues and working to reduce our impact on the ever increasing effects of global warming on the planet God gave us to look after.

Our target is to make a difference individually, as a congregation, through our organisations, and at a Local, National and International level. Let's all get together to show we do care for our God given Planet.

A short regular prayer to get us started:-

God of all mankind,
Open our eyes to see You in all that You have created
As we think of how great You are,
Move us to help our brothers and sisters and care for the Earth we share.

Dates for your Diary -

Why not come along and support our efforts to secure a brighter prospective future for generations of both our own families, all Cadder Church families and indeed all future generations throughout the World.

Next Meetings Thursday 24th October and 21st November in the South Halls at 7 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Frank Dick
(07792 601902)


May I politely remind everyone that the final date for handing in filled shoeboxes is Sunday 17th November?

On behalf of all the children who will receive one on Christmas Morning, Thank You.

Pat Marwick 772 7874 or


Sunday 17th November is CrossReach and Social Care Sunday, when we will be having a special focus in our service of the excellent work that CrossReach does throughout Scotland. On this Sunday, we will be marking 150 years of loving social care by the Church of Scotland.

Cross Reach is an exceptional organisation, all done in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and it reaches into a variety of needs that many people face daily. Come along and hear more about how the Church of Scotland reaches out with compassion to our nation of Scotland from Orkney to the Borders. There will also be an opportunity to make a donation to the wonderful work of our social responsibility wing of the Church of Scotland.

Rev John


"Tackling MND Be Part of the Cure"




7 pm for 7.30 pm start until 11 p.m. - Cadder South Hall

To raise funds for Doddie Weir's MND Charity

Pizza at interval, Tickets £15 available from Jacqui Muir, BYOB
07740 428 649/0141 776 4370


The Gift Service will be on Sunday 15th December.

Donations of filled toilet bags (including one luxury item), children's toys unwrapped but with wrapping paper supplied on the day, would be appreciated. These will then be forwarded to Women's Refuge.


Thank you    Thank you    Thank you    Thank you

Following our Harvest service in September we took two car loads of food to the Lodging House Mission and I thank Margaret Neely for once again helping me with this task. The following week I delivered our monetary gifts...Totalling £668.00 plus Gift Aid.

LHM are most appreciative of Cadder's very generous harvest contributions. The money will enable them to purchase fresh produce and other amenities for the service users.

The Night Shelter will operate again this year beginning in the 1st week in December.

I would ask you all to remember the staff and all the service users in your prayers.


Come and join the Cadder Singers for their Christmas Sing-Along on Wednesday 18th December in the North Hall from 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.

We will be singing some well known Christmas songs and carols as well as some a little less known.

Tea and Coffee will be provided (donations to Charity).

Please do come along, we would love to see you there.

Tickets (free ) from any member.


Bible Studies in preparation for Christmas. November 17th and 24th and December 1st and 8th - South Hall Chapel - 7pm - All welcome. This time our Bible study will be based on the Christmas Classic film starring James Stewart, It's a Wonderful Life - We will be looking at the biblical themes that emerge from this film and see how they apply to our own situations.


There will be a quiz night on Saturday 23rd November at 7.30 p.m. in the South Hall to raise funds for Christian Aid.

The format of the quiz will be different from previous occasions in that it will be multi-choice using many of the photographs submitted for the recent photographic competition. Consequently, it will not be as difficult (but just as enjoyable) as previous quizzes.

Tickets (at £5 per person) are available at the Church South Hall.