Cadder Parish Church, Bishopbriggs.

November 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,

When we are in trouble, who do we turn to? When we feel the world is against us, who will help us? When we can get no sleep, who can comfort us? When we feel worn out, completely exhausted..when we are insulted and people speak cruelly against us..where can we find hope and joy? When we need justice, who will protect us?

The answer is found in the Psalms, that our help is from the Lord. "But you, O Lord, are always my shield from danger" Psalm 3v3. "When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace: you alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe." Psalm 4v8 "But all who find safety in you will rejoice" Psalm 5v11. "The Lord hears my weeping; he listens to my cry of help and will answer my prayer" Psalm 6v8-9. "I thank the Lord for his justice; I sing praises to the Lord most high" Psalm 7v17.

In those 5 psalms -Psalm 2-7, the psalmist faces issues that many in our world still face today and perhaps these issues are confronting you today. In these psalms, we discover the answer to our distress and our needs. The psalmist reaffirms that God is with him in his lowest and darkest moments and that God will come to his rescue. The old chorus goes, "read your bibles pray every day and you will grow, grow, grow". There is more than a hint of truth in this because the words of the bible speak into our minds and help us through dark and difficult times. Cognitive behaviour therapy is used by counsellors today. A process where our thought processes can be changed by breaking the negative thoughts and replacing them with positive; the bible has been doing this for the last two thousand years. It takes our negatives and turns them into positives but even more than that, it brings the message of God's love into our lives.

But sometimes, we need to be patient as the psalmist discovered, in Psalm 6 v3, the psalmist cries to the Lord, "How long O Lord, will you wait to help me?

This was a favourite saying of the great reformer John Calvin, "How long O Lord?" It's been a cry that has come from God's people down through the years...How long O Lord?...The Israelites who journeyed in the desert for 40 years, Joseph as he languished in the prison cells of Egypt, The Jews as they languished in Babylon for seventy years, Paul as he persevered in his ministry met with great setbacks, how long O lord? But the message of the psalmist is that God will come to our help and even in our darkest moments, we can know the joy of the Lord. Ps4 v7 "But the joy that you have given me is more than they will ever have with all their corn and wine."

The Christian has a deep joy because the Christian knows in his or her heart that there is a God and a God that loves him or her. That God will come and rescue them as he did to the Israelites all those years before and as he did to the people in the times of Jesus. He came in Christ to reconcile the world and He is still coming to us each and every day.

One of our more senior members, who is less active than she once was..who now very rarely gets out of her home..still shines for the Lord. It is a joy to speak with her. She could easily say, "How long O Lord" but when you visit her, the joy of the Lord shines from her and she says, that she has so many blessings in her life and that her prayer life upholds her. One of the real strengths of Cadder Church is the prayer life of our older members and if you are reading this today and you fall into this category, go on praying and supporting Cadder Church with your fervent prayers.

Let us always thank God for all those people who support us in prayer and in the midst of their challenges and difficulties can still say, "When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace; you alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe."Ps4v8

As we enter into the darker nights and the colder days of November, may I encourage you to read, study and meditate upon the psalms and to draw from them the spiritual support and strength that the saints of every generation have discovered to be real.

Let us deepen our faith, in the One who gives us victory and blessings beyond imagining... Ps3v8, so that your light will shine in the darkness.

And finally.........


100 years ago the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. In 2018 The Royal British Legion is leading the nation in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

On the 11th of November, at our morning service, we will gather to remember the end of the first world war 100 years ago and we will take time to remember, all from this community, who have fallen in this war and subsequent wars and we will again say thank you to those brave individuals who laid down their lives for us. We will also remember those who today are still victims of war; those suffering with Post - traumatic Stress Disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. We will remember those whose lives have been greatly afflicted.

On the evening of the 11th, we will have a special service at 6.30 pm in our Sanctuary to remember 1918 and then we will finish at 7 p.m. with the tolling of our church bells, along with other churches throughout the country - a somber reminder of the cost of war. If you are able please come and support these events.

Every blessing,

Your minister and friend,



May I gently remind everyone that the final date for handing in filled shoeboxes is Sunday 11th November?

Thank you once again for your continued support.


Harvest Thanksgiving
57 baskets of flowers were distributed to members of the congregation and a large supply of groceries was taken to the Lodging House Mission after the service. The sum of £286 (including Gift Aid) was also gifted to the Lodging House Mission for use throughout the year. Many thanks to all those who helped in any way - gifting, arranging or delivering flowers, groceries or money.

November Bible Studies
It is planned to hold Bible Studies again this year on the Sunday evenings of November (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th) in the South Hall Chapel at 7 pm, followed by tea or coffee. Details of the subject will be announced later, so do put the dates in your diary.

Gift Service
The Gift Service will take place on 16th December. Toilet bags for the ladies helped by East Dunbartonshire Women's Aid and toys for their children will be welcome. Toilet bags should be filled with basic toiletries and perhaps a luxury item; contributions of individual toiletries are also helpful. Toys should be put in a bag with wrapping paper so that they can be wrapped and given to the appropriate children. This is always much appreciated by E.D. Women's Aid.

Line Dancing and Easy Exercise
Line Dancing and easy exercise groups continue on Monday afternoons (see separate notice for details of dates)

Pastoral Care
As always please give information about anyone with pastoral needs to the Team member outside the Vestry door after the Sunday morning service, and if you know of anyone who would appreciate a lift to Church, please contact me (772 4140).


At the time of writing we are busy preparing for our Shop Open Day - more news in the next Gazette!

We are progressing slowly but surely in the attempt to reach the goal of the 90K Rice Challenge, sold in aid of the rice farmers in Malawi.

Bel Caven






Tickets priced 7pound;16, will be on sale at the Coffee Shop from 6th November.


This year we are selling Christmas stockings filled with tubes of Smarties. These are priced at £1.50 and can be obtained from the Coffee Shop or from Aileen at Church.


Please remember to pop in when you are passing. You will always get a warm welcome.

Rolls filled with bacon or sausage will be served on the last Saturday of the month from 10 a.m until 12 noon.

Special Friday Deal
Tea or Coffee and a scone £2

Early morning menu 10 a.m. until 12 noon
Tuesday to Saturday.

Lunch menu available 12 noon until 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Table reservation available

We are in need of extra volunteers for Friday and Saturday mornings. If you could help please see Aileen Jilks.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Aileen Jilks
(Coffee shop convenor)

212th Glasgow Boys Brigade Company

Thanks to all who contributed, attended and supported our coffee morning on 6th October, raising an amazing £1,000 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
  • Junior Section will be visiting the Science Centre for the Big Sleepover and Murrayfield for Scotland v Fiji
  • Company Section have a fantastic variety of events to look forward to this session including: Rugby and an Activity/Ski weekend
  • Company Section have also entered National and Battalion competitions
  • Company Section have registered for UK Parliament Week and we hope to hold our event on Friday 9th November with a visit from Rona Mackay MSP

Junior Section camps will be returning north to the Cairngorms and so far nineteen boys have signed up to attend. Company Section are returning to Kirkham with a stop over at Coniston for some outdoor activities.

Last year we supported two charities and plan to do the same this year. Glasgow City Mission loose change collection boxes have been issued to all boys and we are collecting donations for East Dunbartonshire Food Bank.

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


Saturday 6 October - crisp autumn morning. Bound today for Dumyat Hill which lies above Stirling at the western end of the Ochil Hills. There was an option of two walks both starting at Sheriffmuir Car Park. The first option was a flat walk round Cocksburn Reservoir, the second Dumyat Hill. We split into two groups depending on preference.

The hill walk was very gradual and so rewarding. Looking down on the Wallace Monument and the river Forth wending its way across the valley. Our packed lunch was taken whilst enjoying this vista together with views to Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps in the distance. We didn't go right to the top this time but intend to do so at a later date.

The flat walk was enjoyed going through the woods and around the reservoir where the water was very low.

Next stop was a nearby Garden Centre for our usual treat of coffee and cake.

Sadly, only 10 people and a dog came on our walk so to you who are reading this, we give you a personal invitation from the ten of us AND the dog - join us on our next outing which will be:

10th November Wanlockhead (circular walk round Scotland's highest village) 3¾ miles
24th November Balgowie Woods, West Fife (flat circular walk) 5 miles

Hope to see you in Kenmure Church Car Park at 9.20am.


  • Lift Dahlias and Begonias and store them for next year in a dry place.
  • Cut back tall shrubs such as buddleias to avoid wind damage.
  • Collect seed from flower heads; dry them and store in a paper bag.
  • Remove leaves from under roses to protect them from fungal problems.
  • Look out for wintering slugs and snails - remove and dispose of them.
  • Sow sweet peas for next year and keep them inside.
  • Pick any apples and tomatoes and take in before the frosts come.
  • This is the time to move shrubs as the sap has gone down into the roots.
  • Remember to keep garden birds watered and fed.
  • Insulate outdoor taps and pipes before freezing weather arrives.
  • Look out for moss appearing in the lawn and treat with lawn sand.

A Note from Billy and Jan Gilchrist

May we offer a very sincere Thank You to all who helped us with the concert in Church on 14th September. It was a very enjoyable evening and we raised the magic sum of £1,580 which we passed on to Motor Neuron Disease Scotland. We also gave donations to the Church and Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir.

Many thanks to all who attended on the evening and the others for their donations to MND.


5th First Monday
12th Easy Exercise
19th Line Dancing
26th Easy Exercise


Thursday 8th November


A new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of dire consequences if governments don't make "rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" to stem global warming. In recent months we have seen floods, droughts, rising sea levels, storms, tsunamis and wild fires at levels never before seen and we in Scotland are not exempt from these changes either.

As an eco-congregation we have already demonstrated our commitment to improving the environment and we want to build on that foundation to explore how we can increase our awareness of these significant global events and to take action by being part of the solution and not part of the problem. To that end we want to run a short workshop on Thursday 8thNovember at 7.30pm where we will discuss how we might address these issues as a Christian community and what important topics we should focus on through a series of monthly meetings commencing in January 2019.


Saturday 17th September

This event raised the amazing sum of




South Halls, 7 for 7.30pm

At the time of writing, we have just enjoyed our opening night . A good turnout appreciated Roy Prentice's presentation covering both geographical and historical aspects of the River Kelvin Valley.

We have two quite contrasting topics this month -

On 14th November, Stewart Gardiner from The Caledonian Philatelist Society gives a talk entitled "So you think that Stamp Collecting is Boring, - Think Again!" ...clearly out to prove a point!

Stuart McKie, local retired policeman and mountaineer, returns to give us an account of his expedition to Mt. Kuiten, in Outer Mongolia on the 28th. Prior to this trip Stuart was telling me that this area is so remote that no rescue is available. Well I suppose that means you can forget about holiday insurance! I am pleased to report that both Stuart and his wife Sheena made it to the summit, and returned safely. This will indeed be a great story to hear.

A very warm invitation is extended to all.

If you are unable to commit on a regular basis but are attracted by a particular presentation topic, please come along and enjoy!


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 next Gazette, which is a joint edition - December 2018/January 2019, should be in Isabel's hands by midnight on Sunday 11th November 2018.

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

Isabel's e-mail address is: