Cadder Parish Church, Bishopbriggs.

September 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,

Jesus said, "Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear", but how do we hear his words?

When I travel back to see my folks in Tarbert, Lochfyne, I enjoy listening to the radio in the car, until we come to Arrochar and all of a sudden the signal becomes distorted and it is very difficult to listen to it. The best thing to do is just switch off the radio and stop at the top of the Rest and Be Thankful and relax with a bacon roll and a coffee from Big John's caravan. By the way, it's the best bacon roll in Scotland! This gives you time to rest, and be thankful that you have stopped listening to the irritating, crackling noise of the radio and also to marvel at the spectacular view down the valley.

Sometimes, we lose reception when we are listening for God. The signal seems to have become weak because the valley has become dark and the mountains dominate and His presence seems to vanish. It's at times like this that we need to rest and be thankful. Rest at the top of the valley and count our blessings over a bacon roll and a coffee.

There are times when we speak of being on someone's wave length - when we can switch on to their ideas and we are connected to them. That's what prayer is about, getting on God's wave length - listening for his voice, knowing his guidance - easy words for me to write but much harder to put into practice.

God's voice is not always evident. However often it is the voice of providence - we don't hear an actual voice but events and situations happen in our lives and suddenly we realise that God has opened a door and he invites us to walk through or perhaps he closes a door and we perhaps come away frustrated. In those moments, it is good for us to trust that God is in this and that he is leading us.

There will be times when we get those mountain top experiences and God is close but there will be more times when we are in the valley and all we have is to hold onto his hand.

It's in those moments that we need to listen all the more for his voice. The psalmist writes that he leads us through the dark valleys and that we will fear no evil, for He is with us. That's what prayer is about - getting on God's wave length - listening for words of life - knowing that He is with us; spending time with him each day, so that our relationship can grow. Do this and we will hear the Word of life.

Over July and the beginning of August, I have enjoyed studying and preaching from the book of Ruth. There is so much in these four small chapters that informs about our Christian faith. Behind each scene of the book is the hand of God. The author of Ruth wants us to know that His God is a God of providence, not of chance and he journeys with Naomi and Ruth through all the different valleys and mountains of their lives.

In his recently published book, "Face to Face", Prof. Jim McCaul, maxillofacial consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, speaks of the importance of seeing his patient's face before an operation. He writes, "We hold multi-disciplinary team meetings to discuss our patients and their tumours, to establish whether we can treat them for cure, and if so, the best way to do that". He says that the best approach for him is to do a PowerPoint presentation, so that all can see for themselves the location of the cancer, its appearance and spread. He writes, "And I always make sure that the patient's face appears as the first slide in each presentation, and the image is then repeated in the corner of every subsequent slide while we discuss the issues relevant to that particular case...the gold standard is when the patient's face is presented, and that image gives an immediate insight into how kind or otherwise life appears to have been for that individual. The person whose cancer we are aiming to treat becomes an almost tangible presence in the room, and I'm sure that helps us to improve the quality of our care" [page 172]

Isn't it wonderful, that to this brilliant surgeon, what is of primary importance, is the person's face whom they are treating. The photograph of the face reminds the Professor of how important and how valuable the ill person is to him, his team and the person's loved ones.

There is a beautiful verse in the bible in psalm 139 v16 "Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Then 2 Chronicles 6 v 9, "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him".

God's eyes are on us, each and every day and before Him comes our face. Like the skilled surgeons at the Queen Elizabeth, he sees our face; He sees how kind or otherwise life appears to have been. He knows our name. When we are in Christ, we are engraved on the palm of his hand. We belong to Him and nothing can remove us from His grace.

In the book of Ruth, Naomi believed in the providence of God. She believed that God was still with her and that God would decisively act. Like the psalmist, she believed that God knew her before she was born and that God would be there to receive her when she passed from this life.

So friends, let us go forward in our lives, confident of this one thing, that we have a God who works everything to the good for those who trust Him and that despite hardships and challenges, God's plan will ultimately prevail and all things will be redeemed, even life itself.

If you are passing the Rest and Be Thankful and you stop for a roll and bacon and a cup of coffee, be sure to enjoy the view and then sit and rest, and be thankful for all that God has done for you. Oh and remember to tell Big John that your minister at Cadder is asking for him.

Every blessing,



I was ordained as an Ordained Local Minister (OLM) in 2012 to a post at Renfield St Stephens after having done a twelve-month probationary placement there, and I remained there for 5 years.

Since then I have been in two locum placements, at Clincarthill Parish Church over at Hampden, and latterly at Baillieston St Andrews in the East End of Glasgow. I finished at Clincarthill when Stuart Love was appointed and at that time he was the youngest full-time minister to be ordained in the Church of Scotland and in my case, if my probationary placement goes well, I will be one of the oldest!

I also supported Glasgow Presbytery doing Local Church Review (LCR) Follow Ups for six months in 2017 but it was my involvement as a locum, however, that influenced my decision to move from OLM to full-time ministry.

Although my background is in financial services, for a time I ran my own sales and marketing consultancy and up until the end of July, I was Director of Human Resources at The Faith Mission. The Faith Mission is a Christian missionary organisation working in the rural areas of Great Britain and Ireland. It may be better known to you for its chain of twenty bookshops in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as the one in Bothwell Street in Glasgow, was formerly a Wesley Owen bookshop. It has a Bible College, which trains students for evangelistic ministry and employs over 120 staff and around 70 rural evangelists.

I am married to Mary, who incidentally is the Retail Manager for all the FM Bookshops in Scotland and manages the bookshop on Bothwell Street, and we live in Jordanhill. I was brought up in Clydebank, and my father worked in Singers, the sewing machine manufacturer. He and my mother both came from the village of Ness in the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. We recently refurbished the old family home and now spend most of our holidays there.

I am really looking forward to my time at Cadder Parish Church. I recall being impressed by your beautiful building and its location when I visited it many years ago when I did my first OLM placement at Springfield Cambridge Church.

I am currently the Chaplain of the Greater Glasgow Division of the Girls' Brigade and already know some of your officers but look forward to getting more involved with the 92nd Company!

I am very excited about my placement and getting to know you all. I am not so good with names, so I may need to keep asking for yours until I get more familiar with everyone. I look forward to journeying with you over the next fifteen months and I pray for God's richest blessing on you all.


By the time you read this issue of the Gazette, Iain will have taken part in a PowerWalk with the Church of Scotland Moderator, Right Rev Susan Brown, around the UK's largest onshore windfarm at Whitelee. This is the first event of Christian Aid's new climate change initiative.

During the walk he will have heard powerful stories about the people who Christian Aid works with, and learnt about those affected by water shortage and climate change.

If you would like to donate to this cause please go to his JustGiving page:

For more details of other events - including a walk round the Kelpies - go to:


Cadder Church's history book has been updated recently and is now available to buy @ £5.

Thanks are due mainly to Billy Gilchrist and his wife Jan for starting this marathon task, getting everything in motion and pulling it all together. They were ably assisted with input and editing by John MacGregor, Eric Mitchell, Alex and Jane Garvie, Janice Inglis, Walter Bell, Morag Peoples and Bob Burnett.

I'm sure it has been worth all the hard work.


This year's Holiday Club in Springfield Cambridge was called "Mega Makers" and concentrated on stories from the Gospel of Matthew. Cadder was well represented with volunteers this year and we welcomed about 50 children each day. There were warm-up stretches, (courtesy of our own Session Clerk) songs, games, stories, drama and crafts, as well as the obligatory refreshments! A great time was had by all, including two of our own Cadder Kids' members. Many thanks to all who volunteered at the club - I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. Thanks also to all members of the congregation who donated junk material for t he children's inventions. (Maybe you will have seen the main result at Springfield Cambridge Church on Sunday 12th August.)

Please have a look at these photographs of the fun.

Looking forward to next year already.


I hope you all have had a good summer and have been missing us. We will be back on duty on August 21st - a week later than planned but hopefully we will have a few new items to tempt you back to us.

Bel Caven


The coffee shop team and volunteers look forward to welcoming you back.

Times are as follows:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 - 2
Wednesday 10 - 2
Thursday 10 - 2
Friday 10 - 12
Saturday 10 - 12

Lunches are served Tuesday to Thursday from 12 o'clock

Help required - If you could volunteer in any way, please contact Aileen Jilks or phone the Coffee shop (772 7436)

We wish Christine well as she leaves us, and thank her for the time she shared with us.

Thank you to all our customers for your continued support.

Aileen Jilks
(Coffee shop convenor)


I hope you all had a lovely summer. The weather has been wonderful and hopefully we will not suffer for it come the winter.

Enrolment was at the end of August and our first Company night is Tuesday 4 September. Claire Baker's paperwork is going through and hopefully she will be appointed as the new Captain, perhaps by the time the Gazette is published. As you know Gillian Melvin has left the Company and it will be strange starting back without her. We have some staffing issues due to work and college commitments unfortunately which may leave us a bit tight for supervision. Therefore we are looking for some parent helpers. This is not restricted to parents so if anyone is willing to give up a couple of hours on a Tuesday night just get in touch with one of us. We are hoping to see all our girls back this year and hopefully a few Primary 1 girls. It is always a worry that the older girls find something else to do, but we do hope to keep the Brigader section building.

Our last session finished with our Display and Camp. Everyone seemed to enjoy the Display, and Camp was brilliant. Weather and activities were all excellent. We also discovered some brilliant singers when we held our talent show on the Saturday night.

Plans are afoot to organise next year's Camp and further details about that will be issued soon.

We are looking forward to a busy year and hope everyone, officers and girls, have an enjoyable, fun-filled time.

212th Glasgow Boys Brigade Company

I hope you have all enjoyed the lovely summer weather. All staff are looking forward to a busy session ahead with several events in the diary already. Last session concluded with Company Section Camp which was a huge success. All boys and staff enjoyed the week which was packed full of activities - a special thanks to Rev John MacGregor for participating in camp this year. I believe John has signed up for next year already! Junior Section camp was, as usual, fun packed and non-stop from morning till night. The new location in the Cairngorms proved very successful, so much so we have booked for next year. Anchor Boys finished off last session with a visit to Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Enrolment for next session will have taken place on Friday 17th of August at 6.30pm in the South Halls for all sections. We welcome all boys back to the various sections and look forward to new boys joining the company.

The Company diary is filling up with trips to Scotland rugby matches, Big Sleepover, competitions etc.

Our first fundraiser of the year is our Coffee Morning which takes place on Saturday 6th October in the South Halls. Please come along to join us and sample the fantastic homebaking on offer.

The 200 Club which was set up to raise much needed funds for our minibus has been wound up. Unfortunately, it wasn't achieving what we had expected, however we hope to launch another fundraising initiative soon to support the running costs of the minibus.

Finally, we are always grateful for any help on offer. If you are interested in coming along to help, please get in touch. We would be delighted to hear from you.

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



In aid of Church Funds


More details in the September Gazette

Aileen, Brian, Susan and Kenny will again be collecting items during September



Yes, it's that time again. May I appeal once more to your generosity? Cadder has sent filled shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child for a number of years now and I never fail to be amazed by the number.

Flat-pack easy to fold boxes and leaflets will be available each Sunday at the church door from 23rd September, to give you plenty of 'collecting' time before the final date for handing in which is Sunday 11th November.

For anyone who can't readily get to church, please contact me and I'll get a box and leaflet to you.

This is such a worthwhile cause and each year we seem to hear of more and more children caught in war torn countries.

Thank you in advance for supporting this.

Pat Marwick
772 7874


"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time!"
(Abraham Lincoln)

"The problem ahead is never as great as the Power behind you."
(Selwyn Hughes)


It has been a wonderful summer with lots of good sunshine so I hope you all had time to sit in the garden and enjoy your handiwork.

  • Now is the time to plant some indoor Hyacinth bulbs in a pot for Christmas flowering.
  • Harvest seed heads for next year's planting and put them into a paper bag.
  • Try growing some winter veg in pots. This is also the pruning month for most plants.
  • It is time to give your lawn a rake and top dress with a phosphate and potash fertiliser for the winter.
  • Look out for moss appearing.
  • It is also a good time to clean out the bird boxes and disinfect them.
  • If you are thinking about shifting bulbs, now is the time to do it. If you have any spare bulbs, you could give them to me and I will put them in the Church Gardens.
  • Look out for slugs and snails, as they tend to look for shelter in the winter, and pick them out.


10th Easy Exercise
17th Line Dancing


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 OCTOBER edition of the Gazette should be in Isabel's hands by midnight on Sunday 17th September.

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

Isabel's e-mail address is: