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Bearsden Cross

 Church - General Information

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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 rememberance Sunday 10.00 a.m.)

Evening Services: Evening Communion during the winter months, October to March, usually on the 2nd Sunday at 6.30 p.m., but variable to fit in with holidays.
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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.
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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).
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Communion

Invitations, in the form of Cards, are delivered four times yearly, prior to the March, June, September, and December communions which are on the second Sunday of the month at 10.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. In addition, there are usually monthly evening communion services on the second Sunday of the winter months. 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.
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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.
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Consultation

Anyone requiring the services of a minister should telephone the Manse on 942 0507.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Hall Lets

We have recently refurbished many areas within the Church. Although the halls are busy we are keen to make them available for other uses. We have a range of halls and rooms of varying sizes, that are available to let, either on a long term basis, or for "one-off" events.

There is also a fully modernised kitchen for catering purposes.

Why not contact us during Office Hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am - 12.30pm) on 942 0507 to discuss your needs or e-mail the Church Secretary?

We will be happy to discuss charges and arrange viewing times to let you see exactly what we have to offer. For guidance from 1 August, the rate for the Large Hall is £16.50 per hour and the rate for the Small Hall and other rooms is £10 per hour; these are subject to change.
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