Members arrived at All Saints on 30th October to be welcomed by Bearsden branch members
who provided everyone with tea and coffee, before the worship which was led by MU
Rev Peter Douglas and Rev Kirsten Freeman, priest in charge at All Saints.
Almost fifty people attended the service with representatives from eleven of the
fourteen branches. Many of the members had travelled considerable distances and their
presence was much appreciated. It was also a delight to welcome representatives
from Knightswood and Possilpark churches and children from Heart for the City.
Thanks go to Peter, Kirsten and Elsie, the organist as well as Trish and Maxie who
read from scripture and Carolynne who led our prayers, for setting the tone for the
As well as the formal business consisting of reports from Trustees the Council focused
on the activities of members.
Wendy and Susan gave an illustrated talk on their time as guests of the women from
the Church of Sweden. Both speakers offered to repeat their presentation at branch
There then followed a talk from a member of Bearsden MU and a friend, both of whom
worship at Drumchapel Episcopal Church and are part of the team who run Friendship
House - a meeting place where Asylum Seekers and Refugees are welcomed and where
hospitality and social networking are shared. Jean and Sue's talk was an inspiration
for all and was the main topic of conversation on the return journeys home.
Members were keen to know how they could support the initiative. A fun suggestion
on how to raise funds was also offered by Susan - a survival bag for worship.
The stalls and raffle were busy and good sums of money were raised for MU Enterprises
and the General Meeting. Thanks to everyone who contributed by making, selling or
Elsie, who had played the organ for the service, ascertained the favourite hymn of
members, during the lunch break. The meeting closed with members singing a cappella
and with gusto the chosen favourite hymn - Dear Lord and Father of Mankind before
the saying of grace to close the meeting.
The enclosed photographs give a flavour of the atmosphere of the day, with God at
the centre and where members developed flourishing, respectful relationships.