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Wednesday 1st January 2020 New Year's Day
 Bible 2020 Day 1
John 1:1-5 Read in the dark with an unlit candle near you and matches/lighter at the ready. As you get to the final verse light the candle. How does knowing Jesus is ‘light’ make us feel?
Thursday 2nd January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 2
Genesis 1: 1-4 We begin the year declaring the truth that God created the heavens and earth. So we proclaim that the earth and everything in it belongs to Him. Do today’s reading on the walk/drive to school/work. Spend the rest of the day looking out for all the things God has made. Later talk about all the things you saw and remember that God made them.
Friday 3rd January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 3
Psalm 19:1-4 Read while looking at the sky during the day or night. Think of lots of words that you think God is saying through the sky.
Saturday 4th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 4
Psalm 8:1-9 Read somewhere outside today. Chat about how we can be good rulers of the world that God has made.
Sunday 5th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 5
Psalm 24:1-2 During today’s reading, have a drink of water. Make sure you say ‘cheers!’ Every time you wash your hands today thank God for the world he has given us.
09:30Morning Worship All welcome Tea/Coffee after service
Monday 6th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 6
Psalm 33:6-9 Read and then chat about what it means to ‘fear’ God. Is he scary?
10:00Prayer Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
13:45Knitting For Others 21 Barry Road All welcome
Tuesday 7th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 7
Job 9:4-8 Read with the night sky in the background of your video. Chat about the things that are happening in your lives just now that you need God to help you with.
Wednesday 8th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 8
Job 38:25-28 Draw a picture of a place that has had lots of rain and lots of things are growing (e.g. trees, plants, flowers, grass). Hold it up while you film your reading.
19:00Midweek Focus Bible Study 21 Barry Road Esther Week 1
God’s invisibility in no way nullifies or even hinders His invincibility. He may slip behind the scenes and out of view, but He is always at work accomplishing His will. As the psalmist declared, “Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases” (Psalm 115:3 NASB) and Whatever theLord pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. (135:6 NASB) In the book of Esther, we find the majestic interweaving of God’s invisibility with His invincibility—His silence with His power. Though the name of God is absent in this book, His finger threads every word on its pages. In fact, God often chooses to work in this way today. He may be silent to you right now, but He is there at work just as He worked in Esther’s life almost 2,500 years ago. Let’s find out how.
19:30Carnoustie Church Guild Philip Hall Mary Reid
Thursday 9th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 9
Isaiah 40:25-26 Read with the night sky in the background. Find out some information together about stars. They are huge, bright and ancient. If that is what stars are like, what do we think God is like?
14:00Guild Meeting Down Memory Lane All welcome
Friday 10th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 10
Isaiah 45:8 Read and put a container outside to catch rain. How long do you think it will take to fill up with rain? The passage says God ‘rains down righteousness’ and ‘salvation springs up’. Chat about what this means.
13:30'Your Space' Youth Drop-In 103-105 High St High School ages
Attention all Carnoustie High School pupils! Come and meet less waste warrior Laura Young. I have a passion for our environment and everything in it. Living an environmentally conscious and as close to zero waste lifestyle as possible, I hope to advocate for environment and educate about the steps we can all take to tackle the big environmental issues! I have completed my degree in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Dundee, and my Masters in Environmental Protection and Management at the University of Edinburgh. I currently work for the international development charity, Tearfund, as their Youth and Young Adults Manager in Scotland. In October, I went to the south western regions of Uganda with Tearfund, the international development charity. It was a week full of meetings, learning, seeing, praying, and exploring the amazing work communities in Uganda are doing to build up one another and be resilient against climate change. 🇺🇬 You can become a Less Waste Warrior by doing your bit for our environment. Every decision and action we take contributes and effects our environment; some good, some bad. Show off what you are doing to help stop litter pollution, contribute to conservation, reduce your plastic, or anything else which is eco-friendly! The Less Waste Warriors are a group of like minded people who want to live in a cleaner, better, and fairer world - and we do this through our every day actions! We use the #lesswastewarriors to show off all the good work we do! For more info about Laura's work visit www.lesswastelaura.com
Saturday 11th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 11
Psalm 93:1-5 ‘Lift up’ your voices as you read! As you walk today repeat the words ‘firm’ and ‘secure’ in your head with each step you take. Remember God never changes: he is unshakeable, whatever you face today.
Sunday 12th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 12
Psalm 65:8 Try and read this passage either in the morning or the evening. Sing or play a song you all enjoy and dance and jump about!
09:30Morning Worship All welcome Tea/Coffee after service
10:20Kirk Session Meeting in church hall after service
Monday 13th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 13
Psalm 65:9-13 Read and then chat about the good things God gave you all today. Turn these things into a prayer and thank God for them all.
10:00Prayer Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
19:30Church Life&Worship Team Philip Hall Duthie Room
Tuesday 14th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 14
Psalm 104:5-9 Play a game of Jenga or build a Lego tower. Read the passage then chat about whether these things you have built are as immoveable as the world. Does it matter that God promises to keep the earth safe?
Wednesday 15th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 15
Psalm 104:13-15 Read while munching bread that you all enjoy (e.g. toast, jam sandwich, bread and sprinkles, garlic bread). Chat about the things that make our hearts glad.
10:00Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe Barry Church Hall All welcome
Looking to get out and about again after the festive shutdown? The Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe, which meets in Barry Church Hall, Main Street, Barry, opens its doors for the first time in 2020 on Wednesday morning, January 15. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served from 10 to 11.30 am, all for only £1. There will also be books, home baking and Traidcraft stalls. This community venture run by members of Barry Parish Church provides a welcome meeting place not only for village residents but also for those living at the west end of Carnoustie. All welcome. Come along and bring your friends. Anyone requiring transport or other assistance getting to and from the venue should telephone 01241 852614 for more information. Upcoming cafe dates for your diaries are: January 29, February 12 and 26, and March 11 and 25.
Thursday 16th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 16
Psalm 148:1-6 Read and then make a big list of all the things you want to praise God for.
10:00Study&Fellowship Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
Friday 17th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 17
Psalm 113:3-9 Read and take time during the day to look at things we sometimes rush past (e.g. a puddle to splash in, an ant to watch, a bird in a tree, a digger digging). Chat about what God thinks when he watches us.
10:00Friday Coffee Break Philip Hall All welcome
13:30Your Space Youth Drop-In 103-105 High St High School ages
19:30Games/Soup&Pudding Night Philip Hall All welcome
Saturday 18th January 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 1
DAY 1 Reconciliation: Throwing the cargo overboard Acts 27: 18-19, 21 “We were being pounded by the storm so violently that on the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard and on the third day with their own hands they threw the ship’s tackle overboard… Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss.” Psalm 85 Luke 18: 9-14 Reflection As Christians from different Churches and Traditions, we have unfortunately, over the centuries, accumulated plenty of baggage consisting of mutual distrust, bitterness and suspicion. We thank the Lord for the birth and the growth of the ecumenical movement over the past century. Our encounter with Christians from other traditions and our common prayer for Christian Unity encourage us to seek mutual forgiveness, reconciliation and acceptance. We must not allow the baggage of our past to hinder us from drawing closer to one another. It is the Lord’s will that we let go, in order to let God! Prayer Forgiving God, set us free from the painful memories of the past, that wound our shared Christian life. Lead us to reconciliation so that, through the Holy Spirit we may overcome hatred with love, anger with gentleness, and suspicion with trust. We ask this in the name of your beloved Son, our brother Jesus. Amen.
 Bible 2020 Day 18
1 Chronicles 16:23-27 Try and read this passage in a busy place with lots of people passing by. Chat about times you feel weak and sad and ask God for strength and joy.
11:00Fairtrade Region Forum Dalhousie Building Dundee University
Are you looking for more information about Fair Trade and how to support it in your area? Come along to one of our 2020 regional sessions to hear the latest in the Fair Trade movement and meet other supporters. The sessions are free with lunch and tea/coffee included. Open to new and experienced campaigners alike. Attendees at our 2019 sessions said: "Enjoyed the session - informative and relaxed" "Session was very useful and thought-provoking." "There was a warm welcome and a relaxed atmosphere." Regional Sessions 2020 Region Date Time Location Registration Central and East Saturday 18 January 2020 11:00am-1:30pm Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Dundee S ign up Grampian Saturday 1 February 2020 12:00pm-2:30pm The Acorn Centre, Inverurie Sign up Highlands and Islands Saturday 21 March 2020 1.00pm - 3.00pm Spectrum Centre, Inverness Sign up South West Saturday 28 March 2020 12:00pm-2:00pm WG13, Kilmarnock Sign up Book your place on a regional session
Sunday 19th January 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 2
DAY 2 Enlightenment: Seeking and showing forth Christ’s light Acts 27:20 “When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.” Psalm 119:105-110 Mark 4:35-41 Reflection Christ is our light and our guide. Without the light and guidance of Christ, we become disorientated. When Christians lose sight of Christ, they grow fearful and divided from one another. Moreover many people of good will outside the Church are unable to see the light of Christ because in our Christian division we reflect Christ’s light less clearly or, at times, block it out completely. As we seek the light of Christ, we are drawn closer to one another, and so mirror this light more clearly, becoming truly a sign of Christ, the light of the world. Prayer God, your word is a light to our steps and without you we are lost and disorientated. Enlighten us so that, through your word, we may walk your path. May our churches crave your guiding, consoling and transforming presence. Give us the honesty we need to recognize when we make it difficult for others to see your light, and the grace we need to share your light with others. We ask this in the name of your Son, who calls us, his followers, to be light to the world. Amen.
 Bible 2020 Day 19
Psalm 148:7-13 If you have any animals in your family get them into today’s video. Try and name lots of sea creatures, wild animals, small creatures and flying birds. Draw a picture of your favourite!
09:30Morning Worship All welcome Tea/Coffee after service
Monday 20th January 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 3
DAY 3 Hope: Paul’s message Acts 27.22, 34 “I urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship … none of you will lose a hair from your heads …” Psalm 27 Mathew 11:28-30 Reflection As Christians belonging to churches and traditions that are not fully reconciled to one another, we are often discouraged by the lack of progress towards visible unity. Indeed, some have given up all hope and see this unity as an unattainable ideal. Others don’t even see unity as a necessary part of their Christian faith. As we pray for this gift of visible unity, let us do so with steadfast faith, enduring patience and expectant hope, trusting in God’s loving providence. Unity is the Lord’s prayer for the Church and he is accompanying us on this journey. We will not be lost. Prayer God of mercy, lost and disheartened, we turn to you. Instil in us your gift of hope. May our churches hope and strive for the unity for which your Son prayed on the eve of his passion. We ask this through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
 Bible 2020 Day 20
Nehemiah 9:6 Take time to name different countries in the world. Find an image of them on the internet. Once you’ve visited a few places read the passage. Say thank you to God for being God of the whole world.
10:00Prayer Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
13:45Knitting For Others 21 Barry Road All welcome
19:30Path of Renewal Group The Manse 44 Terrace Road
Tuesday 21st January 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 4
DAY 4 Trust: Do not be afraid, believe Acts 27:23-26 “For the last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and indeed, God has granted safety to all those who are sailing with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. But we will have to run aground on some island.” Psalm 56 Luke 12.22-34 Reflection In the midst of the tempest Paul’s encouragement and hope contradicted the fear and despair of his fellow travellers. Our common call to be disciples of Jesus Christ entails being a sign of contradiction. In a world riven with anxieties, we are called to stand as witnesses to hope by placing our trust in God’s loving providence. Christian experience shows us that God writes straight on crooked lines, and we know, against all odds, we will not drown or be lost. Because God’s steadfast love endures for ever. Prayer Almighty God, our personal suffering leads us to cry out in pain and we shrink in fear when we experience sickness, anxiety or the death of loved ones. Teach us to trust you. May the churches we belong to be signs of your providential care. Make us true disciples of your Son who taught us to listen to your word and to serve one another. In confidence we ask this in the name of your Son, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
 Bible 2020 Day 21
Job 5:9-16 Read, chat and if you have time draw all the miracles you can remember from the Bible. Now chat about things you know about where a miracle is needed today.
Wednesday 22nd January 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 5
DAY 5 Strength: Breaking bread for the journey Acts 27:33-36 “Just before daybreak, Paul urged all of them to take some food, saying, ‘Today is the fourteenth day that you have been in suspense and remaining without food, having eaten nothing.Therefore I urge you to take some food, for it will help you survive; for none of you will lose a hair from your heads.’After he had said this, he took bread; and giving thanks to God in the presence of all, he broke it and began to eat.Then all of them were encouraged and took food for themselves.” Psalm 77 Mark 6:30-44 Reflection Paul’s invitation to eat is an exhortation to those in the boat to strengthen themselves for what lies ahead. This taking of bread marks a change of attitude, as those in the boat move from despair to courage. In a similar way the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper provides us with food for the journey and re-orientates us to life in God. We are made strong. The breaking of the bread – at the core of Christian community life and worship – builds us up as we commit ourselves to Christian service. We long for the day when all Christians will be able to share at the same table of the Lord’s Supper and draw strength from one bread and one cup. Prayer Loving God, your Son Jesus Christ broke bread and shared the cup with his friends on the eve of his passion. May we grow together in closer communion. Following the example of Paul and the early Christians, give us strength to build bridges of compassion, solidarity and harmony. In the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask this in the name of your Son, who gives his life that we might live. Amen.
 Bible 2020 Day 22
Isaiah 46:9-10 Read the passage. Try and remember these words from the passage ‘I am God,and there is no other, I am God and there is none like me’. Sing or say them in your head or out loud during the day.
19:00Midweek Focus Bible Study 21 Barry Road Esther 1:1-2:7
Most days begin rather predictably: the alarm clock rings, we get out of bed, and then we flip on the light to start our morning routine. Yet God is a specialist in working His sovereign plan through the mundane . . . even through the most secular of people and situations. When King Ahasuerus (also known as Xerxes in the New Living Translation), happy from much wine, ordered Queen Vashti to show her beauty to his guests, he met only her rejection. She refused to parade herself before a roomful of inebriated men (Esther 1:12). In this study, Chuck Swindoll teaches us how God orchestrated this moment of marital friction into a melodious movement of providence to exalt an ordinary Jewish woman. We’ll gain wisdom and confidence knowing that God’s plans can never be frustrated no matter how carnal or godless the leaders of this world may be.
19:30Carnoustie Church Guild Philip Hall All welcome
Thursday 23rd January 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 6
DAY 6 Hospitality: Show unusual kindness Acts 28:1-2, 7 “After we had reached safety, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The natives showed us unusual kindness. Since it had begun to rain and was cold, they kindled a fire and welcomed all of us round it … Now in the neighbourhood of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days” Psalm 46 Luke 14:12-24 Reflection After the traumas and conflicts of the storm at sea, the practical care offered by the islanders is experienced as an unusual kindness by those washed up on the shores. Such kindness demonstrates our common humanity. The Gospel teaches us that when we care for those in distress we are showing love to Christ himself (cf. Matthew 25: 40). Furthermore, when we show loving kindness to the weak and dispossessed we are attuning our hearts to the heart of God in which the poor have a special place. Welcoming outsiders, whether they be people of other cultures or beliefs, immigrants or refugees, is both to love Christ himself, and to love as God loves. As Christians, we are called to step out in faith and reach out with God’s allembracing love, even to those we find difficult to love. Prayer God of the orphan, the widow and the stranger, instil in our hearts a deep sense of hospitality. Open our eyes and hearts when you ask us to feed you, to clothe you and to visit you. May our churches participate in the ending of hunger, thirst and isolation and in overcoming barriers that prevent the welcome of all people. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus, who is present in the least of our sisters and brothers. Amen.
 Bible 2020 Day23
Jeremiah 10:6-7 Read and then name as many world leaders as you can think of. Pray for these leaders throughout today that they would know God with them.
15:00Afternoon Service Braehill Lodge
Friday 24th January 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 7
DAY 7 Conversion: Changing our hearts and minds Acts 28:3-6 “Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood and was putting it on the fire, when a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, ‘This man must be a murderer; though he has escaped from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.’ He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. They were expecting him to swell up or drop dead, but after they had waited a long time and saw that nothing unusual had happened to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.” Psalm 119: 137-144 Matthew 18: 1-6 Reflection The locals realized that their judgment of Paul as a murderer was wrong, so they changed their minds. The extraordinary event with the viper enables the islanders to see things in a new way, a way which might prepare them to hear the message of Christ through Paul. In our search for Christian unity and reconciliation we are often challenged to rethink how we perceive other traditions and cultures. This demands an ongoing conversion to Christ in which the churches learn to overcome their perception of the other as a threat. As a result, our pejorative views of others will be cast away, and we will be drawn closer to unity. Prayer Almighty God, we turn to you with repentant hearts. In our sincere quest for your truth, purify us from our unjust opinions of others and lead the churches to grow in communion. Help us let go of our fears, and so better understand each other and the stranger in our midst. We ask this in the name of the Just One, your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
 Bible 2020 Day 24
Deuteronomy 4:37-39 Read and then chat together about Moses and the Israelites leaving Egypt (Exodus 16). Say to God that he is Lord throughout the day, especially when you need to know he is with you.
13:30Your Space Youth Drop-In 103-105 High St High School ages
YourSpace - Youth Drop-In Friday Afternoons For High school age young people. Drop-in time with Wifi / snacks / homework space. 100% Free. #carnoustie This is a new initiative of the churches in Carnoustie, for the High School Pupils of Carnoustie. For more information email info@yourspacecarnoustie.org.uk or call John Toller 07793-889530
19:00Carnoustie Guild/BB Quiz Night Philip Hall All welcome
Saturday 25th January 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Day 8
DAY 8 Generosity: Receiving and giving Acts 28: 8-10 “The father of Publius lay sick in bed with fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and cured him by praying and putting his hands on him. After this happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. They bestowed many honours on us, and when we were about to sail, they put on board all the provisions we needed”. Psalm 103: 1-5 Matthew 10: 7-8 Reflection This story is full of giving and receiving: Paul received unusual kindness from the islanders; Paul gives healing to the father of Publius and others; having lost everything in the storm, the 276 receive abundant provisions as they set sail. As Christians we are called to unusual kindness. But in order to give we must first learn to receive – from Christ and from others. More often than we realize, we are recipients of acts of kindness from people who are different from us. These acts also point towards the generosity and healing of our Lord. We who have been healed by the Lord are responsible for passing on that which we have received. Prayer God, giver of life, we thank you for the gift of your compassionate love which soothes and strengthens us. We pray that our churches may be always open to receive your gifts from one another. Grant us a spirit of generosity to all as we journey together in the path of Christian unity. We ask this in the name of your Son who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit Amen.
 Bible 2020 Day 25
Acts 17:24-27 Hold hands while you read. Know that God is closer to you than the person you held hands with! Draw a little dot somewhere on your hand. Whenever you notice it today remember that God is very close.
Sunday 26th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 26
Psalm 139:14-16 Read and give each other a piece of wool, string, or ribbon and keep it with you. Whenever you find it in your pocket, wind it around your hand and remember that God carefully made you and loves you.
09:30The Lord's Supper All welcome Tea/Coffee after service
11:00The Lord's Supper Philip Hall All welcome
Monday 27th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 27
Psalm 145:3-6 Read and then ask everyone in your family to tell someone else in the family, who is a different age from them, something great God has done and ask them to remember it today.
10:00Prayer Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
Tuesday 28th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 28
Psalm 145:8-13 Read and chat together about what gracious and compassionate mean, then ask God to help you all be gracious and compassionate like he is.
Wednesday 29th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 29
Psalm 145:14-18 Read this while eating one of your favourite meals or food together. Then spend some time ‘calling out’ to God with anything that is bothering or upsetting you just now.
10:00Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe Barry Church Hall All welcome
Fancy a hot cuppa and some friendly chat on these cold, frosty mornings? The Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe, held in Barry Church Hall, Main Street, Barry, next opens its doors on Wednesday morning, January 29. Tea/coffee and biscuits only cost £1 and are served from 10 to 11.30 am. There will also be books, home baking and Traidcraft stalls. This community venture run by members of Barry Parish Church provides a welcome meeting place not only for village residents but also for those living at the west end of Carnoustie. All welcome. Come along and bring your friends. Anyone requiring transport or other assistance getting to and from the venue should telephone 01241 852614 or email graham.suttie@btinternet.com for more information.
Thursday 30th January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 30
Psalm 86:15-17 Read this and have a strength challenge (e.g. who can hold a heavy item longest, an arm wrestle). Chat about what God's strength is like. What do you need his strength for today?
10:00Study&Fellowship Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
19:30Tayside Organists Society Concert Dundee West Church DD1 4JW
Tayside Organists’ Society Incorporated Scottish Association Federation of Organists of Organists Concert by pupils of Dundee High School Including – solo vocal and instrumental performances, bagpipe quartet, organ solo Thursday 30th January 2020 at 7.30pm in Dundee West Church, Perth Road, DD1 4JW All welcome Tea/coffee served Admission free
Friday 31st January 2020 Bible 2020 Day 31
Micah 7:18-20 Read and then see who can throw an item the farthest. Take time today to say sorry for things you have done that have hurt God, others, and yourself. Know that God hears, forgives, and throws them away!
13:30Your Space Youth Drop-In 103-105 High St High School ages
YourSpace - Youth Drop-In Friday Afternoons For High school age young people. Drop-in time with Wifi / snacks / homework space. 100% Free. #carnoustie This is a new initiative of the churches in Carnoustie, for the High School Pupils of Carnoustie. For more information email info@yourspacecarnoustie.org.uk or call John Toller 07793-889530
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