April - May 2017














































 April / May          2017    









Charity No: SC002545

























































01 – 07 April                                      Ministers Holiday

02 April            9.30am             Morning Worship

06 April            2.15pm             Guild AGM with Rev Dougal Edwards

07 April            10.00am           Friday Coffee Break, Philip Hall

09 April            9.30am             Morning Worship

                        7.00pm             Palm Sunday, St Anne’s, Thomas Street

10 - 14 April      10.15am           Reflections, Panbride Church Hall

10 April            7.00pm             Panbride Church

11 April            7.00pm             Erskine UF, Kinloch Street

12 April            7.00pm             Arbirlot Parish Church

13 April            7.00pm             Agape Supper, Barry Parish Church

14 April            11.00am           Walk of Witness from Black Slab Car Park

                        12 noon            Holyrood, Maule Street

                        7.00pm             Good Friday Joint Service, Carnoustie Church

15 April            8.00pm             Baptist Church, High Street    

16 April            6.00am             Sunrise Service, Leisure Centre Car Park

                        9.30am             Easter Day Service

20 April            3.00pm             Afternoon Service, Braehill Lodge

21 April            10.00am           Friday Coffee Break, Philip Hall

23 April            9.30am             The Lord’s Supper

26 April            2.30pm             Afternoon Communion, Brookfield RHE

30 April            9.30am             Morning Worship

04 May             2.15pm             Guild Afternoon of Music with ACCORD

06 May             10.00am           Big Day Out

07 May             9.30am             Morning Worship

08 May             7.15pm             Kirk Session, Barry Church Hall

09 May             7.30pm             Mission & Discipleship Meeting, Philip Hall

14 May             9.30am             Morning Worship

18 May             3.00pm             Afternoon Service, Braehill Lodge

20 – 26 May                              General Assembly

21 May             9.30am             Morning Worship

28 May             9.30am             Morning Worship






Who’s who in Barry Parish Church?



Minister                                           Rev Michael Goss 410194


Ordained Local Minister               Rev Dougal Edwards                                                         852666


Session Clerk                                Mrs Jan Scott        852884


 Treasurer                                      Mr Malcolm Sim    852564


FWO and Gift Aid Organiser        Mr Malcolm Sim    852564                                                        


Roll Keeper                                    Mrs Jan Scott        852884


Organist                                          Mark Spalding                                                                                                                       

Sunday School Superintendent  Rev Michael Goss 410194


Property Convenor                       Mr Edwin Hughes 550593


Mission Partner Correspondent Mr Graham Suttie            


Church Officer                               Mr Iain Ogilvie


Flower Organiser                          Mrs Shirley Murison                                                         410062                    


Child Protection Contact              Evelyn Baker


Life and Work Organiser              Mrs Jan Scott        852884


Newsletter Editor                          Mr Malcolm Sim                852564



Guild Contact                                 Mrs Shirley Murison         410062                                   


Prayer Focus


We offer these thoughts to add to your own prayers;


1. Easter – Praise God for the glorious message of Christ crucified and risen which we share with the world, and pray for the special services and events we share with the other churches in and around Carnoustie.

2. Famine in East Africa – Give thanks for the growing response to the crisis in South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, and pray that more is given and the aid is provided quickly and efficiently.

3. Community – Pray for all those involved in businesses in Barry and Carnoustie, that their vision for the support of our community would grow, and give thanks for all who work here.

Door Duties


02 April                        MS                               Eddie Hughes

09                                 MS                               Jan Scott

16                                 MS                               Shirley Murison

23                                 MS                               David Pattullo

30                                 MS                               Eileen Ramsay


07 May                         MS                               Peter Ramsay

14                                 MS                               Mabel Gordon

21                                 MS                               Eddie Hughes

28                                 MS                               Jan Scott


04 June                        MS                               Shirley Murison          


Sunday Tea Rotas


Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service


02 April                        Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

09                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

16                                 Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

23                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

30                                 Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon


07 May                         Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

14                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

21                                 Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

28                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty


04 June                        Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon


Working Group on the Proposal of a Union between Barry and Carnoustie Churches


The Local Congregational Review carried out by Angus Presbytery in May 2016 recommended that Barry and Carnoustie congregations ‘reconsider the nature of their relationship (currently a linkage) and whether or not a formal union might be to their mutual financial benefit and facilitate future development’.                                                                                                                                                         A joint working group was appointed from both Kirk Sessions and the remit we adopted was “To consider in detail the range of issues likely to arise during discussions on a union, with a view to identifying those matters on which there is a strong possibility of joint agreement by both Kirk Sessions and members, and those matters which are likely to cause greatest difficulty, together with trying to come up with possible ways forward to overcome the more difficult issues.”

We identified four main topics for discussion - Finance, Buildings, Outreach and People. The working group met on 3 occasions between September 2016 and February 2017 to investigate the potential for a union.

Following our February meeting, the working group reported to the respective Kirk Sessions with the recommendation that union between Barry and Carnoustie be not pursued at this time as it was not felt be to our mutual financial benefit or facilitate future development.

The closure of any building is not an absolute necessity in a union, but maintaining two places of worship was not seen as realistic. It was felt that the closure of one church would be unacceptable at this time. 

Both congregations need to be aware that we will have to consider the possibility of a union again at some point in the future. 

The working group did recommend that a joint working group be established so that immediate steps be taken to work and worship more closely together, especially in relation to outreach projects, so that when the time comes, union might become a natural progression.

If you would like to read the full report of the working group, please see the Barry Church website.


Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm Sunday 9th April   7 pm     St Anne’s, Thomas Street

Monday – Friday Reflections       10.15 am Panbride Church Hall

Monday 10th April                       7 pm     Panbride Church, Arbroath Road

Tuesday 11th April                      7 pm     Erskine UF, Kinloch Street

Wednesday 12th April                 7 pm     Arbirlot Parish Church

Maundy Thursday 13th April:
               Agape Supper:            7 pm     Barry Parish Church

Good Friday 14th April:
               Walk of Witness         11 am   From Black Slab Car Park
               Quiet Hour                  12 noon Holyrood, Maule Street
               Joint Service               7 pm     Carnoustie Church

Saturday 15th April                      8 pm     Baptist Church, High Street

Easter Day 16th April:
            Sunrise Service  6 am                 Leisure Centre Car Park
                                                            Followed by breakfast in Philip Hall
            Morning Service 9.30 am            Barry Parish Church
            Morning Service 11 am               Carnoustie Church



Congregational Register


“Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Mar        6       Jack McWilliams


Barry Church Website


"Declare His glory among the nations, His marvellous deeds among all peoples." Psalm 96: 3 (NIV)


To make sure you don't miss out on any breaking news from Barry Church visit our website www.barryparish.org.uk which is updated daily. Click on 'News' for reports and other information about all the latest happenings within the Church locally, nationally and worldwide, and scroll through the 'Calendar' page for details of upcoming services, meetings, social events, fundraisers, etc. Choose 'Church Magazine' to view this newsletter online and among the site's other features is a daily Bible verse with an additional option of listening to a reading of the full chapter for that day.

Praise God! Our website continues to grow in popularity, proving a valuable means of outreach to the parish area and beyond. From January 1 to March 15 this year a total of 154,801 hits were registered. The figure for the corresponding period last year was 111,150. A big thank you to all our online followers.


Chalmers Lectures

Rev Dr Doug Gay gave the Chalmers Lecture series in St Giles in February, looking at where we have come from, and giving a forthright analysis of the state of the Church of Scotland and the choices facing us.  These have been recorded and we will be showing them in the Philip Hall in April 19th and 26th, and May 3rd at 7.30 pm.

With the opportunity for discussion afterwards over coffee and tea, we will explore the implications for the continuing reformation of the Church of Scotland and for our own local congregations.








Thank you for all the used stamps received recently.

In 2016 the Church of Scotland World Mission Stamp Appeal is supporting the Church of South India's Othara Eco-Spirituality Centre.

'God created all living and non-living things to coexist in a rhythm and equilibrium, which we often call ecological balance. Ecological disasters befall us when this balance is lost', Bishop Thomas K. Oommen, Deputy Moderator of the Church of South India

The Church of South India (CSI) has recently opened the Othara Eco-spirituality Centre near Thiruvalla in Kerala. It is a place where people can come to learn about climate change and the importance of conserving the earth God has given us.

This year the Stamp Project will support some of their ecological innovations including the harvesting and re-use of rain water, the establishment of a biogas plant to power the kitchens and the development of a small dairy and chicken farm for native breeds.

Through retreats and conferences, CSI hopes that the knowledge people gain at the Centre will inspire them to live sustainably and encourage others in their community to do likewise. They want to encourage people to appreciate and understand that 'caring for the earth is not only a calling, but a lifestyle.'

How to contribute - You can leave your stamps at the Church door and they will be collected.


Guild News

Guild Theme – Be Bold, Be Strong      Topic – Go in Joy


Contact Person: Shirley Murison (01241 410062)

Treasurer: Grace Byars

Committee: Mina Robertson, Mabel Gordon, Sylvia Knowles, Elaine Bottoms, Rosemary Docherty


Unless otherwise stated all meetings start at 2.15pm.


Diary of events not to be missed


Thursday 6 April             AGM & Topic – Rev Dougal Edwards

Thursday 4 May                         Afternoon of Music with Accord


Thanks to all who helped, donated or attended our recent coffee morning when over £400 was realised.


Details of The Famous Afternoon Teas will follow in next newsletter


We look forward to seeing you all again and hopefully some new faces as well.



Knitting for Malawi

It is with great regret and a tinge of sadness we have to announce that our partnership with the Raven Trust comes to an end on April 1. Due to advancing years, the founders of the Dundee-based charity are having to retire and have been unable to find any willing volunteers to take over the planning and organising of container shipments to Malawi. In just nine months our 30 or so knitters have enabled 21 boxes of goods such as blankets, jumpers, hats and vests to be dispatched to the East African country with the assistance of the Raven Trust. Thank you, ladies, an excellent achievement and well done. Recently we were also able to send off six boxes of Good News Bibles courtesy of a generous offer from Carnoustie Church.

Don't despair, however, we have found another agency to knit for, Mission International, who are also based in Dundee and involved in relief aid worldwide, not just Africa. So, keep those needles clicking, ladies. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Again, I wish to thank everyone involved with this project and hope to see you all on Monday, April 3, between 1.45 and 3.30 pm when our meetings return to Barry Church Hall for the summer months.

Pauline Cadger, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07512 857300


Midweek Focus

Our studies of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapters 5, 6 and 7 are now drawing to a close and will conclude on April 5. Midweek Focus will then take a four-week break, firstly for Holy Week and then for the Chalmers Lecture series to be held in the Philip Hall on April 19 and 26 and May 3. Our meetings resume on Wednesday, May10, at 7 pm when we will commence a six-week series on the Old Testament Book of Ruth. A warm welcome awaits anyone interested in sharing in these times of midweek fellowship.

Though only four chapters in length, the Book of Ruth has long been recognised - even by those who don’t believe the Bible - as a literary masterpiece. But for all its literary beauty and excellence, it is so much more than that. It is, for example, about a loving relationship between a young woman and her mother-in-law. It is also about a young maiden from Moab and the man who loved and redeemed her. It is about a romance that triumphs over racial and religious prejudices. We learn from example that the Book of Ruth is about real, genuine love. This series will also teach us that God has a special place in His Word for women, and for the unique, miraculous role they play in His plan. Perhaps nowhere else in God’s Word is a woman’s strength of character and purity of motive more evident than here. Most importantly, the Book of Ruth is a story of God’s purpose to redeem all those who will put their trust in Him, simply because He loves them.

Meetings are held at 21 Barry Road on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm. For more information about Midweek Focus, contact Graham Suttie on 01241 852614 or email graham.suttie@btinternet.com


Coming Up


Sat 1st – Fri 7th April    Minister’s Holiday

Fri 7th April                   Friday Coffee Break

                                    10 – 11.30 am Philip Hall

9th – 16th April             Holy Week and Easter services (details elsewhere)

Wed 19th April             Chalmers’ Lecture 1 and discussion

                                    7.30 pm           Philip Hall

Thurs 20th April           Afternoon Service

                                    3 pm                Braehill Lodge

Fri 21st April                 Friday Coffee Break

                                    10 – 11.30 am Philip Hall

Sun 23rd April              The Lord’s Supper                 

                                    9.30 am           Barry Parish Church

                                    11 am              Carnoustie Church

                                    6.30 pm           St Stephen’s Chapel

Wed 26th April             Afternoon Communion

                                    2.30 pm           Brookfield

Wed 26th April             Chalmers’ Lecture 2 and discussion

                                    7.30 pm           Philip Hall

Wed 3rd May                Chalmers’ Lecture 3 and discussion

                                    7.30 pm           Philip Hall

Sat 6th May                  Big Day Out 4

                                    10 am              Forfar: East & Old

Mon 8th May                 Kirk Session

                                    7.15 pm           Barry Church Hall

Tues 9th May               Mission & Discipleship Team

                                    7.30 pm           Philip Hall

Thurs 18th May            Afternoon Service

                                    3 pm                Braehill Lodge

Sat 20th/Fri 26th May   General Assembly


From the Minister’s Desk

We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

2 Corinthians 5: 20

Dear Friends,

It is always difficult to know what to say in a pastoral letter about the big political issues of our time.  There is no single Christian response to the questions of Brexit or Scottish Independence.  And yet, it is always vital for Christians to engage in the debates, to care about the future of the country in which we live this side of eternity.

Now that Article 50 has been triggered, a long journey lies ahead, and we are all uncertain of what will happen next.  We must continue to pray for our leaders, for wisdom and grace in all the negotiations.  And also pray for our own participation in shaping the future of our land.

Part of that response will be to continue to remember that we belong to a wide world.  I am looking forward to the visit of French families to Carnoustie at the end of April, and to welcoming a couple into the Manse home for a few days.

I am confident that the Twinning between Maule and Carnoustie will remain as a link between different peoples and cultures, with much in common as well as a few contrasting characteristics, through and beyond the departure of the UK from the EU.  And I find it encouraging that the Twinning is promoted by people from the Church as well as the wider community.

Yet even in our midst are people who think differently from ourselves.  I don’t mean politically (although that is surely true of the congregations alone) but of people in the streets around us who cannot understand what we do and why we do it.  Church for them is an alien culture, as strange – if not stranger – than people growing up not far from Paris with a different language in their homes.

The challenge for Christians is always to make that bridge between the glorious discoveries of faith and the world around us.  We need to be translators of the Gospel, helping others to understand the free gift of God, the new life offered to us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.


Yours in the Grace and Peace of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

Mike Goss



Finance Statement


Balance per Statement at 31/12/16                                        £2,323.06                               

Income                                                                                    £4,185.79

Expenditure                                                                             £3,740.34


Balance in Bank at 1 March 2017                                       £2,768.51


The treasurer is very grateful to all who have managed to upgrade their giving in these trying times.   2017 will be a challenging year so if some more can find a way to upgrade their giving it would make such a difference to the church coffers.


Flower Calendar


09 April            Agnes Millar                             16        Graham Suttie

23                    Isobel Jamieson                      30        Isobel Jamieson


07 May Shirley Murison                       14        Shirley Murison

21                                                                    28       


Anyone wishing to put flowers in the church should put their name on the flower calendar at church door or speak to Shirley Murison.         


Readers Rotas

Date                                        Reading                     Prayers

02 April                                    Shirley Murison           Iain Ogilvie

09                                            Jan Scott                     Mike

16                                            Iain Ogilvie                   Dougal

23                                            Malcolm Sim               Graham Suttie

30                                            Graham Suttie             Dougal

07 May                         Hugh McKenzie           Mike

14                                            Shirley Murison           Iain Ogilvie

21                                            Jan Scott                     Dougal

28                                            Iain Ogilvie                   Dougal


Cleaning Rota


W/C 03 April                            Shirley Murison, Mina Robertson

W/C 17 April                            Grace Byars, Sylvia Knowles, Malcolm Sim

W/C 01 May                            Patricia Pattullo, Hugh & Heather McKenzie

W/C 15 May                            Rosemary Docherty, Jan Scott, Eddie Hughes

W/C 29 May                            Lorna Yule, Eileen Ramsay, Elaine Bottoms





Smiling is infectious

You catch it like the flu

When someone smiled at me today

I started smiling too

I walked around the corner

And someone saw me grin

When he smiled I realised

I had passed it on to him

I thought about the smile

And then realised its worth

A single smile like mine

Could travel round the earth

So, if you feel a smile begin

Don’t leave it undetected

Start an epidemic

And get the whole world infected.



FUN Group


The FUN Group Putting Competition will take place on Friday 2 June.  A BBQ will follow.


This has always been a popular event and we look forward to both the golfers and non-golfers in both congregations vying for the trophies.   The cost will be £2.00 per team of 4 and you bring your own food for the BBQ.


More information will follow and entry forms will be in the next newsletter.




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