April/May 2015









 April / May        2015






























Charity No: SC002545












































01 April            10.00am           Woodlands End of Term Service – Carnoustie

                        3.00pm             Afternoon Service – Braehill Lodge RH

02 April            10.00am           Burnside End of Term Service – St Anne’s

                        2.00pm             Guild Meeting – Holidays with Sally Atkinson

05 April            9.30am             Morning Worship

10 April            10.00am           Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

12 April            9.30am             Morning Worship

19 April            9.30am             Morning Worship

24 April            10.00am           Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

                                                Final of session & Presentation of Cheque

26 April            9.30am             The Lord’s Supper – Barry Parish Church

                        11.15am           The Lord’s Supper – Carnoustie Church

                        6.30pm             The Lord’s Supper – St Stephen’s Chapel

29 April            7.00pm             Stewardship Conference – Philip Hall

30 April            3.00pm             Afternoon Communion – Brookfield RH

02 May             6.30pm             Guild Songs of Praise – Arbroath West Kirk

03 May             9.30am             Morning Worship

07 May             2.00pm             Guild AGM – Talk with Rev Dougal Edwards

09 May             10.00am           Big Day Out 3 – Arbroath St Andrews and Old &                              Abbey

10 May             9.30am             Morning Worship

11 May             7.15pm             Kirk Session Meeting – Church Hall

17 May             9.30am             Morning Worship

                        1.00pm             Heart & Soul, Princes St. Gardens, Edinburgh

24 May             9.30am             Morning Worship

31 May             9.30am             Morning Worship


See list inside for Easter Week Services

Please note that the Minister is on holiday 6th – 19th April







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        Mrs Carolyn Peters                                                         852888


Roll Keeper                                    Mr David Peters   852888


Organist                                          Mr Ken Cullen                                                                      875155                               


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 Carolyn Peters                                                         852888


Child Protection Contact             


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 Services – Give thanks to God for the opportunities to witness to our Lord’s death and resurrection through our shared services in the community.
  2. Vanuatu – The media moves on. But we must not forget the needs of this small island nation devastated by Cyclone Pam.
  3. New Head Teachers – Pray for Mr Murray at Burnside Primary and Mr Curry at Carnoustie High School.




Door Duties


05 April                        Malcolm Sim               Eddie Hughes

12                                 Malcolm Sim               Helen Whytock

19                                 Malcolm Sim               Mabel Gordon

26                                 Malcolm Sim               Shirley Murison

03 May                         Malcolm Sim               Jan Scott

10                                 Malcolm Sim               David Pattullo

17                                 Malcolm Sim               Peter Ramsay

24                                 Malcolm Sim               Jeanette Delaney

31                                 Malcolm Sim               Eddie Hughes



Sunday Tea Rotas


Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service



05 April                                    Rosemary Docherty     Muriel McConnell

12                                 Agnes Millar                Shirley Murison

19                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott                                

26                                 Patricia Pattullo           Helen Whytock

03 May                         Rosemary Docherty     Muriel McConnell

10                                 Agnes Millar                Shirley Murison

17                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

24                                 Patricia Pattullo           Helen Whytock


Coming Up


Wed 1st April                Woodlands End of Term service

                                    10 am Carnoustie Church

Wed 1st April                Afternoon Service

                                    3 pm    Braehill Lodge RH

Thurs 2nd April             Burnside End of Term service

                                    10 am St Anne’s Church

6th – 19th April              Minister on Holiday

Friday 10th April           Friday Coffee Break

                                    10-11.30 am    Philip Hall

Friday 24th April           Final Friday Coffee Break of session

  • and presentation of cheque

                                    10-11.30 am    Philip Hall

Sun 26th April              The Lord’s Supper

                                    9.30 am           Barry Parish Church

                                    11.15 am         Carnoustie Church

                                    6.30 pm           St Stephen’s Chapel

Wed 29th April             Stewardship Conference

                                    7 pm    Philip Hall

Thurs 30th April           Afternoon Communion

                                    3 pm    Brookfield RH

Sat 9th May                  Big Day Out 3

                                    10 am - 4 pm  Arbroath: St Andrew’s & Old & Abbey

Mon 11th May               Kirk Session

                                    7.15 pm           Church Hall

Sun 17th May               Heart & Soul

                                    1 – 6 pm          Princes Street Gardens


Annual Stated Meeting

The Annual stated meeting took place on Sunday 15 March in the Church Hall following Morning Worship.  All reports including the Financial Statement were given.   Copies of the Financial Statement are available in the Church and also on the Web Site.




 Congregational Register



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

Feb 25              Mrs Elma McIntyre, 106 Ravensby Road *

Mar 17              Miss Isobel Janet Ballingall Mackay. Balvaird, Station Road, Barry

*Denotes church member


Service Times for 2015

Please note – Following the service time’s questionnaire and discussion at the Kirk Session, services will remain at 9.30am during 2015 and 2016, with the exception of joint Summer Services and other special occasions.  There will then be a further review of church times in summer 2016.


Electronic Newsletter

The Editor is investigating the issue of the newsletter by email. This would allow the church to cut down on its use of paper and printing costs.   Obviously not everyone has access to email but the majority do these days.   To do this I require to build a database of email addresses.  If you would prefer this method of receiving your newsletter please email myself at malcolm.sim@talktalk.net so I can build the database.  I will keep you posted as to progress.

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 now 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 sites other features is a daily Bible verse with an additional option of listening to a reading of the full chapter for that day.

From the latest viewing statistics, the Barry Church website appears to be growing in popularity not only with congregation members, but also other residents of our parish area and beyond. A total of 78,581 hits were registered in 2014, almost double the figure for the previous year (44,258). A big thank you to all our online followers.




Thank you for all the used stamps received recently.   There has been a change of address for the collecting area but that makes no difference to our arrangements.


You can give your stamps to Helen Whytock directly or leave them at the Church door and they will be collected.


Guild News


Guild Theme – A World to serve


Topic – LETS TALK ABOUT – How to share


Diary of Events

02 April             2.00pm             Holidays with Sally Atkinson


02 May             6.30pm             Songs of Praise – Arbroath West Kirk


07 May             2.00pm             AGM & Talk with Rev Dougal Edwards


During the summer break we will again be holding our famous Afternoon Teas.   More details in the next newsletter        


Please remember that all Ladies & Gentlemen are welcome to join in fellowship with the Guild.


The Guild will be going into a summer break after the AGM and Shirley wishes everyone happy holidays.   See you all on Thursday September 3rd. at 2pm.


Heart and Soul 2015


Heart and Soul 2015 is a large-scale celebratory event organised by the Church of Scotland. It coincides with the beginning of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland taking place just a few hundred metres away. The event is designed to celebrate the life and work of the church in Scotland. It’s free to attend and all are welcome! The theme is “Living Stones” and congregations are being invited to come along – not just as visitors – but also as “exhibitors” to show and share with others how they are “Living Stones” in their community. It will be held in Princes Street Gardens from 1-6pm on Sunday 17th May 2015.

Arrangements are being made to organise a bus for Barry and Carnoustie members. If you are interested in attending this year's Heart and Soul, please contact Graham Suttie on 01241 852614 or email graham.suttie@btinternet.com for more information.




Elma McIntyre – an appreciation


Members of the congregation were concerned not to see Elma in her usual place in Church on Sunday 15th February, and we were all shocked to discover she had been found dead in her home that morning.

Elma and her family moved to Westfield Place in Carnoustie in 1968.  This brought Elma into Barry Parish Church, where the Rev Walter Stewart was the new minister, and her son Scott was in fact Mr Stewart’s first baptism in Barry.  In 1974 the family moved into their new house in Ravensby Road.

Church life was always important to Elma, she was elected onto the Congregational Board in 1973 and in 1975 she was appointed Clerk to the Board, a position she held for almost 20 years.  On the 30th October 1988 Elma was one of five Elders ordained and admitted to the Kirk Session, along with Shirley Murison and Helen Whytock who were also ordained at that time.

At the end of 1993 Elma became the Session Clerk in Barry and she would continue in that role for the rest of her life, giving more than 20 years’ service.  However, Elma had also first been appointed as the Presbytery Elder for Barry in 1989, beginning another sphere of service as she remained on Presbytery as a Freely-Elected Elder after others were elected by the Kirk Session in later years.

On Angus Presbytery Elma served in many different roles; on various committees, as Leader of the Finance Team and then Forum 1 Convener, as Presbytery Treasurer, and latterly still serving as a member of Presbytery’s Business Committee.  Elma was always faithful and committed to all her appointments in the Courts of the Church, even attending regularly in later years in her wheelchair.

When I moved to Barry with Carnoustie in 2003, Elma was one of the first people I met as she had been a member of the Nominating Committee.  We both knew quite quickly that I was not really Elma’s type of minister, and we continued to disagree about many things over the years; but we also developed a respect for each other, and a real friendship ensued.

While she could be critical of my mistakes and wasn’t slow to give her opinion, Elma was also very loyal and supportive to me throughout my time here, and I don’t know how we would have sometimes managed together in Barry without Elma acting as the glue between the Kirk Session, the Congregation and the Minister.

In Barry Church Elma was also a member of the Young Wives group in her early years, and a stalwart of Barry Guild, serving in various offices; outwith the Church she was a faithful member of the Mattocks and Wellbank Rural for many years, and of the local Trefoil, where she served as President.

Jennifer married Malcolm and gave Elma two grandchildren, Jillian and Michelle, and Scott married Sheanagh and brought another three grandchildren into the family, Murray, the late Nicola, and Lauren.  Now the grandchildren are grown up and starting to form new families for themselves – Elma was proud to be at her grandson Murray’s wedding to Jenny in August 2012; Michelle now has a partner, Jay and Elma was delighted to meet her great-granddaughter, their daughter Lola; Jillian also now has a partner, Mike.

In the late 1990s Elma met Allan Stirling, and they became very good friends together; although they could also have tremendous rows on the telephone!  Allan had been widowed in 1987 and the two found a lot of support together.  Elma was devastated when Allan died suddenly on March 14th 2011 and in many ways never really got over that loss.

So we give thanks to God for His faithful servant Elma McIntyre, and remember Elma’s family in our prayers.








Holy Week and Easter Services



Palm Sunday           29th March     7 pm   St Anne’s, Thomas Street

Monday – Friday     10.15 am Reflections           Panbride Church Hall

Monday                     30th March      7 pm   Panbride Church

Tuesday                    31st March     7 pm   Erskine UF, Kinloch Street

Wednesday              1st April           7 pm   Baptist Church, High Street

Maundy Thursday  2nd April         7 pm   Holyrood, Maule Street (Agape Supper)

Good Friday             3rd April:          11 am From Black Slab Car Park                                                                    Walk of Witness                                                                                  12 noon Holyrood, Maule Street                                                                       (Quiet Hour)  
                                                            7 pm   Arbirlot Church (Joint Service)

Saturday                   4th April          8 pm   Service of Light, Holyrood

Easter Day               5th April:

Dawn Service            6.25 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



“Christ the Lord is risen today,”

Sons of men and angels say.

Raise your joys and triumphs high;

Sing, Ye Heavens and earth, reply.









From the Minister’s Desk


Jesus said, ‘Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

Matthew 28: 20


Dear Friends,

First of all, my thanks to you all for the support you have given me and the prayers you have offered during my time in hospital and convalescing at home afterwards.  I’m glad to be able to say that the operation has gone very well and I was allowed to return to work, initially on a phased basis, at the end of January.

By the end of February it was back to normal, and so we look forward to the preparations for our Easter season and the continuing life of our congregations in the future.  One of my early duties was to conduct the funeral of Mrs Elma McIntyre, whose death had been a great shock to our congregation and to her family.  An appreciation can be found in the magazine.

Elma had asked the Session a few years ago for additional support, and Jan Scott has been our Depute Session Clerk for quite a while.  This has meant that Jan has been able to take up the reigns as Session Clerk in Elma’s place with relative ease, for which we are all very grateful.

It’s a year since I was in the Holy Land just after Easter.  In Jerusalem today there are two sites competing for attention as the place where the crucifixion and resurrection took place.  Tradition dating back to the time of Constantine puts the location in what is today the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a sprawling complex of competing Christian sects or denominations.

Across the city, outside the northern medieval wall is the site of Gordon’s Calvary: a cliff with caves that might resemble the face of a skull.  It’s immediately behind a bus station, but a short distance away is a peaceful garden with an empty rock-carved tomb, which once had a rolling stone to guard it.

Perhaps what is really the point for both these venues is the plaque in the Garden Tomb declares: ‘He is not here, He is risen’.  We’re not meant to find Jesus in a historic site.  We’re meant to find Him walking with us in our daily lives.  We don’t need to travel to the Holy Land to meet the Lord.  He is here with us, precisely because He is risen.

This Easter, we can find special times and places to reflect on Jesus’ death and resurrection – and then remember that He promised to be with us forever.


Yours in the blessing and peace of our risen Lord Jesus,

Mike Goss




Finance Statement


Balance per Statement at 31/12/14                                                      £4,934.91                               

Income                                                                                                  £6,063.77

Expenditure                                                                                           £3,596.51


Balance in Bank at 26 February 2015                                             £7,402.17


The Treasurer thanks everyone who brought their payments up to date prior to the end of the year although there are some still to do so.   It would be very much appreciated if you could do so.



Flower Calendar


05 April            Agnes Millar                             12        Graham Suttie              

19                    Helen Whytock                        26        Communion

03 May                                                 10        Wedding

17                    Shirley Murison                       24





Readers Rotas


Date                                        Reading                     Prayers


05 April                                     Hugh McKenzie

12                                             Jan Scott

19                                             Iain Ogilvie

26                                             Malcolm Sim                 Iain Ogilvie


03 May                                     Shirley Murison

10                                             Hugh McKenzie

17                                             Jan Scott                      Jane Stewart

24                                             Jane Stewart

31                                             Iain Ogilvie


07 June                                     Malcolm Sim                 Iain Ogilvie

14                                             Shirley Murison








We are still looking for people to help us out with various tasks on a Sunday such as Door Duties, Tea Duty, delivering Newsletters or doing a Reading.   None of these tasks are very onerous and take up very little of your time but the more people who can help means the less everyone has to do.  If you can help us please contact any of the following.


Jan Scott or Malcolm Sim





9th May 2015.

An exciting day of worship, discovery and fellowship is planned for Saturday 9th May 2015. This is the 3rd Big Day Out in Angus Presbytery. The day will begin and end in Arbroath St Andrews and there will be workshops during the day in St Andrews and a short walk away in Arbroath Old and Abbey.

The keynote speaker is Very Rev Lorna Hood, Moderator of the 2013 General Assembly. She is a wonderful speaker and her contribution will set us out on the theme of Pilgrimage.  Organising the worship will be Rev Peter Gardner, of Renfield St Stephen’s Church in Glasgow who has organised imaginative ways of enhancing the worship experience.

There will be workshops on “Sit down next to me” – caring for the terminally ill, the Churches in Europe and what they do for Asylum Seekers, Christians in Sport, Spill the Beans, Fresh Expressions and much more. The cost of the day is £10 which includes a sandwich lunch and tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.

Please do come along.

Tickets can be booked on line at www.bigdayout.org

or by contacting Janice Tracey on janice.tracey@talktalk.net





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