April/May 2016










 APRIL / MAY      2016






























Charity No: SC002545













































01 April             10.00am                        Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

03                     9.30am                         Morning Worship

07                     2.15pm                         Guild Musical Afternoon with ACCORD

10                     9.30am                         Morning Worship

11                     7.15pm                         Kirk Session Meeting – Hall

13                     7.30pm                         Guild Spring Council Meeting

                                                            Knox’s Church, Arbroath

15                     10.00am                        Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

17                     9.30am                         Morning Worship

23                     10.00am                        MAF: Bake Off to Take Off – Philip Hall

24                     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                     7.00pm                         MAF Film: End of the Spear – Philip Hall

01 May             9.30am                         Morning Worship

                        6.30pm                         Guild Songs of Praise – Barry Parish Church

05                     2.15pm                         Guild AGM & Talk with Rev Dougal Edwards

08                     9.30am                         Morning Worship

15                     9.30am                         Morning Worship

                        2.00pm                         Sponsored Walk for Christian Aid & Barry                                          Parish Church.  Details to follow.

22                     9.30am                         Morning Worship

29                     9.30am                         Morning Worship

                        6.30pm                         Meet, Eat & Sing Choral Service in Carnoustie                                          Church.   Singers to meet in Philip Hall at 2pm


Minister on holiday 28 March to 10 April

Minister at General Assembly – 21 May to 27 May                                          








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




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             


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. Scottish Parliament Elections – Pray for the election campaigns and for the voters that we might seek the best MSPs to govern Scotland with integrity and grace.

2. 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.

3. Prayer Spaces in Schools – Give thanks for new opportunities to share in the life of our local schools and pray for wisdom to use these opportunities wisely and with grace.

Door Duties


03 April                        Malcolm Sim               Ron Campbell

10                                 Malcolm Sim               Mabel Gordon

17                                 Malcolm Sim               Jan Scott

24                                 Malcolm Sim               Shirley Murison

01 May                         Malcolm Sim               David Pattullo

08                                 Malcolm Sim               Eileen Ramsay

15                                 Malcolm Sim               Peter Ramsay

22                                 Malcolm Sim               Eddie Hughes

29                                 Malcolm Sim               Ron Campbell


Should anyone wish to assist with door duties please speak with Malcolm Sim.   The rest of the team would be glad to see you on board.


Sunday Tea Rotas


Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service


03 April                        Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

10                                 Sally MacKenzie          Muriel McConnell

17                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

24                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

01 May                         Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

08                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

15                                 Sally MacKenzie          Muriel McConnell

22                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

29                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

05 June                        Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms



Mission Aviation Fellowship


The last couple of months I have described the planes used in Madagascar.  Now here are some stories about Becki Dillingham, one of the pilots working there and MAF's partnership with Mercy Ships.

It was the clear medical need that bought the Mercy Ships vessel the Africa Mercy to come to Madagascar and to extend their stay once in the country. A close partnership has built up between MAF and Mercy Ships.   Both organisations are clearly encouraged by the amazing ways they have seen God at work.

MAF planes have flown patients, to the ship’s surgical wards from areas like Bekodoka, where MAF supports long-term medical outreaches by another MAF partner, Philadelphie. Becki flew two patients, Jean Laurent and Salanto Christine back home to Bekodoka in November after successful procedures, grateful for the help they both received.

 ‘Mercy Ships aims to leave a legacy in the countries they visit not only by changing peoples' lives through free surgery, but by also providing basic equipment and training in hospitals throughout the country’, Becki explains.

Among the interventions she has seen are the distribution of ‘Lifeboxes’ which she explains is ’a pulse oximeter that clips onto your finger during surgery raising an alarm if the oxygen level in your blood drops, warning the doctors that they need to take action before it is too late. In many hospitals, you are more likely to die from unsafe surgery than the condition or disease that you've got’ Becki sadly reflects. 

The reality is that across the developing world, the majority receiving emergency surgery, around 80% of all patients, are women, often suffering serious complications around childbirth. When such a simple intervention like the Lifebox can save the lives of so many new mothers, the impact of every MAF flight is multiplied.   

‘The ship's Medical Capacity Team will visit each hospital twice while the ship is in Madagascar’ Becki explains. Having finished their initial training in all 16 regions, she is now flying them around the country for follow up visits to deliver Life Boxes and staff training.  

The flights themselves have not always gone smoothly, the challenges of the tropical environment meant that Becki was stranded in Mandritsara for several nights on a recent trip with a partner from Medical Aid International (MAI).

Departing for a remote hospital in Sambava Becki got only 20 miles into the flight before realising the thunderstorms were ‘too big to fly over, under or around’; forcing a return to Mandritsara.

‘After a night listening to the heavy rain and wondering how wet the grass airstrip was going to be’ Becki reflects, ‘I pulled up the satellite picture on my phone to see a tropical depression sitting over us’. To be safe, departure would have to be delaying by another day.

When they finally arrived in a very hot Sambava two days later, the survey of medical equipment was resumed and Becki’s language skill were put to good use translating French into English as they toured the hospital. Sambava in the North East of the country is a coastal town only reachable by boat or plane and the tight time scale for the survey meant there was no alternative but to fly on this occasion.

Our church partnership is helping all this work in Madagascar.


 Congregational Register



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

February 18                   A Grant Ramsay*, Dalhousie Street

March 11                       David A Pattullo, Kinloch Street

March 17                       Mrs Annie Middler*, Thomas Street

  • Denotes member


In keeping with Data Protection principles, we are reducing the information that will be recorded in the Barry Magazine.  Street numbers will no longer be included and full names may be shortened (if appropriate).

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 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 111,150 hits were registered. The figure for the corresponding period last year was 35,750. A big thank you to all our online followers.




Thank you for all the used stamps received recently.

The World Mission 2015 stamp appeal is going towards supporting the Church of Scotland HIV programme, which enables partner churches to respond to the challenge of HIV in their communities. The project supports 29 projects in 17 countries, including Scotland. These projects range from home-based care to awareness raising and addressing stigma through education. Please continue supporting our partner churches as they respond to the HIV pandemic by collecting used stamps which are sold on to make money available each year for this project.

 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 Peace


Contact Person: Shirley Murison (01241 410062)

Treasurer: Grace Byars

Committee: Mina Robertson, Mabel Gordon, Sylvia Knowles, Jane Stewart, Rosemary Docherty



Unless otherwise stated all meetings start at 2.15pm.



Diary of events


Thursday 7 April                      Musical afternoon with ACCORD                       


Wednesday 13 April                Spring Council Meeting

                                                7.30pm Knox’s Church, Arbroath


Sunday 1 May                         Songs of Praise

                                                6.30pm Barry Parish Church


Thursday 5 May                      AGM & Talk with Rev Dougal Edwards


Thursday 2 June                     Outing & Supper TBA



Dates for the infamous afternoon teas will be published in the next newsletter and we are looking forward to seeing some old faces (and some new hopefully).




Presbytery Prayer Mailing List


A mailing list has been set up via the Angus Presbytery website. It is hoped that many individuals both from Presbytery and its congregations will be encouraged to sign up and use the mailing list to distribute prayer requests.

To register on the mailing list, visit www.anguspresbytery.org.uk and register as a user on the site. When you validate your registration, you can then login to view your profile. There will be an option in your profile to sign up to the mailing list. Thereafter, any email sent to prayer@anguspresbytery.org.uk by a signed-up member will be circulated round the rest of the signed-up membership.

To begin with, prayer requests will go through an ‘approval’ process. Please be assured that this is not to vet prayer requests, but to ensure that any spam emails are intercepted before being circulated.



Christian Aid 'Big Brekkie'


Fond of a fry up? Partial to pancakes? If you share Jesus’ heart for people living in extreme poverty, join us for a Christian Aid "Big Brekkie" fundraiser in Barry Church Hall on Saturday 21st May from 9 to 11 am.

Jesus calls us to love our neighbours – and not just the people who live next door or down the street. Take Morsheda, a young mother of four living in Bangladesh. She has no land, few assets and no savings. And no matter how hard she works, she can’t escape the floods that constantly threaten to destroy her home.

Answer God’s call to end poverty; Morsheda is our neighbour. And there’s no better way to start loving our global neighbours than by getting friends, colleagues and neighbours together and serving them breakfast. The money we raise could help change Morsheda’s life. Just £250 is enough to flood-proof Morsheda’s home, raising it eight foot on an earth plinth so that she has a safe place to rebuild. It could also buy a goat, seeds and a wormery to produce compost, giving her a long-term income.

So come and join us on Saturday 21st May from 9 to 11 am and let's get cracking. Watch the church website www.barryparish.org.uk for more details nearer the time.


MAF Event


Friday 29 April   End of the Spear Film Show


                             7pm Philip Hall




Coming Up


28th Mar – 10th                       April    Minister’s Holiday

Friday 1st April                       Friday Coffee Break

                                                10-11.30 am Philip Hall

Monday 11th April                  Kirk Session

                                                7.15 pm          Church Hall

Sat 23rd April                         MAF: Bake off to Take off

                                                10-11.30 am Philip Hall

Friday 15th April                    Friday Coffee Break

                                                10-11.30 am Philip Hall

Sun 24th April             The Lord’s Supper

                                                9.30 am          Barry Parish Church

                                                11.15 am        Carnoustie Church

                                                6.30 pm          St Stephen’s Chapel

Fri 29th April                           MAF Film: End of the Spear

                                                7 pm               Philip Hall

Sunday 15th May                   Sponsored Walk: Christian Aid & Barry

                                                2 pm              Details to follow

Sat 21st - Fri 27th May           Minister at General Assembly

Sunday 29th May                   Meet, Eat & Sing

                                                2 pm   Singers meet in Philip Hall

                                                6.30 pm Choral Service in Carnoustie                                                     Church



The next event to raise awareness of Barry linked with Carnoustie's Church partnership with MAF is a special coffee morning to be held on Sat 23rd April in the Philip Hall.  Tickets cost £2.00 for adults with children £1.00.  There is to be a special cake decorating event for children with an entry fee of 50p to cover the cost of the provided cakes so bring along your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, the more the merrier.

Stalls will include the usual cake and candy, bric a brac and wrapped gifts to the value of at least £1.  Boxes will be available in both churches to receive these gifts over the next couple of weeks.

Our local Boys Brigade company will be helping on the day so please come along to support them and everyone else organising the event.

Information about MAF will be in the hall and all the money raised will be going to help their work in Madagascar, our partner country.



From the Minister’s Desk



Dear Friends,

As we drew towards Easter we received two pieces of sad news with respect to the music of the Church.  The first, that major repairs would be required to the organ, have led the Kirk Session to ask for advice about the potential replacement of the pipe organ with a digital organ or electronic piano.

The second more serious news was that our organist, Ken Cullen, had to retire due to ill health just before Easter.  Ken has been playing faithfully for us since July 2008, appointed to succeed Arthur McConnell.  Over the last eight years Ken has put a lot of thought and work into the task, with additional use of voluntaries and the use of Carnoustie Choir during our joint summer services.

But Ken was never just ‘the organist’ – he got involved in the life of the congregation picking up old friendships and making new ones.  He became a member of the Kirk Session and arranged a number of social events, most notably the Military Wives Choir from Condor.

Over the next number of weeks, we will be dependent on a variety of different ‘supply’ organists to help us out, and perhaps also the occasional service led by voice or by CD.  Please bear with us as we explore the future accompaniment of our praise, and sing up!

In contrast with this sad news, it has been encouraging to see the numbers attending our morning service increasing again.  From a low point where we struggled to get 20, we are now regularly seeing 30 joining us for worship – some new, some returning after a gap.

With these growing numbers and new faces, perhaps there are others who would find it a good time to return to worship.  Why not come along once more, or bring a friend or neighbour?  There’s a good buzz about the congregation these days!


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

Mike Goss



Finance Statement


Balance per Statement at 31/12/15                                                      £4,326.88                               

Income                                                                                                  £3,005.45

Expenditure                                                                                           £4,407.39


Balance in Bank at 1 March            2016                                                   £2,924.94


Please note that the Treasurer, Malcolm Sim is now looking after the FWO and Gift Aid.   Should you have any queries or would like to take FWO envelopes or donate through Gift Aid please feel free to get in touch.



Flower Calendar


03 April                                                            10        Agnes Millar           

17                    Graham Suttie                         24        Guild   

01 May                                                 08        Shirley Murison

15                    Sheila Nicoll                            22



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


03 April                                     Iain Ogilvie        

10                                             Malcolm Sim                 Graham Suttiie

17                                             Graham Suttie

24                                             Hugh McKenzie


01 May                                     Shirley Murison              Iain Ogilvie

08                                             Jan Scott

15                                             Jane Stewart

22                                             Iain Ogilvie

29                                             Malcolm Sim                 Graham Suttie


05 June                                     Graham Suttie

12                                             Hugh McKenzie




What happens when we place £10.00 in the offering plate?



It all goes to 121!

It all goes to help churches in poor areas!

It pays for the minister!




It provides a powerful ministry, locally, nationally, globally.


About £4.20 is kept by the local church for all sorts of costs including maintaining the building, mission, worship and supporting church groups.


About £5.00 goes to the Parish Ministries Fund.   This ensures we have ministries in every part of the country.


About 80p supports congregations with services such as Safeguarding, Law Department, General Trustees, and Stewardship & Finance.  Some of this money also ensures the mission of the Church is strengthened though the work of Councils.


This is broken down as follows:


  • 7p – Mission Discipleship
  • 4p – Church & Society
  • 6p – Social Care (CrossReach)
  • 11p – World Mission
  • 40p – Support & Services to your church (legal advice, accounting, safeguarding)
  • 5p – General Assembly and Moderator
  • 7p – Special Contributions



Information provided by The Church of Scotland Stewardship & Finance




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