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
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.
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.
“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
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).
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 email@example.com 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Friday 29 April End of the Spear Film Show
7pm Philip Hall
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
BAKE OFF to TAKE OFF
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
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,
Balance per Statement at 31/12/15 £4,326.88
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.
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.
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