August-September 2018














































 August / September            2018    









Charity No: SC002545




























































05 August        10.00am                      Joint Morning Worship – Carnoustie

12                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

                        6.30pm                        Army Cadet Force Service

13                    7.15pm                        Kirk Session Meeting

15                    10.00am                      Good Neighbours Drop-In Café

19                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

26                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

30                    2.00pm                        Guild Afternoon Teas

31                    7.00pm                        Film – The Blindside – Philip Hall


01 Sept.           10.00am                      Guild Rally – Caird Hall, Dundee

02                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

03                    7.45pm                        Mission & Outreach Team- Philip Hall

06                    2.00pm                        Guild Meeting – Rev Mike Goss

09                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

10                    7.00pm                        Joint Session Meeting, Barry Church Hall

12                    10.00am                      Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe

                        7.30pm                        Guild Dedication & Communion

                                                            West Kirk, Arbroath

16                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

23                    9.30am                        Morning Worship & Guild Dedication

27                    2.00pm                        Guild Afternoon Teas

30                    9.30am                        Morning Worship




Minister on holiday            29 September – 14 October                          





Who’s who in Barry Parish Church?




Minister                                           Rev Michael Goss 410194


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. Wildfire – As this summer has seen fires in many countries across the Northern Hemisphere, from California to Spain to Greece and beyond, pray for all those fighting fires, and for action from governments to take heed of these signs of climate change.

2. Mission – Pray for fresh vision for mission in our local congregations, giving thanks for partnership in the Gospel with other local churches

3.  NHS – Give thanks to God for all who provide care and healing through the NHS and pray for wisdom to find the right resources of people, treatments and money for this wonderful institution.


Door Duties


05 August                     Carnoustie

12                                 MS                               Mabel Gordon

19                                 MS                               Shirley Murison

26                                 MS                               Rosemary Docherty

02 September              MS                               David Pattullo

09                                 MS                               Eileen Ramsay

16                                 MS                               Eddie Hughes

23                                 MS                               Peter Ramsay

30                                 MS                               Jan Scott


Sunday Tea Rotas


Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service



05 August                     Carnoustie

12                                 Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

19                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

26                                 Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon

02 September              Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

09                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

16                                 Eileen Ramsay             Wlaine Bottoms

23                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

30                                 Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon 


Healing Bible Verses


Proverbs 4:20-22

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.


Psalm 107: 19-20

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. 


Jeremiah 17:14

Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. 



Mark 5: 34

He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."



James 5: 16

Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 



Congregational Register


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

09 July                   Mrs Evelyn Sandford        

06 August             Mrs Pat Black


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 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 July 15 this year a total of 703,302 page views were registered. The figure for the corresponding period last year was 510,814. Have YOU joined our online community yet?


Midweek Focus


The weekly Bible study group Midweek Focus restarts after a short summer break on Thursday 9th August, please note change of meeting night. That evening we commence a 12-week study series on the New Testament Book of Philippians.

The apostle Paul’s most personal letter was sent to the Christians of Philippi. This intimate and loving epistle was written to believers who lived in the shadow of the Roman tyrant, Nero. Paul was in a Roman prison, facing an uncertain future and yet he wrote of the importance of joy. Through the Book of Philippians, you too can experience the joy of the Lord in your daily life. Join us as we endeavour to find joy in topics such as Community, Adversity, Integrity, Unity, Responsibility, Ministry, Humility, Victory, Maturity, Harmony, and Security.

A warm welcome awaits all interested in sharing in these times of midweek fellowship. Meetings are held at 21 Barry Road on Thursdays from 7.30 to 9 pm. Study notes for the current and previous series can be found on the Midweek Focus page of the church website. For further information, contact Graham Suttie on 01241 852614 or email




Thank you for all the used stamps received recently.

This year the Church of Scotland World Mission Council's Stamp Appeal is supporting centre’s for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities in the Ukraine. These centers are supported by the Ukrainian Reformed Church in Transcarpathia and provide valuable support to children and young people who are living with disabilities. Thanks to the centers, young people are given the opportunity to thrive, to make friends, and to take part in a range of activities. Therapists who work at the center offer either individual or group therapies, which include educational activities (writing and reading), massages, games, music, craft work, walks and games. The families of the young people are also given support, and an opportunity to meet other parents who are caring for a child or young person with a disability.

There are three centers in total, with approximately 50 children and young people receiving support. The centers are open five days a week, although the fifth day is set aside for programme planning and support for parents. A special programme for teenagers is held once a week, providing opportunities to socialise and enjoy a range of activities.

Sadly, there is little support for people living with disabilities in the Ukraine. This means that many children and young people with disabilities do not have the facilities they need to reach their full potential. The Ukrainian Reformed Church is convinced that each of these children can participate fully in society, if they are given the care and education they need. Having access to these centre’s means that these young people are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Supporting this project is easy. All you have to do is collect the stamps you receive in the post, and hand them in at the church door. The money raised will go towards this project which helps children and young people with disabilities live life to the full.




Guild News


Guild meetings re-start on 6 September with the theme “Seeking the Way and topic “One Journey, Many Roads”.   Details of further meetings and an interesting syllabus to follow.             Please remember that all are welcome to join us.




30 August              2.00 – 4.00pm      Afternoon Tea, Church Hall


01 September      10.00am                   Annual Rally in Caird Hall, Dundee

06 September      2.00pm  Guild Re-start       Rev Mike Goss     “Seeking the Way”

12 September      7.30pm  Dedication & Communion, West Kirk, Arbroath               

23 September      9.30am  Guild Dedication Service

27 September      2.00 – 4.00pm      Afternoon Tea, Church Hall


04 October            2.00pm  Radio Lollipop     Irene Duncan





Good Neighbours Drop-In Café:  'SUPPORTING’ CrossReach



10 to 11.30 AM





As one of the country's largest providers of social services, CrossReach Services include care for older people, help with alcoholism, drug and mental health problems and assistance for homeless people and those with special learning needs.

Although CrossReach is part of the Church of Scotland, its range of services are available to people of all faiths or none at all. The Social Care Council's remit is to offer services in Christ's name and specialist resources to further the caring work of the Church to people in need, such as the elderly, children, families and those with learning difficulties. It also helps to identify areas of need and to guide the Church in pioneering new approaches to relevant problems in society and to make responses on issues arising in the council's areas of concern.

CrossReach was launched in June 2005 and was previously known as the Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility. CrossReach continues the Church of Scotland's long tradition of providing care and support. In fact, this work started back in 1869, so CrossReach have a long history in the field of social care.

CrossReach employ more than 2,000 staff and support some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland. CrossReach has an annual expenditure of £51 million. Most of CrossReach's funding comes from local authorities, but also relies on donations and legacies.


Over the summer the Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe is open only once a month with the money raised going to support the work of the wider Christian community. Thanks to the generosity of cafe regulars and other supporters of the venture, May's cafe raised £60 for Christian Aid, June's cafe £89.75 for Tearfund, and July's cafe £111.70 for Mission Aviation Fellowship. Our final summer cafe is on September 12 and will be in aid of Compassion UK.

In October, the Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe will revert to twice-monthly with the proceeds again going to church funds, the first two dates being October 10th and 24th. Anyone wishing help with transport to and from the cafe should telephone Pauline and Graham Suttie on 01241 852614.

PS: The following email message was received from Mission Aviation Fellowship following the July cafe:

Dear Pauline and Graham,

Many thanks for your donation of £111.70 from the July coffee morning held by the Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe at Barry Parish Church. MAF is delighted to receive your support. Please pass on our sincere thanks to everyone involved for their hard work and generosity and be assured that the gift will be used wisely to take help and succour to some of the neediest people on earth.

With many thanks again,

Hazel Bell, Administrator MAF Scotland

Coming Up

Prayer Meetings Mondays 10 - 11 am in the Duthie Room

Wed 8th – Fri 10th Aug          Team Builders Holiday Club

                                                10 am – 12.15 pm               Carnoustie Baptist Church

Sun 12th Aug                         Sunday services

                                                9.30 am                 Barry Parish Church

                                                11 am                    Holiday Club Service in Carnoustie Church

                                                6.30 pm                 Cadet Force service in Barry Parish Church

Mon 13th Aug                         Kirk Session

                                                7.15 pm Barry Church Hall

Wed 15th Aug                        Good Neighbours Drop-in Cafe

                                                10 – 11.30 am      Barry Church Hall – for Crossreach

Mon 20th Aug                         Church Life & Worship Team

                                                7.30 pm Philip Hall

Wed 22nd Aug                       Afternoon service

                                                3 pm                       Braehill Lodge

Fri 24th Aug                            Sports & Crosses

                                                1.45 pm BB Hall, Maule St

Wed 29th Aug                        Afternoon Communion

                                                3.30 pm Brookfield

Thurs 30th Aug                      Afternoon Teas

                                                2 pm                       Barry Church Hall

Fri 31st Aug                            Film Night – The Blindside

                                                7 pm                       Philip Hall

Mon 3rd Sep                          Mission & Outreach Team

                                                7.45 pm Philip Hall

Fri 7th Sep                              Sports & Crosses

                                                1.45 pm BB Hall, Maule St

Sat 8th Sep                            BB Coffee Morning

                                                10 am                    Philip Hall

Sun 9th Sep                           Messy Church

                                                2.30 pm Carnoustie Church

Mon 10th Sep                        Joint Kirk Session (tbc)

                                                7 pm                       Barry Church Hall

Wed 12th Sep                        Guid Neighbours Drop-in Cafe

                                                10 – 11.30 am      Barry Church Hall – for Compassion UK

Sun 23rd Sep                        Guild Dedication

                                                9.30 am Barry Parish Church

Wed 26th Sep                        Afternoon Service

                                                3 pm                       Braehill Lodge

29th Sep – 14th Oct               Minister’s Holiday



From the Minister’s Desk

. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2: 10


Dear Friends,

Having written at the end of May of the challenges before the General Assembly, it was encouraging to see those major issues being taken seriously by the Commissioners meeting in Edinburgh.  A reasonably strong Strategic Plan was thrown out in favour of instructing a new, much more radical plan for the Church to be brought to next year’s Assembly.

But in the meantime, instead of simply waiting for new reports to be drawn up, local Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions themselves are instructed to engage with the issues.  The Church of Scotland is dying, and requires major local, regional and national reform if it is to have a future in our land.

Of course, God’s Church will continue.  We also heard reports from all over the world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and the Far East, of how the Church is growing, even exploding.  The difference in the lives of individuals and whole nations is unprecedented.  And that is part of the good news story.

Here in Scotland individual congregations and even some of our smaller denominations are seeing signs of new life and growth.  But for most of the Kirk’s congregations – including ourselves – we are looking at shrinking and aging members declining towards a quiet farewell.

All Kirk Sessions have been instructed to meet in conference to discuss these matters and a joint conference session will be arranged for Barry and Carnoustie at the end of the summer.  From there we hope to engage in wider discussions about the future direction of the church’s mission in our area.

These are indeed challenging times, and we will need to be ready to let go of some of the things we hold dear in order to reshape Church life, worship and witness to the community we seek to serve.


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

Mike Goss


Finance Statement


Balance per Statement at 31/12/17                                        £1,366.62                               

Income                                                                                    £18,339.48

Expenditure                                                                             £17,445.56


Balance in Bank at 1 August 2018                                      £2,260.54



Flower Calendar


05 August                                            12 August        Heather McKenzie

19 August                                            26 August        Mabel Gordon

02 Sept.           Mike & Rhona Goss    09 Sept.           Pauline Suttie

16 Sept.                                               23 Sept.

30 Sept.          


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


Worship Rotas

Date                            Reading                     Prayers                       Opening

05 August                    Graham

12 August                    Shirley                         Jan

19 August                    Graham

26 August                    Hugh                                                                Graham

02 September             Malcolm

09 September             Jan Scott                     Graham

16 September             Iain

23 September             Shirley                         Guild                            Jan

30 September             Graham


Cleaning Rota


August             Lorna Yule, Eileen Ramsay, Elaine Bottoms

September      Shirley Murison, Mina Robertson

October           Grace Byars, Sylvia Knowles, Malcolm Sim





Knitting for Others


Our first consignment of knitted goods etc donated to the Bananabox Trust earlier in the year left the Dundee depot bound for Malawi on June 30. The 40foot container loaded with 1,200 boxes from all over Scotland first travelled by ship to Antwerp where it was then transferred to another cargo vessel and is currently en route to Durban in South Africa. We hope to give news of its safe arrival in Malawi in our next newsletter article.

Meanwhile, all contributions of knitted blankets, jumpers, vests, hats etc are always welcome and to help keep the needles clicking any donations of double knitting wool (any colour except white) would also be appreciated. These can either be handed in at group meetings in Barry Church Hall on Monday afternoons between 1.45 and 3.30 pm or uplifted by arrangement.

Please note, Knitting for Others meetings will switch to 21 Barry Road for the autumn and winter months from Monday 1st October.

Pauline Suttie, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07599 182418






We have registered the church with Amazon Smile.   For those buying through Amazon, by going to and making your purchases, you can benefit the church financially as a small percentage will come back to the church via Amazon.

When going to the website put Barry in the search box and tick Barry Parish Church.

Every little helps.   Please speak with Malcolm Sim if you require any further information.



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