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NEWSLETTER

 

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BARRY

PARISH

CHURCH

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27 November    11.00am            Joint Communion Service at Carnoustie – Souper                              Sunday

01 December    2.15pm             Guild Meeting – Lorna Yule, Flower Arranging

                        2.30pm             Brookfield RHE – Afternoon Communion

02 December    10.00am            Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

04 December    9.30am             Morning Worship

10 December    7.00pm             TEAR Fund Concert

                                                Downfield Mains Church

11 December    9.30am             Toy & Gift Service (for Angus Women’s Aid)

18 December    9.30am             Family Service of Lessons and Carols

                        7.00pm             Christmas Musicale: Gleadhraich, Brass Bands,

                                                Maggie Findlay & Carnoustie Choir

24 December    6.30pm             Christingle Service (Barry) offering for Rebecca                                          Cottage           

                        11.30pm           Watchnight Service (Carnoustie) offering for Scottish                              Bible Society

25 December    10.30am            Joint Family Celebration in Carnoustie Church

 

01 January        10.30am            Joint Family Celebration in Barry Parish Church

08 January        9.30am             Morning Worship

09 January        7.15pm             Kirk Session Meeting

15 January        9.30am             Morning Worship

20 January        10.00am            Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

22 January        9.30am             The Lord’s Supper

29 January        9.30am             Morning Worship                      

                                     

                                   

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A GOOD NEW YEAR TO ALL

           

 

 

 

 

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

                                                         malcolm.sim@talktalk.net

 

Guild Contact                                 Mrs Shirley Murison         410062                                   

 

Prayer Focus

 

We offer these thoughts to add to your own prayers;

 

1. Christmas Services and Events – Pray for those who will join us for these special occasions that they will find welcome and blessing among us.

2. TEAR Fund – Give thanks for the aid and support given to many nations across the world, and pray for the work through the partnership with local Church congregations.

3. Candidates for Ministry – Pray for Tim Mineard, from Carnoustie, training to be a Parish Minister, and for God to call more to this vital task in the Church today.

 

 

Door Duties

 

04 December                MS                               Eddie Hughes

11                                 MS                               Mabel Gordon

18                                 MS                               Jan Scott

25                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

 

01 January                   MS                               Shirley Murison

08                                 MS                               David Pattullo

15                                 MS                               Eileen Ramsay

22                                 MS                               Peter Ramsay

29                                 MS                               Eddie Hughes

 

Sunday Tea Rotas

 

Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service

 

04 December                Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon

11                                 Alice Hughes                Jan Scott

18                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

25                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

 

01 January                   Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

08                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

15                                 Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon

22                                 Alice Hughes                Jan Scott

29                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

           

 

 

 

Christian Aid – did you know?

 

An unexpected messenger (2 Kings 5:1-14)

Their positions in society could not have been in greater contrast. He was the lofty commander of the King’s army in Aram, in what is now Syria, and she was a lowly foreigner, a slave and a girl. 

But his position and status could not protect him from the disease of leprosy. That he found hope in a message from a little foreign slave girl is just the beginning of his humbling journey to healing.

She had been taken captive during one of Naaman's army's raids, and brought to Aram. As a slave girl, snatched from her home, she might have wished him the full consequences of his leprosy. That she was willing to provide information to relieve the suffering of her captor was a mark of her generous and forgiving character.

It is our hope that the voice and place of girls be valued across the world, whatever their status.

On October 11th the International Day of the Girl Child was a day set aside to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

Negele Dhiba lives in Ethiopia. As a girl, she is expected to fetch water, collect firewood, keep the house clean and help her mother prepare the food that her father and brothers will eat first.

She knows her own mind. She confidently talks about the ways in which girls are married young in exchange for cattle, as well as the inequalities that exist between women and men.

And despite all of her many responsibilities at home, Negele works hard at school, studies long into the night and has dreams for her future.

Now that she has entered the second decade of her life she faces particular challenges - obtaining quality secondary and higher education, avoiding child marriage, receiving information and services related to puberty and reproductive health, and protecting herself against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and gender-based violence.

But it is possible to overcome these challenges, with courage and support.

We don’t read anything more of that little nameless girl who changed Naaman's life. 

We never find out if she gets reunited with her family, or if she is thanked for her message of hope. We never find out whether she stays a slave for the rest of her days, or if she gets freed in her adult years. We never find out whether she returns to the place of her capture or if she finds a safe place to call home in Aram / Syria.

What we do know is that as a foreigner in a strange land she changes the story for Naaman. May she be an inspiration and challenge to us all to be open to finding hope in unexpected places and to welcome the stranger, whoever they are.

 

Carnoustie Christian Aid group.

This year the churches in Carnoustie have worked together to send £4215 to Christian Aid.

This was from:-

                Door to door collection May              = £3,065

                Two coffee mornings                         = £1,053

                Quiz sheets                                           = £87

                Interest on bank account                    = £10

 

An additional £75 from the Holyrood Church lunch and £304 from the Panbride Church harvest lunch was raised in September.

Thanks to all those who have helped an any way and contributed to Christian Aid's work throughout the world. A small amount can go a long way in many countries.

 

Frances Bicket

 

                                                                                    

 

Congregational Register

Funerals

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

Sept       29     Andrew Moodie

Nov        4       David M Ramsay

               7       S Ron Campbell     *

 

Following advice from the Church of Scotland Law Dept., we are no longer printing addresses in the Newsletter.

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 November 10 this year a total of 534,975 hits were registered. The figure for the corresponding period last year was 260,160. A big thank you to all our online followers.

 

Special Collections

 

In the last few weeks we held a Gift Day and retiral offerings.   They are as follows.

 

Gift & Prayer Day                                           £325.00

Workplace Chaplaincy                                   £51.00

TEAR Fund                                                     £93.00

 

Many thanks for your donations.

 

 

Stamps

 

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

 

Sunday 13 – 20 November         Guild Week

Thursday 1 December                Lorna Yule – Flower Arranging

Thursday 10 or 17 December     Christmas Lunch – Barry Bistro 12.30pm for 1.00pm

Thursday 2 February 2017          Safety in the Home

 

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

 

Shirley wishes all Guild members a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

 

 

 

Knitting for Malawi

With almost 30 ladies now participating either in the group or at home, our Knitting For Malawi project continues to go from strength to strength. Since the group was formed in the church hall back in June, a total of 12 boxes of assorted knitted goods have been dispatched in partnership with Dundee-based charity the Raven Trust. Recently we learned that our first consignment of four boxes sent off in August had arrived safely at their destination in Malawi on November 4. A further four boxes were delivered to the Dundee depot in late September and our latest consignment, again of four boxes (two of blankets, one of jumpers and one containing a mixture of jumpers, vests and hats) were sent on their way on November 12.

Thanks to members kindly donating £1 for their cuppa at group meetings, we have so far been able to contribute £80 towards the Raven Trust's transportation costs for which they are extremely grateful. This, however, is only a drop in the ocean as each of the charity's containers, holding approximately 1,000 boxes, costs £10,000 to be shipped over sea and land to Malawi.

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 on Monday afternoons between 1.45 and 3.30 pm or uplifted by arrangement. Please note, Knitting For Malawi meetings are currently being held at 21 Barry Road until further notice. Meetings will stop for Christmas on December 12 and resume on January 9.

Pauline Cadger, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07512 857300

 

Midweek Focus

With almost 30 ladies now participating either in the group or at home, our Knitting For Malawi project continues to go from strength to strength. Since the group was formed in the church hall back in June, a total of 12 boxes of assorted knitted goods have been dispatched in partnership with Dundee-based charity the Raven Trust. Recently we learned that our first consignment of four boxes sent off in August had arrived safely at their destination in Malawi on November 4. A further four boxes were delivered to the Dundee depot in late September and our latest consignment, again of four boxes (two of blankets, one of jumpers and one containing a mixture of jumpers, vests and hats) were sent on their way on November 12.

Thanks to members kindly donating £1 for their cuppa at group meetings, we have so far been able to contribute £80 towards the Raven Trust's transportation costs for which they are extremely grateful. This, however, is only a drop in the ocean as each of the charity's containers, holding approximately 1,000 boxes, costs £10,000 to be shipped over sea and land to Malawi.

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 on Monday afternoons between 1.45 and 3.30 pm or uplifted by arrangement. Please note, Knitting For Malawi meetings are currently being held at 21 Barry Road until further notice. Meetings will stop for Christmas on December 12 and resume on January 9.

Pauline Cadger, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07512 857300

 

 

Coming Up

 

Sunday 27th Nov            Souper Sunday Joint Service

                                    11 am               Carnoustie Church

Thurs 1st Dec                 Afternoon Communion Service (2.30 pm            Brookfield)

Fri 2nd Dec                     Friday Coffee Break

                                    10 – 11.30 am Philip Hall

Sat 10th Dec                  TEAR Fund Concert

            7 pm                 Downfield Mains Church

Sun 11th Dec                 Toy & Gift Service (for Angus Womens Aid) (9.30am)

Sun 18th Dec                 Family Service of Lessons & Carols (9,30am)

Sat 24th Dec                  Christingle Service (6.30pm) collection for Rebecca Cottage

Sun25th Dec                 Joint Family Service in Carnoustie Church (10.30am)

Sun 1st Jan                   Joint Family Service in Barry Parish Church (10.30am)

Sun 8th Jan                    Morning Service (9.30am)         

Mon 9th Jan                   Kirk Session

            7.15 pm            Barry Church Hall

Fri 20th Jan                    Friday Coffee Break

                                    10 – 11.30 am Philip Hall

Sun 22nd Jan                  The Lord’s Supper

            9.30 am            Barry Parish Church

            11 am               Carnoustie Church

            6.30 pm            St Stephen’s Chapel

 

FUN Group

We are planning for 2017 already with a ‘Steeple Drive and Stovie Supper’ in February.  Tickets will be on sale early January at £2 for adults and £1 for children.   Why not come along and join in.

There will be a Putting Competition in May / June.  More on this nearer the time.

Have you had any thoughts on which of these two events you might like to attend?  Either the Proms or a Shakespeare at Glamis Castle in August?  We would plan to organise car transport for the Glamis event and estimate the total cost at approximately £20 and it’s bring your own supper.

When going over old photos I have discovered that it will be the FUN Groups 30th anniversary in late 2017.   Why not join us in December 2017 for an Anniversary / Christmas Party for all ages.  More details later.

Pat Thornton

                                                                                

From the Minister’s Desk

“Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.  No-one comes to the Father except through me.’”

John 14: 6

 

Dear Friends,

 

In the midst of the debates about how Donald Trump was elected US President and why the UK voted for Brexit, I have been filled with a kind of unease about one of the background factors in it all.

Let me be clear that I am not criticising one side or another as I make this reflection; there are solid arguments that can be made on different sides.  However, I am concerned about the way that facts are challenged by people championing a cause, and the way that this is soaked up by many in the crowds.

Yes, economics is not an exact science, and politics makes strange claims, but too often truth has been the casualty of the debates of this past year, and people with expertise and knowledge in specialist areas have been sidelined by ‘what we think’.

For a UK example, the bus advertisement claiming that the UK sends the EU £350 million per week was allowed to make that claim for months, despite it being demonstrably simply wrong.  Half of that amount was in the rebate that never went to the EU in the first place.

There were certainly good arguments for leaving the EU, and many would have been persuaded of their value without the bus advert.  But its use in the campaign was a dangerous sign of departing from the truth.

I didn’t get my heart operation done by someone who won a popularity contest – I barely met the surgeon – but I trusted an expert who knew what he was doing and had the qualifications to do it.  The same is required for those building the new Queensferry Crossing.

Truth matters.  Expertise counts.  And this is true for faith itself.  I have seen extraordinary claims made about Christian faith in recent years by people with great skill in television or book writing, but little or no understanding of ancient history or the language and literature of Biblical times.

It is vital that we all stand up for what is right and true, even when it is uncomfortable for us to say it.  And the Gospel itself is a message we can trust, with values that are good for us all.  God’s Word challenges the way we live and love and serve in this world, and we must never lose sight of this in the chaos of political campaigns – or the daily lives we lead.

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

Mike Goss

 

 

 

Finance Statement

 

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

Income                                                                                    £28,136.97

Expenditure                                                                             £30137.18

 

Balance in Bank at 1 November 2016                                 £2,326.67

 

As another year comes to a close the treasurer would like to thank everyone for their financial contributions throughout the year.  Things are still challenging financially for the church (and us all) but if you can upgrade your giving it would be very much appreciated.

 

Flower Calendar

 

04 Dec                        Christmas Flowers                  11            Christmas Flowers

18                    Christmas Flowers                  25        Joint Service (Carnoustie)

01 Jan             Christmas Flowers                  08        Graham Suttie

15                    Graham Suttie                                    22            Agnes Millar

29                    Agnes Millar                                       

           

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

27 November                          Hugh McKenzie

04 December                          Shirley Murison           Graham Suttie

11                                            Jan Scott

18                                            Iain Ogilvie

24                                            Malcolm Sim

25                                            Graham Suttie

01 January                              Hugh McKenzie

08                                            Shirley Murison           Iain Ogilvie

15                                            Jan Scott

22                                            Iain Ogilvie

29                                            Malcolm Sim               Graham Suttie                                      

Cleaning Rota

W/C 28 November                  Patricia Pattullo, Hugh & Heather McKenzie

W/C 12 December                  Rosemary Docherty, Jan Scott, Eddie Hughes

W/C 9 January                        Lorna Yule, Eileen Ramsay, Ellaine Bottoms

W/C 23 January                      Shirley Murison, Mina Robertson

 

                                                                                

 

 

Scripture Union

 

Gap Year Opportunities with Scripture Union Scotland

 

Looking to see young lives changed in Scotland? Ready for a year that will challenge your faith, allow you to explore your gifts and give opportunities for leadership, service and mission?  SU Scotland’s gap year runs from August to August. As well as a personalised study programme, diverse training opportunities, mentoring and an international mission trip, school leavers and graduates are able to select a placement programme that suits their interests and passions around Scotland.

Options for next year include:

Gap:Local – A key role on the frontline of ministry working with local schools, churches and volunteers to see lives transformed as you build relationships and engage with the Bible.

Gap:Fusion – A split year between Gap:Local and a placement at one of our busy residential centres at Lendrick Muir or Alltnacriche.

Gap:Church – Join a local church staff team to explore what it means to serve a congregation, reach out to local schools and disciple young people.

Gap:Urban – For experienced applicants (age 20+) looking to engage with the needs of young people living in priority areas and share the good news in meaningful ways.

We would be interested in talking with you about other ideas you might have about gaining experience within our varied staff team to support ongoing work. To find out more visit www.suscotland.org.uk/gapyear <http://www.suscotland.org.uk/gapyear>  or email gap.year@suscotland.org.uk <mailto:gap.year@suscotland.org.uk> .

 

 

Christmas Gift Service

 

The Gift Service is on Sunday 11 December.   We would appreciate any gifts for children less fortunate than others.   Please wrap your gifts indicating whether for boy or girl and age range.

 

 

Christingle Service

 

The Christingle Service is on Christmas Eve starting 6.30pm.  Everyone is welcome and don’t forget your oranges, ribbons and candles.   The collection this year is for Rebecca Cottage so please give generously.

             

 


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