December 2017-January 2018














































 December ’17 / January ‘18    









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03 December       9.30am                  Morning Worship

08                           10.00am                                Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

                                7.00pm                  FUN Group 30th Birthday/Christmas Party

10                           9.30am                  TOY & GIFT SERVICE

                                                                Gifts to Angus Women’s Aid

13                           10.00am                                Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe

17                           9.30am                  SERVICE of LESSONS & CAROLS

                                                                Retiral Offering to Carnoustie Community Helpline

                                7.00pm                  CHRISTMAS MUSICALE in CARNOUSTIE CHURCH

                                                                Gleadhraich, Maggie Findlay, Carnoustie Choir etc.

20                           3.00pm                  Braehill Lodge – Afternoon Christmas Party

21                           10.00am                                Burnside School End of Term Service – St Anne’s Church

24                           10.30am                                JOINT SERVICE WITH CARNOUSTIE CHURCH

                                                                FAMILY NATIVITY SERVICE (IN BARRY)

                                6.30pm                  CHRISTINGLE SERVICE in BARRY CHURCH

                                                                Collection for Carnoustie First Responders

                                                                Remember your small orange & cake candle

                                11.30pm                                WATCHNIGHT SERVICE in CARNOUSTIE CHURCH

                                                                Collection for Scottish Bible Society

25                           10.30am                                FAMILY CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS

                                                                (JOINT SERVICE IN CARNOUSTIE CHURCH)

31                           10.30am                                FAMILY SERVICE   

                                                                (JOINT SERVICE IN CARNOUSTIE CHURCH)


07 January            9.30am                  Morning Worship

08                           7.30pm                  Worship Team – The Manse

10                           10.00am                                Good Neighbours Dropm-In Cafe

12                           10.00am                                Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

14                           9.30am                  Morning Worship - Kirk Session to meet after service

15                           7.30pm                  M & D Meeting – Philip Hall

21                           9.30am                  Morning Worship

24                           10.00am                                Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe

28                           9.30am                  The Lord’s Supper - Barry

                                11.00am                                The Lord’s Supper – Carnoustie

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


Minister on holiday 30 December until 6 January





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. New Ministers – Pray for Erskine UF and Holy Rood as they get closer to appointing a new Minister for their respective congregations, and for Rev Annette Gordon as she settles in at Carnoustie: Panbride.

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

3. China – After news of an industrial accident in Ningpo, pray for a change to the terrible record of safety lapses in the country.


Door Duties


03 December               MS                               Mabel Gordon

10                                 MS                               Eddie Hughes

17                                 MS                               Jan Scott

24                                 MS                               Shirley Murison

31                                 Joint Service – Carnoustie Church

07 January                   MS                               David Pattullo

14                                 MS                               Eileen Ramsay

21                                 MS                               Peter Ramsay

28                                 MS                               Mabel Gordon

04 February                 MS                               Eddie Hughes             



Sunday Tea Rotas


Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service


03 December               Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

10                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

17                                 Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

24                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

31                                 Joint Service – Carnoustie Church

07 January                   Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon

14                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

21                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

28                                 Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

04 February                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty


Coming Up


Fri 8th Dec                   Friday Coffee Break

                                    10-11.30 am    Philip Hall

Fri 8th Dec                   FUN Group 30th Birthday/Christmas Party

                                    7-9.30 pm        Philip Hall

Wed 13th Dec             Good Neighbours Drop-in Café

                                    10-11.30 am    Barry Church Hall

Sun 17th Dec               Christmas Musicale

                                    7 pm                Carnoustie Church

Wed 20th Dec             Woodlands End of Term service

                                    10 am              Carnoustie Church (weather permitting)

Wed 20th Dec             Afternoon Christmas Service

                                    3 pm                Braehill Lodge

Thurs 21st Dec                        Burnside End of Term service

                                    10 am              St Anne’s Church

Sat 30th Dec – Sat 6th Jan      Minister’s Holiday


Mon 8th Jan                 Worship Team

                                    7.30 pm           The Manse

Fri 12th Jan                  Friday Coffee Break

                                    10-11.30 am    Philip Hall

Sun 14th Jan                Kirk Session

                                    Meets after morning worship in Church Hall

Sun 14th Jan                New Scottish Hymns Band

                                    7-9 pm             Carnoustie Church

Mon 15th Jan               Mission & Discipleship Team

                                    7.30 pm           Philip Hall

Sun 28th Jan                The Lord’s Supper

                                    9.30 am           Barry Parish Church

                                    11 am              Carnoustie Church

                                    6.30 pm           St Stephen’s Chapel

Fri 2nd Feb                   BB Burns Supper

                                    7 pm                BB Hall




Congregational Register


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

No register this month


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 November 15 this year a total of 685,547 hits were registered. The figure for the corresponding period last year was 542,565. A big thank you to all our online followers.


Midweek Focus


Our series on the Old Testament book of Job is almost at the halfway stage. The final meeting of 2017 will be on December 13. We will then take a three week break for the Christmas and New Year period before resuming our studies on January 10 2018.

A warm welcome awaits all interested in sharing in these times of midweek fellowship. Meetings are held at 21 Barry Road on Wednesdays 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.

The Church of Scotland World Mission Council has collected stamps for around 40 years. As a result, they have raised money for several projects belonging to their partner churches and organisations. You might think that it is hard to make money from stamps, but Keith Scott, their very own stamp specialist, would disagree. He will sort through the stamps they receive, and will sell them on to buyers. Keith has found a special stamp or two which have been worth a considerable amount, and is able to sell the stamps he receives for a decent amount. The more stamps the better!

This year, the money raised will be donated to the Giffen Institute of Theology (GIT), of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS). The Institute, established in 1974, was the first of its kind. Most of the PCOSS’ ministers will train at GIT, which has a very good reputation. Despite training 75% of the PSCOSS’ ministry workers, GIT has not avoided the troubles faced by South Sudan in recent years. The Institute itself has had to relocate twice because of violence and insecurity. They are now based in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya. In the midst of the violence, their library was burnt to the ground, and all books were lost. The money raised from stamps will go towards providing books for students. Books are a valuable asset to any educational institute, and will provide students with access to knowledge and information needed to become successful graduates.

Aside from providing valuable education, GIT is giving extra support for students, each of whom has suffered from the trauma of war and forced relocation. This support comes in all sorts of interesting shapes and sizes. Those who have experienced trauma may find it difficult to concentrate during lectures. GIT is therefore providing concentration workshops, where students are taught how to focus their minds.

The violence in South Sudan erupted along tribal lines, and many of the students are from different ethnic backgrounds. In order to encourage integration, the Institute will select students from various backgrounds, which provides opportunity for peace building. They are creatively encouraging relationships between diverse groups to grow through developing a football league. Students laugh and joke together as they play, and as a result have built important friendships.

GIT also works towards gender equality, as they challenge the belief held by many that women should not hold leadership roles. Female students are gaining the skills needed to hold leadership roles within the PCOSS, and in doing so are challenging the inequalities faced by women within the South Sudanese community.

You can leave your stamps at the Church door and they will be collected.


Guild News


Shirley wishes to thank everyone for their support this session so far and looks forward to seeing everyone at our first meeting of 2018 on 1st February.  There will be a coffee morning on 24 February but more details to follow.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.



07 December       2.15pm                  Beauty Treatments with Heather McKenzie

16 December       12.30pm                                Christmas Lunch at Carnoustie Golf Club

01 February          2.15pm                  First Aid/Defibrillators with Lynn Laurence


Please remember that all are welcome to join us.




Good Neighbours Drop-In Café


At the time of writing, three sessions of our new twice-monthly Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe in the Church Hall have been held and we are greatly encouraged by the fact that the numbers attending have increased on each occasion. Have you been along yet? Tea/coffee and biscuits are served at a cost of only £1. There are also stalls selling books, home baking and other foodstuffs. A total of £224.70 has been raised so far for church funds, but the main purpose behind the venture is fellowship. Cafe dates for the next two months are December 13 and January 10 and 24, all from 10 to 11.30 am. All are welcome, so come along and bring your friends. If you are interested in helping on any of the Wednesday mornings, contact Graham or Pauline Suttie on 852614 for more information.



Knitting for Others


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 Others meetings are currently being held at 21 Barry Road until further notice. Meetings will stop for Christmas on December 11 and resume on January 8.

Pauline Suttie, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07599 182418



Merry Christmas and a Good New Year from the Minister and Kirk Session


Advent and Christmas Services in Barry and Carnoustie

Sunday 10th December

9.30 am     Toy Service

                   Barry Parish Church

11 am        Morning Service

                   Carnoustie Church

Sunday 17th December

9.30 am     Service of Lessons and Carols – Barry Parish Church

                   – offering for Carnoustie Community Helpline

11 am        Service of Lessons and Carols – Carnoustie Church

                   – offering for Carnoustie Community Helpline

7 pm          Christmas Musicale – Carnoustie Church

                   – with Gleadhraich, Brass band, Maggie Findlay

                   and the Carnoustie Choir

Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

10.30 am   Joint Family Nativity Service in Barry Parish Church

6.30 pm     Christingle Service – Barry Parish Church

                   – offering for Community Resuscitation Equipment

11.30 pm   Watchnight Service – Carnoustie Church

                   – Retiring Offering for Scottish Bible Society

Monday 25th December (Christmas Day)

10.30 am   Family Celebration – Joint service in Carnoustie Church

Sunday 31st December 2017

10.30 am   Family Service – Joint service in Carnoustie Church

                   Service led by Rev Dougal Edwards

New Scottish Hymns Band

Carnoustie Church will be hosting a concert being given by this band on Sunday January 14th at 7 pm.  They write new hymns for the Church and perform as a 5-piece band.  Tickets are priced at £8 to cover the costs, and any surplus will be donated to RNLI.






From the Minister’s Desk

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Dear Friends,

This, as I am often reminded, is the ‘busy time’ for Ministers – although, in reality, it is simply a different type of busy-ness, as other less visible work gives way to the round of additional public services and events that take place during Advent and Christmas, with the celebrations of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It does take a substantial bit of planning, taking account of much-loved traditions while trying to keep the message fresh and to ‘ring the changes’ with the pattern of carols, hymns and readings.  But I love the opportunities of reaching members of the community who might not (yet) be regular church-goers.

The basic story is of course so familiar to us all.  Each one of us should open our ears to allow God to speak to us in a new way even through the message we know so well.  When we do so, we may be surprised at what He has in store for us.

Another year is ending, and already the planning is beginning for what happens in the New Year.  Rev Jane Blackley is retiring from Brechin: Gardner Memorial l/w Farnell in January, and that will mean a few extra meetings for me as the Interim Moderator for the vacancy.  These tasks are becoming more frequent for all Parish Ministers with the rising number of Ministry vacancies throughout Scotland.

Back in September I mentioned the Kirk Sessions’ application to the ‘Path of Renewal’ with the hope that this would help provide a new impetus to the mission and ministry of our congregations.  I’m delighted to be able to tell you that we have been successful.

Barry and Carnoustie will therefore be enrolled in the Path of Renewal from January 2018, the first step being a conference that I will attend early in the New Year.  I expect it to be challenging, but also greatly rewarding.  May I encourage you to pray regularly for this new step for us all.


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

Mike Goss


Finance Statement


Balance per Statement at 31/12/16                                        £2,323.06                               

Income                                                                                    £20,345.42

Expenditure                                                                             £20,045.41


Balance in Bank at 01 November 2017                              £2,623.07


WARNING – it is now becoming increasingly harder to balance the books on a monthly basis.   It would be most helpful if members could bring their commitments up to date.   Your help in this matter would be most appreciated.


Flower Calendar


03 December  Christmas Flowers                 10        Christmas Flowers

17                    Christmas Flowers                 24        Christmas Flowers


January Calendar not yet available


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                       Opening

03 December              Jan Scott                     Jan Scott

10                                Hugh McKenzie          

17                                Graham Suttie             Graham Suttie

24                                Ian Ogilvie

Christingle                   Malcolm Sim              

31                                Shirley Murison

07 January                  Jan Scott                     Jan Scott

14                                Hugh McKenzie           Iain Ogilvie                   Graham

21                                Graham Suttie             Graham Suttie

28                                Iain Ogilvie                                                       Jan

04 February                 Malcolm Sim


Cleaning Rota


W/C 08 January                      Grace Byars, Sylvia Knowles, Malcolm Sim

W/C 22 January                      Patricia Pattullo, Heather & Hugh McKenzie








Christmas Tree Blessing

Holy Creator of trees,

bless with your abundant grace

this our Christmas tree as a symbol of joy.

May its evergreen branches be a sign

of your never-fading promises.

May its colourful lights and ornaments call us

To decorate with love our home and our world.

May the gifts that surround this tree

be symbols of the gifts we have received

from the tree of Christ’s Cross.

Holy Christmas tree within our home,

may Joy and Peace come and nest

in your branches and in our hearts.






Christmas Dinner Prayer

In the peace of this season our spirits are joyful:

with the beasts and angels,

the shepherds and stars,

with Mary and Joseph we sing God’s praise.

By your coming may the hungry be filled with good things,

and may our table and home be blessed.

Bless us O Lord, and these Thy gifts,

which we are about to receive from Thy bounty

through Christ the Lord, Amen






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