December 2015 / January 2016
Charity No: SC002545
29 November 11.00am Morning Worship – Joint Service in Carnoustie Church. Souper Sunday for COS HIV/AIDS Project
04 December 10.00am Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall
06 December 9.30am Second Sunday of Advent
10 December 2.00pm Christmas Afternoon Teas – Barry Church Hall
12 December 12.30pm Guild Christmas Lunch – Barry Downs
13 December 9.30am Toy & Gift Service for Angus Women’s Aid
14 December 7.30pm Kirk Session – Barry Church Hall
15 December 7.30pm Community Carol Concert – Carnoustie Church
20 December 9.30am Family Service of Lessons & Carols
24 December 6.30pm Christingle Service – Barry Parish Church
Offering to Tayside Children with Cancer & Leukaemia
11.30pm Watchnight Service – Carnoustie Church
Offering to Scottish Bible Society
25 December 10.30am Joint Family Celebration in Carnoustie Church
27 December 9.30am Morning Worship
03 January 9.30am Morning Worship
07 January 2.15pm Guild – Life in South Africa – Elaine Bottoms
10 January 9.30am Morning Worship
11 January 7.30pm Queen’s Birthday Party Planning Meeting – Barry Church Hall
15 January 7.30pm Concert with Heather Tweddle – Barry Church Hall
17 January 9.30am Morning Worship
24 January 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
31 January 9.30am Morning Worship
2.30pm Afternoon Communion – Kinloch Care Centre
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 Mr Ken Cullen 875155
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 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. Paris – Pray for all who suffered as a result of the terrorist attack in November, and for peace among different communities in Europe.
2. Christmas Services – Pray for the various services over this season that the message of Jesus would be clearly shared and that many might come to hear it at these special events.
3. Refugees – Pray for the refugees coming to Scotland, that they would be welcomed into our society and helped to feel that they belong here.
06 December Malcolm Sim Eddie Hughes
13 Malcolm Sim Ron Campbell
20 Malcolm Sim Mabel Gordon
27 Malcolm Sim Jan Scott
03 January Malcolm Sim Shirley Murison
10 Malcolm Sim David Pattullo
17 Malcolm Sim Eileen Ramsay
24 Malcolm Sim Peter Ramsay
31 Malcolm Sim Eddie Hughes
Sunday Tea Rotas
Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service
06 December Eileen Ramsay Elaine Bottoms
13 Patricia Pattullo Shirley Murison
20 Shirley Murison Rosemary Docherty
27 Sally MacKenzie Muriel McConnell
03 January Alice Hughes Jan Scott
10 Eileen Ramsay Elaine Bottoms
17 Patricia Pattullo Shirley Murison
24 Shirley Murison Rosemary Docherty
31 Sally MacKenzie Muriel McConnell
Someone is required to help out with teas (approx. every 5 weeks). Please contact Shirley Murison if you can help.
If you do not already know Barry and Carnoustie are partnered with Mission Aviation Fellowship. We have decided to support work being carried out in Madagascar. Irene Hoar is our local co-ordinator and here is her first report.
Mission Aviation Fellowship
MAF has been working in Madagascar for 25 years and there have been celebrations to mark that milestone this year. Miles of bunting carrying messages from all over the world was strung out over the celebrations taking place in various places on the island and the MAF staff were amazed at the support received from so many people.
Of the 5 international staff working in Madagascar the UK representative is pilot Becki Dillingham.
Becki grew up in Devon and took her first flying lesson at the age of 9 before finally getting a private pilot's licence in South Africa once her A levels were completed. She went on to study physics at Bath university where she met Matt, who was also studying physics, and they married in 2008.
When Becki was in Bath she joined a local church and attended the Christian Union and it was through the Christian Union that she first heard of MAF. She became an area rep giving presentations to groups throughout the south west of England. Area Reps often get the opportunity to visit a working base and in 2007 Becki went to Uganda to see their MAF operation in action. She decided because of that visit to gain the necessary flying experience and begin the application process to become a pilot with MAF. Bethan was born in 2012 and the family moved to Madagascar in September 2014 to serve with the MAF programme there.
One of the milestones that Becki helped mark was the first all female flight in Madagascar. And it really was all about the girls – the trio of lady passengers from Assemblies of God flown by pilot Becki to Manakara in south-eastern Madagascar to speak to the women at the church there.
Becki and Matt ask for our prayers to support their work in Madagascar and if you want to know more about what they do or how to help them please get in touch with me and I will give you more details. I can also arrange for you to get the free quarterly magazine with all sorts of news about the various countries where MAF works as well as the pilots and engineers doing this mission work.
There are several events being organised during this year of partnership, some being held for a couple of hours and some lasting a few days. There are several new initiatives that have been recently introduced and one is Wrap up for a Beautiful Christmas.
The idea is to provide a service for folk who find it difficult to wrap their Christmas gifts so volunteers would get together in a 'Wrapping Station' e.g. the Philip Hall to help wrap parcels. People will be asked to bring along their gift, with the paper and tag, for the volunteers to wrap and they will be asked to give a donation supporting the work of MAF.
The idea is still under consideration but if anyone is willing to help in any way with this I will be happy to hear from you as soon as possible.
“Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
September 15 Elizabeth Neilson, Ravensby Road
October 1 Margaret Graham, Ravensby Park Gardens
October 20 Edwin Manby, Kinloch Street
November 6 George Thain, Ravensby Road
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. You can also now view 'Prayer Topics', as suggested by Angus Presbytery, 'Devotionals', as supplied daily Monday to Friday by Dr Micha Jazz courtesy of Premier Christian Radio, details of the Barry Church Guild 2015-16 Syllabus, and regular updates on our recently launched Mission Aviation Fellowship Partnership.
Latest viewing statistics for the website show that between January 1 and November 10 this year a total of 260,160 hits were registered, an average of 828 per day. The figure for the whole of 2014 was 78,581. A big thank you to our growing family of 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
The Guild’s famous Afternoon Teas have been a great success and have raised £657.73 towards their projects for this year; Street Pastors Ascension Trust and All Friends Together (Churches helping people with disabilities). This was a marvellous effort and thanks go to who helped in any way.
Unless otherwise stated all meetings start at 2.15pm.
Diary of events
Thursday 10 December - 2.00pm – You are invited to join us for an afternoon of Christmas Carols and enjoy tea, mince pies & fellowship. We look forward to seeing you then.
Saturday 12 December – 12.30 for 1.00pm – Christmas Lunch at The Bistro, Barry Downs
Thursday 7 January – Life in South Africa – Elaine Bottoms
The Guild wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Details of further events in future newsletters
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 email@example.com 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.
Services for Advent and Christmas
Sunday 29th November – 1st Sunday in Advent
11 am Joint Service in Carnoustie
Souper Sunday for HIV/AIDS project
Sunday 6th December
9.30 am Morning Service
Sunday 13th December
9.30 am Toy and Gift Service for Angus Women’s Aid
Tuesday 15th December
7.30 pm Community Carol Concert – Carnoustie Church
Sunday 20th December
9.30 am Family Service of Lessons and Carols
Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
6.30 pm Christingle Service (Barry)
– offering for TCCL
11.30 pm Watchnight Service (Carnoustie)
– offering for Scottish Bible Society
Friday 25th December (Christmas Day)
10.30 am Joint Family Celebration in Carnoustie Church
Sunday 27th December 2015
9.30am Morning Service
Sunday 3rd January 2016
9.30am Morning Service
Fri 4th Dec Friday Coffee Break
10-11.30 am Philip Hall
Thurs 10th Dec Christmas Afternoon Teas
2 – 3.30 pm Church Hall
Monday 14th Dec Kirk Session
7.30 pm Church Hall
Sat 26th Dec – Sat 2nd Jan Minister’s Holiday
Monday 11th Jan Queen’s Birthday Party planning
7.30 pm Church Hall
Friday 15th Jan Concert with Heather Tweddle
7.30 pm Church Hall
Sunday 24th Jan The Lord’s Supper
9.30 am Barry Parish Church
11.15 am Carnoustie Church
6.30 pm St Stephen’s Chapel
Sunday 31st Jan Afternoon Communion
2.30 pm Kinloch Care Centre
Sunday 7th Feb Messy Church
2-3.30 pm Carnoustie Church
Toy & Gift Service – Sunday 13 December
The gifts are as usual being donated to Angus Women’s Aid. Please Christmas Wrap and indicate whether for boy or girl and age range. Last year we surpassed ourselves. It would be great to beat last year.
Christingle Service – Thursday 24 December
Remember your Oranges, Cake Candles & Ribbon.
The offering this year is going to TCCL (Tayside Children with Cancer & Leukaemia). This is a wonderful charity worthy of our help. If you can’t make it to the service but would still like to donate please put your donation in an envelope marked TCCL and put in with weekly offering.
From the Minister’s Desk
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
Matthew 25: 35
As we move towards Christmas the events of November begin to fade; however, the horror of the Paris attacks that left 129 dead must still be very much in our thoughts. Shortly afterwards we saw the arrival of the first plane-load of Syrian refugees at Glasgow airport.
I was proud of our country and its leaders in Parliament and in local authorities who have welcomed these desperately vulnerable families into our communities. There are, of course, those who try to inflate concerns about the possible arrival of hidden terrorists among them. For Christians, providing a safe home must be an obvious response to the horror of the Syrian war.
There are now more than a million refugees barely subsisting in Lebanon and another 600,000 at least in Jordan. These are countries without our modern infrastructure struggling to cope with the sheer scale of this suffering. What the UK is offering is just scratching the surface, but is at least targeted on some of the most desperate cases.
The nature of Islamic fundamentalism and the evils of the so-called Islamic State terrorists are almost incomprehensible to us. That the violence and wickedness of suicide bombers and they should be done in the name of God strikes us as blasphemous. We could spend a long time trying to analyse and understand the causes of these actions.
But it may be more helpful to think of the right response to what we have seen and heard. Providing shelter for the victims must certainly be a part of it. Simply calling for bombs or invasion is unlikely to bring any real solution, as it hasn’t in the Middle East throughout this past century.
The real change needs to come in the hearts of the people. Yes, security concerns must be met; but what can start to bring peace is not a new crusading army, but the proclamation of the Gospel of the Prince of Peace. The only lasting hope is of conversion through persuasion, not force. And that is why, ultimately, IS will fail, and God’s Kingdom will come.
Here in Scotland that means that we need to continue to pray, to welcome strangers, and to show by our lives the difference that the Lord Jesus Christ makes and can make for them.
Yours in the blessing and peace of our risen Lord Jesus,
Balance per Statement at 31/12/14 £4,934.91
Balance in Bank at 30 October 2015 £4,560.37
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.
Please note, as we head towards the end of the year, to bring your giving up to date to allow the Church to meet its financial commitments and move into the New Year in a healthy financial condition.
06 Dec Christmas Flowers 13 Christmas Flowers
20 Christmas Flowers 27 Christmas Flowers
03 Jan Christmas Flowers 10 Mina Robertson
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
06 December Graham Suttie
13 Shirley Murison Graham Suttiie
20 Hugh McKenzie
27 Iain Ogilvie
03 January Malcolm Sim Jane Stewart
10 Graham Suttie
17 Shirley Murison
24 Hugh McKenzie Iain Ogilvie
31 Jan Scott
5 Short Prayers for Christmas
Come, thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set your people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
“Glory to God in the highest and peace, good will towards men”
Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room’
And heaven and nature sing.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man, I would do my part;
Yet what can I give Him – give my heart.
Purify my conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find me in a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Book of Common Prayer