February / March 2017
Charity No: SC002545
02 February 2.15pm Guild Meeting – Fire Safety in Home
2.30pm Afternoon Communion Service – Brookfield
03 February 10.00am Friday Coffee Break - Philip Hall
05 February 9.30am Morning Worship
06 February 7.30pm Mission & Discipleship Meeting – Philip Hall
08 February 2.30pm Afternoon Service - Willowbank
12 February 9.30am Morning Worship
17 February 7.15pm Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall
19 February 9.30am Morning Worship
23 February 3.00pm Afternoon Service – Braehill Lodge
25 February 10.00am Guild Coffee Morning – Philip Hall
26 February 9.30am Morning Worship
02 March 2.15pm Guild Meeting – Holistic Therapy (Yvonne Starrs)
03 March 10.00am Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall
7.00pm World Day of Prayer Service – Carnoustie Church
05 March 9.30am Morning Worship
08 March 2.30pm Afternoon Service - Willowbank
12 March 9.30am Morning Worship
13 March 7.15pm Kirk Session / Trustees Meeting – Barry Hall
19 March 9.30am Morning Worship followed by Annual Stated Meeting
26 March 9.30am Morning Worship
2.30pm Messy Church: Carnoustie
2.30pm Kinloch Centre Service
Please note that the minister Rev Mike Goss is on holiday Friday 10 – Mon 13 February
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
Guild Contact Mrs Shirley Murison 410062
We offer these thoughts to add to your own prayers;
1. Church Family – Pray that the Lord would continue to strengthen our sense of fellowship and commitment to each other as we reach out to the community around us.
2. Brexit – As invoking Article 50 is due to be voted on in March, pray for all involved in the negotiations and decision-making processes, that Godly wisdom and grace would characterise them.
3. Brazil – After the violent rioting in many prisons, pray for prison reform to provide appropriate facilities for justice and rehabilitation.
05 February MS Mabel Gordon
12 Shirley Murison Eddie Hughes
19 MS Jan Scott
26 MS Shirley Murison
05 March MS David Pattullo
12 MS Eileen Ramsay
19 MS Eileen Ramsay
26 MS Peter Ramsay
02 April MS Eddie Hughes
Sunday Tea Rotas
Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service
05 February Eileen Ramsay Elaine Bottoms
12 Shirley Murison Rosemary Docherty
19 Sally McKenzie Mabel Gordon
26 Alice Hughes Jan Scott
05 March Patricia Pattullo Heather McKenzie
12 Eileen Ramsay Elaine Bottoms
19 Shirley Murison Rosemary Docherty
26 Sally McKenzie Mabel Gordon
02 April Alice Hughes Jan Scott
God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things, I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
23 Psalm (1-6)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in the right paths for his name’s sake
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
For you are with me;
Your rod and your staff – they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
“Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
No funerals to report
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. A total of 636,754 hits were registered in 2016, almost double the figure for the previous year (320,830). A big thank you to all our online followers.
The Christingle Service on Christmas Eve raised £182.60 for Rebecca Cottage in Easthaven. Many thanks to all you came to the service and donated so generously.
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 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
Thursday 2 February Safety in the Home
Saturday 25 February Coffee Morning in Philip Hall 10.00am. Tickets £1.00 Usual Stalls. Donations for stalls very welcome.
Thursday 2 March Holistic Therapy – Yvonne Starrs
Thursday 6 April AGM & Topic – Rev Dougal Edwards
We look forward to seeing you all again and hopefully some new faces.
Knitting for Malawi
After a break for Christmas and New year, the weekly meetings of Knitting for Malawi resumed on January 9 and the needles are once again clicking as busily as ever. Items continue to be produced at a remarkable rate and in early February we hope to deliver a further six boxes to the Raven Trust's depot in Dundee for shipment to Malawi. This will bring the total number of boxes dispatched in the 8 months since the group was formed to 18. Quite an achievement and thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way.
Interest in the project continues to spread and the membership now includes one lady who attends regularly from Dundee, while others from Forfar, Arbroath and Edzell have also handed in a selection of knitted goods. A large number of dolls dressed in knitted clothing was another recent welcome donation. We are also grateful to Barry Church Guild for a most generous donation of £100 towards helping us meet the suggested £10 donation per box requested by the Raven Trust to assist with shipping the loaded containers 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.
Pauline Cadger, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07512 857300
Our study of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapters 5 to 7 began on January 4 and continues weekly until April 5. A warm welcome awaits anyone interested in sharing in these times of midweek fellowship.
Of all the sermons that have been preached, none is more famous, more profound, or more convicting than the one Jesus preached on the mountain. It is timeless, ever-relevant, and never dull. With penetrating power, Jesus exploded the brittle veneer of Pharisaic hypocrisy and explained the essence of true righteousness. Weaving threads from the Old Testament through this new garment of truth, Jesus set forth principles that, to this day, refuse to be ignored. Yet how few truly embrace His words! We analyse and interpret them. We outline and compare them. We admire and quote them. But those activities, while worthwhile, are not the reason Jesus preached this sermon. He preached it so that change might occur —so our lives might be different in this world gone wrong. God’s people are to be thoroughly Christian —a divine minority who live in contrast to a secular majority.
Meetings are held at 21 Barry Road on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm. For more information about Midweek Focus, contact Graham Suttie on 01241 852614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 30th Jan Union Discussions
7.30 pm Barry Church Halls
Thurs 2nd Feb Afternoon Communion Service
2.30 pm Brookfield
Fri 3rd Feb Friday Coffee Break
10 – 11.30 am Philip Hall
Mon 6th Feb Mission & Discipleship Team
7.30 pm Philip Hall
Wed 8th Feb Afternoon Service
2.30 pm Willowbank
Fri 10th – Mon 13th Feb Minister’s Holiday
Fri 17th Feb Friday Coffee Break
10 – 11.30 am Philip Hall
Mon 20th Feb Kirk Session / Trustees - TBC
7.15 pm Barry Church Hall
Thurs 23rd Feb Afternoon Service
3 pm Braehill Lodge
Fri 3rd Mar Friday Coffee Break
10 – 11.30 am Philip Hall
Fri 3rd Mar World Day of Prayer Service
7 pm Carnoustie Church
Wed 8th Mar Afternoon Service
2.30 pm Willowbank
Mon 13th Mar Kirk Session / Trustees - TBC
7.15 pm Barry Church Hall
Fri 17th Mar Friday Coffee Break
10 – 11.30 am Philip Hall
Sun 19th Mar Stated Annual Meeting follows service
9.30 am Barry Church
Sun 26th Mar
2.30 pm Messy Church: Carnoustie
2.30 pm Kinloch Centre Service
From the Minister’s Desk
“For we are fellow workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
1 Corinthians 3: 9
As we are going to press, we hear news of the sad deaths of Tom Scott, formerly an Elder in Carnoustie Church, and Lindsay Martin of Selwood Funeral Directors. This has continued what has been a year of significant losses to our town and to our churches, following on from the deaths of folk like Ron Campbell from Barry and Eric Duffus from Carnoustie, and of Provost Helen Oswald and Florist Olive Duncan.
I think 2016 saw the largest loss of members from both churches in my time here and it has been a great, but sore, privilege to share with the families of folk we know and love. We seem to have lost many folk who made a significant input both to the life of our town and to the leadership of our congregations.
This past year also saw us welcome new members to Carnoustie Church and a new batch are just beginning Christianity Explored, and we hope to see some join both congregations.
With many older members, we see the decline of those we have known and loved, some moving into residential accommodation, others facing long periods of illness or frailty. But we are also seeing new folk joining, children being brought in through Baptism or Thanksgiving, and being nurtured through Funday Club and Youth Group, Messy Church, and Summer Holiday Clubs.
We shouldn’t be despondent, because there are new signs of growth in our midst. Of course, we long to see more joining the Church, and we are exploring a partnership with the other Carnoustie churches to work with Scripture Union in the schools and in the congregations.
The Church has always been one generation away from extinction, which is why we need to keep passing the message on to the next – young and old. Some of those who have joined us in recent years have already been part of other congregations, and in our own neighbourhoods we can find folk who might be interested in learning about faith for the first time – or renewing a faith grown cold.
Ultimately, we don’t simply want to see more people filling the pews. The driving goal of mission is not to keep the doors of the church open, but to help others discover the glory of the Gospel. After all, the Church exists to reach the world with the Good News.
Perhaps we can all take the opportunity to ask someone else to join us!
Yours in the Grace and Peace of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
Balance per Statement at 31/12/15 £4,326.88
Balance in Bank at 31 December 2016 £2,323.06
The treasurer is very grateful to all who have managed to upgrade their giving in these trying times. 2017 will be a challenging year so if some more can find a way to upgrade their giving it would make such a difference to the church coffers.
05 Feb Pauline Cadger 12 Pauline Cadger
19 Heather McKenzie 26 Heather McKenzie
05 March Alan Watt 12 Heather McKenzie
19 26 Jan Scott
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
05 February Graham Suttie
12 Hugh McKenzie
19 Shirley Murison Iain Ogilvie
26 Jan Scott
05 March Iain Ogilvie
12 Malcolm Sim Graham Suttie
19 Graham Suttie
26 Hugh McKenzie
02 April Shirley Murison Iain Ogilvie
09 Jan Scott
W/C 6 February Grace Byars, Sylvia Knowles, Malcolm Sim
W/C 20 February Patricia Pattullo, Hugh & Heather McKenzie
W/C 6 March Rosemary Docherty, Jan Scott, Eddie Hughes
W/C 20 March Lorna Yule, Eileen Ramsay, Elaine Bottoms
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.
The Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where is hatred, let us sow love:
Where there is injury, pardon:
Where there is discord, pardon:
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that we may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.