February - March 2017










 February / March 2017     






























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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                                   


Prayer Focus


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.



Door Duties


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



Serenity Prayer


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.



Congregational Register


“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.




Special Collections


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 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


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


Midweek Focus

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 graham.suttie@btinternet.com


Coming Up


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

Dear Friends,

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.

Mike Goss



Finance Statement


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

Income                                                                                    £31,900.58

Expenditure                                                                             £33,904.40


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.


Flower Calendar


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.         


Readers Rotas

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


Cleaning Rota

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




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



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.







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