February-March 2019














































 February / March 2019          









Charity No: SC002545



























































01 February    10.00am          Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

03 February    9.30am            Morning Worship

04 February    7.30pm            Carnoustie Churches Youth Outreach

07 February    2.00pm            Guild – History of the Bagpipes (George Gordon)

07 February    3.30pm            Brookfield RHE – The Lord’s Supper

10 February    9.30am            Morning Worship

11 February    7.15pm            Kirk Session Meeting

13 February    10.00am          Good Neighbours Café – Barry Church Hall

15 February    10.00am          Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

17 February    9.30am            Morning Worship

23 February    10.00am          Guild Coffee Morning – Philip Hall

24 February    9.30am            Morning Worship

27 February    10.00am          Good Neighbours Café – Barry Church Hall

01 March         10.00am          Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

01 March         7.00pm            World Day of Prayer – Barry Parish Church

02 March         9.45am            Path of Renewal Regional Conference

                                                Dundee: St Andrews Church

03 March         9.30am            Morning Worship

07 March         2.00pm            Guild – Therapy Dogs (Norma Murray)

10 March         9.30am            Morning Worship

11 March         7.30pm            Church Life & Worship Team _ Duthie Room

13 March         10.00am          Good Neighbours Café – Barry Church Hall

15 March         10.00am          Friday Coffee Break – Barry Church Hall

17 March         9.30am            Morning Worship

24 March         9.30am            Morning Worship

27 March         10.00am          Good Neighbours Café – Barry Church Hall

27 March         7.30pm            Mission & Outreach Team – Duthie Room







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. Brexit Uncertainty – Pray for all those who are struggling to plan for their future in these uncertain times, particularly with regard to their homes and livelihoods.

2.  Ministries Council – Remember the work of this central committee of the Church, as we seek to train and equip people for various Ministries and to plan for the posts we require for the future.

3. Residential Care – Continue to pray for the homes in our Parishes, particularly for our members in them and for members in distant homes, and for those who provide the care.

Door Duties


03 February               MS                              Mabel Gordon

10                                MS                              Rosemary Docherty

17                                MS                              David Pattullo

24                                MS                              Shirley Murison

03 March                    MS                              Eddie Hughes

10                                MS                              Eileen Ramsay

17                                MS                              Jan Scott

24                                MS                              Mabel Gordon

07 April                       MS                              Peter Ramsay



Sunday Tea Rotas


Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service


03 February               Patricia Pattullo        Heather McKenzie

10                                Eileen Ramsay          Elaine Bottoms

17                                Shirley Murison        Rosemary Docherty

24                                Sally McKenzie         Mabel Gordon

03 March                    Alice Hughes             Jan Scott

10                                Patricia Pattullo        Heather McKenzie

17                                Eileen Ramsay          Elaine Bottoms

24                                Shirley Murison        Rosemary Docherty

07 April                       Sally McKenzie         Mabel Gordon


Coming Up

Prayer Meetings Mondays 10 - 11 am in the Duthie Room

Sports & Crosses Fridays 1.45 – 3.30pm usually in the BB Hall

Fri 1st Feb                              Sports & Crosses

                                                1.45 pm The Manse

Fri 1st Feb                              Friday Coffee Break

                                                10-11.30 am         Philip Hall

Fri 1st Feb                              BB Burns Supper

                                                7 pm                       BB Hall, Maule St

Mon 4th Feb                           Carnoustie Churches Youth Outreach

                                                7.30 pm Duthie Room

Thurs 7th Feb                        The Lord’s Supper

                                                3.30 pm Brookfield

Mon 11th Feb                        Kirk Session

                                                7.30 pm Barry Church Hall

Wed 13th Feb                        Guid Neighbours Coffee Morning

                                                10-11.30 am         Barry Church Hall

Fri 15th Feb                            Friday Coffee Break

                                                10-11.30 am         Philip Hall

Sat 23rd Feb                          Barry Guild Coffee Morning

                                                10-11.30 am         Philip Hall

Wed 27th Feb                        Guid Neighbours Coffee Morning

                                                10-11.30 am         Barry Church Hall

Thurs 28th Feb                      Sports Quiz Night

                                                7.30 pm Station Hotel

Fri 1st March                          Friday Coffee Break

                                                10-11.30 am         Philip Hall

Fri 1st March                          World Day of Prayer

                                                7 pm                       Barry Parish Church

Sat 2nd March                        Path of Renewal – Regional Conference

                                                9.45 am – 3 pm   Dundee: St Andrew’s Church

Mon 11th March                    Church Life & Worship Team

                                                7.30 pm Duthie Room, Philip Hall

Wed 13th March                    Guid Neighbours Coffee Morning

                                                10-11.30 am         Barry Church Hall

Fri 15th March                       Friday Coffee Break

                                                10-11.30 am         Philip Hall

Wed 27th March                    Guid Neighbours Coffee Morning

                                                10-11.30 am         Barry Church Hall

Wed 27th March                    Mission & Outreach Team

                                                7.30 pm Duthie Room, Philip Hall



Congregational Register


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

Dec         4                   Mrs Eileen McGregor

               20                  Ron Lawson

               27                  Paul Gowans

Jan          18                  Mrs Grace Fenton

               25                  Mrs Elizabeth McLeod


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 1,335,394 page views were registered in 2018, almost 75% up on the figure for the previous year (770,738). A big thank you to all our online followers.



Midweek Focus


 For many Christians, John's Gospel is a favourite book in the Scriptures. It is, in so many ways, an amazing book! Many believers cut their spiritual teeth on John and return to its pages time and time again to find reassurance, comfort in sorrow, and a place to refresh their skills in sharing their faith with those who’ve yet to believe. John wrote his Gospel to put on display the wondrous power that Jesus possessed by featuring the miracles or “signs” He performed. John’s goal was to present an intricate and intimate portrait of Jesus as God’s Son with one impassioned aim: “that you may continue to believe” (John 20: 31).  A warm welcome awaits all interested in sharing in these times of midweek fellowship. Meetings are held at 21 Barry Road on Thursdays 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 graham.suttie@btinternet.com




Thank you for all the used stamps received recently.

This year the Church of Scotland World Mission Council's Stamp Appeal is supporting centre’s for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities in the Ukraine. These centers are supported by the Ukrainian Reformed Church in Transcarpathia and provide valuable support to children and young people who are living with disabilities. Thanks to the centers, young people are given the opportunity to thrive, to make friends, and to take part in a range of activities. Therapists who work at the center offer either individual or group therapies, which include educational activities (writing and reading), massages, games, music, craft work, walks and games. The families of the young people are also given support, and an opportunity to meet other parents who are caring for a child or young person with a disability.

There are three centers in total, with approximately 50 children and young people receiving support. The centers are open five days a week, although the fifth day is set aside for programme planning and support for parents. A special programme for teenagers is held once a week, providing opportunities to socialise and enjoy a range of activities.

Sadly, there is little support for people living with disabilities in the Ukraine. This means that many children and young people with disabilities do not have the facilities they need to reach their full potential. The Ukrainian Reformed Church is convinced that each of these children can participate fully in society, if they are given the care and education they need. Having access to these centre’s means that these young people are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Supporting this project is easy. All you have to do is collect the stamps you receive in the post, and hand them in at the church door. The money raised will go towards this project which helps children and young people with disabilities live life to the full.




Guild News


Guild meeting themes this session is, “Seeking the Way and topic “One Journey, Many Roads”.   Details of further meetings undernoted.  Please remember that all are welcome to join us.



07 February       2.00pm             George Gordon – History of the Bagpipes

23 February       10.00am            Coffee Morning in Philip Hall, £1.50 – Usual Stalls

01 March           7.00pm             World Day of Prayer in Barry Parish Church

07 March           2.00pm             Norma Murray – Therapy Dogs



Shirley thanks all members for their support in the first half of the session



Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe


Fancy a hot cuppa and a friendly chat? Why not come along to our Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe held twice-monthly in Barry Church Hall on Wednesdays from 10 to 11.30 am? Tea/coffee and biscuits only £1 and there are also books, home baking and Traidcraft stalls. Cafe dates over the next two months are February 13 and 27 and March 13 and 27. Come along and bring your friends. A warm welcome awaits. For more information or to offer assistance on any Wednesday morning, telephone 01241 852614.


PS A total of £909.05 was raised for church funds from 12 drop-in cafes last year. A further five cafes over the summer raised a total of £449.20 for various charitable causes. Thanks to all our cafe regulars and helpers.


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 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. Meetings will resume in Barry Church Hall on April 1. New members always welcome.


Pauline Suttie, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07599 182418


National Lottery Funding Event


The MP for Angus, Kirstene Hair has organised a National Lottery Funding Event on Friday 22 February in St Andrews Church Hall, Arbroath.  Representatives from National Lottery will be in attendance to explain the application process, how to increase chances of success and to take questions, Barry Parish Church will be in attendance but anyone who is involved with a charitable organisation should make an effort to attend



In the Midst of Winter




In the midst of winter, when the days are cold and wind can pierce, remind us of the warmth of your love.


In the midst of winter, when days are short, dawn comes late, and dusk arrives early, remind us that in the darkness your light still shines.


In the midst of winter, when the flowers of spring still lie hidden in the earth, when leaves are off the trees, and the world can seem bleak, remind us that Easter is but a short time away.


And when in our lives we feel as if we are experiencing a season of winter, reach out to us with the power of your resurrection so that we may feel the warmth of your love and see your light that alone can take away the darkness of our soul.



Nature’s Wondrous Cycle


As part of nature’s wondrous cycle

Of new birth, growth, fruitfulness and death

We rejoice in the creation of new life.

For parenthood, the passing of knowledge,

For understanding and the wisdom of years.



Beauty of Winter


God of creation, thank you for the beauty of winter – for snow, icy window panes, evergreen trees, warm coats, sledging and hot cocoa.   Let us enjoy Your creation in all its glory, this winter and always.



From the Minister’s Desk

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”

Matthew 6: 33

Dear Friends,

I haven’t really wanted to major on the topic of Brexit in the magazine, not least because I suspect that most of us are fed up hearing warring opinions and prognostications about what might happen.  The domination of the issue has made many sick fed up with the entire debate.

I’m certainly not going to use this forum to tell people what should have been done, or what should happen next – or even to guess at what might happen next.  That’s not least because I’d probably be proven wrong on the latter by the time you opened the magazine.

And yet it would be wrong to think that Christians as individuals or the Church in general has nothing to say about this major issue of our times.  We may well have different views – the Bible is entirely silent on the matter of membership of the EU – but we should have much to say about how we conduct the debate and the reasons for our views.

One of the worst things about the entire matter has been the polarisation of viewpoints.  It seems that there has been a growing intolerance of different beliefs on this (and some others too); an unwillingness to engage with people with whom we disagree, to seek to persuade while being open to persuasion ourselves.

This is what we need to model.  Not silence for the sake of peace, but showing a peaceful, gracious approach to debate and discussion.  The pulpit doesn’t lend itself to that kind of debate, so it is hard to bring in to our services outwith prayers for the nation.

Yet in our homes, among friends and neighbours, we shouldn’t shy away from the topic, but be ready to share views – and quick to listen to what others are saying.  This will be particularly important if another referendum is called.

And over it all, perhaps as the foundation for our approach, should be the central Christian faith that we serve another Kingdom, and our central priorities are not with nation states or trading partners – instead we seek the supremacy of the Kingdom of God to transform our lives, our nation, and our world.

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

Mike Goss


Finance Statement


Balance per Statement at 31/12/17                                        £1,366.62                               

Income                                                                                    £35,629.14

Expenditure                                                                             £33,645.49


Balance in Bank at 31 December 2018                               £3,350.27



Flower Calendar


03 February    Sheila Nicoll                10 February    Sheila Nicoll

17 February    Isobel Jamieson          24 February    Isobel Jamieson

03 March         Heather McKenzie      10 March         Heather McKenzie

17 March                                             24 March



Anyone wishing to put flowers in the church should put their name on the flower calendar at church door or speak to Shirley Murison.         



Worship Rotas


Date                            Reading                      Prayers1                     Prayers2


03 February                Malcolm

10 February                Jan                              Graham                                  

17 February                Iain                             

24 February                Shirley                                                

03 March                     Elaine                          Jan                             

10 March                     Graham                      

17 March                     Malcolm

24 March                     Jan                                                                  Jan

07 April                        Shirley


Cleaning Rota


February         Shirley Murison, Mina Robertson

March              Grace Byars, Sylvia Knowles, Malcolm Sim




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. Meetings will stop for Christmas on December 10 and resume on January 7.

Pauline Suttie, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07599 182418




We have registered the church with Amazon Smile.   For those buying through Amazon, by going to www.smile.amazon.co.uk and making your purchases, you can benefit the church financially as a small percentage will come back to the church via Amazon.

When going to the website put Barry in the search box and tick Barry Parish Church.

Every little bit helps.   Please speak with Malcolm Sim if you require any further information.



Summer Fayre


Following the success of last year’s Fayre, it has been decided to hold another on Saturday 4 May from 10.00am to 2.00pm.   Usual stalls plus craft stalls (textiles, candles, dream catchers, jams & chutneys, BBQ, teas & coffees and many others still to be confirmed).   Admission including refreshments to be £2.00 for adults with children 50p.   Donations for cake & candy, gifts, £1.00 parcels, bric a brac etc. will be greatly appreciated.   NO CLOTHES PLEASE.   More details will follow.



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