February-March 2018














































 February / March 2018    









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01 February     2.15pm                        Guild Meeting – Lynn Lawrence

                                                            First Aid & Defibrillators

02                    10.00am                      Friday Coffee Break - Philip Hall

04                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

05                    10.00am                      Prayer Meeting - Duthie Room

                        7.00pm                        Youth & Children Team – Philip Hall

07                    10.00am                      Good Neighbours Drop-in Café

11                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

16                    10.00am                      Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

18                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

21                    10.00am                      Good Neighbours Drop-in Café

24                    10.00am                      Guild Coffee Morning – Philip Hall

25                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

28                    3.00pm                        Afternoon Service – Braehill Lodge


01 March         2.15pm                        Guild Meeting – Georgina Hood

                                                            Air Ambulance

02                    10.00am                      Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

                        7.00pm                        World Day of Prayer Service

                                                            Erskine UF Church

04                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

05                    7.30pm                        Worship Team – The Manse

07                    10.00am                      Good Neighbours Drop-in Cafe

11                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

16                    10.00am                      Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

18                    9.30am                        Morning Worship

19                    7.15pm                        Kirk Session as Trustees

21                    10.00am                      Good Neighbours Drop-in Cafe

25                    9.30am                        Morning Worship






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 – Remember Rob Barlow as he is inducted to Erskine UF Church on Saturday 17th February and pray for the Church of the Holy Rood as they continue to search for a new Minister.

2. Path of Renewal – Pray for wisdom and grace to all engaging with this process, as we seek to follow Christ in serving the Church and reaching the world in the 21st century.

3. Plastic Waste – Give thanks to God for the renewed concern over the pollution of land and seas by plastic waste and pray for that concern to turn to action in our own lives and in wider society.


Door Duties


04 February                 MS                               Eddie Hughes

11                                 MS                               Jan Scott

18                                 MS                               Shirley Murison

25                                 MS                               David Pattullo

04 March                      MS                               Rosemary Docherty

11                                 MS                               Eileen Ramsay

18                                 MS                               Peter Ramsay

25                                 MS                               Mabel Gordon

01 April                        MS                               Eddie Hughes




Sunday Tea Rotas


Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service


04 February                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

11                                 Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon

18                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

25                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

4 March                        Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms           

11                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

18                                 Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon

25                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

01 April                        Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie



Christian Aid Week 13th – 19th May 2018


Although Christian Week itself is a few months off, your local committee, made up of members of Barry, Carnoustie, Erskine, Holyrood and Panbride churches, are hard at work already, planning events for this year as well as co-ordinating the door-to-door collections.

Saturday 10th March is our Coffee Morning, 10 – 11.30am in the Philip Hall. Tickets are £2 for adults and £1 for children and will be available from Jan Scott, Session Clerk.

Collection Week collectors are needed, so if you can help out at all, please speak with your local contact.

On Saturday September 10th we would like to run a soup and filled roll lunch rather than a coffee morning. Of course, we rely on local support to make this a successful fund-raising event, so please let us know whether you would support a lunch as an alternative to a coffee morning.

Many thanks. We look forward to seeing you at the events.


Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm Sunday 25th March                   7pm     St Anne’s, Thomas Street

Monday – Friday Reflections              10.15 am Panbride Church Hall

Monday 26th March                             7pm     Arbirlot / Carmylie tbc         

Tuesday 27th March                            7pm     Carnoustie Church  

Wednesday 28th March                      7 pm    Carnoustie Baptist Church           

Maundy Thursday 29th March:
               Agape Supper:                     7 pm    Panbride Church, Church Street

Good Friday 30th March:
               Walk of Witness                  11am   From Black Slab Car Park
               Quiet Hour                            12noon Holyrood, Maule Street
               Joint Service                        7 pm    Erskine UF Church  

Saturday 31st March                            8 pm    Holy Rood, Maule Street

Easter Day 1st April:
            Sunrise Service                      6.40 am           Leisure Centre Car Park
                                                            Followed by breakfast in Philip Hall
            Morning Service                      9.30 am           Barry Parish Church
            Morning Service                      11 am              Carnoustie Church




Congregational Register


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

9th October 2017       James Carrie *          Aboyne (formerly Carnoustie)


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 770,738 hits were registered in 2017, about 21% up on the figure for the previous year (636,754). A big thank you to all our online followers.


Midweek Focus


Our 15-week study series on the Old Testament book of Job concludes on Wednesday, February 14. Next, we will turn back to the New Testament for a 14-week series on 2 Timothy. Few things today are as needed as courage—the courage to stand against lies and error, to live Godly lives in a Godless culture, and to pass on the gospel to future generations. But courage isn’t something to be found just around the corner. It only comes from one place. We look forward to our study of 2 Timothy challenging us to stand strong in the faith and carry on the ministry of the Gospel to those who follow. Best of all, it will point us to the One who can give us the courage to do so.

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 graham.suttie@btinternet.com



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


Welcome back to the second half of our exciting Guild year.



01 February       2.15pm             First Aid/Defibrillators with Lynn Laurence

24                     10.00am            Coffee Morning in Philip Hall (Tickets £1.50)

Cake & Candy, Gifts, Books, Parcels.   Donations welcome for all stalls

01 March           2.15pm             Air Ambulance with Georgina Hood

02                     7.00pm             World Day of Prayer

14                     2.30pm             Council AGM - St Andrews Church, Arbroath


Please remember that all are welcome to join us.



Good Neighbours Drop-In Café

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 Fairtrade stalls. Cafe dates over the next two months are February 7 and 21 and March 7 and 21. 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 £567 was raised for church funds from the first six cafe dates. Thanks to all our cafe regulars.


Knitting for Others

In recent months, garments knitted by group members and supporters have benefited three overseas causes.

At Christmas time, a quantity of cardigans, vests and hats were donated in response to an appeal on behalf of Centre Marembo, an organisation that supports street girls in Rwanda, most of whom have been the victims of domestic and/or sexual abuse. The centre provides the girls with shelter, education, counselling and skills training. Many of the girls who come to the centre are pregnant but lack the parenting skills to care for their babies properly. Parenting classes are run at the centre on a Saturday morning to teach the girls the importance of play and books in the development of babies & young children. The centre has very little money or resources, so the clothes will be a tremendous asset for them.

Also destined for Africa were a quantity of blankets, cardigans, jumpers, vests, romper suits, hats, mitts and booties donated to the Angus Branch of the Nyumbani Trust on behalf of an HIV orphanage in Kenya. Nyumbani Home currently provides home and shelter for 135 HIV+ orphans and houses a busy diagnostic laboratory serving the orphanage and the wider Nairobi area. It also oversees Lea Toto, raising the child, an outreach programme with the overall goal of mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS and reducing the risk of HIV transmission through provision of a comprehensive home-based care package, reaching into the slum townships.

Finally, we also further supported Dundee-based Mission International with a selection of V-necked school jumpers for distribution to children in Haiti.

All in all it was a busy end to 2017 but, of course, more items are still needed. 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, but will resume in Barry Church Hall from Monday 2nd April.

Pauline Suttie, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07599 182418

Coming Up

The Prayer Meeting is moving to a new time – Mondays 10 - 11 am

Fri 2nd Feb                     Friday Coffee Break

                                    10-11.30 am      Philip Hall

Fri 2nd Feb                     BB Burns Supper

                                    7 pm                 BB Hall

Mon 5th Feb                   Prayer Meeting – New time

                                    10 am               Duthie Room

Mon 5th Feb                   Youth & Children Team

                                    7.30 pm            Philip Hall

Wed 7th Feb                   Good Neighbours Drop-in Café

                                    10-11.30 am      Barry Church Hall

Fri 9th Feb                      Sports and Crosses – for High School ages

                                    1.45 – 3 pm       BB Hall, Maule St

Fri 16th Feb                    Friday Coffee Break

                                    10-11.30 am      Philip Hall

Wed 21st Feb                 Good Neighbours Drop-in Café

                                    10-11.30 am      Barry Church Hall

Fri 23rd Feb                    Youth Dodgeball Tournament

                                    7 pm                 BB Hall, Maule St

Wed 28th Feb                 Afternoon Service

                                    3 pm                 Braehill Lodge

Fri 2nd Mar                     Friday Coffee Break

                                    10-11.30 am      Philip Hall

Fri 2nd Mar                     World Day of Prayer Service

                                    7 pm                 Erskine UF Church

Mon 5th Mar                   Worship Team

                                    7.30 pm            The Manse

Wed 7th Mar                   Good Neighbours Drop-in Café

                                    10-11.30 am      Barry Church Hall

Fri 16th Mar                    Friday Coffee Break

                                    10-11.30 am      Philip Hall

Mon 19th Mar                 Kirk Session as Trustees (provisional)

                                    7.15 pm            Barry Church Hall

Wed 21st Mar                 Good Neighbours Drop-in Café

                                    10-11.30 am      Barry Church Hall




From the Minister’s Desk

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Matthew 9: 37-38

Dear Friends,

A new year has begun, with its hopes and fears before us.  Looking ahead into 2018 there will be a lot going on locally and further afield with which we will be engaging.  The arrival of the Rev Rob Barlow as the new minister of Erskine UF Church next month will add to the partnership in the Gospel here.  With Annette at Panbride, we look forward to doing new things together to bear witness to Christ in Carnoustie.

At the time of going to press we aren’t quite clear as to how the Easter services will be arranged, but we expect to be working with the other Carnoustie Churches for a full programme together.

Later in the year the Open will return to Carnoustie.  From past experience, there don’t appear to be many links from the golf course and the tented village to the town, and the Royal & Ancient seem to be reinforcing this even further.  Nevertheless, we will be exploring means of using the event as a springboard for mission from the Churches.

As I wrote in the December issue of Contact, we have begun our involvement with the Path of Renewal, and the first conference has started to open up a process of reflection, training and change for me and for our congregations.

The challenge we face is not new – it is of bringing the unchanging Gospel to a radically and rapidly changing world.  The Path of Renewal is a process to help us face that challenge, so that we can move to becoming ‘Missional Churches’ – congregations whose life and being are focussed on reaching out to the world around us.

This will lead to changes in the way we worship and in the way we run our organisations.  But we won’t be alone in this: the process involves training and mentoring, which will take place over the next three years in conferences and in local partnerships.  Pray for this process, and for all those who will be asked to get involved in this process.


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                                                                                    £26,615.95

Expenditure                                                                             £27,572.39


Balance in Bank at 28 December 2017                              £1,366.62


Many thanks to all who brought their income commitments up to date for the end of the financial year.   Now as we move into a new year can I take the liberty of asking you to consider the possibility of increasing your regular giving.   Every penny will help in the challenging year ahead.


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

04 February                 Malcolm

11                                Shirley                                                             Graham

18                                Jan                              Jan

25                                Hugh

04 March                     Graham                       Jan                              Jan

11                                Iain

18                                Malcolm                                                           Graham

25                                Shirley

01 April                        Jan                              Jan

08                                Hugh


Cleaning Rota


W/C 5 February          Rosemary Docherty, Jan Scott & Eddie Hughes

W/C 5 March               Lorna Yule, Eileen Ramsay & Elaine Bottoms

W/C 2 April                  Shirley Murison, Mina Robertson





The Way of Love (1 Corinthians 13)

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as ac martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere.  So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up

Love cares more for others than for self

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have

Love doesn’t strut

Doesn’t have a swelled head

Doesn’t force itself on others

Isn’t always “Me first”

Doesn’t fly off the handle

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others

Doesn’t revel when others grovel

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth

Puts up with anything

Trusts God always

Always looks for the best

Never looks back

But keeps going to the end


Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit.  We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete.  But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be cancelled.


When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant.  When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.


We don’t yet see things clearly.  We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.  But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!  We’ll see it all then, see it all clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just he knows us!


But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.   And the best of the three is love.





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