June/July 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWSLETTER

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BARRY

PARISH

CHURCH

Charity No: SC002545

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 May             9.30am             Morning Worship

03 June            3.00pm             Afternoon Service - Braehill Lodge

                        7.30pm             The God Question Part 2 – Philip Hall

04 June            7.00pm             High School Awards – Carnoustie Church

05 June            7.00pm             Church of Scotland Evangelical Network

                                                Evening Meal Available at 6pm

                                                St. George’s Tron, Glasgow

07 June            9.30am             Morning Worship

14 June            9.30am             Morning Worship

17 June            7.30pm             Billy Graham: The Cross – Philip Hall

21 June            9.30am             Morning Worship

                        12.30pm           Church Family Picnic – Barry Mill

22 June            7.30pm             Kirk Session MAF & Buildings Presentations

                                                Philip Hall

24 June            10.00am           Woodlands PS End of Term Service

                                                Carnoustie Church

28 June            9.30am             Morning Worship

29 June – 3 July                       Holiday Club – Carnoustie Baptist Church

                                                10.00am – 12.30pm

05 July             10.00am           Joint Family Service – Barry Parish Church

12 July             10.00am           Joint Family Service – Barry Parish Church

19 July             10.00am           Joint Family Service – Barry Parish Church

26 July             10.00am           Joint Family Service – Carnoustie Church

02 August         10.00am           Joint Family Service – Carnoustie Church

09 August         10.00am           Joint Family Service – Carnoustie Church

 

Rev Mike Goss on holiday 11 July – 19 July

Rev Dougal Edwards on holiday 20 July – 2 August

           

 

 

 

 

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                         

 

Child Protection Contact             

 

Life and Work Organiser              Mrs Jan Scott        852884

 

Newsletter Editor                          Mr Malcolm Sim                852564

                                                         malcolm.sim@talktalk.net

 

Guild Contact                                 Mrs Shirley Murison         410062                                   

 

 

Prayer Focus

 

We offer these thoughts to add to your own prayers;

 

1. General Assembly – As the ‘fallout’ continues from contentious Assembly decisions, pray for the peace of the Church and for our witness to Biblical truth.

2. Schools – Give thanks for the excellent relationships we have with local schools and pray for the Assemblies, class work and end of term services.

3. Church of Scotland Crossreach – Remember this vital work of the Church, providing care and support for many people in need across Scotland today.

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Door Duties

 

31 May                         Malcolm Sim               Eddie Hughes

07 June                        Malcolm Sim               Helen Whytock

14                                 Malcolm Sim               Mabel Gordon

21                                 Malcolm Sim               Shirley Murison

28                                 Malcolm Sim               Jan Scott

05 July                         Malcolm Sim               David Pattullo

12                                 Malcolm Sim               Peter Ramsay

19                                 Malcolm Sim               Eileen Ramsay

26                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

02 August                     Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

09                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

 

Sunday Tea Rotas

 

Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service

 

07 June                        Rosemary Docherty     Shirley Murison

14                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

21                                 Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

28                                 Helen Whytock                        Patricia Patullo

05 July                         Sally McKenzie            Muriel McConnell                   

12                                 Rosemary Docherty     Shirley Murison

19                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

26                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

02 August                     Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

09                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

 

 

General Assembly Report – Part 1

 

General Assembly 2015 – Civil Partnerships Debates

Given the complexity of this issue and the challenge of gleaning accurate information from the media coverage, here are the facts of what was decided at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Ministers and Deacons in Civil Partnerships

On Saturday 16th May, the General Assembly voted in favour of permitting people in Civil Partnerships to serve as ministers and deacons within the Church of Scotland, by 309 votes to 182.  This decision follows the decision of the General Assembly of 2014, which was approved by a majority of Presbyteries (31 for, 14 against) under the terms of the Barrier Act.

The Church has adopted a position which maintains a traditional view of marriage between a man and a woman, but allows individual Kirk Sessions to decide if they wish to 'opt out' of that traditional position and to call a minister or a deacon who is in a same sex civil partnership.

Same sex Marriage

The wider issue of what Same Sex Marriage means in the church was also mentioned in the reports on Saturday.  However, there were no moves to allow Ministers and Deacons to solemnise Marriages of Same Sex couples.  Further exploration of this particular issue will be reported on in two or three years’ time.

Ministers and Deacons in Same sex Marriage

On Thursday 21st May, the General Assembly debated whether to extend the provision covering minister and deacons in civil partnerships to those who are in a same sex marriage.  After a long debate, Commissioners voted by 213 votes to 205 against deferring a decision on this until the Church’s Theological Forum had presented a report on the subject of same sex marriage.

However, Commissioners then voted, by 215 votes to 195, to defer the final decision until Presbyteries have been consulted under the terms of the Barrier Act.  Presbyteries will now debate this question and return their votes by the end of this year.

Special provisions were agreed which protect any minister or deacon ordained before 31st May 2009 who is now in a same sex marriage, as is the case for at least one serving Church of Scotland minister.

Cont. on page 7

                                                    

                                                                                    

 Congregational Register

 

Funerals

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

May        5       Dr Peter Frederick Dalzell Shaw, Ravensby Hall

               21     Mrs Carolyn Peters, 3 Knowes Loan, Barry   *

*Denotes church member

 

Service Times for 2015

Please note – Following the service time’s questionnaire and discussion at the Kirk Session, services will remain at 9.30am during 2015 and 2016, with the exception of joint Summer Services and other special occasions.  There will then be a further review of church times in summer 2016.

 

Electronic Newsletter

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 malcolm.sim@talktalk.net 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 now 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 sites other features is a daily Bible verse with an additional option of listening to a reading of the full chapter for that day.

From the latest viewing statistics, the Barry Church website continues to grow in popularity not only with congregation members, but also other residents of our parish area and beyond. Between January 1 and May 20 this year, a total of 77,952 hits were registered. The figure for the whole of 2014 was 78,581. A big thank you to all our online followers.

 

 

 

Stamps

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 give your stamps to Helen Whytock directly or leave them at the Church door and they will be collected.

 

Guild News

 

Guild Theme – A World to serve: Topic – LETS TALK ABOUT – How to share

 

The Guild recently held their AGM with the following being elected.

 

Contact Person: Shirley Murison (01241 410062)

Treasurer: Grace Byars

Committee: Mina Robertson, Mabel Gordon, Sylvia Knowles, Jane Stewart, Rosemary Docherty

 

The Guild had a very successful year which was enjoyed by all and we thank everyone for their support.  We look forward to our famous Afternoon Teas in the Church Hall on the last Thursday of June, July, August & September.   Everyone will be most welcome.

 

A sum of £107 was raised for Guild funds from the sale of a Bible people and places quiz sheet. Winner of the £20 gift voucher was June Smith, Wallace Street, Carnoustie, who had only one incorrect answer.  Here are all the answers:

 

1, Night before - Eve. 2, Spot - Mark. 3, Elton's friend - David. 4, Commercial morning - Adam. 5, Look curiously around this junction - Peter. 6, Medic in once more - Andrew. 7, Half day re-ordered - Ruth. 8, Pace fowl - Stephen. 9, Top football club initially at centre of trading muddle - Samuel. 10, Lay waste in turmoil - Ezra. 11, Announced "Time for bed" in roundabout way - Zebedee. 12, Fuel company shake-up after unlucky letter? - Moses. 13, Male confused about prison mix-up - Elijah. 14, Sounds like guid bit o' meat - Abraham. 15, Parent would meet with chop but for abstinence - Matthew. 16, Weep about Scottish town - Calvary. 17, Require re-arrangement - Eden. 18, Part of English town disrupted after girl's name - Bethlehem. 19, Muddled animal attaches itself to you and me - Ephesus. 20, US uncle accompanies operatic solo - Samaria. 21, Songsters in disarray after I go French - Jericho. 22, Growth agent mixed after international honour - Capernaum. 23, Sounds like what chatterboxes do - Babylon. 24, Now partner confused about Mrs Tindall upset - Nazareth. 25, American rap star has muddled masculine following - Jerusalem. 26, What girl in No 18 uttered for the doc - Bethsaida. 27, Scottish town in uproar after ex-con does u-turn - Galilee. 28, Receive upset female with long flowing hair - Gethsemane. 29, Tennis star Kournikova disturbed after financial adviser - Canaan. 30, Buddhist scriptures given makeover - Tarsus.

 

The new session starts on Thursday 3 September at the new time of 2.15pm.  Details of the syllabus will be in the next newsletter.   See you all then.

 

 

Disability Sunday

 

Along with many of the other churches in Angus Presbytery, we at Barry Church are planning to hold a Disability Sunday on August 30 2015 with the following objectives:

  • To show disabled people that God cares about them and their needs
  • To raise awareness of disability and the needs of disabled people
  • To give people affected by disability a voice
  • To show that God responds to and uses disability in many different ways
  • To show that including disabled people isn't a burden, but is a blessing and can be fun!

 If you would like to serve on the planning team for the Disability Sunday service, please contact Graham Suttie on 01241 852614 or email graham.suttie@btinternet.com to register your interest.

 

Seminar Topics

 

The Angus Presbytery Training Team proposes that seminars of the normal range of topics should be offered on a two yearly basis, rather than every year as has been the pattern in recent years. It is, accordingly proposed that for 2015 the following programme is offered:

  • Wednesday 23rd. September – a Session Clerks “get together.”
  • Saturday 24th  October and Saturday 15th. November - “Telling it naturally” dealing with ways of talking about faith in a natural way.
  • Wednesday 11th. November – Working with young people. Ideas for those working with young people from primary school to youth group ages.

Kirk Sessions are asked to publicise this programme within their congregations and advise the Presbytery of those interested in attending. Once there is an indication of numbers venues will be arranged based on the areas from which people will travel.

Congregations are also asked to consider if any of the other courses which have been run, such as Eldership in the 21st century and Pastoral Care would be of interest and if so they can be included in the programme for 2016. In addition to that if congregations have suggestions for new seminar topics which might be provided the team will try to meet such requests.

For more information, contact Graham Suttie on 01241 852614 or email graham.suttie@btinternet.com.

 

 

 

 

Coming Up

Wed 3rd June             Afternoon Service

                                                3 pm   Braehill Lodge

Wed 3rd June             The God Question – Pt 2

                                                7.30 pm          Philip Hall

Thurs 4th June                        High School Awards Evening

                                                7 pm   Carnoustie Church

Fri 5th June                             Church of Scotland Evangelical Network

                                                Evening Meal available at 6 pm

                                                7 - 9 pm          St George’s Tron, Glasgow

Wed 17th June                       Billy Graham: The Cross

                                                7.30 pm          Philip Hall

Sun 21st June             Funday Club & Youth Group Prizegiving

                                                11 am Carnoustie Church

                                                12.30 pm Church Family Picnic – Barry Mill

Monday 22nd June                 Kirk Session – MAF & Buildings                                                        Presentations

                                                7.30 pm          Philip Hall

Wed 24th June                       Woodlands PS End of Term Service

                                                10 am Carnoustie Church

Sun 28th June                        The Lord’s Supper

                                                11 am Carnoustie Church

Mon 29th June – 3rd July       Holiday Club

                                                10 am – 12.30 pm Carnoustie Baptist                                                Church

Sat 11th – Sun 19th July        Minister’s holiday

Mon 20th July – Sun 2nd Aug            OLM’s holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    

 

From the Minister’s Desk

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering

Hebrew 13:3

Dear Friends,

Later on in the magazine there is comment about the General Assembly and its various decisions, however I wanted to pick up on some moving contributions given by overseas delegates to the Assembly.  The Church of Scotland invites representatives from partner Churches across the world, and a number of them are able to contribute to the debates in a meaningful way.

One such instance was hearing first hand from a Nepali minister who was afraid for his family during the first earthquake as they were elsewhere, and then later sheltered with them all during the next earthquake, glad that they were all together.  His personal witness of the devastation brought home its reality sharply to us all.

Likewise the delegate from Aleppo, ‘the most dangerous city on earth’, was able to speak powerfully of the suffering of Christians in Syria and the threatened extinction of the ancient congregations in that land.  Sometimes I wonder at our small difficulties in our own congregations when we hear the true nature of the suffering Church globally.

Hearing from these folk and getting the chance to meet them face to face is one of the great strengths of the Assembly.  We get a glimpse of being a small part of a global movement, of the worldwide fellowship of the Gospel.

Even among our own two congregations we have people who have travelled to different places – to Nepal on a work project, or similarly to Bangladesh, Uganda and other places.  So it is vital that we continue to hear these voices of the world Church, and of the Church across Scotland, to be reminded that we belong not to Barry or Carnoustie Church, but to the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We need to keep finding new ways of sharing with the wider Church, encouraging fellowship, sharing witness, growing in our faith and our family,

 

Yours in the blessing and peace of our risen Lord Jesus,

Mike Goss

 

 

 

Finance Statement

 

Balance per Statement at 31/12/14                                                      £4,934.91                               

Income                                                                                                  £11,220.10

Expenditure                                                                                           £9,294.45

 

Balance in Bank at 1 May 2015                                                       £6,860.56

 

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.

 

 

Flower Calendar

 

07 June                                                           14                               

21                                                                    28

05 July                                                             12        Mabel Gordon

19                                                                    26

           

                                               

                       

 

Readers Rotas

 

Date                                        Reading                     Prayers

 

07 June                                     Malcolm Sim                 Iain Ogilvie

14                                             Shirley Murison

21                                             Hugh McKenzie

28                                             Jan Scott                      Jane Stewart

 

05 July                                      Jane Stewart

12                                             Iain Ogilvie

19                                             Malcolm Sim

26                                             Shirley Murison

 

02 August                                 Hugh McKenzie

09                                             Jan Scott

                       

                                   

 

                                                                                

 

 

General Assembly Report – Part 1 Continued from page 10

Summary

As a result of the decisions taken at this year’s General Assembly, the Church of Scotland continues to affirm that it stands by its historic and current doctrine and practice in relation to marriage and human sexuality; while at the same time permitting individual congregations, by decision of the Kirk Session, to depart from this position and therefore be able to call a minister or deacon in a Civil Partnership.

This permission does not extend to ministers and deacons who have entered into a same sex marriage (other than the special provisions mentioned above), until Presbyteries have voted prior to the end of this year and the 2016 General Assembly has given final approval.

What does it all mean?

The Church of Scotland has re-affirmed the traditional position of the Church on marriage only being between a man and a woman.  However, individual congregations can choose to depart from this position. From now on, at every vacancy, the Kirk Session will be asked if it wants to consider agreeing to call a Minister who might be in a Civil Partnership.  If they do, then they will have to have two separate meetings at which they vote for this ‘constrained departure’.

A Minister in a Same Sex Marriage can also be called to such congregations if they were already ordained before 2009.

Meanwhile, the deep divisions within the Church of Scotland remain.  There are protections in the Act for those who feel that they cannot be involved in a particular situation for reasons of conscience, so I will not be participating in the ordination or induction of a Minister or Deacon who is in a Civil Partnership.

The Church of Scotland has got itself into a substantial muddle over this whole issue, neither one thing nor the other, and the situation is likely to return to future General Assemblies again and again.  Meanwhile, it is important that those who do not accept this challenge to the traditional teaching of the church to share mutual support and encouragement.

Covenant Fellowship Scotland is determined to be at the heart of this struggle, and the Church of Scotland Evangelical Network (CoSEN) draws a wider group together for shared fellowship and mission.  There is a meeting called by CoSEN on Friday 5th June at 7 pm in St George’s Tron, Glasgow, with dinner available beforehand for those who book.

             

 


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