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29 May             9.30am             Morning Worship

                        6.30pm             Meet, Eat & Sing Choral Service in Carnoustie                                             Church.   Singers to meet in Philip Hall at 2pm

05 June             9.30am             Morning Worship

07                     7.30pm             Presbytery Communion, Carnoustie Church

09                     7.00pm             High School Awards Evening, Carnoustie Church

12                     9.30am             Morning Worship

                        12.30pm            HM Queens Birthday Celebration

                                                Barry Parish Church West Garden

13                     7.15pm             Kirk Session Meeting, Church Hall

17                     6.30pm             Treasure Hunt and Barbeque – from Black Slab Car                          Park and back to Manse for BBQ

19                     9.30am             Morning Worship

23                     3.00pm             Afternoon Service, Braehill Lodge

26                     9.30am             Morning Worship

29                     10.00am            Woodlands End of Term Service

                                                Carnoustie Church

30                     2.00pm             Barry Guild Afternoon Tea, Barry Church Hall


03 July              10.00am            Morning Worship – Joint Service at Barry

10                     10.00am            Morning Worship – Joint Service at Barry

17                     10.00am            Morning Worship – Joint Service at Barry

24                     10.00am            Morning Worship – Joint Service at Carnoustie

28                     2.00pm             Barry Guild Afternoon Tea, Barry Church Hall

31                     10.00am            Morning Worship – Joint Service at Carnoustie


7 August           10.00am            Morning Worship – Joint Service at Carnoustie









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




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                    


Safeguarding 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. Homelessness – Pray for an end to this scourge on our society, through the provision of support and resources to help people get appropriate housing.

2. European Referendum – Pray for wisdom on this complex yet vital issue for our future; pray also for clear, honest debate from both sides.

3. Stewardship – Pray for all involved with our Stewardship Campaign and for a faith-filled response from our members.


Door Duties


29 May                         Malcolm Sim               Ron Campbell

05 June                        Malcolm Sim               Mabel Gordon

12                                 Malcolm Sim               Jan Scott

19                                 Malcolm Sim               Shirley Murison

26                                 Malcolm Sim               David Pattullo

03 July                         Malcolm Sim               Eileen Ramsay

10                                 Malcolm Sim               Peter Ramsay

17                                 Malcolm Sim               Eddie Hughes

24 July – 7 August        Carnoustie Church

14 August                     Malcolm Sim               Ron Campbell


Sunday Tea Rotas


Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service


05 June                        Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

12                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

19                                 Sally MacKenzie          Muriel McConnell

26                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

03 July                         Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

10                                 Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

17                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

24                                 Carnoustie Church

31                                 Carnoustie Church

07 August                     Carnoustie Church

14                                 Sally MacKenzie          Muriel McConnell




Mission Aviation Fellowship



Madagascar’s incredibly poor infrastructure and vast distances create great challenges for those travelling in the world’s fourth largest island.

As one of the few organisations able to overcome the difficulties of land travel, MAF was called in to handle the logistics so that SIL International (formerly Summer Institute of Linguistics) and Wycliffe could come together for a translation workshop.

The two organisations usually work closely together to translate God’s Word, equip field personnel with linguistics skills, and promote the translation of the Scripture. But despite their shared vision to make the Scriptures available in every heart language, opportunities to bring the different teams together are rare.

Although the teams dispersed across the island work in many different settings, the challenges faced by the translators are very similar.

‘Communities that speak lesser-known languages face many challenges when it comes to pursuing social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual goals without losing their ethno linguistic identity,’ explains MAF Pilot Josh Plett.

Teams working on translations for the Tandroy, Bara, Betsimisaraka, Antaisaka, and Tanosy people groups were collected over a two-day period. MAF Pilots Patrick Keller and Josh Plett carried out the busy flight schedule and really enjoyed meeting the teams.

 ‘Where there was once disunity because of people speaking different languages,’ Josh explains, ‘God is now bringing salvation through these diverse languages to build up His Kingdom.’

Two weeks after the original flights, the teams took to the air once more to fly home.

‘What a joy to be called to this work,’ says Josh, ‘to enable these language groups to meet. What a joy to support them as they translate God’s Word into other tongues; bringing the Gospel story to people in a language they can understand and identify with.

‘SIL and Wycliffe continue to remain great partners of MAF Madagascar,’ he concludes, ‘and we look forward to our next flight with them!’ 





Congregational Register



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

February 15                   Douglas Grassick, Carnoustie *

February 23                   Kathleen Fraser, Carnoustie

March 14                       Margaret Wightman, Carnoustie

April 15                         John Dargie, Carnoustie

April 27                         Sandy Willox, Carnoustie                      

May 20                         Kenneth Cullen, Arbroath*


*Denotes member


In keeping with Data Protection principles, we are reducing the information that will be recorded in the Barry Magazine.  Street numbers will no longer be included and full names may be shortened (if appropriate).


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. From January 1 to May 15 this year a total of 217,083 hits were registered. The figure for the corresponding period last year was 73,440. A big thank you to all our online followers.




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 Peace


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 30 June                       Afternoon Tea in Church Hall - 2pm – 4pm     


Thursday 28 July                        Afternoon Tea in Church Hall – 2pm – 4pm


Thursday 25 August                   Afternoon Tea in Church Hall – 2pm – 4pm


Thursday 29 September              Afternoon Tea in Church Hall – 2pm – 4pm


Cost £2.00.   We look forward to seeing you all again and hopefully some new faces.


The new Guild session will start on Thursday 1 September


Knitting for Malawi


Calling all ladies (and, of course, any gents) interested in knitting! Church member Pauline Cadger is starting a weekly knitting group in the church hall with the purpose of producing a range of knitted blankets, clothes and other goods for adults and children of needy communities in Malawi. The finished items will be shipped to the African country through a partnership with Dundee based charity The Raven Trust, details of whose work can be found online at www.theraventrust.org.

The first meeting of Knitting For Malawi will be held in the church hall on Monday 6th June from 1.45 to 3.30 pm and thereafter at the same times every week. If you are housebound or unable to attend on Monday afternoons for any reason, but still interested in supporting this most worthwhile venture, please contact Pauline on 437034 to discuss how you can perhaps become involved.


Church Cleaning


Please note that from the middle of July we will be without a cleaner.  We have decided therefore to form a voluntary cleaning group.   It is intended to carry out a deep clean with all the team followed by cleans on a fortnightly basis working in teams.   If you feel you can assist, please contact Shirley Murison.   The more the merrier.



HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday – Invitation to a Party


To celebrate the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II we are holding a local birthday party at the Barry Church West Garden in Barry Village on Sunday 12 June from 12.30 – 3.30pm.   There is no cost.   Bring your own picnic and there will be Coronation Chicken tasters and salad available.   Tea and coffee will also be provided.   There will be 50’s music and a birthday cake.  There will be prizes for the best adult / child prince or princess.


If you are able to come or require further information please call Jan on 852884 or email hmq90barry@virginmedia.com.


Please remember to bring your own chairs.


Midweek Focus


Coming soon to Barry Church - Midweek Focus, with Bible study, prayer and contemporary Christian music. Interested? Email graham.suttie@btinternet.com or telephone 852614 for more information.


Coming Up


Sunday 29th May                   Meet, Eat & Sing

                                                2 pm   Singers meet in Philip Hall

                                                6.30 pm Choral Service in Carnoustie                                                     Church

Tues 7th June             Presbytery Communion

                                                7.30 pm          Carnoustie Church

Thurs 9th June                        High School Awards Evening

                                                7 pm   Carnoustie Church

Sunday 12th June                  The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

                                                1.30 pm          Outside Philip Hall

                                                12.30 pm        Barry West Church Gardens

Monday 13th June                 Kirk Session

                                                7.15 pm          Church Hall

Friday 17th June                    Treasure Hunt and Barbeque

                                                6.30 pm from the Black Slab to the Manse

                                                See entry form – return to Pat Thornton


Thurs 23rd June                      Afternoon Service

                                                3 pm   Braehill Lodge

Wed 29th June                       Woodlands End of Term Service

                                                10 am Carnoustie Church

Thurs 30th June                      Guild Afternoon Teas

                                                2 pm   Barry Church Hall

Thurs 28th July                       Guild Afternoon Teas

                                                2 pm Barry Church Hall


Summer Joint Services

July 3rd, 10th and 17th                        Barry Parish Church at 10 am

July 24th and 31st and August 7th     Carnoustie Church at 10 am




From the Minister’s Desk

“The Word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

Dear Friends,

Following on from last magazine’s sad news, I was sorry to hear that Ken Cullen’s health deteriorated further and he died in the middle of May.  We mourn the passing of a faithful organist.

I’m back at the General Assembly once more, this year as a Commissioner, which means I’ll get to speak occasionally.  Next month’s Contact will have a lot more detail and reflection from the Assembly, but I’m writing this after the first day when a number of major decisions have been made.

Of course, the headlines are all about the vote to permit congregations to call Ministers who are married to a same sex partner.  This is still against the teaching of the Church, which remains that marriage is between one man and one woman, but vacant congregations will be asked – through their Kirk Sessions – whether they want to depart from this teaching.

It is not a happy place for the Church to be in, confused and muddled, with an unclear message to the world which in the end satisfies no-one.  This is what the Theological Forum calls ‘constrained difference’, where the opposing sides in this debate live with a compromises that satisfies neither.  Worst of all, it compromises the authority of God’s Word, and obscures the message of the Gospel, which is why I and many others recorded our Dissent from this decision.

Yet it is also important to remember that this was only a small part of the work of the Assembly – even on the first day.  The Council of Assembly’s report on the struggles for the finances of the Church was important.

Income from congregations has stopped rising, but costs continue to rise, and that brings future challenges for the work of the Church.  The fall in numbers of Ministers helps to balance the books, but leaves us struggling to provide for Ministers for our parishes throughout Scotland.

There is also good news, with the continued emphasis of moving control of some of our finances to Presbyteries, which helps us look for more local ways of supporting the mission of the Church.

In many ways it feels like the Church is struggling to manage ‘business as usual’ – but this could lead to exciting possibilities for change and even for renewal in the Church of Scotland.  Some decisions cause me and many others great pain, yet I am glad to say that God is still at work in His Church throughout Scotland.

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

Mike Goss



Finance Statement


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

Income                                                                                      £7,386.40

Expenditure                                                                               £8,874.86


Balance in Bank at 29 April 2016                                        £2,838.42


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


05 June           Sally MacKenzie                     12        Pauline Cadger           

19                    Graham Suttie                         26                   

03 July                                                             10        Shirley Murison

17                    Mabel Gordon                          24        Carnoustie Church

31                    Carnoustie Church    


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 June                                   Graham Suttie

12                                            Hugh McKenzie                       Iain Ogilvie

19                                            Shirley Murison

26                                            Jan Scott


03 July                                     Iain Ogilvie

10                                            Malcolm Sim

17                                            Graham Suttie

24                                            Hugh McKenzie

31                                            Shirley Murison


07 August                                Jan Scott





Carnoustie FUN Group






The Treasure Hunt, confined to the centre of Carnoustie, is to be held on Friday evening 17th June 2016 commencing at 6.30pm.  


All participants to meet at the Black Slab where the Treasure Hunt will start and finish.   Transport to the Manse will be available if required.


The Barbeque which follows will commence in the Manse Garden around 7pm.   


To ensure your dietary requirements are catered for it’s a ‘bring your own food and own cold refreshments’ night.


To allow the ‘chef’ to get organised during the Treasure Hunt, please hand in your food to the Manse immediately prior to going to Black Slab for 6.30pm to start the Treasure Hunt.


Entry forms to Pat Thornton, 9 Collier Street by 10 June



Team name  …………………………………….

Number in team   ………………….


Contact Phone no.    ………………………..



Entry £2 per team     ………………………..





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