June-July 2017














































 June / July           2017    









Charity No: SC002545



























































02 June            5.45pm             Putting Competition

                        7.30pm             followed by BBQ at Church Manse

04                     9.30am             Morning Worship

06                     7.30pm             Presbytery Communion in Forfar East & Old

11                     9.30am             Morning Worship

12                     7.30pm             Worship Team Meeting in Church Manse

15                     3.00pm             Afternoon Service in Braehill Lodge

18                     9.30am             Morning Worship

25                     11.00am           Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

                                                The Lord’s Supper followed by Soup Lunch in                                     Philip Hall

29                     2.00pm             Infamous Guild Afternoon Teas in Church Hall

                        2.30pm             Afternoon Communion at Brookfield RHE


02 July             10.00am           Joint Service in Barry Parish Church

09                     10.00am           Joint Service in Barry Parish Church

16                     10.00am           Joint Service in Barry Parish Church

23                     10.00am           Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

27                     2.00pm             Infamous Guild Afternoon Teas in Church Hall

30                     10.00am           Joint Service in Carnoustie Church


06 August         10.00am           Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

31 August         2.00pm             Infamous Guild Afternoon Teas in Church Hall



Holiday Club    10.00am – 12noon        Monday 7th – Friday 11th 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                                          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. Try Praying – Pray for the opportunities to share the booklets with others, and for prayer to open the hearts of many to the love of Christ.

2. General Election – Pray for wisdom in the placing of our votes, and for integrity and grace in the lives of all the candidates.

3. Rev Dougal Edwards – Give thanks for Dougal’s ministry among us in these past four years, for all his service as a member, an Elder and a Reader over preceding years, and pray for him as Locum at Carnoustie: Panbride.

Door Duties


04 June                        MS                               Shirley Murison

11                                 MS                               Eddie Hughes

18                                 MS                               Jan Scott

25                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

02 July                         MS                               Shirley Murison

09                                 MS                               David Pattullo

16                                 MS                               Eileen Ramsay

23                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

30                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

06 August                     Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

13                                 MS                               Peter Ramsay

20                                 MS                               Mabel Gordon

27                                 MS                               Eddie Hughes


Sunday Tea Rotas


Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service


04 June                        Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon

11                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

18                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

25                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie

02 July                         Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

09                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

16                                 Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon

23                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie

30                                 Joint Service in Carnoustie

06 August                     Joint Service in Carnoustie

13                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott


Coming Up


Sat 20th – Fri 26th May            General Assembly

Mon 29th May               Kirk Session

                                    7.30 pm           Philip Hall

Fri 2nd June                 Putting Competition and Barbeque

                                    5.45 pm Putting Green            7.30 pm Manse

Sun 4th June                Meet, Eat and Sing in Carnoustie Church

                                    2 pm    Singers meet             6.30 pm Evening Service

Tues 6th June              Presbytery Communion

                                    7.30 pm           Forfar: East & Old Church

Thurs 8th June             Carnoustie High School Annual Awards

                                    7 pm               Carnoustie Church

Mon 12th June             Worship Team

                                    7.30 pm           The Manse

Thurs 15th June           Afternoon Service

                                    3 pm                Braehill Lodge

Sun 18th June              Children’s Prizegiving

                                    11 am             Carnoustie Church

Sun 25th June              The Lord’s Supper – Joint Service

                                    11 am             Carnoustie Church

                                    Followed by Soup Lunch in the Philip Hall

Mon 26th June             Kirk Session Executive

                                    7.30 pm           Philip Hall

Wed 28th June                        Woodlands End of Term Service

            10 am              Carnoustie Church

Thurs 29th June           Barry Guild Afternoon Teas

                                    2 pm                Barry Church Hall

Thurs 29th June           Afternoon Communion

                                    2.30 pm           Brookfield


Thurs 27th July           Barry Guild Afternoon Teas

            2 pm               Barry Church Hall

Mon 7th – Fri 11th Aug          Holiday Club 10 am - 12 noon




Congregational Register


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

Mar        29     Fiona Paterson


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 344,533 hits were registered. The figure for the corresponding period last year was 217,083. A big thank you to all our online followers.



Summer Joint Services (10.00am)


02 July                       Barry Parish Church

09                                Barry Parish Church

16                                Barry Parish Church


23                                Carnoustie Church

30                                Carnoustie Church

06 August                 Carnoustie Church







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


The Guild restarts on 7 September at 2.15pm and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to an exciting programme of speakers and fellowship.


In the meantime, our infamous afternoon teas start again on Thursday 29 June followed by Thursday 27 July, Thursday 31 August and Thursday 28 September.   The cost will be £2.00 which is brilliant value.   Please come along and support our budding Mary Berry’s and make these teas as successful as in the past.



Knitting for Malawi


As our group approaches its first anniversary on June 6, news has reached us that our consignments of knitted goods dispatched from the Raven Trust depot in Dundee in January and February have arrived safely in Malawi for distribution and the final consignment which left Dundee in April is currently en-route to the African country and should arrive there shortly.

Following the closure of the Raven Trust earlier this year, Knitting for Malawi is now partnering another Dundee based aid agency Mission International, which in recent years has been instrumental in storing, packing and sending chip shop baby vests to a number of countries in Africa where the need is great. The term ‘chip shop babies’ began when it was discovered that often new born babies mostly in developing countries arrived into this world and had no clothes to put on.   As a result, the newborns were wrapped in newspaper, just like a fish supper, to keep them warm.   News of this reached knitters up and down the UK who developed a simple vest pattern, with additional hat sometimes, which even a novice knitter could cope with. As a result, tens of thousands of vests have been knitted and sent out to needy babies around the world.

However, the babies who received vests early in their life are of course now growing up, some are going to school and so would benefit from school jumpers. Although many of the countries in which Mission International operates have hot climates, the local children do feel cold early on their way to school and later as they go home. If you would like to help then we need single colour V-neck jumpers in grey, blue, navy, green, maroon, etc. in fact, any of the colours used in schools in the UK. They are needed in sizes for primary 1 through to Secondary 6. Contributions of knitted blankets, vests, hats etc. are also still 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 in Barry Church Hall on Monday afternoons between 1.45 and 3.30 pm or uplifted by arrangement.

Pauline Cadger, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07512 857300


Midweek Focus


Our short study series on the Old Testament Book of Ruth concludes on June 14. The following week, June 21, we plan to commence a 16-week series on the New Testament Book of James, a general epistle written by the half-brother of Jesus approximately 48-49 A.D. It was likely the first New Testament book (letter) to be written. The key personalities are James and persecuted Christians. James wrote this book to Jewish believers to encourage them to endure and live bold Christian lives, and is about practical Christian living that reflects a genuine faith that transforms lives. In many ways, it is similar to the Old Testament book of Proverbs.

A warm welcome awaits anyone interested in sharing in these times of midweek fellowship. 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




Cranky Old Man


What do you see?.....What do you see? What are you thinking…..when you are looking at me?

A Cranky Old Man…..not very wise; Uncertain of habit…..faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food…..and makes no reply.  When in a loud voice…..’I do wish you’d try!’

Who seems not to notice…..the things that you do.  And forever is losing…..a sock or a shoe?

Who, resisting or not…..lets you do as you will,  With bathing & feeding…..the long day to fill?

Is that what you’re thinking…..is that what you see?  Then open your eyes!  You’re not looking at me!

I’ll tell you who I am….. As I sit here so still, As I do at your bidding…..as I eat at your will.

I’m a small child of ten…..with a father and mother, Brothers and sisters…..who love one another.

A young boy of 16…..with wings on his feet  Dreaming that soon now…..a lover he’ll meet

A groom soon at twenty…..my heart gives a leap  Remembering the vows…..that I promised to keep.

At twenty five, now…..i have young of my own  Who need me to guide…..and a secure happy home.

A man of thirty…..my young now grown fast  Bound to each other…..with ties that should last.

At forty, my young sons…..have grown and are gone  But my woman is beside me …..to see I don’t mourn.

At fifty, once more…..babies play ‘round my knee  Again, we know children…..my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me…..my wife is now dead  I look at the future…..I shudder with dread

For my young are all rearing…..young of their own  And I think of the years….and the love that I’ve known

I’m an old man now…..and nature is cruel  It’s jest to make old age…..look like a fool

The body, it crumbles…..grace & vigour depart  There is now a stone…..where once I had a heart.

But inside this old carcass, a young man still dwells   and now and again …..my battered heart swells

I remember the joys…..I remember the pain  and I’m loving & living…..life over again

I think of the years, all too few…..gone too fast   and accept the stark fact….that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people…..open and see, not a cranky old man

Look closer…..see…..ME!!!!




From the Minister’s Desk

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people”

Ephesians 6:18


Dear Friends,

At the time of writing I was just about to go to the General Assembly, where we would be discussing the crisis in recruitment of Ministers, various issues of national and international interest, the crucial work of Crossreach… and a little matter which will be almost all the media want to discuss – Same Sex Marriage.

This year’s debate is not likely to change anything – at least not until several more years have passed – but it still commands the headlines, much to the frustration of Commissioners and the wider Church alike.  Such is the modern world’s obsession with sex.

Anyway, next month I will be able to give a fuller report on the discussions and decisions of the Assembly, but one of the many other things occupying my own thoughts has been nothing to do with the Edinburgh gathering.

June 4th is the Sunday we mark the first Day of Pentecost for the Christian Church, when the Holy Spirit filled the early disciples and enabled them to tell the Good News of Christ crucified and risen to people who had gathered for the feast from all over the Roman world.

It was a day which began with a prayer meeting and ended with the conversion of thousands and the spread of the Gospel to many lands. We too will focus on the power of prayer, as we use that day to share the ‘Try Praying’ initiative.

Through the booklets that everyone at the services will receive, we will encourage others to discover the power of prayer. It will also be a challenge to each one of us to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in the task of sharing the Gospel.

Prayer reminds us that the task of mission is not something we undertake in our own strength, but wholly relying on God to work in and through us to reach others.  He has given us the message, He has given us His Spirit to guide and teach us, He has given us His Son.

Will you pray for your neighbours and friends, for opportunities to share this booklet with them? Will you pray for others in the Church, that we might all be bold in our sharing?  Will you pray?

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                                                                                    £7,735.14

Expenditure                                                                             £8,376.71


Balance in Bank at 28 April 2017                                        £1,631.49


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


04 June           Grace Byars                            11        Wedding Flowers

18                    Sylvia Knowles                        25        In Carnoustie


02 July                                                             09        Mabel Gordon

16                                                                    23        In Carnoustie

30                    In Carnoustie                                      

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

04 June                                   Malcolm Sim               Graham Suttie

11                                            Graham                      

18                                            Hugh McKenzie           Mike

25                                            Shirley Murison

02 July                                     Jan Scott

09                                            Iain Ogilvie

16                                            Malcolm Sim               Graham Suttie

23                                            Graham Suttie

30                                            Hugh McKenzie


Cleaning Rota


W/C 12 June                           Shirley Murison, Mina Robertson

W/C 26 June                           Grace Byars, Sylvia Knowles, Malcolm Sim

W/C 07 August                       Patricia Pattullo, Hugh & Heather McKenzie

W/C 21 August                       Rosemary Docherty, Jan Scott, Eddie Hughes

W/C 04 Sept.                          Lorna Yule, Eileen Ramsay, Elaine Bottoms



Rev Dougal Edwards

Dougal and Allison Edwards joined Carnoustie Church quite some time ago and Dougal was ordained an Elder there in September 1990.  Some ten years later he was commissioned as a Reader in the Church of Scotland, and filled a number of different pulpits until he took a long-term appointment assisting the Rev Peter Phillips at Colliston l/w Friockheim Kinnell l/w Inverkeilor & Lunan.

This was work Dougal greatly enjoyed – and his ministry was widely appreciated there.   When Ordained Local Ministry was set up as a new ministry in the Kirk, Dougal was one of the first to apply.

With his BTh degree from previous years – and TLS training as well – it was a straightforward process for him to complete the necessary work, and we were delighted to host Dougal’s ordination in Carnoustie Church as an OLM and appointment to serve Barry l/w Carnoustie in September 2013.

Over the past four years Dougal’s ministry here has been widely appreciated in both congregations and in the community – the latter recognised in his appointment as Chaplain to the Royal British Legion.  He has also given substantial service to the wider Church, on the World Mission Council for a period – including being part of a delegation to Cuba – and convening the Presbytery World Mission & Ecumenical Relations Group for four years.

This service was recognised in Dougal’s appointment as Presbytery Moderator for 2016-17, a task he faced with trepidation but that  he carried off with characteristic grace and good humour.

I have been delighted to see Dougal being welcomed as part of the Ministry Team in Barry and warmly accepted as part of the congregation and its witness here.

Now Dougal is retiring from the Ordained Local Ministry at the end of June, and we look forward to his final service presiding at a joint Communion service in Carnoustie Church on the 25th June at 11 am, with a soup lunch in the Philip Hall afterwards.

Like most retired ministers, Dougal won’t be allowed to remain idle – he is to be appointed as Locum in the vacancy at Carnoustie: Panbride at least until the end of the year.

Speaking personally, I have gained immeasurably from Dougal’s sharing in the ministry here in all his different roles, and particularly in his pastoral support and leading of worship in these last four years.  May the Lord bless him richly in all that lies ahead!

Mike Goss





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