October-November 2017














































 October / November 2017    









Charity No: SC002545



























































01 October       9.30am             Morning Worship – Harvest Thanksgiving

05                     2.15pm             Guild Meeting – Louise Myles (Isabella’s                                            Preserves)       

06                     10.00am           Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

08                     9.30am             Morning Worship – Elders Service

15                     9.30am             Morning Worship - Rev Liz Crumlish

16                     7.15pm             Kirk Session

20                     10.00am           Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

                        7.00pm             Beetle Drive – Barry Church Hall

22                     9.30am             The Lord’s Supper

25                     10.00                Barry Coffee Drop-In – Barry Church Hall

29                     9.30am             Morning Worship

30                     7.30pm             M & D Team – Philip Hall

02 November   2.15pm             Guild Meeting – Joanna Mawdsley (V & A )

05                     9.30am             Morning Worship

06                     7.30pm             Worship Team – The Manse

08                     2.30pm             Afternoon Service - Willowbank

12                     10.30am           Remembrance Sunday

                                                Joint Service in Barry Church

                        12.30am           War Memorial

15                     3.00pm             Afternoon Service – Braehill Lodge

19                     11.00am           Souper Sunday

                                                Joint Service in Carnoustie Church

23                     2.30pm             Afternoon Worship - Brookfield

26                     9.30am             Morning Worship

03 December   9.30am             Morning Worship – 1st Day of Advent


Ministers Holiday Tuesday 3 – Monday 16 October







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. Storm and Earthquake – Pray for all those devastated by the late summer hurricanes, typhoon and earthquakes in Texas, the Caribbean, Vietnam and Mexico.

2. Brechin: Gardner Memorial l/w Farnell – Remember these congregations as they look for a new minister in 2018 and pray for Mike as he acts as Interim Moderator in the vacancy.

3. Carnoustie Churches – Pray for three local congregations seeking a new minister at this time: Carnoustie: Panbride, Erskine UF and the Church of the Holy Rood.


Door Duties


01 October                   MS                               Peter Ramsay

08                                 MS                               Mabel Gordon

15                                 MS                               Eddie Hughes

22                                 MS (on holiday)           Jan Scott

29                                 MS                               Shirley Murison

05 November               MS                               David Pattullo

12                                 MS                               Eileen Ramsay

19                                 Joint Souper Sunday – Carnoustie Church

26                                 MS                               Peter Ramsay

03 December               MS                               Mabel Gordon                         



Sunday Tea Rotas


Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service


01 October                   Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

08                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

15                                 Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon

22                                 Alice Hughes               Jan Scott

29                                 Patricia Pattullo           Heather McKenzie

05 November               Eileen Ramsay             Elaine Bottoms

12                                 Shirley Murison           Rosemary Docherty

19                                 Joint Souper Sunday – Carnoustie Church

26                                 Sally McKenzie            Mabel Gordon

03 December               Alice Hughes               Jan Scott


Coming Up

Tues 3rd – Mon 16th Oct  Minister’s Holiday

Fri 6th Oct                      Friday Coffee Break

                                    10-11.30 am      Philip Hall

Sun 8th Oct                    Elders’ Services

Sun 15th Oct                  Rev Liz Crumlish – Path of Renewal

Mon 16th Oct                  Kirk Session

                                    7.15 pm            Barry Church Hall

Wed 18th Oct                 Afternoon Service

                                    3 pm                 Braehill Lodge

                                    7.30 pm            Carnoustie Guild

Fri 20th Oct                    Friday Coffee Break

                                    10-11.30 am      Philip Hall

Fri 20th Oct                    Beetle Drive

                                    7 pm                 Barry Church Hall

Sun 22nd Oct                  The Lord’s Supper

                                    9.30 am            Barry Parish Church

                                    11 am               Carnoustie Church

                                    6.30 pm            St Stephen’s Chapel

Wed 25th Oct                 NEW: Barry Coffee Drop-in

                                    10-11.30 am      Barry Church Hall

Mon 30th Oct                  Mission & Discipleship Team

                                    7.30 pm            Philip Hall

Fri 3rd Nov                      Friday Coffee Break

                                    10-11.30 am      Philip Hall

Mon 6th Nov                   Worship Team

                                    7.30 pm            The Manse

Wed 8th Nov                   Afternoon Service

                                    2.30 pm            Willowbank

Sun 12th Nov                  Remembrance Sunday

                                    10.30 am           Joint Service in Barry

                                    12.30 pm           War Memorial

Wed 15th Nov                 Afternoon Service

                                    3 pm                 Braehill Lodge

Sun 19th Nov                  Souper Sunday

                                    11 am               Joint Service in Carnoustie

Thurs 23rd Nov                Afternoon Communion

                                    2.30 pm            Brookfield



Congregational Register


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

Sept 27           Mrs Isabella S Sharp



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 September 15 this year a total of 596,918 hits were registered. The figure for the corresponding period last year was 440,673. A big thank you to all our online followers.


Midweek Focus

Our studies in the New Testament book of James will draw to a close on Wednesday, October 11. We have found the chapters full of wisdom, and like the Bible itself the words comfort the afflicted but afflict the comfortable, providing much food for thought.

On Wednesday, October 18, our attentions turn to the Old Testament and the book of Job. In a study series entitled 'Tried, Tested, and Triumphant', we will see the opening scene where God makes a deal with the devil that changes the course of Job’s Life. We will see the tragedies that befall him and the tears that flow as he bemoans the state of his life. We will consider Job’s wife and her motivation as she verbally berates him and watch as his “comforting” friends attack him. Ultimately as the narrative of Job is concluded we will see God in all His glory put everything into perspective for Job, eventually restoring His faithful servant to a blessed and full life.

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

The Guild restarted on 7 September at 2.15pm and Rev Mike Goss talked on our theme ‘Go in Love’.  Also, our dedication service was held on Sunday 10 September where some of the Guild members took part in the service.


The Afternoon Teas have again been a great success with between £750 - £800 being realised.  Well done one & all. A big thank you to all who contributed.   Four members enjoyed the Guild Gathering in the Caird Hall on Saturday 2 September.



5th October            2.15pm                  Louise Myles from Isabella’s Preserves

2 November          2.15pm                  Joanne Mawdsley from the V & A.   This will be most                                                                          interesting and members from other Guilds will join us.


Please remember that all are welcome to join us.



Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe

A new venture for our church is a twice monthly Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe to be held in Barry Church Hall on Wednesdays from 10 to 11.30 am. On offer will be a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits, all for just £1. There will also be a stall stocked with home baking and a variety of non-perishable foodstuffs. As the first day of the cafe, Wednesday 11th October, coincides with National Chocolate Week, we may also have a special treat for those attending!!!

The purpose of the cafe is to reach out to the community and open the doors of the church for the benefit of local people, drawing them together in a warm and friendly environment where there will be a welcome for everyone. Whether a church-goer or not, you will find a laid back, family atmosphere making it the ideal place to relax with friends.  So, if you’re out and about and need a refreshing cuppa, why not pop along to the Church Hall where you’ll find good fare served by friendly volunteers in warm comfortable surroundings.

October and November cafe dates are: October 11 and 25, and November 8 and 22. All proceeds will be in aid of church funds. For more information, telephone 01241 852614.


Knitting for Others

Our open afternoon on August 21 was attended by 22 ladies, who enjoyed a craft demonstration by Stella Lindsay, followed by an illustrated talk by Hugh Henderson of Mission International on the organisation's work in Uganda. Afterwards, Hugh was presented with a donation of £50 from group funds and, also took away with him seven large bags of knitted items produced over the last few months by group members and other contributors. Support for Knitting for Others continues to grow and following press coverage of the open afternoon further enquiries have been received from as far afield as Aboyne, Blairgowrie and Ballinluig! In addition to our ongoing partnership with Dundee-based aid agency Mission International, we have also established a link with an HIV AIDS orphanage in Kenya for which we are currently preparing a consignment of knitted baby clothes. All contributions of knitted vests, hats etc are 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.

N.B. - Meetings will continue to be held in Barry Church Hall up to and including October 30, but from November 6 the group will meet at 21 Barry Road through until the end of March.

Pauline Suttie, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07599 182418

P.S. The following email message has been received from Mission International thanking the group for their recent donation:

Dear Pauline

I am writing to thank the Knitting for Others group for their generous donation of £50. It is much appreciated and will help us continue our work amongst some of the world’s   poorest people.

Every Blessing, Iain Craig

Administration Assistant, Mission International





The Inquisitive Mind of a Child



Why are they selling poppies Mummy?

Selling poppies in town today.

The poppies, child, are flowers of love

For the men who marched away.


But why have they chosen a poppy Mummy?

Why not a beautiful rose?

Because my child, man fought and died,

In fields where the poppies grow.


But why are the poppies so red Mummy?

Why are the poppies so red?

Red is the colour of blood, my child,

The blood that the soldiers shed.


The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy,

Why does it have to be black?

Black, my child, is the symbol of grief,

For the men who never came back.


But why Mummy are you crying so?

Your tears are giving you pain

My tears are my tears for you my child

For the world is forgetting again.



From the Minister’s Desk

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”

2 Timothy 3: 16-17


Dear Friends,

Apparently, a recent poll in the UK discovered that most people thought that Martin Luther was a black civil rights leader in the US.  Of course, that was Martin Luther King, who is rightly celebrated for his work in the 1950s and 60s until he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th, 1968,

King was named after the German reformer Martin Luther, who famously nailed his 95 theses to the Church door in Wittenberg on October 31st 1517, 500 years ago this month.  From a scholarly dispute about indulgences a spark was lit that transformed the Christian Church in Europe and helped shape the continent for half a millennium.

The Church of Scotland was founded according to the Presbyterian principles of John Calvin, whose main work in Geneva followed two decades later, but who also owed a great deal to Luther’s earlier ministry. Through both their writings and the works of a number of others across the continent the Reformation shook the world.

Many of the debates seem consigned to history today.  Wandering friars no longer try to sell pieces of paper promising to release souls from purgatory in order to raise funds for Church work – the indulgences Luther railed against.  Archbishoprics are no longer bought and sold for political power and influence.

Yet still the importance of the central doctrines of the Reformation help us understand what it means to belong to the Christian Church today.  A faith founded on Christ alone, trusting in His death and resurrection as the only grounds for our hope of eternal life.  Teaching centred on the Bible as the Word of God revealed for all time, rather than the changing fashions of human philosophy.

This is the faith passed onto us today, to a Church that must always keep reforming its practice for new generations, always in accordance with God’s Word.  Some of our Scottish predecessors, like Patrick Hamilton and George Wishart, were burnt at the stake for these principles, just across the water in St Andrew’s.  A faith worth dying for is a faith worth living for, as many have since discovered for themselves.

May we find renewed confidence in what God has revealed through His Word of the work of His Son, crucified and risen, for us this day and for eternity.

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                                                                                    £16,217.18

Expenditure                                                                             £17,066.44


Balance in Bank at 01 September 2017                             £1,473.80


WARNING – it is now becoming increasingly harder to balance the books on a monthly basis.   It would be most helpful if members could bring their commitments up to date.   Your help in this matter would be most appreciated.


Flower Calendar


01 October      Harvest Thanksgiving             08       

15                    Sally McKenzie                       22       

29                    Heather McKenzie

05 November  .                                               12        Mabel Gordon

19                                                                    26        Pauline Suttie


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

01 October                  Iain Ogilvie

08                                Malcolm Sim               Graham Suttie             Jan

15                                Shirley Murison

22                                Jan Scott                     Iain Ogilvie

29                                Hugh McKenzie

05 November              Graham Suttie             Graham Suttie

12                                Iain Ogilvie                                                       Jan

19                                Malcolm Sim

26                                Shirley Murison                                               Graham                      

Cleaning Rota


W/C 02 October                     Grace Byars, Sylvia Knowles, Malcolm Sim

W/C 16 October                     Patricia Pattullo, Heather & Hugh McKenzie

W/C 30 October                     Rosemary Docherty, Jan Scott, Eddie Hughes

W/C 13 November                  Lorna Yule, Eileen Ramsay, Elaine Bottoms

W/C 27 November                  Shirley Murison, Mina Robertson







  1. My goal for 2017 was to lose 10 pounds.   Only 15 to go.
  2. Ate salad for dinner.   Mostly croutons and tomatoes.  Really just one big round crouton covered in tomato sauce.  And cheese.  FINE – it was a Pizza.  I ate a pizza.
  3. How to prepare Tofu.  Throw it in the trash.   Grill some meat.
  4. I just did a week’s worth of cardio after walking into a spider’s web.
  5. I don’t mean to brag but – I finished my fourteen day diet in 3hours 20 minutes.
  6. A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.
  7. Kids today don’t know how easy they have it.  When I was young I had to walk 9 feet across a shag pile carpet to switch the TV channel.
  8. I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented …. I forget where I was going with this.
  9. I love being over 50 – I learn something new every day … and forget 5 others.
  10. I think I’ll just put an Out of Order sticker on my forehead and call it a day.
  11. Senility has been a smooth transition for me.




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