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Barry Parish Church
December 2018

Saturday 1st December 2018 16 Days of Activism: Day 7 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - DAY 7: Liberia ‘I have not slept soundly for 20 years; last night I slept again. A weight has been lifted.’ Rose, Liberia Rose is part of one of the support groups in Monrovia, Liberia. She found out about the groups through a neighbour, who invited her to participate in a Journey to Healing workshop. Rose escaped her situation with her children and went back to her parents’ house, where she is raising her children. Her peer support group has been a safe place where she has been able to share her story without stigma. She’s made new friendships, has started a market stall and is sending her children to school again. Please pray for more women to find support groups, which help to give them the nurturing environment they need to rebuild their lives.
Sunday 2nd December 2018 Advent 1
 16 Days of Activism: Day 8 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - DAY 8: Iraq ‘Throughout the sessions I realised I am not the only one to have faced this type of violence. In each session I learned how to believe in myself, and at the last session I decided to talk.’ Betty, Iraq Betty is an 18-year-old survivor of sexual and gender-based violence, displaced with her family in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq following ISIS attacks on her village. For three years she suffered her abuse in silence. After taking part in Community Dialogues, she found the strength to ask for help, and was accompanied by Tearfund staff to report her perpetrator. She’s now receiving support and using her experience to raise awareness among other girls in the community. Pray for the continuation of the Community Dialogues to increase support within communities, minimise stigma that survivors face and increase awareness of gender-based violence.
09:30Morning Worship All welcome Tea/Coffee after service
14:30SU Dundee&Angus Christmas Party The Friary Dundee DD2 2PNSU Dundee & Angus Christmas Party Our Christmas party for the Dundee & Angus region is around the corner. This is a free event for all primary aged children. Wee ones are also welcome with an adult. There will be coffee and cakes! Date : Sunday 2nd December Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Place : The Friary, Tullideph Road, Dundee DD2 2PN Pass on this information to parents and guardians of primary aged children you know. Direct them to www.suscotland.org.uk/events or call 01382 206977 to ask for a printed flyer and more information.
Monday 3rd December 2018 16 Days of Activism: Day 9 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - DAY 9: Nigeria ‘As a husband and father of three daughters I have to be a positive role model by the way I treat their mother.’ Ben, Nigeria Ben is a staff member and took part of the Transforming Masculinities workshop in Jos, Nigeria. The five-day workshop addressed some of the cultural and societal norms which create unequal power dynamics between men and women and can lead to gender-based violence. Ben was transformed by the workshop and is now actively speaking out against gender-based violence. Please pray for more men like Ben to recognise the social norms which do harm to women around the world, and be willing to change their behaviour to reflect more equal relationships.
10:00Prayer Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
13:45Knitting For Others 21 Barry Road All welcome
Tuesday 4th December 2018 16 Days of Activism: Day 10 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - DAY 10: Colombia ‘I am a woman reborn from the ashes, with great hopes for the future.’ Nancy, Colombia Nancy is a survivor of sexual violence, but who’s life has dramatically changed as a result of the ‘Uniting Voices, Weaving Hope’ programme. When she arrived at the programme she was full of pain and mistrust, but today Nancy is a renewed woman. She is rebuilding her life, and is working on behalf of other women who, like her, have experienced pain and suffering as victims of sexual violence. Please pray for women like Nancy who’ve experienced violence: that they can be healed. Pray for the willingness of the church to be open to this programme which is bringing transformation to women like Nancy.
Wednesday 5th December 2018 16 Days of Activism: Day 11 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - DAY 11: Chad ‘It was brought home to me that violence against women is because of inequality of power, we need to think about our roles as men.’ Pastor Enoch, Chad Pastor Enoch took part in Transforming Masculinities training for faith leaders, where the root causes of violence, such as female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) were explored. This approach looks at power dynamics, and the implications of power inequality. Pray for Tearfund’s work on FGM/C, especially for faith leaders committed to speaking out against it, for courage and wisdom.
19:30Carnoustie Church Guild Philip Hall Ukulele Band
Thursday 6th December 2018 16 Days of Activism: Day 12 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - DAY 12: Brazil ‘I’ve been led to rethink my bias on what being a man means, following the example of Jesus Christ.’ Evandro, Brazil ‘In the northeastern region of Brazil we grow up learning to be macho, and to see women always as inferior. This [workshop] encouraged me to fight against all forms of violence against women in all areas, in church and the community where I live, to see how to influence other men and follow the example of the man Jesus of Nazareth.’ Pray that more men like Evandro will be inspired by the example of Jesus, and that their influence will spread and make a difference.
10:00Study&Fellowship Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
14:00Guild Meeting Barry Parish Church Ukulele Band
19:30Midweek Focus Bible Study 21 Barry Road John 1: 29-51One encouraging aspect of John’s gospel is his portrayal of not only the deity of Jesus but also the compelling accounts of the first few individuals who responded to Jesus’ call for followers. Far from perfect, these men demonstrated a range of expression and authenticity in their responses. The outcome of each encounter with Jesus proves refreshing for anyone who believes God only uses perfect people. Early in John’s opening chapter we discover that nothing could be further from the truth! Let’s follow the story as the Master Disciple-Maker, Jesus, recruits five common individuals for an uncommon mission. And He shows them how faith in Him would make that possible!
Friday 7th December 2018 16 Days of Activism: Day 13 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - DAY 13: Mali ‘I have learnt what true leadership is and how, when we come together as women, we can accomplish great things.’ Mariama, Mali Mariama is a survivor of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and has been part of a Journey to Healing programme, where women come together to share experiences and support one another. Mariama leads a peer support group, and through her leadership the group has been able to produce and sell peanut paste, which gives them some financial independence. Please pray for survivors of FGM/C, that through the peer support groups they will continue to gain confidence in themselves.
10:00Christmas Coffee Break Philip Hall All welcome
Saturday 8th December 2018 16 Days of Activism: Day 14 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - DAY 14: DRC ‘We help the couple establish the dialogue, which is the key to success in the home, and show them how to maintain harmony in a couple.’ Gender champion, DRC In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), ‘gender champions’ are individuals who are teaching people in their communities on the importance of gender equality. Part of this is to establish good dialogue between husbands and wives so that violence does not become normal practice within the home. Thank God and pray for these gender champions, that they will have the strength to challenge violence and promote healthy relationships.
Sunday 9th December 2018 Advent 2
 16 Days of Activism: Day 15 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - DAY 15: Peru ‘You are kind, you are intelligent, you are important.’ These were the words captured on a sign held by young women taking part in an awareness-raising campaign aimed at reducing sexual and gender-based violence. Paz y Esperanza is a human rights organisation in Latin America whose aim is to help women to increase their resilience and improve their income to make them less vulnerable to violence. Today we pray for women who are rebuilding their lives after violence to know that they are important and to know their worth. We pray for the good work that Paz y Esperanza are doing to help women rebuild their lives.
09:30Toy Gift Service Please leave gifts unwrapped All welcomeAngus Women’s Aid have confirmed that it is better *not* to wrap the gifts for the Toy Gift Service. Please pass this on to others. Many thanks.
Monday 10th December 2018 16 Days of Activism: Day 16 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - DAY 16 ‘The message you heard from the very beginning is this: we must love one another.’ (1 John 3:11) Over the past 16 days we have heard from survivors of gender-based violence, and about the work that is being done to end violence against women and girls. But we cannot do this if we forget to love one another: in our words, actions and attitudes. Jesus calls us to love one another in this way, and by doing this we honour one another and God’s image of creation. We can end violence against women, it starts with an attitude of heart. Pray for women and girls affected by sexual and gender-based violence, and for Tearfund’s work on this issue to be transformative; and pray today for this epidemic to end. Thank you for standing with us in prayer for an end to gender-based violence.
 International Human Rights Day Today is the International Human Rights Day - 70 years ago the UN proclaimed and stated that: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights". But over 2000 years ago Jesus came to Earth and taught these principles. Today 73,000 Yemeni civilians are experiencing famine and dire living conditions. In this runup to Christmas, let's not ignore those who are in need, remembering that we all are equal in dignity and rights. Give to charity, volunteer, help out, pray, support, care - find your way to make a difference.
10:00Prayer Group Philip Hall Duthie Room
13:45Knitting For Others 21 Barry Road All welcomeMembers please note, this will be the final meeting of 2018. Meetings restart on Monday 7th January 2019. Happy Christmas to you and yours.
19:15Kirk Session Barry Church Hall
Wednesday 12th December 2018 10:00Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe Barry Church Hall All welcomeThe Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe, which meets in Barry Church Hall, Main Street, Barry, opens its doors for the last time this year on Wednesday morning, December 12. There will be a festive flavour to proceedings with tea/coffee, mince pies and biscuits being served from 10 to 11.30 am, all for only £1. A selection of Christmas gift ideas will be on sale and there will also be books, home baking and Fairtrade stalls. This community venture run by members of Barry Parish Church provides a welcome meeting place not only for village residents but also for those living at the west end of Carnoustie. All welcome. Come along and bring your friends. Anyone requiring transport or other assistance getting to and from the venue should telephone 01241 852614 for more information. Cafe dates for the early part of 2019 are January 9 and 23 and February 13 and 27.
Thursday 13th December 2018 13:00Guild Christmas Lunch Grange GC Monifieth
19:30Midweek Focus Bible Study 21 Barry Road John 2: 1-25Do you recall the reason John wrote his gospel? If not, review for a moment John 20:30–31. Remember? He clearly desired to show in those few words that Jesus is the Messiah, God’s Son. John’s method for accomplishing that simple plan involved his recording of selected miracles (called “signs”) performed by Jesus during His ministry. John explains that the miracle at Cana “was the first time Jesus revealed his glory” (John 2:11). In other words, we’re only getting started with the miracles! This will be the final Midweek Focus meeting of 2018. Meetings resume on January 10 2019.
Friday 14th December 2018 13:45Sports&Crosses Philip Hall High School ages
Sunday 16th December 2018 Advent 3
09:30Morning Worship All welcome Tea/Coffee after service
19:00Christmas Musicale Carnoustie Church
Monday 17th December 2018 10:00Prayer Group Philip Hall Duthie Room