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Trustees' Report 2016
Charity Name: Barry Parish Church
Charity Registration Number: SC002545
Congregation Reference Number: 301786
Contact Address: Malcolm Sim
210 Ravensby Road
Rev Mike Goss Malcolm Sim
Mabel Gordon Shirley Murison
Eddie Hughes Kenneth Cullen (now deceased)
Jan Scott Graham Suttie
Minister: Reverend Michael Goss
Session Clerk: Jan Scott
Church Treasurer: Malcolm Sim
Peter A Rhind
11 Cortachy Circle
The Royal Bank of Scotland
97 High Street,
Carnoustie. DD7 6YB
Trustees’ Annual Report
The Church is administered in accordance with the terms of the Unitary Deed of Constitution.
Members of the Kirk Session are the charity trustees. The Kirk Session members are the elders of the church and are chosen from those members of the church who are considered to have the appropriate gifts and skills. The minister, who is a member of the Kirk Session, is elected by the congregation and inducted by Presbytery.
The Kirk Session meets on alternate months to consider all matters of governance within its remit, including the spiritual, financial and property matters relating to the congregation within the Presbytery of Angus and the Church of Scotland
Within the Kirk Session a Finance Sub - Committee is in place to work with the treasurer to look after the finances of the church. There is a Deed of Covenant and FWO Convenor who looks after those members who wish to receive FWO envelopes or contribute though gift aid. The convenor also submits the quarterly returns to HM Revenue & Customs in order to recover any tax.
A Fabric Committee under the control of the Fabric Convenor are responsible in keeping the property wind and watertight and the Fabric Convenor can authorise work to be carried out up to a certain amount. Any repair / alteration of a larger amount must be reported back to the Kirk Session for discussion and approval.
Objectives and Activities
The Church of Scotland is Trinitarian in doctrine, Reformed in tradition and Presbyterian in polity. It exists to glorify God and to work for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom throughout the world. As a national Church, it acknowledges a distinctive call and duty to bring the ordinances of religion to the people in every parish of Scotland through a territorial ministry. It co-operates with other Churches in various ecumenical bodies in Scotland and beyond.
The Rev Dougal Edwards continues to serve as Ordained Local Minister in the charge.
Locally, Barry Parish Church shares its minister with its linked partner Carnoustie Church. Throughout the year our main diet of worship at Barry was to hold a morning service at 9.30 am while services in Carnoustie were at 11.00 am. The 6.30 pm services in Carnoustie continue for the three card communion Sundays. The Lord’s Supper was celebrated at 9.30am on the fourth Sundays of January, April and October.
The pattern of joint services in July and August remains at six joint services, the first three in Barry and the second three in Carnoustie, encompassing the school holidays. Remembrance Sunday services were held in both churches at 10.30am with the availability of both Minister and OLM. A joint Christmas Eve Christingle Service was held in Barry Parish Church. A large turn-out enjoyed a family orientated service with the offering being donated to Rebecca Cottage fund. The Watchnight Service is a joint service held in Carnoustie Church at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day a joint family service was held in Carnoustie Church at 10.00am.
Through our linkage with Carnoustie Church we enjoyed a partnership last year with Mission Aviation Fellowship, with a particular focus on their work in Madagascar. Support and information was shared with a community display event, a film night, and a bake off, along with special services at the start and end of the year. In this coming year there will be a greater focus on the work of Tearfund.
The Morning Worship services are basically traditional with the regular use of a projector and screen for hymns and other topics relating to the sermon. Although a small congregation, we organise a varied programme of events throughout the year such as Coffee Mornings and Afternoon Teas. A knitting fellowship for Malawi has been established with some of our members, and a mid-week study group has also been started in the home of one of our Elders.
Barry with Carnoustie continues to share in outreach to the town of Carnoustie and its surrounds with churches of other local Christian denominations, through an established pattern of joint services during Holy Week, and through the support of services in Retirement Homes, of chaplaincy to the local High School, and of oversight of the Boys’ Brigade company which the Ministers’ Council arranges. The minister has been Chaplain to the Boys’ Brigade since summer 2007, and is also Chaplain to two local primary schools and is now the main High School Chaplain. A Christmas leaflet on behalf of all the Churches in Carnoustie was again delivered to all homes in town and parish.
The Guild of Barry Parish Church is a small group of 17 very active members with an average of 15 regular attendees. They meet on the first Thursday of the month at 2.15pm in the church hall from September through May. The members pay £11.00 each to be members of the Guild and this money goes to the Guild Office in Edinburgh to help defray expenses incurred in the running of this office.
A committee agrees upon the yearly syllabus and they ensure a varied programme of speakers, demonstrations etc. also ensuring that they cover the main Guild topic as laid down by the Guild Office.
During Guild week in November a joint meeting was held with Carnoustie Guild. Very successful afternoon teas are held throughout the summer & autumn to raise extra monies to help fund the chosen projects.
We held a preaching series on Financial Stewardship in June, and a Gift and Prayer Day was held in October for the first time in Barry.
Achievements and Performance
Barry Parish Church has a roll of 201 and attendance at morning worship has a varied but regular attendance of 25 - 35.
During the course of the year, the Ministers conducted 25 funerals for the church and parish. A particularly sad loss for the congregation were the deaths of Mr Ron Campbell, Mrs Jane Stewart, Mr Ken Cullen our Organist, Mrs Annie Middler and Mr Grant Ramsay. There were was one wedding in Barry Parish Church. There were no Thanksgiving Services or Baptisms during the year.
Barry services have now settled into their early morning pattern, remaining at 9.30 am for most of the year.
The principal source of income is from FWO, Gift Aid, Open Plate and Tax Recoverable. In 2016 the FWO and Gift Aid shows a disappointing decrease with the loss of a few members being a contributory factor. Our Tax Recovered shows a decrease reflecting this. We can still claim tax recovery on small cash amounts through Open Plate and donations. Our Open Plate shows an increase this year.
Our total income in the year is up by nearly 6.5% from the previous year which is encouraging though our expenditure has risen by around 10%. This accounts for an increase in excess of payments over receipts from £439 to £1902.
These challenging economic times are proving difficult and with the loss of several highly-valued members we continue to explore new and innovative ways to increase our funding.
The Trustees had no general reserve policy in place due to historic deficits, which have now been eliminated. We now have an established reserve policy amounting to £2,500.
At the year end the church holds unrestricted cash funds of £2,129 of which £134 has been designated for fabric purposes. The church also holds £1,890 of restricted funds, which have been provided for the purposes specified in Note 2.
We also have Fabric Reserves in the sum of £33,789 held on our behalf in the Central Fabric Fund by the General Trustees
Trustees’ Annual Report (cont.)
Year ended 31 December 2016
Statement of Trustees’ Responsibilities
The members of the Kirk Session / Congregational Board must prepare financial statements which give sufficient detail to enable an appreciation of the transactions of the Church during the financial year. The members of the Kirk Session / Congregational Board are responsible for keeping proper accounting records which, on request, must reflect the financial position of the Church at that time. This must be done to ensure that the financial statements comply with the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, the Charities Accounts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and the Regulations Anent Congregational Finance approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2007. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Church and must take reasonable steps for the prevention and/or detection of fraud and other irregularities.
Approved by the Trustees and signed on their behalf,
Date: 13 March 2017
Barry Parish Church
Report of the Independent Examiner
I report on the accounts of the charity for the year ended 31 December 2016 which are set out on the following pages.
Respective responsibilities of trustees and examiner
The charity’s trustees are responsible for the preparation of the accounts in accordance with the terms of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Charities Accounts (Scotland) Regulations 2006.
The charity trustees consider that the audit requirement of Regulations 10(1) (d) of the Accounts Regulations does not apply. It is my responsibility to examine the accounts as required under section 44(1) c of the Act and to state whether particular matters have come to my attention.
Basis of independent examiner’s statement
My examination is carried out in accordance with Regulation 11 of the Charities Accounts (Scotland) Regulations 2006. An examination includes a review of the accounting records kept by the charity and a comparison of the accounts presented with those records. It also includes consideration of any unusual items or disclosures in the accounts, and seeks explanations from the trustees concerning any such matters. The procedures undertaken do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an audit, and consequently I do not express an audit opinion on the view given by the accounts.
Independent examiner’s statement
In the course of my examination, no matter has come to my attention, which gives me reasonable cause to believe that in any material respect, the requirements:
to which, in my opinion, attention should be drawn in order to enable a proper understanding of the accounts to be reached.
Peter A Rhind
11 Cortachy Circle
Date: 14 March 2017