October-November 2019

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October / November




 October / November           2019         






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03 October                  2.00pm            Guild Meeting – Karen Gillon                     

04                                10.00am          Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

06                                 9.30am            Morning Worship

13                                9.30am            Morning Worship

17                                3.00pm            Afternoon Service – Braehill Lodge

18                                10.00am          Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

20                                9.30am            Morning Worship

24                                2.00pm            Kirk Session – Barry Church Hall

25                                1.30pm            Youth Café – Carnoustie Baptist Church

27                                9.30am            Lord’s Supper

01 November              10.15am          Duncan Trust – Thornton’s, Arbroath

                                    10.00am          Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

03                                9.30am            Morning Worship

04                                7.30pm            Path of Renewal Group – Church Manse

07                                2.00pm            Guild Visitors Day – Liz Pardoe

                                                            Doric Music & Verse

10                                10.30am          Remembrance Service

                                    12.30pm          War Memorial Service

14                                3.30pm            Afternoon Communion – Brookfield RH

15                                10.00am          Friday Coffee Break – Philip Hall

                                    7.00pm            Quiz & Stovie Night – Philip Hall

17                                9.30am            Morning Worship

20                                3.00pm            Afternoon Service – Braehill Lodge

24                                9.30am            Morning Worship

01 December              11.00am          Souper Sunday – Joint Service

                                                            Carnoustie Church


07-16 October                                   Ministers Holiday




Who’s who in Barry Parish Church?




Minister                                           Rev Michael Goss 410194


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. Brexit and Government – It feels hard to keep praying for these things, but the need for prayer continues, as we seek a peaceful resolution of the trials we face in our nation today.

2. Climate Change – Pray for our governments to keep their focus on the need for significant action, even as many competing demands are made on them.

3. OLM in Training – Pray for Heather Gourlay as she joins our congregations from the next six months to complete her training for the Ordained Local Ministry.


Door Duties


06 October                 MS                              Rosemary Docherty

13                                MS                              Mabel Gordon

20                                MS                              Shirley Murison

27                                MS                              David Pattullo

03 November             MS                              Eddie Hughes

10                                MS                              Jan Scott

17                                MS                              Eileen Ramsay

24                                MS                              Peter Ramsay

01 December             Carnoustie Church



Sunday Tea Rotas


Please note that teas are served after 9.30am service (except joint)


06 October                 Eileen Ramsay          Elaine Bottoms

13                                Shirley Murison        Rosemary Docherty

20                                Sally McKenzie         Mina Robertson

27                                Patricia Pattullo        Heather McKenzie

03 November             Alice Hughes             Jan Scott

10                                Eileen Ramsay          Elaine Bottoms

17                                Shirley Murison        Rosemary Docherty

24                                Sally McKenzie         Mina Robertson

01 December             Carnoustie Church                                      

Coming Up

Prayer Meetings Mondays 10 - 11 am in the Duthie Room

Fri 4th Oct                               Friday Coffee Break

                                                10-11.30 am         Philip Hall

Mon 7th – Wed 16th Oct Minister’s Holiday

Thurs 17th Oct                       Afternoon Service

                                                3 pm                       Braehill Lodge

Fri 18th Oct                             Friday Coffee Break

                                                10-11.30 am         Philip Hall

Mon 21st Oct                          Church Life & Worship Team

                                                7.30 pm Philip Hall

Thurs 24th Oct                       Kirk Session

                                                2 pm                       Barry Church Hall

Fri 25th Oct                             Youth Café starts

                                                1.30 pm Carnoustie Baptist Church

Sun 27th Oct                          The Lord’s Supper

                                                9.30 am Barry Parish Church


Wed 30th Oct                         Mission & Outreach Team

                                                7.30 pm Philip Hall

Fri 1st Nov                              Duncan Trust

                                                10.15 am               Thorntons Arbroath

Fri 1st Nov                              Friday Coffee Break

                                                10-11.30 am         Philip Hall

Mon 4th Nov                           Path of Renewal Group

                                                7.30 pm Manse

Sun 10th Nov                         Remembrance Services

                10.30 am               Barry Parish Church

                10.30 am               Carnoustie Church

                12.30 pm               War Memorial

Thurs 14th Nov                      Afternoon Communion

                                                3.30 pm Brookfield RH

Fri 15th Nov                            Friday Coffee Break

                                                10-11.30 am         Philip Hall

Fri 15th Nov                            Quiz & Stovie Night

                                                7 for 7.30 pm        Philip Hall

Mon 18th Nov                         Carnoustie Churches Youth Mission

                                                7.30 pm Philip Hall

Wed 20th Nov                        Afternoon Service

                                                3 pm                       Braehill Lodge

Sun 1st Dec                           Souper Sunday – Joint Service

                                                11 am                    Carnoustie Church



Congregational Register


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

Aug         20                 Carrie Thomson

Sep         16                 Mrs Helen Dunn


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 1,539,225 page views were registered. The figure for the corresponding period last year was 897,602. Have you joined our online community yet?


Midweek Focus Bible Study


Our studies in John's Gospel have reached the concluding chapters and as the curtain begins to close on the final drama of Jesus’ remarkable life and ministry, all eyes are on Jesus as He reacts to His illegal trials, mockery, and the shocking lead-up to His crucifixion. With each message in this compelling series, we’ll grow deeper in our love for and devotion to Jesus and be renewed in our commitment to carry His powerful offer of redemption and hope to a lost and hurting world.

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. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF EVENING. There will be no meeting on October 30. 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 Stamp Appeal celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and is supporting a Malawian organisation reaching the same milestone. The 2019 appeal is in aid of the Chigodi Women Training Centre in Blantyre. Run by the Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, this is the only residential training centre for women and girls in southern Malawi. The centre works with disadvantaged and unemployed girls and women, and has previously run programmes in knitting and embroidery, fashion design and tailoring, leadership, gender advocacy and healthcare. Established 50 years ago, it was registered as a women’s rights organisation in 1997.   The project being supported by the stamp appeal will identify 40 vulnerable girls and women and deliver 12 months of hands-on training in tailoring and fashion design. The clothes made will be sold to help generate income for the project and make it sustainable. They will also be taught poultry farming.   The Stamp Appeal was first run in 1969. Since 2003, it has supported a separate project each year, starting with the then-new HIV/AIDS Project. Last year's appeal, for a day care centre for disabled children in the Ukraine, raised nearly £2,500.   How to contribute - You can leave your stamps at the Church door and they will be collected. Thank you for all the used stamps received recently.

Guild News


Guild meeting themes this session is, “Seeking the Way and topic “One Journey, Many Roads”.  


Many thanks to all who attended our Famous Afternoon Teas and a big thank you to all our members for all their hard work.   Another successful year.


Diary of Events

03 October                  Speaker: Karen Gillon, Assistant Secretary Guild Office

07 November              Visitors Afternoon with Liz Pardoe: Doric Music & Verse


Please join us and bring your friends for friendship & fellowship.



Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe


In October, the Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe reverts to twice-monthly, the first four dates being October 9th and 23rd, and November 13th and 27th. Anyone wishing help with transport to and from the cafe should telephone Pauline and Graham Suttie on 01241 852614.

Remember, Good Neighbours Drop-In Cafe, Wednesday 9th October, Barry Church Hall, 10 to 11.30 am, tea/coffee and biscuits only £1, books, home baking, knitted toys and Traidcraft stalls. All welcome. Come along and bring your friends. Proceeds in aid of church funds.



Knitting for Others


Knitting for Others meetings have now switched to 21 Barry Road for the autumn and winter months. New members are always welcome at the fortnightly meetings on Monday afternoons from 1.45 to 3.30 pm. Meeting dates over the next two months will be October 14 and 28, and November 11 and 25.

For those who prefer to knit at home, all contributions of knitted blankets, jumpers, vests, hats etc are always welcome and to help keep the needles clicking any donations of double knitting wool would also be appreciated. These can either be handed in at group meetings or uplifted by arrangement. Thank you.

Pauline Suttie, group leader, 01241 852614 or 07599 182418






It was agreed at the recent Session Meeting that the Newsletter would become a Quarterly production.   The first of these will be available at the end of November covering the winter period (December, January & February)






When the world is on your shoulders

And your heart feels full of lead

And your stomach churns like butter

And the voice inside your head

Is reminding you of everything

You’ve ever said or done

All your failures and regrets

All the times your fear has won.

Take a minute to remember

That you’ve survived this all before

You’ve battled and you’ve conquered

When you thought you had no more

You are stronger than you realise

You are brave and wise and kind

And you know you are so much bigger

Than the doubts that fill your mind

So breathe it in and let it out

Allow the ebb and flow

You can win this war, you always do

You’re a warrior you know.


From the Minister’s Desk

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it, for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.”

Psalm 24: 1-2


Dear Friends,

The work of Ministry has continued with many challenges since the summer.  A number of funerals have marked the losses of members of Church and community during this period, and that continued as we mourned the death of our own Sheila Blair on September 28th.  Meanwhile, church activities restarting and conferences taking place have also filled up the diary.

The last full week in September felt like a month in itself.  There was Supreme Court verdict that Parliament had not been lawfully prorogued followed by the return to rowdy scenes in the House of Commons once business resumed.  Claims and counterclaims have left many of us weary and heartsick over the state of politics in our country today.

As I think I have said before, it is difficult to know how to address these issues as a Parish Minister, or even as an ordinary Christian.  Yet we do need to seek to speak truth to power.  Regardless of party-political viewpoints, we should not lose sight of the demand for honest and fair discourse, for truth and integrity in our debates, and for raising up the value of those who have been left behind in our society today.

That week began with the UN climate summit, and a powerful address from teenage Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg.  Following on from the EarthStrike events in the news, we were given a timely reminder of the compelling need to take the reality of climate change seriously.  Long after Brexit, we and our descendants will be living with the impact of the damage we have done to the environment.

As churches, as individuals, and as a part of society as a whole, caring for creation must become a more important part of our thinking and our action.  God loves all that He has made and must weep at our carelessness and destruction of His world.


Yours in the Grace and Peace of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

Mike Goss


Finance Statement


Balance per Statement at 31/12/18                                        £3,350.27                               

Income                                                                                    £18,390.61

Expenditure                                                                             £20,659.96


Balance in Bank at 30 August 2019                                    £1,080.92



Flower Calendar


06 October                                          13 October      Pauline Suttie

20 October      Heather McKenzie      27 October      Heather McKenzie

03 November  Mina Robertson           10 November  Mina Robertson

17 November  Mabel Gordon              24 November  Mabel Gordon


Anyone wishing to put flowers in the church should put their name on the flower calendar at church door or speak to Shirley Murison.         


Worship Rotas


Date                            Reading                     Prayers1                     Prayers2


06 October                  Shirley                         Jan

13                                Elaine

20                                Graham                                                           Graham

27                                Malcolm

03 November              Jan                                                                  Jan

10                                Iain

17                                Shirley                         Graham

24                                Elaine

01 December              Graham                       Jan

08                                Malcolm





Cleaning Rota


October                                   Rosemary, Jan, Eddie

November                               Eileen, Elaine, Lorna




We have registered the church with Amazon Smile.   For those buying through Amazon, by going to www.smile.amazon.co.uk and making your purchases, you can benefit the church financially as a small percentage will come back to the church via Amazon.

When going to the website put Barry in the search box and tick Barry Parish Church.

Every little bit helps.   Please speak with Malcolm Sim if you require any further information.







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