Archive for March, 2011

A Letter from the Manse (February 2009)

March 14th, 2011

Dear Friends,

The theme of the Watchnight Service was “Homecoming” and the fact that the first Christmas was a story of “homecoming”. People travelling from all over the country to be registered in the towns and cities of their ancestors – as Mary and Joseph did – but also the story of God coming home to us.

We all know that 2009 is the year of homecoming, prompted by the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, and already we have seen advertisements and posters all over the place reminding us of Homecoming and encouraging exiled Scots to return to Scotland during 2009.

The Youth Group has sent a list of films with a “Home” theme to the Mission & Discipleship Council who are hoping to run a Film Festival in community halls and church halls later this year – some suggestions were “Finding Nemo”, “Home alone” and “The Railway Children”.

How can the congregation be involved in the Homecoming?  Over the last couple of weeks, I have received emails from America, Australia, Bangladesh and England from people who have links with this community and who are now living overseas. It struck me that there are likely to be many more –  do you know someone who is living away from Carnoustie who has family links with Carnoustie Panbride and who might want to get news of the community and congregation this year? Some thoughts I have had is for a special “Homecoming” service later in the year to which folk now living away from the parish can be invited. Those in other corners of the world could be part of this, even if they are not planning to be home, by sending us an email and we could send them a copy of a special newsletter by email (or post).

Another suggestion for the Homecoming Service would be to “link up” with people either through them sending short “video” messages which we can transfer to make PowerPoint presentations, or transfer email messages which could be running before the service, and maybe we could manage to do a “live link” with the Church of Bangladesh during the service – it would be late afternoon Bangladesh time during our morning service. Is there someone in the congregation who would be willing to help with taking these ideas forward – now is the time to start thinking about all this.

So, if you have relatives or friends with links, please give me their contact addresses (and email addresses) so that we can build up a database. And then later in the year, whether they are with us in person at the special service or linked through email or other forms of technology, we can demonstrate in a very tangible and special way that Carnoustie Panbride is part of a world wide fellowship.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew

P.S. The congregation should also know that I decided at the beginning of the year to stand down as Clerk to the Presbytery of Angus at the February Meeting. I had held this post since June 2006. Over almost 20 years in the Presbytery, apart from my first year, I had either been a Vice-Convener, Convener, Moderator or Clerk. The work as Clerk has been very demanding in terms of time and a number of ongoing situations made even greater demands on that time. They also were making demands on my health and I felt that my parish work was in danger of being compromised. I was missing the contact with members, and others, and as I have said on many occasions, the pastoral work is important to me. That was what I was called to do as your minister.  In the last month, I have certainly enjoyed the additional visits that I have managed, particularly in the evenings when I don’t now have to travel to Forfar – and no, I won’t miss the road from Carnoustie to Forfar!

Candy, Cakes, Clematis and Caledonia

March 1st, 2011

The committee have had their first meeting of the year and decided on the following fundraising/social events.

First off, a Coffee/Pancake morning to be held on Saturday, 5th March from 10.00 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. in the Panbride Hall.  Tickets cost £1.50 and can be paid at the door.   Donations of Cake and Candy, Tombola prizes and books would be greatly appreciated and the hall will be open from 7.00 p.m. until 8.00 p.m. on the Friday evening for anyone who wishes to hand in items.

The bi-annual Plant Sale will once again be held this year.  The date is Saturday 28th May 2011, so if you are starting to sow your seeds and taking cuttings from your garden, please remember the sale.  Bedding plants are always in demand so sow some extra for the Church and when you eventually get into the garden to do some tidying, please pot up any seedlings that have started to grow.  More details in the next issue of Update.

It is intended to hold another Christmas Gift Fayre as the one last year was such a success.  The proposed date is 28th October but again more details to follow.

A Scottish evening in November is another suggestion we looking at.  This is still at the planning stage but we will let the Congregation know the date, etc. in future copies of Update.

Any other events will be announced in due course.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!

Entrepreneurs Unlimited

March 1st, 2011

At the end of January each member of the group was given £10 and asked to go and make some money! The ideas to do this ranged from baking and selling the produce to family and friends; organising a DVD night and charging folk to come and watch it and supplying soft drinks/sweets; making jewellery.  The three leaders are also doing something individually but we are also combining our £10s and organising a “Soup and Sweet Lunch” in the Panbride Hall after the service on Sunday 20th March. The FOG Squad will come into church at the end of the service, to allow the hall to be set out for the lunch. All money raised is going to help with education materials for youngsters in Bangladesh. The cost of the lunch will be £3.

MSB

The Journey From Christmas to Easter

March 1st, 2011

Christmas seems like a distant memory, but  I would like to say a big thank you to all the children for a great performance. A special thank you goes  to all the parents and grandparents for managing  to get the children to the church despite the weather. It was appreciated.

Easter is fast approaching and an Easter craft Sunday will be held on 27th March. The following three weeks will be a holiday, following that the Egg rolling service held on the 24th April. Normal F.O.G Squad will be held on 1st May.

Mr Graham has kindly allowed us to use his field again for our Egg Rolling Service. Thank you it is very much appreciated. Therefore we look forward to seeing you at 9.30am at Knowes Loan in Barry. Remember to bring a hardboiled egg and wear warm clothes.  Rolls, Tea & Coffee will be served at Newton Church after the Egg Rolling Service.

Everyone is welcome!

AS

Bangladesh Visit

March 1st, 2011

Those who were making their first visit to Bangladesh were invited to write down the 5 things which they enjoyed about the visit.  Here is the list as compiled by Lyn Ross and Helen Bicket.

Lyn’s comments: It’s really hard to condense into 5 things or else I would have to say ALL of it. It was an amazing experience which I wouldn’t have missed for the world. The place, the people I travelled with and the people we met made it a very special 2 weeks.

  • · Meeting the people – they were so friendly and so very kind everywhere we went. The people in the villages who wanted to know all about  us and who had so very little compared to us, the Nuns who were so caring and all the other people connected to the Church of Bangladesh – the priests, the people who helped us (like Jasmine) and all the young people.
  • · The flowers and green trees – I hadn’t expected Bangladesh to have so many flowers or green trees and Jorbarpar was absolutely wonderful.
  • · The welcomes – the singing, dancing and flowers and yes, even the cups of tea!
  • · Travelling with the group – ok sometimes the driving was a bit scary but the laughs far outweighed those times.
  • · The worship – even though we didn’t understand a lot of what was being said it was very special. The confirmation service was very moving and watching the faces of the young people being confirmed was something I will remember for a long time.

Helen Bicket’s comments:

  • · The hospitality and generosity of the people – everywhere we went we were offered food and drink and gifts.
  • · Seeing a different way of life – much more of a community spirit, everyone helps out if something needs to be done.
  • · The weather – nice mid 20’s in winter –  The excitement of travelling – no journey here will be as excitng or interesting – The Bangla Way!

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Last meeting of 2010

March 1st, 2011

At our last meeting of 2010 we were entertained by Evelyn, Alison and Ian who played and sang seasonal songs. At our first meeting of 2011 we were taken all round the world by Bill Cunningham. At one stage he was managing a coconut plantation in Columbia before laying pipes in the Andes where he met and married his wife.

Our next speaker was John Mowatt, a safety advisor from the fire service. He talks of the main causes of fire in the home and of the importance of smoke detectors and of planning a fire evacuation route.     On 8 February the Minister entertained us with  a wide ranging non stop musical selection   And by the time you get this issue of Update Lorna Maule will have spoken about McMillan Nursing.

The arrangements for the remainder of our meetings for this session are as follows:

4    March World Day of Prayer.

8    March Suffragette Movement – Helen Wallace.

22    March Open meeting – WRI concert Part

5   April Angus Gold first lady doctor – Rea and Tom Beattie.

AGM.

19   April Annual coach  trip.                                                                                                           LA.