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Five Questions

September 9th, 2015


The questions in this issue have been answered by Dorothy Booth one of our elders who has recently taken over as Presbytery Elder.

1. What is your favourite hymn?

Very difficult to choose one as there are several I enjoy singing, but have decided on

‘Christ be our light’ Hymn 543 which I first heard at the General Assembly in 2003.

2. Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping ?

Heriot Kirk in the Scottish Borders. One of my sons was married there and my two

grand-daughters had services of Blessing there.

3. Who is your favourite biblical character?

Noah, who had the faith to do as God asked. It’s a good story as well.

4. What is your favourite Bible reading?

Psalm 121. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. In the

beauty of hills and mountains it is easy to appreciate that God is all around.

5. Which figure, living or dead do you most admire?

I admire anyone who strives to overcome adversity. I am grateful to Maggie Keswick

Jencks, who, although she did not live to see her vision fulfilled, started the process

with the help of family and friends that created the Maggie Centres.

Did you know?

September 9th, 2015


There are a number of memorial plaques in Panbride Church. One of them is dedicated to the memory of a former schoolmaster of Panbride School. It was unveiled 90 years ago in 1925. It reads:- “In memory of William Young 1791-1875: schoolmaster, session clerk and registrar of Panbride. A man greatly beloved. Erected by parishioners.” He was the last parochial schoolmaster of Panbride and the report in the Panbride Church Supplement of February 1925 continues “he loved this Church, and many can still remember his venerable figure as he sat or stood in the seat above which the tablet has been placed”. Have a look at it the next time you are in Panbride Church.

The Minister has been invited to conduct the annual service for the Fellowship of St Thomas in September. The Fellowship is for people who have worked in Asia – in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The service will follow the Order of Service used in the Church of Bangladesh. The readings and prayers will be led by Jim and Jan Watson who served in the Baptist Mission in Bangladesh while the minister was working there, and who lived 5 minutes along the road when Matthew, Frances and Andrew were in Barisal.

At a service on June 7th 2015, 300 young people in the Church of Bangladesh were confirmed. The Service was held at St. Barnabas’s Church, Rajshahi where Matthew and the group had celebrated New Year’s Day 2011.

Words of advice

July 1st, 2015

Defination of a SERMON

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day,

I’d rather one would walk with me than merely tell the way.

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear.

Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear,

I may not understand the high advice you give,

But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live

Christmas 2015 comes early

July 1st, 2015

Christmas 2015

This is possibly the earliest that the word Christmas has been mentioned in a newsletter! But there is a reason! I am planning that we have a Chrismon Tree in Church for Christmas this year – and the preparation of this involves you!

A Chrismon Tree is decorated with Christian symbols in white or gold colours and the lights on the tree are white. The decorations are handmade, which is where you come in. On Saturdays 28th November and 5th December there will be workshops in the Panbride Hall where the various symbols will be made. There will be craft materials available and salt dough shapes will be made and fired in the microwave, then painted. Symbols made will include stars, crosses, alpha and omega shapes, doves, angels, fish and many more. If people are unable to come to the workshops, shapes can be made using wool or crochet. All we ask is that they are in white or gold. Templates can be provided. Please put these dates in your diary. Then on 12th December, the tree will be decorated with the symbols in preparation for the Nativity Service the next day. After the festivities are over, something is done with the tree, but that is for the next newsletter! MSB

Panbride Youth Group

July 1st, 2015

Panbride Youth Group

The Group had a great evening in the Ganges Restaurant and one of the youngsters showed off her language skills by saying a few words to one of the waiters in Bengali. He was very impressed! We all had a very enjoyable evening and a lovely meal, and it was a good way to get together again. By the time you read this, we will have had our weekend at Teen Ranch which is possibly to be our last time together as a Youth Group.

The Youth Group was started in 1982 following a recommendation from the Kirk Session and was originally for fourth year pupils who had moved on from Bible Class. Originally it met at 10.00am each Sunday. And so, after 33 years, sadly Youth Group looks as if it has come to an end. There will be some who remember the joint services with Barry and Carnoustie Youth Groups, the weekends at Angus House in Edzell, through the Presbytery Youth Committee, weekends up Glen Isla at Dalnaglar and more recently Teen Ranch weekends.

There have been sponsored walks, sponsored cycle runs, 12 hour sports marathons, the Youth Group has conducted services, and some have been to Bangladesh. More recently the Group did an audit of energy usage in the church, established the courtyard garden, and for about 30 years has donated monthly to Christian Aid. Thanks to all the leaders and young people over the years who have been part of the Group. We are sorry that it seems unlikely we can continue. Whatever happens we hope that we will still be able to keep in contact with the young people. Matthew, June and Lyn

Did You Know?

July 1st, 2015


Rev Dougal Edwards, Ordained Local Minister at Barry and Carnoustie has been nominated as Moderator of the Presbytery of Angus for 2015/2016. We wish him well in this appointment.

The new Pentecost Banner which was displayed for the first time on 24th May during our Pentecost service has been much admired. Thank you to the Banner Group for their skill in the design and making of this Banner.

It is planned to display many of the Banners we use throughout the year at the Harvest Thanksgiving Service in September.

The Plant sale realised £1546.30p which was a wonderful amount. Thank you everyone who helped and supported this event in any way, especially Dorothy and Rosanne.

Thank you to all those who have helped with serving the Teas and Coffees after the services this session. It has been much appreciated. Lots of people have come round for a cuppa and a chat and enjoyed the opportunity to do so. The money donated is used to buy the tea, coffee and biscuits for the kitchen and any leftover is given to the kitchen and hall fund.

Five Qestions

July 1st, 2015


The questions in this issue have been answered by David Ross who is a member of the choir.

1. What is your favourite hymn?

So many to choose from! Being in the choir I like a rousing tune that gets all the congregation going. So I suppose it must be Battle Hymn of the Republic (“Mine eyes have seen the glory)”.

2. Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping ?

Growing up in Kilsyth I went to Kilsyth Old Parish Church—happy memories.

3. Who is your favourite biblical character?

Paul for many reasons. His complete change from Christian hater to a deep Christian faith is an inspiration to us all. I have also visited many of the Mediterranean places he went to so I can better relate to him.

4. What is your favourite Bible reading?

Has to be First Corinthians Chapter 13—a good passage about Love that ends, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” – wonderful words.

5. Which figure, living or dead do you most admire?

Again, so many to choose from. Being a scientist, I have to go with Leonardo da Vinci – one of the greatest minds in human history on so many areas of Science and even found time to paint the Mona Lisa.


June 24th, 2015


Florence Nighingdale was quoted as saying ”To understand God’s thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of his purpose.”

A profile of selected Census data has been prepared by the Statistics for Mission Group of the Church of Scotland for use by Congregations, Presbyteries and Councils of the Church. They are presented by Parish and have comparative information for Presbytery and Scotland.

For the Parish of Panbride 35% of the population was described as Mature Adult(45 to 65) compared to 29% for Angus Presbytery and 27% for Scotland.

For Young Adult (25 to 45) however it was 19% in Parish of Panbride,

24% Angus Presbytery and 20% for Scotland.

If the Parish of Panbride was a village of 100 people there would be 46% saying they belonged to the Church of Scotland whereas in the Presbytery it would be 4 and for Scotland it would be 32.You can find the full set of statistics at

[type in statistics in the box at the top right of the home page, then click on Statistics for Mission then go to church finder and click on right hand marker of the 3 shown for Carnoustie].

The Kirk Session has also been considering the statistical information gathered to help assess the challenge launched last November to try and increase the

numbers attending Sunday worship to show the strength and vibrancy of the

Congregation. Everyone who was able to attend was asked to make a New Year Resolution of a commitment to attend worship regularly and if possible

to invite someone else to come along also.

The initial response was encouraging and there was an appreciable increase in the size of the congregation in December but this has

not continued into the New Year.

The Kirk Session hopes that all members will reconsider their response.

Attendance at worship is important part of Church membership and information about this aspect of Congregation life is requested by Presbytery

as part of their review visits.

June 24th, 2015


In recent years Princes Street Gardens has been crowded with people of all ages enjoying Assembly Sunday in the gardens where the Church of Scotland can be seen in a variety of events. This year Sunday 18th May is the date. The gates open at 1.00pm with the events from 2-5pm finishing with worship at the Ross Bandstand.

This year the theme is “Hands across the world” which aims to celebrate the life of the Church through the lens of its international heritage, relationships and partners. There are over 50 participating groups including Fischy Music, Spill the Beans children’s ministry, a dedicated youth marquee, an immersive prayer experience, photographic exhibition, the Heart and Soul Swing Band, communal singing with a Kenyan singing group, over 30 exhibitors and up to 20 local Church of Scotland congregations.

There will be several catering venues in the gardens and it is a flexible day. Come when you can, leave when you like. Entry is free and all visitors will receive a complimentary event guide with map, timetable and listing all the events and exhibitors.

More details will be found in the Church of Scotland website

Board Committees

April 29th, 2015


Chairman :- Rev Matthew S. Bicket (ex-office—casting vote only)

Clerk:- Walter Ruark (2016)

FINNANCE …John Winterton(Convener/Treasurer) (2017)

Stan Beattie (Gift Aid) Mary Bushnell Syd Robb Lyn Ross John Harley John Gray (2016)

(Rev M. Bicket)

FABRIC.. John Porter (Convener)

June Black (2018), Margaret Jamieson, Jim Gillespie (2016)

Jean Johnstone (2016)

HALLS …Bookings through Church Office …Applications MUST be in writing please.


Helen Harley (Convener), Marion Palmer(2018), Myra Ramsay (2016), Ella Ingram (2016), Elizabeth Merchant (2017), Ann Howlett (2017), Dorothy Ramage, Pat Taylor, Joyce Brown, Barbara Gillespie (2016), Sheena Reigate (2016), Joyce Lawie (2016)