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February 26th, 2021

Update  28 February 2021



Our normal life style has been disturbed 

At first a virus which grew into a pandemic 

The first signs of normality faded away 

As the autumn leaves fell from the trees 

The hopes of Christmas and services continuing in the Church faded 

And has been followed by severe frosts and then heavy snow 

The vaccine programme now carries our hopes 

So hold on just a little longer 

Walk gently through these remaining winter days 

Spring will come again and so will the joy of Easter 


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Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 


“Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) 

As I write this letter, we are in the grip of an icy winter with one of the heaviest snowfalls this part of the east coast has seen for many years. Indeed, it has already been a very long winter with many cold days and dark nights. Winter this year is especially dreary since we have been unable to enjoy the usual events which help us endure the long winters. It would seem also that we can forget that holiday abroad this year. And that will come as a disappointment to those who carefully count down the days to the summer holiday as soon as Christmas is over. 

As you read this, we will have already entered the season of Lent, the 6 week period leading to Easter. It is a time when many Christians give up certain things – chocolate or alcohol or abstain from watching tv or using social media. 

Of course, observing Lent in this way will be especially demanding this year when we have already been forced to give up so much during Lockdown. So, giving up all our little luxuries might just be a step too far even for the most faithful of us. 

Lent is also a time when we prepare for Easter. 

And as always, we have our Lenten Bible Study. 

This year we are studying “Entering the Passion of Jesus” by biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine which will take us through the events of Holy Week. The last week of Jesus’ earthly life was filled with much tension and danger. And usually our Holy Week Services are suitably solemn, reflecting the themes of betrayal, denial , rejection, desertion, and the final agony of the cross. 

Every year we journey through Holy Week together. From the heat and dust and carnival atmosphere of Palm Sunday to Easter Day. And it is a difficult week, it is a week full of sadness and gloom. There is always tension and darkness and grief. Because we know right from the minute that Jesus enters into the city of Jerusalem on the donkey that he is risking everything – his reputation; the loss of his friends; his life. 

We can use Lent to pray more or read our bibles more – to invest in our relationship with God. 

Or we can abstain from the chocs and the wine and ditch Facebook for 6 weeks – but no matter how pious we are; no matter how good we think we have been; no matter how much we have “sacrificed” – Holy Week will still come – and we will still watch incredulously as Jesus is betrayed and denied by friends; our hearts will ache as we see him rejected by the crowds who once welcomed him; and we will gasp in horror as we see Jesus’ battered and bruised body dragged all the way to Golgotha. 

No matter what kind of Lent we observe – Jesus will still go to the cross. 

But early on Easter morning while it is still dark, the joy of the Resurrection will come to us. 

Right now, it is still dark. Winter is cold and we are all so weary of all these restrictions. 

But spring will come again and so will the joy of Easter. 

We are people of the Resurrection. 

Hold on just a little longer. 

Walk gently and faithfully through these winter days, the dark night of suffering is nearly over, joy will come in the morning. 

Love and Blessings, 



We stand at that place, betwixt and between the old and the new. 

Looking back to a year now past, and forward to what is yet to be. 

But this is not a normal transition between old and new. 

We look back on a year in which 

the normal patterns of daily life have been disrupted; 

where so much has been put on hold, postponed, cancelled. 

We look to the new year with dread and anxiety 

with its continued uncertainty. 

Lives still on hold. 

So much we would want to do, would plan to do, 

need to do, but afraid to look too far forward for 

fear of disappointment. 

In all our uncertainty 

we come to you, Lord, for you are constant. 

In the midst of uncertainty your love is sure. 

In the darkness of disappointment you never fail. 

In heartbreak and anguish your loving arms enfold us. 

We see your constancy and love not only in our lives 

but in the world around us. 

As year succeeds to year, 

as day follows night, 

as the seasons change, 

from the new life of spring, 

to summer’s rosy glow, 

then autumn’s harvest hew 

to winter’s sleepy rest. 

Lord, we long for the world to awaken 

not only from winter’s rest 

but also from the shutdown we have endured 

for so many months. 

As we wait expectantly for the brighter days of spring, 

and for the world to live again 

so we turn to you. 

Continue to walk with us through these dark days, 

assure us of your light which 

no darkness can ever overcome 

and of your love 

by which we are constantly surrounded. 



The current guidance from the Church of Scotland states 

A number of congregations are issuing materials such as newsletters, service transcripts and DVD’s. 

However as with the previous period of lockdown it is important every care and precaution is made in preparing materials. This means 

  • One person, or as few as possible, copies or prepares mailings and adheres to all proper hand hygiene guidelines; 
  • Congregation in level 4 areas should not be asking volunteers to break the legal duty ‘stay at home’; 
  • Congregations in level 4 areas should utilizes Royal Mail * (or other delivery company) to deliver the materials to members.’ 

In view of this guidance the Congregation Board agreed that unless there was any change to this guidance before the scheduled publication date for this issue of UPDATE on 28th February they would be unable to deliver printed copies to members. E-mail copies will continue as normal and a copy will be available on the church web page and appropriate extracts on social media. 

If any members who normally get a copy delivered to their home would like to receive an e-mail copy they should send an e-mail request to Pat Hay at 

David Taylor Magazine Convener 

[* for information the cost of posting a copy second class assuming it does not exceed the Post Office weight restrictions would be in excess of £250 plus the cost of the envelopes of around £40] 


As the magazine will only be available to read on line and will not reach all the members of the congregation this report will not be as detailed as the one that I normally produce. I will leave that until the next printed version. 

I reported in the last magazine that thanks to the generous response from those members giving one-off donations, setting up new standing orders or increasing their giving we were looking at a deficit of about £11,000 (hopefully less). We ended the year with a deficit of £7,054; a tremendous result in the circumstances. 

The current year 2021 will also be a difficult one financially and it is early days to guess what the position will be at the end of December; much will depend on when the Church reopens for normal worship. I am hoping for a break-even position and we will just have to monitor the situation as the year progresses and the position becomes a bit clearer than now. 

On behalf of the Trustees, I would like to record our thanks and appreciation for all those who gave so generously and not forgetting all those who took part in the activities in the early part of the year. Your support in these circumstances was very welcome and we would not be where we are without it. 



Dear friends 

As you will see from the Annual Accounts and the Report from our Treasurer, John Winterton, we ended 2020 with a deficit of £7,050. 

Considering our buildings were closed for most of the year with the loss of almost all of the additional streams of income such as our hall lets and our regular fundraising, this is a tremendous result. 

We are very blessed indeed to have such a generous congregation who have continued to support the church financially in these difficult times. A heartfelt thanks to those who continue regular giving via stand-ing order or FWO envelopes, and to those who have been able to increase their giving. We also thank those who have gifted generous one-off donations. 

We hope that with the vaccine rolling out, we will be able to all be back in church in the months to come worshiping together and able to return to all the usual events we enjoy as a church family. 

May I take this opportunity on behalf of the congregation to thank John Winterton and Stan Beattie for all their work over the year and to David Sawers for his work auditing our accounts. 



Holy Week and Easter Services 


Sunday 28th March @ 11 a.m. 


Mon 29th March – Fri 2nd April @ 10 a.m. 


Friday 2nd April @ 7 p.m. 


Sunday 4th April 


Sunday 4th April @ 11 a.m. 

All services online until further notice 


Annette mentioned “The Listening Project” during one of the January services. It is an initiative from The Church of Scotland to allow people to share their experiences of faith and Church during the pandemic. 

Steve Aisthorpe, one of the Kirk’s mission developers said: 

Gathering experiences and insights from people throughout the Church will enable us to identify recurring themes and discern what we are learning. “We can then share these themes and some of the stories behind them with all concerned for the wellbeing and future of the Church.” 

I was intrigued so I went online and completed the initial survey form. I wonder what will happen next? This form did make me consider the importance of being listened to. It made me think about listening. 

During lockdown, listening and talking have become more obviously significant. I know how much everyone misses that actual face to face time with friends and family. The blethers over a coffee whether it be in the house, the garden, a café or the church hall. It is that time when we can share with each other all that has been going on, safe in the knowledge that as we talk someone is listening. In these new times I have found other ways to do this, “Zoom” or WhatsApp being my preference. However, despite this I have found the actual phone to be more of a friend these days. There is something very heart-warming about the phone ringing and seeing a familiar number flash up. Sitting in a comfy chair, feet up, coffee in hand and the ensuing lengthy, sometimes very lengthy, conversation can make my day. The listening part, I think, is the part which is uplifting whether I am doing the listening or being listened to. 

Then there are the other kinds of listening. Listening to music, listening to the radio and all the other daily sounds and activities which give me pleasure. Being outside and listening to the sounds all around me also helps give me comfort in these uncertain times. The sound of the sea for example. Today it was a greenish bluish cold, flinty sea pounding on the beach but not with a crash or a rage infused din. Today It was heaving in and out with a gentle sooch like the breath of life beating a steady rhythm. Above, the seagulls whauped and wheeled in the wind screeching in unison. On the shore, the sanderlings were scuttling across the sand emitting their tiny cries in perpetual conversation. 

Walking through the Shanwell Woods I listen to the soft whispers of the old leaves clinging on desperately as the trees rustle and sway. Creaky branches move in time with the trees as they perform their songs orchestrated by some unseen hand. Beneath my feet the fallen beech leaves crunch. Up by Panbride the wind whistles faintly through the grass singing a soft plaintive song. The sparrows chatter and gossip endlessly in the hedges and are friendly companions. A skein of geese flies overhead their haunting cries signalling their familiar flight path. 

At night when I look into the ebony darkness all is quiet but never silent for the sound of the sea often echoes through the night air. Gentle sounds from an unknown source can be heard whispering softly in the darkness. 

As someone wisely said to me, “God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.” I try and remember that. 

Gillian Cook 


  • As part of the move towards an institutionally smaller but practically more vibrant and influential church discussions are ongoing to reduce the number of presbyteries. Currently there are 40+ and the plan is to reduce them to 12. This will entail amalgamations and for churches in Angus this is likely to mean becoming part of a presbytery including the current presbyteries of Dundee, Perth and part of Stirling. More information will be announced in coming months 
  • Church Action on Poverty Sunday will take place on 28th February. The Charity are encouraging Christians to give, act and pray to ensure people on the margins are fully involved in the world we build as we emerge from the pandemic. The last few months have highlighted the inequalities that have swept too many people into poverty 

Church Directory 

Minister Rev Annette Gordon 8 Arbroath Road 01241 854478 

Session Clerk Mrs Lyn Ross  

Clerk to Board Mr Walter Ruark  

Treasurer Mr W John Winterton

Gift Aid Mr Stan Beattie  

Church Secretary & Rollkeeper Mrs Nicola Keen  

Contact via: 

Organist Mrs Marjorie Rennie  

Church Officer Mrs Mary Bushnell  

Fabric Convener Mr John Porter  

Fund Raising & Social Convener Mrs Helen Harley

Flower Convener Mrs Eleanor Whamond

Magazine Convener Mr David Taylor  

Health & Safety Mrs Linda Nicoll  

Friendship Circle Mrs Cathie Connor  

FOG Squad Team Leader Mrs Alison Stuart

JAFFA Youth Group Leader Mrs Joanna Stout  

Creche Organiser Mrs June Black

Safeguarding Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll 


Unfortunately, there still has not been any events to report on. We will have a committee meeting to discuss what we are going to organise once the restrictions are lifted. 

In the meantime, take care and stay safe. Helen Harley 

 XMAS POST 2020 

Boys Brigade and Girls Association 

Captain Neil Russel has been in touch to express the organisations appreciation to all those who contributed in any way in the organising or making use of this long established community project. The total raised for the organisations funds was £2,800 and will be utilized in the coming year when it is hoped activities will be able to return to a more familiar pattern. 


All the complaining I hear every day – because it means we have freedom of speech 

All the jobs that need doing around the house – because it means I have a home 

All the laundry and ironing I have to do – because it means I have a choice of clothes to wear 

All the e-mails, texts and social media items I receive — because I know that people are thinking of me 

Flower Rota 

(subject to re-opening of Newton Church) 

March 2021 

7th Mrs E Simpson / Mrs J Granger 

14th Mrs M Palmer / Mrs D Grant 

21st Mrs K Penrose / Mr J Weir 

28th Mrs P Sawers 

April 2021 

4th Mrs L Thomson 

11th Mrs J Davidson 

18th Mrs B.Lee Smith 

25th Mrs J Black / Mrs M Hamilton 

May 2021 

2nd Mrs R Porter 



Laurie Ruglen 28th November 2020 

Catriona Evans 29th November 2020 

Linda Glen 6th December 2020 

Olive Watson* 7th December 2020 

William Craig* 27th December 2020 

Sheila Milne* 7th January 2021 

George Stott* 22nd January 2021 

Craig Gardiner* 24th January 2021 

Margaret Micrander 27th January 2021 

*Member of Congregation 


Nobody escapes being wounded. We are all wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not, ‘How can we hide our wounds?’ so we don’t have to be embarrassed, but “How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?’ When our wounds cease to be a source of shame, and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers. 

Henri Nouwen 


The next issue is scheduled for 25th April 2021 

Thanks to all involved in providing articles, layout of this issue of Update. 


Update Newsletter

December 1st, 2020

Update 6 December 2020 






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Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 

Christmas Message – 2020 

Christmas will be different this year – but we cannot, we must not cancel Christmas. 

Recently in a bid to relax Covid 19 restrictions for Christmas, a decision was made to permit people to meet up in “bubbles” for five days over the festive period. However, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said the “default advice” and “safest position” was still that people should avoid contact, “Just because you can mix with others….. that doesn’t mean you have to.” She added, “The virus will not have gone away by Christmas”. Christmas will be different this year. 

Depending on the decisions we make perhaps there will be no inter-generational gatherings around the Christmas dinner table with granny and grandad and an assortment of relatives. If we want to stay safe, no Christmas knees-up with the neighbours. Our turkeys and our celebrations will be smaller than usual………..Quieter. 

I am really going to miss the busyness of the Christmas services this year. The Christingle Service when we are joined by the children of Carlogie Primary School. It’s a relaxed service filled with fun and laughter and noise and yet there is still a hush that descends as we light our Christingles and sing quietly, “Away in a Manger” and the “Watchnight Service” when our church is filled not only with our faithful members and friends but also with those who perhaps haven’t been in church since last Christmas Eve. They come too with eyes wide with excitement (or maybe it’s the sherry!!) and together we watch as Christmas Eve slips silently into Christmas Day with all the hope and joy that the coming of the Christ child brings. Even our worship will be different this year………Quieter. 

Most of our extra services will be online. We still hope to have our 9 Lessons and Carols and our Nativity. I will be recording a Christingle Service for our children in the FOG Squad and for the children at Carlogie Primary. We may have our Christmas Eve service a little earlier in the evening but with the restrictions for worship still likely to be in place, only 24 or so will be able to attend the in-person service. 

Christmas will be………………. quieter. 

Of course, some might be looking forward to a quieter, simpler Christmas this year. A Christmas without the endless demands to be jolly despite the stress and the expense that Christmas usually brings. But for others, this might be the toughest of all the things we have had to cope with this year – to think that we may have to spend Christmas alone without our loved ones around us. And paradoxically, some who have no family to celebrate with may even feel some sense of togetherness that because of this Pandemic they are not alone in their isolation. 

And so, we cannot, we must not cancel Christmas. More than ever people need the hope that Christmas brings. And we can see that all around us. Shops have all but sold out of Christmas decorations and lights. Trees have been up since mid-November. 

Our community like most communities is pulling out all the stops to make sure Christmas is not cancelled. The Christmas lights are up; a beautiful Christmas tree already adorns the High St; and the shop windows are aglow with Christmas scenes.  

In towns all over Scotland and beyond, people are being encouraged to have Nativity Scenes in the win-dows of their homes; some churches are planning to ring the bells on Christmas Eve, and there are also plans afoot for “Doorstep Carol Singing” (you can find more information on this in this edition of UP-DATE under “Christmas Services”). People are desperate to have some sense of hope. 

Christmas is not cancelled – even in the middle of a Pandemic – the Christmas message resounds with hope. 

And the Church more than ever must take this message of hope out into the community. Due to the re-strictions, people cannot come to us even if they normally only come once a year for that “Christmassy feeling”. So, we must help people hear the Christmas story across all sorts of digital platforms and so-cial media. It demands that we be even more bold and creative in our telling of the Gospel than ever. 

Tell them that, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5) 

Christmas is not cancelled. 

Love and Blessings,


Christmas Services 2020 


2nd Sunday in Advent – 6th December 11am – Morning Worship 

3rd Sunday in Advent – 13th December 11am – Morning Worship 

4th Sunday in Advent – 20th December 11am – Morning Worship 

Christmas Eve Service – 24th December 7pm – tbc 

(Seats for all in-person services have to be booked in advance by ‘phoning Lyn Ross on 859905 Tues- Thurs between 6pm and 8pm). Covid guidelines restrict Maximum number of seats to 24. 

Online Services (Facebook , YouTube and website) 

Advent Reflections – 1st – 24th December – Facebook only 

2nd Sunday in Advent – 6th December 11am – Morning Worship 

3rd Sunday in Advent – 13th December 11am – Morning Worship – The Lockdown Nativity 

Service of Quiet Reflection – Sunday 13th December – 4pm (Facebook and YouTube only) 

4th Sunday in Advent – 20th December 11am – 9 Lessons and Carols 

Christmas Eve Service – 24th December 7pm (Facebook and YouTube only) 

Sunday 27th December – 11am – Morning Worship (Facebook and YouTube only) 

Sunday 3rd January – 11am – Morning Worship (Facebook and YouTube only) 

Doorstep Carol Service 

Sunday 20th December at 6pm. We are invited to stand on our doorsteps and sing carols “together”. Hosted by Radio North Angus. (look out for more details nearer the time on Facebook and local press) 

“With the Children” including “Christingle” and “The Nativity” will be on YouTube and Facebook each Sunday at 10 am except 27th December and 3rd January. 


I will begin this report (on behalf of the Trustees) in thanking all those who gave generous (some very) donations, increased their standing orders or FWO donations and set up new standing orders all of which had a significant impact on our year-end financial position which I will come to shortly. This brilliant and fantastic response is very much appreciated particularly in these uncertain times when our financial position came under intense pressure in the loss of income from the plate and use of premises which alone came to about £14,400. 

When taking into account the other elements of income lost, the deficit as a result of the new flooring in the Panbride Hall together with the savings arising from heat and light, reduced maintenance and the job retention scheme we were estimating a potential deficit of about £22,000 for the year. 

Thanks to the generous response we are looking at a deficit of about £11,000 (hopefully less) a tremendous result. Thanks once again for your support without which we would be in a difficult position to put it mildly. 


The wording under this heading in the last issue gave rise to a misunderstanding in relation to cheques and gift aid which I will now clarify. If I have a gift aid form signed by you then I will claim gift aid on whatever payment method you choose, ie cash, cheques or standing order donations. 

There is a HMRC scheme in respect of small cash (not cheque) donations on which I can claim gift aid of 25%. There is a limit on the amount on which gift aid can be £8,000. This means that each year I can claim 25% on the cash in the plate up to £8,000 ie £2,000. Small cash donations on which I can claim gift aid means no more than a £20 note so if you are feeling flush please do not give us a £50 note as I will not be able to claim gift aid on it. An oddity I know but these are HMRC rules. 

The continual efforts to manage the virus may mean the arrangements we made for the collection of FWO envelopes etc will continue to be in force until the middle of next year (depending on the availability of a vaccine which is looking hopeful) therefore, I will confirm these as follows: 

  • Put cash in an envelope or bag (or any suitable container) that you would normally put in the plate and pass these along with the FWO envelopes to me at 31 Newton Crescent (not Road) or you can drop them into the Manse if that is more suitable to you. 
  • Wherever possible for the cash please use notes as it will make it easier for me when banking with RBS. This is not essential but would help. It has to be cash because I claim 25% gift aid on the cash normally put in the plate as I have said above. 
  • This can be done if you are out on a daily walk or a family member or friend can do it for you or post any cheques if that suits you. 
  • FWO envelopes should contain, wherever possible, notes or cheques but again not essential. 
  • Those members who pay annually by cheque and are reminded by letter could you please remember that the staff are not in and reminders may not be sent out. Again, please send these to me at the above address. 
  • Those members considering making a donation to help the finances of the Church please send these to me as well. 
  • I am nearly always in even when there is no car on the drive so please knock on the door and step back to a safe distance while I answer the door or just put the items through the letterbox. 



I’m very grateful to all the people who volunteered to clean our buildings during this uncertain time of Covid 19. Without their help we wouldn’t have been able to have worship in the Panbride Hall. Once we open up Newton Church for services, we will require more help so if you can spare an hour or so once a month, I would be delighted to add you on to one of our 5 teams. Thank you to all my loyal “Divine Dusters”! 

You can contact me on 853919. Pat Taylor 

Gillian’s September Blessings 

The Blessings came about after a post on Facebook on1st September encouraged some of our members to “Count their Blessings” – Gillian decided that she would write her blessings down as well as count them. Original post below: 

“At the moment we are not sure where or when our Harvest Thanksgiving Service will take place. However, some members of our congregation have come up with a wonderful idea to thank God for all His provision for us and the beauty of His creation, something that we would normally do at Harvest. They plan to “Count their Blessings” – reflecting on all their personal blessings each day throughout the month of September and putting aside £1 for each blessing. Blessings will include simple things like family and friends; good health; faith, food, and giving thanks for all the beauty around us. At the end of September, the money collected will be donated to the church. Whether or not you want to donate to the church, it is always good for us to take time to “Count our Blessings”. 

I feel blessed that: 

1st September- 

tonight, while walking along the beach, we watched a crimson moon shine over the sea. The waves and the rock pools turned a rosy pink before our eyes. Such beauty! 

2nd September- 

I went to the hairdresser today. While not a “normal” experience it felt like a bit of normality returned. 

3rd September- 

I met my friend in person and we gossiped and giggled over a glass of wine. I miss seeing my friends but am so glad of all the friendship around me. 

4th September- 

R+J arrived to spend a few days with us before they go back to Uni. It’s lovely to have them here. We sat and chatted late. 

5th September 

We went to a restaurant for a belated birthday celebration. It felt extra special to be “out”. However, we didn’t linger and came home and just sat and chatted again in the comfort of home. I am so glad we have a safe roof over our heads. We are indeed lucky. 

6th September 

We went walking up Glen Prosen. We hardly saw another soul. The beauty and majesty and solitude was calming. 

7th September 

The beach tonight was glorious in the setting sun. The sea rolled in gently singing its soft song. It was a lovely walk. 

8th September 

I watched a robin this morning flitting in and out of the bushes. It perched proudly on the bird bath. Later I heard the wild geese. Autumn is here. I love the changing seasons. 

9th September 

We walked in the park tonight. It was a starry sky. Lovely! 

10th September 

I went to Dundee. I met up with a lady from my writing class who I have only recently got to know. It was good to learn more about her. I like meeting new people. 

11th September 

I was able to give away some apples and plums from the garden. 

12th September 

Although the news of more restrictions “got to me” I was able to quell my fears and anxieties before they became overwhelming. 

13th September 

I heard the wind in the trees play like an orchestra and create a beautiful noise. 

14th September 

The beach tonight was still and calm. The lighthouses blinked – like beacons of hope in the darkening skies. 

15th September 

I had a lovely blether on the phone with my friend in Orkney. My friends are very important to me. 

16th September 

After a day aggravated by technology which soured my mood I went to bed in a good frame of mind. I was content. 

17th September 

Tonight the stars were twinkling in the vastness of the night sky. Down below the woody, earthy tang of autumn filled the air. I felt part of something bigger. 

18th September 

We went back to help in the garden. It feels good to be doing something for other people. 

19th September 

We travelled back to Aberdeen very briefly. The old familiar road layout into the city had changed, just as so much has changed for me since I last made that journey.. I feel so very grateful for all the good that has come into my life despite these uncertain times. 

20th September 

We were able to worship together. For now, I am of the mind set to embrace change but I know that attitude may change! 

21st September 

After a difficult day I walked along by the sea in the darkness. As the waves shimmered on the shoreline, I was aware there is always a light. 

22nd September 

As we walked through the trees in the fading light I felt the darkness envelope me in what felt like a comforting blanket. 

23rd September 

As I listened to the news of ever- changing restrictions my heart sank. I felt grateful however for all I have in my life. I went to bed knowing I am secure and safe. 

24th September 

Tonight, the half moon was shining on the sea as we walked along. The moonbeams created a ribbon of shimmering silver over the waves – a pathway to….?????. It was magical. 

25th September 

I was able to meet one my friends from Aberdeen in person. I was glad. 

26th September 

It was a simple, gentle kind of easy oasy day. Everything seemed to fall into place. 

27th September 

We had a lovely long walk along the sands at St Andrews. We looked over to Carnoustie – home! We are glad we live where we do. 

28th September 

I have such lovely friends. I phoned one of them and we had a good long chat and giggle. 

29th September 

Tonight, we sat and watched our new tv in our cosy house. We are very fortunate. 

30th September 

We watched a pair of collared doves in the garden. They are such gentle looking creatures. 

Gillian Cook 


  • Due to covid-19 the 2020 General assembly originally scheduled for May was held on line on the 2nd & 3rd Octo-ber. It was made possible through a new Assembly Hub on the church of Scotland website. Commissioners, who included our Minister, Youth representatives and corresponding members took part remotely. More details of reports submitted and discussions can be found at 
  • A Christian Aid survey found that 49% of Scots were feeling more connected to their neighbours as we ap-proached 6 months since the start of lockdown. The corresponding figure was 44% for England and 41% for Wales. 
  • The Nominations Committee announced on 27 October that Jim Wallace will be the next Moderator of the Church of Scotland. He is a former Liberal/Democratic MP for Orkney and Shetland and now sits in the Lords as Baron Wallace of Tankerness. He will be only the second elder in modern times to become Moderator. He was ordained as an Elder at St Bernard’s Church, Stockbridge, Edinburgh in 1981 and is now an Elder at St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. He will suspend his Lib/Dem membership for his year as Moderator and will not be cam-paigning in the period leading up to the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election. 


Dear friends 

As you will see from the Report from our Treasurer, John Winterton, we are forecasting a deficit this year. Our usual streams of generating additional income such as our hall lets, and our regular fundraising have all but dried up because of the Pandemic. 

Almost all churches are seeing a marked decrease in income with some churches still having just about the same level of expenditure as before now that they have returned to church buildings but with a severely reduced capacity. 

The buildings still must be heated and maintained. 

Although we cannot be complacent, we are in a better financial position than expected. 

This is due in no small way to the generosity of our congregation and friends of our congregation. 

A heartfelt thanks to those who continue to support the church financially with regular giving via standing order or FWO envelopes, and to those who have been able to increase their giving. We also thank those who have gifted generous one-off donations. Thank you to those who place their envelopes or cash in the open plate on a Sunday, and to those who continue to deliver envelopes to our Treasurer. 

These are difficult times for everyone. Even if we ourselves are not directly affected by a change in circumstances, we may be financially supporting members of our families who have been impacted by shorter working hours or who have sadly been made redundant as a result of Coronavirus. 

Thank you also to those who have given to our recent collections for the local Foodbank, Malawi Fruits, and Erskine Hospital. Although, many churches are feeling rightly concerned about their own financial position, it is a Gospel imperative that we feed the hungry; defend the poor, and care for the sick. It is important we continue to be a mission-shaped church. 

We have a little glimmer of hope now that a day is coming when we can all be back together and everyone who wants to come to church will be able to. 

I am so looking forward to that day and to seeing our church and our church halls noisy and busy with all the joyful occasions we enjoy as a church family and as a community. 





29 August 2020 – Fiona Anne Lucas and Shaun Terrence Margery – Manse Garden (photo below) 

17 October 2020 – Rosemine Isabella Jules Andrews and Christopher Brian Spiers – Manse Garden 


Ron McKee – 24 September 

Margaret Anderson* – 6 October 

Duncan Geekie – 9 October 

Helen Dalgety * – 23 November 

*Member of Congregation 


Rhys McConnachie – 29 November 

Church Directory 

Minister  Rev Annette Gordon 
Session Clerk  Mrs Lyn Ross 
Clerk to Board  Mr Walter Ruark 
Treasurer  Mr W John Winterton 
Gift Aid  Mr Stan Beattie 
Church Officer  Mrs Mary Bushnell 
Magazine Convener  Mr David Taylor 
Flower Convener  Mrs Eleanor Whamond 
FOG Squad—Team Leader  Mrs Alison Stuart 
Youth Group JAFFA  Mrs Joanna Stout 
Creche  Mrs June Black 


A very happy Treasurer took delivery of £100 for Church funds, the proceeds from this year’s Flamingo Card sales. A big “Thank You” to all my customers for their continued support. Because we were unable to have any fund raising this year, it’s good to know that we’ve helped the Church finances in a small way. Pat Taylor 


Due to the ongoing restrictions there has not been and will not be any Fundraising events since the report in the last issue of Update. 

If you feel you can help by making a small donation to the Church, then this would be greatly appreciated and would help to replace any fundraising events which would have been held. Please put any donation in an envelope marked “Fundraising” and pop it through either the Manse door or through John Winterton’s door. 

We hope all members of the Congregation are keeping well and staying safe in this difficult time and we hope to see you all at any fundraising events next year, all being well. Helen Harley 


It will not be possible to provide Creche facilities until approval for these is given. When that is received the facility will be provided on an as and when required basis. At that stage it would be helpful if parents who would like to make use of this facility contact June Black (Tel 410196) no later than the day before the service.  June Black


Although we have nothing new to report, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. 

Looking forward to the time when we can all meet again.  Alison Stuart 


This issue of UPDATE has again been printed by DWK and we are very appreciative of the help we have received from them during the pandemic. Thanks also to all involved in providing articles, layout, assembly, delivery of paper copies and sending the e-mail copies. David Taylor 


God of wild places 

daisies, ditches 

rowans, raspberries 

rugged cliffs, rumbustious seas 

breezy meadows, bright beaches 

nature’s grandeur displayed 

sun rises and sets 

misted moonlight 

caresses clouded hills 

we are blessed in your love 

God of rolling farmland 

fields ripening food 

congregations of cattle 

shearings of sheep 

bubbling brews, bursting barns. 

nature’s bounty displayed 

sun rises and sets 

misted moonlight 

caresses clouded hills 

we are blessed in your love 

God of city streets 

cafés, countless cultures 

bustling buses, stravaigin’ shoppers 

high-living, humble homes 

silent streets, solitary strollers. 

humankind’s ingenuity displayed 

sun rises and sets 

misted moonlight 

caresses clouded hills 

we are blessed in your love 

God of the lockdown life 

closed, closeted 

contained, covered 

shielded, sheltered 

darkness, danger. 

humanity’s fears and failings hidden away 

sun rises and sets 

misted moonlight 

caresses clouded hills 

we are blessed by your promise 

Uncover our shame and our shambles. 

Uncover our sadness and our sorrows. 

Uncover our fears and our foibles. 

Expose us to the scrutiny of your light. 

Wrap us in the warmth of your embrace, 

that we might be un-Locked by Love 

re-created, re-shaped, re-born 

into the wholeness of your Passion. 

Our God. 


Flower Rota (subject to re-opening of Newton Church) 

December 2020 

6th Mrs R. Clark 

13th Mrs A. McDonald 

20th Mrs E. Whamond 

27th Mrs M. Gordon / Mr Crozier 

January 2021 

3rd Mrs K. Porter 

10th Mrs L. Miller 

17th Mrs M. Rennie 

24th Mrs D. Taylor 

31st To be confirmed 

February 2021 

7th Mrs C. McWhirter / Mrs M. Jamieson 

14th Mrs C. Kerr / Mrs B. Ruark 

21st Mrs J. Brown 

28th Mr and Rev. A. Gordon 

March 2021 

7th Mrs E. Simpson / Mrs J. Granger 


Boys Brigade and Girls Association 

This year we are not having boxes in the churches. We will still have boxes in the following shops both Co-ops, Belles gift shop, MacDougall’s Newsagents, Haven Charity shop, For Carnoustie, J’s Hair Design, A & A hairdresser and Spar Barry Road. 

Cost is 20p per card. Should anyone at the church have cards they can give them to Marion Palmer or Mary Bushnell or delivered to Mary’s address. Cards will be delivered on 6th, 13th and 20th December. 

Procedures to be followed for this community project are compliant with the requirements of covid guidelines 

Mary Bushnell 

Carnoustie Scout Group 

Carnoustie Scout Group will be running their Christmas card delivery service this year, covering Carnoustie and Barry. The cost is 25p per card. 

Our procedures have been risk assessed and are Covid safe with all cards being quarantined for 72 hours before sorting and delivery, as advised by the local Public Health Team. 

Post boxes will be available between the afternoon of Friday 27th November and Monday 14th December, at the following locations: 

Co-op, High Street; Co-op, Dundee Street; Boots, Dundee Street; 

Boots, Parkview Health Centre; Ravensby News, Ravensby Park Gardens 

There will be no deliveries prior to the 18th of December. 

Lindsay Burns, Scout Post Co-ordinator 

Update Newsletter

August 23rd, 2020

Update  23 August 2020

This is edition has information about the impact of Covid 19


The impact of Covid-19 has resulted in Church closure 

The photographs below are not our Church but a church which re-opened recently. They are included to give an example of what to expect when Newton re-opens


Solitude and silence are ways to get to the heart because the heart is the place where God speaks to us, where we hear the voice which calls us Beloved.  (Henri Nouwen) 


E-mail Church Secretary: 


Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 

Musings from the Manse 

Here we are almost at the end of the August – how did that happen? 

What happened to spring and summer? 

I hope that with the easing of Lockdown and the pause in shielding that you have been able to get out more and see friends and family. 

Perhaps you have even been able to have a staycation. Although I am sure it was a different kind of holiday from usual. 

Of course, living in such a beautiful part of the world we don’t need to go far to enjoy lovely scenery – it’s right here on our doorstep. 

We begin to look forward cautiously to autumn. This is usually such an exciting time for us as a congregation and for me as a minister. 

Usually, I would be thinking about visiting the children and teachers at Carlogie Primary. We would be welcoming our own children and young people back from the FOG Squad and JAFFA, and we would be planning all sorts of events such as our Harvest Thanksgiving Service and Remembrance Sunday and beginning to forward plan for all the Advent and Christmas Services. 

Our halls would be busy with all the organisations restarting for their autumn sessions. 

And, oh, how I miss the sound of the pipe band and the brass band as they rehearse in our halls. 

Life is not normal. 

And this might be as good as it gets for a while. 

Phase 4 of the Route Map might still be a way off and we should all be treading carefully afraid of a spike or a second wave. 

And maybe you long for the things that give you life. The things that energize you and bring you joy. 

For nights out at the theatre; mornings at the gym; afternoons at the football or the rugby; returning to all your clubs and looking forward to social events. 

Maybe you miss your work – being part of something; doing something constructive; using your God-given gifts. 

Or perhaps you are drained of all energy and enthusiasm for anything right now. 

Like most of us, I look forward to the day when we can all be back in church together. Our online worship is well supported, and I am so grateful for all the encouragement that kept me going while I struggled with the technology that make these services possible. I intend to continue these services in some format even when we return to church so that those in the most vulnerable categories who may choose not to return to church for the time being are provided for and that they are still able to participate in church life. 

But I do miss coming to church on a Sunday morning. I miss singing the hymns and listening to the music; having a wee laugh with the choir; the excitement and giggles of the children; I miss hearing everyone’s stories; I miss the handshakes and hugs at the door. 

I miss you! 

Yes, we can still be the Body of Christ wherever we are and we can love and care for one another from a distance (and by keeping our distance) but I can’t pretend that recording the service in an empty church is something that gives me life and fills me with joy. 

I miss the eye contact; the warmth; the humour; the spontaneity. 

I miss the move of the Spirit among us when the Word stirs our hearts and the music reaches our souls. 

And no matter how much I try – it is difficult to replicate that sense of spiritual connection alone in an empty church. 

But I have learned not to trust my feelings or even circumstances where God’s power is concerned. God is present with us in our worship wherever we are worshiping. In the empty church; in our homes in front of the iPad or tv; through the ‘phone line, despite our feelings, despite our circumstances, as Paul the Apostle tells us, “God does not live in temples built by human hands. He is never far from anyone of us …reach out for Him and find Him” (Acts 17: 24 – 27). 



It will not be possible to provide Creche facilities until approval for these is given. When that is received the facility will be provided on an as and when required basis. At that stage it would be helpful if parents who would like to make use of this facility contact June Black (Tel 410196) no later than the day before the service.

June Black 


We hope you have had a lovely Summer and we are looking forward to meeting with the children again when guidance states that it is safe to do so. 

At the end of the last FOG Squad session we did not get the opportunity to thank Fiona Gray and Helen Waggott for their hard work and dedication. Both ladies are retiring from FOG Squad after many years and we wish them all the best. 

Until we can meet again, we are offering a Virtual FOG Squad starting on 6th September. If your child is interested in this experience contact me on with your email details. It is planned to email a link to a bible story, song and suggested activities that your child could take part in at home, older children will also have links to a passage in the Good News Bible. 

Alison Stuart 


A New Year for JAFFA! 

JAFFA look forward to restarting meetings, in some way, in the Autumn and welcoming our new members as they move from FOG and primary into S1. 

We also welcome Mrs Fiona Gray who is joining Mrs Susan Hamill and myself in delivering our fun sessions. 

We hope to begin a block of New Communicant classes for those young people who wish to take part. 

Joanna Stout 

TREASURERS REPORT as at 31 July 2020 

Year End2019202020202020
Items of Concern££££
Weekly FWO Envelopes5045447934301049
Gift Aid1250512400112001200
Use of Premises **126121200036818319
Fundraising **28161500552948
Tea/Coffee/Soup Donations **258324006271773
Panbride Hall ##00010700
Job Retention Scheme(2400)
Other Donations(1700)
Standing Orders(1400)
Other Fabric Heat & Light etc(2400)

## The reflooring of the Panbride Hall and the Hallway had resulted in a deficit for the year of £10,700. 

This report will focus on what the result on the Church’s finances will be at the end of the year given that the Church may reopen sometime in September and trying to estimate the impact this will have on the finances, no easy task with restricted numbers due to guidelines in relation to social distancing. Allied to that is the talk of a second wave of Covid -19 infections as well as seasonal flu. Therefore, the best estimate at this moment in time is about £21,000 loss. 

Since the last update there has been some changes in the anticipated shortfall and these are as follows: 

FWO Envelopes 

I have now received a number of envelopes and these are reflected in the figure of £3,430 above. The budget of £4,479 is based on what was received in 2019 and since shutdown there are about 8 who have envelopes and have not managed to get them to me so it is difficult to predict the outcome at year end. If you are one of these 8 and intend to pass these envelopes at some point before year end could you please contact me and let me know. I would appreciate it as it would allow me to gauge the year end in relation to the envelopes a lot better. 


This heading continues to be a concern; I have received about £325 in cash on which I can claim gift aid and another £450 in cheques (included in Savings- Other Donations figure of £1,500) that would normally go in the plate as cash (Gift Aid cannot be claimed on cheques). 

As a rough guide of the sum uncollected this year (end of March to end of July) the sum placed in the plate during this time last year was about £3,200. 

Gift Aid 

The shortfall of £1,200 is mainly due to the shortfall in the plate. 

The items marked ** 

Difficult to see anything changing in the remainder of this year in relation to Fundraising & Tea/Coffee/Soup donations but perhaps the Use of Premises may in which case the shortfall will be less on this heading. 

To confirm the current arrangements in force for the collection of income: 

Put cash in an envelope or bag (or any suitable container) that you would normally put in the plate and pass these along with the FWO envelopes to me at 31 Newton Crescent

This can be done if you are out on a daily walk or a family member or friend can do it for you or post any cheques if that suits you. 

Wherever possible for the cash please use notes as it will make it easier for me when banking with RBS. This is not essential but would help. It has to be cash because I claim 25% gift aid on the cash normally put in the plate. 

FWO envelopes should contain, wherever possible, notes or cheques but again not essential. 

Those members who pay annually by cheque and are reminded by letter could you please remember that the staff are not in and no reminders will be sent out. Again please send these to me at the above address. 

Those members considering making a donation to help the finances of the Church please send these to me as well. 

I am nearly always in even when there is no car on the drive so please knock on the door and step back to a safe distance while I answer the door or just put the items through the letterbox. 

W J Winterton 




This will take place between the 

From Monifieth to Montrose 

18-20 September 2020 

To find out how you can get involved 

visit local social media sites 


Look up 


Before we re-open our buildings much work has to be done to ensure that we properly implement the published guidelines which at the time of writing are in their 4th edition and run to 58 pages. 

There are all sorts of questions to be answered and systems to be put in place so that we can keep all the people who enter our buildings as safe as we possibly can. 

The virus has not gone away. It is still here and still as easily transmitted. 

So here is what you can expect our church services to look like when we do open our buildings: 

With current physical distancing measurements only 24 people will be able to attend a service of worship 

Protect and Trace – we are required to keep a temporary register of those who attend worship as such you will be asked to provide your name and a contact number on entering the building 

You will be expected to sanitize your hands on entering and leaving the building 

Face mask or face covering must be worn (mandatory from 7 August) 

You will be directed to a seat 

There will be a one-way system in place 

The doors of the church will remain open during the service 

Physical distancing of 2metres must be observed at all times and in all areas of the church buildings 

Bibles and hymn books will be removed 

All soft furnishings including cushions; pulpit falls; lectern falls will be removed 

No singing – to avoid the spreading of aerosol particles 

No shaking hands or offering any other form of a physical welcome or farewell to other members of the congregation 

No tea/coffee or fellowship after the service 

No doubt, going to church will be strange for a while but all these things are necessary to keep us safe. So please do bear with us as we work through all these challenges. 

Blessings  Annette 

Congregational Register


Gillian Bennett and Lindsay Cook on 4th July in Manse Garden of Newton Church 


Mrs Violet Agnes Elizabeth MacNaughton* 6 August 2020  * Member of congregation

Church Directory

Minister  Rev Annette Gordon 
Session Clerk  Mrs Lyn Ross 
Clerk to Board  Mr Walter Ruark 
Treasurer  Mr W John Winterton 
Gift Aid  Mr Stan Beattie 
Magazine Convener  Mr David Taylor 
Flower Convener  Mrs Eleanor Whamond 
FOG Squad—Team Leader  Mrs Alison Stuart 
Youth Group JAFFA  Mrs Joanna Stout 
Creche  Mrs June Black 


Everyday, everywhere are glimpses of Your glory, Lord. Creation basks in the warmth of the sun’s rays and I know that You hold me. Clouds throw their cover over the earth and I know that You enfold me. 

Today, Lord God, scatter Your grace around me that I might haul it in and marvel at its beauty. And may I be ready to let it go so others may catch sight of You. Amen. 

(Pray Now – Word of Life – The Church of Scotland Mission and Discipleship Council) 


(subject to KS and Presbytery approval of re-opening ) 

September 2020 

20th Mrs A. Brown 

27th Mrs E. Watson 

October 2020 

4th Mrs J. Sturrock / Mrs S. Devanay 

11th Mrs D. Booth 

18th Mrs K. Fulton 

25th Mrs M. Easton / Mrs J. Jones 

November 2020 

1st Mrs A. Clark / Mrs D. Smith 

8th Mrs P. Geekie 

15th Mrs M. Low / Mrs N. Reid 

22nd Mrs A. Scott 

29th Mrs G. Cook 


In one article in the August issue of Life and Work the Moderator the Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair has made an appeal for Christians to play their part in the Black Lives Matter campaign. 

In another article entitled “Our Wake up moment?” he says that while all congregations have sung the hymn ‘The church is not a building’ but in 2020 we’ve been forced to work out what this actually means. After mentioning many of the changes and initiatives that have taken place during lockdown he asks have the circumstances caused us to hear the cry ‘Wake up, O sleeper?’ Are we being roused from our slumbers, being caused to embrace the radical change required of us? 

Is this our wake up moment? 


Unfortunately due to the current situation the Friendship Circle has been cancelled for the next few months at least. We hope to meet again after Christmas and any news will be published in the magazine. 

Susan Wilson 


I will be placing another order for cards within the next few weeks if anyone would like to place an order. So far approx £20 has been raised. 10% of all sales go towards much needed church funds. If you would like a brochure, please phone me on 853919, and I can deliver one to you. Thank you to all those who continue to support this. The Christmas brochure should be available late September. 

Pat Taylor 


Unfortunately there have been no fundraising or social events held due to the Covid restrictions but hopefully the coffee morning and concert which were planned for later in the year will be able to go ahead, but who knows. There are still bills to be paid by the Church so we hope we can raise some money this year. 

Helen Harley 

Update Newsletter

June 10th, 2020

Update 14 June 2020

This is a special condensed edition due to Covid-19 



The impact of Covid-19 has resulted in Church closure apart from the recording of the weekly service 

In all films there is always a camera man, sound technician and producer keeping a watchful eye on proceedings 

Moment for Meditation 

Let me seek then, the gift of silence, and poverty, and solitude, where everything I touch is turned into prayer: where the sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all. 

Web: E-mail Church Secretary: Facebook: Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 

Did You Know 

More than a quarter of million people have tuned in to the reflective services on TV ’Reflection at the Quay’ broadcast by the BBC on Sunday mornings during the first four weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown. In addition to those watching live there were more than 11,000 requests through the IPlayer on demand service. The BBC is committed to an initial 12 week run of the programme which will run to at least mid June. 

Both locally and nationally Churches have been embracing new technology to provide services and to hold meetings. At Panbride like other Churches our Minister has used her mobile phone and then YouTube to deliver a service on Sunday mornings as well as a separate service for the children of the FOG Squad and Carlogie Primary School. There have also been many Zoom conference calls about the ongoing COVID-19 developments throughout the Church of Scotland, and also presbytery meeting and Induction services for new Ministers. 

Crossreach, the church of Scotland Social Care Council, has launched an emergency appeal to enable it to continue its services during the COVID_19 outbreak. In common with many other charities Crossreach has seen income suffer as fund raising activities and major events are cancelled. In March the then Moderator of the General Assembly the Rt Rev Colin Sinclair encouraged people to take part in the 2.6 challenge for Crossreach. The fund raising took its theme from the cancelled London Marathon and encourages people to complete any activity suiting their skills and abilities and featuring the number 2 and 6 in any way.  You can still get involved and funds raised will make a direct input on the essential care Crossreach provides so that help to the most vulnerablepeople can be continued during these unprecedented times.  See for more information. 

Access to the church office is not allowed at this time and it is thanks to DWK, the firm who we have dealt with for over 30 years to supply and service our copiers, that this issue of UPDATE has been feasible. When approached they agreed to print this issue of UPDATE. Our sincere thanks to them and we look forward to continuing business with them once covid-19 restriction are ended. Thanks also to all those who have agreed to distribute the printed copies to members’ homes. Pat Hay our systems administrator has also been able to ensure that an e-mail copy has been sent to those who opted for that format. 

We now have a “Dial a Service” option available for members, parishioners, and friends to dial in and listen to the Sunday service. Although this is updated every Sunday, it can be dialled up at any time during the week. As the number is a local number, it is charged at a local call rate. Please spread the word to those who cannot access the online video services. To listen to the service dial: – 01241 467717 

All our services are now online and can be accessed on the sites below 

Sunday Worship; Children’s Address; Sunday Evening Call to Prayer; Mid week Reflection can all be found on our Facebook page: 

Sunday Worship and Children’s Address are also on our YouTube channel: 

Sunday Worship is also on this website.

Can I ask that you consider subscribing to the YouTube channel. There is no charge and once we have 100 subscribers we can have a more user friendly link. 

Congregational Register 


Margaret Coupar 18 April 2020* 

Anna Merchant 29 April 2020* 

Rodger Lyon 30 April 2020* 

Vera Crichton 3 May 2020* 

Christine Beckett 12 May 2020* 

Brian Carr 17 May 2020

 *Member of congregation

New Members by Certificate of Transference 

Mairi Brown Dis 6 

Joan Henderson Dis 17 

Andy Martin Dis 28 

Iain Stewart Dis 2 

Musings from the Manse U

Dear friends 

So, we are now halfway through the month of June and into our 12th week on Lockdown as our June UPDATE goes to print. I ask myself the question, “Where has the time gone?” It seems that one minute it was early Spring, and we were planning all sorts of services and events – Holy Week; Easter; Strawberry Tea; Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association Service; FOG Picnic and Prizegiving. There were also baptisms and summer weddings all of which much to our great disappointment have had to be rescheduled. 

And here we are in June and although the Lockdown is easing, we have a long way to go – life doesn’t and shouldn’t feel normal just yet. I have been attending Presbytery meetings and other church meetings online and by Zoom. At a recent webinar by the Assembly Trustees, the question was asked: “Can a virus renew the church?” 

That might seem a strange question to ask when our buildings are closed and all our activities as a church both locally and nationally would seem to have ceased. However, ask any minister or church leader how they have spent the last three months. You can be sure that they have not had time to learn a new language or take up a new hobby – unless that new hobby is video editing or hosting zoom meetings. Church is still open, and all sorts of things are still happening. Churches are offering Messy Church on Zoom; CafeChurch by Teams; New Communicants classes online, and many more virtual events as well as online worship. 

Without doubt, Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the lives of individuals, our community, and the church. But Covid-19 has also been a catalyst for change. 

In the last 12 weeks we have seen changes in the church which would have taken years to bring about. Covid-19 and the closure of our buildings has forced us all out of our comfort zones and even congregations who had for whatever reason resisted new ways of doing things such as streaming services and online meetings have had to embrace these in order to facilitate worship, pastoral care, and to serve our community. There have been challenges for congregations whose worship has moved online and pastoral care provided by phone but for the most part churches are seeing a rise in “attendance”. 

More people are watching online worship than would attend a church service on a Sunday morning at 11am. The tv is offering more worship services on a Sunday than I can ever remember being the case before. On our own Facebook page and YouTube channel, the number of people “viewing” online is far more than we get people physically coming to the church building on a Sunday morning. Some churches are reporting viewers both from within their community and from all over the world to their different online services – people with no connection to the church and people who were perhaps members or adherents at one time. I know from the statistics on our own Facebook page that we have people joining us from Bangladesh, Spain, USA, Canada, and Bosnia Herzegovina, as well as Scotland and England. 

Of course, we must be cautious about statistics as far as online worship services are concerned, we can’t be sure how long people are tuning in for. But isn’t it wonderful that even in our own context we are witnessing “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) 

Over the years our national church has spent so much energy and resources, not to mention money, encouraging change with different ventures such as “Church without Walls” and “Fresh Expressions of Church”, and the more recent call to “radical action” Despite the great challenges, it has been so refreshing to see people grasp at these serendipitous opportunities presented by Covid-19 to bring the gospel to places we might not be able to go physically. 

“Can a virus renew the church?” 

I don’t think we should give this horrible virus any credit where the renewal or revival of the church is concerned. What I do know that instead of being fearful about the problems this virus would bring to the church, most church leaders have looked to the God we serve for new ways to continue feeding the flock and to spread the Good news of Jesus Christ, the one who promises “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18). 

Despite this terrible virus and the pain and suffering it has brought, we must have faith and confidence in God 

As Scripture tells us: 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) 

Blessings to you all, Annette 

A Prayer 

Since the start of Lockdown, Christians across the country have been continuing to answer the call to prayer at 7pm on Sundays.  Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland said this:  “I’m delighted to have read that in the last couple of months online searches for ‘prayer’ have increased dramatically.” “But reading about what prayer is and how to do it is the only the start of it. After that it’s time to actually pray.” 

The prayer below is taken from “A Liturgy for Worship in a Time of Pandemic” by Thom Shuman. 

In these days we ask, ‘can our hopes live?”  And you whisper to us,  ‘look to the buds on the trees eager to burst;  notice the flowers poking their heads out of the dirt;  watch the children chalking spring on the sidewalks.’  And we see how you love us, God of steadfast love.  In these moments we wonder, ‘can our compassion live?”  And you tell us,  ‘wipe the tears of a worried father over his son’s illness;  ease the weariness of a mother facing a long shift at work;  shop for the neighbour who has not family.’  And we see how you love us, our Resurrection and our Life.  In the shadows of each night, we cry out, ‘can our love live?”  And you sing to us,  ‘witness the touch of a wife on her husband’s papery skin;  pay attention to the birds which rush into the sky before spiraling down; share the words you are given to offer to the empty-hearted.  And we see how you love us, Breath of our souls.  Silence is kept 

Creator of life: bring us hope, we pray. Mourner of the dead: take away our fears, we pray.  Refresher of dry lives: bind us to God forever, we pray,


New Moderator’s Installation 

A special ceremony was held in the General Assembly Hall on the 15th May to install Arbroath St Andrew’s minister Rev Dr Martin Fair as the new Moderator of the Church of Scotland. The ceremony was held on the day the General Assembly should have opened but it had been cancelled for the first time in 330 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the only people in the Hall were the retiring Moderator and his wife, the Moderator designate, the Principal Clerk to the General Assembly the Rev Dr George Whyte and the audio/visual technicians  (see for video of the entire service). 

This year marks the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath and as Dr Fair is the first Moderator from Arbroath it was appropriate that the Bible reading used was from the Gospel of Mark and referred to the words of Jesus to his first disciples “Come with me, I will make you fishers of men” 

At the start of his address Dr Fair said “What a year to be Moderator – here I am 6 months of planning behind me and yet precious little before me….an almost empty diary… so much for planning”. There is a verse in Proverbs 16 which says “we may make our plans but God has the last word”. “Many of those across the church have seen the plans they were working on now debris at the bottom of the shredder. COVID-19 you have achieved in a few short months what this old, somewhat tired institution has been struggling to do for years”. 

“You have created a blank slate for the Moderator – but more importantly for the church as a whole. Yes, even in the middle of all this you are causing us to look again at that which really matters and at the possibilities that lie before us if we have the courage to embrace them”. 

“We may not have a blueprint but this calling has always been about a willingness to venture beyond the familiar and comfortable. Jesus did not give much away when he called those fishermen. He called them and sent them with no terms and conditions, no detailed plan, radical or otherwise”. 

“Though every circumstance change, God’s love remains. And from love flows peace. The storms of life may come and go but the peace of God you will know. I was called to serve the ‘same as always God’.” 

Fundraising/Social Committee 

The Committee managed to hold a Coffee/Pancake Morning on Saturday 7th March, just before lockdown. The event raised £552.40 for Church funds and a big thank you to everyone who supported this in any way.  The Soup and Filled Roll lunch which was to be held in May and the Strawberry Tea to be held in June have obviously had to be cancelled.  At this moment in time, a Coffee Morning and a Concert to be held later in the year hopefully will manage to go ahead.

Stay safe and keep well. 

Helen Harley 

Church Directory

Minister  Rev Annette Gordon  8 Arbroath Road 
Session Clerk  Mrs Lyn Ross  32 Broadlands 
Clerk to Board  Mr Walter Ruark  42 Ireland Street 
Treasurer  Mr W John Winterton  31 Newton Crescent 
Gift Aid  Mr Stan Beattie  11 Long Row E’haven   
Magazine Convener  Mr David Taylor  29 Newton Crescent 

Thank you for your Support

Our buildings may be closed but the church is still open, and our work does not stop. We still have bills to be paid and our contribution to Ministries and Mission to be met. 

Although we had planned many events, both social and fundraising, for the spring and summer months, none of these will be able to go ahead. 

As you know, our church is usually a hub of activity almost every day of the week with different community groups hiring our halls, as well as our Coffee and Chat, Men’s Breakfast and fellowship teas and coffees after the service. All of these have had to stop and so has the much-needed income generated from them. 

We are very blessed indeed to have a generous congregation who have continued to support the church financially in these difficult times with standing orders and one-off donations in place of giving to the open plate, and I want to say thank you for your support and your faithfulness. 

We understand of course that some people may be experiencing a change in their circumstances and are not in a position right now to help financially. 

We hope that in the months to come as well as being able to come together again for worship, we will also be able to return to all our social and fundraising events, and I look forward to one day welcoming you again to our Sunday services and to seeing our church halls busy with many happy occasions for us to enjoy once more. 



Needles & Pins 

We had a very successful stall at the Coffee Morning in early March. 

Since then we have been in lockdown so we haven’t been meeting. This is not to say that our ladies haven’t been busy. 

One, that I know of one, has been making scrub bags and others are now making some face masks to have at the door of the church once we are able to go back into the building. It is likely that we will all have to wear face masks when we do return so we are making some spares in case anyone comes without one. Designers ones, of course! 

We hope to start back in the Autumn, when we are given the go ahead to meet again. We are always delighted to have new members. 

Pat Taylor 

Flamingo Cards 

I had just received the new brochures when we went into lockdown. I have the catalogues here if anyone would like to order cards. I know I have found them very useful during this last few months of self- isolation. 10% of all sales go to Church funds. 

If you would like a brochure, I can pop one through your letter box and then pick up your order at a suitable time. You can contact me by phone on 853919. 

Pat Taylor 

Treasurer’s Report—May 2020 

  2019  2020  2020 
ITEMS OF CONCERN  £  £  £  £ 
Weekly FWO Envelopes  5,045  4,479  2,600  1,879 
Plate  9,156  9,100  1,670  7,430 
Gift Aid  12,505  12,400  10,400  2,000 
Use of Premises **  12,612  12,000  3,681  8,319 
Fundraising**  2,816  1,500  552  948 
Tea/Coffee/Soup Donations**  2,583  2,400  565  1,835 
TOTAL  44,717  41,879  19,468  22,411 

This report will focus on what the result on the Church’s finances will be at the end of the year if the closure of the church continues, which at the time of writing looks likely. The last 3 items marked ** will happen (it might be possible to set up an outdoor fundraising event in which case this anticipated shortfall will be less) the first 3 items will depend on collecting the envelopes and the cash that would normally go in the plate. 

As a rough guide of the sum uncollected this year (end of March to end of May) the sum placed in the plate during this time last year was about £2,000. 

With all the rules in place on personal safety in relation to this virus it is difficult to set up any form of collection point which does not involve some risks to those manning and visiting such points. 

Therefore, there is one option which has been agreed and this is as follows: 

Put cash in an envelope or bag (or any suitable container) that you would normally put in the plate and pass these along with the FWO envelopes to me at 31 Newton Crescent

This can be done if you are out on a daily walk or a family member or friend can do it for you. 

Wherever possible for the cash please use notes as it will make it easier for me when banking with RBS. This is not essential but would help. It has to be cash because I claim 25% gift aid on the cash normally put in the plate. 

FWO envelopes should contain, wherever possible, notes or cheques but again not essential. 

Those members who pay annually by cheque and are reminded by letter could you please remember that the staff are not in and no reminders will be sent out. Again please send these to me at the above address. 

Those members considering making a donation to help the finances of the Church please send these to me as well. 

I am nearly always in even when there is no car on the drive so please knock on the door and step back to a safe distance while I answer the door or just put the items through the letterbox. 

With the upgrading of the floors in the Panbride and Newton Halls we were anticipating a deficit of about £10,500 during the current year and with items marked ** in the above analysis the deficit could be over £21,000. 

Any shortfall in the first three items would add to this figure which will be offset by savings elsewhere (ie Heat and Light/Job Retention Scheme/Fabric etc) and some members who pay by standing order have increased their giving which will help to lessen the potential deficit for the year.


Update Newsletter

April 15th, 2020

April 2020 

Update  19 April 2020 

This is a special condensed edition due to Covid-19 



E-mail Church Secretary: 

Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 



The impact of Covid-19 has resulted in Church closure 

But rainbows of hope soon appeared on Newton Church door 

Social distancing brought about many a change of plan for Mother’s Day visit — bring your own lunch and eat outside

while mother sits at the open back door and definitely no hugs. 

Did You Know 

If you want to help during the ongoing restrictions Voluntary Action Angus would be pleased to hear from you. Their web address is Contact telephone numbers are 01241 875525 and 01307466113.

It is possible to continue or start supporting the Carnoustie Food Bank project. Mary Bushnell is continuing to receive donations and they can be left at her door. 

Useful contact telephone numbers/web pages/e-mail addresses are:              

HMRC Tax helpline for businesses and self employed is 08000159559 

Citizens Advice web page is 

Coronavirus information at 


How do you pray?

In each issue of “Life and Work” there is a regular article “The Big Question” and in the February issue the question was “How do you pray?” 

Below are some of the comments offered by the people who were asked to provide a response to this question. 

God does not need our prayers to be fancy or long – or even grammatically correct. A lot of my prayers are very short — but I pray regularly in short arrows aimed at heaven. Doing that has become as natural as breathing. 

A Reader in the church of Scotland found it difficult to follow what she had been taught as a young Christian to have a quiet time, preferably before breakfast for prayer. She eventually gave up altogether feeling a failure. However, she came to realise that prayer is a very individual thing and there as many ways of praying as there are ways of relating to God.

A Minister who is a Faith Services Leader in Justice Services has a regular daily practice of prayer. Initially as he walks the dog in the morning and finally when he is in bed at night. A few years ago he shared with a congregation that he was most annoyed with himself because sometimes he would fall asleep while praying. A retired Minister in the congregation that day commented as he left the church “What a beautiful way to fall asleep – talking to God” 

Prayer is such an important part of the life of a Christian. 

It is like the oxygen for the soul. We get the chance to communicate with the creator of the heavens and earth — the great I AM HIMSELF 

Prayer can take place anywhere and any time. 

Find your own rhythms with God – without guilt or pressure from anyone else. 

Never underestimate the power of prayer. Thankfully God hears them all. 

Prayer from Lyn Ross a member of the Worship Team 


In these strange times when we can’t be with family and friends, 

Hear our prayers. 

Listen to our worries 

Hear our prayers 

When we need strength and comfort 

Hear our prayers 

Give us courage to keep going and hope for the future 

Hear our prayers. 


Musings from the Manse 

As I write this letter it is Thursday of Holy Week, the day we remember the Last Supper and Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. 

This will be an Easter completely different from anything we have ever experienced before. 

We are getting used to hearing the words “we are living in unprecedented times.” 

We were unable this year to come together to meditate and reflect on the journey with Jesus through Holy Week. However, as usual our Worship Team led us in reflection through the power of Facebook. And instead of coming together to celebrate the glory of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, we will have to do that in our own homes. 

However, the church buildings may be closed but the church is not closed. As a popular meme reads: 

“The Church Isn’t Empty. The Church Has Been Deployed!” 

Although we can’t be together on a Sunday, short services of worship are available from a link on our website: 

and on our YouTube channel:

and our Facebook page:

I have also been recording our usual “With the children” slot on video which goes out to the children of The F.O.G. Squad as well as Carlogie Primary School. 

During this time when we must observe the social distancing guidelines, pastoral work is being done by ‘phone; email, and Facebook messenger where I have people’s details. And I have also had some delightful conversations through the study window at the manse. 

My heartfelt thanks go out to you and those in our community for being church right where you are. Thank you for your committed witness by continuing to look after one another by ‘phone calls; cooking meals; getting shopping; waiting in line for prescriptions and driving people to and from hospital. Our grateful thanks should go also to those in Carlogie Primary and Burnside Primary who are providing an educational hub for children of key workers and children who might be vulnerable at home. 

Thank you also to those who are willing and able to continue supporting our church financially. 

As a recognised volunteer with Voluntary Action Angus, I am permitted to go out to deliver emergency groceries; prescriptions etc while keeping to the social distancing guidelines. So, if you need that kind of support please do contact me. 

Accordingly, your Elder’s details are on the communion invitation you received at the beginning of the year and I am sure they would be delighted to hear from you. As I think today about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, how desperately alone and how terribly afraid he must have felt knowing what was about to come and that there was no escaping the suffering he would endure, I am reminded also that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). Gethsemane has come to our community, the darkness of Golgotha pervades our world, and so more than ever, we pray for God to lead us to the light and love of Easter Joy and Resurrection Glory. 

Thine be the Glory, risen, conquering Son, endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won 

Love and blessings 


Moment for Meditation 

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully as they had been healed. 

(Kitty O’Meara, 2020) 

Congregational Register 


Phoebe Clara Lamb 15 March 2020 


Jean Glen – 21 February 2020 

Helen Weir – 23 February 2020 

Bill Coffin – 14 March 2020 * 

*Member of congregation 

Prayer from Walter Ruark a member of the Worship Team 

Lord God, we praise and thank you for being with us in this Easter Season. 

We come to you in the confidence that despite the vastness of our world, you know each of us, all those we love and all our needs. 

We thank and praise you that in the strange times, in which we are living, your love endures forever. 

Holy Father, we pray that you will teach us not only to provide for ourselves, but also to provide for others whose needs are greater than ours. 

We give thanks that we are all precious to you, and thank you for being with us in our journey through this life – a journey we find difficult to understand let alone cope with at present. 

Help us to strengthen and empower our sometimes fragile faith – remind us that when we are in need or lonely YOU are there. 

May your peace enfold us, your love uphold us, your love be with us. 


Prayer from Allan Brown a member of the Worship Team 

A moment’s peace, a time of quiet, 

A window in a busy life. An opportunity to calmly engage with God. 

A chance to share the troubles we have with a guaranteed listener. 

Dear Lord I ask your presence with me, your comforting arm around me. 

You are the constant in all that is around me and I depend on your presence in my daily life. 

Sit with me today and hold my hand in support of whatever I will face today. 

In todays unusual circumstances your constant presence is even more in need and I ask for a little of your comfort for myself. 

But I also ask it for those in my family, those I count as friends and those whom I know in the passing. 

Even though we are currently physically distanced we remain close to you 

I, and others like me, are blessed with your constant presence in our lives and I am certain we all offer our thanks for all your help. 

Stay close to us as we look forward in faith. 


Cover – 19 Update – Givings

One of the consequences of not being able to gather for worship is that those who give to the church weekly through Free Will Offering envelopes or by open plate will be unable to do so. The church will also lose funds through the suspension of all hall lets and fundraising. 

While our first concern is that you are well and coping in these strange times, the church still needs money coming in to pay for all that needs to be paid for. 

In our own parish, ministry and mission continues to be delivered even in these times of challenge and restrictions. However, this is only sustainable through the ongoing generosity of those who support the church. 

We would like to suggest the following options for those who give weekly through FWO envelopes or through the open plate if you are able to and would like to continue making financial offerings: 

You could put your offerings aside during the suspension of worship and bring them along when services resume. Perhaps continue to fill your FWO envelope on a weekly basis. 

– You could set up a standing order with your bank. This is particularly easy if you have internet already set up. Please make sure you put your name in the Reference field. 

– You could send a cheque to our Treasurer – John Winterton – either as a one-off donation or on an occasional basis over the coming weeks and months. 

John’s contact details are available in the Church Directory section of this UPDATE. Please contact him if you need our bank account details; need a bank standing order sent to you or if you would like any further information. 

Thank You, Annette 

Church Directory

Minister  Rev Annette Gordon  8 Arbroath Road  854478 
Session Clerk  Mrs Lyn Ross  32 Broadlands  859905 
Clerk to Board  Mr Walter Ruark  42 Ireland Street  410785 
Treasurer  Mr W John Winterton  31 Newton Crescent  855230 
Gift Aid  Mr Stan Beattie  11 Long Row E’haven  853090 
Magazine Convener  Mr David Taylor  29 Newton Crescent  853919 

Prayer from Archie Leiper a member of the Worship Team 

A Prayer for these Difficult Times 

Most Merciful God, We come to You in our weakness. We come to You in our fear. We come to You with trust. For You alone are our hope. 

We come to You with the disease 

present in our world. We turn to You in our time of need. 

Bring wisdom to doctors. Give understanding to scientists. Endow caregivers with compassion 

and generosity. 

Bring healing to those who are ill. Protect those who are most at risk. Give comfort to those who have lost 

a loved one. Welcome those who have died into 

Your Eternal Home. 

Stabilize our communities. Unite us in our compassion. Remove all fear from our hearts. Fill us with confidence in Your care. 

Jesus, we trust in You. 


A friend sent this poem to me recently and a little light hearted humour can often help to ease the tension being currently experienced. 

It certainly put a smile on my face. DMT. 

A Poem

Tae a virus 

Twa months ago, we didna ken,

yer name or ocht aboot ye

But lots of things have changed since then,

I really must salute ye

Yer spreading rate is quite intense,

yer feeding like a gannet

Disruption caused, is so immense,

ye’ve shaken oor wee planet.

Corona used tae be a beer,

they garnished it wae limes

But noo it’s filled us awe wae fear

These days, are scary times.

Nae shakin hawns, or peckin lips,

it’s whit they awe advise

But scrub them weel, richt tae the tips,

that’s how we’ll awe survive

Just stay inside , the hoose, ye bide

Nae sneakin oot for strolls

Just check the lavvy every hoor

And stock-take, your loo rolls

Our holidays have been pit aff

Noo that’s the Jet2 patter

Pit oan yer thermals, have a laugh And paddle ‘ doon the waater ‘

Canary isles, no for a while

Nae need for suntan cream

And awe because o this wee bug

We ken tae be..19

The boredom surely will set in,

But have a read, or doodle

Or plan yer menu for the month

Wi 95 pot noodles.

When these run oot, just look about

A change, it would be nice

We’ve beans and pasta By the ton

and twenty stane o rice.

So dinny think yell wipe us oot

Aye true, a few have died

Bubonic, bird flu, and Tb

They came, they left, they tried

Ye might be gallus noo ma freen

As ye jump fae cup tae cup

But when we get oor vaccine

Yer number will be up 


Update Newsletter

February 18th, 2020


   February 2020                             Update














E-mail Church Secretary:


Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594

Did You Know 

  • A summary of the accounts of 2019 are included in this issue of Update. A letter from the minister and trustees is also included and members are asked to read and give it their careful consideration. 
  • There is reference in this UPDATE for a need to constantly improve the halls. Work to upgrade the floor in the Panbride Hall (the carpeting was 30+ years old) and the link has now been completed. 
  • The patient representative group (PRG) is a patient lead group of volunteers. Their purpose is to promote co-operation between medical practice staff and patients to the benefit of both. The PRG is NOT a forum for complaints which should be referred to the medical group business manager. The PRG annual meeting is scheduled for the 30th March 2020 at 6:15pm at Parkview Primary Care Centre, Barry Road. A warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to find out more about the group.

New Style Communion Card

 Communion Dates for 2020 “Do this in remembrance of me” 

You are warmly invited to share in the Sacrament of Holy Communion on 

Sunday 16 February 11 am Newton Church, 3pm Panbride Hall 

Retiring Offering for FABRIC 

Sunday 17 May 11am Newton Church, 3pm Panbride Hall 

Retiring Offering for BENEVOLENT FUND 

Sunday 30 August 11am Panbride Church, 3pm Panbride Hall 

Retiring offering for F.O.G. SQUAD 

Sunday 15 November 11am Newton Church, 3pm Panbride Hall 

Retiring offering for JAFFA 

If you are no longer able to attend worship but would like to receive home communion please speak to your elder or contact the minister. 

Carnoustie Panbride church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 



Phone number: 




Rev Annette Gordon 

Phone number: 01241 854478 


Musings from the Manse 

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. John 13:34 

By now you should have received your “new look” Communion Invitation which gives the dates and times for each Communion of 2020. You will see also on the reverse the different ways that you can keep in touch with your Elder. 

It is important as Christians that we continue to care for one another and, of course, the office of Eldership, a spiritual office of the Church of Scotland, is concerned with the oversight and pastoral work of the whole congregation not only its members. 

There are many tasks undertaken by elders – attending meetings; visiting; praying; serving the Sacrament of Communion; leading worship and serving on committees both within our own church and at presbytery. And, indeed, our own presbytery is looking to see how we can best release members of the Kirk Session for mission. 

However, we live in a time when the rhythms of life have changed and there are many different pressures on our time. 

We are hoping to find a way of pastoral contact that is more flexible and effective. 

It could be that a different method of communication would be more convenient for you. You may prefer your elder to contact you by ‘phone or email or text or even Twitter or Facebook! You may be happy just to speak to your elder when they deliver your copy of UPDATE. 

Of course, you may value your regular visits from your elder and want to keep that treasured relationship the way it is. 

We are conscious also that some people might need more frequent visits at different times in their life when they face difficult situations such as illness or bereavement. 

Therefore, we are hoping to set up a Pastoral Care Team. This will be open to anyone in the congregation who may feel they are called to pastoral care in Christ’s name. 

If this is something you are interested in, please let me know. There will be full training given for this important ministry. 

And, indeed, if you would like to benefit from Pastoral Care Ministry, please let your elder know or contact me on the ‘phone number or email on the back of the Communion Invitation. 

It is also our desire as elders that the Body of Christ is not broken by exclusion so if at you are not receiving any kind of contact out with Sunday worship and would like a visit or a ‘phone call etc, please do contact me. 

Blessings, Annette 


Loving Father you have made us your people, richly provided us with good gifts and called us to live for you; may gratitude be in our hearts; may generosity be in our hands; may justice and righteousness guide our feet and may the life of your kingdom and the joy of heaven be found among us. Amen ( 

Friendship Circle 

Friendship Circle members have been informed and entertained in recent months. We enjoyed Christmas songs from the Monifieth Singers and a personal appearance from Sir Walter Scott! We found out about Radio Lollipop which provides care, comfort, play and entertainment for sick children in hospital. A very useful talk was information on Self Directed Support. The S.D.S. team work across Dundee and Angus to provide advice and guidance to disabled people and carers who are deciding which is the right kind of support to meet their needs. A comprehensive report on another two of our talks will be found below this article. 

Future meetings are as follows 

February 25- John Knox and the Scottish Reformation. 

March 10- Sailors’ Society. 

March 24- Angus Glens. 

April 7- Outing. 

All welcome at 2pm in church hall. 

Silver Line

Silver Line was founded by Esther Rantzen in November 2013. It provides a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK who are lonely. The helpline is open 24 hours and 365 days of the year. Most weeks they receive between 800 to 1,000 calls. 

The specially trained helpline teams can offer information, friendship, and advice . 

They also offer weekly calls to people age 55 and over, who would like to receive regular weekly telephone friendship. The calls last approximately 30 minutes, and take place on the same day, at the same time, each week. Older people and volunteers are matched carefully, to ensure they have some common interests and compatible personalities . 

The Telephone Friendship Service is not a counselling service, and no specialist advice or support is provided, The service is free and our older people and Volunteers never meet. This helps to ensure that the safety of older people and volunteers which is paramount. 

Silver Line has now joined forces with Age Concern and hope to extend the service Silver Line has relied entirely on voluntary donations to cover the cost of all Silver Line services, and has received funding from various organisations including the Lottery. Another way they raise funds is by asking people to use Amazon Smile. 

Leaflets are available at Health Centres and the Library. The Silver Line Helpline – 0800 4 70 80 90 and the web address is PH. 

 Carnoustie Golf Links Community Benefits Fund 

Donald Archibald, gave a very interesting and enlightening talk about his job as Administrato r of the Carnoustie Golf Links Community Benefits Fund. He explained that the programme has provided almost £185,000 in funding to local community groups and organisations in and around Carnoustie since CGLMC was granted charitable status in 2014. 

As part of his job he is keen to improve awareness of the potential funding available and help promote the availability of funding through local media. 

Some of the Groups/Organisations that have received funding are; Carnoustie Theatre Club, Carnoustie Memories, 

Colourful Carnoustie, Church of the Holy Rood, Carnoustie & District Horticultural Society, Carnoustie & Monifieth’s Men’s Shed, Carnoustie Coastguard Association Carnoustie Ladies Golf Club, Carnoustie Community Development Trust. 

The Charity also helps support the Xmas Lights and Bonfire Night and in 2019 they helped the British Legion provide Christmas Hampers to people through the local Food Bank. 

He explained the criteria for applications and applications are welcomed from all community groups and organisations within the electoral ward of Carnoustie and District; encompassing Carnoustie itself and the villages of Barry, Easthaven, Monikie, Muirdrum and Newbigging. 

The majority of funds will be destined for distribution to local groups annually, but they do intend to ring fence a sum each year in order to build a sizeable capital fund which will, at some time in the future, be used to support significant town projects. 

You can find further details of how to apply on the Carnoustie Golf Links website: PH.

Moment for Mediation

“Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle … a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream.”

~~Barbara Winkler~~

FOG Squad

The children and their families are invited to an Early Morning Family Service on Easter Sunday in the manse garden at 9am. Remember to bring your hard boiled eggs to roll. 

We look forward to seeing you there! AS.  


JAFFA have started the new year with new plans! We welcome Susan as a leader and her support is very much appreciated. Our S3 are taking it in turns to plan Cafe Church and there has already been much discussion on the merits of various local cafes! We have started our new venture – JAFFA Explore – where we are taking our sessions out and about. Our first choice is ice skating in Dundee on Saturday the 8th February. We will continue to meet on the last Sunday of the month, to coincide with Soup and Sweet. All young people S1 to S4 very welcome to join the fun! JS. 

Men’s Breakfast

This has now taken place on 3 occasions and there are around 10 regulars. They meet from 10am for around an hour. Breakfast consists of juice, bacon//sausage butties, croissants and any amount of tea or coffee and blessed banter for blokes which nearly resolves many of the issues of the day. Cost is a voluntary contribution. The regulars would be pleased to welcome any male who wishes to come and see what is on offer. Non church members are welcome. GG.

Needles and Pins 

The group started back in early January meeting fortnightly in the Session Room at 2pm. The ladies are busy making items for our stall at the next Pancake Coffee Morning on 7th March. We hope to have a selection of Easter gifts available then. Our next meeting will be on 3rd March and we would welcome any new members who like to be creative. If anyone has any spare double knitting wool we would be very happy to accept it. One of our members is making snuggle muffs and can use up odd bits of wool. PJT. 

Coffee & Chat 

We meet on a Wednesday morning in the Panbride Hall at 10am -11am for coffee and pancakes and of course a chat! Usually the Fairlogie Café is on the 3rd Wednesday of the month so you have an alternative to go to that day. All are welcome. PJT.

Dates for your Diary

Condor Court Services 

Sunday 8th March ; Sunday 3rd May at 2pm 

Stated Annual Meeting 

Sunday 1st March after worship 

Coffee and Pancake Morning 

Saturday 7th March in Panbride Hall 10 -11.30am 

Holy Week Short Services of Reflection 

Monday 6th – Friday 10th April 10.15 in Panbride Hall 

Early Morning Family Service in Manse Garden 

Sunday 12th April at 9am 

Men’s Breakfast 

Saturday 21st March, 18th April at 10am Panbride Hall

Creche Rota


1st Annetta Anderson / Gillian Sawers

8th Dawn Barrowman / Joyce Brown

15th Tom Black / Marion Palmer

22nd Joanna Stout /Beth Lee-Smith

29th Gillian Sawers / Dawn Barrowman


5th No Creche

12th No Creche

19th Annetta Anderson / Marion Palmer

26th Tom Black / Joyce Brown


3rd Beth Lee-Smith / Joanna Stout

Cycling without Age

Cycling Without Age was formally launched in Carnoustie recently at an event in the Kinloch Care Centre. The concept first started in Denmark in 2012 and has now spread to over 40 countries. The first Scottish Chapter was established in Falkirk in 2016 and there are now 53 Chapters in Scotland. Carnoustie is the first community based initiative in Angus and Dundee.

Trained volunteers – the Trishaw pilots take up to 2 people, who have limited mobility, out for rides in the local area in the specially designed trishaws. Volunteer training is ongoing and there will be a managed roll out programme over the next few months and soon you will see many passengers in the trishaws again enjoying the experience of “the wind in their hair and experiencing nature close up”.

For further information about volunteering to help as a pilot please contact Lorraine Young at Further information will appear in future issues of UPDATE as to how passengers can book a trip in a Trishaw

Fundraising & Social Committee 

The first event for 2020 will be a Coffee/Pancake Morning to be held on Saturday 7th March from 10.00 until 11.30 am in Panbride Hall. Tickets will be £2.00 and donations of cake and candy would be greatly appreciated. The hall will be open on Friday 6th March from 4.15 until 5.30 pm to receive any donations. 

A Soup and Filled Roll Lunch is being organised for Saturday 9th May in Panbride Hall from 12.00 until 2.00 pm. This is a new venture for the Fundraising Committee based on the success of the monthly soup and sweet lunches and we hope that priced at £5.00, this will be well supported. 

A Strawberry Tea is planned for Saturday 13th June and more details of this and other events will be intimated in the next issue of Update. 

The use of bottle and gift bags at the Coffee Morning held in November was a great success and it is proposed to repeat a bottle/gift stall at a Coffee Morning later in the year so please save all your old bags until then. HH.

Flamingo Cards

The new Spring Catalogue should be available soon. If you would like a catalogue, you can see me after the Sunday service or by telephoning 853919. 10% of all sales goes to church funds. PJT.

Congregational Register


Rex Robertson 1 December 2019


Graeme Charles Fyffe and Fiona Morven Ross

at Panbride Church on 3rd January 2020


Mrs Fiona Wallace 2/11/2019

Mrs Olwen Clark 15/11/2019

Mrs Renee Taylor 23/12/2019

Mrs Margaret Sturrock 24/12/2019*

Mrs Gladys Ramsay 19/1/2020*

*Member of congregation

Flower Calendar


1st Mrs Eleanor Simpson Mrs Jean Granger

8th Mrs Marion Palmer

15th Mrs Karen Primrose Mr J Weir

22nd Mrs Pat Sawers

29th Mrs Lesley Thomson


5th Mrs Joan Davidson

12th Mrs Beth Lee-Smith

19th Mrs June Black Mrs Susan Hamill

26th Mrs Rosanne Porter


3rd Mrs Dorothy Blacklaws

If you would like to have your name added to the list of volunteers who donate the flowers please contact our Flower Convener whose contact details are in Church Directory.

Church Directory

 Minister Rev Annette Gordon  

Session Clerk Mrs Lyn Ross

Clerk to Board Mr Walter Ruark

Treasurer Mr W John Winterton  

Gift Aid Mr Stan Beattie  

Church Secretary Mrs Nicola Keen & Rollkeeper Contact via: 

Organist Mrs Marjorie Rennie

Church Officer Mrs Mary Bushnell  

Fabric Convener Mr John Porter  

Fund Raising & Social Convener Mrs Helen Harley

Flower Convener Mrs Eleanor Whamond 

Magazine Convener Mr David Taylor  

Health & Safety Mrs Linda Nicoll  

Friendship Circle Mrs Cathie Connor  

FOG Squad Team Leader Mrs Alison Stuart

Youth Group JAFFA Mrs Joanna Stout  

Creche Mrs June Black  

Safeguarding Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll  








Update Newsletter

November 17th, 2019


 November 2019 






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Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 

Did You Know 

  • That Rev Dr Martin Fair minister at St Andrew Arbroath has been announced as the Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2020-2021. 
  • This year is the 30th anniversary of Panbride Church delivering a Christmas leaflet to every house in their Parish. This year we will be joined by Carnoustie and Barry Churches. Every house in Carnoustie , Barry, Muirdrum and Easthaven as well as Shops and Hotels are included and in region of 6,000 leaflets will be delivered between 23rd and 30th of November. Volunteers are being sought by all 3 churches to help to complete this task.. If you could provide 1 hour of your time to help please contact David Taylor Tel 853919 or e-mail 
  • Dave Kendal an elder at West Kirk East Kilbride has been appointed as the first chief officer of the Church of Scotland. He will be responsible for the overall management of the day-to-day running of the church at a national level on behalf of the new Assembly Trustees. This will include delivering the instructions of the General Assembly for slimmed down central administration. 

A Prayer For Radical Change 

As the Church of Scotland continues its challenging work on the three-year radical action plan which was approved by this year’s General Assembly, we call on those from across the Church to join together in pray 

This prayer was written by Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2020-21 and minister at St Andrews Church, Arbroath. 

Living God,

You are the same yesterday, today and forever.

You are constant, reliable, unchanging.

And yet You come to make all things new. 

As we give thanks for all that has been, and still is, we pray that You would put within us a spirit of adventure, that we might be open to what You are going to do in the days that are coming. 

By Your Spirit, give wisdom to the Joint Emerging Church Group as they pray and plan for the renewal of existing congregations and for the birthing of brand new communities of faith. 

Set before us a new vision and open the eyes of our hearts to see that even ‘these dry bones shall live again.’ 

Living God, We give ourselves to what You intend.

Living God, We give ourselves for the renewing of Your church.

Living God, We give ourselves for Your glory.

Living God, We give ourselves in Jesus’ name Amen 

Musings from the Manse 

As I write this letter, a General Election has been called for December 12th. 

Like many people I have watched with increasing discomfort over the last months as our politicians debate with each other all beamed live into our living rooms from the House of Commons. 

There has been such passion and anger and vitriol across the political spectrum tossed back and forth over the floor with the Speaker sometimes shouting himself hoarse as he calls people to “order” and rebukes their bad behaviour calling for dignified debate. 

There have been well documented accusations of bullying and harassment from some MPs. 

All this from people we are supposed to hold in high regard; all this from people who are supposed to set an example to us, the people they lead and govern. 

Of course, sometimes the debate has been witty as well as vigorous but when it becomes rude and demeans other people then that is not okay. 

Some members of parliament have themselves become targets of online hate campaigns. 

Scripture encourages us to pray for those in authority over us so “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2). 

In his life on earth, Jesus mixed with all kinds of people. He had encounters with lepers and tax collectors and prostitutes. He had time for them all, treating each as a person deserving of dignity and compassion. He spoke words of encouragement and grace to them, he brought his healing touch, and a word of challenge. 

Of course, Jesus was also known to rebuke people usually the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, whom he called “You snakes! You brood of vipers!” 

But unlike some of our politicians, Jesus never used such language to score points or to intimidate or demean people. Indeed, he rebuked the pharisees because of their hypocrisy and self-indulgence. He criticised them because even though they were the experts in the letter of the law they still managed to neglect the spirit of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness, and so they made life absolutely miserable for those they had authority over. 

Shortly, we will enter the season of Advent, a time of waiting and preparation for the one the prophet Isaiah told us about: 

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9: 6) 

Let us then prepare ourselves for Christmas and all that will happen in the days leading up to the General Election by taking Jesus’ teaching to heart, remembering that every person is made in the image of God and is a beloved child of God. If we truly took this to heart then I think we would treat each other differently – our words would be gentle and encouraging and we would hold each other up in prayer and that, of course, includes our politicians and all “those in authority over us”. 

And when we treat each other as a valued, cherished human being we don’t do it to score one more vote in the heavenly ballot box but because Jesus commands us “to love one another as I have loved you”        (John 13: 34). 

Blessings, Annette 

Update by E-mail 

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Moment for Mediation 

“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time – waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God – it changes me.” 

~ C. S. Lewis, Shadowlands

Could Somebody Please…?

One vey hot summer when I was about ten, we had lots of relatives visiting. Every afternoon, we would settle comfortably on the lawn for tea, and there would inevitably be something that needed fetching from the house. My mother would look brightly around my family and say “Could somebody please refill the teapot/bring some more milk/find my sunglasses/set a wasp trap …? 

Maybe it was because I was the youngest, but the Somebody who ran the errands always seemed to be me. I thought I was the only one who noticed this, but at the end of one teatime Uncle Hugh winked at me and said, “I don’t know where this family would be without somebody” It was nice to be appreciated. 

In adult life, there are often situations where things need to be done but it isn’t clear who is going to do them. There may well be a person whose job description covers the area in question, but that person is often so overloaded that they just cant manage. 

In the Church of Scotland, we are facing a serious shortage of ministers – where once there might have been six ministers, now there are three. They just cannot carry out the workload of their predecessors. Members of all our congregations have a wide range of skills. The obvious next step is to use our skills to be the Somebody who helps fill the gaps where the ministers can’t. 

You don’t need to be a minister to visit people at home or in hospital; organise events for children and young people; do Bible readings and lead prayers in church; and even plan and lead an entire church service. You don’t even need to be an Elder. What you probably do need, if you aren’t already involved in these things, is support and confidence-building that you can do it! That’s where the Presbytery Training Team comes in. If you are willing to be Somebody in the church family, please consider joining one of the training sessions on offer. These sessions provide guidance on the role to be carried out and an opportunity to share experiences with colleagues from churches around Presbytery. I can tell you from experience that the confidence-building really works. 

Please also consider inviting people you know, who you think would be good at some of the many tasks that need doing. Details about the programme have been circulated to Session Clerks but if you’d like to know more, please contact Alex Rae: 

Alison Andrews, Presbytery Training Team 

 Could this be a New Year Resolution for You ? 

In his article in November issue of Life & Work the Very Rev Dr James Simpson wrote ”Life begins, not at 40 as some thought, but every morning when we wake up. On an expensive reclining chair in a furniture show room I once saw the sign ‘Enjoy your reclining years’. 

I personally hope my later years will not be characterised by reclining but by keeping as fit as I can by continuing to be as busy as my health allows (he is aged 85 and has 8 stents in his heart). I would much prefer to wear out than rust out. 

Far more important than what we expect from life is, what life expects from us. I hope I will go smiling and laughing. I hope I will also try most days to do something kind for people who do not expect it, for life has taught me that those who do this, those most concerned about giving than getting, get most back often in mysterious ways.” 

Treasurers Report 





Weekly  4,198  4,063 
Monthly  35,165  34,585 
Plate  7,479  7,605 
Gift Aid  11,033  10,311 
TOTAL  57,875  56,564 

These headings represent approximately 75% of our regular income. Since the last report the financial position has improved significantly due to one – off donations, legacies, and savings and is looking like a small surplus at year end except that there is a potential large repair bill that may arise shortly. 

The outlook for the future continues to give cause for concern as the Church’s finances reach a break-even point over the next couple of years and efforts will need to concentrate on increasing income by encouraging members to either start giving financially to support the church financially or to review what they already give to see if they can afford a little more. WJW 

FOG Squad 

The children are looking forward to preforming their No Room! play on Sunday 15th December to the congregation. We hope you can join us! AS 


JAFFA are back to a new year and new ideas. 

We have been exploring TRUST. 

It is a lot if fun playing games to find out how challenging it is to fully trust. Especially if we are expecting our friends to catch us as we fall back or guide us past obstacles when we are blindfolded! JS 

Friendship Circle 

This year’s Friendship Circle began with an interesting talk from Ron Scrimgeour on the women weavers of the Dundee jute mills. Many of our members have links with Dundee so we especially enjoyed identifying the different mills and streets from Ron’s presentation. 

At our next meeting we discovered the many problems of HIV orphans in Nairobi in Kenya and the help given over many years by the Nyumbani Project. The project is funded by various Rotary Clubs in Scotland. 

Our November meetings are the Silver Line on the 5th and the Carnoustie Golf Links Community Benefits Fund on the 19th. 

In December we welcome the Monifieth Singers on the 3rd and Dr Eric Yeaman speaking on Sir Walter Scott on the 17th. 

Everyone welcome at 2 pm in the church hall. SW 

Needles and Pins 

The group have been busy making items for the recent Coffee Morning. We have made Christmas tree decorations, Christmas toys and small items suitable for Christmas gifts. A big thank you to all the ladies who have worked so hard to create them.  PJT

Dates for your Diary 

Condor Court Services 

Sunday 8th December at 2pm 

Sunday 2nd February at 2pm 

Kirk Session 

Thursday 12th December at 7.30pm in Panbride Hall 

Christmas Services 

Sunday 1st December 

1st in Advent Morning Worship 11am Newton Church 

Service of Quiet Reflection 4pm Newton Church 

Sunday 8th December 

2nd in Advent Morning Worship 11am Newton Church 

Sunday 15th December 

3rd in Advent Morning Worship 11am Newton Church 

The F.O.G Squad presents The Nativity 

Thursday 19th December 

Christingle 6.30pm Newton Church 

Saturday 21st December 

Carols by Candlelight 7pm Newton Church 

Sunday 22nd December 

4th in Advent Morning Worship 11am Newton Church 

Service of 9 Lessons and Carols 

Tuesday 24th December 

Watchnight Service 11.30pm Panbride Church 

Wednesday 25th December 

Christmas Day Service of Worship 

11am Newton Church Short Family Service 

Sunday 29th December

Morning Worship for the end of the year 11am Newton Church

Creche Rota


24th Tom Black / Beth Lee Smith 


1st Dawn Barrowman / Joyce Brown 

8th Tom Black / Annetta Anderson 

15th Marion Palmer / Joanna Stout 

22nd No Creche

29th No Creche

January 2020 

5th No Crèche 

12th Gillian Sawers / Dawn Barrowman 

19th Joyce Brown / Tom Black 

26th Marion Palmer / Beth Lee Smith 


2nd Joanna Stout / Gillian Sawers 

9th Annetta Anderson / Dawn Barrowman 

16th Joyce Brown / Tom Black 

23rd Marion Palmer / Joanna Stout 


1st Beth Lee Smith / Gillian Sawers 

Men’s Breakfast 

The first Men’s breakfast was held on Saturday 9th November and was enjoyed by those who attended. Juice, bacon or sausage in rolls prepared by George and Graeme plus croissants along with plentiful tea and coffee. Lively topical conversation. Nice way to start the weekend. 

Will be repeated at 10 am Saturday 7th December in Panbride Hall. Members and non members welcome. 

Fundraising & Social Committee 

The Congregational Supper held on Saturday 14th September 2019 was a great success and thanks to Archie Leiper for organising the photo quiz which was a super way of getting people chatting at the start of the evening. 

The performance by Arbroath Instrumental and Youth Bands on Thursday 26th September 2019 was enjoyed by all who attended and raised £392.00 for Church funds. 

The Coffee morning on Saturday 2nd November 2019 was very busy and raised £832.85, again for Church funds. A special thanks to the ladies of the Needles and Pins group who work hard all year to boost the amount we raise at coffee mornings. 

Thanks to everyone who supported these events in any way. 

Donations of mince pies and shortbread will be gratefully received for serving refreshments after the Christingle Service on Thursday 19th December 2019. HH 

Flamingo Cards

Thank you to all my loyal customers who have bought cards and paper over the last year. We have made over £90 for Church funds. There will be a new brochure in the Spring so will announce in a future magazine when they are available. PJT 

Congregational Register


Mrs Margaret McNaughton 13/08/2019*

Mrs Julia Smart 23/08/2019*

Mr David Dalgety 26/08/2019*

Mr George Graham 14/09/2019*

Mrs Helen Chalmers 29/10/2019*

*Member of congregation


Shaun Norton and Karen Allan 21September at Apex Hotel, Dundee

Large Print Update 

If a large print copy of UPDATE would help you please let your Elder, Minister or David Taylor know and this can be arranged. 

If you would like to have your name added to the list of volunteers who donate the flowers please contact our Flower Convener whose contact details are in Church Directory. 

Christmas Post 

The BB and Scouts Christmas Post collection boxes will be in the usual shops around 25th November. The BB box at the church starts Sunday 1st December and delivery will start on 8th December. BB charge 20p per card. Scouts N/K at time of going to print. 

Flower Calendar  

December 2019 

1st Mrs Gillian Bennet 

8th Mrs Rita Clark 

15th Mrs A. Merchant 

22nd Mrs Eleanor Whamond 

29th Mrs Muriel Gordon / Mr Alan Crozier 

January 2020 

5th Mrs Kathleen Porter 

12th Mrs Linda Miller 

19th Mrs Marjory Rennie 

26th Mrs Pat Taylor / Mrs Pauline Johnson 

February 2020 

2nd Mrs Charlotte McWhirter / Mrs Margaret Jamieson 

9th Mrs Chris Kerr / Mrs Sheena Ruark 

 16th Mrs Christine Beckett/ Mrs Joyce Brown 

23rd Rev Annette Gordon / Mr George Gordon 

March 2020 

1st Mrs Eleanor Simpson / Mrs Jean Grainger 

8th Mrs Marion Palmer 

Church Directory

Minister Rev Annette Gordon  

Session Clerk Mrs Lyn Ross  

Clerk to Board Mr Walter Ruark

Treasurer Mr W John Winterton  

Gift Aid Mr Stan Beattie  

Church Secretary Mrs Nicola Keen  & Rollkeeper Contact via: 

Organist Mrs Marjorie Rennie  

Church Officer Mrs Mary Bushnell  

Fabric Convener Mr John Porter  

Fund Raising & Social Convener Mrs Helen Harley  

Flower Convener Mrs Eleanor Whamond  

Magazine Convener Mr David Taylor 

Health & Safety Mrs Linda Nicoll

Friendship Circle Mrs Cathie Connor

FOG Squad Team Leader Mrs Alison Stuart  

Youth Group JAFFA Mrs Joanna Stout  

Creche Mrs June Black  

Safeguarding Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll  

Update Newsletter

August 26th, 2019

Update                               25 August 2019 






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Did You Know 

  • At the end of the week at this years General Assembly the moderator the Rev Colin Sinclair urged commissioners “to work tirelessly” to make the reforms agreed a reality. Deciding change is not the same as making change. Making changes will be painful. He concluded by saying when commissioners went back to their parishes they need to be advocates and change makers, willing to make the sacrifices to set an example. 
  • There is a group in Carnoustie called Friends of Carnoustie & District Heritage. Their first public meeting is to be held on Wednesday the !8th of September 2019 in the Braid Hall at the Kinloch Care Centre. There will be another meeting in November and these will let the steering group assess the level of support for thus new venture. 
  • Irene McGugan from Letham is a former moderator of Angus Presbytery and a member of the Social Care Council of the Church of Scotland since 2012. . In what will be her final year she recently completed the Dundee Kilt Walk (25 miles) to raise funds for CrossReach. If you would like to make a donation to this worthwhile cause you can do so on her online fundraising page https://dundeekiltwalk.everydayhero.cpm/uk/irene 
  • The Harvest Thanksgiving service on 22nd Sept will be held at Scryne Farm. Volunteers to provide transport to the farm will be required. If you would like to make use of such transport please let the Minister or your Elder know. There will be the opportunity for tea/coffee after the service. 
  • The Queen has recently appointed one of our members Mrs Pat Sawers as the next Lord-Lieuenant for Angus. The appointment take effect from 24 August 2019


A deliverance at General Assembly this year was ‘to encourage a season of prayer and prepa-ration from Sept to start of Advent when the church focuses on outworking of the Action Plan anticipating a number of significant changes in the church. 

The Minister looks on prayer as a vital and essential part of Christian life. In a recent sermon she said ‘Prayer is what we are wired for; Prayer is what Christians do; Prayer is never ceasing 

A prayer will be included as a regular feature in future issues of UPDATE 

The prayer below was written by Rev Ian J M McDonald. 


“If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me and the light around me become night around me,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day; for darkness is as light with you.” Psalm 139: 11,12 


Surely as night follows day, so day follows night – 

Such is the promise of which the psalmist sings. 

So when darkness presses in and light seems to flee, 

Draw me closer to you, silent and still, embraced, invited 

Again and again to know that you are God! 

Lord, help us to do what can be done in this day. 

You know us completely and understand 

Our broken hearts, our fragile spirits and our anxious, fearful minds. 

You hold and bless our beloved common humanity 

And we are thankful 

Thankful for the small things in life and for the big things too! 

Thankful for your knowledge of us, the scope and the breadth beyond our measure. 

Thankful that no part of life or loss remains untouched, unreached, unknown. 

Guide us Lord, to places where love is found – grief-filled, embodied love 

And – 

Into my anger, I invite the patience of the Father 

Into my numbness, I invite the healing of the Son 

Into my confusion, I invite the wisdom of the Spirit 

And we shall live together 

I, in community with the Three in one. Amen* 

(*words in italics based on an anonymous prayer in the Celtic style) 

Musings from the Manse 

During the summer I enjoyed looking at all the holiday posts from friends on Facebook. There were all the usual ones with photographs on the beach or out in the countryside or eating al fresco. 

There were also a great many pictures of churches. 

Everything from the neo-Gothic St Joseph’s Church in Krakow with its 80-metre clock tower, elaborate masonry and sculptures of saints to quaint little churches in sleepy Italian villages. 

When I go on holiday I am always drawn to church buildings and even if there is not a service of worship, if they are open I have a look inside and I know that this is true for many people holidaying abroad, even people who don’t go to their own local church when they are at home will venture inside a church when on holiday for a look. 

So maybe it is not the architecture, the stained glass or the iconography that fascinates them maybe more a need just to get out of the searing heat into the quiet cool for a while. 

But there is something about a church building, especially an old church, which is very calming and comforting. 

Perhaps it’s the solid stone walls and floors that give us a feeling of security or perhaps the silent echo of people worshiping there down through the years which connects with our spirit. 

Inside the church there is always a sense of peace, a sense that you are inside a holy place, on holy ground and that God is near. 

But, of course, we cannot contain God in a building no matter how opulent or how humble, we cannot limit God to a certain time or place. 

Even King Solomon when he was overseeing the building of the first temple in Jerusalem said: 

“But can, you, oh God, really live on earth? Not even all heaven is large enough to hold you, so how can this temple that I have built be large enough?” (1 Kings 8: 27) 

So, although there is something holy, something evocative about our church buildings, our God is so vast, and so immediate that we can experience him everywhere and anywhere. 

Of course, we experience God in all of his creation every day. 

I have friends who climb hills, or bag munros as they say, and tell me that they never feel closer to God than when they are at the top of a mountain. Whether that is because they are down on their knees thanking God that they made it to the top or whether they are praying for the strength to get back down – I don’t know! 

Some find a real sense of God’s presence beside the sea. A walk on the beach listening to the gentle lapping of the waves or perhaps the powerful roar as the waves crash on to the rocks reminds them that despite everything the creator of the sky and sea is still in control. 

However, wherever I go on holiday, as well as experiencing God as I wander “through the woods and forest glades” or from “lofty mountain grandeur”, I will still seek out a church and I will go in and say a prayer, offer up my worship in whatever “temple” I find myself in knowing that for years prayers and songs of worship have been sent up in that place in languages different from my own – and even though I may be far from home, I will still have a sense of belonging with God’s people in God’s house. 

Blessings, Annette 

Moment for Mediation  

The Peace of Wild Things 

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. 

Wendell Berry 

from New Collected Poems (Counterpoint, 2012) 

Copyright (c) 2012 by Wendell Berry 


Willie Porter, one of our Elders, gave me documents as he thought some of the congregation might be interested as they refer to his grandfather’s induction in the Church of Scotland at Cults, Aberdeenshire. 

This got me thinking about how I could use this in UPDATE 

In recent issues of UPDATE we have had articles about the call for radical change. 

An Induction service in 1900 was clearly very different from our service in 2018 




Treasurers Report 





Weekly  2,838  2,666 
Monthly  25,194  25,671 
Plate  5,689  5,367 
Gift Aid  8,227  7,887 
TOTAL  41,948  41,591 

FOG Squad 

The FOG Squad starts on Sunday 1st September. We look forward to seeing you then. AS. 


JAFFA are looking forward to a new year of fun after our summer break. 

We welcome all young people S1 to S4 to join us for fun games and discussions on the last Sunday of the month. This year we are particularly excited to introduce more cafe visits and to find out how we can support our Fairtrade status. 

Our first meeting is Sunday the 29th September at 11am in the session house. 


Flamingo Cards

YES, it’s that time of year again. It’s only 18 weeks to Christmas!! Get your shopping off to an early start with a browse through the new Flamingo Card brochure. There are lots of Christmas cards, paper, tags and advent calendars, as well as beautiful birthday cards, to choose from. 

The brochures will be available from the beginning of September. As usual, 10% of all sales goes to Church funds. See me after the Sunday service or phone 853919 for a brochure. 


Congregational Outing 

With a full bus and glorious sunshine we travelled to Pitlochry, stopping for a lovely 2 course lunch at the Biba Café. 

Before we left for the House of Bruar some of the party put in a bit of practice at retail therapy to tune up for what lay ahead. Throughout the trip there was a regular opportunity to select a sweet or three from the vast selection on offer from Marion Palmer. They were yummy! 

At House of Bruar some chose a cup of tea/coffee, others had an ice cream and some actually had a look at the retail outlets but your correspondent was not aware of any purchases but he is sure there had to be some. 

And finally what about the gin tasting. Regretfully or fortunately the lack of space for this article prevents including any more about this. Anon 

Dates for your Diary 



Service at Condor Court 2pm. 

4th    Coffee and chat Panbride Hall 10am each Wednesday excluding Fairlogie café dates. 

14th  Congregational Supper – Panbride Hall 7pm 

17th  Finance Committee – Session Room 7pm 

19th Congregational Board – Panbride Hall 7:30pm 

22nd Harvest Thanksgiving Service 11am Scryne Farm 

26th Concert by Arbroath Instrumental Band and Junior Band – Newton Church 7.30pm 


6th Service Condor Court 2pm 

17th Kirk Session – Panbride Hall 7:30pm 


2nd Coffee Morning – Panbride Hall 10-11:30am 

3rd Service Condor Court 2pm 

17th Holy Communion 11am Newton Church 3 pm Panbride Hall 

21st Congregational Board – Panbride Hall 7:30pm 

Creche Rota


1st Gillian Sawers / Joyce Brown 

8th Tom Black / Dawn Barrowman 

15th Marion Palmer / Joanna Stout 

22nd Beth Lee Smith / Annetta Anderson 

29th Joyce Brown / Tom Black 


6th No Creche 

13th Gillian Sawers / Dawn Barrowman 

20th Marion Palmer / Joanna Stout 

27th Tom Black / Beth Lee Smith 


3rd Joyce Brown / Annetta Anderson 

10th Gillian Sawers / Dawn Barrowman 

17th Marion Palmer / Joanna Stout 

24th Tom Black / Beth Lee Smith 


1st Dawn Barrowman / Joyce Brown 

8th Tom Black / Annetta Anderson 

Needles and Pins

Needles and Pins Group resume on 27th August at 2pm in the Session Room. Thereafter every 2 week

Old and new members will be made very welcome. For more information telephone 853919. PJT. 

Fundraising & Social Committee 

The next event to be held will be a Congregational Supper to be held in Panbride Hall on Saturday 14th September 2019 at 7.00 pm. Cost is £12.50 per head and as spaces are limited, names and money to be given to Barbara Gillespie as soon as possible, telephone 411184. Final numbers and money to Barbara by 8th September. 

A concert by Arbroath Instrumental Band and Junior Band is to be held in Newton Church, Arbroath Road on Thursday, 26th September 2019 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £1 for children and you can pay at the door. 

We are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday, 2nd November 2019 in Panbride Hall, Arbroath Road from 10.00 until 11.30 am and tickets cost £2.00. Donations of tray bakes and cake and candy would be greatly appreciated. 

I mentioned bottle bags in a previous issue of Update and here is more information on their use 

Can we ask that donations of bottles and jars of produce, e.g. sauces, wine, toiletries, jam etc. to the value of a minimum of £1.00 be put in the used bottle bags so we can have a bottle bag stall at the Coffee Morning. More information can be had from Committee members if required. 


Friendship Circle 

Carnoustie Panbride Friendship Circle resumes at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 8 October, in Panbride Hall when Ron Scrimgeour will speak on ‘The Wark o’ the Weavers’ We look forward to welcoming all existing members and new. 

Please come and join us for an afternoon of friendship and a cup of tea and chat. SW. 

Flower Calendar


1st Mrs Jacqueline Beattie 

8th Mrs Mary Taylor / Mrs Moira Cowan 

15th Mrs Brenda Easton 

22nd Harvest /Mrs Ann Brown 

29th Mrs Elizabeth Watson 


6th Mrs J. Sturrock / Mrs S. Devanay 

13th Mrs Dorothy Booth 

20th Mrs Phyllis Scanlow 

27th Mrs Margaret Easton / Mrs June Jones 


3rd Mrs Ann Clark / Mrs D Smith 

10th Mrs Pat Geekie / Mrs Kathleen Fulton 

17th Mrs Maureen Low /Mrs Nan Reid 

24th Mrs Alison Scott 


1st Mrs Gillian Bennett 

8th Mrs Rita Clark 

Congregational Register


Mr Billy Norris 16th June 2019 

Miss Diane Finlayson 25th June 2019 

Mr Jason McCarthy 1st July 2019 

Mr Russell Winter 7th July 2019 

Mrs Helen Tulloch 1st August 2019* 

Mrs Jenny Jeffrey 1st August 2019* 

Mrs Jean Bell 8th August 2019* 

*Member of congregation 


Robert Aird and Jade Sturrock on 6th July at Panbride Church 

Alex Fowlie and Ruth Batchelor on 19th July at Panbride Church 

New Members: 

Mr Brian and Mrs Susan Hamill (District 34 

Church Directory

Minister Rev Annette Gordon

Session Clerk Mrs Lyn Ross  

Clerk to Board Mr Walter Ruark  

Treasurer Mr W John Winterton  

Gift Aid Mr Stan Beattie  

Church Secretary Mrs Nicola Keen & Rollkeeper Contact via: 

Organist Mrs Marjorie Rennie  

Church Officer Mrs Mary Bushnell  

Fabric Convener Mr John Porter  

Fund Raising & Social Convener Mrs Helen Harley  

Flower Convener Mrs Eleanor Whamond  

Magazine Convener Mr David Taylor  

Health & Safety Mrs Linda Nicoll  

Friendship Circle Mrs Cathie Connor  

FOG Squad Team Leader Mrs Alison Stuart

Youth Group JAFFA Mrs Joanna Stout

Creche Mrs June Black  

Safeguarding Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll  



June 27th, 2019

Update                                        June 2019






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Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 

Did You Know 

  •  On 28th May Lindsay Shaw the Dementia Advisor for Angus held an information session, which was attended by 18 people some of whom are in the photograph on the front cover. 
  • Our minister is a regular contributor on Facebook and this includes church events and theme of Sunday services. 
  • The service on the 26th of May was part of the Church of Scotland HIV Aids support programme, which has now been running for over 10 years. After the service there was a sandwich and sundae lunch and £ 300 was forwarded to the ongoing Church of Scotland national appeal.

Soup & Sweet Lunches – a Thank You from the Organiser

We recently completed another year of Soup and Sweet Lunches on the last Sunday of the months when we worship at Newton Church. There are many involved with the preparation of the food, setting up the tables, those who serve, the bread waiters, those who make the tea and coffee, those who see to all the washing up, the tidying up, the hoovering and the laundry. To them all we send our sincere thanks for an excellent service well done. L Ross

Five Questions

The questions in this issue have been answered by Jean Johnstone a member of the Congregational Board. 

1. What is your favourite hymn? 

As a child my favourite hymn was “ I Think When I Read That Sweet Story Of Old”. Now I like the lyrics and beautiful melody of “ I Need Every Hour Most Gracious Lord”. 

2. Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? 

The Lucaya Presbyterian Church on Grand Bahama. 

The Uniting Church in Australia. 

A remembrance day service on the deck of the P & O cruise ship “Aurora” enroute to the Caribbean. 

3. Who is your favourite biblical character? 

Moses was told by God to lead his people, the Israelites to safety from Egypt, as they were treated cruelly by the Pharaoh’s men. He didn’t relish the task, but agreed to do it. He and his brother Aaron were with them in the desert for 40 years amidst much hardship and disharmony. Moses loved his people and did his upmost to help them until the end of his life. 

4. What is your favourite Bible reading? 

John Chapter 15 Verses 1-17 The vine and the branches and 

Matthew Chapter 5 Verses 1-12 The Beatitudes. 

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

Chad Varah, an Anglican priest who founded the Samaritans in 1953 and the volunteers who man the telephones and listen to callers contemplating suicide. 

Note from Editor

Five Questions was first published in November 2005 and since then it has, including the article above, been included on 64 occasions. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have willingly contributed over the years. 

It is said that all good things must come to an end and I have made the decision to end the article to create the space for a new regular feature which will start with the next issue of UPDATE. 

Musings from the Manse  

One of my favourite TV adverts is the advert from a certain optician featuring a short-sighted shepherd shearing his sheep and also giving his poor Border collie an unwanted grooming. The poor wee dog ends up a bit worse for wear with a look of bewilderment on his face. Of course, the shepherd isn’t the only one to have an optical mishap. I often tell the story behind my first pair of glasses. I had no real idea that my vision was deteriorating until I attempted to wave down an orange cement mixer on a busy Glasgow street mistaking it for a no 64 bus. The Glasgow buses were bright orange in those days and you couldn’t miss them. Although, I obviously did a fairly good job that day! Once I had my new glasses everything was clear and sharp and in focus. 

How wonderful it is to be able to see things clearly. 

However, even if we have 20/20 vision sometimes we are still unable to see what is right in front of us. 

There are many examples that come to us through the gospels showing us that again and again Jesus’ disciples, despite being so close to him, failed to recognise who he really was. 

They had eyes to see yet did not seem to see very clearly. 

Paul the Apostle in his first letter to the Corinthians attempts to describe this spiritual blindness when he says, 

“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. (1 Corinthians 12: 12 The Message) 

And we all have a degree of spiritual blindness. In the challenge of modern-day life our vision of Christ can easily become blurred and distorted. We need Jesus to restore our sight. 

The Right Reverend Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, gives the example of the blind man at Bethsaida (Mark 8: 22-26) suggesting that the blind man can only really see clearly after Jesus touches him a second time: 

“Jesus asked “Do you see anything?” And He looked up and said, ‘I see people, but they look like trees, walking ” There is a change, but full sight is tantalisingly out of reach. There is contrast, light and shade, but it is blurred and indistinct, so it is more frustrating than fulfilling. “Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again… And he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly- beginning with Jesus.” (Morning Reflection at General Assembly 21st May 2019) 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a “second touch” from Jesus, to have some “divine eye surgery” and to be able to see Jesus clearly? To see that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, forever. And that in all the challenges we face as a church and as individuals, in all the talk of death and decline, in all the weariness and cynicism, Jesus has not changed and neither has his power to heal and to transform. 

When we see clearly everything falls into place, when we see the world and each other through the lens of Jesus, through spiritual eyes, then the world looks a much better, brighter place and life is more fulfilling than frustrating. 

“…. it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” (1 Corinthians 12:12 The Message) 

Wishing you a clear and bright summer! 

Blessings ~ Annette

Radical Review Proposals

Set out below is a summary of the main proposals agreed by the Assembly 2019 

  • Cost of central administration to be cut by up to 30%: four councils to be merged into two. 
  • Number of Scottish presbyteries to be reduced from 43 to about 12. Focused on supporting local congregation in their ministry and mission. 
  • Kirk Sessions to be reduced in size and focused on ‘Leadership and strategic decision-making’. 
  • Decision-making and resources to be devolved from central administration to regional and local levels. 
  • Land and buildings plan to focus on ‘well equipped spaces in right places.’ Money from sale of redundant buildings to be shared between congregations. 
  • Improved training and support for all ministry and leadership roles. 
  • General Assembly to be made smaller. 
  • Focus on engaging with people under 40. 
  • Up to £25m to be spent on projects aimed at church growth, with particular emphasis on church planting. 
  • 100 new worshipping communities to be established. 
  • Networks, hubs and other new local church structures to be developed. 
  • No congregation to pay more in ministry and mission contributions after next year until new arrangements are agreed. 

There is more detail in a Life and Work special General Assembly 2019 Supplement. 

Copies of this are available at both doors of Panbride Church. 

There is full coverage of the General Assembly in July’s Life and Work which is available now. 

Web address for Life and Work is 

Facebook address for Life and Work is 

Twitter address for Life and Work is @cofslifeandwork 


A Prayer from Life & Work

Creator God 

You who planted a garden and caused it to flourish 

Who brought us to life to see the this world 

To love it, and to love you 

Who father-like invited us 

To come and join in with what you are doing 

We praise you, the God of new life 


We praise you, the God who knows how to grow things 

A garden, a world 

A Kingdom, a church 

We hear you call us alongside you again 

To see what you’re causing to blossom 


We smiled at Spring 

Turning a corner; hopeful shoots of something new 

Life returning 

Patiently enjoying that season’s unfurling beauty


But we rejoice in the Summer 

We praise you for exchanging grey for exploding colour 

Surrounding your people with new life in full bloom 

Growing, pulsating, drooping with fruit 

Life in all its fullness 


Let the parched land be filled with pools of refreshing water 

Let the scorched Church bubble with Spirit-springs 

Open blind eyes, open deaf ears 

Open silent tongues, open stiff legs 

Open up stony hearts and closed minds 

Open out a highway in this nation 

For you to walk the land and be announced to all


‘See, I am doing new things! 

Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 

I am making a way in the desert 

And streams in the wasteland.’ 


God, give to our Churches and our communities 

So much growth that we don’t know what to do with it 

And then Lord – 

Teach us what to do with it! 


Moment for Meditation  

God’s heart is big enough to hold everyone,

and ours needs to be too.

Dates for your Diary


Coffee and Chat in Panbride Hall – 

Wednesdays at 10am 


15th Kirk Session 7.30pm 

25th Holy Communion Panbride Church 11am 

Panbride Hall 3pm

Test your Bible Knowledge

1. Who wrote the first five books of the Old Testament ?

2. What does Israel mean ?

3. What was the name of Adam’s third son ?

4. Which tribe of Israel looked after religious aspects of life ?

5. Which Gospel was written by a doctor ?

6. What is the shortest book of the New Testament ?

7. Who was Stephen in Acts of the Apostles ?

8. What tribe was Paul from ?

9. Who went with Paul on his first missionary journey ?

10. What does the word gospel mean ?

Answers after Church Directory


Jaffa trip to Ryze in Dundee.

Lots of trampoline fun to finish off their busy year.


Treasurer’s Report 

GIVINGS TO END OF MAY    2019    2018 

 Weekly                                              1,948      2,213 

Monthly                                           18,819     18,173 

Plate                                                  4,303       4,025 

Gift Aid                                             5,304       5,129 

TOTAL                                      30,374    29,540 

These headings represent approximately 75%or our regular income. At this moment the outcome at year end looks like a deficit somewhere between £6,000 and £7,000. Half of this deficit is 

expenditure in this year related to income received in the previous year. WJW.

FOG Squad

Our annual picnic was held in the manse garden this year and great fun was had by all. The children and adults collected natural materials and created some wonderful creatures! We played with the new games and the children enjoyed some traditional races. Thank you to all who attended and joined in the fun.

Fundraising & Social Committee 

The Valuation Afternoon held on 4th May 2019 was a great success with £310.00 

raised. Steven Dewar, who gave up his time to help with this event, would not take 

anything but requested that we make a donation to Carnoustie Foodbank instead. 

This has been done. 

The Strawberry Tea held on Saturday, 8th June 2019 raised £661.15 for Church 

funds. Thanks to all who supported this event. 

Other events in the planning with more details to follow: 

Congregation Supper on Saturday 14th September 2019. 

Concert by Arbroath Instrumental Band and Junior Band on Thursday 26th September 2019. 

Coffee Morning on Saturday 2nd November 2019. HH. 

Needles and Pins 

We have had a very successful winter creating items for sale at the Christmas Gift Evening, Easter chicks,etc and for the sales table at the Strawberry Tea. The last event took in a total of £192.10 including the Easter sales. Thanks to all the ladies who raised this amount and gave of their time to create some wonderful items. .We are now having a break over the Summer and hope to start back again in the Autumn when we would be delighted to see some new faces joining our happy band! PJT.

Congregational Register


Jackson David James Allen 23/06/2019

Flower Calendar

July 2019

7th Mrs Lyn Ross

14th Mrs Joanna Stout

21st Mrs A. Stewart

28th Mrs Eliz Adams

August 2019

4th Mrs Ann Brown

11th Mrs Margaret Laird

18th Mrs Mary Bushnell

25th Mrs Diana Harper

September 2019

1st Mrs Jacqueline Beattie

8th Mrs Mary Taylor  Mrs Moira Cowan

If you would to have your name added to the Flower Rota please speak to our Flower Convener. Contact details in Church Directory below.

Church Directory

Minister Rev Annette Gordon

Session Clerk Mrs Lyn Ross  

Clerk to Board Mr Walter Ruark

Treasurer Mr W John Winterton

Gift Aid Mr Stan Beattie 

Church Secretary Mrs Nicola Keen & Rollkeeper Contact via: 

Organist Mrs Marjorie Rennie

Church Officer Mrs Mary Bushnell

Fabric Convener Mr John Porter

Fund Raising & Social Convener Mrs Helen Harley

Flower Convener Mrs Eleanor Whamond

Magazine Convener Mr David Taylor

Health & Safety Mrs Linda Nicoll

Friendship Circle Mrs Cathie Connor

FOG Squad Team Leader Mrs Alison Stuart

Youth Group JAFFA Mrs Joanna Stout

Creche Mrs June Black

Safeguarding Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll

Bible Knowledge Quiz Answers 

1. Moses 

2. Prevails with God 

3. Seth 

4. Levi 

5. Luke 

6. 2 John 

7. The first Christian Martyr 

8. Benjamin 

9. Barnabas 

10. Good News 



April 27th, 2019


28 April 2019 



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 Did You Know 

  • During the months of June to August when Sunday morning service is held at Panbride Church a portable ramp will be used at the East door to help ease the difficulty of the high step at the entrance. 
  • The General Assembly will take place from 18th to 24th May when Rev Colin Sinclair minister of Palmerston Place Church Edinburgh will start his year as Moderator. 
  • Following the success of last year’s initial trial partnership between CrossReach and The Princes Trust there are plans in 2019 for a further 5-week programme of the ‘Get Into’ initiative. The programme offers young people, aged from 16 – 30, who are unemployed, a chance to explore a career within the Health and Social Care Sector. One of those who took part in the 2018 programme summarised her experience by saying “not only has it opened so many doors for me, it has also made me a better version of myself” 
  • Musical Memories is held on the last Wednesday of each month in the Kinloch Centre. It is for those living with dementia, their carers and also for those who are living with memory loss. It provides the opportunity to listen and join in singing well known songs. 
  • Rev Alasdair Graham, Minister at Arbroath West Church, retires at the end of April. He is well known to Panbride members as he was the Interim Moderator at Panbride during the vacancy before Matthew Bicket and our present Minister were appointed. The Kirk Session have agreed that it would be appropriate to mark his retirement and a card will be sent to express our thanks and appreciation for his wise guidance during both vacancies and to express our best wishes to him and his family for their retirement in Perthshire.

Friendship Circle

This year’s Friendship Circle session ended with our bus trip to Brechin Castle Garden Centre. We were lucky with the weather; the sun shone all afternoon and the countryside looked at it’s best. The Garden Centre is certainly worth a visit with plenty to see such as plants, speciality foods, clothes, toys, greeting cards and kitchen ware. Everyone enjoyed the cakes and scones in the café.

Friendship Circle will resume in the autumn; details will be in the magazine and all are welcome.

SW.Missing Tables – can you help resolve the mystery?

Two of the smaller tables kept in Panbride Hall have gone missing in the last few weeks. 

If anyone has borrowed them and overlooked returning them could you please do so URGENTLY They are required for the Fund Raising event on Saturday 4th May 

If you have any information about the missing tables please contact Mrs Mary Bushnell as soon as possible. 

Musings from the Manse  

One of the great things about being a parish minister is being invited into the schools to talk to the children. I have the great privilege of doing regular class work at Carlogie Primary School, and I am also invited to the Easter and Christmas Services as well as school assemblies. 

At a recent school assembly for Primary 4-7 I used the Scottish Bible Society resource, “A Tale of Two Gardens” telling the Easter story from the events in the Garden of Gethsemane through to the events at the Garden Tomb on that first Easter Sunday morning. 

As I was leaving the school, a boy asked me, 

“Is that a true story, did that really happen?” 

to which I answered “Yes, I believe it to be true, for me it really happened”. 

And as I later reflected on this short exchange, I realised how difficult it must be for those who have no church connection or pre-understanding of Easter to believe the events of the Resurrection. 

And they would not be the first ones to struggle with the Resurrection. 

Remember the account of the Resurrection and how the disciples did not believe the words of the women who told them that Christ had risen from the grave. Instead they thought “their words seemed like nonsense”. Thomas didn’t believe that Christ was alive until he saw for himself, and the disciples on the Road to Emmaus did not recognise the Risen Christ among them until “he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them”. Jesus goes to great lengths to show them that he is real and not a ghost or a hallucination or a vision. He shows them his hands and his feet and invites them to touch him, to feel the marks of the nails. And then he eats a piece of broiled fish. The disciples know that ghosts don’t do that, so Jesus must be alive. It is not just all in their collective imaginations as some would suggest. 

Of course, if the Resurrection had happened today in the 21st century there would be all sorts of evidence to prove what had really happened. There would be forensics and evidence from CCTV cameras and no doubt some footage taken on an iPhone would have been uploaded onto Facebook even before Mary and the other women had time to go and tell the other disciples. 

But we don’t have any of that in the gospel accounts. What we do have is four accounts which differ slightly just as four eye witnesses at a car accident would give slightly different accounts of what they saw, of what “really happened”. 

But we do know that something amazing happened. 

Something that changed the disciples from people hiding in fear in the upper room to people who went out into the world telling every nation the good news of the Kingdom of God even when it cost them their own lives. 

The Resurrection is fundamental to our faith. 

If the Easter story had ended with the crucifixion of Jesus, then he would most likely have been forgotten – another Jew crucified by the Roman Empire at a time when thousands of similar executions were taking place. 

There would be perhaps a few lines about him from Josephus, the 1st Century Jewish Historian and some reference to him in Jewish Rabbinic teaching but that would be all. 

So, the Resurrection has to be real. It has to be true. 

As the apostle Paul says: “If Christ has not been raised then our preaching is useless 

and so is your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:14) 

But perhaps our job as modern-day disciples is not to try and convince people. 

Jim Friedrich, an Episcopal priest, says this: 

“Confronted by a room full of people who spend most of their time in secular social ways of thinking, where the dead stay dead and God—if there is one—does not intervene in the natural order, preachers are tempted to mount a defense of the resurrection within what is plausible to the modern mind. In doing so, they tame a dangerous mystery into a manageable—and rather harmless—assumption. They also waste a valuable opportunity to bring the assembly into confrontation with the transformative presence of the living Christ.” 

As Christians, the Resurrection is not something we should need to explain with undisputable facts and historical accuracy. It is something we live and breathe. 



 Will your anchor hold? 

The member who set me these photographs also sent me the following text. 

My thought is: 

Life is tough and full of hard knocks, some harder, more cruel and heartbreaking than others. 

What is there to hold on to, and what is the point in so doing when it seems there is no point. 

Have you an anchor? What will be your anchor to hold you fast? Have you an anchor? 

Equinoctial storm. Coming on for Beaufort 10 – “Not that bad that it couldn’t get worse” (it is only when it can’t get worse that one questions the anchors). 

During Sunday Service, there is at least one eye that locks on to the most easterly of the two stained glass windows behind the altar, noting that His left hand rests upon the top of an anchor shank, and thinks– “He knew about a storm on the Sea of Galilee, 

He must have known about anchors …… in a real storm will my anchor hold?” 

After the storm, safe haven, and as promised, the sun rises in the east. Thank you Lord. 

Treasurers Report 





Weekly  1,090  1,253 
Monthly  9,575  9,904 
Plate  2,500  2,385 
Gift Aid  2,893  2,608 
TOTAL  16,058  16,150 


A gentle reminder that from the 1 April 2019 the personal tax allowance increases to £12,500 which means a person who has signed a gift aid certificate will need to receive more than this in wages, pensions, interest, dividends etc. please inform us if you no longer pay tax and have signed a gift aid certificate in order that we will cease claiming gift aid in your name. 


In January the floor in the Newton Hall was resurfaced which enhanced the appearance, helped by a generous grant from the Carnoustie Golf Links. This hall is now available for hire in the afternoon or evenings. WJW 

Tea & Coffee after Morning Worship during Summer 

Teas and coffees will be served in Panbride Hall at Newton Church on Sunday 30th June and Sunday 28th July after the morning service in Panbride church. 

Thank you to everyone who helps serve the refreshments each week after the Sunday services. 

Margaret Jamieson 

A Cleaning Team Needs You! 

One of the Thursday cleaning teams is short of a team member. Could you be the one to fill the vacancy? 

The job involves dusting/vacuuming and just generally tidying the sanctuary and entrance hallways. 

This normally takes about an hour and the team is on duty in the afternoon, once every 5 weeks. The job is open to male and female (there already is a male on the team) and you would be made very welcome. You too could become a “Divine Duster”!! 

I could also do with having a few more names on the reserve list to cover illness or holidays. If you would like to help or require more information on either of these jobs, please contact me, Pat Taylor on 853919 or see me after the service on a Sunday. 

A Cleaning Team Needs You! 

Needles and Pins 

The group continue to meet fortnightly and we made some Easter chicks and baskets and animal inspired egg cosies. They proved very popular and were all sold at the coffee after Sunday services. We will have a stall at the Strawberry Tea on 8th June. We will then have a break over the summer and new members would be welcome when we resume. 


Radical Review for General Assembly 2019 

In late 2018 a country wide 2-day presbytery conference attended by representatives from Angus was held. Topics discussed included reducing the burden on congregational administration tasks, presbyteries to have more flexibility over deployment of ministers and devolving resources to local level for mission and outreach. At the conclusion none of those present was in any doubt the huge challenge facing the Church of Scotland at this time. There was a common desire for change and a wide diversity of views as to how this can best happen. 

Comments from Life & Work January – March included: 

  • The structure and architecture of many of our church building are not designed to encourage new models of worship 
  • Perhaps we need to re-invent presbyteries to become communities of worshipping people rather than ‘a collection of administration units for servicing the system of committees and regulations’ 
  • Twenty years ago it was forecast that mainline churches in north America and northern Europe faced a crisis. ‘The storm buffeting the churches is very serious. Much more serious than our leaders have comprehended’ 
  • Now is the time for us to begin to re-imagine church by making use of new technologies to build a spirit of interdependency and collaboration 
  • Let us capture the excitement of reaching out beyond the narrow limitations of our historical congregational identities to let the Holy Spirit show us the possibilities and potential that lies beyond 

Angus Presbytery have held their Conference and the topics discussed included: 

  • Frequency, style and purpose of their meetings 
  • Could presbytery take responsibility for certain functions presently done at congregational level to allow congregations to focus on mission 
  • What might presbyteries do to support congregations in seeking to increase membership in missing age groups (mainly under 40’s) 
  • What size of presbytery would suit best for the future? 
  • How can they influence the number of congregations, their size, their buildings and the number of ministers? 

The scale of the review is immense, many thoughts, some conflicting, are being aired. 

The challenge for us will be to embrace change, learn to let go of things that need to be let go of so that we are free to continue with our vision for our church which is: 

To encourage all to worship God, to follow Christ, and to serve others 

New Easter Services 

Two new services were introduced during Easter week this year. On the evening of Good Friday there was the Service of the Shadows and this was led by the Minister supported by members of the Worship Team and there were between 30 and 40 in attendance. 

On Easter Day there was a short early morning service in the Manse garden and this was well supported by JAFFA members and their parents.

What did Easter mean to You?

For many, regardless of age, it may be young chickens, lambs and Easter eggs

For many it may have been what to have as a treat with a cup of tea

For those who attended some of the many services in Carnoustie during the week it could have been the message of Easter so powerfully delivered

For some the words of this poem called Easter Reflections

by Helen Steiner Rice will summarise the meaning of Easter for them

With OUR EYES  we see

The beauty of Easter

As the earth awakens once more

With OUR EARS we hear

The birds sing sweetly

To tell us Spring again is here

With OUR HANDS we pick

The golden daffodils

And the fragment hyacinths

But only with OUR HEARTS

Can we feel the MIRACLE of GOD’S LOVE

Which redeems us all

And only with OUR SOUL

Can we make our ‘pilgrimage to God’

And inherit His Easter Gift of ETERNAL LIFE

And for some the following words from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland 

Easter is where faith, for me, really hits home. It is a time of year when I don’t so much preach as make room for the story to unfold and to tell itself. 

Reading the gospels using more than one voice, using silence and choosing music as well as words and actions carefully, the powerful message of Easter is able to speak for itself. 

The impact of Easter morning, however can only be understood in the context of facing up to the horrors of Good Friday. It is Good Friday that gives the Sunday perspective. 

Against all the odds miraculous things can happen. Things beyond our imagining. 

Easter does that. It goes beyond our imagining – and more besides. Easter talks of the reality of death…and the reality of life beyond death. 

It talks of hope where there is no hope. It points to possibility where there seems to be none. 

What better message could we hear right now, as individuals, as a Church, as a nation and as a world? Easter is about the God who is with us. Right here. Right now. 

A God who can see a way forward when we cannot and who sees for us all, through all his Son endured, a future that is eternal. Hallelujah! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! 

Ministries and Mission Contribution 2019 

As in previous years it is considered important that all members of the congregation are made aware of the Ministries and Mission assessment for the current year. 

Each congregation is assessed individually Their income – primarily their offerings – in the 3 years preceding the calculation is the key factor used to determine the contribution. For 2019 the 3 years were from 2015 to 2017. 

The total contribution for 2019 is £50,037 an increase of £1071 compared with 2018. The two parts of the contribution are £41,780 for Ministry and £8,256 for Mission. 

For every £10 given as offerings: 

around £4.20 (42%) is kept locally for costs such as maintaining buildings, fuel costs, administrative costs such as postage and printing, local mission and supporting church groups such as FOG Squad, JAFFA and Sports & Crosses. 

around £4.88 (49%) is the Ministries Contribution and this ensures we have ministries in every part of the country. The 2019 cost of a parish minister at the top of the stipend scale is £42,921 when employers national insurance and pensions contributions are included. As our Minister has not yet reached that scale point it means that for this year we will be contributing the full cost of our Ministry. 

the remaining 92p (9%) is the Mission Contribution and this supports congregations with services such as safeguarding, Social Care (CrossReach), Law Department. Stewardship and Finance. The General Assembly and Moderator. World Mission and the work of the various Councils of the church. 

Test Your Bible Knowledge 

1. Who inspired the writing of the Bible? 

2. Who was the most humble man on earth? 

3. What two Old Testament books are named after women? 

4. What are the epistles? 

5. What is the Golden Rule? 

6. Where is the Garden of Gethsemane? 

7. Who accompanied Jesus furthest into the Garden? 

8. What is the book of Acts about? 

9. What is the root of all kinds of evil? 

10. Which two New testament writers were brothers of the Lord Jesus 

Answers will be found in RED print before the Church Directory

Moment of Meditation 

To be grateful is to recognise the Love of God in everything he has given us 

– and he has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. (Thomas Merton) 

FOG Squad 

 We are nearly at the end of the FOG SQUAD session and the children and adults have enjoyed using the Energise this year. 

We finish our year with our picnic on Saturday 1st June and tickets will be available from 28th April. It is to be held in the Manse garden this year and there will be new outdoor games set out for families to play with and food as in previous years 

On Sunday 2nd June we have our Annual Prize-giving Service which will 

be held in Panbride Church. AS. 


Dates for the next 3 meeting are

28th April. 26th May & 30th June

These meeting are open to all young people secondary school age.

Dates for a movie night, a group outing and Café Ministry to be confirmed soon

Join us on a Sunday we play games, watch films and eat Jaffa cakes!

Creche Rota 


5th Annetta Anderson& Joyce Brown

12th Marion Palmer & Gillian Sawers

19th Joanna Stout & Daun Barrowman

26th Tom Black & Beth Lee-Smith


2nd Annetta Anderson & Joyce Brown

9th Marion Palmer & Gillian Sawers

16th Daun Barrowman & Joanna Stout

23rd Tom Black & Annetta Anderson

There will be no crèche on 30th June, 7th and 14th July


Fund Raising and Social

The Coffee Pancake Morning held on Saturday 9th March 2019 raised the magnificent sum of 

£481.15 for Church funds. Thanks to all who helped and supported this event. 

Our next fundraising event will be held on Saturday 4th May 2019 in the Panbride Hall from 

1.00pm until 4.00 pm and will take the form of a Valuation Afternoon. Steven Dewar from Curr 

and Dewar auctioneers has very kindly agreed to do verbal valuations on small items [or a 

photograph on larger ones] at a cost of £3.00 per item, maximum 3 items. Coffee, tea and tray 

bakes will be available at a cost of £2.00. It is hoped that we might have a good response to 

this event and all monies raised will go to Church funds. 

A Strawberry Tea will be held in the Pabride Hall on Saturday 8th June 2019 from 2.30pm 

until 4.00 pm and tickets will cost £3.00. 

Other events in the planning with more details to follow: 

Congregation Supper on Saturday 14th September 2019. 

Concert by Arbroath Instrumental Band and Junior Band on Thursday 26th September 2019. 

Coffee Morning on Saturday 2nd November 2019. HH. 

Dates for your Diary 


4 Valuation Afternoon Panbride Hall 1 to 4pm – see page 9 for more details 

11 Angus Presbytery BIG DAY OUT see article below for detailed information 

14 Finance Committee 7.30pm 

16 Congregational Board 7.30pm Panbride Hall 

19 Holy Communion 11am Newton Church and 3pm Panbride Hall 



8 Strawberry Tea Panbride Hall 2.30 to 4pm Tickets £3 

20 Kirk Session 7.30 pm Panbride Hall 

29 Congregational Outing – see article below for detailed information 

Angus Presbytery ‘BIG DAY OUT 

This will be held on 11th May at Forfar East & Old Church and the theme is RENEWING. 

The key note address will be given by Rev Robert Allan who was very much involved in the call for a Radical Review at last years General Assembly. And it will be interesting to hear what he has to say as Assembly 2019 approaches. 

There will also be the opportunity to attend 3 of the workshops on offer. Make a selection from ‘Go For It ‘ about project funding, ‘Hot Chocolate’ a long running youth project in Dundee, ’Wild Goose Resource Group’ based at Iona and make a range of worship resources available, ‘Mission and Discipleship will feature many of the Church of Scotland workshop resources and Pioneer Ministry about an initiative based in Ayrshire which is aimed at engaging with the community. 

The cost is £10 which includes lunch and starts at 10am and the closing worship is times is timed for 4pm Booking forms are available from Minister or you can book online at Eventbrite but there will be an additional charge to pay. 

Congregational Outing 

This will take place on Saturday 29th June and the coach will leave Newton Church at 10am on route to Pitlochry where a 2 course lunch with tea/coffee will be provided at Fishers Hotel. 

The coach will then make its way to House of Bruar when there will be some free time for shopping. The cost this year will be £22 and this will include gratuities. 

The return time will be flexible depending on the length of time required for shopping. 

Names to Mary Bushnell as soon as possible

Congregational Register


Dougie Eric Fraser Stewart -10 March 

Evan David Forrester – 24 March


Mrs Muriel Wright* 26 February 

Mrs Anna Morrison* 27 February 

Mrs June Ross 28 March 

Mr Ian Keith 7 April 

Mr Howard Evans 14 April 

* Member of Congregatio


Andrew Haig and Rebecca Faye Holmes on 30 March at Panbride Church


Mrs Gillian Bennett (District 16) 

Mrs Patricia Evans (District 24) 

Miss Claire Ellis (District 14) 

Miss Lauren Harper (Postal)

Flower Calendar


5 Mrs Dorothy Blacklaws 

12 Mrs Val Nicoll 

19 Mrs Dorothy McCallum 

26 Mrs Gill Manson 


2 Mrs Kathleen Fulton 

9 Mrs Suzanne Fleming 

16 Mrs Janis Jackson & Mrs Sheila Davison 

23 Mrs Ann Howlett 

30 Mrs Nancy Don 


7 Mrs Lyn Ross 

14 Mrs Joanna Stout

Bible Knowledge Answers

1.The Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16)

2. Moses (Numbers 12:3)

3.Ester & Ruth


5.Do unto others as you would have them do to you (Matthew 7:12)

6.At the base of the Mount of Olives (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26 Luke 22;39)

7.Peter, James & John (Matthew 26:37, Mark 14:33)

8.The early years of the Church, as the gospels began to spread through the world)

9. The love of money (1 Timothy 6:10)

10.James & Jude (Matthew13:55)

Church Directory

Minister Rev Annette Gordon

Session Clerk Mrs Lyn Ross

Clerk to Board Mr Walter Ruark  

Treasurer Mr W John Winterton

Gift Aid Mr Stan Beattie  

Church Secretary Mrs Nicola Keen

& Rollkeeper Contact via: 

Organist Mrs Marjorie Rennie  

Church Officer Mrs Mary Bushnell

Fabric Convener Mr John Porter

Fund Raising & Social Convener Mrs Helen Harley  

Flower Convener Mrs Eleanor Whamond

Magazine Convener Mr David Taylor  

Health & Safety Mrs Linda Nicoll  

Friendship Circle Mrs Cathie Connor  

FOG Squad Team Leader Mrs Alison Stuart  

Youth Group JAFFA Mrs Joanna Stout

Creche Mrs June Black  

Safeguarding Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll