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Update Newsletter

April 30th, 2018

Update           29 April 2018 

 Web: www.carnoustiepanbride.co.uk 

E-mail Church Secretary: secretarypanbride@hotmail.co.uk 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carnoustiepanbridechurch 

Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 

 

OUR VISION: WE ENCOURAGE ALL TO WORSHIP GOD, FOLLOW CHRIST, SERVE OTHERS 

FOG SQUAD EGG ROLLING ON EASTER SUNDAY

The Gathering 

The Play 

Climbing the Hill 

About to take cover

Once You are Up there is only one way down !! 

Did You Know  

  • Christians In Sport are holding two events locally during the next two months. These are: 8th May – Sports Quiz at the Aboukir Hotel 7:30pm teams of 3 or more. 2nd June – Sportsmans Dinner at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel. Guest speaker is professional golfer Alison Nicholas. For more information please contact David Taylor
  • The Carnoustie Community Helpline is now to be called Carnoustie Medical Transport Helpline . While their name, charitable status registration and Charity Number have changed everything else stays the same. It continues to be run by volunteers for patients registered with Parkview Primary Care Centre who require transport to take them to medical appointments. 
  • The Dundee and Angus Battalion Boys’ Brigade are to hold a Queen’s badge Presentation Service in Newton church on 17th June at 2pm. The service will be led by Rev Catherine E E Collins Acting Chaplain to the Battalion and will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant for Angus Mrs Georgiana Osborne 
  • At their April meeting the Kirk Session agreed that Carnoustie Panbride Church should take part in a Ringing Out for Peace which is part of Battle’s Over which is organising a National Tribute to mark the commemoration of the end of the first world war. This will include events in UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and at scores of locations overseas.. There are various events during the day and along with many other Churches in Scotland the Newton Church Bell will be rung at 7.05pm on 11 November 2018 to mark the special occasion and pay a tribute to everyone who served on the battlefields, the high seas and the home front during WW1. 
  • The Church of Scotland Social Care Council operates under the title of CROSSREACH. They employ 2,000 staff in 70 care and support services in three main areas: Adult Care, Children and Family and Older People. They produce a Prayer Diary which contains weekly prayers about some of their services. The diary is produced 4 monthly and the next edition is due from the beginning of June, If you would like to follow the diary please let Phyllis Guild know and she will arrange to get a copy for you. 

Five Questions 

The questions in this issue have been answered by Andrew Sawers who was elected as a member of the Congregational Board at the Stated annual Meeting of the Congregation in March 2018 

What is your favourite hymn? 

Come All Ye Faithful, I love Christmas and I think this hymn embodies the joy and love felt at this time of year. 

Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping?

Iona, I went there a couple of times in my teenage years. It is a very spiritual place and also very beautiful. 

Who is your favourite biblical character? 

I couldn’t pick one, I had to pick the three. The wise men. I think it is one of the few occasions where science and faith meet. The wise men wanted to learn more about the world around them but this did not mean they could not have faith in God. 

What is your favourite Bible reading? 

The Parable of the Prodigal Son. To me this is about family and family is the most important thing in my life. It is also about forgiveness something my family have to do a lot with me. 

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? 

Nelson Mandela. I thought he was a great leader. He brought a country together in peace at a time when many of his followers where so angry with the suffering that had been inflicted on them for so many years. 

Musings from the Manse

Dear People of God 

My first Easter in Carnoustie was wonderful and a time of deep blessing for me as it was, I hope, for all those who attended the morning reflections in Panbride Hall, the services each night in the different churches during Holy Week, and our Easter Sunday worship at Newton church. Early on Easter Sunday morning we celebrated the stone being rolled away from the tomb at our Egg-rolling Service at Knowes Loan with our young people. I must confess I did not make it all the way up the hill but took cover under the tree as an avalanche of beautifully decorated eggs suddenly filled the deep blue sky! I think we may have some future Olympic shot-putters or javelin throwers in the F.O.G. Squad! 

Later in our Easter Sunday service we heard the account of the Resurrection, which lies at the heart of our Christian faith. How the risen Lord Jesus conquered death and appeared to Mary Magdalene, and then to the frightened disciples huddled together in the upper room. Later he appeared to Thomas who wanted to see for himself, who wanted to have his own faith in Jesus. Then to two dejected disciples travelling to Emmaus who didn’t even recognise their Lord until he broke bread with them. And even to a Pharisee named Saul on the road to Damascus – a man who did everything he could to persecute the early church. 

It is good for us to remember as part of our Easter journey that Jesus appears to all sorts of different people – confused, suspicious, incredulous, and also the sort of people we would not ever imagine would darken the door of a church. Jesus is still travelling with us along the road – sometimes when we least expect him. He journeys with us and speaks to us and shows us his face. And even if we don’t recognise him immediately, an encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus should always change us so that we too say with those on the Emmaus road, 

“Were not our hearts burning within us as he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32) 

After a break away on holiday, I return to continue this exciting journey – walking with the people of Carnoustie Panbride. I am looking forward to starting regular sessions with the children at Carlogie Primary school and continuing to work with the Ministers’ Council working with the youth and sharing worship services in the various care homes. I will very shortly conduct my first wedding – the marriage of one of our members. Then immediately after the service on Pentecost Sunday I am off to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. 

Blessings ~ Annette

Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle members have enjoyed a varied programme of talks this year and we are all hoping for some sunny weather in our summer break. We have learnt a lot this session on diverse topics such as the farmer’s year, leprosy, local history and the gardeners amongst us have ideas for unusual plants to try.

Our traditional end of session outing this year was to Abernyte Antiques took place on April 17th and some of those present are included in the photographs below.

The Bus has arrived

All aboard

And after looking around and perhaps a purchase or two

It was time for a nice cup of tea

And a wee bit of cake!!

The group will now take a break over the summer and meetings will resume in October.        SW.

Fund Raising and Social Committee 

The Coffee morning which was due to be held in March was cancelled due to the bad weather. This was rescheduled for the 7th April and the sum of £388.27 was raised for Church funds. Thanks to all who supported this event in any way. 

A Family sponsored walk is to take place on Sunday 13th May 2018, walking from Newton Church to Easthaven and back along the cycle/footpath. If you would like to join us and raise some money for the Church, sponsor forms are at the door of the Church or perhaps you would like to sponsor either an individual or a family. Tea, coffee, juice and rolls with sausages are to be served after the walk but we need to know numbers for catering. 

A Strawberry Tea is to be held on Saturday 16th June 2018 from 2.30 until 4.00 pm with tickets costing £3.00.and there will be a Harvest Supper on Saturday 22nd September 2018. More details will be announced in the next issue of Update. 

We are planning a Christmas Evening on Friday 2nd November 2018. There is an article on page 6 with details of a new craft group which will make items for sale on that evening. We would also like to hear from any members of the con-gregation who do any craft work and would like to donate some items which we could sell for Church funds. If you can donate anything, please telephone Helen or speak to any of the Fundraising/Social Committee.       HH.

The F.O.G. Squad

As you will have observed from the photos on the cover we were very lucky with the weather for our Egg Rolling Service. The children performed a short play about the meaning of Easter. Thank you to Mr Graham for letting us use his field. 

We are nearly at the end of the F.O.G Squad session and we finish with our prize giving service on 27th May and then the Picnic on Saturday 9th June. 

Moment for Meditation 

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”. 

(Desmond Tutu)

YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE 2018 PRAYER

Welcoming God

You welcome us with your open arms, inspire and guide us, that we never hinder your children from coming to you; and remember that we are all part of your family.

Bring us together as a loving community for all, that we may learn from each other as we walk side by side in faith.

Caring and Compassionate God

We pray and ask you to guide and protect children and young people from that which may restrict them on their journey in life and faith.

We pray for the day when all children in the world can be just that: children. Be with them as they experience the dangers and injustices that are ever present in our world today.

Calling God

You call on us to follow, to serve, to welcome and to share.

We come now to answer your call, to lift our minds and voices to you, and to thank and praise you for all the chil-dren and young people in our churches, communities, country, and world.

We ask that you would walk alongside them and give them courage, strength and wisdom as they face the challenges of life.

Guiding God

As we travel through the year of Young People and beyond, help us to come alongside children and young people to draw closer to you, to answer your call to follow, to serve, to welcome and to share together, through the Holy Spirit.

Creche Rota

May – Newton Church 

6th Marion Palmer, Gillian Sawers 

13th Tom Black, Annetta Anderson 

20th Joanna Stout, Beth Lee-Smith 

27th Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton  

June – Panbride Church 

3rd Dawn Barrowman, Gillian Sawers 

10th Tom Black, Marion Palmer 

17th Joanna Stout, Beth Lee-Smith 

24th Annetta Anderson, Margaret Easton

Dates for Your Diary

May 

13 Sponsored Walk, 2pm, Newton Church 

13-19 Christian Aid Week 

17 Congregational Board, 7:30pm 

20 Holy Communion at 11am, Newton Church, and 3pm in Panbride Hall 

27 FOG Squad Prize Giving Service 

June 

SERVICES IN PANBRIDE CHURCH FROM 3RD JUNE UNTIL 26TH AUGUST 

9 FOG Squad Picnic 

10 Strawberry Tea, 2:30-4pm, Manse Gardens 

21 Kirk Session, 7:30pm

JOHN RAMAGE

John was a well loved and faithful servant to Carnoustie Panbride Church. He was ordained as an Elder in Wellwynd Church Airdrie in 1969 and admitted to the Kirk session of Carnoustie Panbride in 1974.

John’s faith was important to him from his early days of the Youth Fellowship in West Parish church in Airdrie where he formed a group called ‘’the in-betweens’ for youngsters arranging worship services, outings and discos for the group all of which were well attended.

When he came to Carnoustie Panbride John arranged the Egg Rolling service which took place at the Fairy Steps and that continued for many years until the farmer decided the field was to be the permanent location for his bull. He was a member of the Social Committee from its inception and was involved with arranging Car Treasure Hunts and Church BBQs.

After John lost his sight he would still attend church with his faithful dog Yates. John’s faith was a quiet faith but being an elder of the church meant a lot to him and he served his Lord faithfully and diligently.

And it wasn’t only the church which benefited from John’s diligence and resourcefulness—His love of books led to a career in Librarianship. He was chief Librarian of Dundee District Libraries and was described by his colleagues as a truly visionary, creative and innovative chief librarian.

John’s family was also important to him. He was married to Dorothy for over 50 years and they had a daughter Natalie, and only recently a much longed-for grandson Harrison.

Sadly, John’s health deteriorated and he passed away on 17th March. It was apparent by the attendance at both church and crematorium just how fond people were of John and how much respect they had for him and how much he will be missed.

And as a Kirk Session we will miss John too and the part he played within this session. We remain grateful for all the blessing that was in his life and all the many years’ service he gave to his church and to his Lord. And as we mourn his passing, our deepest sympathy goes to Dorothy and to Natalie and we ask God’s comfort upon them.

Needles and Pins Craft Group

A new craft group is starting on Tuesday, 10th April at 2pm in the Session Room at Newton Church. The idea is to make goods for a Christmas Gift Evening being organised for later in the year by the Social and Fundraising Committee. Anyone interested in coming along will be made very welcome. The group hopes to meet up every fortnight until the summer and then restart in the Autumn. If you prefer, you are welcome to make crafts at home for the event. Anyone requiring more information contact Pat Taylor.

Flamingo Cards

Phoenix Cards have risen from the ashes!! They are now trading as Flamingo Cards, many of the same designers and same quality. As in the past, Church funds will get 10% of all sales. I will have Brochures with me at Church or I can deliver a book if that’s easier. You can contact me, Pat Taylor.

CONGREGATIONAL OUTING 

This will take place on 30th June. A number of venues are under consideration and more information will be available shortly. The cost will remain the same as last year at £20. Names will be taken in the coming weeks.  

Congregational Register 

Mr Roy Milne 11/2/201

Mrs Anne Sneddon 23/2/2018*

Mrs Janet Borrie 27/2/2018*

Mr John Roberts 26/2/2018

Mr Kenneth Soutar 14/3/2018

Mr John B Ramage 17/3/2018*

Mr Jack Redfern 22/3/2018

Mrs Nan Mackenzie 6/4/2018*

*member of congregation

Panbride Hall

“The Panbride Hall is available to members of the congregation for one off special events or celebrations (subject to certain conditions associated with use) at a discount of 25% against the normal price. There are groups who use the hall regularly so it will be available when not in use which is normally certain days (not nights) during the week and at the weekend. Details and booking form available from the Church Secretary (see Church Directory for contact details).

Flower Calendar

May

6th Mrs D Blacklaws,

13th Mrs V Nicoll,

20th Mrs D McCallum,

27th Mrs G Manson,

June

3rd Mrs K Fulton,

10th Mrs S Fleming,

17th Mrs J Jackson,

Mrs S Davison,

24th Mrs M Palmer,

July

1st TBA

8th Mrs L Ross,

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 & Rollkeeper Mrs Nicola Keen

(Contact via: secretarypanbride@hotmail.co.uk )

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

February 22nd, 2018

22 February 2018

Web: www.carnoustiepanbride.co.uk

E-mail Church Secretary: secretarypanbride@hotmail.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carnoustiepanbridechurch

Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594

OUR VISION: WE ENCOURAGE ALL TO WORSHIP GOD, FOLLOW CHRIST, SERVE OTHERS

The start of a new Ministry was an appropriate time to refresh UPDATE Hope you like what has been done — please let us know. Tell the Minister, Elder or UPDATE Convener David Taylor. or e-mail comments to dmct1@btinternet.com

To make it easier to publish more photos and introduce some clip art the size of print is smaller than in the past. If you find the text size a problem please remember we can provide you with a large print copy or send you a copy by e-mail.

Contact David Taylor for more information about these options.

IN THIS ISSUE YOU WILL FIND 29 ARTICLES. SOME REGULAR ARTICLES ARE NOT NECESSARILY ON THEIR USUAL PAGE WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO:

MUSINGS FROM THE MANSE on page 3

SEVERAL THANK YOU NOTES on pages 2,3,4 and 7

INFORMATION ABOUT COFFEE MORNINGS IN THE NEXT 2 WEEKS on page 5

JAFFA BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ANNETTE on page 6

A FINAL REPORT FROM BANGLADESH on page 7

INFORMATION ABOUT EASTER PILGRIMAGES IN ANGUS AND HOLY WEEK SERVICES IN CARNOUSTIE on page 8

STATED ANNUAL MEETING INFORMATION on page 8 and AN EXTRACT OF THE ANNUAL ACCOUNTS FOR 2017

Did You Know

The retiring offering from the Christmas Watchnight Service for Carnoustie Community Helpline raised the sum of £200. The Treasurer of ‘Helpline’ acknowledged the donation expressing how much the money was appreciated and saying that it will be used to help to continue to provide the medical transport service to Carnoustie and the surrounding area. Demand for the service is ever increasing.

Carnoustie Churches Youth Mission, “Sports & Crosses”, meets every second Friday in the BB Hall on Maule Street from 1.45 – 3.30pm. This is a youth initiative which aims to provide sports and social opportunities for S1-S4 students. The next meetings are scheduled for 9th March and 25th March.

The Year of Young People is a special focus for both the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Government in 2018. This is an opportunity for churches to focus attention on children and young people. As a congregation we are encouraged to take steps “to involve our children and young people fully in the life of the Church, forming them in faith and celebrating who they are and what they bring”. There will be a series of presbytery and national events to encourage and equip churches in their work with children and young people. More information on upcoming events and workshops can be found at: www.churchofscotland.org.uk/yoyp

Retiring offerings over the Christmas period of £291 were donated to Carnoustie High School Brass Band to support them in their forthcoming tour of China. Acknowledging the donation, the conductor Michael Robertson said, “It is a great honour to be the first British school band to perform in China and your donation will allow us to buy many of the things we need to take with us”.

An Angus-wide appeal has been launched to collect old tablets and phones and any donations will be accepted at Two Sisters Café at 28 High Street. From there they will be sent to a company called Eqtr.com who will reset to factory settings, install educational software, add a projector a teaching tablet and a charging kit. This will then be dispatched to Greece and 20 children in a refugee camp will get a digital classroom and a chance to get an education.

Five Questions

The questions in this issue have been answered by Sheena Reigate one of our members who is also a member of the Congregational Board.

What is your favourite hymn?

Love Divine, all loves excelling. It was one of my wedding hymns and still special. Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? Denny West church where I was baptised, attended Sunday School and Brownies and made friends I am still in contact with today.

My family moved to Falkirk when I was 12 years old and we attended Erskine Church where I enjoyed Youth Club and 8 of us from that group joined the church at the same time. When I came to Dundee to work I joined Fairmuir Church. I have very happy memories of belonging to this welcoming and friendly church. I was a Sunday School teacher, involved in various groups and my son was baptised there.

Who is your favourite biblical character ?

The Good Samaritan. Luke 10: 25-37 I enjoy reading the parables which Jesus frequently used to make a point and teach a moral or spiritual lesson. This parable teaches us how we should treat other people – with respect, dignity and compassion.

What is your favourite Bible reading ?

Matthew Chapters 5,6,7 The Sermon on the Mount. This is powerful reading and contains some of the best known teachings of Jesus, which continue to influence the way we live our lives today.

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire?

Florence Nightingale. As a child I enjoyed learning about The Lady with the Lamp. She has to be admired for the difference she made when she volunteered to nurse wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Appalled at the horrendous conditions soldiers were being treated in she made dramatic changes, implementing strict hygiene rules, saving many lives. Back home she used her influence to bring significant changes and radically changed the role of nursing in hospitals and was a key figure in introducing new professional training standards. A remarkable woman who dedicated her life to nursing and truly cared for her suffering patients. She will forever be recognised as the founder of modern nursing.

Musings from the Manse

As I write this letter it is a little over two months since I was ordained and inducted as minister of Carnoustie Panbride Church. They say that moving to a new house and starting a new job come quite high up on the list of most stressful life events. I did both of those within two days! However, it was wonderful for George and me to arrive in Carnoustie and be greeted with such a warm welcome and an outpouring of love. We are indebted to the Fabric Convenor and his team and all the others who worked so hard to ensure the manse was warm and comfortable on our arrival; supplied us with tea and coffee and the means to make them while we were still sorting through our mountain of cardboard boxes; for all those who took time to send us cards, flowers and plants, and came to give us a word of welcome. We really are overwhelmed by the kindness and thoughtfulness of people. It has been the quickest two months or so of my life! Advent, Christmas, and New Year went by in a blur!

As I have started visiting people in the parish, the question I have been asked most often is, “How are you settling in, does it feel like home yet?” And I have to say Carnoustie has very quickly felt like “home”. George and I have now stopped getting lost in the manse and no longer have to call each other on our mobile ‘phones to find one another. The sunrise and sunset are astonishingly beautiful, and my Facebook friends are probably fed up already with all the photographs of Carnoustie on my timeline. We have already managed some walks in the area and are looking forward to better weather when we can get out on our bikes!

But one of the most important things about being able to call somewhere “home” is the comfort and security of being with family. So, thank you for making it so effortless for us to feel as if we are already part of the family at Carnoustie Panbride.

I have had the privilege of getting to know some wonderful people, to hearing some amazing and amusing stories, and sharing conversations about all manner of things. People are so genuinely interested in my journey here and my sense of “call” to Carnoustie. I have told the story to many people already about finding myself in Carnoustie in the autumn of 2016 after a sudden urge to get on the train and get off somewhere between Dundee and Aberdeen. I stood on the beach that day on a cold Friday afternoon watching the waves break onto the shore and wondering why on earth we were in Carnoustie so far from home. Almost a year to the day later I was standing in the pulpit at Carnoustie Panbride Church preaching as sole nominee.

As a family we are so glad to be called to such a beautiful part of the world with warm and welcoming people (although that east wind is not so warm and welcoming!).

As I articulated in a recent sermon we are all called. It is God’s love for us that calls us in the first place. He wants the best for us and so calls us into a relationship with His son Jesus. Our relationship with Jesus, our desire to know Christ and for our love for him to increase daily is what will sustain us as we seek to walk this journey together and to serve him together.

I am so grateful for all the support from the members of both the Kirk Session and Congregational Board as I find my feet and very much appreciate the depth of understanding and passion they have for the people they serve in God’s name.

I ask for your prayers and your continued patience as I get to know you all. I feel so very blessed to be your minister and look forward to walking with you as we explore all that God has for us.

Blessings ~ Annette

HIV Programme

“Souper Sunday” at the end of January raised £525 for the Church of Scotland HIV Programme. We thank God that we were able to bless the HIV Programme with such a generous donation and that, as a congregation, we were blessed with such a lovely time of fellowship. Thank you to all those who donated to “Souper Sunday” in any way – by making a donation; retiring offering; preparing food, and to JAFFA for serving us.

Fund Raising and Social Committee

Thanks to everyone who supported any of the events held last year and now we are getting ready for the coming year.

The first event to be held will be a Coffee Morning on Saturday 3rd March 2018 in the Panbride Hall from 10.00 until 11.30 am. Tickets to cost £2.00 and donations of tray bakes and cake and candy would be greatly appreciated. The hall will be open on Friday 2nd March 2018 from 4.15 until 5.30 pm to receive any donations.

A Strawberry Tea is to be held on Saturday 16th June 2018 from 2.30 until 4.00 pm with tickets costing £3.00.

We are planning a Christmas Evening on Friday 2nd November 2018 and would like to hear from any members of the congregation who do any craft work and would like to donate some items which we could sell for Church funds. If you can donate anything, please telephone Helen on 852640 or speak to any of the Fundraising/Social Committee.

More information in future issues of Update.

Friendship Circle

The friendship circle enjoyed an informative talk on Robert Burns and his links with the local area. We also heard from Tommy Baxter who spoke about his experiences as a London theatre manager.

At our first meeting in February we were entertained by the Accord Singers and on the 27th David Warden will speak about a farmer’s life.

Our final event of the year is the outing on 10th April. The destination is a mystery !!

Thanks for supporting Food Bank projects

A massive thank you to all who donate food, toiletries etc, at the Church. Each week I have a bag full of items to help those in need.

This last year we have been able to support Old Abbey Church, Arbroath Food Bank, who get referrals from different agencies; the Salvation army, who give to anyone in need, and responded to a request from Burnside School, Carnoustie, for some of their families in poor circumstances.

Thank you, thank you. Beth Lee-Smith.

Help with Typing

June Riddoch who has typed the manuscript articles for UPDATE for many years has announced her retirement and it would be good to find a replacement to take over. Most articles are now submitted by email but there are still a few handwritten. Once they are typed they get sent to Karen Craigie. If you could help please contact David Taylor  for more information about what is involved.

Christmas Post Thank You

The officers, parents and boys of the 1st Carnoustie Boys’ Brigade wish to thank everyone who used their Christmas Card service. A total of £2660 was raised which will help all the boys in the Brigade.

Carnoustie Scout Group would like to thank everyone who contributed to the annual Christmas Card Post fundraiser. The sum raised was £2800 pounds which pays for the insurance and the maintenance of the hall.

The F.O.G. Squad

Come and join us at our annual Egg Rolling Service will be on 1st April at 9.30am in Barry. Remember your warm clothes and a hardboiled egg! Rolls, tea and coffee will be served after the service back at Panbride hall. Everyone is welcome to join us. We look forward to seeing you there.

Moment for Meditation

May I live this day compassionate of heart, clear in word, gracious in awareness, courageous in thought, generous in love”. – John O’Donohue

Jaffa

With fear and trepidation JAFFA bravely ventured into the spooky depths of the Crypt at Panbride. Much to our surprise behind the wooden door we found a yett ( big metal gate ), opened it and stayed close as we stumbled down the cold, hard steps into the main chamber. the cold there was a feeling of calmness and the experience was nothing like we thought it was going to be. We are looking forward to our next adventure, JUMP in Aberdeen on the 9th of December which will be our Christmas trip. By Fraser, Cari and Cameron.

Creche Rota

March

4th     Beth Lee Smith, June Black

11th   Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton

18th  Marion Palmer, Gillian Sawyers

25th  Annetta Anderson, Tom Black

April

1st     No Creche

8th    No Creche

15th   No Creche

22nd Beth Lee Smith, Joyce Brown

29th Joanna Stout, Margaret Easton

May

6th     Marion Palmer, Gillian Sawyers

13th   Tom Black, Annetta Anderson

20th  Joanna Stout, Beth Lee Smith

27th  Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton

Dates for Your Diary

February

27 – Friendship Circle, 2pm, Panbride Hall

March

3 – Coffee Morning, Panbride Hall, 10-11.30am

4 – Stated Annual Meeting following Morning Service.

10 – Christian Aid Coffee Morning, Philip Hall 10am.

15 – Congregational Board 7.30pm

20 – Friendship Circle, 2pm Panbride Hall

26 to 1 April – Easter Services – see article Holy Week Services for details.

April

10 – Friendship Circle Outing

19 – Kirk Session, 7.30pm.

Christian Aid Coffee Morning

Christian Aid week is 13-19 May. There is to be a coffee morning in Philip Hall on 10th March, 10am-11.30am. Any donations of baking, bric-a-brac, books, parcels, gratefully received, either to W Ruark or B Lee-Smith.

Jaffa is Behind the Scenes with: Annette

What other jobs have you had?

I have had a whole variety of other jobs. When I was still at school I worked in a car wash to earn some pocket money and was a “Saturday girl” at Fisher’s Department Store in the Saltmarket in Glasgow. When I left school, I worked as clerical assistant in the Advertising Accounts department of “The Glasgow Herald” newspaper. I then worked as an invoice clerk in the University Libraries Department of John Smith & Son Booksellers (Glasgow) Limited. I also had different part time jobs when my children were small. I worked in a biscuit factory; in a bank, and as a booking clerk in the railway. My last job before I became a minister was office manager in a large city centre office in Glasgow.

What made you want to be a minister?

When I was growing up I wanted to be an actress or a singer. By the time I got to high school, I decided perhaps teaching would be a “safer” career and I planned to teach French. It was never in my life plan to be a minister. I planned to retire early, buy a little plot of land somewhere away from the city, grow my own food, and write a bestseller!!!!! I was volunteering with the church youth group and bible class at my home church and the opportunity came up to train as a Worship Leader. I thought the course would give me confidence when I was asked to read the Bible or to speak to the children on a Sunday morning. I really enjoyed the course and was then invited by my own minister to preach one Sunday morning. I was absolutely terrified but something about it just “felt right”. Encouraged by the people in my congregation, I decided to go through a “discernment period” to see if God was calling me into the ministry. I thought nothing would come of it but just had to find out for sure. That was ten years ago! So, although it was never in my plans to become a minister, I feel that it was God’s plan and He has been the one guiding me on every step of this journey!

What do you miss about your old home?

The only thing I really miss about my old home is having my family and friends close by. However, it means that the times that they come to visit me here in Carnoustie are really special! Now that I have been here a few months Carnoustie feels like home and we are meeting lots of new friends and are surrounded by our church family which is really important.

What are your 3 favourite things about Carnoustie?

My three favourite things are: The staggeringly beautiful sunrise and sunset and all the wonderful scenic walks – especially the beach! Creamy coleslaw from the Titanic Pizza Company! The friendliness of the people!

Do you just work one day a week?

No, but Sunday seems to be my shortest working day!

I try to work Sunday to Thursday and have Friday off and do all my last-minute preparation for Sunday on a Saturday. However, sometimes things happen during the week and plans have to change. Most days include some time in the study preparing for Sunday services or dealing with emails and ‘phone calls. In the afternoons I visit people at home or in hospital. Some days there are visits to schools for assembly or just to have coffee and a catch up with the teachers. In the evenings I meet with people to arrange baptisms and weddings or there might be meetings with the Congregational Board; Kirk Session, or Presbytery.

How do you plan services?

I start planning the Sunday Service on Monday morning. I usually start by reading the bible passage for the following Sunday a few times and think about what stands out for me about the passage – it could be one of the characters in the story or something in the passage that relates to what is happening in the world today. I start thinking about the hymns early in the week. Usually by a Thursday I am ready to write the sermon. The talk with the children always requires a lot of imagination trying to find something which is accessible for both a teenager and a toddler as well as keeping the attention of the adults! It is usually a Saturday before I have it all together!

Do you get nervous speaking?

Yes, I get nervous every Sunday! I am sure that is the same for most ministers! It is quite normal to be a little nervous and some nerves are good as they give you a boost of adrenaline! I am glad to say that I no longer have the stomach churning nerves that I used to get when I first started my training.

What is your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is Purple.

Update on Harvest to Christmas Project 2016

Visit to Senhati, Khulna, Bangladesh by Matthew S Bicket on 1st November 2017.

From 21st October to 1st December 2017, I was in Bangladesh to visit friends and places which had meant a great deal to me over a period of 40 years, including all the places where members of Carnoustie Panbride (and other churches) had accompanied me over the years to undertake practical projects. I visited the site of the new church in Jhinafulbari we had helped build in 2004. The church was packed with villagers and I received the Santali welcome of having my feet washed with oil and water. The villagers are so grateful that they now have a church building and it was moving to hear from members the difference it had made to their lives.

I also visited the new church in Askor (Work camp in 2008) where we had also painted the school and was warmly welcomed there too, and it was great to catch up with some of the local community who had helped us on that project.

In 2015, we had travelled to Idilpur where we built a road. The road is still there and the field from where we took the soil to build the road is full of valuable plants which are sold and then used to make insecticide, and it is still hoped that the clinic and catechist’s house will be built soon.

The most recent project we engaged in was the Harvest to Christmas Project in 2016 to raise some money to help a small community in Khulna be able to improve conditions for the school children. The project raised a wonderful £3790.79p and on 1st November it was my great privilege to travel to Senhati and see the difference your support had made.

The journey started from the Church Compound in Khulna by travelling in an Auto-rickshaw with Daniel, Apu and Ujjol travelling through the streets before turning off into a large Compound housing a gigantic Jute Mill, with almost 1000 looms clattering noisily – and not one worker was wearing any kind of ear protection. If you have seen the films at Verdant Works, you will know what this is like. We eventually reached the river, and changed our transport to a small flat bottomed boat which carried about 40 people (standing!). The crossing took about 5 minutes, before we stepped into a market selling everything from fish to toilet rolls, and walking the remaining 15 minutes to the church at Senhati.

The small church, which doubles as a school, was filled with children and teachers and members of the congregation, and after the welcome, the children gave a little concert, and a number of people spoke about the difference your donation had made. The roof had been replaced with corrugated iron, so the roof does not now leak, they had painted all the shutters, had bought two tables, a metal cupboard and extended the house of the catechist to include a verandah (where the most wonderful lunch was served) and built two new rooms and two toilets. £3800 goes a long way in Bangladesh!

It was lovely to see the children obviously happy and thriving in their newly restored building and hearing from those who work there day by day was a profoundly moving experience as I listened to how beneficial the changes had been.

So, thank you to everyone in Carnoustie Panbride and Carlogie School who had donated to this project. It was wonderful to be able to see it for myself, and it is my pleasure to pass on the grateful thanks of everyone in Senhati. Matthew 

Palm Sunday Pilgrimages

Following a suggestion by Presbytery Moderator it is planned to hold three separate Pilgrimage walks on the afternoon of Palm Sunday – 25th March. Each walk will be between 3.5 and 5 miles and all will begin at 2pm. The walk for this area will begin at Colliston church and proceed along the nature trail to Arbroath: St Vigeans and then on to Arbroath: West Church. It is intended there will be short devotional acts incorporated into the walks. The other walks are around Forfar Loch with a start and finish at St Margarets and the other walk will be from Hillside to Ferryden. It will also be possible to be involved without walking. Refreshments will be provided at start, on route and at the end. There is no charge for participation. Posters with more detailed information will be available shortly. If you require more information please contact our Presbytery Elder Dorothy Booth.

Holy Week Services 25th – 31st March 2018

There will also be short services of reflection in Panbride Hall at 10.15am Monday to Friday

Walk of Witness 11-12 noon from Black Slab on Good Friday

Holyrood Reflective Hour 12 – 1pm on Good Friday

Sunrise Service from 6.40am on Easter morning.

25th Palm Sunday 7.00pm St Anne’s Church

26th Monday 7.00pm Carmyllie Church

27th Tuesday 7.00pm Carnoustie Church

28th Wednesday 7.00pm Carnoustie Baptist Church

29th Thursday (Agape) 7.00pm Newton Church

30th Friday 7.00pm Erskine UF Church

31st Saturday 8.00pm Holy Rood Church

Stated Annual Meeting 4 March

This will be held at the conclusion of the morning service and it is hoped that most of the Congregation will remain.

The Minister will outline her priorities for her first year as our Minister

While the formal approval of the accounts is now the responsibility of the Trustees the Treasurer will be present to answer questions which arise relating to the 2017 accounts.

The fabric convener will present his annual report for the past year which you will see from the accounts resulted in considerable expenditure.

The election of members of the Congregation to the Congregational Board will also take place. The Board consists of an equal number of Elders nominated by the Kirk Session and members of the Congregation elected at this meeting.

Lenten Bible Study

“Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John” – a short Lenten Bible Study will take place in the manse from Sunday 25th February until Sunday 18th March inclusive from 7pm-8pm.

This study will reflect on Jesus’ journey to the cross from “the Clearing of the Temple” to “The Triumphal Entry”.

The weekly studies “stand alone” so you are still very welcome even if you can only make one night.

The aim is to have a relaxed time of fellowship and no preparation is required.

New Members

Rev Annette Gordon District 3

Mr George Gordon District 3

Mrs Mary Byron District 24

Mr Robbie Murray District 13

Congregational Register 

Deaths

24 November Miss Janette Hamilton

13 December Mrs Isabel Tindale

Baptism

11 February Charlie Ross Fyffe

Panbride Hall

The Panbride Hall is available to members of the congregation for one off special events or celebrations (subject to certain conditions associated with use) at a discount of 25% against the normal price. There are groups who use the hall regularly so it will be available when not in use which is normally certain days (not nights) during the week and at the weekend. Details and booking form available from the Church Secretary (see Church Directory for contact details).

Flower Calendar

March

4    Mrs E Simpson, Mrs J Grainger,

11   Mrs A Howlett,

18  Mrs K Penrose,

25 Mrs J Bell,  Mrs P Sawers,

April

1   Mrs L Thomson,

8   Mrs J Davidson,

15  Mrs B Lee-Smith,

22  Mrs J Black,

29 Mrs R Porter,

May

6  Mrs D Blacklaws,

13 Mrs V Nicoll,

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: secretarypanbride@hotmail.co.uk

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

 

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Update Newsletter

November 20th, 2017

UPDATE

Web: www.carnoustiepanbride.co.uk

E-mail Church Secretary: secretarypanbride@hotmail.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carnoustiepanbridechurch

Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594

19 November 2017

OUR VISION: WE ENCOURAGE ALL TO WORSHIP GOD; FOLLOW CHRIST; SERVE OTHERS

 

ANGUS PRESBYTERY HAVE SET THE DATE FOR THE SERVICE OF ORDINATION AND INDUCTION FOR REV ANNETTE GORDON AS OUR NEW MINISTER ON THURSDAY 23rd NOVEMBER 2017 AT 7PM IN NEWTON CHURCH

THE MODERATOR OF ANGUS PRESBYTERY MRS IRENE McGUIGAN WILL OFFICIATE AT THE THE ORDINATION AND INDUCTION

AND THE REV DR WAYNE PEARCE WILL LEAD WORSHIP

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT SERVICE NOT ONLY FOR OUR NEW MINISTER BUT ALSO FOR THE CONGREGATION.

IT IS HOPED MANY OF YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND

DID YOU KNOW?

  •  Between 25th November and 2nd December a Leaflet from all the Carnoustie Churches setting out their Christmas and New Year services will be delivered to every house in Carnoustie, Barry, Muirdrum and Easthaven. There will also be leaflets in most shops, hotels, the library and leisure centre. In total 6,000 leaflets will be distributed.
  • The Church of Scotland Social Care Council – known as CROSSREACH continues the long tradition of providing care and support to those in need. It has its own web page — www.crossreach.org uk which provides comprehensive information about their activities. Phyllis Guild one of our members is the Carnoustie Panbride contact with CROSSREACH and if you want information at any time please speak to her.
  • The Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland has announced its national initiative of ‘YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE 2018’. The initiative has the aim of celebrating the role of young people within our congregations, increasing their participation and increasing engagement with under 25’s. Angus presbytery has encouraged congregations to engage in this initiative.

FIVE QUESTIONS

The questions in this issue have been answered by Helen Waggott one our members who is also one of the leaders of the FOG Squad.

1. What is your favourite hymn?

‘Look Forward In Faith’ by Andrew Scobie My Mum had this hymn in a frame beside her bed when I was a child. I know the words helped her through some tricky times. Growing up, it was just the two of us. We had our fair share of ups and downs and this hymn kept us going.

2. Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping ?

When I was 18 I travelled with the Scottish Guide Association to Ghana to take part in an aid project. We spent the summer building a primary school within a small rural community – it was tough but one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done. Each Sunday we attended a local church. Conducted entirely in the local dialect, the services lasted anywhere between 3 and 5 hours and were bright, loud and really quite rowdy! Our offering was not received in a plate at the front door – instead the congregation was invited forward one at a time, to dance down the isle to put their money in the pot at the front. If the Elder didn’t think you’d put enough money in, they would invite you back again! Great fun!

3. Who is your favourite biblical character?

I love animals and I love fighting for the under-dog. I’m going to say the donkey who carried Mary to Bethlehem! Boy did that donkey do an important job! So crucial a role with so little praise or recognition; plodding along that dusty road with its heavy and precious load – well done!

4. What is your favourite Bible reading?

Isaiah 55 – God’s offer of Mercy. Such a celebration of God’s promise to us! This was a reading which Graeme and I chose for our wedding to celebrate great times and God’s presence in our marriage.

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

I thought this was the most difficult question; I hit the internet for ideas and really didn’t get any inspiration at all. In my job as Principal Teacher of Pupil Care & Support at a local secondary school I take care of the pastoral needs of approximately 230 pupils. Some of the young people I work with have had so much to deal with in their short lives – abuse, homelessness, parental substance misuse, poverty, neglect and more. I realised whilst thinking about this question, that what inspires me the most, are the young people who deal with these issues. They come to school each day – sometimes to work; sometimes to be cared for; sometimes to just be safe. Sometimes with a smile; sometimes with an attitude; sometimes in tears. The point is though, that they keep going; they keep trying; they keep doing their best. That’s inspirational to me and that’s why I love my job so much.

Letter from our Locum Minister

Dear friends of Panbride Church,

We have been left a wonderful legacy from generations past. I refer to the gift that they gave us in some of the magnificent church buildings that grace this nation. Wherever we go in this country, whether town city or country parish, we will see a Church of Scotland place of worship. Admittedly, some of them are now closed for worship and some of them have been converted into houses.

Nevertheless, all those buildings point to an understanding that Scotland was at one time a nation of people who worshipped the Lord week by week. And over the centuries those buildings were built, cared for and handed down to succeeding generations of Christian men, women and children. However, there is a more important legacy that we have received from a man, a precious gift that began in Germany.

I refer to the work of Martin Luther, the monk who was to become the great reformer. On October 31 1517, 500 years ago, Martin Luther, angry with Pope Leo X’s new round of indulgences to help build St. Peter’s Basilica, nailed a sheet of paper with his 95 Theses on the University of Wittenberg’s chapel door. Though Luther intended these to be discussion points, the 95 Theses laid out a devastating critique of the indulgences. Aided by the printing press, copies of the 95 Theses spread throughout Germany within two weeks and throughout Europe within two months.

The Church eventually moved to stop the act of defiance. In October 1518, at a meeting, Martin Luther was ordered to recant his 95 Theses by the authority of the pope. Luther said he would not recant unless scripture proved him wrong. He went further, stating he didn’t consider that the papacy had the authority to interpret scripture. The meeting ended in a shouting match and initiated his ultimate excommunication from the Church.

In March 1521, Luther was summoned before the “Diet of Worms”, a general assembly of secular authorities. Again, Luther refused to recant his statements, demanding he be shown any scripture that would refute his position. There was none. On May 8, 1521, the council released the Edict of Worms, banning Luther’s writings and declaring him a “convicted heretic.”

This made him a condemned and wanted man. Friends helped him hide out at the Wartburg Castle. While in seclusion, he translated the New Testament into the German language, to give ordinary people the opportunity to read God’s word. Through his intelligence, bravery and his diligence Martin Luther changed the understanding of religious worship, not only in Germany, but in Europe, Britain and eventually around the world.

Martin Luther not only changed our way of worship, he changed our understanding of God. Luther read the first line of Psalm 22, the words that Jesus himself was to utter on the cross (my God, my God, why have you forsaken me) a cry similar to Luther’s own disillusionment with God and religion. Two years later, while preparing a lecture on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, he read, “The just will live by faith.” He dwelled on this statement for some time.

Eventually, he realized the key to spiritual salvation was not to fear God or be enslaved by religious dogma but to believe that faith alone would bring salvation. This period marked a major change in his life and set in motion the Reformation. Much has happened since. Many have died in bringing about change. To this day in foreign lands Christians suffer terribly for their beliefs and for their insistence in continuing to worship the Lord. We have received the baton now, we must keep it safe and hand it on to succeeding generations.

May the Lord be with you in this congregation, as you prepare to welcome a new minister soon,

Dougal

Notes from your Interim Moderator

By the time you read this note Presbytery should have set a date for the Ordination and Induction of Rev Annette Gordon as your Minister. I hope that once Annette has moved into Carnoustie Panbride you will give her all the support she needs to settle in. Remember, a new minister needs a bit of time to find their feet and Annette will be ‘hitting the ground running’ coming in so close to Christmas. I would also like to underline how fortunate you have been as a congregation to Call a new minister so quickly. That is certainly not the way of vacancies these days. Congregations are normally vacant for a lot longer. I wish you well and encourage you to go forward together with your new minister, working to promote the work of the Gospel in your Parish. There will still be some work for me to do as your Interim Moderator until the Service of Ordination and Induction for Annette. I would, however, like to take this opportunity to say how I have enjoyed working with the congregation again. I have been well supported by your officebearers, who have helped all through this process, and of course by Dougal as Locum. I wish you all well in the future and pray that you continue to go from strength to strength.

Alasdair G Graham, Interim Moderator

FUNDRAISING/SOCIAL COMMITTEE

The Safari Supper held on 26th August 2017 was a great success and enjoyed by everyone who attended. It was good to see some new faces at this event and a big thank you to Pat Taylor for all her organization and to all who hosted any of the courses and made the desserts. The evening couldn’t have taken place without you. The Coffee Morning held on Saturday 4th November 2017 raised £467.00 for Church funds. Thanks to all who supported this event. Donations of mince pies and shortbread would be greatly appreciated for the Christingle service on Sunday 10th December 2017.       HH.

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE

The first meeting of the Friendship Circle was a talk on Therapets. We welcomed 3 volunteers and their dogs as well as Norma Murray Tayside organiser. Volunteers take their dogs to visit patients and residents in hospitals, hospices, care homes, schools and other institutions such as prisons. We all loved the company of Orla, Max and Molly so we can definitely appreciate the value of pet therapy.

Our next speaker was Dean Bowen who showed us his fascinating collection of World War 2 memorabilia including tinned food, uniforms, weapons and ammunition.

At the end of October we enjoyed a demonstration of basket weaving by Angela Tribble. Angela uses reeds which are grown in S.E. Asia and processed in the Netherlands. The reeds can be dyed in different colours and the baskets are very attractive.

By the time you read this we will have a talk on November 14th about local History. It will then be computers on November 28th and a ukelele band on December 12th. All welcome at 2 pm in the church hall.        SW.

The FOG Squad

Come along and join us on the 17th December. Our nativity is called ‘Christmas Eve in the Toy Shop’ by Kaye Umansky, Sue Nicholls, Jonathan Trueman and Veronica Clark.

Look forward to seeing you then!          A.S.

JAFFA

The new youth group JAFFA has been meeting during the church service and we have organised our programme for the year. We are looking forward to visiting the Crypt at Panbride and going to JUMP! In Aberdeen as our Christmas Trip.

We meet once a month, usually the first Sunday of the month, and have had fun helping out with the Soup and Sweet, it is great making something to bring and handing out the bread!             George Stout

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

2017

NOVEMBER

23  Newton Church 7pm Presbytery service of Ordination and Induction of Rev Annette Gordon as our  new Minister

26  Morning service Newton Church 11am First service led by Rev Annette Gordon

28  Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm Computers in Today’s World

DECEMBER

3    Morning service 11am Newton Church First Sunday of Advent

3    Newton Church 4pm Service of Quiet Reflection for the Bereaved

10  Morning service 11am Newton Church Second Sunday of Advent

10  Newton 6.30pm Chtistingle Service

12  Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm Liz Crawford’s Ukelele Band

14  Kirk Session Panbride Hall 7.30pm

17   Morning Service 11am Newton Church Third Sunday of Advent and FOG Squad Nativity Presentation ‘Christmas Eve in the Toy Shop’

17  Rotary Musicale in Carnoustie Parish Church 7pm Local artists and Bands. Tickets at McDougall’s Newsagents. Proceeds for CHS Brass Band trip to China

24  Morning service 11am Newton Church Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve Watchnight service 11.30pm Panbride Church Congregational singing before service

25  Family Service for Christmas Day 10.30am Newton Church

31  Worship for end of 2017 Newton Church 11am

2018

JANUARY

7    Worship for start of 2018 Newton Church 11am

14  Morning service 11am Newton Church

16  Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm A Burn’s Tale with David Ramsay

16  Finance Committee 7.30 pm

18  Congregational Board Panbride Hall 7.30pm

21  Morning Service 11am Newton Church

28  Morning Service 11sm Newton Church

30  Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm Glamis Castle with Tommy Baxter

FEBRUARY

4   Morning Service 11am Newton Church

11  Morning Service 11am Newton Church

13  Friendship Circle Panbride hall 2pm Accord Singing Group Barbara Ann Sweetin

18  Morning Service 11am Newton Church

22  Kirk Session Panbride Hall 7.30pm

25  Morning Service 11am Newton Church

27  Friendship Circle 2pm A Day in the life of a Farmer with David Warden

CRECHE ROTA

NOVEMBER

26  Joyce Brown, Tom Black

DECEMBER

3    June Black, Margaret Easton

10  Joanna Stout, Marion Palmer

17   Family Service, no Crèche

24  No Creche

31   No Creche

JANUARY

7   No Creche

14  Beth-Lee Smith, June Black

21  Joanna Stout, Joyce Brown

28  Margaret Easton, Tom Black

FEBRUARY

4   Marion Palmer, Beth-Lee Smith

11  Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton

18  June Black, Marion Palmer

25  Tom Black, Joanna Stout

MARCH

4   Beth-Lee Smith, June Black

11  Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton

CHRISTMAS POST ARRANGEMENTS

Scout Post

The Scouts will hand deliver for you to Carnoustie & Barry, Monifieth, Broughty Ferry (DD5 postcode), Wellbank, Kellas, Monikie, Newbigging, Arbroath (Town Only)

Minimum donation remains at 25p per card.

Collection boxes within shops around Carnoustie from 25th November until 15th December.

Boys’ Brigade Post

Collection Boxes will be in the usual local shops from 1st December until 21st December.

There will be a box in Newton Church from 3rd December until 17th December.

Charge remains 20p per card.

SOME IDEAS TO HELP WITH CHRISTMAS PLANNING

Support CHRISTIAN AID by using PRESENT AID — GIFTS THAT KEEP GIVING For more information visit presentaid.org/2017 or call 0333 555 2025

EMBRACE THE MIDDLE EAST A Christian charity helping people of all faiths and none to free themselves from a life of poverty and injustice For more information visit embraceme.org or call 01227 811646

CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARD and CALENDAR COLLECTION 2017 All proceeds from sale of items on offer will be used directly in support of their work For more information visit www.crossreach.org/shop or call 0131 454 4374

FLOWER CALENDAR

2017

November

26 Mrs A Scott,

December

3  Mrs M Wright,

10 Mrs R Clark,

17 Mrs A Merchant,

24 Mrs E Whamond,

31 Mrs M Gordon,

2018

January

7   K Porter,

14 Mrs L Miller

21 Mrs M Rennie,

28 Mrs P Taylor; Mrs P Johnson,

February

4  Mrs C McWhirter; Mrs M Jamieson,

11 Mrs C Kerr; Mrs S Ruark,

18 Mrs C Beckett; Mrs J Brown,

25 Mrs F McCarthy,

4  Mrs E Simpson; Mrs J Granger,

11 Mrs A Howlett,

CONGREGATIONAL REGISTER

Baptism

September

Seoras Donal Barrowman

Deaths

August

Mrs. Agnes Duncan (District 25)

September

Mrs. Marion Buik (District 3)

Mr Alex Dorward (District 39)

Mr Peter Murray

October

Mrs Elsie Glass (District 17)

Mrs Lizzie Anderson (District 17)

Mrs Adeline Hayes

LIFE AND WORK Is the award winning magazine of the Church of Scotland. Packed every month with features, news and opinion. It could be a perfect Christmas gift. 6 issues from January 2018 for special price of £12 For more information visit www.lifeandwork.org or tel 0131 225 5722

FLOWER ROTA

Would you like to join the volunteers who provide the flowers in the Church each week? As a result of a number of changes our Flower Convener is looking for some new people to join the rota. After each service the flowers are delivered to someone in the congregation and this gift is very much appreciated. By volunteering you would help to ensure this much appreciated practice continues. For details contact the Flower Convener Mrs Eleanor Whamond.

 

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Update Newsletter

August 24th, 2017

24 August 2017

OUR VISION: WE ENCOURAGE ALL TO WORSHIP GOD; FOLLOW CHRIST; SERVE OTHERS

Youth Group Is Re-starting

To Be Known as

JAFFA

Jesus and Fun For All

Carnoustie Panbride Youth S1+

First Meeting Sunday 3rd September 2017 During 11.00am Service

DID YOU KNOW

  • Jan Scott Session Clerk at Barry Church has taken over as the Link Person for Carnoustie Christian Aid Committee following Frances Bicket’s move to Edinburgh. Beth Lee-Smith continues as one of the two Panbride representatives and Walter Ruark will take over as the other.
  • At the August Kirk Session Meeting it was agreed, after discussion, that from the November Communion the serving of the elements in the Balcony would be discontinued.
  • The charity Christians in Sport in conjunction with some of the local churches and youth organisations in Carnoustie recently held a Dodge Ball event in the BB Hall. 24 young people attended and the event was considered to be a great success and there is to be a follow up event in 2 to 3 months time.
  • The BB had an Open Afternoon at their hall last Sunday. Enrolment is now underway for the new session. Anchor Boys meet Thursdays 6.15 to 7.30pm, Junior Section Tuesdays 7 to 8.30pm and Company Section on Fridays from 7.30 to 10pm. If any boys are interested in joining but not yet enrolled they can go along on the appropriate evening. Further information, if required, can be obtained from Company Captain Neil Russell ( Tel 01241 855841)

FIVE QUESTIONS

The questions in this issue have been answered by Stan Beattie one of our Elders and a member of the Congregational Board.

1. What is your favourite hymn?

  • Too many to choose just one. A few old faithfuls and some newer hymns I find I like for different reasons. As a choir member I enjoy the musicality of them as well as the messages within. Oldies – O God of Bethel, Thine be the glory, more modern – Bring many names, Let us build a house, Be still. Ask me another day and the list could be quite different because there are so many.

2. Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping ?

  • While on holiday we have visited some of the great cathedrals in Europe and admire the beautiful and the ornate interiors. However, the sceptic in me feels that maybe the time and money spent was not only to the glory of God but also to score points in competition with other churches. The type of churches that I joined as a teenager (Letham and Dunnichen) appeals to me just as much as the grandeur of the great city cathedrals. Being honest, Dunnichen, which is no longer used, had a bit more of a feature than Letham which, as a building, has no special features at all but in the words of the hymn “the church is not a building ….”

3. Who is your favourite biblical character?

  • In a strange way, “doubting” Thomas. There are millions of people who are not convinced of the presence of God because they don’t see concrete proof and Jesus had to convince him that faith does not need physical evidence.

4. What is your favourite Bible reading?

  • The lost or prodigal son, at face value it shows the depth of love a father has for his son despite going off the straight and narrow. It is one of a set of parables that alludes to the importance of forgiveness and acceptance into heaven of every lost soul.

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

  • I have always admired great scientists like Faraday and Newton but, as the world becomes more violent, I now equally admire people of peace who fight for the rights of their fellow citizens – Mandela, Ghandi and Martin Luther King are examples.

 Letter From Our Locum Minister

Dear friends of Panbride Church,

That’s it then, Allison and I have returned from our Summer holiday! I do enjoy my break each year and love to see different places, different customs and experience different foods. This year we went to northern France, to Brittany. The last time we were there was over thirty years ago and we had three young children at the time. And so it was good to return and visit places that weren’t so easy to see with children.

This year we used a different method of crossing the channel. Instead of ferry, we went by “Le Tunnel”. Quite a few friends have gone by tunnel in the past and so it was time that we followed suit. As many of you will know, it is a fast and extremely well organised way to travel. The best part of it all of course is when you reach journey’s end there is no security or passport control. That has all been finalised at time of boarding. We simply drove off the train and onto the motorway.

One place that was on our agenda was the world famous abbey of “Mont Saint-Michel.” It truly is spectacular, and can be seen in the distance miles away. The car parks are huge and there are many of them, so much so that I took careful note of exactly where we were parked. Yes, and we still had great difficulty on return, with a bit of panic, when the car was not where we imagined it to be!

The Mont is just as spectacular as I expected it to be. The locat ion has long inspired awe and imaginat ion. The story of how the mount turned into a great place of Christ ian pilgrimage is thought provoking. Aubert, bishop of the nearby hilltop town of Avranches early in the 8th century, claimed that the Archangel Michael himself inst ructed him to have a church built atop the island just out to sea.

It is certainly awe-inspiring to think of those stonemasons, architects and labourers managing to build anything at all on the top of a rocky island. And yet it is a place of many pillars, huge but tresses and supports to hold it in place. There are no longer any monks in residence there now because of the tourists.

When I visit places like that and f inish admiring the work and dedicat ion of people so many years ago, I think of what those ancient walls have seen. They will have witnessed happy times, they will have stood solidly through t imes of war and they will have heard the cries of persecuted Christians. Most of all those walls will have resounded and echoed the sounds of worship f rom many generat ions.

And our church buildings are exact ly the same. Many Church of Scot land places of worship will have stood through at least two world wars and thus their ancient stones will have felt the sadness of many people. They will also have heard the joyous sounds when young couples have been blessed in marriage and later in the baptism of their children.

As I say, I admire the architecture of these grand places, but I am at my happiest when in a church building in Scotland. The Apostle Peter reminds us in his f irst letter (1 Peter 2: 4,5) of living stones. We too are stones, built together to form the church. In a way we are like the stones of our building. Those stones were chipped and chiselled a long time ago by the builders; we too are similarly shaped and made to fit; we too become living stones. We may on occasion be next to a stone with extremely rough edges. But, as we rub together we eventually fit well and make the church all the stronger for it.

Yours in Christ, Dougal 27 August 2017 Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel

LETTER FROM EDINBURGH

Dear Friends,

What an amazing month June 2017 was for us! What an emotional month June 2017 was for us!

It started with the FOG Squad service on 4th June when I was invited to present the prizes on what would be my last FOG Squad service as minister. The youngsters and teachers kept their surprise a secret and I was very moved by the lovely tribute they paid, including my two favourite hymns from MY days in Sunday School. Thank you so much for the framed acrostic on the word MATTHEW, the beautiful pen and the book of memories from staff members past and present.

In the afternoon there was my final service at Condor Court followed by a lovely afternoon tea. Thanks for the flowers and the lovely engraved glass (and some amber nectar to put in it!) and the theatre tokens. It has been a privilege to become friends with so many wonderful people who have lived there over the years.

The Station Hotel Dinner hosted by the Trustees was another enjoyable event, and I was delighted that some of our family were also able to be present. The travel wallet will be well used as we hope to do some travelling in the coming years.

The last few Friday visits to classes in Carlogie contained a number of surprises as I was presented by cards and gifts and after the end of term service in church and the Awards Ceremony in the afternoon, there was a lovely afternoon tea when I was presented with a voucher for the Dome in Edinburgh, and the most amazing cake, complete with icing models of me and two pupils from Carlogie sitting at my feet!

My final morning service as minister was on 25th June and included the Sacrament of Baptism. There was a lovely atmosphere in a packed church and this was a very emotional service. I was not sure what to expect when I was told that I should “pause” before the final hymn. The “pause” was taken up with the male members of the choir, accompanied by Marjorie, singing a specially written song by Stan Beattie with his son Gregor playing trumpet from the gallery (Gregor was one of the first babies I baptised in 1989!) The presentation of a watch (the exact time updated every day at 2.00am by a satellite signal from Germany!) and an exceptionally generous cheque and matching jewellery for Frances are much appreciated.

It was lovely to see so many people who have shared the journey with me these last 28 years– couples whom I had married returning from places in Scotland and England, youngsters from the FOG Squad (and the former Sunday School), teachers from Carlogie, members of the Youth Group from across the years, and so many others. It was lovely to be able to share it with all the members of my immediate family, including the youngest member!

And now we are settled in our flat in Edinburgh and getting used to having no deadlines. If we don’t want to do something today, we can do it tomorrow – or even the next day! We spent the first week getting unpacked and enjoying walks and generally relaxing. It is a completely new way of life. We have also had a few days in Durham and caught up with friends from my time in Bangladesh 40 years ago. A trip to Bangladesh is being planned for later this year.

Thanks to everyone for their gifts, cards, letters and good wishes at the start of this new chapter in our lives. We will never forget our time amongst you and we have so many memories to look back on.

Let me finish with the last sentence of my final sermon on 25th June when emotion overcame me. “And so: to all of you: God be with you; God go with you; now and always.”

With grateful thanks, Matthew and Frances

The FOG Squad

The F.O.G Squad starts back on the 3rd September. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again.

AS

JAFFA

As you will have seen from the top item a group for those in S1+ is to start on Sunday 3rd September. It will be held during the morning service and details of the arrangements for this will be set out on that Sunday. The Kirk Session has given their approval for this initiative and appreciates the efforts of those concerned in taking this initiative forward. If you require further information at this stage please contact Joanna Stout

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

SEPTEMBER

MORNING SERVICES RETURN TO NEWTON CHURCH

3      Morning Service 11am. FOG Squad resumes. First meeting of new Youth Group – JAFFA

21    Congregational Board 7.30pm

23   Christian Aid Coffee Morning Phillip Hall 10 – 11.30am

24    Harvest Thanksgiving Service 11am

OCTOBER

3      Friendship Circle Resumes Panbride Hall 2pm

17    Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm

19    Kirk Session 7.30pm

21    Safari Supper Start Panbride Hall 6.45 for 7pm

31    Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm

NOVEMBER

4      Coffee Morning with Christmas stalls Panbride Hall 10 – 11.30am

12    Wreath Laying at Panbride Churchyard 10am – Morning service Newton 10.45am

14    Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm

16    Congregational Board 7.30pm

19    Sacrament of Holy Communion Newton 11.00am Panbride Hall 3.00pm

28   Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm

FUNDRAISING/SOCIAL COMMITTEE

The Safari Supper due to be held on 26th August 2017 has been postponed until Saturday 21st October 2017. This is a super evening and a great way to get to know members of the congregation. If you would like more infor mation or are now able to attend, please contact Pat Taylor. Tickets cost £12.50 and as spaces are limited, please contact Pat as soon as possible.

A Coffee Morning is to be held on Saturday 4th November 2017 in the Panbride Hall from 10am until 11.30am. Tickets cost £2.00 and donations of tray bakes, cake and candy and tombola would be greatly appreciated. The hall will be open from 4.15 until 5.30 pm on Friday 20th October to receive any donations. HH.

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE

The first meeting of the new session of the Friendship circle is on Tuesday October 3, 2pm in the Church Hall.

This year we have a really interesting mix of speakers. Varied topics to suit everyone including Home Front Histories, Reed Works, Glamis Castle, etc.

We look forward to meeting up again and a warm welcome to all new members. MB

TEA & COFFEE AFTER SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE

Serving tea and coffee after the morning service during the months the service is at Newton Church has proved to be popular and enjoyed by many members. In the 10 months from September 2016 to June 2017 donations received, which go to Church Funds after deducting expense for running costs, totalled £535.

Organising this on a weekly basis is down to a group of volunteers and thanks are due to these people.

It would be helpful if, in addition to the volunteers on the rota starting in September there was also a pool of people who could help out on an occasional basis to cover unexpected absences.

If you could help out in this way please contact me (Margaret Jamieson) either after morning service and I will explain more about how this would operate. MJ.

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING

WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2017 IN THE PHILIP HALL DUNDEE STREET FROM 10AM TO 11.30AM

TICKETS ADULTS £2.00 CHILDREN £1.00

THERE WILL BE MYSTERY PARCEL AND A CAKE & CANDY STALL

DONATIONS FOR THESE STALLS WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED.

PLEASE CONTACT BETH LEE-SMITH OR WALTER RUARK IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE

FLOWER CALENDAR

September

3      Mrs J Beattie,

10    Mrs M Taylor, Mrs M Cowan.

17    Mrs B Easton,

24   Harvest

October

1     Mrs E Watson,

8     Mrs J Sturrock,  Mrs S Devaney,

15    Mrs D Booth,

22   Mrs P Scanlan,

29   Mrs M Easton, Mrs J Jones,

November

5     Mrs A Clark, , Mrs D Smith,

12   Mrs P Geekie,  Mrs K Fulton.

19   Mrs M Low,  Mrs N Reid,

26   Mrs A Scott,

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please note that from 1st July, all pastoral duties for Carnoustie Panbride, (including weddings, baptisms and funerals) will be the responsibility of the Locum in the Vacancy, Rev Dougal Edwards (01241 852666). He is responsible for Sunday Worship and 2 days per week pastoral cover. You can also contact The Interim Moderator, Rev Alasdair G Graham, but please do so through the Session Clerk, Mrs Lyn Ross (01241 859905).

CONGREGATIONAL REGISTER

Baptism

25 June     Keir Colin James McIntosh (Postal)

Deaths

8 June     Mrs Betty Macdonald (District 20)

24 June   Mr Peter Howlett (District 34)

8 July      Mrs Moira Scott

19 July Mr Craig Lindsay

PHEONIX CARDS

It was with regret that I recently learned that the company had gone into administration. There are no outstanding orders and all payments had been made.

I have however been told there is a possibility that a group of previous executive traders may relaunch the business.

If that materialises and my contact continues her agency it may be possible to continue getting cards etc. PJT.

HELP US TO PRAY

Father teach us how to pray. It is so easy to bow our heads and rattle off words, Words that sometimes mean little to us and probably don’t mean anything to you either.

Help us to be more honest in our praying. We see clearly other people’s shortcomings, but too often are strangely blind to our own, unattractive attitudes, habits and prejudices with which we have grown comfortable.

Teach us to not only pray in church where the music and architecture help focus our thoughts on you, but how to pray also in our homes where every piece of furniture and picture stir up memories, some happy, some unhappy.

Teach us when we pray to reach out beyond our self centred desires to those whose needs are greater than ours. (Abridged version from Life & Work)

 

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June 19th, 2017

18 June 2017

OUR VISION: WE ENCOURAGE ALL TO WORSHIP GOD; FOLLOW CHRIST; SERVE OTHERS

FINAL SERVICE SUNDAY 25 JUNE 2017 NEWTON CHURCH 11AM Buffet Lunch after Service – All welcome.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Minister was a Commissioner at the General Assembly. The Moderator was Rt Rev Derek Browning and the High Commissioner was HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal. She gave the best quote of the week – “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in fruit salad”.

The Minister and his wife will move to Edinburgh on Saturday 1st July 2017. They plan to become members of Inverleith St Serf’s Parish Church where the minister is Rev Joanne Foster.

Christian Aid Week 2017 in Carnoustie raised almost £3000. Thanks to everyone who supported the local committee

There is a display of photographs and newspaper reports in the Panbride Hall from the last 28 years – and none of us has aged!

FIVE QUESTIONS

The questions in this issue have been answered by Barclay Low one of our Elders.

1. What is your favourite hymn?

Choosing a ‘favourite’ hymn is very difficult as favourites tend to reflect moods and occasions. I find ‘Guide me of thou great Jehovah’ [Hymn 167] and ‘Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord’ [Hymn 476] very uplifting and wonderful to sing in a full church. I also enjoy ‘The day thou gavest Lord is ended’ [Hymn 220] as it is a hymn we sang regularly at school and ‘Lord speak to me that I may speak’ [Hymn 542] as the words are very thought provoking.

2. Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping ?

I have been lucky to attend churches in many parts of the world but I greatly enjoy attending Roslin Chapel in Midlothian when I am staying in Edinburgh. It is a unique atmosphere and well worth a visit when in the area. I was very fortunate to attend the Anglican Church in Nazareth following my charity bike ride to Israel in 1999. The singing was amazing and the service was conducted in both English and Arabic!

3. Who is your favourite biblical character?

King Solomon seems to have been a pivotal figure in the Old Testament and although not perfect by any means he had significant influence in his time. How would he have ruled had he been alive in modern times and would his much celebrated wisdom have been seen in the same way?

4. What is your favourite Bible reading?

Again this is a difficult ‘favourite’ but I greatly enjoy Matthew Chapter 5 vv1-11 ‘The Beatitudes’’. Still central tenets of Christian discipleship and very relevant to today’s troubled world.

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

I greatly admire Barack Obama who brought great hope to America and the world when he became President. I hope he will continue to have an influence on international politics and be a calming voice in whatever way he chooses to continue his career.

Letter from the Manse

Dear Friends,

And so, after 28 years and 10 days, 344 baptisms, 230 weddings and around 700 funerals, this is my last “Letter From the Manse” as your minister. It is possibly a time for reflection, but I do not want to spend the entire letter reminiscing about these years. However, in the course of clearing out the study (and cupboards!) I found the first “Letter From the Manse” in October 1989.

In it, I mentioned the family feeling which many visitors over that summer had spoken of after attending a Sunday Service. That is something which has been regularly said over the years, and I have mentioned at meetings on a number of occasions the importance of first impressions as someone comes through the doors of the church, and the responsibility that those on “welcome” duty have in making people feel they are welcome.

This is one of the reasons we have decided to become members of Inverleith St Serf’s Parish Church in Edinburgh. The first Sunday we went there we were warmly welcomed, people spoke to us, and the next week when we went back, a number of folk said “Nice to see you again”. (Another reason is that the church is only two bus stops from our flat so that when the joints stiffen, we can still get to church easily!)

It has been an enormous privilege to have been your Minister over these years. To have the opportunity to be of service at times of happiness and at times of sadness, to be involved with people associated with the congregation, and also with people who have no church connection has been very fulfilling. It is the main reason I came into the ministry – to exercise a pastoral ministry – responding to needs as they arise, and to be there for those who need support and encouragement.

Of course, my work has also included various positions in Presbytery as Moderator, Business Convener, Clerk as well as responsibilities for 8 years on the World Mission Council as a member and then Vice Convener and Convener of the Asia Committee and 4 years on the Nomination Committee. There has also been involvement in local Committees in Carnoustie over the years.

In all these responsibilities in the congregation and parish, Presbytery and the wider Church, there have been times of stress and difficulties, and I am grateful to those in the congregation who looked after me at such times, including the times of family bereavements.

I am also grateful to my family for their support and understanding. I am so proud of all that Andy and Helen have achieved in their lives, and also of Emma and Dave, and Alexander is a very special youngster, on the threshold of his school career. Frances too, has done an amazing job to make life easier and has been fully involved in the life of the congregation. To one and all of them, my love and grateful thanks.

To everyone I have had dealings with over the years, my thanks for your support and friendship, and as I take my leave of you, I will go with so many memories. I know that my last Sunday will be an emotional one, but there is a Baptism that Sunday (we have already had 5 new members admitted at the May Communion – three of whom I baptised and 2 of whom I married) – and it reminds me, and I hope you, that despite all the difficulties the church faces, there is a future – there are still people who wish to be involved.

And so, I, like you, can look forward in faith to the future. Ours will be in Edinburgh, yours will be here in Carnoustie. I will never forget the privilege you have given me of being your minister. May God bless you all now, and in the future – a future which even now, God is preparing.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew

Change of email address.

With the Minister’s retiral, the email address at the top of this letter will cease to be active from 1st July 2017. However, his own personal Freeserve email address which some of you use, and which was used prior to the Church of Scotland one will cease to be active from 31st May 2017 (EE are discontinuing Freeserve addresses). He has a new personal email address although it should be the Church of Scotland one for church business.

 Christian Aid

At a time of increasing global instability, rising nationalism and anxiety about refugees, our society needs a fresh vision of a better world.

At times like this, the church is challenged to be bold in offering an alternative vision. While many believe that the wider public is only motivated by appeals to self-interest, the truth is that many ordinary people of all faiths and none yearn for a more generous vision. A world where no one is left behind.

The lectionary readings for June take us back to our founding moment as a church. They remind us of the big vision at the heart of our common life. We don’t share these stories because we need a history lesson but because, as today’s disciples, we face the dilemma that the very first followers of Jesus faced. Dare we proclaim the kingdom of God and live it out?

Just as the first Christian communities found inspiration in sharing these stories, so may we find that the readings this month refresh and renew our commitment to be the church.

The disciples spent three years with Jesus learning what the good news is all about. They saw the impact with their own eyes. And they shared in the rollercoaster ups and downs that led to his death. A month after the Crucifixion, at the feast of Pentecost, the disciples’ moment for decision had arrived. Their choice was to go home and pick up the threads of their old lives, or to step up and carry on where Jesus left off.

There were few signs that this group had any leadership potential. The gospel record is merciless in highlighting their misunderstandings, competing ambitions and superficial commitment. But in the short time since Jesus’ death, a sea change in their understanding occurred.

The result is that at Pentecost, the disciples came out of hiding and stepped back into public life. This audacious, Spirit-filled decision is truly world changing. The movement that you and I are part of was born in that moment.

The first church took shape in the community that formed around the 12. It’s here that the vision of a better world was put into practice. Day to day living reflected the values of God’s kingdom. This was a community that consciously acted in a way that signalled what a better world would be like. Many who longed for a better way of living joined in. But not all responded enthusiastically. Some whose wellbeing was built on inequality and injustice found change unwelcome. This rapidly growing movement needed to be contained and resisted. Injustice and inequality cannot be maintained without violence. The new church communities soon encountered opposition and persecution.

No wonder the readings from Matthew for the Sundays that follow Pentecost remind the church of Jesus’s own experiences of opposition, and his warnings about the cost of discipleship. But they also reassure that, despite the challenges, Jesus is always present.

When we put our faith into action we will encounter resistance. But be of good courage. Jesus is with us and many long to hear his vision of a better world. Many long to see what his vision means when it is lived out. They are like sheep without a shepherd, or a harvest ready to be gathered.

Christian Aid was founded to enable churches to respond together to the needs of those displaced in Europe following the Second World War – the church choosing to step up rather than shy away from the challenges of the world.

And we continue to do that more than seventy years later – the church living out that belief of a better possible world; that belief in life before death.

BIG DAY OUT 4

Around 70 people from all around the Presbytery attended the Big Day Out in Forfar. It was good to be able to see the newly redesigned Forfar: East and Old Church which was our venue and to enjoy the hospitality at lunch (complete with mini Forfar Bridies!). The Keynote speaker, Rev Jim Stewart from Perth was inspirational and the various seminars were also of great value, showing, as they did, the church working at the margins. The Presbytery of Angus should be justifiably satisfied that they have people willing to organise such events and to show the church working in the local community, the nation and internationally.       MSB

Take a trip down memory lane

This is the third instalment and covers the years from 2008 and was compiled by Dorothy Fyffe As this is the last instalment the answers have been included.

1. By April 2008 money raised in the appeal to help build a new church in Bangladesh exceeded the cost of materials for the church. It was therefore also possible to paint the school, replace fishing boats and nets destroyed in the cyclone. Contributions to the appeal came from many parts of the UK. Can you remember how much was raised? (Answer: £10,443)

2. What event was first held in January 2009 in response to a challenge set by the Moderator and has become a regular every year since? (Answer: Super Sunday to raise funds for HIV/AIDS Project of the Church of Scotland)

3. Martin and Lisa Mondol visited from Bangladesh and shared in church life for a number of weeks in May and June 2009. During that time they completed a lot of visits and spoke to a lot of people. Do you remember what special event took place for them later that year? (Answer: Their daughter Mounota was born while Matthew was in Bangladesh in November 2009)

4. November 2009 – The Tree Banner which hangs in the Link between Newton and Panbride Halls was begun. Have you found the leaf which has your name?

5. What was special about the Harvest Thanksgiving service in September 2010? (Answer: It was held out with the Church for the first time. In a barn at East Scryne Farm. Donations of non-perishable food collected and taken to the Food Project in Arbroath)

6. In June 2011 at the Roll Away the Stone event on the Sunday during the General Assembly participants were invited to bring along a stone to add to a cairn and to take a different one away and take it back to their church. Do you remember which church took Panbride’s stone home? (Answer: St Columba’s Church Stewarton)

7. Children and adults had great fun designing and making flags for the Fairtrade Bunting Record attempt at London World Fair Trade Day. The previous record was broken 10 times over. Can you remember the length of the bunting collected? (Answer: it measured over 2 miles)

8. September 2011 the now regular Soup and Sweet Lunches began. The Kitchen Cabinet launched an appeal for funds to build a new kitchen for use at events in the church halls and by February 2012 the work had begun. It was formally opened for use in April 2012. Who performed the opening ceremony? (Answer: Rt Rev David Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland )

9. On 27 July 2012 at 08.12 am the Olympic Games in London began. How did we celebrate the event? (Answer: As many bells as possible were rung all over the country. Over 90 people participated, the church bell was rung and everyone present rang a bell of some description. Afterwards all enjoyed breakfast in the hall). Answers, where appropriate, for the first two instalments are included on the next page.

TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS IN INSTALMENTS 1 & 2

1. 1992 – Neighbours Lunch Club staff included Norman Erskine, Alex Webster, Marjorie Rennie, Muriel Davidson, Maureen Allen, Marion Buik and Mary Bushnell.

2. 1993 Concert – The gnomes were members of the Congregational Board and included Tom Black, Alex Forrester, Ken Ingram, David Taylor, Phil Manson , Graham Beattie Alex Webster and among the backing singers were by Linda Nicoll, Helen Harley, Mary Bushnell, Muriel Davisson. Macnamara’s Band included Matthew, Alex Webster and Tom Black and others but unfortunately memory failure prevails!!

3. 1996 – The Multicoloured Dreamcoaters had a cast of around 40. There is a photograph of the cast included in the display.

4. 1998 – The Tay City strollers were Janis Jackson, Lyn Ross, Fiona Joss and Gail Cook.

5. 1998 – They used a bicycle set up on a Turbo Training machine during their 12 hour Stay Awake to raise funds for Ewan Crabb.

6. 1999 – Barclay Low completed 350Km sponsored bike run from Jerusalem to Nazareth

7. 2001 – Sponsored drive of 7 vehicles ranging from JCB to a Quad Bike was undertaken by Liz Adams.

8. 2002 – Ann Robinson impersonator was Fiona Joss

9. 2002 – Matthew appealed for models of different types of shipping because the Harvest Thanksgiving service was to have a nautical theme. Proceeds from Harvest to Christmas appeal went to the Amazon Ferry project

10. 2005 – Christingle service held in Panbride Church because of problem with the ceiling in Newton Church

11. 2007 – Angus council gifted the Caesar clock. Was in the school, Now in Session Room at Panbride Church

12. 2008 – Sponsored golf. Golden girls team comprised of Jean Bell, Ann Thomson, Betty Mann & Morag Stephens.

13. The Big Blether was organised by the Youth Group

FOG Squad

At the FOG Squad service on 4th June, Matthew was presented with a framed picture of the Acrostic the youngsters had done for him.

We have had a lovely session looking at Fun Facts of the Bible. Thank you to all the teachers and parents for their support over the year. The children did us all proud at prize giving creating a lovely surprise farewell for Matthew. I look forward to seeing you all again in September. Have a lovely summer. AS.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY MORNING SERVICES REMAIN AT NEWTON CHURCH

June

21 Fairlogie Café

25 Matthew’s Last Service as our Minister

29 Carlogie end of term service Newton Church 10.00am

30 Minister retires

July

MORNING SERVICES RETURN TO PANBRIDE

2 Election of Nominating Committee

August

17 Kirk session 7.30pm

26 Safari Supper

FUNDRAISING/SOCIAL COMMITTEE

The Strawberry Tea held on Saturday 10th June 2017 raised £ 335 for Church funds. Thanks to all who supported this event. A Safari Supper is being held on Saturday 26th August 2017. Tickets cost £12.50 and names to Pat Taylor as soon as possible as numbers are limited. More information, if required from Pat. A reminder of the Coffee Morning on Saturday 4th November 2017. HH.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please note that from 1st July, all pastoral duties for Carnoustie Panbride, (including weddings, baptisms and funerals) will be the responsibility of the Locum in the Vacancy, Rev Dougal Edwards (01241 852666). He is responsible for Sunday Worship and 2 days per week pastoral cover. You can also contact The Interim Moderator, Rev Alasdair G Graham, but please do so through the Session Clerk, Mrs Lyn Ross (01241 859905).

CONGREGATIONAL REGISTER

Marriage 27 May Greg Tomkins and Lynne Easton

New Members Miss Beatrix Clark Miss Sarah Oliphant Miss Claire Penrose Mr Andrew and Mrs Gillian Sawers

Miss Mabel Hill.

The congregation was saddened to learn of the death of Mabel Hill, who was organist at Carnoustie Panbride for a long number of years. She led the Junior Choir and was involved in the Friendship Circle. Some may also remember the concert about 25 years ago when the ladies of the Friendship Circle transformed themselves into the cast of Dad’s Army, with Mabel dressed as Captain Mainwaring! When she retired from Carnoustie Panbride as organist, she returned to Carnoustie Church (she was originally a member of St Stephen’s). We extend our sympathy to her cousins at this time. MSB

Deaths

7 April Mrs Chrissie Reid (District 12)

5 May Kirstin Maguire 18 May Mr John P. Gray (District 29)

27 May Mr James Smart (District 40)

30 May Mrs Janet Gardiner (District 39)

4 June Mr Eric Woodhams (District 11)

8 June Mrs Betty Macdonald (District 20)