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Update Newsletter

December 2nd, 2018

  Update              25 November 2018 




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Did You Know

  • That on Sunday 11 November at 7.05pm Phil Manson, one of our Elders, rang the bell at Newton Church as part of the Ringing Out for Peace. Church bell ringing took place throughout the UK to mark the end of WW1.
  • Rev Colin Sinclair minister of Palmerston Place Church Edinburgh has been appointed Moderator-Designate of the General Assembly for 2019.

Friendship Circle

At our first meeting Friendship Circle members were given the opportunity to purchase cleaning materials which were free from chemicals. Our second meeting was a talk from Mike Cordiner who works for the Eagles Trust in Dundee. This organisation spreads the gospel to vulnerable people especially rough sleepers. They run soup kitchens and give emotional support.

In November Frieda Johnston spoke about the Trefoil Guild and later in the month Vivian Hill told us about the art of Decoupage. Future Friendship Circle meetings are as follows :-

December 4 – Birds and Habitat from Glen Glen Maol to Kinnordy Loch – Bob McCurley

December 18 – Dukes Ukelele Band

January 15 – Glitter & Sparkles Monica Mills

January 20 The Doric – Liz Pardoe

February 12 The Grocer’s Boy – Robbie Murray

February 26 Dundee Women’s Aid – Jackie McIntosh

All are welcome at 2 pm in the church hall. SW.

Five Questions 

The questions in this issue have been answered by Nancy Don who had links with Panbride Church many year ago and joined the congregation when she came to stay in Carnoustie. 

What is your favourite hymn? 

It’s hard to choose. ‘O love that wilt not let me go’ which was written by Rev. George Mathieson and has special meaning for me and my late husband. The other one would be In the Bleak midwinter. “What shall I give him, give my heart” 

Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? 

Mormon Church in Cascade County Montana, where my friend Harry helped his friend Bishop Matt officiate at a baptism when the whole family joined the church. It was a lovely service. (Although I didn’t fancy the total immersion)! 

Who is your favourite biblical character? 

The Good Samaritan. We should all aspire to helping others whatever their colour or creed 

What is your favourite Bible reading? 

John 8:12 “I am the light of the world” 

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? 

The Late Sister Alison Kiddie who worked in the Eye Ward at DRI and Ninewells Hospital. I met Alison later in her life when we were members of Clepington Church. She was an extremely intelligent, humble lady with a very generous soul. Many young doctors who passed through her ward kept up correspondence with her during her lifetime. She was still reading her favourite books in Greek and Latin until her eyesight was poor. The kettle was always on and the teapot ready for a chat, from her childhood at the Guynd to current affairs. Yes, I miss her. 

Musings from the Manse                      

As you read this letter, it will be a year since my ordination and induction as minister of Carnoustie Panbride Church. It has been the quickest year of my life and has gone by in a blur. Life has been so full and so busy. So many different experiences. So many new people to meet. So many names to remember. So many wee streets for me to get lost in! 

So many changes! Life has changed radically, inside out and upside down since my ordination and induction. It seemed to happen in a moment and yet there had been so many years of training and preparing and waiting on God to show me the next step. 

Advent this year begins on Sunday 2nd December and is traditionally a time of preparing, and a time of waiting. But just what are we preparing for and what are we waiting for? 

There is always the temptation to start the Christmas celebrations early. No doubt there will be some households that have started the preparations already. The Christmas decorations are up and the first of many mince pies has already been eaten. It is important that we don’t allow Advent to be swallowed up with the Christmas season. 

Advent is a season in its own right. 

In his book, “To Nativity and Beyond”, David Sinclair says this: 

“Advent talks about renewal, about change (radical change), about turning things (and me) inside out and upside down.” 

Jesus talked about the coming of “the Kingdom of God” and yet it is tempting for us as Christians to describe Advent in sentimental terms as “waiting for Baby Jesus to come in the night”, a baby who seems to ask very little of us in the way of encounter or change. However, if we take Advent seriously then our entire lives and the life of the church are really one huge “Advent”. And the world is waiting for the one to whom we cry “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20). Jesus invites us this Christmas as every Christmas to enter into a relationship that will change our lives radically and inside and out. 

So as we journey through Advent together my hope is that we will be prepared not just for Christmas with the gifts all wrapped and the turkey or nut roast in the oven but prepared inwardly to hope and to dream and to pray for the change that Jesus, Light of the World, brings to the world, to the church and to each one of us. 

Blessings ~ Annette 


At the General Assembly this year the council of Assembly presented a strategic plan covering the next 10 years entitled Worshipping God, Inspiring Faith, Connecting People. This was not accepted by Commissioners and as a result the Council were instructed to return to the Assembly in 2019 with a radical plan for 2019 to 2022 to achieve much needed reform within the Church. 

Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions were further instructed (ie they must do) to hold a conference to discuss their vision and mission for the next few years. The Kirk Session Conference was held on 20th October and while no decisions were made that day it provided an opportunity to reflect on current strengths and weaknesses and brain storm some possibilities for the future. 


“One day there was a blind man sitting on the step of a building with a hat by his feet and a sign that read ‘I am blind, please help.’ A creative publicist was walking by and stopped to have a look. He saw that the blind man only had a few coins in his hat. He dropped in a few more coins and, without asking for permission, took the sign and rewrote it. The same after-noon the publicist returned to the blind man and noticed that his hat was full of notes and coins. He paused for a moment and the blind man asked him if he was the same person who had rewritten his sign and, if so, what did he write . The publicist responded: ‘Nothing that wasn’t true. I just wrote the message a little differently’ He smiled and went on his way. “The new sign now read: ’Today is golden autumn and I can’t see it’” 

We are living in days which bring much challenge for the church locally and nationally. Yes, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever but the way we spread the good news must change with the times. Change is so often feared but really it can be the best thing , the thing that brings new life, new breath into situations where everything is stale and dying both in our personal lives and the life of the church. 

The challenge for us is to embrace change, and learn, to let go of what needs to be let go, so that we are free to catch hold of the vision that God will surely send us.

Moment for Meditation

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace. Only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. (Anne Lamott)

Armistice Sunday Reflection 11.11.2018 by Linda Nicoll

In a time of personal tragedy or, indeed, a national tragedy, people turn to the church. It has always been that way, even today. People are looking for comfort, support, even hope. 

When war broke out in 1914, people’s lives were set to change forever. Families were separated as their fathers, sons and brothers enlisted. Many of those would not return. The church was the one constant factor in people’s lives. At that time, we had two churches in our parish. This one was the parish church and Newton was known as Panbride United Free Church. Both suffered casualties and both ministers were present at the unveiling of the war memorial. 

Like towns and villages across the nation, Carnoustie got behind the war effort. They formed various support groups and fundraising groups and it would be reasonable to assume that many of our members were involved in these. I have read the Kirk Session Minutes for both churches for that period. The UF church makes little of no mention of the war until 1921 when the War memorial inside the church was unveiled. The Parish Church records are a little more informative. From those, and the local newspaper articles of the time, we begin to get a picture of what life was like on the home front here in Carnoustie. 

As early as December 1914, the Women’s Guild of this congregation had been very productive. They had sent 500 pairs of socks to the troops and held a sale of work in Panbride School followed by an evening concert. Altogether, they raised £47 of which £20 was sent to the Belgian Refugee Fund and the remainder was used to provide materials for knitting socks and making shirts for the soldiers at the front. They also provided Christmas dinner for the soldiers who were on duty at Westhaven at that time. These men would have been deployed on coastal watch until their orders came to go to France. The work of our Women’s Guild was highly praised and the Kirk Session agreed to a request that a retiring collection be taken fortnightly to provide money for soldiers’ comforts until further notice. 

In March 1916, an article in “Life and Work” magazine reported on the proposal to erect church huts in France. These huts would provide comforts and recreational activities for the troops. It was agreed to have a collection to support this venture. In 1917, a collection was taken in October to enable the church to send a Christmas parcel to each of the soldiers and sailors belonging to the congregation. Also in 1917, a War Savings Association was established following a meeting at Scryne Hall. The following year a bring and buy sale was organised in the manse garden of the UF church for the local war dressings fund. 

We also had a Red Cross Hospital in our parish. There were two in Carnoustie. The first was established as early as August 1914 in the Union Hall, Park Avenue. It was a list B hospital or Convalescent Hospital. In May 1918, a second RC hospital was opened – at Carlogie House. Lady Dalhousie handed over the property to the RC for one year, rent free, and it was opened officially by the Dowager Countess of Airlie, who was president of the Forfarshire Branch of the RC. It was classed as a list A hospital with a resident matron and staff. It had 40 beds. It is highly probable that these wounded soldiers would be invited to local events – concerts, afternoon teas etc. Some may have even worshipped in this church. 

But what about the men from this parish who left everything behind to fight for their country? We know the names of many of them because they are inscribed on the Rolls of Honour which hang over the glass museum case beside the stairs. These lists are never inclusive of everyone. Although there is no reference to them in the KS minutes, the likelihood is that the KS, at intervals, would invite people to submit names for the list. So you can see how some names might be omitted. If you have seen the display in the Panbride Hall, you will have noticed that each person inscribed on the Memorial has an individual profile with a poppy beside it. Each poppy is named. How-ever, there are also another 94 poppies edging the display and below it. Each of those poppies carries the name of someone from the ROH. No-one has been forgotten. 

The men on the Memorial came from all walks of life. There were farm workers, railway porters, a driver, a teacher and a bank clerk, to name but a few. Some were members of the local cricket club or the local golf club. One was a well known amateur footballer. One young soldier, Kenneth Simpson, lost his life imn 1915 aged only 17 years . Joseph Duncan had only been at the front for three weeks when he was killed. But perhaps one of the saddest stories was the plight of the Masterton family from Lochty Street. In 1915, Mrs Masterton received word that her son, Gilbert, had been killed in action. At the same time, her other son, Forbes, was in a convalescent camp recovering from injuries received at the Dardanelles. Two years later, Forbes too was killed in action. Only a few months prior to that her daughter died in a street accident in London. How does someone cope with so much loss? 

There is one final story which I want to share with you. Alexander Murray Garden, a lance corporal with the Gordon Highlanders, was stationed in Aberdeen for training. He was fatally wounded in a machine gun accident. He never made it to the front. His body was returned by rail to Carnoustie where a military funeral was arranged. The cortege left his parents’ house in Tay Street, preceded by a band and firing party of the battalion of the Royal Scots, and made its way to Panbride Churchyard. A short service was held at the graveside, the firing party discharged 3 volleys over the grave and a company of buglers played the last post. Cameron and I went looking for his grave a couple of months ago and found it very close to the war memorial. Today, after the wreath has been laid at the war memorial, a single poppy will be placed on his gravestone as a mark of our respect. 

Over the last few months, we have endeavoured to bring these people to life – they are more than just names on a memorial. They were family members, many lived and worked in our community -ordinary people who responded to the call when their country needed them. We owe them and so many others, a huge debt of gratitude. I said at the beginning that people turn to the church for comfort, support and hope. I believe that the church did provide all of these things. But these men also gave us hope – hope for a future and the opportunity to build a better society for our children.

Test Your Bible Knowledge

1. What speech impediment afflicted Moses? 

2. Who was the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth? 

3. Which was the first town hit by Joshua’s Israelites after crossing the Jordan? 

4. Which King of Israel nominated Jerusalem as his new capital city? 

5. How many Psalms are included in the Old Testament? 

6. When is Christ’s triumphal return to Jerusalem commemorated? 

7. When translated from Hebrew what does the term “rabbi” mean? 

8. How did the Garden of Gethsemane get its name? 

9. In the New Testament which is the shortest of the four gospels? 

10. From which town did Paul originate? 

 FOG Squad – Off Road adventure on 4 November

Mr Porter kindly invited the children from the F.O.G Squad and their families to see the calves on his farm at East Scryne. The children and adults alike had a fantastic time. It felt like we were on safari driving the 4×4 cars into the nearby fields and getting close to the cows. Mr Porter explained to us about the cows and calves in each field. The children learned a lot from this wonderful adventure and this experience will stay with them for a long time. Thank you very much Mr Porter. AS.


JAFFA have had their first meeting of the year and welcomed new members Cameron , Lucy, Isla and Lucy. They have an exciting year ahead with the new Café Ministry to launch in December and the Christmas outing to plan. By the time you read this article some of the members will have slept under canvas in the Manse garden. The Wee Sleep Out is all about raising awareness of homelessness. This has been a joint venture with the Scouts and hopefully will be a fun way to learn about a serious concern. JAFFA continue to enjoy supporting Soup and Sweet with their time and cooking! Stop and have a chat with us. We love it when you do!. JS.

Creche Rota

December 2018

2nd Dawn Barrowman & Margaret Easton

9th Annetta Anderson & Joyce Brown

16th Marion Palmer & Beth Lee-Smith

23rd No Creche

30th No Creche

January 2019

6th No Creche

13th June Black & Joanna Stout

20th Gillian Sawers & Dawn Barrowman

27th Tom Black & Margaret Easton

February 2019

3rd Joyce Brown & June Black

10th Marion Palmer & Annetta Anderson

17th Gillian Sawers & Dawn Barrowman

24th Tom Black & Beth Lee-Smith

March 2019

3rd Joanna Stout & June Black

10th Margaret Easton & Tom Black

Fund Raising and Social

The Harvest Supper held on 22nd September and the Beetle Drive held on 19th October were both enjoyed by everyone who attended. 

The Gift Evening held on Friday 2nd November raised £764 for Church funds and thanks to all who supported this event in any way. 

The Perth Barbershop Singers are to perform in Newton Church on Friday 30th November 2018 at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £5.00 and can be bought from committee members or the Fobel Shop. Some of the gentlemen singing performed for us a few years ago and the concert was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. So much so that it was the talk of the Congregation for a week afterwards and quite a few people said that they had been sorry they hadn’t attended. Well, now is your chance to hear them again. If you unable to contact anyone to get a ticket you can come along and pay on the night. 

Donations of mince pies and shortbread are required for the refreshments after the Christingle Service which is on Sunday 9th December. HH.

Dates for your Diary

November 2018

30 Barbershop Singers Concert Newton Church 7.30pm

December 2018

All service details are in the leaflet delivered to all houses in the parish or included with this magazine if you live outwith the parish.

January 2019

15 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

15 Finance Committee 7.30 pm

17 Congregational Board 7.30pm Panbride Hall

29 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

February 2019

12 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

17 Holy Communion Newton Church 11am

Panbride Hall 3pm

21 Kirk Session 7.30pm Panbride Hall

26 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

March 2019

1 World Day of Prayer

12 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

19 Finance committee 7.30pm

21 Congregational Board 7.30 Panbride Hall

26 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

Flamingo Cards

So far we have raised almost £50 from the sale of cards for Church funds. Thank you to all my loyal customers for their support over the last year. I am about to send off my last order for this year but will have the new brochures in the New Year so will let you know via the magazine when they are available. PJT

Needles and Pins

We had a very successful stall at the Christmas Gift Evening at the beginning of November, where we raised a great sum for Church funds. Thanks to all who contributed in any way.. As we are planning to have a sales table at any future fundraising coffee mornings we have decided to keep on going and plan to meet up again on 8th January in the Session Room at Newton Church, 2pm. New members will be made very welcome. We are a very friendly bunch and there is always good chat over a tea or coffee! PJT


Answers to the Test you Bible Knowlefge Quiz 

November: 1.He stammered 3.Noah 3.Jericho 4.David 5.150 6.Palm Sunday 7.My teacher 8.From Hebrew for oil press 9.Mark 10.Tarsus

Congregational Register


Mr Walter Fearn * – 12/8/2018

Mrs Margaret Anderson – 30/8/2018

Mrs Mary Dunbar* – 15/9/2018

*Member of congregation

New Members

Lynne Fotheringham – District 31

Lorraine Young – District 3

Christmas Post

Scout Group will deliver for you in Carnoustie, Easthaven, Muirdrum, Monifieth, Wellbank, Broughty Ferry (DD5 post code), Kellas, Monikie, Newbigging and Central Arbroath. Cost is 25p per card

Collection boxes in local shops around 25 November until 21 December but cards for Monifieth, Broughty Ferry(DDD5 Post code) and Central Arbroath accepted until Thursday 15 December

Boys’ Brigade will deliver in Carnouste, Barry Easthaven and Muirdrum

Box in Newton Church from 2nd until 16th December

Cost remains 20p per card

Collection Boxes in usual shops from 1st until 20th December

Flower Calendar


2 Mrs M Wright,

9 Mrs R Clark,

16 Mrs A Merchant,

23 Mrs E Whamond,

30 Mrs M Gordon,



6 Mrs K Porter,

13 Mrs L Miller,

20 Mrs M Rennie,

27 Mrs P Taylor ; Mrs P Johnson,


3 Mrs C McWhirter; Mrs Jamieson,

10 Mrs C Kerr, Mrs S Ruark,

17 Mrs C Beckett, Mrs J Brown,

24 Rev A & Mr G Gordon,


3 Mrs E Simpson, Mrs J Granger,

10 Mrs A Howlett,

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 via:

Organist Mrs Marjorie Rennie  

Church Officer Mrs Mary Bushnell  

Fabric Convener Mr John Porter  

Fund Raising & Social Convener Mrs Helen Harley

Flower Convener Mrs Eleanor Whamond

Magazine Convener Mr David Taylor

Health & Safety Mrs Linda Nicoll  

Friendship Circle Mrs Cathie Connor  

FOG Squad Team Leader Mrs Alison Stuart

Youth Group JAFFA Mrs Joanna Stout  

Creche Mrs June Black  

Safeguarding Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll  







Update Newsletter

August 28th, 2018

 Update                                August 2018 



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Did You Know

  • A portable ramp is now in use at Panbride Church to help ease the difficulty of the high step at the Church entrance. 
  •  Mrs Dorothy Booth has now completed her term as Congregational Elder to Presbytery. Mrs Joyce Brown will take over from the September Presbytery meeting. 
  • At the General Assembly in May all Presbyteries and Congregations were instructed to hold a specific meeting to discuss how Church of Scotland should proceed in the future. Kirk Session will therefore hold a special additional meeting for the specific purpose on Saturday 20th October 2018. 

Flamingo Cards

Hopefully I will have the new Christmas card brochure in September. Anyone wishing to see a booklet can see me af-ter the Church service on a Sunday or can contact me. 10% of all sales goes to Church funds. Pat Taylor

Needles and Pins Group

The group restarted on 21st August and will meet every two weeks thereafter.. We meet at 2pm in the Session Room at Newton Church. We look forward to meeting up with old friends and hopefully, welcoming some new members to our happy group. Further information from Pat Taylor

Teas after Sunday Services

Thank you to everyone who has helped with the teas/coffees. Since last September just over £500 has gone to church funds after expenses are deducted for the tea, coffee and biscuits etc.

Five Questions

The questions in this issue have been answered by Rosanne Porter who is a members of the congregation 

What is your favourite hymn? 

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. 

This brings many happy memories of singing with the whole school in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. We sang for a live recording on radio. 

Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? 

On Christmas Day on the Hogsback in South Africa where I grew up, everyone gathered in the Oak Avenue in the forest to sing Christmas carols. An inspirational place. 

Who is your favourite biblical character? 

My favourite character must be Moses’ mother who bravely set her baby in the bulrushes to save his life. 

What is your favourite Bible reading? 

Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, ch 13: 

Love is patient & kind. Love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. Faith, Hope & Love abide, these three but the greatest of these is love. 

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? 

All South Africans (no matter what their skin colour or religious persuasion) regard Nelson Mandela as a hero for succeeding in persuading everyone to forgive & move forward in peace, especially when he had been imprisoned for 27 years. 

Musings from the Manse

What a wonderful summer it has been in Carnoustie. Little did I imagine when I was shivering in the snow in March and struggling against that east coast wind in April that I would ever be able to enjoy my walk along the beach sans hat and coat and gloves! The Factor 50 sunscreen snoring away happily at the back of the cupboard was rudely awakened and put to work!!! 

Summer is a time when it seems everything slows down, even the church seems sleepy and contented. The different groups and organisations take a break allowing the leaders to have a well- earned rest. It seems everything pauses, and a peaceful slumber descends. 

Of course, “behind the scenes” lots of important work is still going on. People are preparing for the next session of whatever activity or ministry they are involved in – making plans and drawing up rotas. The work of the church is still being attended to by our faithful and committed office bearers. Elders are still looking after the people in their various districts. Summer is also the time when necessary maintenance work is done in the church buildings and grounds. 

For me, there are all the usual tasks of ministry – visiting the sick and conducting funerals as well as worship services to prepare – as one of my supervisors used to tell me “these Sundays come around with alarming regularity!” As, of course, does Monday morning for all those who must return to work or school. So, it is important then that we take time away to recharge our batteries. God, of course, does not take a holiday and that is something for us to be continually thankful for. 

There is never a moment that God is not with us and there is nowhere we can go that God is not there. 

“….he who watches over you will not slumber: 

Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121) 

As summer draws to a close, I am looking forward to the autumn and to the return of all our organisations within the church and to having our church family complete once more with the children from F.O.G. and J.A.F.F.A. I am looking forward to the special services we have planned – Dedication Service on 2nd September when we will celebrate the Year of the Young People with an all-age service, and our Harvest Service on 23rd September. And, of course, the return of our regular fellowship over a cuppa (or should I say cuppy now) after the service and our Soup and Sweet lunches on the last Sunday of the month. Also, all the fellowship activities our Social Committee has organised for us. 

Now that I am “settling in” and getting to know people better, I realise how blessed we are with so many gifted and committed people in our congregation who do so much for our church family serving God in so many different ways. Although we all have different gifts and different ways of serving we are all equally important, we all have our part to play. Even those who, because of chronic ill health or the frailties of old age, can no longer attend are still able to play a part supporting the church prayerfully and financially. It has been a great source of encouragement to me as I go around visiting people that they think so fondly of Carnoustie Panbride and are still able to feel part of the family in some way. 

So, we should look forward to this new season, coming to it rested and refreshed as well as awake and alert to all that God has planned for us as we walk together on the adventure of faith. 

Blessings ~ Annette 

Coming Home

What is home? Where is home? Home is a word we use everyday but what exactly do we mean when we use that word?

I have lived in many houses since leaving Carnoustie in 1963. Over all the years since then I have referred to each one as my home. And yet when someone asked me where my ‘home town’ was I rightly said ‘Carnoustie’. But there arises the question —what is the difference between a house and a home?

I would like to share with you how I have found the answer.

As a boy I attended Newton Panbride Sunday School, Bible Classes and Youth Fellowship. I played badminton in the small church hall and took part in the church’s Dramatic Club productions and in 1958 I joined the church and shortly afterwards became a deacon.

Then my work took me away to various parts of the UK and my close connection with the church since 1948 ended.

I listened recently to our minister’s sermon about the gardener and the vine and the fact that some parts of the vine are fruitful while others are dead. That Sunday I was able to put into words that I was a dead vine and had been ‘unproductive’ for all the years since leaving Carnoustie.

For the past few years I have been living here during which time mum passed away and I have been occupying myself with all kinds of activities in clubs and groups.

In 2017 something amazing happened. It was the winter I planned not to visit South Africa and I was reading the local press when I saw that Newton Panbride had appointed a new minister. I had on occasions over the years when in Carnoustie at Christmas and Easter sat upstairs in what I (possibly in error) call ‘Pew 73’ which was all those years ago my family seat so off I went to church one Sunday in December.

Something happened that morning and I can’t put my finger on it –was it the T system which worked so well or the minister’s message or simply that I was back in my church which emanated a friendly welcoming feeling or parts of all of that? Only God will know. The feeling was so strong I spoke with my friend David Taylor and asked how could I arrange to join the kirk which I did.

More recently I have heard our minister’s sermons and realised that those many years of being a dead vine were over. God had guided me home.

Now buds are growing on my vine – why? Well, of course, it’s because I am home. It had never been any of the properties I ever lived in – I was in Newton Panbride church – God’s home. Robbie Murray.

Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle begins on October 9th with a talk on reducing chemicals in the home. October 23rd is the Ea-gles Trust, November 6th is the Trefoil Guild and November 20th is decoupage

All meetings are at 2 pm in the church hall and everyone is welcome. SW.

Fund Raising and Social

A Harvest Supper will take place on Saturday 22nd September 2018 in Panbride Hall at 7.00 pm. Tickets will cost £12.50 and as spaces are limited, names and money will be taken on a first come basis.

A Beetle Drive is planned for Friday 19th October 2018 in Panbride Hall. Tickets will cost £1.00 for adults and 50p for children. It will start at 7.00 pm and light refreshments will be served during a break.

A Gift Evening to include Xmas refreshments will take place in Panbride Hall on Friday 2nd November 2018 from 7.00 pm until 8.30 pm. Tickets cost £3.00 and donations of shortbread and mince pies would be very much appreciated.

A concert by Perth Acappella singers, will take place in Newton Church on Friday 30th November 2018. More details in the next issue of Update. HH.

GDPR Update

Further to the new legislation covering data protection which came into force on 25 May 2018, our Data Protection and Data Retention Policies are now in place. The Privacy Notices are displayed on noticeboards in both Panbride and Newton churches, and on the church website as advised by the Church of Scotland Law Department. A new GDPR training webinar is available from the Church of Scotland website for those office bearers and other members of the congregation who handle personal information:


100th Anniversary of end of WW1 – Panbride War Memorial

In November, we shall be commemorating the conclusion of WW1. In the Parish of Panbride, many of the young men joined the colours but not all returned. Their names are inscribed on the war memorial in Panbride Churchyard and on the one at the door of Newton Church.

Over the last few months, Cameron and I have been researching the names to find out more about these men. It is our intention to mount a display in the Panbride Hall from October to November to share their stories. We shall also include an article in the next edition of Update.

Below, we have listed their names. We know it is a long shot, but perhaps some of you know of these men or indeed are related to them. We would love to hear from you and invite you to contact us through the details below. Any memories or anecdotes which may have been passed down in your families would also be of interest.

Linda Nicoll

Cameron Stuart












































Ministries and Mission Contribution 2018

As has been the case in recent years Congregations have been asked to tell members about the details of their assessment for 2018.

Each congregation is assessed individually based on their level of income, which is primarily their offerings in the preceding 3 years and for 2018 the qualifying years were 2014 to 2016.

Assessment for Carnoustie Panbride for 2018 is £48,966

This is £638 more than 2017. The two components of the Assessment are:

MINISTRIES (83.5%) £40,887

Which goes towards the cost of providing over 1000 ministers and other parish workers throughout Scotland and the Presbytery of England.

The 2018 cost of a parish minister at the top end of the stipend scale is £42,362. [This is not the Annual salary of our Minister but reflects top of the stipend scale plus employer’s national insurance and pension contributions]

As our assessed contribution is less than £42,362 there is a shortfall for 2018 of £1.475. This is £205 more than the shortfall in 2017

MISSION (16.5%) £8,079

Which is used to support the Church’s work in :resourcing congregations for Christian education and outreach;

providing social care services;

assisting partners around the world in our shared Christian journey;

providing central day to day services in administration, financial and legal matters and public debate on issues affecting Scotland and the world;

planning the General Assembly and ensuring the Moderator represents the Church

While the notification providing the figures above does not give the actual costs relating to a minister in their first charge the total would be less than £42.362 for the top end of the stipend scale. This would mean that, for this year, Carnoustie Panbride will be contributing the cost for their ministry.

Comments about Congregational Outing

Feed back from those on the outing on 30th June included: 

Wonderful church outing to Stonehaven and Raemoir Garden Centre Banchory

Delicious lunch at Station Hotel Stonehaven prompted one of the party to send a note of thanks to the Hotel which they much appreciated

Time for shopping at the Garden Centre

And the sun shone all day

Great day out, thank you to organisers. Has to be one of the best

Wonderful day out. Food, weather and company all great. Thank you to organisers

A BIG THANK YOU to those who did a fantastic job organising and making sure we had a great time

and the sweeties were much appreciated !!

Fog Squad

The F.O.G Squad starts again on 2nd September and will be a family service. The children will be in church the whole service and can be dropped off and collected from the front of the church.

The F.O.G Squad ages range from 3 years olds to primary 7. We are looking forward to seeing the children again and would be delighted to welcome any new children to the F.O.G Squad.


JAFFA are looking forward to welcoming 3 new members who have graduated from FOG Squad. This is going to be an exciting year for the group, continuing to be part of the church community, supporting worship and Soup and Sweet but also new adventures such as a Café Ministry! All secondary age young people welcome.



2nd Tom Black / Annetta Anderson

9th Gillian Sawers / Joanna Stout

16th Dawn Barrowman / Joyce Brown

23rd Marion Palmer / Joyce Brown





21st June Black / Margaret Easton

28th Tom Black / Gillian Sawers


4th Dawn Barrowman / Marion Palmer

11th June Black / Joyce Brown

18th Beth Lee-Smith / Annetta Anderson

25th Joanna Stout /Gillian Sawers


2nd Dawn Barrowman / Margaret Easton

Moment for Meditation

He loves us not because we are loveable …but because He is love. (C.S. Lewis)

Test your Bible Knowledge

1. How many books are in the Bible?

2. What is the shortest book in the Bible

3. How many times do the phrases “Fear not” or “Do not fear” appear in the Bible?

4. What is the only book that does not contain the word God

5. In what language was the Old testament originally written?

6. In what language was the New testament original written?

7. Who wrote most books in the New Testament?

8. What is the common name given to the first 4 books of the New Testament?

9. Which woman’s name is mentioned most often in the Bible?

10. What is the last word in the Bible?

Answers after Church Directory

Dates for your Diary



2 Dedication Service for year of young people and FOG squad re-starts

2 Short Service of worship At Condor Court 2pm

20 Congregational Board – 7:30pm Panbride Hall

22 Harvest Supper Panbride Hall 7pm

23 Harvest Thanksgiving Service 11am

30 Soup and Sweet Lunch after service


9 Friendship Circle re-starts Panbride Hall 2pm

18 Kirk Session 7:30pm Panbride Hall

19 Beetle Drive Panbride drive 7pm

20 Kirk Session Conference Panbride Hall 10am

28 Soup and Sweet Lunch after service


2 Gift Evening including Christmas Refreshments Panbride Hall 7pm to 8.30pm

11 Remembrance Service – Panbride Church 9.30am followed by Laying Wreath at Panbride War Memorial

Service at Town War Memorial at 10.45am

Services and times are proposed and subject to approval

15 Congregational Board – Panbride Hall 7:30pm

18 Holy Communion – Newton Church 11am Panbride Hall 3pm

25 Soup and Sweet Lunch after service

30 Concert in Newton Church

Angus Care and Repair in partnership with Angus Carers and Alzheimers Angus 

There are 2 projects which currently have funds to be allocated to people living with or affected by dementia and a brief outline of these are set out below: 

Project 1. There is £125,000 for people in Angus affected by dementia and/or their unpaid carers to pur-chase something up to the value of £500 that will make a difference to their life. This money has to be allo-cated in the next 2 months. Some examples are short breaks either together or independently, a new televi-sion or lawnmower, a dementia friendly mobile phone, reorganisation of garden to make it more accessible. For more information or an application form call 01307 463232 

Project 2 There is £350,000 for people in Angus who are living with dementia and their unpaid carers to access a grant of up to £500 to purchase something that will make a difference to their life. This is to con-tribute in particular to improved quality of life, well-being, empowerment and social inclusion for people. Some examples are a short break for individual and carer or just for the carer, a powered recliner chair, gar-den furniture, new carpet or anti slip flooring. For more information contact 01307 463232 or email 

There is also a further project which would enable to enable anyone who is older, disabled or feels vulnera-ble in their home to get a free home safety check before the on set of the colder weather.. It is a confiden-tial room by room check looking for potential accidents such as electrical overloading, trip hazards or securi-ty issues. There are also some security 5 lever locks, peep holes or door bars which can fitted free of charge if required. It is a FREE check.  

 Congregational Register


Mrs Edith Swan* – 28/6/2018

Mr Jack Walker – 8/7/2018

Mrs Marlene McPherson – 10/7/2018

Mrs Christina Shepherd* – 21/7/2018

Mrs Margaret Crozier* – 4/8/2018

*Member of congregation


Harlo Robertson – 5/8/2018

New member:

Mr Ian Cameron District – 17

Flower Calendar


2nd Mrs J Beattie,

9th Mrs M Taylor, Mrs M Cowan,

16th Mrs B Easton,

23rd Harvest Thanksgiving

30th Mrs E Watson,


7th Mrs J Sturrock, Mrs S Devanay,

14th Mrs D Booth,

21st Mrs P Scanlan,

28th Mrs M Easton, Mrs J Jones,


4th Mrs A Clark, Mrs D Smith,

11th Mrs P Geekie, Mrs K Fulton,

18th Mrs M Low, Mrs N Reid,

25th Mrs A Scott,

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:

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


Quiz Answers – 1. 66 2. 2 John 3. 365 times 4. Esther 5. Hebrew 6. Greek 7. Paul 8. The Gospels 9. Sarah 10. Amen 





Update Newsletter

June 26th, 2018

Update                                              June 2018 


E-mail Church Secretary: 


Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 




Sponsored Walk 

 Led from Newton by George






                                       All ages and Pets

And the catering core were ready for the walkers return.

Halfway refreshments at Easthaven one sponsored walk.

Strawberry Tea 

A real treat was in store 

But unfortunately it was the first wet Saturday for over two months but those who came enjoyed the treat.

Did You Know 

  •  Rev Susan Brown was installed as the fourth woman moderator on the opening day this years General Assembly. She has been minister at Dornoch Cathedral for 20 years. Her theme for her year as Moderator is ‘ Walking with’ and a feature of her presbytery visits will be walks with local people from within and outwith the church. In her eyes walking is good for your mental health, your physical health, your spiritual health as well as the environment. Walking creates many opportunities for conversations on a wide range of topics and as you walk you remember life is always a journey. 
  • The total sum collected in Carnoustie for Christian Aid from the house collection totalled £2,492 and there was also £ from the coffee morning and £60 from the Barry ‘big breakie’drop in café. 
  • Carnoustie Gala week this year is from 2nd to 7th July. There are various events during the week culminating as usual with a Gala Day parade and events in Carnoustie house grounds. 
  • The Carnoustie Community Development trust is organising a series of events during the Open Week and this will culminate with an all day event in Carnoustie House Grounds. Posters advertising these events are a display throughout Carnoustie. 
  • Panbride Church was represented at the two events organised recently by Christians in Sport. A team of 8 took part in the sports quiz but despite scoring well in their joker round they did not make the top 3 on the night. 10 members went to the Sportsman’s Dinner in the Golf Hotel and enjoyed the evening. 

Five Questions 

The questions in this issue have been answered by George Gordon our Minister’s husband. George, who is an accomplished piper, had taken early retirement before they came to Carnoustie and he has recently started part time with Angus Council Education Department as a pipe instructor in a number of schools throughout the county. 

What is your favourite hymn? 

Eternal Father, strong to save. This is a hymn I remember first hearing on Armistice Sunday when I was in the Boys’ Brigade. It is also featured in two of my favourite films, “Titanic” and “Crimson Tide”. Having worked for many years in the fishing industry I am only too aware of all the those who are “at peril on the sea”, some of whom never return home. 

Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? 

I especially enjoyed worshipping at Sherwood Greenlaw Parish Church in Paisley where Annette did some of her training. The people were very friendly, and I was invited by the Men’s Club to Bowling nights and generally well looked after by the congregation. I also particularly enjoy going to Ordinations, and have been to quite a few recently as Annettte and her colleagues have been ordained and inducted into their first charges. The singing on these occasions is wonderful and makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. 

Who is your favourite biblical character? 

David is my favourite character in the Bible, and I especially like how he dealt with Goliath. I warm to this story as it shows that sometimes the “little guy” wins. 

What is your favourite Bible reading? 

The Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-29) is a story which has captured my imagination since I was young. On one level it gives me a feeling of security that in this part of the world we are fortunate to have the reassurance of living in solid houses which other people in third world countries don’t have. On another level it reminds of the importance of having a strong faith. 

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? 

Martin Luther King. 

I admire him as a Freedom Fighter who believed in peaceful protest and non-violence inspired by his Christian beliefs. He showed by his actions that you don’t need to use force or violence to achieve your goals. 

Musings from the Manse

In late May I was a first-time commissioner at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. 

The days were long and the discussions were often challenging and some were downright uncomfortable, not least the Report from the Council of Assembly. 

The Council of Assembly presented its “Strategic Plan” for 2018-2028, “Worshipping God, Inspiring Faith, Connecting People”. The purpose of the plan was to address the most urgent challenges facing the church including: falling attendance; missing generations; dramatic fall in income, and the need to let go of surplus buildings. 

The “Plan” which had been two years in the making and had involved consultation with over 2,000 church members from all over Scotland was described by a former moderator as “very thick on gloss and very thin on substance”. That seemed to be the consensus from the commissioners. The plan met with strong and passionate opposition on the floor of the Assembly by those who thought that to accept this plan would be “another nail in the coffin” for the church, and a counter-motion was brought calling for “a radical action plan for 2019-2022 to achieve much needed reform within our church” instructing the Council to propose more radical reforms which can be achieved in a shorter space of time. 

During the Report of the Council of Assembly, a motion was passed to instruct Presbyteries “to create robust, imaginative and courageous Presbytery Plans, to reduce the number of charges, create ministry hubs, enable new pioneer and new church planting opportunities, and new reformed pathways into ministry” 

So, what does all this mean for Carnoustie Panbride Church? 

It means that we cannot be complacent, and we need to have an honest understanding of where we are as a church now. There is no doubt, that we too must devise a “radical action plan” to ensure that our church survives these tumultuous years. Of course, what “radical” might look like will differ from church to church. We should look forward to this time of change in the national church and, also at local level, and we should not be afraid because it is not all doom and gloom. On the Assembly floor there was a real sense of enthusiasm, of “seizing the day”, and a sense that this is an opportunity to move forward. 

Our church has a lot to offer the community and I look forward to working with the Kirk Session and, indeed, the whole congregation to begin to identify and develop the tools and the skills which will take us forward. It is good to remember Jesus’ advice to his disciples, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) 

It was not all business at the General Assembly. I did have time to meet up with other commissioners some of whom I have spent the last 6 or so years studying and training with, and who, like me, are in their first charge. It was great to see them, swap stories and find out how they are all “settling in” to their new parishes. 

As a newly ordained minister inducted into my first charge, I was also being “presented” to the Right Reverend Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly, and it was a lovely surprise to meet up with Rev Matthew Bickett who was also being “presented” as a recently retired minister. It is very unusual for both predecessor and successor to be presented at the same General Assembly. 

I am looking forward to the summer and to my first Gala Day here in Carnoustie. I have also heard that there is some golf thing on in Carnoustie this year. It is called the “The Open” or something? Paradoxically, they seem to be shutting off half the streets and the beach for this “Open”. 

I pray that you have a blessed and safe summer. Enjoy! 

Blessings ~ Annette  

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). 


My thanks to those members who have changed from using FWO envelopes and annual cheques to setting up a standing order and to those who are waiting for bank details from me in order to do so. Unfortunately, the bank opened the ac-count when I was in New Zealand (despite my best efforts to get it opened before I left); I am now in the process of supplying the new bank account details. 

Flamingo Cards 

The first orders for Flamingo Cards have been received and distributed. Many of the designers are the same or similar to what was on offer with Pheonix Cards and they are of similar quality. As in the past, Church funds will get 10% of all sales. If you would like a brochure, you can see me at Church or get in touch and we can make arrangements to let you have a copy. The next brochure is expected in the Autumn which will include Christmas designs. You can contact me, Pat Taylor (Tel 853919.) 

Needles and Pins Craft Group 

The group has been very busy over the past few weeks creating (and talking!) We have about a dozen ladies involved in the group and we would be very happy to have more join us in the session room. Some ladies are making things at home which is fine. If any men are feeling creative, perhaps woodwork, we’d be delighted to hear from you too. We plan to take a break over the Summer and restart after the schools go back in August. More information from Pat Taylor, 853919. 

The F.O.G. Squad

We have had a lovely session looking at Bible Stories. 

Thank you to all the teachers for their hard work and parents for their support over the year. 

We look forward to seeing you all again in September. 

Have a lovely summer! 

Moment for Meditation 

As I walk with you, Lord, 

I begin to see this world as you must do, and know we must work together to make it a better place, which begins with hearts, hands, and feet in service. 

John Birch, 

JAFFA Asks: Mary Bushnell

What do you do for the church?

I open the church on Sundays for worship, attend to the heating for funerals, weddings or any other services held in the church.

How often do you work for the church?

Every day as heating needs to be put on for organisations who use our halls. Panbride hall is used every night Monday to Friday and sometimes during the day as well.

Why do you need a set of keys for the church?

To unlock the door to the church and the offices.

Do you do other work?

Yes. I am a lollipop lady at Woodlands Primary School. I am also Chairperson for Carnoustie Gala Committee who or-ganises Carnoustie Gala week and day. I also help with the cleaning of the church.

How long have you been doing this job?

Twenty two years.

What is the best part of your job?

Meeting the people who come to church and I have made a lot of friends. It is particularly lovely to see and speak to the young people and to welcome new people into our church family.

Creche Rota

July ~ No Creche 

August ~ Panbride Church 

5th No Creche 

12th No Creche 

19th Dawn Barrowman, Joyce Brown 

27th Marion Palmer, Beth Lee-Smith 

September ~ Newton Church 

2nd Tom Black, Annetta Anderson 

9th Gillian Sawers, Joanna Stout 

Dates for Your Diary


16 Kirk Session 7:30pm 

26 Holy Communion ~ Panbride Church 11am 

~ Panbride Hall 3pm 


Car Parking at Panbride Church

The car park in the school playground is available for use each Sunday when worship is at Panbride church. 

Please make use of it – that will reduce the need to park on the narrow road and make it easier for emergency vehicles should they need to travel along the road. Access and exiting the car park in the school playground can be made via either of the roads to the east or west side of the school/former school house. 

Using the school car park will also leave the car park in front of the cottage for those who have mobility restrictions.

 Congregrational Outing 

This will take place on Saturday 30th of June. The bus will leave Easthaven at 10am and then stop at Newton Church for a 10:15am departure to Stonehaven. After Lunch at the Station Hotel Stonehaven the party will continue to Raemoir Garden Centre at Banchory where there will be time to look around, make any purchases and enjoy a refreshment. Planned return to Carnoustie for between 5 and 6pm. Cost is £20 per person. At time of writing there are still a few seats left on the bus. Further information from Mary Bushnell. 

The Church and GPDR .. Did You Know … 

New legislation covering data proteUK ction came into force on 25 May 2018. The EU’s General Data Protection Regu-lation will be incorporated into UK law and a new Data Protection Act will replace the Data Protection Act 1998. As a church we handle individuals’ personal information and so are obliged to act in accordance with best practice. A new GDPR training webinar is available from the Church of Scotland website and training will be rolled out in due course for office bearers and other members of the congregation who handle personal information. Meanwhile, guidance is available here: protection 

Fund Raising and Social Committee 

The sponsored walk which took place on Sunday 13th May 2018 raised the magnificent sum of £859.00 plus we are able to claim back Gift Aid on quite a bit of this money. A huge thanks to all who supported this event which was enjoyed by all who participated. Thanks to George for piping us on our way, to John and Nikki from Easthaven Together who served refreshments at Easthaven and to the ladies in the kitchen for the refreshments in Panbride Hall on our return. 

The Strawberry Tea on Saturday 16th June 2018 raised the sum of £320.50 for Church funds. Thanks to all who came to this event and to the farmers who very kindly supplied the strawberries. 

We are having a break for the summer but details of the Harvest Supper being held on Saturday 22nd September 2018 will be announced later in the summer in the Order of Service and in the next issue of Update. 

We have received a suggestion of having an Open Garden afternoon next year. If any members would be interested in showing their garden, could they please speak to Helen Harley or any members of the Social/Fundraising committee. 

A Beetle Drive, a Gift Evening and a concert are all in the planning for later in the year. HH. 

Some of those who attended and prepared the Strawberry Tea 


Congregational Register 


Mr Lindsay Smith 8/5/2018

Mr Tom Watt 9/5/2018

Mr Neil Wallace 22/5/2018

Mrs Marjory Weir 29/5/2018*

*Member of congregation


Claire Penrose* and Grant Owen – 5 May 2018

*Member of congregation

Flower Calendar


1st Mrs N.Kettles

8th Mrs L Ross

15th Mrs J Stout

22nd Mrs J Malhotra

29th Mrs E Adams


5th Mrs A Brown

12th Mrs M Laird

19th Mrs M Bushnell

26th Mrs D Harper


2nd Mrs J Beattie

9th Mrs M Taylor

16th Mrs M Cowan

Church Directory

Minister Rev Annette Gordon

Session Clerk Mrs Lyn Ross

Clerk to Board Mr Walter Ruark

Treasurer Mr W John Winterton

Gift Aid Mr Stan Beattie

Church Secretary Mrs Nicola Keen

& Rollkeeper Contact via: 

Organist Mrs Marjorie Rennie

Church Officer Mrs Mary Bushnell

Fabric Convener Mr John Porter

Fund Raising & Social Convener Mrs Helen Harley

Flower Convener Mrs Eleanor Whamond

Magazine Convener Mr David Taylor

Health & Safety Mrs Linda Nicoll

Friendship Circle Mrs Cathie Connor

FOG Squad Team Leader Mrs Alison Stuart

Youth Group JAFFA Mrs Joanna Stout

Creche Mrs June Black


Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll





Update Newsletter

April 30th, 2018

Update           29 April 2018 


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Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 




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)


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


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 



9 FOG Squad Picnic 

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

21 Kirk Session, 7:30pm


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.


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


6th Mrs D Blacklaws,

13th Mrs V Nicoll,

20th Mrs D McCallum,

27th Mrs G Manson,


3rd Mrs K Fulton,

10th Mrs S Fleming,

17th Mrs J Jackson,

Mrs S Davison,

24th Mrs M Palmer,


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: )

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


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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

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






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:

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 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


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


4th     Beth Lee Smith, June Black

11th   Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton

18th  Marion Palmer, Gillian Sawyers

25th  Annetta Anderson, Tom Black


1st     No Creche

8th    No Creche

15th   No Creche

22nd Beth Lee Smith, Joyce Brown

29th Joanna Stout, Margaret Easton


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


27 – Friendship Circle, 2pm, Panbride Hall


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.


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 


24 November Miss Janette Hamilton

13 December Mrs Isabel Tindale


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


4    Mrs E Simpson, Mrs J Grainger,

11   Mrs A Howlett,

18  Mrs K Penrose,

25 Mrs J Bell,  Mrs P Sawers,


1   Mrs L Thomson,

8   Mrs J Davidson,

15  Mrs B Lee-Smith,

22  Mrs J Black,

29 Mrs R Porter,


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:

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



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19 November 2017









  •  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 — 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.


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,


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


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.


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.


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




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


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



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


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



26  Joyce Brown, Tom Black


3    June Black, Margaret Easton

10  Joanna Stout, Marion Palmer

17   Family Service, no Crèche

24  No Creche

31   No Creche


7   No Creche

14  Beth-Lee Smith, June Black

21  Joanna Stout, Joyce Brown

28  Margaret Easton, Tom Black


4   Marion Palmer, Beth-Lee Smith

11  Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton

18  June Black, Marion Palmer

25  Tom Black, Joanna Stout


4   Beth-Lee Smith, June Black

11  Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton


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.


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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 or call 0131 454 4374




26 Mrs A Scott,


3  Mrs M Wright,

10 Mrs R Clark,

17 Mrs A Merchant,

24 Mrs E Whamond,

31 Mrs M Gordon,



7   K Porter,

14 Mrs L Miller

21 Mrs M Rennie,

28 Mrs P Taylor; Mrs P Johnson,


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,




Seoras Donal Barrowman



Mrs. Agnes Duncan (District 25)


Mrs. Marion Buik (District 3)

Mr Alex Dorward (District 39)

Mr Peter Murray


Mrs Elsie Glass (District 17)

Mrs Lizzie Anderson (District 17)

Mrs Adeline Hayes

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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


Youth Group Is Re-starting

To Be Known as


Jesus and Fun For All

Carnoustie Panbride Youth S1+

First Meeting Sunday 3rd September 2017 During 11.00am Service


  • 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)


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


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 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




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


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


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


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.


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


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.









3      Mrs J Beattie,

10    Mrs M Taylor, Mrs M Cowan.

17    Mrs B Easton,

24   Harvest


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,


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,



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).



25 June     Keir Colin James McIntosh (Postal)


8 June     Mrs Betty Macdonald (District 20)

24 June   Mr Peter Howlett (District 34)

8 July      Mrs Moira Scott

19 July Mr Craig Lindsay


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.


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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Update Newsletter

June 19th, 2017

18 June 2017


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


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!


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,


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.


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.



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.



21 Fairlogie Café

25 Matthew’s Last Service as our Minister

29 Carlogie end of term service Newton Church 10.00am

30 Minister retires



2 Election of Nominating Committee


17 Kirk session 7.30pm

26 Safari Supper


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.


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).


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


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)