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General News

February 9th, 2017


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The Minister’s final review, reports on Finance and Fabric Elect members to the Congregational Board

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General News

February 9th, 2017

The Chrismon Tree workshops were a great success again this year. A goodly number of people came along on the two Saturdays and made the decorations and the tree was decorated in time for the Nativity and Christingle Services on 11th December, and the youngsters of the FOG Squad placed the final decorations on the tree on the Sunday morning. It was generally agreed that the tree looked spectacular. The tree has now been taken down, the decorations removed and the branches removed. The trunk will be fashioned into a cross and will be in church during the period of Lent leading up to Easter Day. A reminder that the story of Jesus does not end in Bethlehem, but on a hill outside Jerusalem.

Special events

October 12th, 2016


General News

August 30th, 2016

Chrismon Tree

Following the success of the Chrismon Tree Workshops last year, there has been a request that we do something similar again this year.  We learned a lot from the experience last year, namely the difficulty of preventing salt dough decorations from softening while on the tree! As a result there will be a few changes to the workshops, but the aim will still be the same – to make all the decorations for the Tree which will be in church. More details will be available nearer the time, but the workshops will be held on Saturday 26th November and Saturday 3rd December from 10-12 and 2-4pm each day. The tree will be in place in Church from Sunday 11th December. Please make a note in your diaries, now.

April 16th, 2016


The questions in this issue have been answered by Janis Jackson who was elected as a member of the Congregational Board at the Stated Annual Meeting.

1.  What  is your favourite hymn?

Difficult to specify as I think music can reflect your personal mood but my favourite is “Great is Thy Faithfulness” which is a perfect blend of great tune and meaningful words. My favourite line is “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow”

2.  Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping ?

I enjoy visiting churches in all our holiday destinations at home and abroad.  Last summer we found Durham Cathedral to be a beautiful and peaceful sanctuary to reflect and listen to the cathedral Choir sing Evensong.

3.  Who is your favourite biblical character?

I like the character of Joseph whose life has all the ingredients of a great story as Andrew Lloyd Webber found out!  His perserverance and trust in God enabled him to find and reconciliation with his family and beloved father.

4.  What is your favourite Bible reading?

Luke Chapter 2 Verses 1-20.  The Christmas Story in the gospel according to Luke is one which is so familiar but has had many interpretations in all my years in the classroom.   Every year it never fails to amaze.   The story is ever old and ever new.

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

When I was small I loved hearing stories about Mary Slessor the “Dundee Mill Lassie”.  Dundee Museum has an exhibition and memorial chapel with a stained glass window which fascinates me.   I had a romantic idealised notion of her bravery and self-sacrifice in her missionary work in Ccalabar in Nigeria.  I now know that her work in Africa was anything but romantic as she toiled over 38 years to bring Christianity, education and health improvement to the people.   I admire the men and women who continue the same work today in difficult and challenging areas of the world.

Did you know?

April 14th, 2016

Heart and Soul 2016. This event takes places on the Sunday of General Assembly Week. This year it is on 22nd May in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh. The theme is “People of the Way” and will celebrate the life of the Church through its people, Biblical characters, saints and pilgrims. Entry is free and there are big stage acts and a new youth area for young people. Over 50 exhibitors and congregations will provide attractions and activities. The day will end with massed worship held at the Ross Bandstand, always an impressive event.

The next Moderator of the Presbytery of Angus will be Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin, minister of Forfar: East and Old.  She takes over from Dougal Edwards at the June meeting of Presbytery.

Thanks to the effort of the Carnoustie Fairtrade Group, Carnoustie has been successful in renewing its Fairtrade Status for another two years until April 2018. All those on the Committee are members of local churches and thanks to everyone who keeps Fairtrade in the public eye. Anyone who is interested in helping the group can contact Matthew or Lyn whose contact details are to be found in the Church directory.

Christian Aid – did you know?

April 14th, 2016

This year, Christian Aid Week is focussing on a country our congregation knows quite a lot about. Bangladesh.  The People’s Republic of Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated and disaster-prone countries in the world. The country has a population of over 160 million people, of which 80 percent in rural areas and depend largely on agriculture for their livelihoods.

According to the World Bank’s 2010 data, approximately 43% of people still live under the poverty line (less than $1.25 a day). Women are amongst the most marginalised and subjugated in all spheres of society.

Bangladesh has made considerable progress in reducing poverty. However, many challenges remain due to corruption, poor governance and an over-dependency on natural resources, the status of women in Bangladeshi society and the impact of climate change.

Extreme temperatures, erratic rainfall, and an increasing number of floods, cyclones and droughts pose considerable challenges. Especially because the country is already highly vulnerable to natural hazards due to its geographical location, land characteristics, many rivers and monsoon climate.

Natural disasters are invariably accompanied by a heavy loss of life, property, income and household belongings. These events serve only to push vulnerable groups and communities further into a cycle of poverty.

It is a small group of elites with vested interests who hold power in Bangladesh – a trend that is evident even at the local level. Often people lack any meaningful opportunity to contribute to the governance process and in rural areas citizens’ participation in democracy has been further narrowed by traditional power structures.

Among the marginalised groups in Bangladesh, women are the most vulnerable and lack most forms of power: political, social or economic. Even though the government is committed to protecting the rights of minorities, discrimination against some groups is often shown by their low involvement in the decision making that ultimately affects their lives.

Christian Aid partners in Bangladesh are committed to improving the lives and livelihoods of marginalised people and communities. Whether that is, for example, supporting dairy farmers to improve their yields, training communities on growing crops in areas affected by climate change or ensuring women participate fully in vital decisions that shape their lives.

Our programme promotes access to just and equitable resources and supports the creation of resilient and thriving livelihoods. Christian Aid Week is 15th-21st May 2016.

Flower Calendar

September 9th, 2015



6 Mrs M Law, 12 Kinloch Park

13 Mrs M Taylor, 40 Ireland St

Mrs M Cowan, 48 Ireland St

20 Mrs B Easton, 3 Panbride Road

27 Harvest Thanksgiving

Mrs J Beattie, 14 Lownie Road


4 Mrs E Watson, 2 Muirdrum

11 Mrs J Sturrock, No 2 Cottage,

Carlogie Farm;

Mrs S Devaney, ‘Cashel’ Slade Carmyllie

18 Mrs D Booth, New Downie Farm

25 Mrs P Scanlan, 3 Watson Way,



1 Mrs M Easton, 76 Spence Cres

Mrs J Jones, 102 Caesar Avenue

8 Mrs A Clark, 66 Chapman Drive

15 Mrs P Geekie, 24 Caesar Avenue

22 Mrs M Low, 16 Manor Gardens;

Mrs N Reid, 10 Edradour Gdns,


29 Mrs A Scott, 17 Bruce Drive

Boys’ Brigade

September 9th, 2015


The 1st Carnoustie BB are looking forward to welcoming their boys back for the new session. Boys can join from Primary 1 onwards. Parents are encouraged to support the local company

and bring their boys along to join in the fun activities.

It is still possible to enrol. Go along to BB Hall, Maule Street on the appropriate evening

Anchors – Primary 1-3 Thursday evening 6.30pm; Juniors – Primary 4-7 Tuesday 7pm;

Company – Primary 7 to 6th Year Friday 7.30pm. and speak to the Officer in charge.

Any further enquires contact Bryan Knight Tel 852521

Fund Raising

September 9th, 2015


By the time you get this copy of Update it is hoped that another successful Safari Supper will have been held.  This social event has proved to be very popular in the past and thanks to Pat Taylor for organizing it and to all the people who host the starters and main courses and for the sweets.

A concert by the Arbroath Instrumental Band is to take place in Newton Church on Friday 30th October 2015 at 7.30 p.m.  Tickets will cost £8.00 and can be purchased either from committee members or from the Fobel shop at the end of September onwards.

A Coffee morning is to be held in Panbride Hall on Saturday 31st October 2015 from   10.00 a.m. until 11.30 a.m.  Tickets to cost £2.00 and can be had from the end of        September.  Donations of tray bakes, cake and candy and tombola would be greatly     appreciated and can be handed into Panbride Hall from 3.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m.on       Friday 30th October.                                                                                                         HH.