We are all looking forward to performing our annual nativity in the church on the 11th December. This year our nativity is called “Come to a Party!” By Vicki Howie. We hope you can come and join our celebrations!! AS.
Our first meeting of the Friendship Circle was an exciting talk about the progress of the Victoria and Albert museum in Dundee. The museum should open in 2018 and will feature Scottish design from the 1600s to the present day , ranging from Charles Rennie Mackintosh to Trisha Biggar, a Glasgow born designer who created the costumes worn in three of the Star Wars films. There will be special touring exhibitions for which a charge will be made but day to day entry to the museum will be free. There will be a café and an upmarket restaurant overlooking the River Tay. By the end of the talk everyone agreed we couldn’t wait for the opening!
At our next meeting we were entertained by David Kelly’s tall tales and funny stories. At the end of October Laura and Laura-May from the Food for Free organisation described how they have transformed unused land in Queen Street and Panda Lane into gardens which produce various crops of fruit and vegetables including potatoes, cucumbers, onions, strawberries and even kiwi fruits. The produce is distributed free of charge to the local community by placing boxes of fruit and vegetables in the main street and everyone is free to help themselves. Food for Free hope to foster community spirit ; people are encouraged to visit the gardens and they plan to have a sensory garden in the future.
Our next speaker was Russell Fenty of Boots pharmacy who gave an insight into the varied nature of his work. His many responsibilities include checking prescriptions, giving advice on minor illnesses, helping people to give up smoking and administering flu vaccinations.
Our open meeting on November 22nd was Angela Balfour’s cards and gifts and on December 5th we will be entertained by the Monifieth Singers. SW
The questions in this issue have been answered by Pat Hay one of our members.
1. What is your favourite hymn? I have a few favourite Hymns, but I have chosen ‘Make me a Channel of your Peace’ as my favourite hymn, it has lovely words and it can be sung at any occasion.
2. Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? When we were on holiday in Malta many years ago we went to morning worship at St. Andrew’s Scots Church in Valletta and were made to feel very welcome. When we were staying with relatives in Prince Edward Island they took us to their church – St. Paul’s Church in Charlottetown. It was a lovely church and their services are broadcast live to housebound members who cannot get to church.
3. Who is your favourite biblical character? Job is probably my favourite character of the Bible. He lost all of his children, cattle, and servants at the same time but he was strong and persevered through extremely difficult times. Through his faithfulness and by worshipping the Lord, God restored him much more than what he had before.
4. What is your favourite Bible reading? 1st Corinthians Chapter 13. I think this one of the most beautiful and familiar chapters in the Bible. It is often read at weddings but can be read at other services too.
5. Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? Anne Frank. During the war Anne and her parents were threatened by Nazis and although they tried to hide they could not save themselves. During her life in a camp, Anne wrote a personal diary which has now been kept in a museum as the oldest diary in the world and this young Jewish girl is still admired by many today.
Service of Quiet Reflection
This service will take place on Sunday afternoon, 4th December at 4.00pm in Newton Church, Arbroath Road. Those who have been bereaved since the last service will receive a personal invitation to this service, but anyone is welcome to come along. Indeed, since the first service of this kind in 2003, a number of people have come along each year. The service lasts about 40 minutes and includes some hymns, prayers, a short reflection and an opportunity for an act of remembrance where candles are lit. You are most welcome to join us.
What a lovely morning it was. About 130 people gathered for the service at East Scryne. The Barn was lined with bales and two bales were used as a “Harvest Table” for the gifts brought for the Food Project. There were also some inquisitive bullocks looking through the gate! The youngsters excelled in the “Countdown letters game” and made the words HARVEST, STARVE and SHARE. The sun came out and the soup and tray bakes were enjoyed in the Café, outside at the picnic tables (one couple even enjoyed tray bakes swinging on the Garden Swing for Two!) and inside the barn. £304 was raised for Christian Aid and the Harvest to Christmas Project was launched to raise funds to improve a church/school in Senhati Bangladesh. Thanks to the Porter family for all their help in making this event possible, and to the staff in the Café who managed to work round us while serving their own customers at the same time. Yes, indeed, a lovely morning. MSB
3 Chrismon Tree Workshop 10-12 and 2-4
4 Service in Condor Court 2pm
4 Service of Quiet Reflection 4.00pm
6 Friendship Circle 2.00pm
11 Nativity Play 11.00am
11 Christingle 6.30pm
14 Fairlogie Café 10.00am
15 Kirk Session 7.30pm
24 Watchnight Service 11.30pm Newton
25 Christmas Day Service 10.30am Newton
1 Morning Worship 11.00am
8 Service in Condor Court 2.00pm
10 Friendship Circle 2.00pm
17 Finance Committee 7.00pm
18 Fairlogie Café 10.00am
19 Congregational Board 7.30pm
24 Friendship Circle 2.00pm
5 Service in Condor Court 2.00pm
7 Friendship Circle 2.00pm
16 Kirk Session and Congregational Board 7.30pm
21 Friendship Circle 2.00pm
22 Fairlogie Café 10.00am
We received a letter from Christian Aid thanking us for the donation of £304 from the Harvest Offering and the proceeds from the Lunch. The letter stated “Your gift will help support our work in 46 of the world’s poorest countries. By responding to our appeals and taking action you are part of a movement working alongside people living in the poorest communities to bring about positive change and greater hope. With your continued help, we can make a difference”.
The Moderator Designate for the 2017 General Assembly is Rev Dr Derek Browning, minister of Morningside Parish Church in Edinburgh. Previously Derek had served as minister in Cupar Old, and he is Convener of the Assembly Arrangements Committee. It was he who set up the Heart and Soul events in Princes Street Gardens on the Sunday afternoon of Assembly Week.
At the morning Communion Service on 20th November, 6 elders were presented with Long Service Certificates signed by Dr Russell Bar, the Moderator of the General Assembly. They were Elizabeth Lee-Smith 50 years, Kenneth Ingram 50 years, Dorothy Fyffe 31 years, Mary Bushnell 30 years, Philip Manson 30 years and David Taylor 30 years. We thank these elders for many years of dedicated service to the congregation of Carnoustie Panbride and in the case of Ken and Beth in other congregations before they came to Carnoustie.
Here’s a question for you. What do the following have in common? Pitlochry, Balfron, Monikie and Edinburgh? Yes, they are all in Scotland. But what connects them all is “Light”.
Pitlochry had the Enchanted Forest at Faskally, Balfron had the Woodland Light Experience, Monikie had the Dragon Matrix and Edinburgh had the Botanic Lights and by the time you read this the “Street of Light” in West George Street will have been switched on
We visited the Botanic Lights in Edinburgh at the end of October and on a lovely crisp dry evening, wandered around the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh watching some spectacular lighting effects. The projection of faces through water and “mist” in the Chinese Gardens, spectacular fountains in the Pond, trees highlighted by changing colours and towards the end of the trail, music representing various countries, the changing from country to the other indicated by the sound of an aircraft taking off, as the colours and music changed. A wonderful experience.
The Street of Light first appeared on the Royal Mile in 2015 and this year it is going to be on West George Street, in the area outside “121” the Church of Scotland Offices. There will be over 60,000 bulbs of light alongside synchronised music from local choirs and bands including the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus, Blazin’ Fiddles, and Scotland’s very own bhangra group Tigerstyle.
Although at times we utter the words “Bah Humbug” when Christmas decorations start appearing in early October, Light has always been associated with Advent and Christmas. Last year we made all the decorations for the Chrismon Tree and, by popular request, we will be doing the same again this year. All the decorations will be either gold or white, and all the lights will be white. The Advent Banner will feature a silver star, and of course we will be lighting the Advent candles each Sunday.
When we look at the Christmas Hymns this theme of “Light” is to the fore again. “Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings”, “It was on a starry night”, “Yet in your streets is shining the everlasting Light”, “the stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay” – and so we could go on.
There is so much of our world at the present time which could do with some light shining in the dark places. We all know where they are. As we approach the culmination of this season on Christmas Day, we are reminded of the words in the Gospel of St John “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world”.
May you know this Light and Christ’s presence with you at Christmas time and throughout 2017.