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Update Newsletter

November 20th, 2017



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  •  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.


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

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

CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARD and CALENDAR COLLECTION 2017 All proceeds from sale of items on offer will be used directly in support of their work For more information visit 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

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


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)