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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)