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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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