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June 26th, 2018

Update                                              June 2018 


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Sponsored Walk 

 Led from Newton by George






                                       All ages and Pets

And the catering core were ready for the walkers return.

Halfway refreshments at Easthaven one sponsored walk.

Strawberry Tea 

A real treat was in store 

But unfortunately it was the first wet Saturday for over two months but those who came enjoyed the treat.

Did You Know 

  •  Rev Susan Brown was installed as the fourth woman moderator on the opening day this years General Assembly. She has been minister at Dornoch Cathedral for 20 years. Her theme for her year as Moderator is ‘ Walking with’ and a feature of her presbytery visits will be walks with local people from within and outwith the church. In her eyes walking is good for your mental health, your physical health, your spiritual health as well as the environment. Walking creates many opportunities for conversations on a wide range of topics and as you walk you remember life is always a journey. 
  • The total sum collected in Carnoustie for Christian Aid from the house collection totalled £2,492 and there was also £ from the coffee morning and £60 from the Barry ‘big breakie’drop in café. 
  • Carnoustie Gala week this year is from 2nd to 7th July. There are various events during the week culminating as usual with a Gala Day parade and events in Carnoustie house grounds. 
  • The Carnoustie Community Development trust is organising a series of events during the Open Week and this will culminate with an all day event in Carnoustie House Grounds. Posters advertising these events are a display throughout Carnoustie. 
  • Panbride Church was represented at the two events organised recently by Christians in Sport. A team of 8 took part in the sports quiz but despite scoring well in their joker round they did not make the top 3 on the night. 10 members went to the Sportsman’s Dinner in the Golf Hotel and enjoyed the evening. 

Five Questions 

The questions in this issue have been answered by George Gordon our Minister’s husband. George, who is an accomplished piper, had taken early retirement before they came to Carnoustie and he has recently started part time with Angus Council Education Department as a pipe instructor in a number of schools throughout the county. 

What is your favourite hymn? 

Eternal Father, strong to save. This is a hymn I remember first hearing on Armistice Sunday when I was in the Boys’ Brigade. It is also featured in two of my favourite films, “Titanic” and “Crimson Tide”. Having worked for many years in the fishing industry I am only too aware of all the those who are “at peril on the sea”, some of whom never return home. 

Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? 

I especially enjoyed worshipping at Sherwood Greenlaw Parish Church in Paisley where Annette did some of her training. The people were very friendly, and I was invited by the Men’s Club to Bowling nights and generally well looked after by the congregation. I also particularly enjoy going to Ordinations, and have been to quite a few recently as Annettte and her colleagues have been ordained and inducted into their first charges. The singing on these occasions is wonderful and makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. 

Who is your favourite biblical character? 

David is my favourite character in the Bible, and I especially like how he dealt with Goliath. I warm to this story as it shows that sometimes the “little guy” wins. 

What is your favourite Bible reading? 

The Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-29) is a story which has captured my imagination since I was young. On one level it gives me a feeling of security that in this part of the world we are fortunate to have the reassurance of living in solid houses which other people in third world countries don’t have. On another level it reminds of the importance of having a strong faith. 

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? 

Martin Luther King. 

I admire him as a Freedom Fighter who believed in peaceful protest and non-violence inspired by his Christian beliefs. He showed by his actions that you don’t need to use force or violence to achieve your goals. 

Musings from the Manse

In late May I was a first-time commissioner at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. 

The days were long and the discussions were often challenging and some were downright uncomfortable, not least the Report from the Council of Assembly. 

The Council of Assembly presented its “Strategic Plan” for 2018-2028, “Worshipping God, Inspiring Faith, Connecting People”. The purpose of the plan was to address the most urgent challenges facing the church including: falling attendance; missing generations; dramatic fall in income, and the need to let go of surplus buildings. 

The “Plan” which had been two years in the making and had involved consultation with over 2,000 church members from all over Scotland was described by a former moderator as “very thick on gloss and very thin on substance”. That seemed to be the consensus from the commissioners. The plan met with strong and passionate opposition on the floor of the Assembly by those who thought that to accept this plan would be “another nail in the coffin” for the church, and a counter-motion was brought calling for “a radical action plan for 2019-2022 to achieve much needed reform within our church” instructing the Council to propose more radical reforms which can be achieved in a shorter space of time. 

During the Report of the Council of Assembly, a motion was passed to instruct Presbyteries “to create robust, imaginative and courageous Presbytery Plans, to reduce the number of charges, create ministry hubs, enable new pioneer and new church planting opportunities, and new reformed pathways into ministry” 

So, what does all this mean for Carnoustie Panbride Church? 

It means that we cannot be complacent, and we need to have an honest understanding of where we are as a church now. There is no doubt, that we too must devise a “radical action plan” to ensure that our church survives these tumultuous years. Of course, what “radical” might look like will differ from church to church. We should look forward to this time of change in the national church and, also at local level, and we should not be afraid because it is not all doom and gloom. On the Assembly floor there was a real sense of enthusiasm, of “seizing the day”, and a sense that this is an opportunity to move forward. 

Our church has a lot to offer the community and I look forward to working with the Kirk Session and, indeed, the whole congregation to begin to identify and develop the tools and the skills which will take us forward. It is good to remember Jesus’ advice to his disciples, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) 

It was not all business at the General Assembly. I did have time to meet up with other commissioners some of whom I have spent the last 6 or so years studying and training with, and who, like me, are in their first charge. It was great to see them, swap stories and find out how they are all “settling in” to their new parishes. 

As a newly ordained minister inducted into my first charge, I was also being “presented” to the Right Reverend Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly, and it was a lovely surprise to meet up with Rev Matthew Bickett who was also being “presented” as a recently retired minister. It is very unusual for both predecessor and successor to be presented at the same General Assembly. 

I am looking forward to the summer and to my first Gala Day here in Carnoustie. I have also heard that there is some golf thing on in Carnoustie this year. It is called the “The Open” or something? Paradoxically, they seem to be shutting off half the streets and the beach for this “Open”. 

I pray that you have a blessed and safe summer. Enjoy! 

Blessings ~ Annette  

Panbride Hall

“The Panbride Hall is available to members of the congregation for one off special events or celebrations (subject to certain conditions associated with use) at a discount of 25% against the normal price. There are groups who use the hall regularly so it will be available when not in use which is normally certain days (not nights) during the week and at the weekend. Details and booking form available from the Church Secretary (see Church Directory for contact details). 


My thanks to those members who have changed from using FWO envelopes and annual cheques to setting up a standing order and to those who are waiting for bank details from me in order to do so. Unfortunately, the bank opened the ac-count when I was in New Zealand (despite my best efforts to get it opened before I left); I am now in the process of supplying the new bank account details. 

Flamingo Cards 

The first orders for Flamingo Cards have been received and distributed. Many of the designers are the same or similar to what was on offer with Pheonix Cards and they are of similar quality. As in the past, Church funds will get 10% of all sales. If you would like a brochure, you can see me at Church or get in touch and we can make arrangements to let you have a copy. The next brochure is expected in the Autumn which will include Christmas designs. You can contact me, Pat Taylor (Tel 853919.) 

Needles and Pins Craft Group 

The group has been very busy over the past few weeks creating (and talking!) We have about a dozen ladies involved in the group and we would be very happy to have more join us in the session room. Some ladies are making things at home which is fine. If any men are feeling creative, perhaps woodwork, we’d be delighted to hear from you too. We plan to take a break over the Summer and restart after the schools go back in August. More information from Pat Taylor, 853919. 

The F.O.G. Squad

We have had a lovely session looking at Bible Stories. 

Thank you to all the teachers for their hard work and parents for their support over the year. 

We look forward to seeing you all again in September. 

Have a lovely summer! 

Moment for Meditation 

As I walk with you, Lord, 

I begin to see this world as you must do, and know we must work together to make it a better place, which begins with hearts, hands, and feet in service. 

John Birch, 

JAFFA Asks: Mary Bushnell

What do you do for the church?

I open the church on Sundays for worship, attend to the heating for funerals, weddings or any other services held in the church.

How often do you work for the church?

Every day as heating needs to be put on for organisations who use our halls. Panbride hall is used every night Monday to Friday and sometimes during the day as well.

Why do you need a set of keys for the church?

To unlock the door to the church and the offices.

Do you do other work?

Yes. I am a lollipop lady at Woodlands Primary School. I am also Chairperson for Carnoustie Gala Committee who or-ganises Carnoustie Gala week and day. I also help with the cleaning of the church.

How long have you been doing this job?

Twenty two years.

What is the best part of your job?

Meeting the people who come to church and I have made a lot of friends. It is particularly lovely to see and speak to the young people and to welcome new people into our church family.

Creche Rota

July ~ No Creche 

August ~ Panbride Church 

5th No Creche 

12th No Creche 

19th Dawn Barrowman, Joyce Brown 

27th Marion Palmer, Beth Lee-Smith 

September ~ Newton Church 

2nd Tom Black, Annetta Anderson 

9th Gillian Sawers, Joanna Stout 

Dates for Your Diary


16 Kirk Session 7:30pm 

26 Holy Communion ~ Panbride Church 11am 

~ Panbride Hall 3pm 


Car Parking at Panbride Church

The car park in the school playground is available for use each Sunday when worship is at Panbride church. 

Please make use of it – that will reduce the need to park on the narrow road and make it easier for emergency vehicles should they need to travel along the road. Access and exiting the car park in the school playground can be made via either of the roads to the east or west side of the school/former school house. 

Using the school car park will also leave the car park in front of the cottage for those who have mobility restrictions.

 Congregrational Outing 

This will take place on Saturday 30th of June. The bus will leave Easthaven at 10am and then stop at Newton Church for a 10:15am departure to Stonehaven. After Lunch at the Station Hotel Stonehaven the party will continue to Raemoir Garden Centre at Banchory where there will be time to look around, make any purchases and enjoy a refreshment. Planned return to Carnoustie for between 5 and 6pm. Cost is £20 per person. At time of writing there are still a few seats left on the bus. Further information from Mary Bushnell. 

The Church and GPDR .. Did You Know … 

New legislation covering data proteUK ction came into force on 25 May 2018. The EU’s General Data Protection Regu-lation will be incorporated into UK law and a new Data Protection Act will replace the Data Protection Act 1998. As a church we handle individuals’ personal information and so are obliged to act in accordance with best practice. A new GDPR training webinar is available from the Church of Scotland website and training will be rolled out in due course for office bearers and other members of the congregation who handle personal information. Meanwhile, guidance is available here: protection 

Fund Raising and Social Committee 

The sponsored walk which took place on Sunday 13th May 2018 raised the magnificent sum of £859.00 plus we are able to claim back Gift Aid on quite a bit of this money. A huge thanks to all who supported this event which was enjoyed by all who participated. Thanks to George for piping us on our way, to John and Nikki from Easthaven Together who served refreshments at Easthaven and to the ladies in the kitchen for the refreshments in Panbride Hall on our return. 

The Strawberry Tea on Saturday 16th June 2018 raised the sum of £320.50 for Church funds. Thanks to all who came to this event and to the farmers who very kindly supplied the strawberries. 

We are having a break for the summer but details of the Harvest Supper being held on Saturday 22nd September 2018 will be announced later in the summer in the Order of Service and in the next issue of Update. 

We have received a suggestion of having an Open Garden afternoon next year. If any members would be interested in showing their garden, could they please speak to Helen Harley or any members of the Social/Fundraising committee. 

A Beetle Drive, a Gift Evening and a concert are all in the planning for later in the year. HH. 

Some of those who attended and prepared the Strawberry Tea 


Congregational Register 


Mr Lindsay Smith 8/5/2018

Mr Tom Watt 9/5/2018

Mr Neil Wallace 22/5/2018

Mrs Marjory Weir 29/5/2018*

*Member of congregation


Claire Penrose* and Grant Owen – 5 May 2018

*Member of congregation

Flower Calendar


1st Mrs N.Kettles

8th Mrs L Ross

15th Mrs J Stout

22nd Mrs J Malhotra

29th Mrs E Adams


5th Mrs A Brown

12th Mrs M Laird

19th Mrs M Bushnell

26th Mrs D Harper


2nd Mrs J Beattie

9th Mrs M Taylor

16th Mrs M Cowan

Church Directory

Minister Rev Annette Gordon

Session Clerk Mrs Lyn Ross

Clerk to Board Mr Walter Ruark

Treasurer Mr W John Winterton

Gift Aid Mr Stan Beattie

Church Secretary Mrs Nicola Keen

& Rollkeeper Contact via: 

Organist Mrs Marjorie Rennie

Church Officer Mrs Mary Bushnell

Fabric Convener Mr John Porter

Fund Raising & Social Convener Mrs Helen Harley

Flower Convener Mrs Eleanor Whamond

Magazine Convener Mr David Taylor

Health & Safety Mrs Linda Nicoll

Friendship Circle Mrs Cathie Connor

FOG Squad Team Leader Mrs Alison Stuart

Youth Group JAFFA Mrs Joanna Stout

Creche Mrs June Black


Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll