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Update Newsletter

August 28th, 2018

 Update                                August 2018 



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Did You Know

  • A portable ramp is now in use at Panbride Church to help ease the difficulty of the high step at the Church entrance. 
  •  Mrs Dorothy Booth has now completed her term as Congregational Elder to Presbytery. Mrs Joyce Brown will take over from the September Presbytery meeting. 
  • At the General Assembly in May all Presbyteries and Congregations were instructed to hold a specific meeting to discuss how Church of Scotland should proceed in the future. Kirk Session will therefore hold a special additional meeting for the specific purpose on Saturday 20th October 2018. 

Flamingo Cards

Hopefully I will have the new Christmas card brochure in September. Anyone wishing to see a booklet can see me af-ter the Church service on a Sunday or can contact me. 10% of all sales goes to Church funds. Pat Taylor

Needles and Pins Group

The group restarted on 21st August and will meet every two weeks thereafter.. We meet at 2pm in the Session Room at Newton Church. We look forward to meeting up with old friends and hopefully, welcoming some new members to our happy group. Further information from Pat Taylor

Teas after Sunday Services

Thank you to everyone who has helped with the teas/coffees. Since last September just over £500 has gone to church funds after expenses are deducted for the tea, coffee and biscuits etc.

Five Questions

The questions in this issue have been answered by Rosanne Porter who is a members of the congregation 

What is your favourite hymn? 

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. 

This brings many happy memories of singing with the whole school in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. We sang for a live recording on radio. 

Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? 

On Christmas Day on the Hogsback in South Africa where I grew up, everyone gathered in the Oak Avenue in the forest to sing Christmas carols. An inspirational place. 

Who is your favourite biblical character? 

My favourite character must be Moses’ mother who bravely set her baby in the bulrushes to save his life. 

What is your favourite Bible reading? 

Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, ch 13: 

Love is patient & kind. Love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. Faith, Hope & Love abide, these three but the greatest of these is love. 

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? 

All South Africans (no matter what their skin colour or religious persuasion) regard Nelson Mandela as a hero for succeeding in persuading everyone to forgive & move forward in peace, especially when he had been imprisoned for 27 years. 

Musings from the Manse

What a wonderful summer it has been in Carnoustie. Little did I imagine when I was shivering in the snow in March and struggling against that east coast wind in April that I would ever be able to enjoy my walk along the beach sans hat and coat and gloves! The Factor 50 sunscreen snoring away happily at the back of the cupboard was rudely awakened and put to work!!! 

Summer is a time when it seems everything slows down, even the church seems sleepy and contented. The different groups and organisations take a break allowing the leaders to have a well- earned rest. It seems everything pauses, and a peaceful slumber descends. 

Of course, “behind the scenes” lots of important work is still going on. People are preparing for the next session of whatever activity or ministry they are involved in – making plans and drawing up rotas. The work of the church is still being attended to by our faithful and committed office bearers. Elders are still looking after the people in their various districts. Summer is also the time when necessary maintenance work is done in the church buildings and grounds. 

For me, there are all the usual tasks of ministry – visiting the sick and conducting funerals as well as worship services to prepare – as one of my supervisors used to tell me “these Sundays come around with alarming regularity!” As, of course, does Monday morning for all those who must return to work or school. So, it is important then that we take time away to recharge our batteries. God, of course, does not take a holiday and that is something for us to be continually thankful for. 

There is never a moment that God is not with us and there is nowhere we can go that God is not there. 

“….he who watches over you will not slumber: 

Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121) 

As summer draws to a close, I am looking forward to the autumn and to the return of all our organisations within the church and to having our church family complete once more with the children from F.O.G. and J.A.F.F.A. I am looking forward to the special services we have planned – Dedication Service on 2nd September when we will celebrate the Year of the Young People with an all-age service, and our Harvest Service on 23rd September. And, of course, the return of our regular fellowship over a cuppa (or should I say cuppy now) after the service and our Soup and Sweet lunches on the last Sunday of the month. Also, all the fellowship activities our Social Committee has organised for us. 

Now that I am “settling in” and getting to know people better, I realise how blessed we are with so many gifted and committed people in our congregation who do so much for our church family serving God in so many different ways. Although we all have different gifts and different ways of serving we are all equally important, we all have our part to play. Even those who, because of chronic ill health or the frailties of old age, can no longer attend are still able to play a part supporting the church prayerfully and financially. It has been a great source of encouragement to me as I go around visiting people that they think so fondly of Carnoustie Panbride and are still able to feel part of the family in some way. 

So, we should look forward to this new season, coming to it rested and refreshed as well as awake and alert to all that God has planned for us as we walk together on the adventure of faith. 

Blessings ~ Annette 

Coming Home

What is home? Where is home? Home is a word we use everyday but what exactly do we mean when we use that word?

I have lived in many houses since leaving Carnoustie in 1963. Over all the years since then I have referred to each one as my home. And yet when someone asked me where my ‘home town’ was I rightly said ‘Carnoustie’. But there arises the question —what is the difference between a house and a home?

I would like to share with you how I have found the answer.

As a boy I attended Newton Panbride Sunday School, Bible Classes and Youth Fellowship. I played badminton in the small church hall and took part in the church’s Dramatic Club productions and in 1958 I joined the church and shortly afterwards became a deacon.

Then my work took me away to various parts of the UK and my close connection with the church since 1948 ended.

I listened recently to our minister’s sermon about the gardener and the vine and the fact that some parts of the vine are fruitful while others are dead. That Sunday I was able to put into words that I was a dead vine and had been ‘unproductive’ for all the years since leaving Carnoustie.

For the past few years I have been living here during which time mum passed away and I have been occupying myself with all kinds of activities in clubs and groups.

In 2017 something amazing happened. It was the winter I planned not to visit South Africa and I was reading the local press when I saw that Newton Panbride had appointed a new minister. I had on occasions over the years when in Carnoustie at Christmas and Easter sat upstairs in what I (possibly in error) call ‘Pew 73’ which was all those years ago my family seat so off I went to church one Sunday in December.

Something happened that morning and I can’t put my finger on it –was it the T system which worked so well or the minister’s message or simply that I was back in my church which emanated a friendly welcoming feeling or parts of all of that? Only God will know. The feeling was so strong I spoke with my friend David Taylor and asked how could I arrange to join the kirk which I did.

More recently I have heard our minister’s sermons and realised that those many years of being a dead vine were over. God had guided me home.

Now buds are growing on my vine – why? Well, of course, it’s because I am home. It had never been any of the properties I ever lived in – I was in Newton Panbride church – God’s home. Robbie Murray.

Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle begins on October 9th with a talk on reducing chemicals in the home. October 23rd is the Ea-gles Trust, November 6th is the Trefoil Guild and November 20th is decoupage

All meetings are at 2 pm in the church hall and everyone is welcome. SW.

Fund Raising and Social

A Harvest Supper will take place on Saturday 22nd September 2018 in Panbride Hall at 7.00 pm. Tickets will cost £12.50 and as spaces are limited, names and money will be taken on a first come basis.

A Beetle Drive is planned for Friday 19th October 2018 in Panbride Hall. Tickets will cost £1.00 for adults and 50p for children. It will start at 7.00 pm and light refreshments will be served during a break.

A Gift Evening to include Xmas refreshments will take place in Panbride Hall on Friday 2nd November 2018 from 7.00 pm until 8.30 pm. Tickets cost £3.00 and donations of shortbread and mince pies would be very much appreciated.

A concert by Perth Acappella singers, will take place in Newton Church on Friday 30th November 2018. More details in the next issue of Update. HH.

GDPR Update

Further to the new legislation covering data protection which came into force on 25 May 2018, our Data Protection and Data Retention Policies are now in place. The Privacy Notices are displayed on noticeboards in both Panbride and Newton churches, and on the church website as advised by the Church of Scotland Law Department. A new GDPR training webinar is available from the Church of Scotland website for those office bearers and other members of the congregation who handle personal information:


100th Anniversary of end of WW1 – Panbride War Memorial

In November, we shall be commemorating the conclusion of WW1. In the Parish of Panbride, many of the young men joined the colours but not all returned. Their names are inscribed on the war memorial in Panbride Churchyard and on the one at the door of Newton Church.

Over the last few months, Cameron and I have been researching the names to find out more about these men. It is our intention to mount a display in the Panbride Hall from October to November to share their stories. We shall also include an article in the next edition of Update.

Below, we have listed their names. We know it is a long shot, but perhaps some of you know of these men or indeed are related to them. We would love to hear from you and invite you to contact us through the details below. Any memories or anecdotes which may have been passed down in your families would also be of interest.

Linda Nicoll

Cameron Stuart












































Ministries and Mission Contribution 2018

As has been the case in recent years Congregations have been asked to tell members about the details of their assessment for 2018.

Each congregation is assessed individually based on their level of income, which is primarily their offerings in the preceding 3 years and for 2018 the qualifying years were 2014 to 2016.

Assessment for Carnoustie Panbride for 2018 is £48,966

This is £638 more than 2017. The two components of the Assessment are:

MINISTRIES (83.5%) £40,887

Which goes towards the cost of providing over 1000 ministers and other parish workers throughout Scotland and the Presbytery of England.

The 2018 cost of a parish minister at the top end of the stipend scale is £42,362. [This is not the Annual salary of our Minister but reflects top of the stipend scale plus employer’s national insurance and pension contributions]

As our assessed contribution is less than £42,362 there is a shortfall for 2018 of £1.475. This is £205 more than the shortfall in 2017

MISSION (16.5%) £8,079

Which is used to support the Church’s work in :resourcing congregations for Christian education and outreach;

providing social care services;

assisting partners around the world in our shared Christian journey;

providing central day to day services in administration, financial and legal matters and public debate on issues affecting Scotland and the world;

planning the General Assembly and ensuring the Moderator represents the Church

While the notification providing the figures above does not give the actual costs relating to a minister in their first charge the total would be less than £42.362 for the top end of the stipend scale. This would mean that, for this year, Carnoustie Panbride will be contributing the cost for their ministry.

Comments about Congregational Outing

Feed back from those on the outing on 30th June included: 

Wonderful church outing to Stonehaven and Raemoir Garden Centre Banchory

Delicious lunch at Station Hotel Stonehaven prompted one of the party to send a note of thanks to the Hotel which they much appreciated

Time for shopping at the Garden Centre

And the sun shone all day

Great day out, thank you to organisers. Has to be one of the best

Wonderful day out. Food, weather and company all great. Thank you to organisers

A BIG THANK YOU to those who did a fantastic job organising and making sure we had a great time

and the sweeties were much appreciated !!

Fog Squad

The F.O.G Squad starts again on 2nd September and will be a family service. The children will be in church the whole service and can be dropped off and collected from the front of the church.

The F.O.G Squad ages range from 3 years olds to primary 7. We are looking forward to seeing the children again and would be delighted to welcome any new children to the F.O.G Squad.


JAFFA are looking forward to welcoming 3 new members who have graduated from FOG Squad. This is going to be an exciting year for the group, continuing to be part of the church community, supporting worship and Soup and Sweet but also new adventures such as a Café Ministry! All secondary age young people welcome.



2nd Tom Black / Annetta Anderson

9th Gillian Sawers / Joanna Stout

16th Dawn Barrowman / Joyce Brown

23rd Marion Palmer / Joyce Brown





21st June Black / Margaret Easton

28th Tom Black / Gillian Sawers


4th Dawn Barrowman / Marion Palmer

11th June Black / Joyce Brown

18th Beth Lee-Smith / Annetta Anderson

25th Joanna Stout /Gillian Sawers


2nd Dawn Barrowman / Margaret Easton

Moment for Meditation

He loves us not because we are loveable …but because He is love. (C.S. Lewis)

Test your Bible Knowledge

1. How many books are in the Bible?

2. What is the shortest book in the Bible

3. How many times do the phrases “Fear not” or “Do not fear” appear in the Bible?

4. What is the only book that does not contain the word God

5. In what language was the Old testament originally written?

6. In what language was the New testament original written?

7. Who wrote most books in the New Testament?

8. What is the common name given to the first 4 books of the New Testament?

9. Which woman’s name is mentioned most often in the Bible?

10. What is the last word in the Bible?

Answers after Church Directory

Dates for your Diary



2 Dedication Service for year of young people and FOG squad re-starts

2 Short Service of worship At Condor Court 2pm

20 Congregational Board – 7:30pm Panbride Hall

22 Harvest Supper Panbride Hall 7pm

23 Harvest Thanksgiving Service 11am

30 Soup and Sweet Lunch after service


9 Friendship Circle re-starts Panbride Hall 2pm

18 Kirk Session 7:30pm Panbride Hall

19 Beetle Drive Panbride drive 7pm

20 Kirk Session Conference Panbride Hall 10am

28 Soup and Sweet Lunch after service


2 Gift Evening including Christmas Refreshments Panbride Hall 7pm to 8.30pm

11 Remembrance Service – Panbride Church 9.30am followed by Laying Wreath at Panbride War Memorial

Service at Town War Memorial at 10.45am

Services and times are proposed and subject to approval

15 Congregational Board – Panbride Hall 7:30pm

18 Holy Communion – Newton Church 11am Panbride Hall 3pm

25 Soup and Sweet Lunch after service

30 Concert in Newton Church

Angus Care and Repair in partnership with Angus Carers and Alzheimers Angus 

There are 2 projects which currently have funds to be allocated to people living with or affected by dementia and a brief outline of these are set out below: 

Project 1. There is £125,000 for people in Angus affected by dementia and/or their unpaid carers to pur-chase something up to the value of £500 that will make a difference to their life. This money has to be allo-cated in the next 2 months. Some examples are short breaks either together or independently, a new televi-sion or lawnmower, a dementia friendly mobile phone, reorganisation of garden to make it more accessible. For more information or an application form call 01307 463232 

Project 2 There is £350,000 for people in Angus who are living with dementia and their unpaid carers to access a grant of up to £500 to purchase something that will make a difference to their life. This is to con-tribute in particular to improved quality of life, well-being, empowerment and social inclusion for people. Some examples are a short break for individual and carer or just for the carer, a powered recliner chair, gar-den furniture, new carpet or anti slip flooring. For more information contact 01307 463232 or email 

There is also a further project which would enable to enable anyone who is older, disabled or feels vulnera-ble in their home to get a free home safety check before the on set of the colder weather.. It is a confiden-tial room by room check looking for potential accidents such as electrical overloading, trip hazards or securi-ty issues. There are also some security 5 lever locks, peep holes or door bars which can fitted free of charge if required. It is a FREE check.  

 Congregational Register


Mrs Edith Swan* – 28/6/2018

Mr Jack Walker – 8/7/2018

Mrs Marlene McPherson – 10/7/2018

Mrs Christina Shepherd* – 21/7/2018

Mrs Margaret Crozier* – 4/8/2018

*Member of congregation


Harlo Robertson – 5/8/2018

New member:

Mr Ian Cameron District – 17

Flower Calendar


2nd Mrs J Beattie,

9th Mrs M Taylor, Mrs M Cowan,

16th Mrs B Easton,

23rd Harvest Thanksgiving

30th Mrs E Watson,


7th Mrs J Sturrock, Mrs S Devanay,

14th Mrs D Booth,

21st Mrs P Scanlan,

28th Mrs M Easton, Mrs J Jones,


4th Mrs A Clark, Mrs D Smith,

11th Mrs P Geekie, Mrs K Fulton,

18th Mrs M Low, Mrs N Reid,

25th Mrs A Scott,

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 & Rollkeeper Mrs Nicola Keen 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

Safeguarding Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll


Quiz Answers – 1. 66 2. 2 John 3. 365 times 4. Esther 5. Hebrew 6. Greek 7. Paul 8. The Gospels 9. Sarah 10. Amen