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December 2nd, 2018

  Update              25 November 2018 




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Did You Know

  • That on Sunday 11 November at 7.05pm Phil Manson, one of our Elders, rang the bell at Newton Church as part of the Ringing Out for Peace. Church bell ringing took place throughout the UK to mark the end of WW1.
  • Rev Colin Sinclair minister of Palmerston Place Church Edinburgh has been appointed Moderator-Designate of the General Assembly for 2019.

Friendship Circle

At our first meeting Friendship Circle members were given the opportunity to purchase cleaning materials which were free from chemicals. Our second meeting was a talk from Mike Cordiner who works for the Eagles Trust in Dundee. This organisation spreads the gospel to vulnerable people especially rough sleepers. They run soup kitchens and give emotional support.

In November Frieda Johnston spoke about the Trefoil Guild and later in the month Vivian Hill told us about the art of Decoupage. Future Friendship Circle meetings are as follows :-

December 4 – Birds and Habitat from Glen Glen Maol to Kinnordy Loch – Bob McCurley

December 18 – Dukes Ukelele Band

January 15 – Glitter & Sparkles Monica Mills

January 20 The Doric – Liz Pardoe

February 12 The Grocer’s Boy – Robbie Murray

February 26 Dundee Women’s Aid – Jackie McIntosh

All are welcome at 2 pm in the church hall. SW.

Five Questions 

The questions in this issue have been answered by Nancy Don who had links with Panbride Church many year ago and joined the congregation when she came to stay in Carnoustie. 

What is your favourite hymn? 

It’s hard to choose. ‘O love that wilt not let me go’ which was written by Rev. George Mathieson and has special meaning for me and my late husband. The other one would be In the Bleak midwinter. “What shall I give him, give my heart” 

Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? 

Mormon Church in Cascade County Montana, where my friend Harry helped his friend Bishop Matt officiate at a baptism when the whole family joined the church. It was a lovely service. (Although I didn’t fancy the total immersion)! 

Who is your favourite biblical character? 

The Good Samaritan. We should all aspire to helping others whatever their colour or creed 

What is your favourite Bible reading? 

John 8:12 “I am the light of the world” 

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? 

The Late Sister Alison Kiddie who worked in the Eye Ward at DRI and Ninewells Hospital. I met Alison later in her life when we were members of Clepington Church. She was an extremely intelligent, humble lady with a very generous soul. Many young doctors who passed through her ward kept up correspondence with her during her lifetime. She was still reading her favourite books in Greek and Latin until her eyesight was poor. The kettle was always on and the teapot ready for a chat, from her childhood at the Guynd to current affairs. Yes, I miss her. 

Musings from the Manse                      

As you read this letter, it will be a year since my ordination and induction as minister of Carnoustie Panbride Church. It has been the quickest year of my life and has gone by in a blur. Life has been so full and so busy. So many different experiences. So many new people to meet. So many names to remember. So many wee streets for me to get lost in! 

So many changes! Life has changed radically, inside out and upside down since my ordination and induction. It seemed to happen in a moment and yet there had been so many years of training and preparing and waiting on God to show me the next step. 

Advent this year begins on Sunday 2nd December and is traditionally a time of preparing, and a time of waiting. But just what are we preparing for and what are we waiting for? 

There is always the temptation to start the Christmas celebrations early. No doubt there will be some households that have started the preparations already. The Christmas decorations are up and the first of many mince pies has already been eaten. It is important that we don’t allow Advent to be swallowed up with the Christmas season. 

Advent is a season in its own right. 

In his book, “To Nativity and Beyond”, David Sinclair says this: 

“Advent talks about renewal, about change (radical change), about turning things (and me) inside out and upside down.” 

Jesus talked about the coming of “the Kingdom of God” and yet it is tempting for us as Christians to describe Advent in sentimental terms as “waiting for Baby Jesus to come in the night”, a baby who seems to ask very little of us in the way of encounter or change. However, if we take Advent seriously then our entire lives and the life of the church are really one huge “Advent”. And the world is waiting for the one to whom we cry “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20). Jesus invites us this Christmas as every Christmas to enter into a relationship that will change our lives radically and inside and out. 

So as we journey through Advent together my hope is that we will be prepared not just for Christmas with the gifts all wrapped and the turkey or nut roast in the oven but prepared inwardly to hope and to dream and to pray for the change that Jesus, Light of the World, brings to the world, to the church and to each one of us. 

Blessings ~ Annette 


At the General Assembly this year the council of Assembly presented a strategic plan covering the next 10 years entitled Worshipping God, Inspiring Faith, Connecting People. This was not accepted by Commissioners and as a result the Council were instructed to return to the Assembly in 2019 with a radical plan for 2019 to 2022 to achieve much needed reform within the Church. 

Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions were further instructed (ie they must do) to hold a conference to discuss their vision and mission for the next few years. The Kirk Session Conference was held on 20th October and while no decisions were made that day it provided an opportunity to reflect on current strengths and weaknesses and brain storm some possibilities for the future. 


“One day there was a blind man sitting on the step of a building with a hat by his feet and a sign that read ‘I am blind, please help.’ A creative publicist was walking by and stopped to have a look. He saw that the blind man only had a few coins in his hat. He dropped in a few more coins and, without asking for permission, took the sign and rewrote it. The same after-noon the publicist returned to the blind man and noticed that his hat was full of notes and coins. He paused for a moment and the blind man asked him if he was the same person who had rewritten his sign and, if so, what did he write . The publicist responded: ‘Nothing that wasn’t true. I just wrote the message a little differently’ He smiled and went on his way. “The new sign now read: ’Today is golden autumn and I can’t see it’” 

We are living in days which bring much challenge for the church locally and nationally. Yes, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever but the way we spread the good news must change with the times. Change is so often feared but really it can be the best thing , the thing that brings new life, new breath into situations where everything is stale and dying both in our personal lives and the life of the church. 

The challenge for us is to embrace change, and learn, to let go of what needs to be let go, so that we are free to catch hold of the vision that God will surely send us.

Moment for Meditation

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace. Only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. (Anne Lamott)

Armistice Sunday Reflection 11.11.2018 by Linda Nicoll

In a time of personal tragedy or, indeed, a national tragedy, people turn to the church. It has always been that way, even today. People are looking for comfort, support, even hope. 

When war broke out in 1914, people’s lives were set to change forever. Families were separated as their fathers, sons and brothers enlisted. Many of those would not return. The church was the one constant factor in people’s lives. At that time, we had two churches in our parish. This one was the parish church and Newton was known as Panbride United Free Church. Both suffered casualties and both ministers were present at the unveiling of the war memorial. 

Like towns and villages across the nation, Carnoustie got behind the war effort. They formed various support groups and fundraising groups and it would be reasonable to assume that many of our members were involved in these. I have read the Kirk Session Minutes for both churches for that period. The UF church makes little of no mention of the war until 1921 when the War memorial inside the church was unveiled. The Parish Church records are a little more informative. From those, and the local newspaper articles of the time, we begin to get a picture of what life was like on the home front here in Carnoustie. 

As early as December 1914, the Women’s Guild of this congregation had been very productive. They had sent 500 pairs of socks to the troops and held a sale of work in Panbride School followed by an evening concert. Altogether, they raised £47 of which £20 was sent to the Belgian Refugee Fund and the remainder was used to provide materials for knitting socks and making shirts for the soldiers at the front. They also provided Christmas dinner for the soldiers who were on duty at Westhaven at that time. These men would have been deployed on coastal watch until their orders came to go to France. The work of our Women’s Guild was highly praised and the Kirk Session agreed to a request that a retiring collection be taken fortnightly to provide money for soldiers’ comforts until further notice. 

In March 1916, an article in “Life and Work” magazine reported on the proposal to erect church huts in France. These huts would provide comforts and recreational activities for the troops. It was agreed to have a collection to support this venture. In 1917, a collection was taken in October to enable the church to send a Christmas parcel to each of the soldiers and sailors belonging to the congregation. Also in 1917, a War Savings Association was established following a meeting at Scryne Hall. The following year a bring and buy sale was organised in the manse garden of the UF church for the local war dressings fund. 

We also had a Red Cross Hospital in our parish. There were two in Carnoustie. The first was established as early as August 1914 in the Union Hall, Park Avenue. It was a list B hospital or Convalescent Hospital. In May 1918, a second RC hospital was opened – at Carlogie House. Lady Dalhousie handed over the property to the RC for one year, rent free, and it was opened officially by the Dowager Countess of Airlie, who was president of the Forfarshire Branch of the RC. It was classed as a list A hospital with a resident matron and staff. It had 40 beds. It is highly probable that these wounded soldiers would be invited to local events – concerts, afternoon teas etc. Some may have even worshipped in this church. 

But what about the men from this parish who left everything behind to fight for their country? We know the names of many of them because they are inscribed on the Rolls of Honour which hang over the glass museum case beside the stairs. These lists are never inclusive of everyone. Although there is no reference to them in the KS minutes, the likelihood is that the KS, at intervals, would invite people to submit names for the list. So you can see how some names might be omitted. If you have seen the display in the Panbride Hall, you will have noticed that each person inscribed on the Memorial has an individual profile with a poppy beside it. Each poppy is named. How-ever, there are also another 94 poppies edging the display and below it. Each of those poppies carries the name of someone from the ROH. No-one has been forgotten. 

The men on the Memorial came from all walks of life. There were farm workers, railway porters, a driver, a teacher and a bank clerk, to name but a few. Some were members of the local cricket club or the local golf club. One was a well known amateur footballer. One young soldier, Kenneth Simpson, lost his life imn 1915 aged only 17 years . Joseph Duncan had only been at the front for three weeks when he was killed. But perhaps one of the saddest stories was the plight of the Masterton family from Lochty Street. In 1915, Mrs Masterton received word that her son, Gilbert, had been killed in action. At the same time, her other son, Forbes, was in a convalescent camp recovering from injuries received at the Dardanelles. Two years later, Forbes too was killed in action. Only a few months prior to that her daughter died in a street accident in London. How does someone cope with so much loss? 

There is one final story which I want to share with you. Alexander Murray Garden, a lance corporal with the Gordon Highlanders, was stationed in Aberdeen for training. He was fatally wounded in a machine gun accident. He never made it to the front. His body was returned by rail to Carnoustie where a military funeral was arranged. The cortege left his parents’ house in Tay Street, preceded by a band and firing party of the battalion of the Royal Scots, and made its way to Panbride Churchyard. A short service was held at the graveside, the firing party discharged 3 volleys over the grave and a company of buglers played the last post. Cameron and I went looking for his grave a couple of months ago and found it very close to the war memorial. Today, after the wreath has been laid at the war memorial, a single poppy will be placed on his gravestone as a mark of our respect. 

Over the last few months, we have endeavoured to bring these people to life – they are more than just names on a memorial. They were family members, many lived and worked in our community -ordinary people who responded to the call when their country needed them. We owe them and so many others, a huge debt of gratitude. I said at the beginning that people turn to the church for comfort, support and hope. I believe that the church did provide all of these things. But these men also gave us hope – hope for a future and the opportunity to build a better society for our children.

Test Your Bible Knowledge

1. What speech impediment afflicted Moses? 

2. Who was the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth? 

3. Which was the first town hit by Joshua’s Israelites after crossing the Jordan? 

4. Which King of Israel nominated Jerusalem as his new capital city? 

5. How many Psalms are included in the Old Testament? 

6. When is Christ’s triumphal return to Jerusalem commemorated? 

7. When translated from Hebrew what does the term “rabbi” mean? 

8. How did the Garden of Gethsemane get its name? 

9. In the New Testament which is the shortest of the four gospels? 

10. From which town did Paul originate? 

 FOG Squad – Off Road adventure on 4 November

Mr Porter kindly invited the children from the F.O.G Squad and their families to see the calves on his farm at East Scryne. The children and adults alike had a fantastic time. It felt like we were on safari driving the 4×4 cars into the nearby fields and getting close to the cows. Mr Porter explained to us about the cows and calves in each field. The children learned a lot from this wonderful adventure and this experience will stay with them for a long time. Thank you very much Mr Porter. AS.


JAFFA have had their first meeting of the year and welcomed new members Cameron , Lucy, Isla and Lucy. They have an exciting year ahead with the new Café Ministry to launch in December and the Christmas outing to plan. By the time you read this article some of the members will have slept under canvas in the Manse garden. The Wee Sleep Out is all about raising awareness of homelessness. This has been a joint venture with the Scouts and hopefully will be a fun way to learn about a serious concern. JAFFA continue to enjoy supporting Soup and Sweet with their time and cooking! Stop and have a chat with us. We love it when you do!. JS.

Creche Rota

December 2018

2nd Dawn Barrowman & Margaret Easton

9th Annetta Anderson & Joyce Brown

16th Marion Palmer & Beth Lee-Smith

23rd No Creche

30th No Creche

January 2019

6th No Creche

13th June Black & Joanna Stout

20th Gillian Sawers & Dawn Barrowman

27th Tom Black & Margaret Easton

February 2019

3rd Joyce Brown & June Black

10th Marion Palmer & Annetta Anderson

17th Gillian Sawers & Dawn Barrowman

24th Tom Black & Beth Lee-Smith

March 2019

3rd Joanna Stout & June Black

10th Margaret Easton & Tom Black

Fund Raising and Social

The Harvest Supper held on 22nd September and the Beetle Drive held on 19th October were both enjoyed by everyone who attended. 

The Gift Evening held on Friday 2nd November raised £764 for Church funds and thanks to all who supported this event in any way. 

The Perth Barbershop Singers are to perform in Newton Church on Friday 30th November 2018 at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £5.00 and can be bought from committee members or the Fobel Shop. Some of the gentlemen singing performed for us a few years ago and the concert was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. So much so that it was the talk of the Congregation for a week afterwards and quite a few people said that they had been sorry they hadn’t attended. Well, now is your chance to hear them again. If you unable to contact anyone to get a ticket you can come along and pay on the night. 

Donations of mince pies and shortbread are required for the refreshments after the Christingle Service which is on Sunday 9th December. HH.

Dates for your Diary

November 2018

30 Barbershop Singers Concert Newton Church 7.30pm

December 2018

All service details are in the leaflet delivered to all houses in the parish or included with this magazine if you live outwith the parish.

January 2019

15 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

15 Finance Committee 7.30 pm

17 Congregational Board 7.30pm Panbride Hall

29 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

February 2019

12 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

17 Holy Communion Newton Church 11am

Panbride Hall 3pm

21 Kirk Session 7.30pm Panbride Hall

26 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

March 2019

1 World Day of Prayer

12 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

19 Finance committee 7.30pm

21 Congregational Board 7.30 Panbride Hall

26 Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall

Flamingo Cards

So far we have raised almost £50 from the sale of cards for Church funds. Thank you to all my loyal customers for their support over the last year. I am about to send off my last order for this year but will have the new brochures in the New Year so will let you know via the magazine when they are available. PJT

Needles and Pins

We had a very successful stall at the Christmas Gift Evening at the beginning of November, where we raised a great sum for Church funds. Thanks to all who contributed in any way.. As we are planning to have a sales table at any future fundraising coffee mornings we have decided to keep on going and plan to meet up again on 8th January in the Session Room at Newton Church, 2pm. New members will be made very welcome. We are a very friendly bunch and there is always good chat over a tea or coffee! PJT


Answers to the Test you Bible Knowlefge Quiz 

November: 1.He stammered 3.Noah 3.Jericho 4.David 5.150 6.Palm Sunday 7.My teacher 8.From Hebrew for oil press 9.Mark 10.Tarsus

Congregational Register


Mr Walter Fearn * – 12/8/2018

Mrs Margaret Anderson – 30/8/2018

Mrs Mary Dunbar* – 15/9/2018

*Member of congregation

New Members

Lynne Fotheringham – District 31

Lorraine Young – District 3

Christmas Post

Scout Group will deliver for you in Carnoustie, Easthaven, Muirdrum, Monifieth, Wellbank, Broughty Ferry (DD5 post code), Kellas, Monikie, Newbigging and Central Arbroath. Cost is 25p per card

Collection boxes in local shops around 25 November until 21 December but cards for Monifieth, Broughty Ferry(DDD5 Post code) and Central Arbroath accepted until Thursday 15 December

Boys’ Brigade will deliver in Carnouste, Barry Easthaven and Muirdrum

Box in Newton Church from 2nd until 16th December

Cost remains 20p per card

Collection Boxes in usual shops from 1st until 20th December

Flower Calendar


2 Mrs M Wright,

9 Mrs R Clark,

16 Mrs A Merchant,

23 Mrs E Whamond,

30 Mrs M Gordon,



6 Mrs K Porter,

13 Mrs L Miller,

20 Mrs M Rennie,

27 Mrs P Taylor ; Mrs P Johnson,


3 Mrs C McWhirter; Mrs Jamieson,

10 Mrs C Kerr, Mrs S Ruark,

17 Mrs C Beckett, Mrs J Brown,

24 Rev A & Mr G Gordon,


3 Mrs E Simpson, Mrs J Granger,

10 Mrs A Howlett,

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 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