Archive for June 2019


June 27th, 2019

Update                                        June 2019






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Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 

Did You Know 

  •  On 28th May Lindsay Shaw the Dementia Advisor for Angus held an information session, which was attended by 18 people some of whom are in the photograph on the front cover. 
  • Our minister is a regular contributor on Facebook and this includes church events and theme of Sunday services. 
  • The service on the 26th of May was part of the Church of Scotland HIV Aids support programme, which has now been running for over 10 years. After the service there was a sandwich and sundae lunch and £ 300 was forwarded to the ongoing Church of Scotland national appeal.

Soup & Sweet Lunches – a Thank You from the Organiser

We recently completed another year of Soup and Sweet Lunches on the last Sunday of the months when we worship at Newton Church. There are many involved with the preparation of the food, setting up the tables, those who serve, the bread waiters, those who make the tea and coffee, those who see to all the washing up, the tidying up, the hoovering and the laundry. To them all we send our sincere thanks for an excellent service well done. L Ross

Five Questions

The questions in this issue have been answered by Jean Johnstone a member of the Congregational Board. 

1. What is your favourite hymn? 

As a child my favourite hymn was “ I Think When I Read That Sweet Story Of Old”. Now I like the lyrics and beautiful melody of “ I Need Every Hour Most Gracious Lord”. 

2. Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? 

The Lucaya Presbyterian Church on Grand Bahama. 

The Uniting Church in Australia. 

A remembrance day service on the deck of the P & O cruise ship “Aurora” enroute to the Caribbean. 

3. Who is your favourite biblical character? 

Moses was told by God to lead his people, the Israelites to safety from Egypt, as they were treated cruelly by the Pharaoh’s men. He didn’t relish the task, but agreed to do it. He and his brother Aaron were with them in the desert for 40 years amidst much hardship and disharmony. Moses loved his people and did his upmost to help them until the end of his life. 

4. What is your favourite Bible reading? 

John Chapter 15 Verses 1-17 The vine and the branches and 

Matthew Chapter 5 Verses 1-12 The Beatitudes. 

5. Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? 

Chad Varah, an Anglican priest who founded the Samaritans in 1953 and the volunteers who man the telephones and listen to callers contemplating suicide. 

Note from Editor

Five Questions was first published in November 2005 and since then it has, including the article above, been included on 64 occasions. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have willingly contributed over the years. 

It is said that all good things must come to an end and I have made the decision to end the article to create the space for a new regular feature which will start with the next issue of UPDATE. 

Musings from the Manse  

One of my favourite TV adverts is the advert from a certain optician featuring a short-sighted shepherd shearing his sheep and also giving his poor Border collie an unwanted grooming. The poor wee dog ends up a bit worse for wear with a look of bewilderment on his face. Of course, the shepherd isn’t the only one to have an optical mishap. I often tell the story behind my first pair of glasses. I had no real idea that my vision was deteriorating until I attempted to wave down an orange cement mixer on a busy Glasgow street mistaking it for a no 64 bus. The Glasgow buses were bright orange in those days and you couldn’t miss them. Although, I obviously did a fairly good job that day! Once I had my new glasses everything was clear and sharp and in focus. 

How wonderful it is to be able to see things clearly. 

However, even if we have 20/20 vision sometimes we are still unable to see what is right in front of us. 

There are many examples that come to us through the gospels showing us that again and again Jesus’ disciples, despite being so close to him, failed to recognise who he really was. 

They had eyes to see yet did not seem to see very clearly. 

Paul the Apostle in his first letter to the Corinthians attempts to describe this spiritual blindness when he says, 

“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. (1 Corinthians 12: 12 The Message) 

And we all have a degree of spiritual blindness. In the challenge of modern-day life our vision of Christ can easily become blurred and distorted. We need Jesus to restore our sight. 

The Right Reverend Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, gives the example of the blind man at Bethsaida (Mark 8: 22-26) suggesting that the blind man can only really see clearly after Jesus touches him a second time: 

“Jesus asked “Do you see anything?” And He looked up and said, ‘I see people, but they look like trees, walking ” There is a change, but full sight is tantalisingly out of reach. There is contrast, light and shade, but it is blurred and indistinct, so it is more frustrating than fulfilling. “Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again… And he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly- beginning with Jesus.” (Morning Reflection at General Assembly 21st May 2019) 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a “second touch” from Jesus, to have some “divine eye surgery” and to be able to see Jesus clearly? To see that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, forever. And that in all the challenges we face as a church and as individuals, in all the talk of death and decline, in all the weariness and cynicism, Jesus has not changed and neither has his power to heal and to transform. 

When we see clearly everything falls into place, when we see the world and each other through the lens of Jesus, through spiritual eyes, then the world looks a much better, brighter place and life is more fulfilling than frustrating. 

“…. it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” (1 Corinthians 12:12 The Message) 

Wishing you a clear and bright summer! 

Blessings ~ Annette

Radical Review Proposals

Set out below is a summary of the main proposals agreed by the Assembly 2019 

  • Cost of central administration to be cut by up to 30%: four councils to be merged into two. 
  • Number of Scottish presbyteries to be reduced from 43 to about 12. Focused on supporting local congregation in their ministry and mission. 
  • Kirk Sessions to be reduced in size and focused on ‘Leadership and strategic decision-making’. 
  • Decision-making and resources to be devolved from central administration to regional and local levels. 
  • Land and buildings plan to focus on ‘well equipped spaces in right places.’ Money from sale of redundant buildings to be shared between congregations. 
  • Improved training and support for all ministry and leadership roles. 
  • General Assembly to be made smaller. 
  • Focus on engaging with people under 40. 
  • Up to £25m to be spent on projects aimed at church growth, with particular emphasis on church planting. 
  • 100 new worshipping communities to be established. 
  • Networks, hubs and other new local church structures to be developed. 
  • No congregation to pay more in ministry and mission contributions after next year until new arrangements are agreed. 

There is more detail in a Life and Work special General Assembly 2019 Supplement. 

Copies of this are available at both doors of Panbride Church. 

There is full coverage of the General Assembly in July’s Life and Work which is available now. 

Web address for Life and Work is 

Facebook address for Life and Work is 

Twitter address for Life and Work is @cofslifeandwork 


A Prayer from Life & Work

Creator God 

You who planted a garden and caused it to flourish 

Who brought us to life to see the this world 

To love it, and to love you 

Who father-like invited us 

To come and join in with what you are doing 

We praise you, the God of new life 


We praise you, the God who knows how to grow things 

A garden, a world 

A Kingdom, a church 

We hear you call us alongside you again 

To see what you’re causing to blossom 


We smiled at Spring 

Turning a corner; hopeful shoots of something new 

Life returning 

Patiently enjoying that season’s unfurling beauty


But we rejoice in the Summer 

We praise you for exchanging grey for exploding colour 

Surrounding your people with new life in full bloom 

Growing, pulsating, drooping with fruit 

Life in all its fullness 


Let the parched land be filled with pools of refreshing water 

Let the scorched Church bubble with Spirit-springs 

Open blind eyes, open deaf ears 

Open silent tongues, open stiff legs 

Open up stony hearts and closed minds 

Open out a highway in this nation 

For you to walk the land and be announced to all


‘See, I am doing new things! 

Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 

I am making a way in the desert 

And streams in the wasteland.’ 


God, give to our Churches and our communities 

So much growth that we don’t know what to do with it 

And then Lord – 

Teach us what to do with it! 


Moment for Meditation  

God’s heart is big enough to hold everyone,

and ours needs to be too.

Dates for your Diary


Coffee and Chat in Panbride Hall – 

Wednesdays at 10am 


15th Kirk Session 7.30pm 

25th Holy Communion Panbride Church 11am 

Panbride Hall 3pm

Test your Bible Knowledge

1. Who wrote the first five books of the Old Testament ?

2. What does Israel mean ?

3. What was the name of Adam’s third son ?

4. Which tribe of Israel looked after religious aspects of life ?

5. Which Gospel was written by a doctor ?

6. What is the shortest book of the New Testament ?

7. Who was Stephen in Acts of the Apostles ?

8. What tribe was Paul from ?

9. Who went with Paul on his first missionary journey ?

10. What does the word gospel mean ?

Answers after Church Directory


Jaffa trip to Ryze in Dundee.

Lots of trampoline fun to finish off their busy year.


Treasurer’s Report 

GIVINGS TO END OF MAY    2019    2018 

 Weekly                                              1,948      2,213 

Monthly                                           18,819     18,173 

Plate                                                  4,303       4,025 

Gift Aid                                             5,304       5,129 

TOTAL                                      30,374    29,540 

These headings represent approximately 75%or our regular income. At this moment the outcome at year end looks like a deficit somewhere between £6,000 and £7,000. Half of this deficit is 

expenditure in this year related to income received in the previous year. WJW.

FOG Squad

Our annual picnic was held in the manse garden this year and great fun was had by all. The children and adults collected natural materials and created some wonderful creatures! We played with the new games and the children enjoyed some traditional races. Thank you to all who attended and joined in the fun.

Fundraising & Social Committee 

The Valuation Afternoon held on 4th May 2019 was a great success with £310.00 

raised. Steven Dewar, who gave up his time to help with this event, would not take 

anything but requested that we make a donation to Carnoustie Foodbank instead. 

This has been done. 

The Strawberry Tea held on Saturday, 8th June 2019 raised £661.15 for Church 

funds. Thanks to all who supported this event. 

Other events in the planning with more details to follow: 

Congregation Supper on Saturday 14th September 2019. 

Concert by Arbroath Instrumental Band and Junior Band on Thursday 26th September 2019. 

Coffee Morning on Saturday 2nd November 2019. HH. 

Needles and Pins 

We have had a very successful winter creating items for sale at the Christmas Gift Evening, Easter chicks,etc and for the sales table at the Strawberry Tea. The last event took in a total of £192.10 including the Easter sales. Thanks to all the ladies who raised this amount and gave of their time to create some wonderful items. .We are now having a break over the Summer and hope to start back again in the Autumn when we would be delighted to see some new faces joining our happy band! PJT.

Congregational Register


Jackson David James Allen 23/06/2019

Flower Calendar

July 2019

7th Mrs Lyn Ross

14th Mrs Joanna Stout

21st Mrs A. Stewart

28th Mrs Eliz Adams

August 2019

4th Mrs Ann Brown

11th Mrs Margaret Laird

18th Mrs Mary Bushnell

25th Mrs Diana Harper

September 2019

1st Mrs Jacqueline Beattie

8th Mrs Mary Taylor  Mrs Moira Cowan

If you would to have your name added to the Flower Rota please speak to our Flower Convener. Contact details in Church Directory below.

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

Safeguarding Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll

Bible Knowledge Quiz Answers 

1. Moses 

2. Prevails with God 

3. Seth 

4. Levi 

5. Luke 

6. 2 John 

7. The first Christian Martyr 

8. Benjamin 

9. Barnabas 

10. Good News