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Update Newsletter

November 17th, 2019


 November 2019 






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Did You Know 

  • That Rev Dr Martin Fair minister at St Andrew Arbroath has been announced as the Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2020-2021. 
  • This year is the 30th anniversary of Panbride Church delivering a Christmas leaflet to every house in their Parish. This year we will be joined by Carnoustie and Barry Churches. Every house in Carnoustie , Barry, Muirdrum and Easthaven as well as Shops and Hotels are included and in region of 6,000 leaflets will be delivered between 23rd and 30th of November. Volunteers are being sought by all 3 churches to help to complete this task.. If you could provide 1 hour of your time to help please contact David Taylor Tel 853919 or e-mail 
  • Dave Kendal an elder at West Kirk East Kilbride has been appointed as the first chief officer of the Church of Scotland. He will be responsible for the overall management of the day-to-day running of the church at a national level on behalf of the new Assembly Trustees. This will include delivering the instructions of the General Assembly for slimmed down central administration. 

A Prayer For Radical Change 

As the Church of Scotland continues its challenging work on the three-year radical action plan which was approved by this year’s General Assembly, we call on those from across the Church to join together in pray 

This prayer was written by Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2020-21 and minister at St Andrews Church, Arbroath. 

Living God,

You are the same yesterday, today and forever.

You are constant, reliable, unchanging.

And yet You come to make all things new. 

As we give thanks for all that has been, and still is, we pray that You would put within us a spirit of adventure, that we might be open to what You are going to do in the days that are coming. 

By Your Spirit, give wisdom to the Joint Emerging Church Group as they pray and plan for the renewal of existing congregations and for the birthing of brand new communities of faith. 

Set before us a new vision and open the eyes of our hearts to see that even ‘these dry bones shall live again.’ 

Living God, We give ourselves to what You intend.

Living God, We give ourselves for the renewing of Your church.

Living God, We give ourselves for Your glory.

Living God, We give ourselves in Jesus’ name Amen 

Musings from the Manse 

As I write this letter, a General Election has been called for December 12th. 

Like many people I have watched with increasing discomfort over the last months as our politicians debate with each other all beamed live into our living rooms from the House of Commons. 

There has been such passion and anger and vitriol across the political spectrum tossed back and forth over the floor with the Speaker sometimes shouting himself hoarse as he calls people to “order” and rebukes their bad behaviour calling for dignified debate. 

There have been well documented accusations of bullying and harassment from some MPs. 

All this from people we are supposed to hold in high regard; all this from people who are supposed to set an example to us, the people they lead and govern. 

Of course, sometimes the debate has been witty as well as vigorous but when it becomes rude and demeans other people then that is not okay. 

Some members of parliament have themselves become targets of online hate campaigns. 

Scripture encourages us to pray for those in authority over us so “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2). 

In his life on earth, Jesus mixed with all kinds of people. He had encounters with lepers and tax collectors and prostitutes. He had time for them all, treating each as a person deserving of dignity and compassion. He spoke words of encouragement and grace to them, he brought his healing touch, and a word of challenge. 

Of course, Jesus was also known to rebuke people usually the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, whom he called “You snakes! You brood of vipers!” 

But unlike some of our politicians, Jesus never used such language to score points or to intimidate or demean people. Indeed, he rebuked the pharisees because of their hypocrisy and self-indulgence. He criticised them because even though they were the experts in the letter of the law they still managed to neglect the spirit of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness, and so they made life absolutely miserable for those they had authority over. 

Shortly, we will enter the season of Advent, a time of waiting and preparation for the one the prophet Isaiah told us about: 

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9: 6) 

Let us then prepare ourselves for Christmas and all that will happen in the days leading up to the General Election by taking Jesus’ teaching to heart, remembering that every person is made in the image of God and is a beloved child of God. If we truly took this to heart then I think we would treat each other differently – our words would be gentle and encouraging and we would hold each other up in prayer and that, of course, includes our politicians and all “those in authority over us”. 

And when we treat each other as a valued, cherished human being we don’t do it to score one more vote in the heavenly ballot box but because Jesus commands us “to love one another as I have loved you”        (John 13: 34). 

Blessings, Annette 

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Moment for Mediation 

“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time – waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God – it changes me.” 

~ C. S. Lewis, Shadowlands

Could Somebody Please…?

One vey hot summer when I was about ten, we had lots of relatives visiting. Every afternoon, we would settle comfortably on the lawn for tea, and there would inevitably be something that needed fetching from the house. My mother would look brightly around my family and say “Could somebody please refill the teapot/bring some more milk/find my sunglasses/set a wasp trap …? 

Maybe it was because I was the youngest, but the Somebody who ran the errands always seemed to be me. I thought I was the only one who noticed this, but at the end of one teatime Uncle Hugh winked at me and said, “I don’t know where this family would be without somebody” It was nice to be appreciated. 

In adult life, there are often situations where things need to be done but it isn’t clear who is going to do them. There may well be a person whose job description covers the area in question, but that person is often so overloaded that they just cant manage. 

In the Church of Scotland, we are facing a serious shortage of ministers – where once there might have been six ministers, now there are three. They just cannot carry out the workload of their predecessors. Members of all our congregations have a wide range of skills. The obvious next step is to use our skills to be the Somebody who helps fill the gaps where the ministers can’t. 

You don’t need to be a minister to visit people at home or in hospital; organise events for children and young people; do Bible readings and lead prayers in church; and even plan and lead an entire church service. You don’t even need to be an Elder. What you probably do need, if you aren’t already involved in these things, is support and confidence-building that you can do it! That’s where the Presbytery Training Team comes in. If you are willing to be Somebody in the church family, please consider joining one of the training sessions on offer. These sessions provide guidance on the role to be carried out and an opportunity to share experiences with colleagues from churches around Presbytery. I can tell you from experience that the confidence-building really works. 

Please also consider inviting people you know, who you think would be good at some of the many tasks that need doing. Details about the programme have been circulated to Session Clerks but if you’d like to know more, please contact Alex Rae: 

Alison Andrews, Presbytery Training Team 

 Could this be a New Year Resolution for You ? 

In his article in November issue of Life & Work the Very Rev Dr James Simpson wrote ”Life begins, not at 40 as some thought, but every morning when we wake up. On an expensive reclining chair in a furniture show room I once saw the sign ‘Enjoy your reclining years’. 

I personally hope my later years will not be characterised by reclining but by keeping as fit as I can by continuing to be as busy as my health allows (he is aged 85 and has 8 stents in his heart). I would much prefer to wear out than rust out. 

Far more important than what we expect from life is, what life expects from us. I hope I will go smiling and laughing. I hope I will also try most days to do something kind for people who do not expect it, for life has taught me that those who do this, those most concerned about giving than getting, get most back often in mysterious ways.” 

Treasurers Report 





Weekly  4,198  4,063 
Monthly  35,165  34,585 
Plate  7,479  7,605 
Gift Aid  11,033  10,311 
TOTAL  57,875  56,564 

These headings represent approximately 75% of our regular income. Since the last report the financial position has improved significantly due to one – off donations, legacies, and savings and is looking like a small surplus at year end except that there is a potential large repair bill that may arise shortly. 

The outlook for the future continues to give cause for concern as the Church’s finances reach a break-even point over the next couple of years and efforts will need to concentrate on increasing income by encouraging members to either start giving financially to support the church financially or to review what they already give to see if they can afford a little more. WJW 

FOG Squad 

The children are looking forward to preforming their No Room! play on Sunday 15th December to the congregation. We hope you can join us! AS 


JAFFA are back to a new year and new ideas. 

We have been exploring TRUST. 

It is a lot if fun playing games to find out how challenging it is to fully trust. Especially if we are expecting our friends to catch us as we fall back or guide us past obstacles when we are blindfolded! JS 

Friendship Circle 

This year’s Friendship Circle began with an interesting talk from Ron Scrimgeour on the women weavers of the Dundee jute mills. Many of our members have links with Dundee so we especially enjoyed identifying the different mills and streets from Ron’s presentation. 

At our next meeting we discovered the many problems of HIV orphans in Nairobi in Kenya and the help given over many years by the Nyumbani Project. The project is funded by various Rotary Clubs in Scotland. 

Our November meetings are the Silver Line on the 5th and the Carnoustie Golf Links Community Benefits Fund on the 19th. 

In December we welcome the Monifieth Singers on the 3rd and Dr Eric Yeaman speaking on Sir Walter Scott on the 17th. 

Everyone welcome at 2 pm in the church hall. SW 

Needles and Pins 

The group have been busy making items for the recent Coffee Morning. We have made Christmas tree decorations, Christmas toys and small items suitable for Christmas gifts. A big thank you to all the ladies who have worked so hard to create them.  PJT

Dates for your Diary 

Condor Court Services 

Sunday 8th December at 2pm 

Sunday 2nd February at 2pm 

Kirk Session 

Thursday 12th December at 7.30pm in Panbride Hall 

Christmas Services 

Sunday 1st December 

1st in Advent Morning Worship 11am Newton Church 

Service of Quiet Reflection 4pm Newton Church 

Sunday 8th December 

2nd in Advent Morning Worship 11am Newton Church 

Sunday 15th December 

3rd in Advent Morning Worship 11am Newton Church 

The F.O.G Squad presents The Nativity 

Thursday 19th December 

Christingle 6.30pm Newton Church 

Saturday 21st December 

Carols by Candlelight 7pm Newton Church 

Sunday 22nd December 

4th in Advent Morning Worship 11am Newton Church 

Service of 9 Lessons and Carols 

Tuesday 24th December 

Watchnight Service 11.30pm Panbride Church 

Wednesday 25th December 

Christmas Day Service of Worship 

11am Newton Church Short Family Service 

Sunday 29th December

Morning Worship for the end of the year 11am Newton Church

Creche Rota


24th Tom Black / Beth Lee Smith 


1st Dawn Barrowman / Joyce Brown 

8th Tom Black / Annetta Anderson 

15th Marion Palmer / Joanna Stout 

22nd No Creche

29th No Creche

January 2020 

5th No Crèche 

12th Gillian Sawers / Dawn Barrowman 

19th Joyce Brown / Tom Black 

26th Marion Palmer / Beth Lee Smith 


2nd Joanna Stout / Gillian Sawers 

9th Annetta Anderson / Dawn Barrowman 

16th Joyce Brown / Tom Black 

23rd Marion Palmer / Joanna Stout 


1st Beth Lee Smith / Gillian Sawers 

Men’s Breakfast 

The first Men’s breakfast was held on Saturday 9th November and was enjoyed by those who attended. Juice, bacon or sausage in rolls prepared by George and Graeme plus croissants along with plentiful tea and coffee. Lively topical conversation. Nice way to start the weekend. 

Will be repeated at 10 am Saturday 7th December in Panbride Hall. Members and non members welcome. 

Fundraising & Social Committee 

The Congregational Supper held on Saturday 14th September 2019 was a great success and thanks to Archie Leiper for organising the photo quiz which was a super way of getting people chatting at the start of the evening. 

The performance by Arbroath Instrumental and Youth Bands on Thursday 26th September 2019 was enjoyed by all who attended and raised £392.00 for Church funds. 

The Coffee morning on Saturday 2nd November 2019 was very busy and raised £832.85, again for Church funds. A special thanks to the ladies of the Needles and Pins group who work hard all year to boost the amount we raise at coffee mornings. 

Thanks to everyone who supported these events in any way. 

Donations of mince pies and shortbread will be gratefully received for serving refreshments after the Christingle Service on Thursday 19th December 2019. HH 

Flamingo Cards

Thank you to all my loyal customers who have bought cards and paper over the last year. We have made over £90 for Church funds. There will be a new brochure in the Spring so will announce in a future magazine when they are available. PJT 

Congregational Register


Mrs Margaret McNaughton 13/08/2019*

Mrs Julia Smart 23/08/2019*

Mr David Dalgety 26/08/2019*

Mr George Graham 14/09/2019*

Mrs Helen Chalmers 29/10/2019*

*Member of congregation


Shaun Norton and Karen Allan 21September at Apex Hotel, Dundee

Large Print Update 

If a large print copy of UPDATE would help you please let your Elder, Minister or David Taylor know and this can be arranged. 

If you would like to have your name added to the list of volunteers who donate the flowers please contact our Flower Convener whose contact details are in Church Directory. 

Christmas Post 

The BB and Scouts Christmas Post collection boxes will be in the usual shops around 25th November. The BB box at the church starts Sunday 1st December and delivery will start on 8th December. BB charge 20p per card. Scouts N/K at time of going to print. 

Flower Calendar  

December 2019 

1st Mrs Gillian Bennet 

8th Mrs Rita Clark 

15th Mrs A. Merchant 

22nd Mrs Eleanor Whamond 

29th Mrs Muriel Gordon / Mr Alan Crozier 

January 2020 

5th Mrs Kathleen Porter 

12th Mrs Linda Miller 

19th Mrs Marjory Rennie 

26th Mrs Pat Taylor / Mrs Pauline Johnson 

February 2020 

2nd Mrs Charlotte McWhirter / Mrs Margaret Jamieson 

9th Mrs Chris Kerr / Mrs Sheena Ruark 

 16th Mrs Christine Beckett/ Mrs Joyce Brown 

23rd Rev Annette Gordon / Mr George Gordon 

March 2020 

1st Mrs Eleanor Simpson / Mrs Jean Grainger 

8th Mrs Marion Palmer 

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