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Update Newsletter

April 15th, 2020

April 2020 

Update  19 April 2020 

This is a special condensed edition due to Covid-19 



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Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 



The impact of Covid-19 has resulted in Church closure 

But rainbows of hope soon appeared on Newton Church door 

Social distancing brought about many a change of plan for Mother’s Day visit — bring your own lunch and eat outside

while mother sits at the open back door and definitely no hugs. 

Did You Know 

If you want to help during the ongoing restrictions Voluntary Action Angus would be pleased to hear from you. Their web address is Contact telephone numbers are 01241 875525 and 01307466113.

It is possible to continue or start supporting the Carnoustie Food Bank project. Mary Bushnell is continuing to receive donations and they can be left at her door. 

Useful contact telephone numbers/web pages/e-mail addresses are:              

HMRC Tax helpline for businesses and self employed is 08000159559 

Citizens Advice web page is 

Coronavirus information at 


How do you pray?

In each issue of “Life and Work” there is a regular article “The Big Question” and in the February issue the question was “How do you pray?” 

Below are some of the comments offered by the people who were asked to provide a response to this question. 

God does not need our prayers to be fancy or long – or even grammatically correct. A lot of my prayers are very short — but I pray regularly in short arrows aimed at heaven. Doing that has become as natural as breathing. 

A Reader in the church of Scotland found it difficult to follow what she had been taught as a young Christian to have a quiet time, preferably before breakfast for prayer. She eventually gave up altogether feeling a failure. However, she came to realise that prayer is a very individual thing and there as many ways of praying as there are ways of relating to God.

A Minister who is a Faith Services Leader in Justice Services has a regular daily practice of prayer. Initially as he walks the dog in the morning and finally when he is in bed at night. A few years ago he shared with a congregation that he was most annoyed with himself because sometimes he would fall asleep while praying. A retired Minister in the congregation that day commented as he left the church “What a beautiful way to fall asleep – talking to God” 

Prayer is such an important part of the life of a Christian. 

It is like the oxygen for the soul. We get the chance to communicate with the creator of the heavens and earth — the great I AM HIMSELF 

Prayer can take place anywhere and any time. 

Find your own rhythms with God – without guilt or pressure from anyone else. 

Never underestimate the power of prayer. Thankfully God hears them all. 

Prayer from Lyn Ross a member of the Worship Team 


In these strange times when we can’t be with family and friends, 

Hear our prayers. 

Listen to our worries 

Hear our prayers 

When we need strength and comfort 

Hear our prayers 

Give us courage to keep going and hope for the future 

Hear our prayers. 


Musings from the Manse 

As I write this letter it is Thursday of Holy Week, the day we remember the Last Supper and Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. 

This will be an Easter completely different from anything we have ever experienced before. 

We are getting used to hearing the words “we are living in unprecedented times.” 

We were unable this year to come together to meditate and reflect on the journey with Jesus through Holy Week. However, as usual our Worship Team led us in reflection through the power of Facebook. And instead of coming together to celebrate the glory of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, we will have to do that in our own homes. 

However, the church buildings may be closed but the church is not closed. As a popular meme reads: 

“The Church Isn’t Empty. The Church Has Been Deployed!” 

Although we can’t be together on a Sunday, short services of worship are available from a link on our website: 

and on our YouTube channel:

and our Facebook page:

I have also been recording our usual “With the children” slot on video which goes out to the children of The F.O.G. Squad as well as Carlogie Primary School. 

During this time when we must observe the social distancing guidelines, pastoral work is being done by ‘phone; email, and Facebook messenger where I have people’s details. And I have also had some delightful conversations through the study window at the manse. 

My heartfelt thanks go out to you and those in our community for being church right where you are. Thank you for your committed witness by continuing to look after one another by ‘phone calls; cooking meals; getting shopping; waiting in line for prescriptions and driving people to and from hospital. Our grateful thanks should go also to those in Carlogie Primary and Burnside Primary who are providing an educational hub for children of key workers and children who might be vulnerable at home. 

Thank you also to those who are willing and able to continue supporting our church financially. 

As a recognised volunteer with Voluntary Action Angus, I am permitted to go out to deliver emergency groceries; prescriptions etc while keeping to the social distancing guidelines. So, if you need that kind of support please do contact me. 

Accordingly, your Elder’s details are on the communion invitation you received at the beginning of the year and I am sure they would be delighted to hear from you. As I think today about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, how desperately alone and how terribly afraid he must have felt knowing what was about to come and that there was no escaping the suffering he would endure, I am reminded also that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). Gethsemane has come to our community, the darkness of Golgotha pervades our world, and so more than ever, we pray for God to lead us to the light and love of Easter Joy and Resurrection Glory. 

Thine be the Glory, risen, conquering Son, endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won 

Love and blessings 


Moment for Meditation 

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully as they had been healed. 

(Kitty O’Meara, 2020) 

Congregational Register 


Phoebe Clara Lamb 15 March 2020 


Jean Glen – 21 February 2020 

Helen Weir – 23 February 2020 

Bill Coffin – 14 March 2020 * 

*Member of congregation 

Prayer from Walter Ruark a member of the Worship Team 

Lord God, we praise and thank you for being with us in this Easter Season. 

We come to you in the confidence that despite the vastness of our world, you know each of us, all those we love and all our needs. 

We thank and praise you that in the strange times, in which we are living, your love endures forever. 

Holy Father, we pray that you will teach us not only to provide for ourselves, but also to provide for others whose needs are greater than ours. 

We give thanks that we are all precious to you, and thank you for being with us in our journey through this life – a journey we find difficult to understand let alone cope with at present. 

Help us to strengthen and empower our sometimes fragile faith – remind us that when we are in need or lonely YOU are there. 

May your peace enfold us, your love uphold us, your love be with us. 


Prayer from Allan Brown a member of the Worship Team 

A moment’s peace, a time of quiet, 

A window in a busy life. An opportunity to calmly engage with God. 

A chance to share the troubles we have with a guaranteed listener. 

Dear Lord I ask your presence with me, your comforting arm around me. 

You are the constant in all that is around me and I depend on your presence in my daily life. 

Sit with me today and hold my hand in support of whatever I will face today. 

In todays unusual circumstances your constant presence is even more in need and I ask for a little of your comfort for myself. 

But I also ask it for those in my family, those I count as friends and those whom I know in the passing. 

Even though we are currently physically distanced we remain close to you 

I, and others like me, are blessed with your constant presence in our lives and I am certain we all offer our thanks for all your help. 

Stay close to us as we look forward in faith. 


Cover – 19 Update – Givings

One of the consequences of not being able to gather for worship is that those who give to the church weekly through Free Will Offering envelopes or by open plate will be unable to do so. The church will also lose funds through the suspension of all hall lets and fundraising. 

While our first concern is that you are well and coping in these strange times, the church still needs money coming in to pay for all that needs to be paid for. 

In our own parish, ministry and mission continues to be delivered even in these times of challenge and restrictions. However, this is only sustainable through the ongoing generosity of those who support the church. 

We would like to suggest the following options for those who give weekly through FWO envelopes or through the open plate if you are able to and would like to continue making financial offerings: 

You could put your offerings aside during the suspension of worship and bring them along when services resume. Perhaps continue to fill your FWO envelope on a weekly basis. 

– You could set up a standing order with your bank. This is particularly easy if you have internet already set up. Please make sure you put your name in the Reference field. 

– You could send a cheque to our Treasurer – John Winterton – either as a one-off donation or on an occasional basis over the coming weeks and months. 

John’s contact details are available in the Church Directory section of this UPDATE. Please contact him if you need our bank account details; need a bank standing order sent to you or if you would like any further information. 

Thank You, Annette 

Church Directory

Minister  Rev Annette Gordon  8 Arbroath Road  854478 
Session Clerk  Mrs Lyn Ross  32 Broadlands  859905 
Clerk to Board  Mr Walter Ruark  42 Ireland Street  410785 
Treasurer  Mr W John Winterton  31 Newton Crescent  855230 
Gift Aid  Mr Stan Beattie  11 Long Row E’haven  853090 
Magazine Convener  Mr David Taylor  29 Newton Crescent  853919 

Prayer from Archie Leiper a member of the Worship Team 

A Prayer for these Difficult Times 

Most Merciful God, We come to You in our weakness. We come to You in our fear. We come to You with trust. For You alone are our hope. 

We come to You with the disease 

present in our world. We turn to You in our time of need. 

Bring wisdom to doctors. Give understanding to scientists. Endow caregivers with compassion 

and generosity. 

Bring healing to those who are ill. Protect those who are most at risk. Give comfort to those who have lost 

a loved one. Welcome those who have died into 

Your Eternal Home. 

Stabilize our communities. Unite us in our compassion. Remove all fear from our hearts. Fill us with confidence in Your care. 

Jesus, we trust in You. 


A friend sent this poem to me recently and a little light hearted humour can often help to ease the tension being currently experienced. 

It certainly put a smile on my face. DMT. 

A Poem

Tae a virus 

Twa months ago, we didna ken,

yer name or ocht aboot ye

But lots of things have changed since then,

I really must salute ye

Yer spreading rate is quite intense,

yer feeding like a gannet

Disruption caused, is so immense,

ye’ve shaken oor wee planet.

Corona used tae be a beer,

they garnished it wae limes

But noo it’s filled us awe wae fear

These days, are scary times.

Nae shakin hawns, or peckin lips,

it’s whit they awe advise

But scrub them weel, richt tae the tips,

that’s how we’ll awe survive

Just stay inside , the hoose, ye bide

Nae sneakin oot for strolls

Just check the lavvy every hoor

And stock-take, your loo rolls

Our holidays have been pit aff

Noo that’s the Jet2 patter

Pit oan yer thermals, have a laugh And paddle ‘ doon the waater ‘

Canary isles, no for a while

Nae need for suntan cream

And awe because o this wee bug

We ken tae be..19

The boredom surely will set in,

But have a read, or doodle

Or plan yer menu for the month

Wi 95 pot noodles.

When these run oot, just look about

A change, it would be nice

We’ve beans and pasta By the ton

and twenty stane o rice.

So dinny think yell wipe us oot

Aye true, a few have died

Bubonic, bird flu, and Tb

They came, they left, they tried

Ye might be gallus noo ma freen

As ye jump fae cup tae cup

But when we get oor vaccine

Yer number will be up