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August 26th, 2019

Update                               25 August 2019 






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Did You Know 

  • At the end of the week at this years General Assembly the moderator the Rev Colin Sinclair urged commissioners “to work tirelessly” to make the reforms agreed a reality. Deciding change is not the same as making change. Making changes will be painful. He concluded by saying when commissioners went back to their parishes they need to be advocates and change makers, willing to make the sacrifices to set an example. 
  • There is a group in Carnoustie called Friends of Carnoustie & District Heritage. Their first public meeting is to be held on Wednesday the !8th of September 2019 in the Braid Hall at the Kinloch Care Centre. There will be another meeting in November and these will let the steering group assess the level of support for thus new venture. 
  • Irene McGugan from Letham is a former moderator of Angus Presbytery and a member of the Social Care Council of the Church of Scotland since 2012. . In what will be her final year she recently completed the Dundee Kilt Walk (25 miles) to raise funds for CrossReach. If you would like to make a donation to this worthwhile cause you can do so on her online fundraising page https://dundeekiltwalk.everydayhero.cpm/uk/irene 
  • The Harvest Thanksgiving service on 22nd Sept will be held at Scryne Farm. Volunteers to provide transport to the farm will be required. If you would like to make use of such transport please let the Minister or your Elder know. There will be the opportunity for tea/coffee after the service. 
  • The Queen has recently appointed one of our members Mrs Pat Sawers as the next Lord-Lieuenant for Angus. The appointment take effect from 24 August 2019


A deliverance at General Assembly this year was ‘to encourage a season of prayer and prepa-ration from Sept to start of Advent when the church focuses on outworking of the Action Plan anticipating a number of significant changes in the church. 

The Minister looks on prayer as a vital and essential part of Christian life. In a recent sermon she said ‘Prayer is what we are wired for; Prayer is what Christians do; Prayer is never ceasing 

A prayer will be included as a regular feature in future issues of UPDATE 

The prayer below was written by Rev Ian J M McDonald. 


“If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me and the light around me become night around me,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day; for darkness is as light with you.” Psalm 139: 11,12 


Surely as night follows day, so day follows night – 

Such is the promise of which the psalmist sings. 

So when darkness presses in and light seems to flee, 

Draw me closer to you, silent and still, embraced, invited 

Again and again to know that you are God! 

Lord, help us to do what can be done in this day. 

You know us completely and understand 

Our broken hearts, our fragile spirits and our anxious, fearful minds. 

You hold and bless our beloved common humanity 

And we are thankful 

Thankful for the small things in life and for the big things too! 

Thankful for your knowledge of us, the scope and the breadth beyond our measure. 

Thankful that no part of life or loss remains untouched, unreached, unknown. 

Guide us Lord, to places where love is found – grief-filled, embodied love 

And – 

Into my anger, I invite the patience of the Father 

Into my numbness, I invite the healing of the Son 

Into my confusion, I invite the wisdom of the Spirit 

And we shall live together 

I, in community with the Three in one. Amen* 

(*words in italics based on an anonymous prayer in the Celtic style) 

Musings from the Manse 

During the summer I enjoyed looking at all the holiday posts from friends on Facebook. There were all the usual ones with photographs on the beach or out in the countryside or eating al fresco. 

There were also a great many pictures of churches. 

Everything from the neo-Gothic St Joseph’s Church in Krakow with its 80-metre clock tower, elaborate masonry and sculptures of saints to quaint little churches in sleepy Italian villages. 

When I go on holiday I am always drawn to church buildings and even if there is not a service of worship, if they are open I have a look inside and I know that this is true for many people holidaying abroad, even people who don’t go to their own local church when they are at home will venture inside a church when on holiday for a look. 

So maybe it is not the architecture, the stained glass or the iconography that fascinates them maybe more a need just to get out of the searing heat into the quiet cool for a while. 

But there is something about a church building, especially an old church, which is very calming and comforting. 

Perhaps it’s the solid stone walls and floors that give us a feeling of security or perhaps the silent echo of people worshiping there down through the years which connects with our spirit. 

Inside the church there is always a sense of peace, a sense that you are inside a holy place, on holy ground and that God is near. 

But, of course, we cannot contain God in a building no matter how opulent or how humble, we cannot limit God to a certain time or place. 

Even King Solomon when he was overseeing the building of the first temple in Jerusalem said: 

“But can, you, oh God, really live on earth? Not even all heaven is large enough to hold you, so how can this temple that I have built be large enough?” (1 Kings 8: 27) 

So, although there is something holy, something evocative about our church buildings, our God is so vast, and so immediate that we can experience him everywhere and anywhere. 

Of course, we experience God in all of his creation every day. 

I have friends who climb hills, or bag munros as they say, and tell me that they never feel closer to God than when they are at the top of a mountain. Whether that is because they are down on their knees thanking God that they made it to the top or whether they are praying for the strength to get back down – I don’t know! 

Some find a real sense of God’s presence beside the sea. A walk on the beach listening to the gentle lapping of the waves or perhaps the powerful roar as the waves crash on to the rocks reminds them that despite everything the creator of the sky and sea is still in control. 

However, wherever I go on holiday, as well as experiencing God as I wander “through the woods and forest glades” or from “lofty mountain grandeur”, I will still seek out a church and I will go in and say a prayer, offer up my worship in whatever “temple” I find myself in knowing that for years prayers and songs of worship have been sent up in that place in languages different from my own – and even though I may be far from home, I will still have a sense of belonging with God’s people in God’s house. 

Blessings, Annette 

Moment for Mediation  

The Peace of Wild Things 

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. 

Wendell Berry 

from New Collected Poems (Counterpoint, 2012) 

Copyright (c) 2012 by Wendell Berry 


Willie Porter, one of our Elders, gave me documents as he thought some of the congregation might be interested as they refer to his grandfather’s induction in the Church of Scotland at Cults, Aberdeenshire. 

This got me thinking about how I could use this in UPDATE 

In recent issues of UPDATE we have had articles about the call for radical change. 

An Induction service in 1900 was clearly very different from our service in 2018 




Treasurers Report 





Weekly  2,838  2,666 
Monthly  25,194  25,671 
Plate  5,689  5,367 
Gift Aid  8,227  7,887 
TOTAL  41,948  41,591 

FOG Squad 

The FOG Squad starts on Sunday 1st September. We look forward to seeing you then. AS. 


JAFFA are looking forward to a new year of fun after our summer break. 

We welcome all young people S1 to S4 to join us for fun games and discussions on the last Sunday of the month. This year we are particularly excited to introduce more cafe visits and to find out how we can support our Fairtrade status. 

Our first meeting is Sunday the 29th September at 11am in the session house. 


Flamingo Cards

YES, it’s that time of year again. It’s only 18 weeks to Christmas!! Get your shopping off to an early start with a browse through the new Flamingo Card brochure. There are lots of Christmas cards, paper, tags and advent calendars, as well as beautiful birthday cards, to choose from. 

The brochures will be available from the beginning of September. As usual, 10% of all sales goes to Church funds. See me after the Sunday service or phone 853919 for a brochure. 


Congregational Outing 

With a full bus and glorious sunshine we travelled to Pitlochry, stopping for a lovely 2 course lunch at the Biba Café. 

Before we left for the House of Bruar some of the party put in a bit of practice at retail therapy to tune up for what lay ahead. Throughout the trip there was a regular opportunity to select a sweet or three from the vast selection on offer from Marion Palmer. They were yummy! 

At House of Bruar some chose a cup of tea/coffee, others had an ice cream and some actually had a look at the retail outlets but your correspondent was not aware of any purchases but he is sure there had to be some. 

And finally what about the gin tasting. Regretfully or fortunately the lack of space for this article prevents including any more about this. Anon 

Dates for your Diary 



Service at Condor Court 2pm. 

4th    Coffee and chat Panbride Hall 10am each Wednesday excluding Fairlogie café dates. 

14th  Congregational Supper – Panbride Hall 7pm 

17th  Finance Committee – Session Room 7pm 

19th Congregational Board – Panbride Hall 7:30pm 

22nd Harvest Thanksgiving Service 11am Scryne Farm 

26th Concert by Arbroath Instrumental Band and Junior Band – Newton Church 7.30pm 


6th Service Condor Court 2pm 

17th Kirk Session – Panbride Hall 7:30pm 


2nd Coffee Morning – Panbride Hall 10-11:30am 

3rd Service Condor Court 2pm 

17th Holy Communion 11am Newton Church 3 pm Panbride Hall 

21st Congregational Board – Panbride Hall 7:30pm 

Creche Rota


1st Gillian Sawers / Joyce Brown 

8th Tom Black / Dawn Barrowman 

15th Marion Palmer / Joanna Stout 

22nd Beth Lee Smith / Annetta Anderson 

29th Joyce Brown / Tom Black 


6th No Creche 

13th Gillian Sawers / Dawn Barrowman 

20th Marion Palmer / Joanna Stout 

27th Tom Black / Beth Lee Smith 


3rd Joyce Brown / Annetta Anderson 

10th Gillian Sawers / Dawn Barrowman 

17th Marion Palmer / Joanna Stout 

24th Tom Black / Beth Lee Smith 


1st Dawn Barrowman / Joyce Brown 

8th Tom Black / Annetta Anderson 

Needles and Pins

Needles and Pins Group resume on 27th August at 2pm in the Session Room. Thereafter every 2 week

Old and new members will be made very welcome. For more information telephone 853919. PJT. 

Fundraising & Social Committee 

The next event to be held will be a Congregational Supper to be held in Panbride Hall on Saturday 14th September 2019 at 7.00 pm. Cost is £12.50 per head and as spaces are limited, names and money to be given to Barbara Gillespie as soon as possible, telephone 411184. Final numbers and money to Barbara by 8th September. 

A concert by Arbroath Instrumental Band and Junior Band is to be held in Newton Church, Arbroath Road on Thursday, 26th September 2019 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £1 for children and you can pay at the door. 

We are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday, 2nd November 2019 in Panbride Hall, Arbroath Road from 10.00 until 11.30 am and tickets cost £2.00. Donations of tray bakes and cake and candy would be greatly appreciated. 

I mentioned bottle bags in a previous issue of Update and here is more information on their use 

Can we ask that donations of bottles and jars of produce, e.g. sauces, wine, toiletries, jam etc. to the value of a minimum of £1.00 be put in the used bottle bags so we can have a bottle bag stall at the Coffee Morning. More information can be had from Committee members if required. 


Friendship Circle 

Carnoustie Panbride Friendship Circle resumes at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 8 October, in Panbride Hall when Ron Scrimgeour will speak on ‘The Wark o’ the Weavers’ We look forward to welcoming all existing members and new. 

Please come and join us for an afternoon of friendship and a cup of tea and chat. SW. 

Flower Calendar


1st Mrs Jacqueline Beattie 

8th Mrs Mary Taylor / Mrs Moira Cowan 

15th Mrs Brenda Easton 

22nd Harvest /Mrs Ann Brown 

29th Mrs Elizabeth Watson 


6th Mrs J. Sturrock / Mrs S. Devanay 

13th Mrs Dorothy Booth 

20th Mrs Phyllis Scanlow 

27th Mrs Margaret Easton / Mrs June Jones 


3rd Mrs Ann Clark / Mrs D Smith 

10th Mrs Pat Geekie / Mrs Kathleen Fulton 

17th Mrs Maureen Low /Mrs Nan Reid 

24th Mrs Alison Scott 


1st Mrs Gillian Bennett 

8th Mrs Rita Clark 

Congregational Register


Mr Billy Norris 16th June 2019 

Miss Diane Finlayson 25th June 2019 

Mr Jason McCarthy 1st July 2019 

Mr Russell Winter 7th July 2019 

Mrs Helen Tulloch 1st August 2019* 

Mrs Jenny Jeffrey 1st August 2019* 

Mrs Jean Bell 8th August 2019* 

*Member of congregation 


Robert Aird and Jade Sturrock on 6th July at Panbride Church 

Alex Fowlie and Ruth Batchelor on 19th July at Panbride Church 

New Members: 

Mr Brian and Mrs Susan Hamill (District 34 

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  



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 



April 27th, 2019


28 April 2019 



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 Did You Know 

  • During the months of June to August when Sunday morning service is held at Panbride Church a portable ramp will be used at the East door to help ease the difficulty of the high step at the entrance. 
  • The General Assembly will take place from 18th to 24th May when Rev Colin Sinclair minister of Palmerston Place Church Edinburgh will start his year as Moderator. 
  • Following the success of last year’s initial trial partnership between CrossReach and The Princes Trust there are plans in 2019 for a further 5-week programme of the ‘Get Into’ initiative. The programme offers young people, aged from 16 – 30, who are unemployed, a chance to explore a career within the Health and Social Care Sector. One of those who took part in the 2018 programme summarised her experience by saying “not only has it opened so many doors for me, it has also made me a better version of myself” 
  • Musical Memories is held on the last Wednesday of each month in the Kinloch Centre. It is for those living with dementia, their carers and also for those who are living with memory loss. It provides the opportunity to listen and join in singing well known songs. 
  • Rev Alasdair Graham, Minister at Arbroath West Church, retires at the end of April. He is well known to Panbride members as he was the Interim Moderator at Panbride during the vacancy before Matthew Bicket and our present Minister were appointed. The Kirk Session have agreed that it would be appropriate to mark his retirement and a card will be sent to express our thanks and appreciation for his wise guidance during both vacancies and to express our best wishes to him and his family for their retirement in Perthshire.

Friendship Circle

This year’s Friendship Circle session ended with our bus trip to Brechin Castle Garden Centre. We were lucky with the weather; the sun shone all afternoon and the countryside looked at it’s best. The Garden Centre is certainly worth a visit with plenty to see such as plants, speciality foods, clothes, toys, greeting cards and kitchen ware. Everyone enjoyed the cakes and scones in the café.

Friendship Circle will resume in the autumn; details will be in the magazine and all are welcome.

SW.Missing Tables – can you help resolve the mystery?

Two of the smaller tables kept in Panbride Hall have gone missing in the last few weeks. 

If anyone has borrowed them and overlooked returning them could you please do so URGENTLY They are required for the Fund Raising event on Saturday 4th May 

If you have any information about the missing tables please contact Mrs Mary Bushnell as soon as possible. 

Musings from the Manse  

One of the great things about being a parish minister is being invited into the schools to talk to the children. I have the great privilege of doing regular class work at Carlogie Primary School, and I am also invited to the Easter and Christmas Services as well as school assemblies. 

At a recent school assembly for Primary 4-7 I used the Scottish Bible Society resource, “A Tale of Two Gardens” telling the Easter story from the events in the Garden of Gethsemane through to the events at the Garden Tomb on that first Easter Sunday morning. 

As I was leaving the school, a boy asked me, 

“Is that a true story, did that really happen?” 

to which I answered “Yes, I believe it to be true, for me it really happened”. 

And as I later reflected on this short exchange, I realised how difficult it must be for those who have no church connection or pre-understanding of Easter to believe the events of the Resurrection. 

And they would not be the first ones to struggle with the Resurrection. 

Remember the account of the Resurrection and how the disciples did not believe the words of the women who told them that Christ had risen from the grave. Instead they thought “their words seemed like nonsense”. Thomas didn’t believe that Christ was alive until he saw for himself, and the disciples on the Road to Emmaus did not recognise the Risen Christ among them until “he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them”. Jesus goes to great lengths to show them that he is real and not a ghost or a hallucination or a vision. He shows them his hands and his feet and invites them to touch him, to feel the marks of the nails. And then he eats a piece of broiled fish. The disciples know that ghosts don’t do that, so Jesus must be alive. It is not just all in their collective imaginations as some would suggest. 

Of course, if the Resurrection had happened today in the 21st century there would be all sorts of evidence to prove what had really happened. There would be forensics and evidence from CCTV cameras and no doubt some footage taken on an iPhone would have been uploaded onto Facebook even before Mary and the other women had time to go and tell the other disciples. 

But we don’t have any of that in the gospel accounts. What we do have is four accounts which differ slightly just as four eye witnesses at a car accident would give slightly different accounts of what they saw, of what “really happened”. 

But we do know that something amazing happened. 

Something that changed the disciples from people hiding in fear in the upper room to people who went out into the world telling every nation the good news of the Kingdom of God even when it cost them their own lives. 

The Resurrection is fundamental to our faith. 

If the Easter story had ended with the crucifixion of Jesus, then he would most likely have been forgotten – another Jew crucified by the Roman Empire at a time when thousands of similar executions were taking place. 

There would be perhaps a few lines about him from Josephus, the 1st Century Jewish Historian and some reference to him in Jewish Rabbinic teaching but that would be all. 

So, the Resurrection has to be real. It has to be true. 

As the apostle Paul says: “If Christ has not been raised then our preaching is useless 

and so is your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:14) 

But perhaps our job as modern-day disciples is not to try and convince people. 

Jim Friedrich, an Episcopal priest, says this: 

“Confronted by a room full of people who spend most of their time in secular social ways of thinking, where the dead stay dead and God—if there is one—does not intervene in the natural order, preachers are tempted to mount a defense of the resurrection within what is plausible to the modern mind. In doing so, they tame a dangerous mystery into a manageable—and rather harmless—assumption. They also waste a valuable opportunity to bring the assembly into confrontation with the transformative presence of the living Christ.” 

As Christians, the Resurrection is not something we should need to explain with undisputable facts and historical accuracy. It is something we live and breathe. 



 Will your anchor hold? 

The member who set me these photographs also sent me the following text. 

My thought is: 

Life is tough and full of hard knocks, some harder, more cruel and heartbreaking than others. 

What is there to hold on to, and what is the point in so doing when it seems there is no point. 

Have you an anchor? What will be your anchor to hold you fast? Have you an anchor? 

Equinoctial storm. Coming on for Beaufort 10 – “Not that bad that it couldn’t get worse” (it is only when it can’t get worse that one questions the anchors). 

During Sunday Service, there is at least one eye that locks on to the most easterly of the two stained glass windows behind the altar, noting that His left hand rests upon the top of an anchor shank, and thinks– “He knew about a storm on the Sea of Galilee, 

He must have known about anchors …… in a real storm will my anchor hold?” 

After the storm, safe haven, and as promised, the sun rises in the east. Thank you Lord. 

Treasurers Report 





Weekly  1,090  1,253 
Monthly  9,575  9,904 
Plate  2,500  2,385 
Gift Aid  2,893  2,608 
TOTAL  16,058  16,150 


A gentle reminder that from the 1 April 2019 the personal tax allowance increases to £12,500 which means a person who has signed a gift aid certificate will need to receive more than this in wages, pensions, interest, dividends etc. please inform us if you no longer pay tax and have signed a gift aid certificate in order that we will cease claiming gift aid in your name. 


In January the floor in the Newton Hall was resurfaced which enhanced the appearance, helped by a generous grant from the Carnoustie Golf Links. This hall is now available for hire in the afternoon or evenings. WJW 

Tea & Coffee after Morning Worship during Summer 

Teas and coffees will be served in Panbride Hall at Newton Church on Sunday 30th June and Sunday 28th July after the morning service in Panbride church. 

Thank you to everyone who helps serve the refreshments each week after the Sunday services. 

Margaret Jamieson 

A Cleaning Team Needs You! 

One of the Thursday cleaning teams is short of a team member. Could you be the one to fill the vacancy? 

The job involves dusting/vacuuming and just generally tidying the sanctuary and entrance hallways. 

This normally takes about an hour and the team is on duty in the afternoon, once every 5 weeks. The job is open to male and female (there already is a male on the team) and you would be made very welcome. You too could become a “Divine Duster”!! 

I could also do with having a few more names on the reserve list to cover illness or holidays. If you would like to help or require more information on either of these jobs, please contact me, Pat Taylor on 853919 or see me after the service on a Sunday. 

A Cleaning Team Needs You! 

Needles and Pins 

The group continue to meet fortnightly and we made some Easter chicks and baskets and animal inspired egg cosies. They proved very popular and were all sold at the coffee after Sunday services. We will have a stall at the Strawberry Tea on 8th June. We will then have a break over the summer and new members would be welcome when we resume. 


Radical Review for General Assembly 2019 

In late 2018 a country wide 2-day presbytery conference attended by representatives from Angus was held. Topics discussed included reducing the burden on congregational administration tasks, presbyteries to have more flexibility over deployment of ministers and devolving resources to local level for mission and outreach. At the conclusion none of those present was in any doubt the huge challenge facing the Church of Scotland at this time. There was a common desire for change and a wide diversity of views as to how this can best happen. 

Comments from Life & Work January – March included: 

  • The structure and architecture of many of our church building are not designed to encourage new models of worship 
  • Perhaps we need to re-invent presbyteries to become communities of worshipping people rather than ‘a collection of administration units for servicing the system of committees and regulations’ 
  • Twenty years ago it was forecast that mainline churches in north America and northern Europe faced a crisis. ‘The storm buffeting the churches is very serious. Much more serious than our leaders have comprehended’ 
  • Now is the time for us to begin to re-imagine church by making use of new technologies to build a spirit of interdependency and collaboration 
  • Let us capture the excitement of reaching out beyond the narrow limitations of our historical congregational identities to let the Holy Spirit show us the possibilities and potential that lies beyond 

Angus Presbytery have held their Conference and the topics discussed included: 

  • Frequency, style and purpose of their meetings 
  • Could presbytery take responsibility for certain functions presently done at congregational level to allow congregations to focus on mission 
  • What might presbyteries do to support congregations in seeking to increase membership in missing age groups (mainly under 40’s) 
  • What size of presbytery would suit best for the future? 
  • How can they influence the number of congregations, their size, their buildings and the number of ministers? 

The scale of the review is immense, many thoughts, some conflicting, are being aired. 

The challenge for us will be to embrace change, learn to let go of things that need to be let go of so that we are free to continue with our vision for our church which is: 

To encourage all to worship God, to follow Christ, and to serve others 

New Easter Services 

Two new services were introduced during Easter week this year. On the evening of Good Friday there was the Service of the Shadows and this was led by the Minister supported by members of the Worship Team and there were between 30 and 40 in attendance. 

On Easter Day there was a short early morning service in the Manse garden and this was well supported by JAFFA members and their parents.

What did Easter mean to You?

For many, regardless of age, it may be young chickens, lambs and Easter eggs

For many it may have been what to have as a treat with a cup of tea

For those who attended some of the many services in Carnoustie during the week it could have been the message of Easter so powerfully delivered

For some the words of this poem called Easter Reflections

by Helen Steiner Rice will summarise the meaning of Easter for them

With OUR EYES  we see

The beauty of Easter

As the earth awakens once more

With OUR EARS we hear

The birds sing sweetly

To tell us Spring again is here

With OUR HANDS we pick

The golden daffodils

And the fragment hyacinths

But only with OUR HEARTS

Can we feel the MIRACLE of GOD’S LOVE

Which redeems us all

And only with OUR SOUL

Can we make our ‘pilgrimage to God’

And inherit His Easter Gift of ETERNAL LIFE

And for some the following words from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland 

Easter is where faith, for me, really hits home. It is a time of year when I don’t so much preach as make room for the story to unfold and to tell itself. 

Reading the gospels using more than one voice, using silence and choosing music as well as words and actions carefully, the powerful message of Easter is able to speak for itself. 

The impact of Easter morning, however can only be understood in the context of facing up to the horrors of Good Friday. It is Good Friday that gives the Sunday perspective. 

Against all the odds miraculous things can happen. Things beyond our imagining. 

Easter does that. It goes beyond our imagining – and more besides. Easter talks of the reality of death…and the reality of life beyond death. 

It talks of hope where there is no hope. It points to possibility where there seems to be none. 

What better message could we hear right now, as individuals, as a Church, as a nation and as a world? Easter is about the God who is with us. Right here. Right now. 

A God who can see a way forward when we cannot and who sees for us all, through all his Son endured, a future that is eternal. Hallelujah! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! 

Ministries and Mission Contribution 2019 

As in previous years it is considered important that all members of the congregation are made aware of the Ministries and Mission assessment for the current year. 

Each congregation is assessed individually Their income – primarily their offerings – in the 3 years preceding the calculation is the key factor used to determine the contribution. For 2019 the 3 years were from 2015 to 2017. 

The total contribution for 2019 is £50,037 an increase of £1071 compared with 2018. The two parts of the contribution are £41,780 for Ministry and £8,256 for Mission. 

For every £10 given as offerings: 

around £4.20 (42%) is kept locally for costs such as maintaining buildings, fuel costs, administrative costs such as postage and printing, local mission and supporting church groups such as FOG Squad, JAFFA and Sports & Crosses. 

around £4.88 (49%) is the Ministries Contribution and this ensures we have ministries in every part of the country. The 2019 cost of a parish minister at the top of the stipend scale is £42,921 when employers national insurance and pensions contributions are included. As our Minister has not yet reached that scale point it means that for this year we will be contributing the full cost of our Ministry. 

the remaining 92p (9%) is the Mission Contribution and this supports congregations with services such as safeguarding, Social Care (CrossReach), Law Department. Stewardship and Finance. The General Assembly and Moderator. World Mission and the work of the various Councils of the church. 

Test Your Bible Knowledge 

1. Who inspired the writing of the Bible? 

2. Who was the most humble man on earth? 

3. What two Old Testament books are named after women? 

4. What are the epistles? 

5. What is the Golden Rule? 

6. Where is the Garden of Gethsemane? 

7. Who accompanied Jesus furthest into the Garden? 

8. What is the book of Acts about? 

9. What is the root of all kinds of evil? 

10. Which two New testament writers were brothers of the Lord Jesus 

Answers will be found in RED print before the Church Directory

Moment of Meditation 

To be grateful is to recognise the Love of God in everything he has given us 

– and he has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. (Thomas Merton) 

FOG Squad 

 We are nearly at the end of the FOG SQUAD session and the children and adults have enjoyed using the Energise this year. 

We finish our year with our picnic on Saturday 1st June and tickets will be available from 28th April. It is to be held in the Manse garden this year and there will be new outdoor games set out for families to play with and food as in previous years 

On Sunday 2nd June we have our Annual Prize-giving Service which will 

be held in Panbride Church. AS. 


Dates for the next 3 meeting are

28th April. 26th May & 30th June

These meeting are open to all young people secondary school age.

Dates for a movie night, a group outing and Café Ministry to be confirmed soon

Join us on a Sunday we play games, watch films and eat Jaffa cakes!

Creche Rota 


5th Annetta Anderson& Joyce Brown

12th Marion Palmer & Gillian Sawers

19th Joanna Stout & Daun Barrowman

26th Tom Black & Beth Lee-Smith


2nd Annetta Anderson & Joyce Brown

9th Marion Palmer & Gillian Sawers

16th Daun Barrowman & Joanna Stout

23rd Tom Black & Annetta Anderson

There will be no crèche on 30th June, 7th and 14th July


Fund Raising and Social

The Coffee Pancake Morning held on Saturday 9th March 2019 raised the magnificent sum of 

£481.15 for Church funds. Thanks to all who helped and supported this event. 

Our next fundraising event will be held on Saturday 4th May 2019 in the Panbride Hall from 

1.00pm until 4.00 pm and will take the form of a Valuation Afternoon. Steven Dewar from Curr 

and Dewar auctioneers has very kindly agreed to do verbal valuations on small items [or a 

photograph on larger ones] at a cost of £3.00 per item, maximum 3 items. Coffee, tea and tray 

bakes will be available at a cost of £2.00. It is hoped that we might have a good response to 

this event and all monies raised will go to Church funds. 

A Strawberry Tea will be held in the Pabride Hall on Saturday 8th June 2019 from 2.30pm 

until 4.00 pm and tickets will cost £3.00. 

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. 

Dates for your Diary 


4 Valuation Afternoon Panbride Hall 1 to 4pm – see page 9 for more details 

11 Angus Presbytery BIG DAY OUT see article below for detailed information 

14 Finance Committee 7.30pm 

16 Congregational Board 7.30pm Panbride Hall 

19 Holy Communion 11am Newton Church and 3pm Panbride Hall 



8 Strawberry Tea Panbride Hall 2.30 to 4pm Tickets £3 

20 Kirk Session 7.30 pm Panbride Hall 

29 Congregational Outing – see article below for detailed information 

Angus Presbytery ‘BIG DAY OUT 

This will be held on 11th May at Forfar East & Old Church and the theme is RENEWING. 

The key note address will be given by Rev Robert Allan who was very much involved in the call for a Radical Review at last years General Assembly. And it will be interesting to hear what he has to say as Assembly 2019 approaches. 

There will also be the opportunity to attend 3 of the workshops on offer. Make a selection from ‘Go For It ‘ about project funding, ‘Hot Chocolate’ a long running youth project in Dundee, ’Wild Goose Resource Group’ based at Iona and make a range of worship resources available, ‘Mission and Discipleship will feature many of the Church of Scotland workshop resources and Pioneer Ministry about an initiative based in Ayrshire which is aimed at engaging with the community. 

The cost is £10 which includes lunch and starts at 10am and the closing worship is times is timed for 4pm Booking forms are available from Minister or you can book online at Eventbrite but there will be an additional charge to pay. 

Congregational Outing 

This will take place on Saturday 29th June and the coach will leave Newton Church at 10am on route to Pitlochry where a 2 course lunch with tea/coffee will be provided at Fishers Hotel. 

The coach will then make its way to House of Bruar when there will be some free time for shopping. The cost this year will be £22 and this will include gratuities. 

The return time will be flexible depending on the length of time required for shopping. 

Names to Mary Bushnell as soon as possible

Congregational Register


Dougie Eric Fraser Stewart -10 March 

Evan David Forrester – 24 March


Mrs Muriel Wright* 26 February 

Mrs Anna Morrison* 27 February 

Mrs June Ross 28 March 

Mr Ian Keith 7 April 

Mr Howard Evans 14 April 

* Member of Congregatio


Andrew Haig and Rebecca Faye Holmes on 30 March at Panbride Church


Mrs Gillian Bennett (District 16) 

Mrs Patricia Evans (District 24) 

Miss Claire Ellis (District 14) 

Miss Lauren Harper (Postal)

Flower Calendar


5 Mrs Dorothy Blacklaws 

12 Mrs Val Nicoll 

19 Mrs Dorothy McCallum 

26 Mrs Gill Manson 


2 Mrs Kathleen Fulton 

9 Mrs Suzanne Fleming 

16 Mrs Janis Jackson & Mrs Sheila Davison 

23 Mrs Ann Howlett 

30 Mrs Nancy Don 


7 Mrs Lyn Ross 

14 Mrs Joanna Stout

Bible Knowledge Answers

1.The Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16)

2. Moses (Numbers 12:3)

3.Ester & Ruth


5.Do unto others as you would have them do to you (Matthew 7:12)

6.At the base of the Mount of Olives (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26 Luke 22;39)

7.Peter, James & John (Matthew 26:37, Mark 14:33)

8.The early years of the Church, as the gospels began to spread through the world)

9. The love of money (1 Timothy 6:10)

10.James & Jude (Matthew13:55)

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  

Update Newsletter

February 25th, 2019

Update                 24 February 2019






E-mail Church Secretary: 


Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 


Did You Know

CrossReach is the current operating name of the Church of Scotland provision of care and support provided in 70 locations throughout Scotland covering 

Children and Families         Learning Disabilities    Mental Health 

Counselling and Support    Criminal Justice            Substance Misuse 

Homeless People                  Elderly People 

This year is the 150th Anniversary of these support services. More information is available on the CrossReach self-directed support You Tube site  and on this Web Site.

If you would like a copy of the free periodic CrossReach news-sheet and/or the free CrossReach prayer diary contact Phyllis Guild or 

Life and work is the monthly magazine of the Church of Scotland. Mary Bushnell acts as co-ordinator and currently has an unallocated copy each month. Please speak to her if you would like to start receiving this. 

Mark Calder of Embrace the Middle East is to complete 14 ultra marathons to raise awareness for their campaign to help Iraqi Christians return home. On Friday 8th March he will undertake the second run which will be St Duthac’s Way – 98.4 miles from Aberdeen to St Andrews. His map indicates he will pass through Carnoustie. He is looking for help along the route – encouragement, prayerful and financial would all be appreciated. More information at

Friendship Circle 

Friendship Circle members were certainly in the Christmas spirit after an afternoon’s entertainment from the D Ukes Ukelele band. Everyone enjoyed singing along to well known songs and Christmas favourites. 

In January we had a visit from Monica Mills who runs Glitter and Sparkle craft shop. Many people make items to be sold in the shop e.g. knitted baby clothes and hats. Monica also encourages people to recycle almost anything and has lots of ideas to suggest. She also sells craft materials and wool. 

At our next meeting Liz Pardoe recounted both poignant and humorous stories written in Doric by her sister Margaret Grant 

Our future meetings are as follows – 

February 26- Dundee Women’s Aid 

March 12- The Isle of May 

March 26 – Travel Logue by Rita Clark 

April 9 – outing to Brechin Castle Garden Centre. All welcome to meetings in the church hall at 2 p.m. SW. 

Five Questions 

The questions in this issue have been answered by Karen Stormont who is a member of the Congregation. 

What is your favourite Hymn? 

That has to be Thine be the glory 

Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? 

St Andrew’s Arbroath the church I grew up in 

Who is your favourite biblical character? 


What is your favourite Bible reading? 

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest 

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? 

Most admired person was my dad, who had so much patience and love for his granddaughter, 

whatever the game she decided they would play. 

Musings from the Manse

At the end of January, I attended the Church of Scotland’s Annual Conference for Ministers in their First Five Years. 

The Conference took place at St Mary’s Monastery in Kinnoull, Perth. It was an opportunity to take some time to reflect on the journey so far. It was also a time to meet up with those who have shared the journey, other ministers in their first five years. So, as well as the seminars from various speakers there was also lots of chat and laughter. 

The Monastery provides an international, multi-cultural, ecumenical space which offers the opportunity for relaxation, renewal and rest. It is also home to a small Redemptorist Community who follow their own programme of worship. 

One of the seminars was given by Kenneth Steven, a Christian poet whose work is inspired by the wild landscape of his native Highland Scotland and his love of the Celtic Christian story. Kenneth talked about his collection of poetry called “Letting in the Light” in which he intimately reflects on bereavement; marital breakdown; the pain of separation from his daughter, and the search for “home”. Through his poetry Kenneth shares his struggle with pain and darkness which tested his faith but what emerged was the way to hope and healing. From the darkness came, not immediate healing, but” the possibility of light”. He told us “it’s when we are broken, we let in the light” 

That theme of “light from darkness” continued through our time at St Mary’s. At one of our worship services we listened to “Anthem”, a song from the poet and writer, Leonard Cohen, which included the refrain: 

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack, a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in. 

Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house” (Matthew 5: 14-15). 

As we begin to emerge from the cold, dark days of winter and start to think of spring with its “possibility of light” we are still very much surrounded by a world of darkness and chaos. Our own lives are sometimes full of shadow and pain and it’s easy to despair. But if we look for them there are fragments of light shining everywhere around us and within, and it is that light shining through the cracks that we should focus on in the difficult days. 

I have only recently caught up with “Call the Midwife” even though it is in its eighth series. In a recent episode the voice-over by Vanessa Redgrave at the end of the programme summed up for me how we can “ring the bells” and let the light into our lives each day: 

We can decide to be happy, make much out of little, embrace the warmth of our ordinary days. Life unfolds as a mystery, an enterprise whose outcome cannot be foretold. We do not get what we expect; we stumble on crags, are faced with imperfection, bonds are tested and tightened, and our landscapes shift in sunshine and in shade. There is light, there is. Look for it. Look for it shining over your shoulder, on the pass. It was light where you went once, it is light where you are now, it will be light where you will go again.” (Call the Midwife Series 8 Episode 3, 27th January 2019) 

Blessings ~ Annette 

Moment for Meditation 

Whatever you are doing, that which makes you feel the most alive …….that is where God is. (St Ignatius of Loyola).

Church War Memorials

I have been approached by several people over the Christmas period asking what has become of the WW1 display in the Panbride Hall. I am pleased to report that the data and photographs have been transferred into a folder for the church archives. It can be accessed or displayed as required. 

I decided that the folder was incomplete without the names of the men who died in WW2. I have researched these men but would welcome any input from members to ensure that I have found the right people! There are a couple for whom I found very little. They are in bold type below. Please contact me if you can help.

Linda Nicoll 

Panbride Church Memorial 

W. Aikenhead, Black Watch:    P.L. Bell, RAF:                      T. Dalziel, Merchant Navy: 

J. Elrick, Black Watch:              S.D. Jolly, Black Watch:      I.R. Runciman, RAF: 

A.E. Finlayson, Royal Navy:    D. Ramsay, B/Watch:          G.A. Webster, Royal Artillery: 

G. Lyall, Royal Navy. 

Netwon Church Memorial 

William Aikenhead                  Gordon S. Cunningham            Graeme S. Hogg 

Frederick S. Murray          William Ritchie                          Frederick Ritchie 

A Randolph Simpson               James A. Wright

The Radical Plan Requested by General Assembly 2018

The Kirk Session Conference in October which was an instruction from the General Assembly 2018 was the starting point for this congregation preparing for whatever lies ahead.

A Special Commission has been set up to make recommendations designed to ensure the Church’s national structure is ‘lean and fit for purpose to lead reform’ 

The Church of Scotland magazine ‘Life & Work ’is likely to be one of the ways in which church members will start to appreciate the significance of what prompted the Assembly 2018 to call for the Radical Plan for the next 3 years and what it might contain. 

‘Life & Work’ is not however widely read by members of this congregation. The intention behind this article and subsequent articles in future Updates is to give members a flavour of content which is published in the magazine reflecting the thoughts of members throughout Scotland. 

Issues of Life & Work from August to December included the following comments: 

  • The Church of Scotland as we know it today has never developed much beyond the mind-set of a 19th century institution.. 
  • We are still governed through centralised structures and have allowed ourselves to be imprisoned by a committee structure that does not allow for good decision making. We rely too heavily on committee structures to make things happen.. 
  • Maybe we are too slow to admit that many of our ideas and teaching methods need to be updated.. 
  •  Because our ways of thinking and living are not static instead of talking so much about the decline of the Church we should use our energy to change our ways.. 
  •  Why wait? Learn from the past and move on.. 
  •  Congregations will undoubtedly require to begin to think about how their future will look.. 
  •  The ‘one size fits all service’ in one place at a set time, may no longer be tenable.. 
  •  Congregations have potential to reinvest their usefulness by discovering what it means to diversify into smaller groups meeting at different times.. 

The challenge for us will be 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.


On behalf of the Trustees of your Church I would like to record our appreciation and to say thank you to all those members of the congregation who make a regular donation to the finances of the Church by way of FWO envelopes, monthly standing orders, and annual lump sums or via the open plate. Through those who are able to gift aid their donation an additional £11,800 is added to the income in a year.

Thanks also goes to those members who support the various fundraising or other activities with gifts of various items, their time and attendance at the events and the donations they give. Also, to the cleaning teams who save the church expense and not forgetting those who give their time and expertise in other areas.

All of the above add up to a tremendous support of your Church which is of enormous value.




The JAFFA is looking forward to a spring and summer full of new challenges and adventures.

We will adding articles to the church magazine highlighting our interests particularly as we are now using the Energise website of resources when we meet.

We will also be looking more closely into Panbride Church as a Eco congregation and our Fair trade status. Our café Ministry was such a success we have decided to repeat the event and this time hold it during a time Annette can join us, we do not want her to miss out!

We continue to meet during the Soup and Sweet Sundays so that we can assist, and enjoy all the delicious food!

Fund Raising and Social

The Committee have met to look at various ways of raising funds for the Church and some of them are favourites whilst we have come up with a couple of new ideas. 

The first event to take place will be a Coffee/Pancake morning on Saturday 9th March 2019 from 10.00 until 11.30 am in Panbride Hall. Tickets cost £2.00 and donations for a cake and candy stall would be very much appreciated. 

Future dates for your diary are as follows: 

Strawberry Tea on Saturday 8th June 2019 from 2.30 until 4.00 pm. 

Congregation Supper on Saturday 14th September 2019. 

Coffee Morning on Saturday 2nd November 2019. 

The Arbroath Instrumental have been approached to perform a concert in Newton Church sometime in the Autumn. More information on these events in future issues of Update. 

To help with one of our new ideas, we would ask that instead of throwing out any unwanted bottle bags you hold on to them and for the Coffee Morning in November a bottle or jar of something can be put in and we can have a pound bottle bag. 

The other new event which we intend to hold would hopefully take in place in May. A local auctioneer has agreed to come along and value any items which the congregation may have. There will be a small charge for each item, maximum three items, and we will be selling teas, coffees etc. The date, time and charge are still to be finalised and it is probable that times for valuations will be limited. More information will be in the next issue of Update but in the meantime, look out any small items which you might want valued (sorry but no large items please). HH. 

Creche Rota

March 2019 

3rd Joanna Stout & June Black 

10th Margaret Easton & Tom Black 

17th Annetta Anderson & Marion Palmer 

24th Gillian Sawers & Beth Lee Smith 

31st Dawn Barrowman & June Black 

April 2019 

7th, 14th & 21st No Creche 

28th Joanna Stout & Margaret Easton 

May 2019 

5th Annetta Anderson & Joyce Brown 

12th Marion Palmer & Gillian Sawers 

Dates for your Diary


26th Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall 

28th Sports Quiz Station Hotel 7.30pm 


1st World Day of Prayer 7pm Barry Church 

9th Coffee Morning 10 -11.30am Panbride Hall 

12th Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall 

17th Morning Service followed by Stated Annual Meeting 

19th Finance Committee 7.30pm 

21st Congregational Board 7.30pm Panbride Hall 

26th Friendship Circle 2pm Panbride Hall 


Holy Week Services – Monday 15th – Friday 18th April  Short Services of Reflection in Panbride Hall, Arbroath Road 10.15am   Other Services in Carnoustie will be included in Orders of Service as they become known 

18th Kirk Session 7.30pm Panbride Hall 

Also, there is no Condor Court service in March but the following services are planned: 

Sunday 7th April at 2pm 

Sunday 5th May at 2pm 

Flamingo Cards

Just to let you know the sum of £58.00 was given to the Treasurer for Church funds, being the proceeds of last year’s sale of cards. I now have the latest brochure so if anyone would like a booklet, they can see me at Church or I can deliver one if required. PJT.

Tree of Life Banner

Recently we’ve added some more names to the banner. If anyone else would like to be included, ie. a new member of the congregation , there are template leaves in a basket at the front door of the Church. If you write your name on one, it will then be added on to the banner. Any queries, see Pat Taylor. 

Needles and Pins Group

The group has restarted after the New Year. We meet in the Session Room at Newton Church at 2pm. The next meeting on the 5th March. Thereafter every 2 weeks. We would be delighted to have some new members. We are planning to have a stall at the next Pancake Coffee Morning on the 9th March. Please come and support us as all proceeds go to Church funds. PJT. 

Test Your Bible Knowledge 

1. Who is the patron saint of travellers? 

2. Who baptised Jesus? 

3. What is the name of Moses’s brother? 

4. What did the dove return to Noah’s Ark with? 

5. What was the name of the son of David’ who took over as King? 

6. What are the names of the 12 apostles? 

7. What does the word Amen mean? 

8. Which of these musical instruments is not mentioned in the Bible? Harp, Flute, Violin, Trumpet 

9. Following his first miracle where did Jesus visit and stay for a few days with his mother and brothers? 

10. Which four letters are often placed on a sign above a cross of Jesus and what do they mean? 

Answers at the end.

Congregational Register


Mrs Myra Morton* – 4/11/2018

Mrs Sheila Glen – 20/11/2018

Mrs Sophie Smart* – 30/11/2018

Mrs Dorothy Craven – 2/12/2018

PC Dean Morrison – 16/12/2018

Mrs Elizabeth Bell* – 24/12/2018

Mr Bill McLean* – 29/12/2018

Mrs Jean McMillan* – 2/1/2019

Mrs Dorothy LawCongregational Register son* – 28/1/2019

Mr Gordon Torrie – 28/1/2019

*Member of congregation

Baptism and Thanksgiving:

Lucas John James Gray – Baptised 13/1/2019

Maria Victoria Hebenton – Thanksgiving 13/1/2019

Christmas Post

Carnoustie Scouts and the Boys’ Brigade would like to thank everyone who used their Christmas Card postal service last year. Over £2800 was raised for Scout funds and £2.200 for the Boys’ Brigade.

Flower Calendar 


3rd Mrs Eleanor Simpson 

Mrs Jean Granger 

10th Mrs Marion Palmer 

17th Mrs Karen Penrose 

Mr J. Weir 

24th Mrs Jean Bell 

Mrs Pat Sawers 

31st Mrs Lesley Thomson 


7th Mrs Joan Davidson 

14th Mrs Beth-Lee Smith 

21st Mrs June Black 

28th Mrs Rosanne Porter 


5th Mrs Dorothy Blacklaws 

12th Mrs Val Nicoll 

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


Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll

Bible Knowledge Answers

1. Saint Christopher 2. John. 3. Aaron 

4. An olive leaf. 5. Solomon 

6. Simon (who is called Peter); Andrew; James; John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew; James and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot 

7. So be it. 8. Violin 9. Capernaum 

10. INRI Iesus Nazarenus Rex Ijdaeorum 

[Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews] 




Update Newsletter

December 2nd, 2018

  Update              25 November 2018 




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Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594

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  







Update Newsletter

August 28th, 2018

 Update                                August 2018 



E-mail Church Secretary: 


Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 





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 





Update Newsletter

June 26th, 2018

Update                                              June 2018 


E-mail Church Secretary: 


Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 




Sponsored Walk 

 Led from Newton by George






                                       All ages and Pets

And the catering core were ready for the walkers return.

Halfway refreshments at Easthaven one sponsored walk.

Strawberry Tea 

A real treat was in store 

But unfortunately it was the first wet Saturday for over two months but those who came enjoyed the treat.

Did You Know 

  •  Rev Susan Brown was installed as the fourth woman moderator on the opening day this years General Assembly. She has been minister at Dornoch Cathedral for 20 years. Her theme for her year as Moderator is ‘ Walking with’ and a feature of her presbytery visits will be walks with local people from within and outwith the church. In her eyes walking is good for your mental health, your physical health, your spiritual health as well as the environment. Walking creates many opportunities for conversations on a wide range of topics and as you walk you remember life is always a journey. 
  • The total sum collected in Carnoustie for Christian Aid from the house collection totalled £2,492 and there was also £ from the coffee morning and £60 from the Barry ‘big breakie’drop in café. 
  • Carnoustie Gala week this year is from 2nd to 7th July. There are various events during the week culminating as usual with a Gala Day parade and events in Carnoustie house grounds. 
  • The Carnoustie Community Development trust is organising a series of events during the Open Week and this will culminate with an all day event in Carnoustie House Grounds. Posters advertising these events are a display throughout Carnoustie. 
  • Panbride Church was represented at the two events organised recently by Christians in Sport. A team of 8 took part in the sports quiz but despite scoring well in their joker round they did not make the top 3 on the night. 10 members went to the Sportsman’s Dinner in the Golf Hotel and enjoyed the evening. 

Five Questions 

The questions in this issue have been answered by George Gordon our Minister’s husband. George, who is an accomplished piper, had taken early retirement before they came to Carnoustie and he has recently started part time with Angus Council Education Department as a pipe instructor in a number of schools throughout the county. 

What is your favourite hymn? 

Eternal Father, strong to save. This is a hymn I remember first hearing on Armistice Sunday when I was in the Boys’ Brigade. It is also featured in two of my favourite films, “Titanic” and “Crimson Tide”. Having worked for many years in the fishing industry I am only too aware of all the those who are “at peril on the sea”, some of whom never return home. 

Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? 

I especially enjoyed worshipping at Sherwood Greenlaw Parish Church in Paisley where Annette did some of her training. The people were very friendly, and I was invited by the Men’s Club to Bowling nights and generally well looked after by the congregation. I also particularly enjoy going to Ordinations, and have been to quite a few recently as Annettte and her colleagues have been ordained and inducted into their first charges. The singing on these occasions is wonderful and makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. 

Who is your favourite biblical character? 

David is my favourite character in the Bible, and I especially like how he dealt with Goliath. I warm to this story as it shows that sometimes the “little guy” wins. 

What is your favourite Bible reading? 

The Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-29) is a story which has captured my imagination since I was young. On one level it gives me a feeling of security that in this part of the world we are fortunate to have the reassurance of living in solid houses which other people in third world countries don’t have. On another level it reminds of the importance of having a strong faith. 

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? 

Martin Luther King. 

I admire him as a Freedom Fighter who believed in peaceful protest and non-violence inspired by his Christian beliefs. He showed by his actions that you don’t need to use force or violence to achieve your goals. 

Musings from the Manse

In late May I was a first-time commissioner at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. 

The days were long and the discussions were often challenging and some were downright uncomfortable, not least the Report from the Council of Assembly. 

The Council of Assembly presented its “Strategic Plan” for 2018-2028, “Worshipping God, Inspiring Faith, Connecting People”. The purpose of the plan was to address the most urgent challenges facing the church including: falling attendance; missing generations; dramatic fall in income, and the need to let go of surplus buildings. 

The “Plan” which had been two years in the making and had involved consultation with over 2,000 church members from all over Scotland was described by a former moderator as “very thick on gloss and very thin on substance”. That seemed to be the consensus from the commissioners. The plan met with strong and passionate opposition on the floor of the Assembly by those who thought that to accept this plan would be “another nail in the coffin” for the church, and a counter-motion was brought calling for “a radical action plan for 2019-2022 to achieve much needed reform within our church” instructing the Council to propose more radical reforms which can be achieved in a shorter space of time. 

During the Report of the Council of Assembly, a motion was passed to instruct Presbyteries “to create robust, imaginative and courageous Presbytery Plans, to reduce the number of charges, create ministry hubs, enable new pioneer and new church planting opportunities, and new reformed pathways into ministry” 

So, what does all this mean for Carnoustie Panbride Church? 

It means that we cannot be complacent, and we need to have an honest understanding of where we are as a church now. There is no doubt, that we too must devise a “radical action plan” to ensure that our church survives these tumultuous years. Of course, what “radical” might look like will differ from church to church. We should look forward to this time of change in the national church and, also at local level, and we should not be afraid because it is not all doom and gloom. On the Assembly floor there was a real sense of enthusiasm, of “seizing the day”, and a sense that this is an opportunity to move forward. 

Our church has a lot to offer the community and I look forward to working with the Kirk Session and, indeed, the whole congregation to begin to identify and develop the tools and the skills which will take us forward. It is good to remember Jesus’ advice to his disciples, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) 

It was not all business at the General Assembly. I did have time to meet up with other commissioners some of whom I have spent the last 6 or so years studying and training with, and who, like me, are in their first charge. It was great to see them, swap stories and find out how they are all “settling in” to their new parishes. 

As a newly ordained minister inducted into my first charge, I was also being “presented” to the Right Reverend Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly, and it was a lovely surprise to meet up with Rev Matthew Bickett who was also being “presented” as a recently retired minister. It is very unusual for both predecessor and successor to be presented at the same General Assembly. 

I am looking forward to the summer and to my first Gala Day here in Carnoustie. I have also heard that there is some golf thing on in Carnoustie this year. It is called the “The Open” or something? Paradoxically, they seem to be shutting off half the streets and the beach for this “Open”. 

I pray that you have a blessed and safe summer. Enjoy! 

Blessings ~ Annette  

Panbride Hall

“The Panbride Hall is available to members of the congregation for one off special events or celebrations (subject to certain conditions associated with use) at a discount of 25% against the normal price. There are groups who use the hall regularly so it will be available when not in use which is normally certain days (not nights) during the week and at the weekend. Details and booking form available from the Church Secretary (see Church Directory for contact details). 


My thanks to those members who have changed from using FWO envelopes and annual cheques to setting up a standing order and to those who are waiting for bank details from me in order to do so. Unfortunately, the bank opened the ac-count when I was in New Zealand (despite my best efforts to get it opened before I left); I am now in the process of supplying the new bank account details. 

Flamingo Cards 

The first orders for Flamingo Cards have been received and distributed. Many of the designers are the same or similar to what was on offer with Pheonix Cards and they are of similar quality. As in the past, Church funds will get 10% of all sales. If you would like a brochure, you can see me at Church or get in touch and we can make arrangements to let you have a copy. The next brochure is expected in the Autumn which will include Christmas designs. You can contact me, Pat Taylor (Tel 853919.) 

Needles and Pins Craft Group 

The group has been very busy over the past few weeks creating (and talking!) We have about a dozen ladies involved in the group and we would be very happy to have more join us in the session room. Some ladies are making things at home which is fine. If any men are feeling creative, perhaps woodwork, we’d be delighted to hear from you too. We plan to take a break over the Summer and restart after the schools go back in August. More information from Pat Taylor, 853919. 

The F.O.G. Squad

We have had a lovely session looking at Bible Stories. 

Thank you to all the teachers for their hard work and parents for their support over the year. 

We look forward to seeing you all again in September. 

Have a lovely summer! 

Moment for Meditation 

As I walk with you, Lord, 

I begin to see this world as you must do, and know we must work together to make it a better place, which begins with hearts, hands, and feet in service. 

John Birch, 

JAFFA Asks: Mary Bushnell

What do you do for the church?

I open the church on Sundays for worship, attend to the heating for funerals, weddings or any other services held in the church.

How often do you work for the church?

Every day as heating needs to be put on for organisations who use our halls. Panbride hall is used every night Monday to Friday and sometimes during the day as well.

Why do you need a set of keys for the church?

To unlock the door to the church and the offices.

Do you do other work?

Yes. I am a lollipop lady at Woodlands Primary School. I am also Chairperson for Carnoustie Gala Committee who or-ganises Carnoustie Gala week and day. I also help with the cleaning of the church.

How long have you been doing this job?

Twenty two years.

What is the best part of your job?

Meeting the people who come to church and I have made a lot of friends. It is particularly lovely to see and speak to the young people and to welcome new people into our church family.

Creche Rota

July ~ No Creche 

August ~ Panbride Church 

5th No Creche 

12th No Creche 

19th Dawn Barrowman, Joyce Brown 

27th Marion Palmer, Beth Lee-Smith 

September ~ Newton Church 

2nd Tom Black, Annetta Anderson 

9th Gillian Sawers, Joanna Stout 

Dates for Your Diary


16 Kirk Session 7:30pm 

26 Holy Communion ~ Panbride Church 11am 

~ Panbride Hall 3pm 


Car Parking at Panbride Church

The car park in the school playground is available for use each Sunday when worship is at Panbride church. 

Please make use of it – that will reduce the need to park on the narrow road and make it easier for emergency vehicles should they need to travel along the road. Access and exiting the car park in the school playground can be made via either of the roads to the east or west side of the school/former school house. 

Using the school car park will also leave the car park in front of the cottage for those who have mobility restrictions.

 Congregrational Outing 

This will take place on Saturday 30th of June. The bus will leave Easthaven at 10am and then stop at Newton Church for a 10:15am departure to Stonehaven. After Lunch at the Station Hotel Stonehaven the party will continue to Raemoir Garden Centre at Banchory where there will be time to look around, make any purchases and enjoy a refreshment. Planned return to Carnoustie for between 5 and 6pm. Cost is £20 per person. At time of writing there are still a few seats left on the bus. Further information from Mary Bushnell. 

The Church and GPDR .. Did You Know … 

New legislation covering data proteUK ction came into force on 25 May 2018. The EU’s General Data Protection Regu-lation will be incorporated into UK law and a new Data Protection Act will replace the Data Protection Act 1998. As a church we handle individuals’ personal information and so are obliged to act in accordance with best practice. A new GDPR training webinar is available from the Church of Scotland website and training will be rolled out in due course for office bearers and other members of the congregation who handle personal information. Meanwhile, guidance is available here: protection 

Fund Raising and Social Committee 

The sponsored walk which took place on Sunday 13th May 2018 raised the magnificent sum of £859.00 plus we are able to claim back Gift Aid on quite a bit of this money. A huge thanks to all who supported this event which was enjoyed by all who participated. Thanks to George for piping us on our way, to John and Nikki from Easthaven Together who served refreshments at Easthaven and to the ladies in the kitchen for the refreshments in Panbride Hall on our return. 

The Strawberry Tea on Saturday 16th June 2018 raised the sum of £320.50 for Church funds. Thanks to all who came to this event and to the farmers who very kindly supplied the strawberries. 

We are having a break for the summer but details of the Harvest Supper being held on Saturday 22nd September 2018 will be announced later in the summer in the Order of Service and in the next issue of Update. 

We have received a suggestion of having an Open Garden afternoon next year. If any members would be interested in showing their garden, could they please speak to Helen Harley or any members of the Social/Fundraising committee. 

A Beetle Drive, a Gift Evening and a concert are all in the planning for later in the year. HH. 

Some of those who attended and prepared the Strawberry Tea 


Congregational Register 


Mr Lindsay Smith 8/5/2018

Mr Tom Watt 9/5/2018

Mr Neil Wallace 22/5/2018

Mrs Marjory Weir 29/5/2018*

*Member of congregation


Claire Penrose* and Grant Owen – 5 May 2018

*Member of congregation

Flower Calendar


1st Mrs N.Kettles

8th Mrs L Ross

15th Mrs J Stout

22nd Mrs J Malhotra

29th Mrs E Adams


5th Mrs A Brown

12th Mrs M Laird

19th Mrs M Bushnell

26th Mrs D Harper


2nd Mrs J Beattie

9th Mrs M Taylor

16th Mrs M Cowan

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


Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll





Update Newsletter

April 30th, 2018

Update           29 April 2018 


E-mail Church Secretary: 


Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594 




The Gathering 

The Play 

Climbing the Hill 

About to take cover

Once You are Up there is only one way down !! 

Did You Know  

  • Christians In Sport are holding two events locally during the next two months. These are: 8th May – Sports Quiz at the Aboukir Hotel 7:30pm teams of 3 or more. 2nd June – Sportsmans Dinner at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel. Guest speaker is professional golfer Alison Nicholas. For more information please contact David Taylor
  • The Carnoustie Community Helpline is now to be called Carnoustie Medical Transport Helpline . While their name, charitable status registration and Charity Number have changed everything else stays the same. It continues to be run by volunteers for patients registered with Parkview Primary Care Centre who require transport to take them to medical appointments. 
  • The Dundee and Angus Battalion Boys’ Brigade are to hold a Queen’s badge Presentation Service in Newton church on 17th June at 2pm. The service will be led by Rev Catherine E E Collins Acting Chaplain to the Battalion and will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant for Angus Mrs Georgiana Osborne 
  • At their April meeting the Kirk Session agreed that Carnoustie Panbride Church should take part in a Ringing Out for Peace which is part of Battle’s Over which is organising a National Tribute to mark the commemoration of the end of the first world war. This will include events in UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and at scores of locations overseas.. There are various events during the day and along with many other Churches in Scotland the Newton Church Bell will be rung at 7.05pm on 11 November 2018 to mark the special occasion and pay a tribute to everyone who served on the battlefields, the high seas and the home front during WW1. 
  • The Church of Scotland Social Care Council operates under the title of CROSSREACH. They employ 2,000 staff in 70 care and support services in three main areas: Adult Care, Children and Family and Older People. They produce a Prayer Diary which contains weekly prayers about some of their services. The diary is produced 4 monthly and the next edition is due from the beginning of June, If you would like to follow the diary please let Phyllis Guild know and she will arrange to get a copy for you. 

Five Questions 

The questions in this issue have been answered by Andrew Sawers who was elected as a member of the Congregational Board at the Stated annual Meeting of the Congregation in March 2018 

What is your favourite hymn? 

Come All Ye Faithful, I love Christmas and I think this hymn embodies the joy and love felt at this time of year. 

Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping?

Iona, I went there a couple of times in my teenage years. It is a very spiritual place and also very beautiful. 

Who is your favourite biblical character? 

I couldn’t pick one, I had to pick the three. The wise men. I think it is one of the few occasions where science and faith meet. The wise men wanted to learn more about the world around them but this did not mean they could not have faith in God. 

What is your favourite Bible reading? 

The Parable of the Prodigal Son. To me this is about family and family is the most important thing in my life. It is also about forgiveness something my family have to do a lot with me. 

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire? 

Nelson Mandela. I thought he was a great leader. He brought a country together in peace at a time when many of his followers where so angry with the suffering that had been inflicted on them for so many years. 

Musings from the Manse

Dear People of God 

My first Easter in Carnoustie was wonderful and a time of deep blessing for me as it was, I hope, for all those who attended the morning reflections in Panbride Hall, the services each night in the different churches during Holy Week, and our Easter Sunday worship at Newton church. Early on Easter Sunday morning we celebrated the stone being rolled away from the tomb at our Egg-rolling Service at Knowes Loan with our young people. I must confess I did not make it all the way up the hill but took cover under the tree as an avalanche of beautifully decorated eggs suddenly filled the deep blue sky! I think we may have some future Olympic shot-putters or javelin throwers in the F.O.G. Squad! 

Later in our Easter Sunday service we heard the account of the Resurrection, which lies at the heart of our Christian faith. How the risen Lord Jesus conquered death and appeared to Mary Magdalene, and then to the frightened disciples huddled together in the upper room. Later he appeared to Thomas who wanted to see for himself, who wanted to have his own faith in Jesus. Then to two dejected disciples travelling to Emmaus who didn’t even recognise their Lord until he broke bread with them. And even to a Pharisee named Saul on the road to Damascus – a man who did everything he could to persecute the early church. 

It is good for us to remember as part of our Easter journey that Jesus appears to all sorts of different people – confused, suspicious, incredulous, and also the sort of people we would not ever imagine would darken the door of a church. Jesus is still travelling with us along the road – sometimes when we least expect him. He journeys with us and speaks to us and shows us his face. And even if we don’t recognise him immediately, an encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus should always change us so that we too say with those on the Emmaus road, 

“Were not our hearts burning within us as he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32) 

After a break away on holiday, I return to continue this exciting journey – walking with the people of Carnoustie Panbride. I am looking forward to starting regular sessions with the children at Carlogie Primary school and continuing to work with the Ministers’ Council working with the youth and sharing worship services in the various care homes. I will very shortly conduct my first wedding – the marriage of one of our members. Then immediately after the service on Pentecost Sunday I am off to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. 

Blessings ~ Annette

Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle members have enjoyed a varied programme of talks this year and we are all hoping for some sunny weather in our summer break. We have learnt a lot this session on diverse topics such as the farmer’s year, leprosy, local history and the gardeners amongst us have ideas for unusual plants to try.

Our traditional end of session outing this year was to Abernyte Antiques took place on April 17th and some of those present are included in the photographs below.

The Bus has arrived

All aboard

And after looking around and perhaps a purchase or two

It was time for a nice cup of tea

And a wee bit of cake!!

The group will now take a break over the summer and meetings will resume in October.        SW.

Fund Raising and Social Committee 

The Coffee morning which was due to be held in March was cancelled due to the bad weather. This was rescheduled for the 7th April and the sum of £388.27 was raised for Church funds. Thanks to all who supported this event in any way. 

A Family sponsored walk is to take place on Sunday 13th May 2018, walking from Newton Church to Easthaven and back along the cycle/footpath. If you would like to join us and raise some money for the Church, sponsor forms are at the door of the Church or perhaps you would like to sponsor either an individual or a family. Tea, coffee, juice and rolls with sausages are to be served after the walk but we need to know numbers for catering. 

A Strawberry Tea is to be held on Saturday 16th June 2018 from 2.30 until 4.00 pm with tickets costing £3.00.and there will be a Harvest Supper on Saturday 22nd September 2018. More details will be announced in the next issue of Update. 

We are planning a Christmas Evening on Friday 2nd November 2018. There is an article on page 6 with details of a new craft group which will make items for sale on that evening. We would also like to hear from any members of the con-gregation who do any craft work and would like to donate some items which we could sell for Church funds. If you can donate anything, please telephone Helen or speak to any of the Fundraising/Social Committee.       HH.

The F.O.G. Squad

As you will have observed from the photos on the cover we were very lucky with the weather for our Egg Rolling Service. The children performed a short play about the meaning of Easter. Thank you to Mr Graham for letting us use his field. 

We are nearly at the end of the F.O.G Squad session and we finish with our prize giving service on 27th May and then the Picnic on Saturday 9th June. 

Moment for Meditation 

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”. 

(Desmond Tutu)


Welcoming God

You welcome us with your open arms, inspire and guide us, that we never hinder your children from coming to you; and remember that we are all part of your family.

Bring us together as a loving community for all, that we may learn from each other as we walk side by side in faith.

Caring and Compassionate God

We pray and ask you to guide and protect children and young people from that which may restrict them on their journey in life and faith.

We pray for the day when all children in the world can be just that: children. Be with them as they experience the dangers and injustices that are ever present in our world today.

Calling God

You call on us to follow, to serve, to welcome and to share.

We come now to answer your call, to lift our minds and voices to you, and to thank and praise you for all the chil-dren and young people in our churches, communities, country, and world.

We ask that you would walk alongside them and give them courage, strength and wisdom as they face the challenges of life.

Guiding God

As we travel through the year of Young People and beyond, help us to come alongside children and young people to draw closer to you, to answer your call to follow, to serve, to welcome and to share together, through the Holy Spirit.

Creche Rota

May – Newton Church 

6th Marion Palmer, Gillian Sawers 

13th Tom Black, Annetta Anderson 

20th Joanna Stout, Beth Lee-Smith 

27th Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton  

June – Panbride Church 

3rd Dawn Barrowman, Gillian Sawers 

10th Tom Black, Marion Palmer 

17th Joanna Stout, Beth Lee-Smith 

24th Annetta Anderson, Margaret Easton

Dates for Your Diary


13 Sponsored Walk, 2pm, Newton Church 

13-19 Christian Aid Week 

17 Congregational Board, 7:30pm 

20 Holy Communion at 11am, Newton Church, and 3pm in Panbride Hall 

27 FOG Squad Prize Giving Service 



9 FOG Squad Picnic 

10 Strawberry Tea, 2:30-4pm, Manse Gardens 

21 Kirk Session, 7:30pm


John was a well loved and faithful servant to Carnoustie Panbride Church. He was ordained as an Elder in Wellwynd Church Airdrie in 1969 and admitted to the Kirk session of Carnoustie Panbride in 1974.

John’s faith was important to him from his early days of the Youth Fellowship in West Parish church in Airdrie where he formed a group called ‘’the in-betweens’ for youngsters arranging worship services, outings and discos for the group all of which were well attended.

When he came to Carnoustie Panbride John arranged the Egg Rolling service which took place at the Fairy Steps and that continued for many years until the farmer decided the field was to be the permanent location for his bull. He was a member of the Social Committee from its inception and was involved with arranging Car Treasure Hunts and Church BBQs.

After John lost his sight he would still attend church with his faithful dog Yates. John’s faith was a quiet faith but being an elder of the church meant a lot to him and he served his Lord faithfully and diligently.

And it wasn’t only the church which benefited from John’s diligence and resourcefulness—His love of books led to a career in Librarianship. He was chief Librarian of Dundee District Libraries and was described by his colleagues as a truly visionary, creative and innovative chief librarian.

John’s family was also important to him. He was married to Dorothy for over 50 years and they had a daughter Natalie, and only recently a much longed-for grandson Harrison.

Sadly, John’s health deteriorated and he passed away on 17th March. It was apparent by the attendance at both church and crematorium just how fond people were of John and how much respect they had for him and how much he will be missed.

And as a Kirk Session we will miss John too and the part he played within this session. We remain grateful for all the blessing that was in his life and all the many years’ service he gave to his church and to his Lord. And as we mourn his passing, our deepest sympathy goes to Dorothy and to Natalie and we ask God’s comfort upon them.

Needles and Pins Craft Group

A new craft group is starting on Tuesday, 10th April at 2pm in the Session Room at Newton Church. The idea is to make goods for a Christmas Gift Evening being organised for later in the year by the Social and Fundraising Committee. Anyone interested in coming along will be made very welcome. The group hopes to meet up every fortnight until the summer and then restart in the Autumn. If you prefer, you are welcome to make crafts at home for the event. Anyone requiring more information contact Pat Taylor.

Flamingo Cards

Phoenix Cards have risen from the ashes!! They are now trading as Flamingo Cards, many of the same designers and same quality. As in the past, Church funds will get 10% of all sales. I will have Brochures with me at Church or I can deliver a book if that’s easier. You can contact me, Pat Taylor.


This will take place on 30th June. A number of venues are under consideration and more information will be available shortly. The cost will remain the same as last year at £20. Names will be taken in the coming weeks.  

Congregational Register 

Mr Roy Milne 11/2/201

Mrs Anne Sneddon 23/2/2018*

Mrs Janet Borrie 27/2/2018*

Mr John Roberts 26/2/2018

Mr Kenneth Soutar 14/3/2018

Mr John B Ramage 17/3/2018*

Mr Jack Redfern 22/3/2018

Mrs Nan Mackenzie 6/4/2018*

*member of congregation

Panbride Hall

“The Panbride Hall is available to members of the congregation for one off special events or celebrations (subject to certain conditions associated with use) at a discount of 25% against the normal price. There are groups who use the hall regularly so it will be available when not in use which is normally certain days (not nights) during the week and at the weekend. Details and booking form available from the Church Secretary (see Church Directory for contact details).

Flower Calendar


6th Mrs D Blacklaws,

13th Mrs V Nicoll,

20th Mrs D McCallum,

27th Mrs G Manson,


3rd Mrs K Fulton,

10th Mrs S Fleming,

17th Mrs J Jackson,

Mrs S Davison,

24th Mrs M Palmer,


1st TBA

8th Mrs L Ross,

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  




Update Newsletter

February 22nd, 2018

22 February 2018


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Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594


The start of a new Ministry was an appropriate time to refresh UPDATE Hope you like what has been done — please let us know. Tell the Minister, Elder or UPDATE Convener David Taylor. or e-mail comments to

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SEVERAL THANK YOU NOTES on pages 2,3,4 and 7






Did You Know

The retiring offering from the Christmas Watchnight Service for Carnoustie Community Helpline raised the sum of £200. The Treasurer of ‘Helpline’ acknowledged the donation expressing how much the money was appreciated and saying that it will be used to help to continue to provide the medical transport service to Carnoustie and the surrounding area. Demand for the service is ever increasing.

Carnoustie Churches Youth Mission, “Sports & Crosses”, meets every second Friday in the BB Hall on Maule Street from 1.45 – 3.30pm. This is a youth initiative which aims to provide sports and social opportunities for S1-S4 students. The next meetings are scheduled for 9th March and 25th March.

The Year of Young People is a special focus for both the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Government in 2018. This is an opportunity for churches to focus attention on children and young people. As a congregation we are encouraged to take steps “to involve our children and young people fully in the life of the Church, forming them in faith and celebrating who they are and what they bring”. There will be a series of presbytery and national events to encourage and equip churches in their work with children and young people. More information on upcoming events and workshops can be found at:

Retiring offerings over the Christmas period of £291 were donated to Carnoustie High School Brass Band to support them in their forthcoming tour of China. Acknowledging the donation, the conductor Michael Robertson said, “It is a great honour to be the first British school band to perform in China and your donation will allow us to buy many of the things we need to take with us”.

An Angus-wide appeal has been launched to collect old tablets and phones and any donations will be accepted at Two Sisters Café at 28 High Street. From there they will be sent to a company called who will reset to factory settings, install educational software, add a projector a teaching tablet and a charging kit. This will then be dispatched to Greece and 20 children in a refugee camp will get a digital classroom and a chance to get an education.

Five Questions

The questions in this issue have been answered by Sheena Reigate one of our members who is also a member of the Congregational Board.

What is your favourite hymn?

Love Divine, all loves excelling. It was one of my wedding hymns and still special. Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping? Denny West church where I was baptised, attended Sunday School and Brownies and made friends I am still in contact with today.

My family moved to Falkirk when I was 12 years old and we attended Erskine Church where I enjoyed Youth Club and 8 of us from that group joined the church at the same time. When I came to Dundee to work I joined Fairmuir Church. I have very happy memories of belonging to this welcoming and friendly church. I was a Sunday School teacher, involved in various groups and my son was baptised there.

Who is your favourite biblical character ?

The Good Samaritan. Luke 10: 25-37 I enjoy reading the parables which Jesus frequently used to make a point and teach a moral or spiritual lesson. This parable teaches us how we should treat other people – with respect, dignity and compassion.

What is your favourite Bible reading ?

Matthew Chapters 5,6,7 The Sermon on the Mount. This is powerful reading and contains some of the best known teachings of Jesus, which continue to influence the way we live our lives today.

Which figure, living or dead do you most admire?

Florence Nightingale. As a child I enjoyed learning about The Lady with the Lamp. She has to be admired for the difference she made when she volunteered to nurse wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Appalled at the horrendous conditions soldiers were being treated in she made dramatic changes, implementing strict hygiene rules, saving many lives. Back home she used her influence to bring significant changes and radically changed the role of nursing in hospitals and was a key figure in introducing new professional training standards. A remarkable woman who dedicated her life to nursing and truly cared for her suffering patients. She will forever be recognised as the founder of modern nursing.

Musings from the Manse

As I write this letter it is a little over two months since I was ordained and inducted as minister of Carnoustie Panbride Church. They say that moving to a new house and starting a new job come quite high up on the list of most stressful life events. I did both of those within two days! However, it was wonderful for George and me to arrive in Carnoustie and be greeted with such a warm welcome and an outpouring of love. We are indebted to the Fabric Convenor and his team and all the others who worked so hard to ensure the manse was warm and comfortable on our arrival; supplied us with tea and coffee and the means to make them while we were still sorting through our mountain of cardboard boxes; for all those who took time to send us cards, flowers and plants, and came to give us a word of welcome. We really are overwhelmed by the kindness and thoughtfulness of people. It has been the quickest two months or so of my life! Advent, Christmas, and New Year went by in a blur!

As I have started visiting people in the parish, the question I have been asked most often is, “How are you settling in, does it feel like home yet?” And I have to say Carnoustie has very quickly felt like “home”. George and I have now stopped getting lost in the manse and no longer have to call each other on our mobile ‘phones to find one another. The sunrise and sunset are astonishingly beautiful, and my Facebook friends are probably fed up already with all the photographs of Carnoustie on my timeline. We have already managed some walks in the area and are looking forward to better weather when we can get out on our bikes!

But one of the most important things about being able to call somewhere “home” is the comfort and security of being with family. So, thank you for making it so effortless for us to feel as if we are already part of the family at Carnoustie Panbride.

I have had the privilege of getting to know some wonderful people, to hearing some amazing and amusing stories, and sharing conversations about all manner of things. People are so genuinely interested in my journey here and my sense of “call” to Carnoustie. I have told the story to many people already about finding myself in Carnoustie in the autumn of 2016 after a sudden urge to get on the train and get off somewhere between Dundee and Aberdeen. I stood on the beach that day on a cold Friday afternoon watching the waves break onto the shore and wondering why on earth we were in Carnoustie so far from home. Almost a year to the day later I was standing in the pulpit at Carnoustie Panbride Church preaching as sole nominee.

As a family we are so glad to be called to such a beautiful part of the world with warm and welcoming people (although that east wind is not so warm and welcoming!).

As I articulated in a recent sermon we are all called. It is God’s love for us that calls us in the first place. He wants the best for us and so calls us into a relationship with His son Jesus. Our relationship with Jesus, our desire to know Christ and for our love for him to increase daily is what will sustain us as we seek to walk this journey together and to serve him together.

I am so grateful for all the support from the members of both the Kirk Session and Congregational Board as I find my feet and very much appreciate the depth of understanding and passion they have for the people they serve in God’s name.

I ask for your prayers and your continued patience as I get to know you all. I feel so very blessed to be your minister and look forward to walking with you as we explore all that God has for us.

Blessings ~ Annette

HIV Programme

“Souper Sunday” at the end of January raised £525 for the Church of Scotland HIV Programme. We thank God that we were able to bless the HIV Programme with such a generous donation and that, as a congregation, we were blessed with such a lovely time of fellowship. Thank you to all those who donated to “Souper Sunday” in any way – by making a donation; retiring offering; preparing food, and to JAFFA for serving us.

Fund Raising and Social Committee

Thanks to everyone who supported any of the events held last year and now we are getting ready for the coming year.

The first event to be held will be a Coffee Morning on Saturday 3rd March 2018 in the Panbride Hall from 10.00 until 11.30 am. Tickets to cost £2.00 and donations of tray bakes and cake and candy would be greatly appreciated. The hall will be open on Friday 2nd March 2018 from 4.15 until 5.30 pm to receive any donations.

A Strawberry Tea is to be held on Saturday 16th June 2018 from 2.30 until 4.00 pm with tickets costing £3.00.

We are planning a Christmas Evening on Friday 2nd November 2018 and would like to hear from any members of the congregation who do any craft work and would like to donate some items which we could sell for Church funds. If you can donate anything, please telephone Helen on 852640 or speak to any of the Fundraising/Social Committee.

More information in future issues of Update.

Friendship Circle

The friendship circle enjoyed an informative talk on Robert Burns and his links with the local area. We also heard from Tommy Baxter who spoke about his experiences as a London theatre manager.

At our first meeting in February we were entertained by the Accord Singers and on the 27th David Warden will speak about a farmer’s life.

Our final event of the year is the outing on 10th April. The destination is a mystery !!

Thanks for supporting Food Bank projects

A massive thank you to all who donate food, toiletries etc, at the Church. Each week I have a bag full of items to help those in need.

This last year we have been able to support Old Abbey Church, Arbroath Food Bank, who get referrals from different agencies; the Salvation army, who give to anyone in need, and responded to a request from Burnside School, Carnoustie, for some of their families in poor circumstances.

Thank you, thank you. Beth Lee-Smith.

Help with Typing

June Riddoch who has typed the manuscript articles for UPDATE for many years has announced her retirement and it would be good to find a replacement to take over. Most articles are now submitted by email but there are still a few handwritten. Once they are typed they get sent to Karen Craigie. If you could help please contact David Taylor  for more information about what is involved.

Christmas Post Thank You

The officers, parents and boys of the 1st Carnoustie Boys’ Brigade wish to thank everyone who used their Christmas Card service. A total of £2660 was raised which will help all the boys in the Brigade.

Carnoustie Scout Group would like to thank everyone who contributed to the annual Christmas Card Post fundraiser. The sum raised was £2800 pounds which pays for the insurance and the maintenance of the hall.

The F.O.G. Squad

Come and join us at our annual Egg Rolling Service will be on 1st April at 9.30am in Barry. Remember your warm clothes and a hardboiled egg! Rolls, tea and coffee will be served after the service back at Panbride hall. Everyone is welcome to join us. We look forward to seeing you there.

Moment for Meditation

May I live this day compassionate of heart, clear in word, gracious in awareness, courageous in thought, generous in love”. – John O’Donohue


With fear and trepidation JAFFA bravely ventured into the spooky depths of the Crypt at Panbride. Much to our surprise behind the wooden door we found a yett ( big metal gate ), opened it and stayed close as we stumbled down the cold, hard steps into the main chamber. the cold there was a feeling of calmness and the experience was nothing like we thought it was going to be. We are looking forward to our next adventure, JUMP in Aberdeen on the 9th of December which will be our Christmas trip. By Fraser, Cari and Cameron.

Creche Rota


4th     Beth Lee Smith, June Black

11th   Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton

18th  Marion Palmer, Gillian Sawyers

25th  Annetta Anderson, Tom Black


1st     No Creche

8th    No Creche

15th   No Creche

22nd Beth Lee Smith, Joyce Brown

29th Joanna Stout, Margaret Easton


6th     Marion Palmer, Gillian Sawyers

13th   Tom Black, Annetta Anderson

20th  Joanna Stout, Beth Lee Smith

27th  Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton

Dates for Your Diary


27 – Friendship Circle, 2pm, Panbride Hall


3 – Coffee Morning, Panbride Hall, 10-11.30am

4 – Stated Annual Meeting following Morning Service.

10 – Christian Aid Coffee Morning, Philip Hall 10am.

15 – Congregational Board 7.30pm

20 – Friendship Circle, 2pm Panbride Hall

26 to 1 April – Easter Services – see article Holy Week Services for details.


10 – Friendship Circle Outing

19 – Kirk Session, 7.30pm.

Christian Aid Coffee Morning

Christian Aid week is 13-19 May. There is to be a coffee morning in Philip Hall on 10th March, 10am-11.30am. Any donations of baking, bric-a-brac, books, parcels, gratefully received, either to W Ruark or B Lee-Smith.

Jaffa is Behind the Scenes with: Annette

What other jobs have you had?

I have had a whole variety of other jobs. When I was still at school I worked in a car wash to earn some pocket money and was a “Saturday girl” at Fisher’s Department Store in the Saltmarket in Glasgow. When I left school, I worked as clerical assistant in the Advertising Accounts department of “The Glasgow Herald” newspaper. I then worked as an invoice clerk in the University Libraries Department of John Smith & Son Booksellers (Glasgow) Limited. I also had different part time jobs when my children were small. I worked in a biscuit factory; in a bank, and as a booking clerk in the railway. My last job before I became a minister was office manager in a large city centre office in Glasgow.

What made you want to be a minister?

When I was growing up I wanted to be an actress or a singer. By the time I got to high school, I decided perhaps teaching would be a “safer” career and I planned to teach French. It was never in my life plan to be a minister. I planned to retire early, buy a little plot of land somewhere away from the city, grow my own food, and write a bestseller!!!!! I was volunteering with the church youth group and bible class at my home church and the opportunity came up to train as a Worship Leader. I thought the course would give me confidence when I was asked to read the Bible or to speak to the children on a Sunday morning. I really enjoyed the course and was then invited by my own minister to preach one Sunday morning. I was absolutely terrified but something about it just “felt right”. Encouraged by the people in my congregation, I decided to go through a “discernment period” to see if God was calling me into the ministry. I thought nothing would come of it but just had to find out for sure. That was ten years ago! So, although it was never in my plans to become a minister, I feel that it was God’s plan and He has been the one guiding me on every step of this journey!

What do you miss about your old home?

The only thing I really miss about my old home is having my family and friends close by. However, it means that the times that they come to visit me here in Carnoustie are really special! Now that I have been here a few months Carnoustie feels like home and we are meeting lots of new friends and are surrounded by our church family which is really important.

What are your 3 favourite things about Carnoustie?

My three favourite things are: The staggeringly beautiful sunrise and sunset and all the wonderful scenic walks – especially the beach! Creamy coleslaw from the Titanic Pizza Company! The friendliness of the people!

Do you just work one day a week?

No, but Sunday seems to be my shortest working day!

I try to work Sunday to Thursday and have Friday off and do all my last-minute preparation for Sunday on a Saturday. However, sometimes things happen during the week and plans have to change. Most days include some time in the study preparing for Sunday services or dealing with emails and ‘phone calls. In the afternoons I visit people at home or in hospital. Some days there are visits to schools for assembly or just to have coffee and a catch up with the teachers. In the evenings I meet with people to arrange baptisms and weddings or there might be meetings with the Congregational Board; Kirk Session, or Presbytery.

How do you plan services?

I start planning the Sunday Service on Monday morning. I usually start by reading the bible passage for the following Sunday a few times and think about what stands out for me about the passage – it could be one of the characters in the story or something in the passage that relates to what is happening in the world today. I start thinking about the hymns early in the week. Usually by a Thursday I am ready to write the sermon. The talk with the children always requires a lot of imagination trying to find something which is accessible for both a teenager and a toddler as well as keeping the attention of the adults! It is usually a Saturday before I have it all together!

Do you get nervous speaking?

Yes, I get nervous every Sunday! I am sure that is the same for most ministers! It is quite normal to be a little nervous and some nerves are good as they give you a boost of adrenaline! I am glad to say that I no longer have the stomach churning nerves that I used to get when I first started my training.

What is your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is Purple.

Update on Harvest to Christmas Project 2016

Visit to Senhati, Khulna, Bangladesh by Matthew S Bicket on 1st November 2017.

From 21st October to 1st December 2017, I was in Bangladesh to visit friends and places which had meant a great deal to me over a period of 40 years, including all the places where members of Carnoustie Panbride (and other churches) had accompanied me over the years to undertake practical projects. I visited the site of the new church in Jhinafulbari we had helped build in 2004. The church was packed with villagers and I received the Santali welcome of having my feet washed with oil and water. The villagers are so grateful that they now have a church building and it was moving to hear from members the difference it had made to their lives.

I also visited the new church in Askor (Work camp in 2008) where we had also painted the school and was warmly welcomed there too, and it was great to catch up with some of the local community who had helped us on that project.

In 2015, we had travelled to Idilpur where we built a road. The road is still there and the field from where we took the soil to build the road is full of valuable plants which are sold and then used to make insecticide, and it is still hoped that the clinic and catechist’s house will be built soon.

The most recent project we engaged in was the Harvest to Christmas Project in 2016 to raise some money to help a small community in Khulna be able to improve conditions for the school children. The project raised a wonderful £3790.79p and on 1st November it was my great privilege to travel to Senhati and see the difference your support had made.

The journey started from the Church Compound in Khulna by travelling in an Auto-rickshaw with Daniel, Apu and Ujjol travelling through the streets before turning off into a large Compound housing a gigantic Jute Mill, with almost 1000 looms clattering noisily – and not one worker was wearing any kind of ear protection. If you have seen the films at Verdant Works, you will know what this is like. We eventually reached the river, and changed our transport to a small flat bottomed boat which carried about 40 people (standing!). The crossing took about 5 minutes, before we stepped into a market selling everything from fish to toilet rolls, and walking the remaining 15 minutes to the church at Senhati.

The small church, which doubles as a school, was filled with children and teachers and members of the congregation, and after the welcome, the children gave a little concert, and a number of people spoke about the difference your donation had made. The roof had been replaced with corrugated iron, so the roof does not now leak, they had painted all the shutters, had bought two tables, a metal cupboard and extended the house of the catechist to include a verandah (where the most wonderful lunch was served) and built two new rooms and two toilets. £3800 goes a long way in Bangladesh!

It was lovely to see the children obviously happy and thriving in their newly restored building and hearing from those who work there day by day was a profoundly moving experience as I listened to how beneficial the changes had been.

So, thank you to everyone in Carnoustie Panbride and Carlogie School who had donated to this project. It was wonderful to be able to see it for myself, and it is my pleasure to pass on the grateful thanks of everyone in Senhati. Matthew 

Palm Sunday Pilgrimages

Following a suggestion by Presbytery Moderator it is planned to hold three separate Pilgrimage walks on the afternoon of Palm Sunday – 25th March. Each walk will be between 3.5 and 5 miles and all will begin at 2pm. The walk for this area will begin at Colliston church and proceed along the nature trail to Arbroath: St Vigeans and then on to Arbroath: West Church. It is intended there will be short devotional acts incorporated into the walks. The other walks are around Forfar Loch with a start and finish at St Margarets and the other walk will be from Hillside to Ferryden. It will also be possible to be involved without walking. Refreshments will be provided at start, on route and at the end. There is no charge for participation. Posters with more detailed information will be available shortly. If you require more information please contact our Presbytery Elder Dorothy Booth.

Holy Week Services 25th – 31st March 2018

There will also be short services of reflection in Panbride Hall at 10.15am Monday to Friday

Walk of Witness 11-12 noon from Black Slab on Good Friday

Holyrood Reflective Hour 12 – 1pm on Good Friday

Sunrise Service from 6.40am on Easter morning.

25th Palm Sunday 7.00pm St Anne’s Church

26th Monday 7.00pm Carmyllie Church

27th Tuesday 7.00pm Carnoustie Church

28th Wednesday 7.00pm Carnoustie Baptist Church

29th Thursday (Agape) 7.00pm Newton Church

30th Friday 7.00pm Erskine UF Church

31st Saturday 8.00pm Holy Rood Church

Stated Annual Meeting 4 March

This will be held at the conclusion of the morning service and it is hoped that most of the Congregation will remain.

The Minister will outline her priorities for her first year as our Minister

While the formal approval of the accounts is now the responsibility of the Trustees the Treasurer will be present to answer questions which arise relating to the 2017 accounts.

The fabric convener will present his annual report for the past year which you will see from the accounts resulted in considerable expenditure.

The election of members of the Congregation to the Congregational Board will also take place. The Board consists of an equal number of Elders nominated by the Kirk Session and members of the Congregation elected at this meeting.

Lenten Bible Study

“Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John” – a short Lenten Bible Study will take place in the manse from Sunday 25th February until Sunday 18th March inclusive from 7pm-8pm.

This study will reflect on Jesus’ journey to the cross from “the Clearing of the Temple” to “The Triumphal Entry”.

The weekly studies “stand alone” so you are still very welcome even if you can only make one night.

The aim is to have a relaxed time of fellowship and no preparation is required.

New Members

Rev Annette Gordon District 3

Mr George Gordon District 3

Mrs Mary Byron District 24

Mr Robbie Murray District 13

Congregational Register 


24 November Miss Janette Hamilton

13 December Mrs Isabel Tindale


11 February Charlie Ross Fyffe

Panbride Hall

The Panbride Hall is available to members of the congregation for one off special events or celebrations (subject to certain conditions associated with use) at a discount of 25% against the normal price. There are groups who use the hall regularly so it will be available when not in use which is normally certain days (not nights) during the week and at the weekend. Details and booking form available from the Church Secretary (see Church Directory for contact details).

Flower Calendar


4    Mrs E Simpson, Mrs J Grainger,

11   Mrs A Howlett,

18  Mrs K Penrose,

25 Mrs J Bell,  Mrs P Sawers,


1   Mrs L Thomson,

8   Mrs J Davidson,

15  Mrs B Lee-Smith,

22  Mrs J Black,

29 Mrs R Porter,


6  Mrs D Blacklaws,

13 Mrs V Nicoll,

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


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Update Newsletter

November 20th, 2017



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Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594

19 November 2017









  •  Between 25th November and 2nd December a Leaflet from all the Carnoustie Churches setting out their Christmas and New Year services will be delivered to every house in Carnoustie, Barry, Muirdrum and Easthaven. There will also be leaflets in most shops, hotels, the library and leisure centre. In total 6,000 leaflets will be distributed.
  • The Church of Scotland Social Care Council – known as CROSSREACH continues the long tradition of providing care and support to those in need. It has its own web page — uk which provides comprehensive information about their activities. Phyllis Guild one of our members is the Carnoustie Panbride contact with CROSSREACH and if you want information at any time please speak to her.
  • The Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland has announced its national initiative of ‘YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE 2018’. The initiative has the aim of celebrating the role of young people within our congregations, increasing their participation and increasing engagement with under 25’s. Angus presbytery has encouraged congregations to engage in this initiative.


The questions in this issue have been answered by Helen Waggott one our members who is also one of the leaders of the FOG Squad.

1. What is your favourite hymn?

‘Look Forward In Faith’ by Andrew Scobie My Mum had this hymn in a frame beside her bed when I was a child. I know the words helped her through some tricky times. Growing up, it was just the two of us. We had our fair share of ups and downs and this hymn kept us going.

2. Away from Carnoustie where have you enjoyed worshipping ?

When I was 18 I travelled with the Scottish Guide Association to Ghana to take part in an aid project. We spent the summer building a primary school within a small rural community – it was tough but one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done. Each Sunday we attended a local church. Conducted entirely in the local dialect, the services lasted anywhere between 3 and 5 hours and were bright, loud and really quite rowdy! Our offering was not received in a plate at the front door – instead the congregation was invited forward one at a time, to dance down the isle to put their money in the pot at the front. If the Elder didn’t think you’d put enough money in, they would invite you back again! Great fun!

3. Who is your favourite biblical character?

I love animals and I love fighting for the under-dog. I’m going to say the donkey who carried Mary to Bethlehem! Boy did that donkey do an important job! So crucial a role with so little praise or recognition; plodding along that dusty road with its heavy and precious load – well done!

4. What is your favourite Bible reading?

Isaiah 55 – God’s offer of Mercy. Such a celebration of God’s promise to us! This was a reading which Graeme and I chose for our wedding to celebrate great times and God’s presence in our marriage.

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

I thought this was the most difficult question; I hit the internet for ideas and really didn’t get any inspiration at all. In my job as Principal Teacher of Pupil Care & Support at a local secondary school I take care of the pastoral needs of approximately 230 pupils. Some of the young people I work with have had so much to deal with in their short lives – abuse, homelessness, parental substance misuse, poverty, neglect and more. I realised whilst thinking about this question, that what inspires me the most, are the young people who deal with these issues. They come to school each day – sometimes to work; sometimes to be cared for; sometimes to just be safe. Sometimes with a smile; sometimes with an attitude; sometimes in tears. The point is though, that they keep going; they keep trying; they keep doing their best. That’s inspirational to me and that’s why I love my job so much.

Letter from our Locum Minister

Dear friends of Panbride Church,

We have been left a wonderful legacy from generations past. I refer to the gift that they gave us in some of the magnificent church buildings that grace this nation. Wherever we go in this country, whether town city or country parish, we will see a Church of Scotland place of worship. Admittedly, some of them are now closed for worship and some of them have been converted into houses.

Nevertheless, all those buildings point to an understanding that Scotland was at one time a nation of people who worshipped the Lord week by week. And over the centuries those buildings were built, cared for and handed down to succeeding generations of Christian men, women and children. However, there is a more important legacy that we have received from a man, a precious gift that began in Germany.

I refer to the work of Martin Luther, the monk who was to become the great reformer. On October 31 1517, 500 years ago, Martin Luther, angry with Pope Leo X’s new round of indulgences to help build St. Peter’s Basilica, nailed a sheet of paper with his 95 Theses on the University of Wittenberg’s chapel door. Though Luther intended these to be discussion points, the 95 Theses laid out a devastating critique of the indulgences. Aided by the printing press, copies of the 95 Theses spread throughout Germany within two weeks and throughout Europe within two months.

The Church eventually moved to stop the act of defiance. In October 1518, at a meeting, Martin Luther was ordered to recant his 95 Theses by the authority of the pope. Luther said he would not recant unless scripture proved him wrong. He went further, stating he didn’t consider that the papacy had the authority to interpret scripture. The meeting ended in a shouting match and initiated his ultimate excommunication from the Church.

In March 1521, Luther was summoned before the “Diet of Worms”, a general assembly of secular authorities. Again, Luther refused to recant his statements, demanding he be shown any scripture that would refute his position. There was none. On May 8, 1521, the council released the Edict of Worms, banning Luther’s writings and declaring him a “convicted heretic.”

This made him a condemned and wanted man. Friends helped him hide out at the Wartburg Castle. While in seclusion, he translated the New Testament into the German language, to give ordinary people the opportunity to read God’s word. Through his intelligence, bravery and his diligence Martin Luther changed the understanding of religious worship, not only in Germany, but in Europe, Britain and eventually around the world.

Martin Luther not only changed our way of worship, he changed our understanding of God. Luther read the first line of Psalm 22, the words that Jesus himself was to utter on the cross (my God, my God, why have you forsaken me) a cry similar to Luther’s own disillusionment with God and religion. Two years later, while preparing a lecture on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, he read, “The just will live by faith.” He dwelled on this statement for some time.

Eventually, he realized the key to spiritual salvation was not to fear God or be enslaved by religious dogma but to believe that faith alone would bring salvation. This period marked a major change in his life and set in motion the Reformation. Much has happened since. Many have died in bringing about change. To this day in foreign lands Christians suffer terribly for their beliefs and for their insistence in continuing to worship the Lord. We have received the baton now, we must keep it safe and hand it on to succeeding generations.

May the Lord be with you in this congregation, as you prepare to welcome a new minister soon,


Notes from your Interim Moderator

By the time you read this note Presbytery should have set a date for the Ordination and Induction of Rev Annette Gordon as your Minister. I hope that once Annette has moved into Carnoustie Panbride you will give her all the support she needs to settle in. Remember, a new minister needs a bit of time to find their feet and Annette will be ‘hitting the ground running’ coming in so close to Christmas. I would also like to underline how fortunate you have been as a congregation to Call a new minister so quickly. That is certainly not the way of vacancies these days. Congregations are normally vacant for a lot longer. I wish you well and encourage you to go forward together with your new minister, working to promote the work of the Gospel in your Parish. There will still be some work for me to do as your Interim Moderator until the Service of Ordination and Induction for Annette. I would, however, like to take this opportunity to say how I have enjoyed working with the congregation again. I have been well supported by your officebearers, who have helped all through this process, and of course by Dougal as Locum. I wish you all well in the future and pray that you continue to go from strength to strength.

Alasdair G Graham, Interim Moderator


The Safari Supper held on 26th August 2017 was a great success and enjoyed by everyone who attended. It was good to see some new faces at this event and a big thank you to Pat Taylor for all her organization and to all who hosted any of the courses and made the desserts. The evening couldn’t have taken place without you. The Coffee Morning held on Saturday 4th November 2017 raised £467.00 for Church funds. Thanks to all who supported this event. Donations of mince pies and shortbread would be greatly appreciated for the Christingle service on Sunday 10th December 2017.       HH.


The first meeting of the Friendship Circle was a talk on Therapets. We welcomed 3 volunteers and their dogs as well as Norma Murray Tayside organiser. Volunteers take their dogs to visit patients and residents in hospitals, hospices, care homes, schools and other institutions such as prisons. We all loved the company of Orla, Max and Molly so we can definitely appreciate the value of pet therapy.

Our next speaker was Dean Bowen who showed us his fascinating collection of World War 2 memorabilia including tinned food, uniforms, weapons and ammunition.

At the end of October we enjoyed a demonstration of basket weaving by Angela Tribble. Angela uses reeds which are grown in S.E. Asia and processed in the Netherlands. The reeds can be dyed in different colours and the baskets are very attractive.

By the time you read this we will have a talk on November 14th about local History. It will then be computers on November 28th and a ukelele band on December 12th. All welcome at 2 pm in the church hall.        SW.

The FOG Squad

Come along and join us on the 17th December. Our nativity is called ‘Christmas Eve in the Toy Shop’ by Kaye Umansky, Sue Nicholls, Jonathan Trueman and Veronica Clark.

Look forward to seeing you then!          A.S.


The new youth group JAFFA has been meeting during the church service and we have organised our programme for the year. We are looking forward to visiting the Crypt at Panbride and going to JUMP! In Aberdeen as our Christmas Trip.

We meet once a month, usually the first Sunday of the month, and have had fun helping out with the Soup and Sweet, it is great making something to bring and handing out the bread!             George Stout




23  Newton Church 7pm Presbytery service of Ordination and Induction of Rev Annette Gordon as our  new Minister

26  Morning service Newton Church 11am First service led by Rev Annette Gordon

28  Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm Computers in Today’s World


3    Morning service 11am Newton Church First Sunday of Advent

3    Newton Church 4pm Service of Quiet Reflection for the Bereaved

10  Morning service 11am Newton Church Second Sunday of Advent

10  Newton 6.30pm Chtistingle Service

12  Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm Liz Crawford’s Ukelele Band

14  Kirk Session Panbride Hall 7.30pm

17   Morning Service 11am Newton Church Third Sunday of Advent and FOG Squad Nativity Presentation ‘Christmas Eve in the Toy Shop’

17  Rotary Musicale in Carnoustie Parish Church 7pm Local artists and Bands. Tickets at McDougall’s Newsagents. Proceeds for CHS Brass Band trip to China

24  Morning service 11am Newton Church Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve Watchnight service 11.30pm Panbride Church Congregational singing before service

25  Family Service for Christmas Day 10.30am Newton Church

31  Worship for end of 2017 Newton Church 11am



7    Worship for start of 2018 Newton Church 11am

14  Morning service 11am Newton Church

16  Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm A Burn’s Tale with David Ramsay

16  Finance Committee 7.30 pm

18  Congregational Board Panbride Hall 7.30pm

21  Morning Service 11am Newton Church

28  Morning Service 11sm Newton Church

30  Friendship Circle Panbride Hall 2pm Glamis Castle with Tommy Baxter


4   Morning Service 11am Newton Church

11  Morning Service 11am Newton Church

13  Friendship Circle Panbride hall 2pm Accord Singing Group Barbara Ann Sweetin

18  Morning Service 11am Newton Church

22  Kirk Session Panbride Hall 7.30pm

25  Morning Service 11am Newton Church

27  Friendship Circle 2pm A Day in the life of a Farmer with David Warden



26  Joyce Brown, Tom Black


3    June Black, Margaret Easton

10  Joanna Stout, Marion Palmer

17   Family Service, no Crèche

24  No Creche

31   No Creche


7   No Creche

14  Beth-Lee Smith, June Black

21  Joanna Stout, Joyce Brown

28  Margaret Easton, Tom Black


4   Marion Palmer, Beth-Lee Smith

11  Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton

18  June Black, Marion Palmer

25  Tom Black, Joanna Stout


4   Beth-Lee Smith, June Black

11  Joyce Brown, Margaret Easton


Scout Post

The Scouts will hand deliver for you to Carnoustie & Barry, Monifieth, Broughty Ferry (DD5 postcode), Wellbank, Kellas, Monikie, Newbigging, Arbroath (Town Only)

Minimum donation remains at 25p per card.

Collection boxes within shops around Carnoustie from 25th November until 15th December.

Boys’ Brigade Post

Collection Boxes will be in the usual local shops from 1st December until 21st December.

There will be a box in Newton Church from 3rd December until 17th December.

Charge remains 20p per card.


Support CHRISTIAN AID by using PRESENT AID — GIFTS THAT KEEP GIVING For more information visit or call 0333 555 2025

EMBRACE THE MIDDLE EAST A Christian charity helping people of all faiths and none to free themselves from a life of poverty and injustice For more information visit or call 01227 811646

CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARD and CALENDAR COLLECTION 2017 All proceeds from sale of items on offer will be used directly in support of their work For more information visit or call 0131 454 4374




26 Mrs A Scott,


3  Mrs M Wright,

10 Mrs R Clark,

17 Mrs A Merchant,

24 Mrs E Whamond,

31 Mrs M Gordon,



7   K Porter,

14 Mrs L Miller

21 Mrs M Rennie,

28 Mrs P Taylor; Mrs P Johnson,


4  Mrs C McWhirter; Mrs M Jamieson,

11 Mrs C Kerr; Mrs S Ruark,

18 Mrs C Beckett; Mrs J Brown,

25 Mrs F McCarthy,

4  Mrs E Simpson; Mrs J Granger,

11 Mrs A Howlett,




Seoras Donal Barrowman



Mrs. Agnes Duncan (District 25)


Mrs. Marion Buik (District 3)

Mr Alex Dorward (District 39)

Mr Peter Murray


Mrs Elsie Glass (District 17)

Mrs Lizzie Anderson (District 17)

Mrs Adeline Hayes

LIFE AND WORK Is the award winning magazine of the Church of Scotland. Packed every month with features, news and opinion. It could be a perfect Christmas gift. 6 issues from January 2018 for special price of £12 For more information visit or tel 0131 225 5722


Would you like to join the volunteers who provide the flowers in the Church each week? As a result of a number of changes our Flower Convener is looking for some new people to join the rota. After each service the flowers are delivered to someone in the congregation and this gift is very much appreciated. By volunteering you would help to ensure this much appreciated practice continues. For details contact the Flower Convener Mrs Eleanor Whamond.


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