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Update    29 August 2021





Web: www.carnoustiepanbride.co.uk 

E-mail Church Secretary: secretarypanbride@hotmail.co.uk 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carnoustiepanbridechurch 

Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC004594  



Dear friends 

“A little bit of the twisties” 

During my holiday I was able to watch the “2020” Olympic Games. I confess that quite a few hours were spent watching athletics, swimming, and gymnastics. 

I was looking forward to seeing the American gymnast Simone Biles and was disappointed when she had to withdraw from most events saying that she was “having a little bit of the twisties”. 

This was a term that I hadn’t heard before but understand now that “the twisties” is like having a mental block and can have catastrophic consequences especially for a gymnast. “The twisties” is not confined to gymnastics but can also happen in other sports such as golf where it might result only in a wonky swing of the golf club where you miss putts that any other time would be no problem. The golfer, Ernie Els has talked about his battle with what golfers call “the yips” when they are unable to put the ball in the hole from three feet away. 

Simone Biles describes her experience of the “twisties” as losing the ability to judge where she is in the air, and it can be career ending and life threatening for a gymnast. 

The “twisties” has also been described as a feeling of being completely lost with no sense of where you are, which direction you are going in or where you are going to end up. 

To suddenly forget everything you felt sure of. To have no memory of how to do the things you used to do without even thinking. 

Even if we are not gymnasts or golfers, I think after the last 18 months we can all understand feeling lost and disoriented. 

I think most of us have at some time had “a little bit of the twisties”. 

That moment when there is a “short” in our brain and we feel completely lost. Our hearts become heavy, and the anxiety causes us to doubt and to question what we were once so sure of. 

We have no clue what to do or where to go and wonder what life is all about. 

It paralyses every muscle in our body. 

And it can be absolutely terrifying. 

The Pandemic brought fear and alarm. It is as if we have had months of tumbling through the air not sure where we are or where we are going to land but longing to have both feet safely on the ground. 

However, as we begin to emerge from the Pandemic, we can’t yet quite see the ground beneath our feet. Things still look a bit upside down, a bit topsy turvy. There might yet still be a few aerial cartwheels, leaps, and twists before we dismount from this Pandemic. 

And so, as a congregation we have a duty of care to one another to do all that we can to ensure that we all reach the ground safely.  

We follow the guidance to make our buildings safe places to be and we protect ourselves and each other. Safe ground is beneath our feet, and we are almost there. 

And even if there are still a few double pikes threatening to make us lose our balance, we should not be dismayed because God is there with us giving us strength and upholding us. A safe pair of hands always ready to catch us should we have “a little bit of the twisties”. 

Isaiah 41:10 

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. (Isaiah 41: 10) 

Love and Blessings, Annette 


As stated in the previous Update the year 2021 is a difficult one in terms of managing the finances of the Church and trying to estimate what the final picture will be at the end of December. 

We agreed the budget for the year at a deficit of £1,500 which includes a one- off reduction in Ministry & Mission costs of about £8,000 plus a provision of £2,000 to cover any reduction in income due to members of the congregation no longer being with us. 

However, items of concern include the plate and use of premises (see above marked ##). The final figure at year end will depend on fully opening the Church and premises. Another item of concern is the fabric expenditure which is now facing a large bill in relation to the Manse which arose earlier this year and was not covered in the budget. It is a case of wait and see as the months pass; the outcome will become much clearer around September. 


2020  2021  JULY 2021
£ £ £
Weekly FWO Envelopes 4,637 3,845 2,754 1,091
Standing Orders 43,774 41,830 27,389 14,441
Plate ## 3,126 4,000 916 3,084
Gift Aid 11,365 11,000 8,440 2,560
Use of Premises ## 3,681 3,000 0 3,000
Fundraising 722 400 111 289
TOTAL 67,305 64,075 39,610 24,465


How things change! March 2020 and a lockdown was imposed upon us all. Everything changed then. To me, it felt like the world momentarily stopped, swivelled and started again in a different place. Old familiar routines were ruptured and new ones somehow had to be established. 

One of the changes I found difficult was our changing church. Being able to attend church to worship communally has always been important to me and I really missed that. I was grateful for the online services. I quite enjoyed the freedom of being able to access them whenever I felt the need, not necessarily on Sunday mornings. I also enjoyed being able to view services from other churches. At that stage it was the best it could be. 

As the pandemic altered gradually changes happened. As soon as it was allowed, I returned to “church”. Limited numbers in Panbride Hall gathered. I felt quite nervous and apprehensive on that first Sunday which seemed strange as I was going to a very familiar place. These anxieties disappeared completely as the usual warm welcome was received. Instructed to sanitise our hands then being ushered in and out individually or in household bubbles was just how it had to be. Physically distant chairs were there and we were shown to our seats. I liked that. Despite all these new procedures it still felt like a warm, caring, safe place to be. At that time, it was quiet, very quiet as we nodded to each other behind our masks. There was limited opportunity to interact as we entered and left the hall but that control kept us all safe. We were a small group separated physically yet somehow, I felt that sense of togetherness. For me, it was enough to be able to worship with others. 

More change happened when numbers increased and Newton Panbride opened. Nods and smiles behind masks and cheery waves of the hand happened as folk entered and left the church. The safety procedures were now the norm and we continued to sit well spaced out. I am a creature of habit and tended to sit in the same place but now that was no longer the way. I didn’t mind that at all. Still no singing in this period just listening to the rise and fall off the organ music in the quiet, still, church was a profoundly moving experience. I felt this was a time for reflection and a quiet time in church which seldom happened in the old “normal” way. This quiet time allowed me to leave behind all the anxieties of lockdown. I relished the sense of peace and tranquillity the music evoked. It was a time to enjoy the sanctity of this special place. It was different yet it made me feel good and I appreciated that. 

With the customary move to Panbride during the summer came more change. More people were allowed and the now usual procedures for entering and leaving remained. Because we had to sit apart, we frequently changed seats. This was a novelty and it seemed like I was in a new church each visit. I enjoyed that. It didn’t matter where I sat the special beauty that the church has hadn’t changed. I was just seeing it from a new perspective. We were now allowed to sing behind our masks. The volume certainly increased. I am “not a singer” yet even I tend to give it laldy from behind my mask. One of the reasons for this is I know there is no one sitting directly in front or next to me who can hear me. Regardless, having the freedom to sing has been great. 

Throughout this period of flux and change the church has adapted but remained a warm, safe place to go. The feeling of safety and security that provides is good. I know that can only have happened because of the hard work and dedication of many people and I am grateful to them. Although church is different now to how it was, I still feel a sense of belonging. The sense of being part of a community hasn’t changed. At the time of writing there are further changes happening. I know the church will adapt and I will too. 

Gillian Cook. August 2021 


Gratitude Glasses 

Love is hidden in everyday little things. It is hidden in the little kindnesses we do for one another.

Love is in the small gestures. It’s in the creation of a meal. It’s in the sewing of a piece of clothing. It’s in the ironing of a shirt.  

Love may be hiding in the washed sheets on a bed made by us. Love is hidden where only the attentive and grateful can see it. 

That’s why so many people say they don’t have love. Because you need your gratitude glasses to see love.

Ana Silvestre 

BE THANKFUL by Anonymous

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to? 

Be thankful when you don’t know something,

for it gives you the opportunity to learn. 

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow. 

Be thankful for your limitations,

because they give you opportunities for improvement. 

Be thankful for each new challenge,

because it will build your strength and character. 

Be thankful for your mistakes.

They will teach you valuable lessons. 

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,

because it means you’ve made a difference. 

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfilment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. 

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,

and they can become your blessings. 

Let us all be thankful. 


George Stewart, a member of the Congregation recently provided an article, which is summarised below, about the setting up and development of the Westhaven Bikers Drop-in Centre. George has been an enthusiastic biker for many year and in recent years has sponsored a number of bikers who participate in competitive racing. 

Andy Lawson, a good friend of his, tragically died during the 2015 Ulster GP and George decided to find a way of keeping Andy’s memory alive and put something back into Biking and to keep friendships made during Andy’s life ongoing. Following discussions with Andy’s family & friends and a number of George’s local friends the idea of a drop in centre at Westhaven emerged where people could meet and chat and make friendships old & new 

The first gathering of the new centre took place in the Spring of 2017 and proved to be successful. Meeting times vary to give more people the chance to attend depending on their available free time etc. It started as an outside event so the time & date had to be weather related. George, however, converted his garage to a venue where around 20 people could still attend even when weather was inclement. The garage walls were decorated with biking photos old & new which have proved to be very popular. Also moving into the garage when required allowed the gatherings to be all year round. 

By the time that 2019 came along the name of “Westhaven Bikers Drop in Centre” had been adapted and also due to popularity, had moved to a gathering once a week. As a result of discussion with local friends a decision was made to set out tables & chairs and start coffee’s & teas served with cakes & biscuits. People were only too keen to hand in donations and even the neighbours at Westhaven got involved as the project seemed to be getting their full approval. 

By the start of 2020 the centre was open more or less on a daily basis and the Centre was becoming well known locally and further afield. There have been visitors from Kirkcaldy Motor Club, many of Andy’s family and friends, ex-racer Cliff Lawson and a number of visitors from throughout the UK who had heard about the Centre from family and friends. During 2020 and into 2021 the Centre had to operate within the government Covid guide-lines of numbers able to gather but walkers & cyclists and people passing by would continue to stop for a chat and the feed-back being received was that it was proving to be a good place for people’s well-being. 

Discussions are always ongoing as to how to improve and expand the centre, but certainly they have come a long way since that first day in Spring 2017.The Westhaven Bikers Drop in Centre is also very pleased to say that they have a good association with Panbride Church and many members of its congregation. At the start of the lockdown in 2020 a collection at the Centre resulted in a sizeable donation being made to the Church. 

George Stewart 


This is scheduled for 18th November 2021 but if circumstances change this will be reviewed 

Large print copies are printed for each issue. If this would be helpful to you please let me know and arrangements will be made to deliver a copy to you. 

If you would like to change to an e-mail copy please send me an e-mail (dmct1@btinternet.com) and arrangements will be made to send future issues by e-mail 




Mary Beattie 3/7/2021 

Alexander (Les) Robertson 9/7/2021 


As restrictions are easing, we hope to start fundraising in the not too distant future. 

In the meantime, we are still in the same position as far as fund-raising is concerned. 



I will have the new Flamingo Card brochure which will include Christmas cards, paper and the usual mix of cards.in the next few weeks. 

If you would like to see a brochure you can see me after the Sunday service or phone me, on 853919, and I will deliver a book to you. 

As usual, 10% of sales go towards Church funds. 

Pat Taylor 

Flower Rota

September 2021 

5th Mrs M. Taylor / Mrs M. Cowan 

12th Mrs A. Scott 

19th Mrs A. Brown 

26th Mrs E. Watson 

October 2021 

3rd Mrs J. Sturrock / Mrs S. Devanay 

10th Mrs D. Booth 

17th Mrs K. Fulton 

24th Mrs M. Easton / Mrs J. Jones 

31st Mrs A. Clark / Mrs D. Smith 

November 2021 

7th Mrs P. Geekie 

14th Mrs M. Low / Mrs N. Reid 

21st Mrs A. Scott 

28th Mrs. G. Cook 

December 2021 

5th Mrs R. Clark 

12th Mrs A. McDonald 

Church Directory 

Minister Rev Annette Gordon 8 Arbroath Road 01241 854478 

Session Clerk Mrs Lyn Ross 32 Broadlands 01241 859905 

Clerk to Board Mr Walter Ruark

Treasurer Mr W John Winterton

Gift Aid Mr Stan Beattie

Church Secretary & Rollkeeper Mrs Nicola Keen Contact via: secretarypanbride@hotmail.co.uk 

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

JAFFA Youth Group Leader Mrs Joanna Stout  

Creche Organiser Mrs June Black

Safeguarding Co-ordinator Mrs Linda Nicoll



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