Barry Parish Church

ChurchWinter 2020-21

What's on in
Winter 2020/21













06 December               9.30am             Morning Service                        Carnoustie

                                    10.30am           Facebook Live Service

08 December               7.00pm             Barry Kirk Session via Zoom

13 December               9.30am             Morning Service                        Barry

                                                            Gift service for Angus Women’s Aid

                                    10.30am           Facebook Live Service

14 December               7.30pm             Path of Renewal Team via Zoom

20 December               9.30am             Morning Service                        Carnoustie

                                                            Nativity Service

                                    10.30am           Facebook Live Service

                                    6.00pm             Doorstep Carols from Radio North Angus

22 December               11.00am           Midweek Reflective Service – Philip Hall

24 December               6.30pm             Christingle Service (online)

                                                            Appeal for The Children’s Society

                                    11.30pm           Watchnight Service (Online)

25 December               10.30am           Family Celebration (Online)

27 December               10.30am           Facebook Live Service with Rt Rev Dr                                      Martin Fair

                                    10.30am           Facebook Live Service

03 January                   10.30am           Facebook Live Service

10 January                   9.30am             Morning Service                        Barry

                                    10.30am           Facebook Live Service

17 January                   9.30am             Morning Service                        Barry

                                    10.30am           Facebook Live Service

18 January                   7.30pm             Mission & Outreach Team via Zoom

19 January                   7.30pm             Church Life & Worship Team via Zoom

24 January                   9.30am             Morning Service & Communion    Barry

                                    10.30am           Facebook Live Communion Service

31 January                   9.30am             Morning Service                        Barry

                                    10.30am           Facebook Live Service









Winter 2020/21







Charity No: SC002545





Who’s who in Barry Parish Church?


Minister                                           Rev Michael Goss 410194


Session Clerk                                Mrs Jan Scott        852884


Treasurer                                       Mr Malcolm Sim    852564


FWO and Gift Aid Organiser        Mr Malcolm Sim    852564                                                        


Roll Keeper                                    Mrs Jan Scott        852884




Sunday School Superintendent  Rev Michael Goss 410194


Property Convenor                       Mr Edwin Hughes 550593


Mission Partner Correspondent Mr Graham Suttie            


Church Officer                               Mr Iain Ogilvie


Flower Organiser                          Mrs Shirley Murison                                                         410062                    


Child Protection Contact              Evelyn Baker


Life and Work Organiser              Mrs Rosemary Docherty


Newsletter Editor                          Mr Malcolm Sim                852564



Guild Contact                               Mrs Shirley Murison      410062









Prayer Focus

We offer these thoughts to add to your own prayers:

1. COVID-19 Vaccines – Give thanks for the progress on producing this essential protection for all in our communities and pray for all involved in ensuring safe and effective delivery of vaccine provision.

2. Doorstep Carols – Pray for this outreach opportunity to the whole community in Angus, with the Christmas message and the chance to sing well-loved carols from our doorsteps.

3. Ethiopia – Pray for this troubled country with another civil war boiling up during November, seeking peace and security for all its peoples.


Congregational Register


“Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

None to report






As of Sunday 10 January, we will move to separate services in both churches at 9.30am followed by the online.




A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Barry Parish Church.


Cranky Old Man


What do you see nurses?.........What do you see?

What are you thinking………when you are looking at me?

A cranky old man………. not very wise,

Uncertain of habits……. . with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food…….? and makes no reply.

When you say in a loud voice…. I do wish you’d try!

Who seems not to notice…? the things that you do,

And forever is losing ……a sock or a shoe?

Who, resisting or not……lets you do as you will,

With bathing and feeding……the long day to fill

Is that what you are thinking? that what you see?

Then open your eyes nurse…. you are not looking at me.

I will tell you who I am……as I sit here so still,

As I do at your bidding……as I eat at your will.

I am a small child of ten…. with a father and mother,

Brothers and sisters…. who love one another

A young boy of sixteen……with wings on his feet

Dreaming that soon now…. a lover he will meet.

A groom soon at twenty……my heart gives a leap

Remembering the vows……. that I promised to keep.

At twenty-five now……I have young of my own

Who need me to guide……and a secure happy home?

A man of thirty……my young now grown fast.

Bound to each other……. with ties that should last.

At forty, my young sons……. have grown and are gone,

But my woman is beside me……to see I do not mourn.

At fifty, once more……babies play around my knee,

Again, we children……my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me…….my wife is now dead,

I look at the future……. I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing……young of their own,

And I think of the years….and the love that I have known.

I am now an old man….and nature is cruel,

It is jest to make old age……look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles ……grace and vigour, depart,

There now is a stone…. where I once had a heart

But inside this old carcass……. a young man still dwells,

And now and again….my battered heart swells

I remember the joys…. I remember the pain,

And I am loving and living……life over again.

I think of the years, all too few…. gone too fast,

And accept the stark fact…. that nothing can last.

So, open your eyes, people……open and see

Not a cranky old man

Look closer…. IT’S ME




Barry Church Website


"Declare His glory among the nations, His marvellous deeds among all peoples." Psalm 96: 3 (NIV)


To make sure you do not miss out on any breaking news from Barry Church visit our website which is updated daily. Click on 'News' for reports and other information about all the latest happenings within the Church locally, nationally and worldwide, and scroll through the 'Calendar' page for details of upcoming services, meetings, social events, fundraisers, etc. Choose 'Church Magazine' to view this newsletter online and among the site's other features is a daily Bible verse with an additional option of listening to a reading of the full chapter for that day.

Praise God! Our website continues to prove a valuable means of outreach to the parish area and beyond. From January 1 to November 15 this year a total of 1,804,652 page views were registered. The figure for the corresponding period last year was 1,878,331. Have YOU joined our online community yet?





Midweek Focus Bible Study


Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions, our Midweek Focus Bible Study meetings are again suspended until further notice. Study notes for the current series on 1 Peter and all previous series can be found on the Midweek Focus page of the church website. For further information, contact Graham Suttie on 01241 852614 or email






This year the Church of Scotland World Mission Stamp Project proceeds will benefit The Women’s Development Centre (WDC) in Kandy, Sri Lanka which runs a project to support women and girls who have been victims of rape and sexual violence.

The WDC gives these women somewhere to stay, and supports them in caring for their children, helps them return to education if they wish, and trains them in skills they can use to make a living when they leave. The WDC has a social enterprise and café where the women can work and sell their hand-made products.

The team at WDC care for and heal girls who are vulnerable and often discarded by their families. It is impossible not to be moved by what they do. Help support them by collecting used stamps which are then sold on.


How to contribute

You can give your stamps to Graham Suttie or leave them at the Church door once services resume. Thank you for all the used stamps received recently.




Guild News

Guild Theme – Companions of the Road         Topic – The Extra Mile


Contact Person: Shirley Murison (01241 410062)

Treasurer: Marie Wilson

Committee: Mina Robertson, Mabel Gordon, Sylvia Knowles, Elaine Bottoms, Rosemary Docherty


Unless otherwise stated all meetings start at 2.15pm.


Diary of events not to be missed


Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic all activities have been suspended until further notice.


Shirley and all Guild members wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year






Financial Statement



Balance on 31 December 2019                     £3,345.90


Income                                                                £20,830.93




Expenditure                                                      £22,076.57


Balance on 30 October 2020                         £2,100.26



Many thanks to everyone who have managed to continue with their contributions during these strange times.   Barry Parish Church and the Church of Scotland in general still have commitments to meet and every payment is valued.


Anyone who has not been able to return to church for whatever reason but would still like to contribute or have envelopes to be collected, please contact the treasurer, Malcolm Sim, who will arrange to collect (socially distanced of course).


God bless you all, and together we can see out 2020 and move into 2021 on a sound financial footing.

Coming Up


For all Zoom links contact the Minister

Prayer Meetings Mondays 10 - 11 am via Zoom link

Choir rehearsals Thursdays 7.30 pm via Zoom link

Tue 8th Dec      7 pm                Barry Kirk Session

                                                via Zoom link

Mon 14th Dec   7.30 pm           Path of Renewal Team

                                                via Zoom link

Wed 16th Dec  7.30 pm           Carnoustie Guild with Mince Pies

                                                via Zoom link

Thurs 17th Dec 7.30 pm           Carnoustie Church Choir Social

                                                via Zoom link

In the New Year we will move to having a service in both Church buildings each week at the same time, 9.30 am, followed by the online service at 10.30 am, from Sunday 10th January 2021.

Sun 10th Jan     9.30 am           Morning worship in Barry

9.30 am           Morning worship in Carnoustie

                        10.30 am         Facebook Live Communion service

Mon 18th Jan    7.30 pm           Mission & Outreach Team

                                                via Zoom link

Tues 19th Jan   7.30 pm           Church Life & Worship Team

                                                via Zoom link

Sun 24th Jan     9.30 am           Communion Service in Barry *tbc

9.30 am           Communion Service in Carnoustie *tbc

                        10.30 am         Facebook Live Communion service

Mon 25th Jan    7.30 pm           Carnoustie Kirk Session

                                                via Zoom link

Wed 27th Jan   11am               Midweek Reflective Service

                                                Philip Hall




Coming Up Advent and Christmas Services in Barry and Carnoustie

Sunday 29th November

9.30 am      Morning Service

                   Barry Parish Church

10.30 am    Facebook Live service

Sunday 6th December

9.30 am      Gift Service – Gifts for Carnoustie Food Bank

                   Carnoustie Church

10.30 am    Facebook Live service

Sunday 13th December

9.30 am      Toy Gift Service for Angus Women’s Aid

                   Barry Parish Church

10.30 am    Facebook Live service

Sunday 20th December

9.30 am      Nativity Service

                   Carnoustie Church

10.30 am    Facebook Live service

6 pm           Doorstep Carols – from Radio North Angus

Tuesday 22nd December

11 am         Midweek Reflective Service in the Philip Hall

Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

6.30 pm      Christingle Service online

                   – appeal for The Children’s Society

11.30 pm    Watchnight Service online

Wednesday 25th December (Christmas Day)

10.30 am    Family Celebration online

Sunday 27th December 2020

10.30 am    Facebook Live service with Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair

Sunday 3rd January 2021

10.30 am    Facebook Live service



From the Minister’s Desk

‘’’Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins”

Matthew 1: 20-21

Dear Friends,

I’ve a suspicion many of us will be glad to see the back of 2020!  It has indeed been a hard year for many who have lost loved ones or suffered greatly from illness.  The COVID-19 crisis has completely disrupted lives and livelihoods, and congregational life has also been severely impacted.

With the news of developing vaccines there are glimmers of light at the end of this tunnel.  There is a long way to go before the immunisation programme is rolled out, and many challenges will remain with us for some time.  But at last, we can start looking forward to the New Year with some real hope of change.

Writing this at the beginning of Advent, I am struck by this great theme of hope at the heart of the message of this season.

As the Scottish football team has enjoyed some successes in recent months, the theme of hope has been present for supporters.  But I have heard someone suggest that it is not the despair that they struggle with, it’s the continued raising of hope, which you just know is going to come crashing down at the end.

Christian hope is not like that.  We face our struggles with the real security that comes from a relationship with the living God, one who is not remote and distant from us.  For the Christmas message speaks again of the God who became a man.

Born as one of us, living our earthly lives; homeless and hated; falsely accused, convicted for convenience, put to a traitor’s death on a cross.  This is the God who has shared our sufferings and has entered the mess of human life and existence.  A God who would dare to become fully human in the frailty of a child; such a God we can trust with our own futures.

Beyond vaccines and trade deals, beyond Prime Ministers and Presidents, our hope is fixed and sure in the rock of our Salvation.  ‘God with us – Immanuel’.


Yours in the Grace and Peace of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

Mike Goss





              Doorstep Carols


Broadcast Live at 6 pm

Sunday December 20th

on Radio North Angus

  •  96.6FM in the Arbroath area, 
  • 107.5FM in the Carnoustie area, 
  • 105.9FM in the Monifieth area, and 
  • 87.7FM in Forfar, Brechin, and Montrose

and on

Tune in – Step out your door – join in the singing!


Many have been missing the opportunity for congregational singing over these last long months.  With no chance of a Carol Service (not even outdoors permitted!) I was inspired to hear about Doorstep Carols from Radio Shropshire.

Over the first three Sundays of Advent. I’ll be broadcasting one Carol at 6 pm on Facebook Live – you are welcome to join me at your own doors, or indoors!

Then the big event is on Sunday 20th December at 6 pm – Five Carols will be broadcast on Radio North Angus for everyone to join in from their doorstep.  This will move into a service of Lessons and Carols with drama skits and other contributions from choirs, singing groups and others all over Angus, due to last until 7.30 pm – so you might continue your listening from indoors!

Tune in on your FM radio or through the internet Listen Live feature.










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