Barry Parish Church

Winter 2022-2023

What's on in
Winter 2022/3














01 December    2.00pm         Guild – Wreath Making (Tracy Simpson)

04 December    9.30am         Morning Worship – Rev Annette Gordon

07 December    7.00pm         Joint Sessions Social in Kinloch Arms Hotel

08 December    2.00pm         Guild Christmas Afternoon Tea in Church Hall

11 December    9.30am         Morning Worship – Toy & Gift Service

                           7.00pm         Christmas Musicale in Carnoustie Church

15 December    12.30pm       Guild Christmas Lunch at The Rookery

18 December    9.30am         Morning Worship – Lessons & Carols

21 December    2.00pm         Midweek Service – Carnoustie Church

24 December    6.30pm         Christingle Service – Barry Parish Church

                           11.30pm       Watchnight Service – Carnoustie Church

25 December    10.30am       Joint Family Service – Carnoustie Church

01 January        10.30am       Joint Family Service – Barry Parish Church

08 January        9.30am         Morning Worship

15 January        9.30am         Morning Worship

16 January        7.00pm         Barry Kirk Session

18 January        10.00am       Carnoustie Union Discussions

22 January        9.30am         Morning Worship - The Lord’s Supper

25 January        2.00pm         Midweek Service – Carnoustie Church

29 January        9.30am         Morning Worship

                           4.00pm         Bereavement Service in Carnoustie Church

30 January        10.00am       Coffee Morning in Carnoustie Church

02 February      2.00pm         Guild – Ness Hearing (Laura Ramsay)

05 February      9.30am         Morning Worship

12 February      9.30am         Morning Worship

19 February      9.30am         Morning Worship

26 February      9.30am         Morning Worship

02 March           2.00pm         Guild – Home for Good Project (Duncan Sheldon)







Winter 2022/3




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                              


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





The Minister and Kirk Session members wish all our congregation and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.




Prayer Focus

We offer these thoughts to add to your own prayers:

1. New Government – Pray for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the new cabinet ministers seeking to govern our country in these challenging times.

2. New Perth Presbytery – Remember the new Clerk, Rev Dr John Ferguson, and the changes that will bring Angus together with Perth, Dundee, Dunkeld & Meigle, and Stirling Presbyteries from the 1st January.

3. Ukraine – We continue to pray for a just end to the war in Ukraine, and the restoration of land and people there; as we also pray for many who have found refuge here in our own country and our own community.

Congregational Register


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

August    3                   Mrs Christine Cant

Oct         18                 Mrs Pearl Stirling

Nov         21                 Mrs Betty Paton

               22                 Mrs Babs Johnston

Defibrillator Installation


You may already be aware that we have been fundraising to meet the cost of installing a defibrillator which is to be located outside the church and be available for anyone to use.  The defibrillator was presented to Barry Parish Church by Lynn Lawrence a few weeks ago.

We have received donations towards the cost from the congregation and local people, together with a donation of £508.70 from a local family in memory of  a family member who sadly died in a road accident.

In addition, we have also now received funding of £500.00, presented by Carnoustie Community Council on behalf of the SeaGreen Community Benefit Fund. You may have seen an article in The Courier of the cheque presentations which took place at the Dr McConnell Memorial Garden in Carnoustie, on Saturday 26th November.

So, we are now able to go ahead with installing the defibrillator!

Many thanks to all for your support with this venture, which will bring a life-saving resource into Barry Village.





 If anyone would like to put flowers into the church, please contact Shirley Murison.   A calendar is at the front door.





Look forward in faith, Wee Seeds, Big Trees


All meetings start at 2pm.   All are very welcome.


Dec 1st            Wreath making with Tracy Simpson

Dec 8th          Christmas Afternoon Tea 2pm All welcome £3.00

Dec 15th         Christmas Lunch at The Rookery 12.30pm


Feb 2nd           Ness Hearing with Laura Ramsay

March 2nd       Home for good Project with Duncan Sheldon


The Dee Ukes concert and the coffee morning were both a great success and Shirley and the committee wish to thank everyone who donated and came along to support.  The concert raised £350.00, and the coffee morning realised £534.00.








MONDAY, 30 January 2023

10am until midday

£2 All welcome





Barry Church Website


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


To make sure you don't 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 20 this year a total of 330,142 page views were registered. Have YOU joined our online community yet?


Midweek Focus Bible Study


A warm welcome awaits all interested in sharing in these times of midweek fellowship. Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 7 to 8.30 pm. Study notes for the current series on Ephesians and all previous series can be found on the Midweek Focus page of the church website. For further information, including venue details, contact Graham Suttie on 01241 852614 or email


Sunday Teas Rota


Dec 4th – Shirley Murison                            Dec 11th – Rosemary Docherty

Dec 18th – Sally McKenzie                           Dec 25th – No Teas


Jan 1st – Alice Hughes                                 Jan 8th ­– Shirley Murison

Jan 15th – Rosemary Docherty                    Jan 22nd – Sally McKenzie

Jan 29th – Alice Hughes


Feb 5th – Shirley Murison                             Feb 12th – Rosemary Docherty

Feb 19th – Sally McKenzie                            Feb 29th – Alice Hughes

A CHRISTMAS PRAYER by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.”


Christmas is
A gift received to be given,
A life received to be lived,
A time for greatness to be found in smallness,
For the Divine to seek a home in the human,

Dear Jesus, this Christmas my prayer is
that I open my fragile smallness
to the Greatness of the Gift, so as to become part of the gift.



Financial Statement


Balance on 31 December 2021                                      £5,105.70

Income                                                                         £23,031.47




Expenditure                                                                 £21,689.32


Balance on 01 November 2022                                      £6,447.85


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).


Food Bank

Since the start of the first lockdown, the Carnoustie Royal British Legion has been running a foodbank in our town, and it is helping to meet the urgent needs of many.  Previously, donations were collected in Carnoustie Church for the Arbroath foodbank, but we now collect for the Legion foodbank here in Carnoustie.

Members are asked to bring dry and tinned foods along with basic household essentials like soaps and toothbrushes and place them in the green tub at the back of the Church.  No fresh or perishable foods should be left.

Many thanks to all who continue to support this vital work, and particular thanks to members of the Carnoustie RBL for their organisation and distribution of food and other goods to folk in our community.


Superdrug Blister Pack Recycling

Thank you for your continued support for the above initiative.   This raises much needed funds for Marie Curie.

You may have family or neighbours who are taking medication and we are happy to take the blister packs and pass them on.




Coming Up

Prayer Meetings Mondays 10 - 11 am in the Manse

Mon 5th Dec         7.30 pm       Mission & Outreach Team

Wed 7th Dec         7 pm            Joint Sessions Social in Kinloch Arms

Thurs 8th Dec       2 pm            Christmas Afternoon Teas in Barry Hall

Wed 21st Dec       2 pm            Midweek service


Tues 10th Jan        7 pm            First meeting of new Perth Presbytery

Mon 16th Jan        7 pm            Barry Kirk Session

Wed 18th Jan        10 am          Carnoustie Union discussions

Wed 18th Jan        7.30 pm       Church Life & Worship Team

Sun 22nd Jan         9.30 am       The Lord’s Supper in Barry

Sun 22nd Jan         11 am          The Lord’s Supper in Carnoustie
Mon 23rd Jan       7.30 pm       Carnoustie Kirk Session

Wed 25th Jan        2 pm            Midweek Service

Sun 29th Jan     4 pm    Bereavement Service in Carnoustie Church







Barry Parish Church: Hire or Let of Small Hall


Our Small Hall is available for hire or let now, for meetings and a range of group activities, with capacity for up to 20 adults at 1metre social distancing.

Use of tables and chairs, single toilet and heating is included.

Small Hall hire or let is £12/hour or part thereof. Kitchen hire is available at £2/hour or part thereof. Charges are reviewed annually.

Users need to have in place a written Covid 19 Risk Assessment and adequate Insurance to cover the activities.

For more details or to arrange a viewing, please contact  or     Jan Scott on  01241 852884







From the Minister’s Desk

Dear Friends,

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28: 19-20

In the last Newsletter I wrote about our new King – and about a new Prime Minister, Liz Truss.  That latter point didn’t age well, as now Rishi Sunak has entered No. 10 Downing Street, after a tumultuous autumn for the UK Government.

And now the winter months are upon us, but it was great to welcome a joint service in Barry Church for Souper Sunday, which raised £235 including Gift Aid for the Church of Scotland’s HIV programme.  The soups after the service were very welcome – well done to all the team who made it possible.

Cycling back from that service I popped into the old Kinloch School grounds for the Carnoustie’s Christmas Light Switch-on, with all the stalls there.  It was good to see young and old in the community out and about once more, just enjoying a fun event.

Meanwhile Angus Rural Partnership have been helping to establish a steering group to prepare a Community Action Plan for Barry Village.  It’s early days, but it looks like we’ll have an opportunity for the Church and the village to work more closely together for the future of the community we serve and the mission of our Saviour.

The new Presbytery Mission Plan for Angus received formal approval and is now in place, shaping the future direction of Ministries, Congregations and Buildings for the next five years.  There will be changes for us all: the office-bearers of Carnoustie: Panbride, Carnoustie and Barry churches will be working on a basis of Union for our congregations over the next few months.









Sunday 27th November – Advent Sunday

11 am              Barry Parish Church – Joint Souper Sunday Service

1 pm                Town Christmas Stalls in Kinloch School area

5.30 pm           Town Christmas Tree Lights switch on

Sunday 4th December – Pulpit Swap with Carnoustie: Panbride

9.30 am           Barry Parish Church: Rev Annette Gordon

11 am              Carnoustie Church: Rev Annette Gordon

Sunday 11th December

9.30 am           Toy Gift – bring a gift for Angus Women’s Aid – Barry

11 am              Carnoustie Church

7 pm                Christmas Musicale in Carnoustie Church

Sunday 18th DecemberLessons and Carols

9.30 am           Barry Parish Church

11 am              Carnoustie Church

Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

6.30 pm           Christingle Service – bring a small orange + cake-candle

11.30 pm         Watchnight Service – Offering for Scottish Bible Society

Sunday 25th December (Christmas Day)

10.30 am         Family Celebration – Joint service in Carnoustie Church

Sunday 1st January 2023

10.30 am         Family Service – Joint service in Barry Parish Church

Sunday 8th January 2023

9.30 am           Services resume in Barry Parish Church

11 am              Services resume in Carnoustie Church














As part of that, Rev Annette Gordon and I undertook a pulpit exchange at the start of December, giving our respective congregations an opportunity to meet each of us and worship together.  In Arbroath, where I have been Interim Moderator for Old & Abbey since summer 2021, Rev Dr Martin Fair will be leaving St Andrew’s early next year, just as moves to bring the congregations in the town and surrounding countryside into one union with a Team Ministry are getting under way.

It's not the shape of the Church that we have been used to – but it is a mark of some of the essential changes required to take account of declining numbers of ministers and the need to pivot the whole life of the Church towards the Mission of God.

Your Elders will need your prayers – as I also do, and all involved in the life of our congregations.  We must go where the Lord leads us, for He promises that He will always be with us.

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

Mike Goss





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