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Bonkle Church of Scotland Magazine

Christmas 2015

Scottish Charity Number SC006540

Next issue - Easter 2016

Closing date for material –2.00 pm Sunday 29th February

Communion – Sunday 6th December

From the Manse…

I know that I say this every year, but can’t believe that Christmas is upon us again. Perhaps it is because I am writing this as I prepare to fly off tomorrow (9th November) for my summer holiday! The BBC weather assures me that it will be in the early 80’s, so it might be a bit of a wrench to fly back to the cold and wet of a British Winter. Equally, it will have been, I am sure, a bit unusual to have seen Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus in scorching hot weather – it’s a hard life! I have to confess that I am more than ready for a break. During this past year we have been very busy in the church. We ran, for the first time, a Freedom in Christ course which was very well received by all who attended. Spurred on by the success of the course and at the request of folks who couldn’t manage, we are planning to run another course beginning in January. We thought we might run this course during the day for those who couldn’t manage at night. We also ran our stewardship campaign, looking at how we might best serve God with the different talents that he has given to us. I had hoped to have response cards out by now, but printing difficulties delayed this, however, you should have a response card enclosed with this magazine. Any help you can offer in the service of Christ and His Kingdom would be gratefully received. November also saw the beginning of a new Men’s Fellowship and Men’s breakfast. The men will meet each Wednesday at 7.30 in the home of Paul Carty – they are currently looking at the Christianity Explored Material.

As you will see from the magazine I was privileged to have a young lad from the ARK, Scott Chalmers, doing work experience with me. It was a real pleasure to share with Scott, and hopefully it gave him an insight into the life of a parish minister.

You may notice that the Christian Aid carol Service will be held on Thursday 10th December in Bonkle Church. We simply were unable to fit the concert in on a Sunday, and hope that you will continue to support this as we try a midweek slot.

All in all it has been a busy few months – it’s good to see God at work in different ways in our church and community. Thank you for you continued support.

Wishing you a very happy and peaceful Christmas

Graham, Doris & Emma

You should have a response card included with this magazine, please fill the form in and return it to the church any Sunday.

Graham Raeburn

Sunday school

Jesus said, "I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life." John 8:12

We have been exploring the theme of light in the bible.  The children have been learning new songs, such as 'This Little Light of Mine', 'Give me Oil in my Lamp', 'Shine Jesus Shine' etc., and have been developing their understanding through the study and discussion of bible verses and stories.  They have enjoyed making and taking home a variety of crafts which help them to recap our weekly lessons and allow them to share their knowledge and experiences with their families.

We will soon be thinking of Christmas and returning once more to one of our favourite bible stories which tells us of Jesus birth.  The children will, as always, be participating in one of the services in the lead up to Christmas and practise for this will begin shortly

Our photograph shows April and Poppy with bibles that were gifted to them from the Sunday School, which every child receives upon turning six.  Stephanie

Wishaw CAP Debt Centre

Centre news

We have continued to be busy, with another 2 clients booked in October, with another 2 in the first week of November. We currently have 24 clients active and receiving support from CAP. Two recent clients have made appointments due the recommendation of CAP clients, which is a great testimony to the difference CAP’s services can make. One of these clients told his friend about CAP when I met him at a lunch club, and he called the helpline the next day; this was a true ‘God-incidence’, and shows just how the Lord we serve works all things together for his purposes!

As before, our clients come from a variety of backgrounds and have encountered their debt situation due to a variety of factors (e.g. unemployment, problems budgeting, mental health issues etc.). One thing they all have in common, though, is that they are stressed, worried and burdened when they call our Freephone number (0800 823 0006) and it is a great privilege to able to bring hope, support and relief to them, and share the good news that Jesus can bring. We are really making a difference, one person at a time!

CAP Sunday 11 October 2015

We held our annual CAP Sunday service during the joint Harvest service at Bonkle Church on 11 October. This year’s film featured a Scottish client, Brian from Glasgow. The film can be seen here if you haven’t seen it yet.


It is a very inspiring film, and it is for people like Brian that we do what we do.

Please pray for:

That the Lord leads people to call the helpline and use the services we provide;

That the centre is promoted effectively, and its visibility is increased in the local area;The upcoming CAP Money course at Elim, that plenty of people turn up and use the service, that it helps them manage their finances, and that Tracey presents the course well;

That our new clients find peace and relief from worry and stress, and that they engage well with the CAP process;

That the Lord opens hearts so that we can share the good news of Jesus to clients, and that they respond to that good news.

Finally, please pray for me, that I carry out my role effectively, and that I show the love of our Saviour to every person I meet, and tell out His word boldly and clearly.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2 :10)

May the Lord bless you and keep you

Nicky McLaughlin

CAP Debt Centre Manager

07400 189398

Badminton Club

The Badminton Club meets on Mondays at 7.30pm to 9.00pm. Old and new members will be most welcomed. For more information please contact Matthew Gray 

Ladies Fellowship

The meetings this session have been well attended.

An outing to Rosebank Garden Centre has been arranged for the 19th November.

The next meeting on 24th November will be a slide show by Bob Glen.

The final meeting of the year will be on 8th December when Kay Blair will talk about St. Petersburg. The meetings for the rest of the session are:-

5th January – Nancy Wilson, Kenya

19th January Harry Watson and group.

2nd February Stephen Owens, RSPB Baron's Haugh.

16th February John Irvine, Karaoke

1st March Nicky Mclaughlin CAP

15th March AGM/Bring and Buy sale

5th April Dinner.

Margaret Glen

Computer Club

This year the club was fortunate in obtaining a grant from Foundation Scotland which covered the main expenses of the club. Later we competed for a grant from Digital Challenge and managed to receive sufficient to buy tablet computers to complement our updated Windows 10 Computers. This allowed us to run courses on familiarising people with the new types of computer and operating systems available.

During the year 44 people attended the various meetings and courses offered.

The social side was not neglected with outings to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Digital Earth. Both were thoroughly enjoyed by the members.

Several lunch outings were also arranged throughout the year.

We have also received a grant from RCOP (Restructuring Care for Older People) for next year which will ensure the (rather expensive) funding required to run the club.

The club caters mainly for elderly people, many of whom have come into the “Digital Age” for the first time.

Ian Glen

Men's Club

The men (+ ladies) still meet on a Wednesday evening from 7.00 – 9.00 pm. The main activity being carpet bowls. New members are always welcome.

This year the summer outing was to Perth and Christmas Dinner has been arranged to Shotts Golf Course club room.

Thursday Club

This meets on Thursdays from 2.00 – 4.00 pm.

During last summer a bus trip was arranged to Aberfoyle for Morning Coffee and then to Loch Katrine with a sail on the loch. This was a bit of an adventure as the bus driver took us to Stronachlachan at the wrong end of the loch! We did, however, eventually catch the boat and were still in time for dinner in Callander.

Christmas Lunch has been arranged at the BenKaz in Shotts.

Walking Group

The weather was a bit kinder to us this year enabling us to get out-and-about in the countryside.

As the members are not now quite so young and no longer able for Munro's we have tended to find walks more local to us. The Morning Coffee before the start is now essential.

To end the year, we will meet on 24th November at the Healthy Living Café in Shotts, followed by a short walk at Torbothie and lunch at the BenKaz.

Come and get fit before Christmas!

Margaret Glen

Fourth Important Lesson.

The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's' wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

Scott's work experience

My name is Scott I am a pupil from Carluke high school and I have been doing my work experience in Coltness Memorial and Bonkle Churches. All this week I have been working with Graham. On Monday I was able to go to the joint Kirk session meeting and listen to the discussions about the running of the local churches. On the Tuesday I went to the Hamilton Presbytery meeting at which I got the opportunity to see what presbytery does and how it affects the local churches in the area and across the world by their support for charities and ministers representing the church at national and international levels. On Thursday I sat in on the bible study class which is held in the church every week. On Friday I took part in a home communion and I got a chance to see how the church is able to reach those who are no longer able to get to a church on a Sunday morning. During this last week I have learned more than I could have ever imagined. As a whole this week has been a good and enjoyable experience.

Allan McKinlay

We are planning to host a concert in January by local singer songwriter and worship leader Allan McKinlay. Allan hails from Glasgow and leads worship at CLAN gathering each year. I am sure it will be an enjoyable evening as Allan leads us in worship and shares some songs from his latest album. Recently Allan has lost an astonishing 164lb in weight, and he will share something of his struggles in that area with us. Please come and join us. I am sure you will enjoy it.

For Your Diary

Thursday 10th December

Christian Aid Carol Service, with St Brigids – Bonkle Church

7.00 pm

Sunday 6th December

Chrismas Concert Carluke Baptist Church with the Choir

6.30 pm

Sunday 13th Dec -

Gift Service - Bonkle


Sunday 13th Dec -

Christingle Service - Bonkle


Sunday 20th Dec

Nativity Service - Bonkle


Wednesday 24th Dec

Christmas Eve Service - Coltness

Watchnight Service - Bonkle

7.00 pm

11.15 pm

Thursday 25th Dec

Christmas Day Service - Coltness

10.00 am

Sunday 28th Dec

Joint Service - Bonkle

11.00 am

Sunday 4th Jan

Joint Service - Coltness

11.00 am


20.04.15 David Pollock Manse Rd, Newmains

14.06.15 Aaron David Baillie Larkhall 


21.08.15 David Percy & Emma McColl


08.01.15 Agnes Bell 53 Westwood Rd, Newmains CM

12.01.15 Ella Johnston 1 Carbrach Loan, Newmains B

31.01.15 Ina Inglis Kirknowe NH, Wishaw

02.02.15 Jack Scott 135 Caledonia Rd, Wishaw CM

04.02.15 Les Thompson Woodside Cr, Newmains

05.02.15 Jean Munns Morningside NH, Morningside

09.02.15 Mary Gold 57 Thrashbush Cr, Wishaw

02.03.15 Andrew Aitken 4 Dalglish Pl, Morningside

03.03.15 Jim Telfer 40 Clark St, Newmains

04.03.15 Margaret Kenmure Rawyards NH, Airdrie

05.03.15 Moira Black 6 Hazel Grove, Shotts B

07.04.15 Bridgit McCarrison 43 Eastwood Dr, Newmains

29.04.15 Ross Campbell formerly 22 Kilmichael Ave, Newmains

14.05.15 George Dick 34 Tollpark Cres, Newmains CM

18.05.15 Jimmy Cranston 35 Muirhouse Ave, Newmains B

03.06.15 Archie Newlands 5 Eastwood Drive, Newmains

10.06.15 Jenny McSpadyen Morningside NH, Morningside

17.06.15 Jean Spiers 4 Fir Place, Cleland

23.06.15 Peter Bennett 37 Banavie Road, Newmains

26.06.15 Jean Hill 3 Spynie Way, Newmains CM

30.06.15 Ella McDougall 448 Cambusnethan St, Newmains CM

01.07.15 Jessie McColl 7 Stewart Crescent, Newmains

10.07.15 Sarah Caldwell 4, Park Drive, Newmains CM

24.07.15 Alexander Paton 126 Murdostoun View, Newmains

05.08.15 James McGhie 24 Auchter Ave, Bonkle B

12.08.15 Peter Steel 28 Hawthorn Place, Allanton

11.09.15 Kieran McMillan (13yrs) 13 Crindledyke Cres, Newmains

15.09.15 Jayden Baird (11mths) 9 Banff Quadrant, Coltness

16.09.15 Barclay Cleland 89 Broompark Cres, Airdrie

02.10.15 David Wilson 2 Church Avenue, Newmains CM

05.10.15 Mary Cranston 35 Muirhouse Ave, Newmains B

02.11.15 David Scoular 19 Brookbank Tce, Carluke

05.11.15 Janet McBride 3 Claire Street, Newmains CM