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Bonkle Church of Scotland Magazine

Easter 2015

Scottish Charity Number SC006540

Next issue – September 20th 2015

Closing date for material –2pm Sunday August 30th

Communion – Sunday 5th April


From the Manse…

In one of the most famous political speeches of all time President John F Kennedy said “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Apparently the quote is not original he “borrowed” it from one of a Harvard College dean. I’m sure then that it would be in order for me to draw inspiration from that original quote and ask - My fellow Christians, ask not what your God/church can do for you, ask what you can do for your God/church.
Easter reminds us that the God that sent His Son to be our Saviour, sent Him, not as a mighty King, but as a suffering servant, for that is how Jesus is portrayed in the Servant Songs passages in the prophecy of Isaiah. Graham Kendrick picks up this biblical picture in one of his best loved hymns when he writes,
From heaven you came helpless babe
Entered our world, your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
And give Your life that we might live
Jesus modelled for us a life of service; the King of Kings who came and washed his disciples feet. As He served his fellow men he encourages us to do likewise. Kendrick goes on to write
This is our God, The Servant King
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to The Servant King
We have been given the greatest honour, that Christ should die for us, that we might live for Him. As we rejoice in our risen Saviour this Easter time, may we reflect upon all that He has done for us, and as we do us, ask Him to show us, how we might serve Him, our Families, our Church and our community in accordance with the example He set.

Wishing you every blessing this Easter time.

Graham Raeburn


Magician Magic Den entertained us at our Christmas party with fabulous magic tricks (helped along of course by amazing assistants from the Sunday School), party games and balloon contortions.  The party was a big success and the children in attendance had a ball.

  Our Nativity was a phenomenal success with all of the children putting on a stellar performance once again.  Thanks go out to parents/grandparents who helped with costumes and practising lines.

Early in the New Year Sarah Miller was presented with a bible from the Sunday School.  Children are encouraged to bring their bibles every week in exchange for points.  We often refer to stories from the bible therefore children can follow along with these themselves and share them at home with family and friends.

  Our focus up to Easter has been exploring the depth of God’s love for us through the teachings and actions of His son Jesus.  The children enjoy singing songs every week, listening to stories and parables and making crafts or engaging in activities, all of which help them to develop a clearer understanding of God’s love and help build a relationship with and deepen their personal connection to God.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14 Stephanie