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Bonkle Church of Scotland Magazine

Christmas 2014

Scottish Charity Number SC006540

Next issue – March 2015

Closing date for material –2pm Sunday 15th February 2015

Communion – Sunday 7th December


From the Manse…

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Rom 15:13)

Over that past few years John Lewis has come up with some very clever Christmas adverts. Every year the adverts follow a similar pattern, leading us to believe that we know what is happening, before a surprise twist leaves us going Awwww! This year’s advert featuring Monty the penguin is no exception. Whilst we are led to believe that Monty’s exploits are real it transpires that he is in fact a stuffed toy and his adventures all exist in his owner’s imagination. The advert ends with the tag-line “Give someone the Christmas they’ve been dreaming of”

I wonder what kind of Christmas you are dreaming of? Perhaps you long for a White Christmas, a peaceful Christmas, a family Christmas, a quiet Christmas or perhaps you just wish that Christmas was by. Sometimes we confuse the words Hopes & Dreams, believing them to be the same thing, when in fact they are slightly different. A dream is usually something pleasant that we want to happen eg a dream holiday or a dream job. Often our dreams are little more than wishful thinking. Biblical hope on the other hand is much more concrete, bringing with it the assurance that what we long for will come to pass. That is why we can, as the apostle Paul instructs us, abound in Hope, whatever our situation, for that hope is built on the sure foundation of God who says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” I pray that this Christmas that you will find more than just the Christmas you are dreaming of, but that you will find that all of your hopes are met in Christ.

On behalf of Doris, Iain, Emma and myself, can I thank you for your support over this past year, and may I wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas and a blessed New Year

Yours in His Love Graham Raeburn

Men's Club

As St Brigid's Men's Club has now joined us on a permanent basis, we now have over 20 people meeting with us on a regular basis. The club is now open to lady members.
Our club closed with dinner at the Bentley Hotel and will reopen on Wednesday 7
th January. Ian Glen

Walking Group

The final walk of the year was at the old Hartwood Hospital grounds followed by lunch in the BenKaz, Shotts.

We will be meeting in January to draw up a new walking list which will be available from me.

Margaret Glen

Computer Club

The club was fortunate to receive a substantial grant through Reshaping care for Older People. This has helped to extend our activities to areas other than pure computing. Some of our members are undertaking the Discovery Award and, in view of this, we arranged bus trips to Summerlee Museum and the Glasgow Science Centre, both of which were well received by our members.

Unfortunately, the RCOP grant scheme has finished and we are now looking for other grant giving bodies as the club is rather expensive to run mainly due to the cost of the broadband as the church line is classed as a business line by BT.

We are at present searching for other grants and await the result.

In 2015 we hope to continue the visits to places of interest as these are very popular. If there are empty spaces on the bus we will offer these to other church members. The visits will be on Mondays during the day.

As tablet computers are becoming more popular we hope to demonstrate them in new year. We already have an Android device and hope to purchase an Apple one to allow “hands on” experience to enable people to make up their mind on choice of a suitable machine. Ian Glen

Where is Windows 9?

or is Microsoft unable to count? Windows 8, the much maligned present operating system is to be replaced by Windows 10 next Spring. This is supposed to be more familiar to Windows 7 users. We wait in the hope that Microsoft gets it right this time, perhaps too late as the Android and Apple market is now firmly entrenched an heavily outsells the laptop/notebook market. Desktop computers have almost gone from the market.

Thursday Club

The Thursday club is “open for business” as usual. All present and new members welcome.

Peter Snelling

Art Class

The Art Class recommences on Tuesday 31st March. If you are interested, please contact Margaret Sherriff on (01698)385363.

Ladies Fellowship

The syllabus for the rest of the session is as follows:-


Advocacy – Liz Guthrie


Film – Gordon Hunter




St Petersburg Forum – Kay Blair


Barra- Dr Peter Worthington


AGM/ Bring and Buy sale



Sunday School

As we are approaching Christmas we are once again beginning to think of the nativity.  We are thinking once more of the reason for the season - Jesus, and how he was gifted to the world on Christmas Day all those years ago.  The children in the Sunday School will be practising some Christmas songs to entertain during church services on the lead up to Christmas.  We will also be looking forward to sharing our interpretation of the nativity with the congregation.
 Our Christmas party will be on Saturday 13th December from 2.30pm-4.30pm.  We hope everyone will be able to attend as it will be lots of fun for younger children and older children alike.


Ten Little Churchmen

Ten little churchmen went to Church when fine;
But it started raining and then there were nine.
Nine little churchmen stayed up late;
One over-slept and then there were eight.

Eight little churchmen on the road to heaven;
One joined a rambling club and then there were seven.

Seven little churchmen heard of Sunday flicks;
One thought he'd like to go and then there were six.

Six little churchmen kept the place alive;
One bought a TV set and then there were five.

Five little churchmen seemed loyal to the core;
One quarrelled with the Minister and then there were four.

Four little churchmen argued heatedly
About the freewill offering, and then there were three.

Three little churchmen sang the service through;
Got a hymn they didn't know, and then there were two.

Two little churchmen disputed who should run the
congregational social and then there was one.

One little churchman knowing what to do,
Got a friend to come to church, and then there were two.

Two sincere churchmen each brought in one more;
So the number doubled, and then there were four.

Four sturdy churchmen simply couldn't wait
'TiI they found four others, and then there were eight.

Eight eager churchmen, at worship every week.
Soon encourage others, troubled souls to seek.

In the people crowded, cramming every pew.
Supply 0 God, this grace and zeal to OUR parish too.

Ten Important Lessons – No 1

First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one :
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
"Absolutely, " said the professor.. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello.."
I've never forgotten that lesson.. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

Star Gazer
By Adrian J Mannion jnr

An old man looks through a telescope,

He sees the stars lighting up the night sky,

He hopes to see a shooting star,

Maybe a new planet or two,

He's noted that there's a full moon,

He wonders if space travel is new,

And if he has time to book his ticket,

He sees pictures made up of stars,

He tries to make notes of what he's looking at

But all he wonders is who's created all of this


26.02.14 Marion McGowan 63 Hope St, Newmains

Fiona Renwick 90 Woodside Cres, Newmains

19.03.14 Sheena Hill 42 Murdostoun View, Newmains CM

20.03.14 Len Kennedy 74 Eastwood drive, Newmains

22.03.14 Charlotte McGhie 44 Muirhouse Avenue, Newmains B

12.05.14 Jessie Rae 56 Braedale Cres, Newmains CM

14.05.14 Tom Young 7 Braedale Place, Newmains B

07.06.14 Sarah McRoberts 6 Ailort Loan, Newmains

Margaret Campbell formerly 5 Claire St, Newmains B

13.06.14 James Murray 5 Abernethyn Rd, Newmains

William White Morningside NH

27.06.14 Jean Murray 76 Braedale Cres, Newmains

18.07.14 Graeme Donnelly 102 Woodside Ces

26.07.14 Linda Stevenson 1 Brownhill View, Bonkle B

07.08.14 Elizabeth Kennedy 74 Eastwood drive, Newmains

14.08.14 Cliff Paton 3 Abernthyn Rd, Newmains

20.08.14 Joseph Parkin Upper Daviesdyke Farm B

27.08.14 Agnes Ayton Park Drive, Newmains CM

29.08.14 David Simpson 99 Buchan Dr, Wishaw

11.09.14 Stewart Purdie 11 Kilmichael Ave, Newmains

03.10.14 Noah Attwood 8 Bruce Dr, Overtown

28.10.14 Richard Belcher 35 Eastwood DR, Newmains

05.11.14 Irene Cuthbertson 85 Crindledyke Cres, Newmains

      1. William Docherty Flat F4 Holdsworth Ct. Wishaw CM

For your Diary

Saturday 13th Dec

Sundayschool party

Sunday 14th December 6.30pm

Christingle Service.