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Bonkle Church of Scotland Magazine

June 2016

Scottish Charity Number SC006540

Website –

Next issue –September 2016.

Closing date for material – 21st August 2016

Wishaw CAP Debt Centre

2016 continues to be busy for the Debt Centre: we are currently helping 33 clients, with another 5 new clients calling the helpline during May alone. The great news is that 2 clients have recently gone debt-free! This has made a huge difference to their lives. One of these clients is also now engaged with a local church, attending their services and arts group. He feels as if a huge burden has been removed from him and his confidence and self-esteem has received a major boost. It is very humbling to be involved in what the Lord is doing in people’s lives and great to see the freedom our service can bring.

In March I attended CAP’s Closer conference in North Lincolnshire. This was a very rewarding and refreshing time: it’s great to spend time with other Centre Managers and to participate in the worship. CAP’s founder, John Kirkby, gave a great talk on ‘Attracting a crowd’, which spoke of getting noticed, getting involved, and people what God can do, and to keep repeating that Jesus is good news for everyone. It was an inspiring few days and a good reminder of why we do what we do.

Many of our clients suffer from mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, and some are suicidal. It was useful therefore to attend a suicide intervention course in April so that I am able to provide appropriate support to our clients. I have also participated in Marion Fellows MP’s Poverty Action Group, working with other organisations to alleviate the real need in our area. The effect of debt isn’t just financial, and so it’s important to address those effects too.

Please pray for:

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

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

For healing for 5 clients (A; R; J; M; L) who are suffering from depression; for W, B, J and C who have an alcohol addiction; for S, that he is successful in his new job; for L that they obtain work; for E who was bereaved recently.

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.

And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples’ John 13:34-35

May the Lord bless you and keep you

Nicky McLaughlin (CAP Debt Centre Manager)

07400 189398

Bonkle Church Website –

Bonkle Church has now had a website for 18 years. We were one of the first Scottish churches to have a website, almost as long as the Church of Scotland. On the website you will find:-

Home The welcome page with a summary of what is on the site, a link to Coltness Memorial and a pointer to the recent news page.

Our beliefs Our connection to the Church of Scotland and our beliefs.

Worship Times and form of worship and the materials used during the services.

Organisations List of Bonkle Church organisations and when they meet with a link to their webpage.

Contact Us Address, phone numbers, location with map, contact form for minister and form for requesting information about material on website and organisations or making comments.

Events This is updated weekly to show the events for the next week, including organisations and future events.

Magazine The church magazine published 4 times per year.

History Book on Bonkle Congregation- 2 Parts, kirk and organisations. History of village. Growth of village. History of Murdostoun and Allanton Estates and Steuart family. Rev. Winchester's sermons on history of church. Articles and poems.

Gallery Photos of exterior and interior of church.

Links Web links to local churches and organisations.

Site map List of site content and site search engine.

Computer Club

The club now has access to a number of different types of computer including desktop, laptop and tablets running a variety of operating systems. This allows us to give help and tuition on the various modern devices. Short courses are occasionally on demand to introduce people to the various types. Out main work is giving help where required over a variety of computer types and software.

It is not all work and no play. This year we were out for lunch and paid a visit to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

We hope to celebrate the 90th birthday of Ena, our “Super Silver Surfer”. Ena has been a regular attender at the club for almost 5 years and uses her computer regularly for a variety of purposes – it is never too late to learn how to use a computer!

Walking with Grandma

Like walking with Grandma
Her steps are soft like mine.

She doesn't say now hurry up,

She always takes her time.

Like to walk with grandma

Her eyes see things like mine do,

Wee pebbles bright,

a funny cloud,

Soft hidden drops of dew.

Most people have to hurry,

They do not stop to see.

I’m glad that God made Grandmas,

Unrushed and young like me.

Sunday School

We had lots of fun at Easter time.  We looked 'egg-cellent' in our Easter bonnets, held our annual Easter egg hunt in the big hall, and got some delicious chocolate eggs to take home.  We also had a visit from some newly hatched baby chicks which again reminded us that Easter is a time of rebirth and new beginnings.
More recently we have been exploring iconic symbols of Christianity in our quest for a deeper understanding of our own faith, and in order to further develop our relationship with God and His son Jesus.  Sounds serious!  But in actual fact we have lots of fun in the Sunday School.  We achieve this through supported bible study, prayer, singing songs, playing games, arts and craft activities and even the occasional bit of baking.  The children can ask questions, share their knowledge and enjoy spending time with their friends.
We also had a big birthday to celebrate as Margaret Gray turned 40, but shhh... don't tell anyone.  She was surprised and delighted to find that we had decorated the hall with balloons for her big day.  We also had cake, sang Happy Birthday and gave Margaret a special gift from the Sunday School.  We let her off with her dumps.
If you're looking to have some fun on a Sunday morning learning about God, join us in the Sunday School.  We meet in Bonkle Church hall from 11.45am and children of all ages will be made most welcome. 

Birthday Girl

Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts..

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.  The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the colour returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away". Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Most importantly....Live with no regrets, Treat people the way you want to be treated, Work like you don't need the money, Love like you've never been hurt, and Dance like you do when nobody's watching.


The preacher's 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why.
"Well, Honey," he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages. "I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon."
"How come He doesn't answer it?" she asked.


A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, "So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That's very commendable. What does she say?"
The little boy replied, "Thank God he's in bed!"

Badminton Club

The club is now closed and will reopen in September.

Matthew Gray.

Ladies Fellowship

The Ladies fellowship is closed and will reopen in September.

Margaret Glen

For your Diary

Thu 16th June

Praise evening with Esther Franklin.


Sat 11th June

Newmains Gala Day

Sun 19th Jun

Retiring offering for Christian Aid.


Wed/Thurs 22/23 June

Men's Club/Thursday Club Closes for Summer.


Mon 27th June



Mon. 27th June

Computer Club closing lunch. NCT Newmains


Mon. 15th Aug.

Computer Club reopens.

31 Aug/1 Sep.

Men's Club/Thursday Club reopens.