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Bonkle Church of Scotland Magazine

September 2014

Scottish Charity Number SC006540

Next issue – December 2014

Closing date for material –2pm Sunday 9th November 2014

Communion – Sunday 21st September

On Christ the solid rock we stand

All other ground is sinking sand.

(Leaning Tower of Piza)

From the Manse…

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Cor 9:24-25)

What an amazing summer we have just enjoyed! If you are a sports fan, it has been a summer of highs and lows. From the low of Andy Murray failing to defend his Wimbledon Crown, to the highs of the championship winning form of golfer Rory McElroy, this summer’s sport has kept us enthralled. The highlights of the sporting calendar undoubtedly would have to be the World Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Games were a triumph for Scotland in many ways - a record haul of medals; new champions emerged; a warm, friendly welcome to our visitors. Whether or not you are a dedicated sports fan, it was hard not to be drawn by the atmosphere of the Games. For the athletes who took part, these sporting events gave them the platform to put into practice, in competition, what they had spent countless hours training for away from the public eye. For many, these tournaments were the culmination of a lifetime of dedication and hard work.

I’m sure that for most of these athletes there would have been times of hope and also despair during their gruelling training schedule, times when they simply wanted to give up. Some would have given up, and never reached their potential whilst others persevered and gave their all – some winning medals, whilst others would post personal best and lifetime best times. All who took part were winners if they gave their very best. Paul uses this sporting metaphor to paint a picture of the life of a follower of Jesus. He suggests that just as an athlete gives his/her all to win the prize, so to should we give of our all as we seek to grow in Christ, that we might become all that He would have us be, so that when our race is run, He might receive us to himself, with those amazing words “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Mt 25:23) May we be inspired by those words, as we press on in Christ, as we seek to live for Him, and draw others to Him.

Yours in His Love



We were pleased to welcome children from both churches to our summer Sunday school.

Children thoroughly enjoyed a variety of activities including sporting activities, making loom bands, crafts and outdoor fun.We even went a walk to feed the horses when the weather was nice 

Both Abi Wardrope and Hayden McMillan  were presented with bibles from the Sunday school, when they will be encouraged to bring them every week to earn points that can be swapped for prizes.

The Sunday school is back at Bonkle and looking forward to seeing all our old faces and any new ones to. All will be made welcome at 11 45am in the church hall


Walking Group

After a glorious spell of weather we seem to be back to the usual showers which has hampered this activity. There are still some walks planned this year. A list can be obtained from Margaret Glen. Please phone her on (01698) 386028 if you intend to go on a walk in case the weather forces a change.

Margaret Glen

Computer Club

The club remains well supported in all groups. The morning group, however, has become more specialised and at the moment they are constructing DVD's of their holiday photographs.

8 members are now undertaking the “Discovery Award”. This is in 4 parts – hobby, sport/activity, community service and a Journey of Discovery. To help with this the club is arranging visits to places of interest, the first being the Summerlee Museum at Coatbridge on 1st September.

We have changed our broadband supplier. As well as being much cheaper we have web space and our own unlimited Email addresses. At the moment contact is via

Ian Glen

Badminton Club

The badminton club will resume on Monday the 1st of September. Junior Club 6:30pm to 8.00pm and Senior Club 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Old and New members will be made most welcome.

More details may be had from Matthew Gray.

Ladies Fellowship

The opening meeting is on Tuesday 30th September. The speaker will be Elizabeth Seaton who will talk about “Carers Together”.

The years syllabus is now available from me.

Margaret Glen