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Bonkle Church of Scotland Magazine

September 2015

Scottish Charity Number SC006540

Next issue - Christmas 2015

Closing date for material –2pm Sunday November 8th

Communion – Sunday 20th September

Computer Club Lunch Outing

From the Manse…

I hope that you have enjoyed a pleasant, restful summer break. I know that it is a bit of a cliché to say that the summers we enjoyed when we were younger were much better then today, however, this year it was absolutely true. It’s very easy for us to focus on the past and to believe that life was always better, in some senses that may have been true, although often we look back with rose tinted glasses, and forget the times when we struggled. The truth is that the past saw good and bad experiences for us, just as life today is a mixture of good times and hard times. The challenge for us, as God’s people is to remember that the God who was with us in the good times, is the God who journeys with us in the bad times, for He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8) and He never leaves us nor does He forsake us (Dt 31:6). I recently read a parody of the footprints poem which suggested that the one set of footprints was when God carried us, and that the long groove was when He dragged us kicking and screaming. Sadly for many of us (me!) that is absolutely true.

As we embark upon another church year, we can be assured that there will be good times and difficult times; that is the nature of our human experience, however, as Brian Doerksen writes:

I don't know what this day will bring
Will it be disappointing, filled with longed for things?
I don't know what tomorrow holds,
Still I know I can trust Your faithfulness
I don't know if these clouds mean rain
If they do, will they pour down blessing or pain?
I don't know what the future holds
Still I know I can trust Your faithfulness

I am sure that God has many good things in store for us in the next season, however, whatever we face we have the assurance that He goes with us.

Yours in His Love

Graham Raeburn

Walking Group

Only a few walks and Christmas Lunch remain. Phone (01698)386028 for details. Margaret Glen

Computer Club

Windows 10 has arrived

Some of you running Windows 7 or 8.1 may have received the notification of a free upgrade to Windows 10. During June the club ran an introductory course on Windows 10, Ipad and Android operating systems to allow people to make up their minds about upgrading or replacing their computers. This 2 afternoon course will be repeated on Wednesday afternoons from September. This is open to all but each group is limited in numbers so if you are interested book now by phoning me on (01698) 386028 or at the club on Mondays (01698 386225).

This is sponsored by Digital Challenge and is free for anyone wishing to take part. You do not require club membership.

The reaction to Windows 10 has been good. All with Windows 8.1 want it. Those with Windows 7 are less decided.

On updating from Windows 7 your desktop is unchanged but you have the option of bringing up the “Apps” screen of Windows 8.

Note – there can be problems, my 3 year old laptop ended up with a blank screen and had to be rolled back to Windows 7 via a previous backup.

A lot of the club members wish to upgrade at the club – just in case!

Ian Glen

Badminton Club

Badminton Club will restart on Monday the 14th of September at 7.30pm 
to 9.00pm. Old and new members will be most welcomed. For more 
information please contact Matthew Gray 

Ladies Fellowship

The first meeting of the session will be on Tuesday 29 September at 7.30pm. Mr & Mrs Ralston will entertain us. Margaret Glen

Wishaw CAP Debt Centre News

We have continued to be busy, with another 3 clients booked in since late July; we currently have 25 clients active and receiving support from CAP. Our clients continue to be referred from a variety of sources; however it was gratifying to have one new client referred from Motherwell Job Centre. I am continuing to see groups of claimants each week in order to explain what CAP do, what our services involve, and how we can help. When people become unemployed, their income can drop dramatically, but their ongoings and bills don’t. This can quickly lead to debts being amassed, so it is good we can tell people where to turn to if this occurs.

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!

Church BBQ

This event took place on Friday 14 August at Bonkle Church, and was very well attended. The weather even behaved itself, and the children’s’ activities and BBQ were able to be held in the church grounds as planned. Thanks to all who helped prepare and help at the event; your support is very much appreciated.

We showed the Billy Graham DVD ‘The Cross’, which features very powerful testimony from LaCrae Moore & Lacey Sturm, about how an encounter with Jesus transformed their lives. The film is interspersed with teaching from Billy Graham, and features clips from his crusades over the years, and it presents the gospel clearly, simply and powerfully. If you didn’t manage to attend, or haven’t seen the film before, you can access it online at HTTPS://

It is well worth seeing!!

CAP Sunday 11 October 2015

We are holding our annual CAP Sunday service during the Harvest service here at Coltness Memorial on 11 October; I am hoping to arrange talks at St Mark’s and Cambusnethan Old around the same time.

In the week prior to this (5-10 October), I will be taking part in CAP’s ‘Week Without’ fund-raiser/publicity campaign. In the past, some people have slept in their cars(!) but since it will take place in October, in Scotland, I have erred on the side of caution and will be ditching the car for the week (except for client visits). CAP have kindly given me a sponsor sheet (you have now been officially forewarned!) and a classy blue t-shirt which I will don during my many bike rides/walks that week. Further information on ‘Week Without’ can be found here: HTTPS://

Prayer answered & Prayer needs

We thank the Lord for continuing to lead people to use CAP’s services and so find a way out of hopeless situations.

We thank the Lord also for the love and concern of our volunteers and befrienders towards our clients; just to spend time with someone can really help, and we give thanks for the practical support (clothing, food, visits etc.) our volunteers give.

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

That more men are led to volunteer as befrienders

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

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matt 5:14, 16)

May the Lord bless you and keep you

Nicky McLaughlin, CAP Debt Centre Manager 07400 189398


The summer has past by in a flash and the children in the Sunday School have been very busy. As you can see we have spent our Sunday's outdoors (when the weather has been kind) trying to tidy up the grounds around the church which are becoming overrun with weeds. It is a big job but as our photo demonstrates; April, Alfie, Abi, Rory and Ruth have taken on the task with lots of energy and enthusiasm. Although it was hard work we still managed to have fun singing songs along the way and getting to meet some of the interesting creatures that share the grounds with our church. The Sunday School at Bonkle will resume in September, meeting in the hall just before 12. Children of all ages will be made to feel welcome and we hope to see both old and new members alike. Stephanie

MacMillan Coffee Morning

(part of the biggest in the world). The Charity Shop and Newmains Community Trust are holding a Coffee Morning in Coltness Memorial Church Halls on Friday 18 September (10.00 am until 12 noon). We hope that as many people as possible will come along and support the Coffee Morning.   The cost will be £3.50 (entrance, tea, coffee, juice and 2 cakes)

Donations of home baking will be gratefully received.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Bake for the Beatson” for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Coffee Morning.

The Smith Family are holding a Coffee Morning in Coltness Memorial Church Hall on Saturday 24th October from 10am – 1pm. We hope that as many people as possible will come along and support us in this great cause. The cost will be £3.50 (includes entry fee, tea or coffee and 2 pieces of home baking). We hope to sell home baking also and would be very grateful for any donations of home baking. There will also be a Tombola stall. We look forward to seeing you there.

I would also like to give you an update on our fund-raising. When we lost Billy we decided to try our best as a family to raise funds for research as the cancer that took Billy from us was so underfunded. We set our target at £10,000. We thought this was a bit ambitious but with God's Grace and a lot of hard work especially by our family we have raised more than our target so a great big “thank you” to all who have helped us reach our goal. The news this week about a breakthrough in the early detection of this disease has filled us all with hope. It's too late for Billy but we feel sure that Billy would want us to help as much as we can to find a cure. He was always trying to help people, so from all the family, thanks for making it possible.

Elizabeth Smith

Keswick in Motherwell

Hearing - Becoming - Serving

Will be held on Friday,11th and Saturday 12th September each evening at 7.30 pm in Motherwell Civic Theatre with guest speakers Robin Sydserff (Edinburgh) &  David Gibb (Leyland, Lancashire). Admission free.  (Arranged by Calvary Church in Motherwell)

Reserved seating available for church groups and individuals

Tickets 01698 254848 or


For Your Diary

Sat. 12th Sep

Keswick in Motherwell Civic Centre

7.30 pm

Fri 18th Sept

MacMillan Coffee Morning

10.00 am – 12.00

Sun 11th Oct

Harvest Thanksgiving - Bonkle

11.00 am

Sat 24th Oct.

Bake for Beatson” Coffee Morning

Coltness Memorial

10.00am – 1.00 pm

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those Who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies..

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.