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Bonkle Church of Scotland Magazine
June 2015

Scottish Charity Number SC006540
Next issue – September
Closing date for material –2pm Sunday August 30th

Communion – 21st June

Quiz winners 2015




From the Manse…
As I write this I am a commissioner at this year’s General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Contrary to the image portrayed by Rikki Fulton the Assembly is not a jolly holiday in Edinburgh for ministers and their pals!
The General Assembly is much more important than that. It is the annual meeting of ministers and elders who are charged with the responsibility, corporately and individually, of discerning God’s will for the future of our Church, or more accurately HIS church. For long after we have gone the church of Jesus Christ will continue, even in to eternity, as the saints of God dwell in His presence. Each year difficult and often painful decisions have to be made; decisions that may for one person or group be a source of great joy, whilst for another person or group a source of deep sorrow. This has always been the case, over the year’s issues such as the role of women in the church, or remarriage of divorced persons to name but two, have caused anguish and debate. I suspect it may well continue to be so as fallible human beings seek to discern the will of God in an ever changing world. Following a long and painful period of reflection and discussion; this year the Assembly ratified the wishes of Presbyteries up and down the land in the passing of legislation which whilst upholding the traditional, orthodox view on human sexuality, granted permission for congregations and kirk sessions who in all good conscience are unable to agree with this position, the right to call ministers who are in same-sex civil partnerships. This was a historic vote which will have a profound impact on the Church as we know it. Prior to the vote some ministers and Kirk Sessions who had already felt unable to accept any such legislation as being in accordance with the will of God, took the painful decision to leave the Kirk. Unfortunately I believe that others will now follow in their wake.
But what about ministers such as myself, who struggle to accept the new legislation, but who remain convinced of their call to serve the congregations who have called them? How do we as a church move forward in this new so-called mixed economy? How can we with integrity go forward together? To be honest I do not know, however I am convinced that when Jesus says “I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18) that is exactly what He means. Please continue to pray for our national Church, that through this difficult time that His purposes may come to pass and that His church will transform our land, and that the voice of the church may be a prophetic voice calling all people in our society to come to know Him and love Him. Yours in His love,

Graham Raeburn
Pastoral Visitors
On Palm Sunday it was my pleasure to set apart four ladies from our congregations as Pastoral Visitors. As you will possibly remember, it was our intention, when Irene Ferris retired, to employ a replacement for Irene. However, despite advertising we were unable to do so. This was a huge loss to our congregations, and inevitably we were unable to provide the same level of Pastoral care as we had done in the past. Thankfully we are in a position now to offer an equivalent standard of standard of care to our members. Alice Ewing and Evelyn Wagner from Coltness Memorial and Marion Allison and Marie Williams from Bonkle have each agreed to provide half a day Pastoral Visiting per week, giving us the equivalent of two full days per week. Please welcome the ladies warmly as you did Irene, I am sure you will be blessed by their visits.

A Tribute to Jimmy Cranston

Jimmy is too well known to require much of an introduction to the Church Family. Sitting in the “Dress Circle” he was a regular attender at church services until prevented by ill health.
Jimmy was a long serving member of the Men's Club and one of the founder members of the Thursday Club. We were all saddened to hear of his death on May 8th. Jimmy was held in high regard by all members past and present of both clubs. He was a thoroughly nice gentleman and a friend to us all.
Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Mary, daughters Janice, Christine and Isobel and their extended families.
Jean Wemyss

Ladies Fellowship
The first meeting of the session will be on Tuesday September 29th.
Margaret Glen

Thank You

I wish to thank the Church Family for all their prayers, cards and phone calls during my recovery from a broken wrist”
Rae Hislop



The Sunday school meet in the hall before church from 11 45am Children of all ages will be made to feel welcome there is also a crèche.
Recently the children have taken part in a variety of Easter themed
activities in order to help them explore and understand the Easter story and have fun while learning more about Jesus. .These have included Easter egg hunt and Easter arts and crafts

Computer Club

The club is fortunate in being
one of only 30 to receive a grant from the Digital Challenge. This
will enable us to purchase tablet computers to bring us up to date.

We have also upgraded some of out computers to Window10 preview. This will enable us to run classes specifically designed to show people the types of computer now available and guide them into a suitable choice for their use. Hands on tuition will also be given in their use. If you, or a friend are interested watch the Sunday announcements and the hall notice board for further details.

Ian Glen







We have continued to be busy, with another 2 new clients this month; we currently have 18 clients active and receiving support from CAP. A client (a married couple) from last month was able, after we looked at their finances and gave advice from Head Office, to resolve the debt situation on their own. I was particularly thankful for this, as the couple involved, after praying about their situation, decided to call CAP and trust in the Lord to look after their finances, and He has blessed them in abundance!

Following a talk I did in April at Liberty Community Church in Bellshill (which is a church plant of the GLO centre in Motherwell), we have been running the CAP Money course there, with 7 people taking part. This course ends next week. This is a short, 3 session money management course which helps people to budget effectively and so take control of their finances. It is always satisfying to build relationships with other churches, and I have been heartened by the response and encouragement of the members and leaders at Liberty.

I will be attending my refresher training at the Head Office in Bradford on 2 June, and I am looking forward to meeting up with the staff there again and the other Centre Managers. Hopefully, I will return even more fired up than usual and, well, refreshed!

Freedom in Christ course

We have been running the discipleship course ‘Freedom in Christ’ on Wednesday evenings at 7pm at Coltness Memorial, and it has been very interesting and informative so far. The attendance has been great, with around 20-25 people attending and participating each week. The course encourages participants to look at themselves in light of the freedom and new life that Jesus brings, and also looks at how to overcome the various barriers to living that new life.
Volunteers needed

We have a superb team of helpers and volunteers, who provide invaluable support and assistance to CAP. We are looking for some people to accompany me on visits to clients, and to act as befrienders. We are particularly looking for people who have time on Mondays and Tuesdays, both during the day and in the evenings. It doesn’t pay much (!) but is very rewarding, and doesn’t require a big time commitment (client visits normally last around 2 hours). If you know of anyone who might be interested, please ask them to contact me. If you feel that you would be able to help in any way, please let me know. If you would like to receive our newsletters, which includes news about the service and prayer needs, please provide me with your email address and you will be added to our mailing list.

In addition, the CAP Debt Centres in Scotland are aiming to train people as Community Links Co-ordinators. The training lasts for one day and will probably be held in the Glasgow area. This role mainly involves promoting and advertising the services CAP provides, and creating and maintaining relationships with other organisations/services in the area. If you, or anyone you know, has a flair for promotion and inspiring people, or feel that this is maybe something you have experience or interest in, please let me know.

Please continue to pray that people are lead to contact us and so begin their route out of debt and the misery it brings. Please also pray for our clients, that they continue to work with CAP, and pray that we continue to show the love of Jesus, and the hope he brings, to every single person who uses our services.

If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday.’ Isaiah 58:9-10

Thank you for your ongoing prayer, encouragement and support; it really makes a difference!
May the Lord bless you and keep you
Nicky McLaughlin CAP Debt Centre Manager
Tel: 07400 189398 Email:

Thursday Club
The Thursday Club outing this yeas was to the Trossachs.
For a change, the weather was dry and sunny with a breeze to keep us cool. First stop was Aberfoyle where we had sufficient time for a snack lunch. We left Aberfoyle heading for Loch Katrine but, unfortunately, the bus “Sat Nav” didn't work and we ended up at the wrong pier at Stronachlachar! Moira, however, managed to rebook our sail to a later time at the Trossachs Pier so it was back into the bus again to the other end of the loch. The wonderful scenery, however, made up[ for the extended trip.
After a picturesque trip on the loch we headed for high tea in Aberfoil and then home.
A wonderful day out.

Second Important Lesson - Pick-up in the Rain.

One night, at 11:30 pm., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.
Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him.
Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console colour TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read:
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away... God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."
Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.


07.04.15 Bridgit McCarrison 43 Eastwood Dr, Newmains
29.04.15 Ross Campbell formerly 22 Kilmichael Ave, Newmain
14.05.15 George Dick 34 Tollpark Cres, Newmains CM
18.05.15 Jimmy Cranston 39 Muirhouse Ave, Newmains B


Lines on Bonkle Church
Like Elim, where God's people pitched
Their tents in days of old,
So Bonkle Church among the trees
Its beauty doth behold.

Upon the old foundation
A new church has been reared,
A link which past and present binds,
At length our hearts has cheered.

The old church now to us becomes
A thing that's of the past,
But old associations still
Their halo round us cast.

How pleasant in the summer time,
With windows open wide,
To hear the birds their joyous strains
Pour forth on every side.

The nodding branches of the trees
close by the windows waved,
While all around did seem to say
Come and to God give praise.

How many in that church had met,
To read and sing and pray,
Whose faces so familiar were
From earth hath passed away.
God's servant, who so often spoke
To us of Jesus' love,
From all his labours rest enjoys
In that bright land above.

Many good witness bore that they
Could read their title clear
Unto that land where is no sin,
No parting and no tear.

Some are away to foreign lands,
But oft in fancy sees
This little church of worshippers,
Surrounded by the trees.

Some unto different villages
And towns have gone away,
Yet come when they convenient can
To spend the Sabbath day.

Dear little church among the trees
May peace abide in thee,
And may you unto many souls,
A very Bethel be.