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Bonkle Church of Scotland Magazine

Easter 2018

Scottish Charity Number SC006540

Next issue – June 2018.

Closing date for material – 20 May 2018

First Bunkle Kirk, built in 1818

From the Manse

As I write this the “Beast from the East” has deposited copious amounts of snow throughout the UK. Part of me likes the snow (not the part that has to navigate uncleared roads and footpaths however), echoes of Christmas carols spring to mind reminding me that the “snow has fallen, snow on snow” and that it is “deep and crisp and even”. Fresh snow can transform even the ugliest of eyesores, bringing a fresh beauty to them. The bible uses a similar imagery to talk of the transformation that is possible in Christ. The psalmist, conscious of his sin cries out to God “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Ps 51:7 NLT), whilst the prophet Isaiah reminds both of our sinful nature and God’s merciful grace when he writes “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. (Is 1:18 NLT). John reminds us of the promise of God to those who will turn in repentance to him when he writes “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 Jn 1:9 NLT) . Thus we can see that just as a blanket of snow covers ugliness bringing beauty, so too does the blood of Christ cover our sins, Paul writes “…Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to Himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.” (Eph 5:25b-27). Such a message seems to be considered old fashioned in the church today. In the aftermath of the death of Billy Graham I have been amazed and disheartened that in some quarters of the church that there has been criticism of his ministry and methodology, suggesting it to be outdated and irrelevant. All I can say is that I believe Billy Graham to have been the most used by God evangelist of his generation. The gospel that he proclaimed is the gospel that I heard preached; the gospel that told me of my sin and need of a saviour; the same gospel that I responded to in faith; the gospel that brought salvation, forgiveness of sins, and the hope of eternity. Fashions come and go, but the heart of man remains the same, we are sinners by birth and alienated from God. No amount of good works with remedy this. However, there is hope! The message of Easter is that Christ died for ours sins, carrying them to the cross at Calvary. Not only did Christ die, He also rose again from death, guaranteeing that those who die in Christ will also be raised to life with Him.

May you know the joy of the Risen Christ at work in your life.
Yours, in His love, Graham Raeburn
Congregation moves to Bunkle

In 1818 the congregation moved from the Moor Kirk of Cambusnethan near Allanton to Bonkle.

Spelling was rather loose at that time, u and o - c, k and ck - el, le, lle, yl being interchanged. The combinations are endless! The older people in Bonkle still pronounce it Bunkle.

Bonkle then was a cross roads. The A71 Ayr, Glasgow, Edinburgh road used to pass through it. Backroads link it to Kirk o’ Shotts, Airdrie and the north. Farm roads and a disused track leads to Carluke/Lanark.

Alan Steuart married Margaret de Bunkle, daughter of Baron de Bunkle, a self styled Norman Knight who was granted lands near Dunns. Little remains of his castle but Bunkle Church still exists.

Alan took up residence in Allanton Estate and the village, with its name Bunkle, came into existence. Bunkle, with its shop and smithy, housed many of the workers from the estate.

Alan was later killed at a skirmish on Alcathmuir giving the name to local features. Cathburn = the burn of blood.

Due to the shift in population, Bonkle was a more favourable place to build a church.

The Rev. A Scott came with the congregation to Bonkle and was followed by his son, . Rev. J. H. Scott.

In 1899, instrumental music was introduced into public worship.

In 1872 came the first ominous signs that a new church would soon be required. The West wall was in danger and was forthwith supported by strong wooden stays. The resolution to build, was made the next year. In three months promises of £617 were recorded.

In the Spring of 1878 the old church was closed and razed to the ground and rebuilt on the same site. The new church (the present building) was opened on Christmas Day by the Rev. Joseph Brown.

The church hall (the old part) was built in 1880.

The union of the United Presbyterian Church and the United Free Church of Scotland took place in 1890.

The number on the roll at this stage was 217 members.

In 1929 the United Free Church formed a Union with the Church of Scotland. On a majority vote of the congregation, Bonkle became part of the Church of Scotland. There was dissension by some members, who disagreed with this Union and they left the church and helped to found a United Free Church in Wishaw.

When Mr Campbell retired in 1978 linkage was proposed with Coltness Memorial

Rev. William Frame, B. Th. - (20th June, 1980 - October 1988) was inducted as minister of the linked charge.

Approval for construction of the hall was given by the board on 14 May 1990 and the project went forward to the planning stage. The final cost was estimated at £61,726 but when the plans were submitted to Motherwell District Council they applied the rules of a "Conserved Area" and amendments were imposed raising the cost to £71,300.

Please see the book on the church or the website,, for further details.

A brief history of the church may be printed and should be on sale at a later date.

It is also hoped to have an evening showing old videos and slides of the life of the congregation later in the year.


 (Now to be known as BONKLE ART AND CRAFT CLUB ),  will begin the new session on Tues 6th March, from 7.30 -9.30 pm.
  New members will be most welcome, and although we don't have a tutor, we all assist each other if and when required......
If you prefer, just bring your knitting or whatever, and enjoy the Company,

Cuppa and Chat ......... 
     with thanks   Carol.

Sing and Sizzle

The Sing and Sizzle will be held at our church on Saturday the 9th of June at 3.00pm. It is a chance maybe for you pick one of your favourite hymn and sing along with other people for other churches in the local area and get to know them and also enjoy good food.

Sunday School

Christmas was once again a success in the Sunday School. The children did us proud as always when we took part in the church service, and it was lovely to have so many people there to share the important message of 'What God wants for Christmas'. They had a fabulous time at their Christmas party and enjoyed entertainment from Rainbow Entertainment. 

As we look now toward Easter we have been exploring the life Jesus led before he died on the cross. We have been learning about Jesus as both a teacher and a friend. Through exploration of his life and appreciation of his sacrifice for us we hope develop our faith and our understanding of God's everlasting love.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Wishaw Debt Centre

There have been 8 new clients since the turn of the year. At the moment we are providing support to 29 clients; 4 people have gone debt free, and are now enjoying their new-found financial freedom!! 2 more have unfortunately not engaged with us and are no longer receiving support. Most of the people who have gone debt-free recently have done so via MAP sequestration (Minimal Assets Process, Scottish bankruptcy). This is often the best solution for those on low incomes, relatively low levels of debt and few assets, and is working well for many of our clients. The process is fairly quick to complete, normally around a few months, so can release people from the burden of debt fairly soon after they ask CAP for help.

Most of our clients hear about us via the Jobcentre (and staff/services based there); through churches & foodbanks; or by word of mouth (from existing or previous clients). The key to this is the ‘personal touch’; this is why building relationships is so vital; it puts a human face on what might otherwise be seen as an ‘impersonal’ advice organisation. It does take a lot for people to admit they need help and then do something about it. A friendly face, an encouraging word, and showing the Lord’s compassion to other people really helps people to take the first (often daunting) step and keeps them on the path to financial freedom. The relationships we aim to build with clients subsequently make all the difference, as it allows us to encourage and motivate people through sometimes difficult personal circumstances.

Every CAP debt centre depends on the local church to operate; it simply can’t be done without you! If you would like to volunteer in some way, whether as a visitor, or promoting our work, please get in touch. Also, we do depend on prayer so we would appreciate if you could commit to praying for our service and especially our clients.

If you wish to contribute financially on a regular basis to the centre’s work, you can set up a standing order to Christians Against Poverty Wishaw. The sort code is 83-28-08 and the account number is 00173460. We would certainly appreciate your support.

If you know anyone who may be struggling financially, please let them know that free, confidential help and advice, in their own homes, is only a phone call away! Appointments can be booked by calling 0800 328 0006.

Nicky McLaughlin (CAP Debt Centre Manager)07400 189398

Gala Day Church Tent

We hope to have the Church Tent again in the park on Newmains Gala day on the 9th June. We found last year we really needed more help..

The weather was so windy it was difficult to keep the tent from blowing away. We really need help when erecting and dismantling the tent. Which would be an hour to erect the tent in the morning around 10am and an hour around 3pm in the afternoon to dismantle.

The Face Painting was very popular and the queue was never ending. If there is anyone

who can face paint or knows of anyone who might be willing to give us a hand we would be very grateful . We had three people face painting but really could do with more to keep the queue down. All paint etc will be supplied.We also need people to organise the queue by giving out numbers to keep the queue orderly.

What we had hoped to do was to speak to the parents about Jesus, our Churches and the activities in them but we could not because the helpers there were needed to organise the face painting queue and direct children to make a Salvation bracelet and to give each child a goody bag with Christian comic, sweets and colour in book with few pencils.

(We did manage to hand out over 100 Bible tracts, God willing, it made a difference to someone)

Once we got the tent secure the helpers were kept busy with above, with no time to engage in “Good News” discussions with the Mums and Dads and any other adult who came along.

We appeal to our two Churches at Coltness and Bonkle for help in the above activities on the Gala day. We are there 10am - 3pm approximately. If you can help even for one hour or so would be great.

The contact number for both Churches is 01698 290502 or speak to Thelma Nelson for Coltness or speak to Jean Warren for Bonkle. They will note your name and contact details, we will meet nearer the time and discussed the hours and jobs we need covered.

Our aim through Jesus is to make a difference in our local area

Funerals 2018

Please note that in order to comply with government Data Protection legislation we will no longer be able to publish address details for funerals, weddings and baptisms in the church magazine

Date of
funeral Deceased Parish/Cong

12.01.18 David Pollock

30.01.18 Bill Gutteridge (snr) B

05.02.18 Betty Murray

06.02.18 Willie McCafferty B

07.02.18 Margaret Fraser CM

12.02.18 Joan Bell

13.02.18 Marion Grant CM

09.03.18 Elizabeth Currie