Bonkle Church of Scotland Magazine

Easter 2016

Scottish Charity Number SC006540

Next issue – June 2016.

Closing date for material – 22 May 2016


From the Manse

Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple, and in three days I will build it again.” “Are you going to build it again in three days?” they asked him. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple!” But the temple Jesus was speaking about was his body. So when he was raised from death, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and what Jesus had said. (John 2:19-22)

Nothing that happened on the day of Jesus crucifixion should have come as a surprise to people. Everything that happened to Jesus had been prophesied hundreds of years before His birth. The priests and religious teachers had access to all of the sacred writings contained within the portion of the bible which we call the Old Testament, (but what were to them simply the Scriptures). These manuscripts documented the entirety of God’s self-revelation committed to writing for future generations. The nature of His birth, life, death and resurrection were carefully documented, for all to see. But when He came, those very people who were longing for His coming failed to recognise Him. Fast forward 2000 years, and we live in a time where people have unparalleled access to information, all available at the touch of a few computer keys, the history of mankind all available in an instant. Despite this wealth of information, many people today know as little about Jesus as those who were alive at the time of His earthly ministry. However, we like those first followers of Jesus have been granted the privilege of knowing the truth about Jesus. The veil has been lifted from our eyes enabling us to understand all that has been written about Jesus in order that we might believe in Him. As we approach this season of Easter let us pray for our families, friends and community, that they might see that wondrous truth, that Jesus is our Saviour, that He has conquered sin and death, that by His resurrection He has made it possible for us to know God and to love Him.
May you have a blessed Easter
Graham Raeburn

Sunday School

Jesus said,"let the little children come to me, and do not hinder

them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these"


We have been feeling the love in the Sunday School...God's Love. We have been exploring all the different ways that God has shown His love for us,not just by exploring bible stories,but by reflecting on our own lives and experiences. We have enjoyed singing songs about love;we"ve even been creating some edible delights. With Easter fast approaching we will be reflecting on one of the biggest demonstrations of God's love for us...the sacrifice of his precious Son Jesus so all our sins would be forgiven. Recently Andrew Waddell was gifted a Children's Bible from Sunday School. Our Sunday School and Crèche meet each Sunday morning

at 11 45 am .We would love to see you come along and join us.


Wishaw CAP Debt Centre

It’s been a good start to 2016, with another 3 new clients calling the helpline. At the moment we are providing support to 29 clients. 2 of the new clients called after attending the CAP Money course at Kirkstyle Baptist Church in Carluke. This is a great example of the way CAP’s services link together to bring help and relief to those who really need it. As usual we are offering to pray with clients and encourage them to explore spiritual issues. It was great to see one client renew their commitment to their faith recently; we were also able to link a couple of clients with local churches. In addition, a couple of clients are now very close to becoming debt-free!!

CAP occasionally contact our clients for feedback; this is mainly to gauge how well the service is working, but also gives clients an opportunity to tell what difference our services have made to their lives. This is what one of the clients served by our centre said:

Without CAP, I probably wouldn't have lived long. I wasn't feeding myself or looking after myself properly. I probably would have died due to ill health and stress. I am a lot calmer and more optimistic now, and am sleeping better and have less worry.”

Unfortunately, many of our clients have similar feelings, and it is a great privilege to play a part in the way the Lord is rescuing them from these situations. It’s not just their financial situation we aim to help them improve; we strongly believe that the Lord wants to free them from all the negative and life-diminishing factors that hold them down.

I recently gave a CAP talk at Kirkstyle Baptist Church in Carluke, as they have now become a CAP Money church. They have begun their first CAP Money course, which 13 people attended, and have a real heart for reaching people in their community.

I have also been in touch with other churches in the Motherwell/Wishaw area and discussing how they can work with CAP; the aim here is to provide a comprehensive service to everyone in the area and to offer them hope instead of despair, and to introduce them to the One who is the source of that hope.

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 4 clients (A; R; J; M) who are suffering from depression; and B, who has chronic back and leg pain; for W, J and C who have an alcohol addiction

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.

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’ Matt 25:40

May the Lord bless you and keep you

Nicky McLaughlin (CAP Debt Centre Manager)

07400 189398


Jesus loves me (A Seniors' Version)

Jesus loves me this I know

Tho' my hair is white as snow

Tho'my light is growing dim

Still He bids me trust in Him

Yes Jesus loves me

Yes Jesus loves me

Yes Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so

Tho' my steps are oh so slow

With my band in His I'll go

On thru life let come what may

He'll be there to lead the way

Yes Jesus loves me

Yes Jesus loves me

Yes Jesus loves me

The Bible tells me so

When the nights are dark and long

In my heart He puts a song

Telling me in words so clear

Have no fear for I am near

Yes Jesus Loves me

Yes Jesus Loves me

Yes Jesus Loves me

The Bible tells me so

I love Jesus does He know

Have I ever told Him so

Jesus loves to hear me say

That I love Him every day

Yes Jesus loves me

Yes Jesus loves me

Yes Jesus love me

The Bible tells me so

Why have we pushed 'Him' out of our lives?
Why don't we spare the time any more?

Why is our Faith disappearing around us?
Why don't we pray as we did before?
Let's blame it on someone! Not on OURSELVES

WE'RE all too BUSY to care nowadays,
for we're all GOOD Christians - (or so we all think)
No matter what anyone says !!!

So let's take a good long look at ourselves to see
if we like what we see !
We're quick to judge others, but not quick enough
to see US, as HE would want us to be

of Let's not think of our OURSELVES for a while
Let's think Church and the emptiness there.
Who is to blame ? It's OURSELVES of course!!
We're all too busy! We've no time for prayer.

Let's build new foundations - It isn't too late
If we all join together in Faith, we are strong.
If 'HE' sees we are TRYING, He'll welcome us back,
all forgiving, all loving, He'll help us along.

We're losing our Faith, but God's HOUSE is ours.
One family 'He' wants us to be once more.
Let's offer our gifts to our God this day,
and open our hearts, and walk through his door.

Badminton Club

The club is on Monday evenings from 7.30 – 9.00pm.Come and enjoy yourself with gentle exercise. New members very welcome – tuition given!

All ages catered for from 10 years upwards.

Matthew Gray.

Ladies Fellowship

Our session is almost at an end except for our AGM and Bring and Buy sale on 15th March and dinner on 5th April.

Margaret Glen

Computer Club

We have now installed optical fibre broadband which has boosted our speed from 3 to 25Mbps – a big advantage as we can have 8 computers “On the Web” at the same time.

We are planning an outing to the Scottish Museum in Edinburgh during May.


24.01.16 Alan Junior Ian Fleming, 18 Westray Wynd, Newmains B



06.03.16 Andrew Hughes & Lisa McIntyre


07.01.16 Margaret Snelling, 2 Newmill Gardens, Hartwood B

08.01.16 James Hamilton, 2 Houldsworth Cres, Allanton

27.01.16 Agnes Barr, 5 Braedale Place, Newmains CM

04.02.16 Cathy Russell, 57 Woodside Cres, Newmains

16.02.16 Jean Wilson, 37 Murdostoun View, Newmains

19.02.16 Kenneth Aitken, 9 Tay Lane, Newmains

23.02.16 John Mair, 175 Bonkle Road, Newmains

For your Diary


Palm Sunday Joint Service Bonkle 11.00am


Holy week services - 7pm




Coltness Memorial led by The ARK


Coltness Memorial - Cracking The Easter Code


Bonkle - Maundy Thursday Communion


Coltness Memorial - Good Friday reflection


Easter Sunday Communion service Bonkle - Noon


Gift Night 7.30-9pm