Bonkle Church of Scotland Magazine

Christmas 2016

Scottish Charity Number SC006540

Next issue – March 2017

Closing date for material –2pm Sunday 19th February 2017


Communion – Sunday 4th December

From the manse

Again as I write this letter, I am preparing to go off on holiday. It looks like a pattern is beginning to form, albeit that it is the winter sunshine of Gran Canaria that is calling, not Florida this year! Perhaps it’s just as well we are not going to USA, given the response in some cities to the election of Donald Trump as President elect. Some of the scenes in the USA have mirrored similar events in the UK following the Brexit vote in June. Indeed these votes seem to have echoed a rise in popularity of far right politicians across the globe. The world continues to be a dangerous place with ongoing conflicts across the globe, many of whom no longer deemed newsworthy but still conflicts go on and innocent men, women and children continue to suffer. Perhaps we should not be surprised about this as Jesus warned His disciples that these things would happen. Yet we have the promise that through all of this that God is still God, as the Christian worship leader Godfrey Birtill writes:

You're still God;
Even when we're unbelieving.
Still God;
When we're desperate for our healing.
Still God, still God, You're still God.

You're still God;
Even when our friends desert us.
Still God;
Even through the things that hurt us.
Still God, You're still God;
So I will be still and know you are God

In these days we need to hold on to the truth the He is still God, that He is our hope in these troubled times, for as the prophet Isaiah reminds us ;

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever.
The zeal of the
Lord Almighty  will accomplish this.” (Is 9:6-7)

May you know the comfort and strength of the Prince of Peace, in your heart and home this Christmas time and beyond. In His Love.
Graham, Doris, Iain and Emma

Sunday School

Children have been enjoying some messy art in the Sunday School, creating visual representations of favourite bible stories like Moses.  We've also had some Halloween fun dooking for apples as you can see from the photos.  Our thoughts turned to remembrance in November, thinking about those who gave their lives for our country and remembering the one who gave the greatest sacrifice of all with his life...Jesus! 

We're also looking forward to the run up to Christmas and as ever things are very busy and exciting in the Sunday School.  We will be preparing for our part in the Church Service, thinking about advent and of course revisiting the nativity.

The Sunday School Christmas Party will be on Sunday 4th December following the Church Service.  Children should assemble in the hall as usual from 11.45am.After the service the children will have lunch in the hall before the fun starts Stephanie

Computer Club

The club again ran short courses to introduce people to Windows 10 and tablet computers. Some have come into this for the first time.

Windows 10 has and its frequent updates has caused many problems which we have tried our best to sort out.

Many of our members have now bought tablet computers the cost of which has greatly decreased, especially the Android devices, which are now available for under £100.

Outings have again been arranged for lunches and visits (National museum in Edinburgh and Burns Monument.)

We are again in the process of applying for a grant as the cost of running the club is high – over £400 for the broadband, plus donation to church, PAT testing, repairs and consumables, bringing the total to over £1100. (Lunches extra!)

Ian Glen

Ladies Fellowship

Syllabus for rest of session


Unto us a child is born – Mike Taylor


Rev. G. Raeburn


Country & Western – George Henderson


Amsterdam & Poland – Bob Copeland


Soap Making – Senga Wilson


Africa – Jim Percival


AGM – Bring & buy sale.





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

12.06.16  Hayden Sheena Hill, 2 St Aidans Path, Wishaw CM


05.11.16 Scott Pithie & Shelley Finnegan


31.08.16 Graham (Kirsty) Hose, Grange NH Carluke CM

30.09.16 George MacDonald, Hillfoot Cr, Wishaw