Intimations for Sunday 11th August

CLYDESDALE FOOD BANK  We appear to be low on just out everything this week apart from cereal, beans and jam. Donations of any other dried or tinned foods, household or personal hygiene items will be most welcome.

Have a look at our new website – where you will an easy way to give a financial donation.  Alternatively there are envelopes available in all of the churches for one off donations and standing orders.

Thank you to all for your continuing support. Open at 66 High St, Carluke from 10 to 12, Monday to Friday.

LAST DOCTOR OUT OF BIAFRA – the war zone journal of Dr Ann Jackson Copies of the book are on sale in St Johns on Thursdays from 10-12. Orders can be taken today after the service in the Large Hall. Please Liz Jackson or call 07936142256 to reserve your copy.


Dear fellow members of the Church of Scotland,

 In May, the General Assembly approved the work of the Special Commission and the Radical Action Plan. It was overwhelmingly agreed that we needed reform in many areas of our life and that we couldn’t postpone the decision to act any longer.  That change process has already begun and I am writing to ask for your prayers.

 At the GA a new Trustee body of 12 people was elected, and they have been meeting regularly since they were appointed.  The Trustees are led by the Very Rev Dr John Chalmers and the Vice Convener is an elder and Session Clerk, Mrs Norma Rolls. To provide continuity from the Special Commission, James McNeill, an elder, serves as the Administrative Trustee.

When presenting the Radical Action Plan on behalf of the Council of Assembly, Dr Sally Bonnar, concluded her presentation in these words: “Trust will be of foundational importance. We are not them and us …only us together.  Even together we don’t have all or even many of the solutions and that only by listening to God and trusting our brothers and sisters will we have any hope of success. And finally we need a total reliance on the living God… That is why within the plan we call once again for the church to pray, for a season of prayer which will be a time of reflection and preparation across the church”.

 The General Assembly agreed to have a season of prayer for this process of change from September to December. Many have already been praying. Prayer resources and information will be provided but I am writing with a specific prayer request.

 An advert has gone out and applications received for the new post of Chief Officer. The person appointed will work very closely with the new Trustee body to implement the decisions of the GA. Tomorrow, Monday, 12 August, the first round of interviews will be held to fill this vacancy.

Pray for discernment and wisdom for the interview group, and pray for the candidates that they will be enabled to present a full and honest picture of their potential for undertaking such a task.

Pray for the skills and relationships that are needed by the Trustees and for a good and effective relationship with the new Chief Officer. 

 To help you in your prayers I have added a prayer.

 Many thanks,       

Rt Revd Colin A M Sinclair, Moderator, General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

 A Prayer for the new post of Chief Officer

Lord Jesus Christ, Head of the Church,

We pray for the Church of Scotland at this time.

As we begin a significant process of change

give to us wisdom to know what to do

courage to do what must be done

and compassion and understanding

for those for whom this will be hard.

We pray for the Trustee body

appointed to act on our behalf

for those who lead it

and those who serve on it.

Give them vision of what might be

and practical understanding of how to get there

Help them to listen carefully, speak graciously and decide clearly.

Especially at this time we pray

for the appointment of a Chief Officer

and for the first round of interviews on August 12th.

Bless those candidates who are invited to attend

and the interview group as they meet with each of them.

Grant discernment to know your will

Make it clear to them who is the person for this responsible job.

May we all support the Chief Officer

and the Trustees in the months ahead,

as, in dependence on your grace,

they work with us

for the renewal and reformation of our Church,

and for the glory of your name.


CARLUKE  DEVELOPMENT TRUST AGM– to be held at St. John’s Hall on Thursday 22nd August at 7pm.

STREET LEVEL JOINT CHURCHES PRAISE NIGHT SERVICE                                              

Street Level is 25 this year and to celebrate we are holding a Praise Service of celebration and thanksgiving on Sunday 25 August at 7pm at St Andrew’s Church, Carluke

We hope all church members and friends will be able to join us.

“The Lord has done great things” (Ps126).

JAM AND HAM FESTIVAL 2019. Entry forms for the Jampionships on Sat 21st September are available on the hall notice board.

SCOTLAND FOR JESUS presents singer song-writer MATTHEW WARD in concert in Kirkton Church on Sunday 22nd September. See posters in the halls. For further details contact Pastor George Owens 01698 359050 or 07763 478500


Mon 12 1 Timothy 2.1-15 Tues 13 1 Timothy 3.1-16
Wed 14 1 Timothy 4.1-16 Thurs 15 1 Timothy 4.1-16
Fri 16 1 Timothy 6.1-21 Sat 17 2 Timothy 1.1-18
Sun 18 2 Timothy 2.1-13