Intimations for Sunday 17th November

PRAYER 17th November – Loneliness and Isolation

Lord you know what it was like to be lonely and isolated. Help us to watch and pray for those who feel disconnected or alone, for those bereaved, those going through divorce, moving to a new place, the housebound, new parents and those in Care Homes. Draw people to them who will befriend and listen to them.

PARKING – please park considerately. Due to the need to preserve the root network of the tree at the main door of the church in conjunction with safety issues for pedestrians, vehicles dropping off or picking up individuals are kindly asked to do this from Station Road.

TRAIDCRAFT  The stall will be up in the large hall after the morning service .

We have copies of the new catalogue; feel free to borrow one and take time to have a look at what’s on offer in addition to what’s on the stall.  We can order in anything you see there with no obligation to buy if it doesn’t match your expectations. If anyone would like a real Advent Calendar, please let me know asap so that I can order them in time.  Ask at the stall or contact me on 07811021315.  Thank you for your support.

We also have copies of Dr Ann Jackson’s Journal – Last Doctor Out of Biafra – on sale for only £10.  This would make a lovely gift!

CHAS (Children’s Hospice Across Scotland) Christmas cards will be available in the large hall after the service. Keep the joy alive!

ORPHANAGE UPDATE Greetings in Jesus Name. Please forgive me for poor communication this year. We remain most grateful to The Lord for the Blessing that you are indeed us the friends of Kenya. Thank you for your continued support and the transfers. We are very grateful indeed. I’m feeling well except for any serious movements that is affecting my lower abdominal area. I am thankful to the Lord for His faithfulness and continue to trust Him for total healing.

We had successful meetings last week with government officials including the Local senior magistrate at Kikuyu law courts. Our paperwork has in the past been hindered by a local children’s officer who has since been moved from our area and therefore cannot handle them. We expect additional children (20 in the coming year). We have embarked on the paperwork and inspections. We have also reorganized our board to include a local elder, two church leaders an administrator and ourselves.

One of our old boys who had a left eye challenge, John Gitau, sadly passed away last week (Been unwell) and this has been several years since he left the orphanage. We however follow up with all the children and as much as possible, keep in touch or support where possible. We are following up with the extended family on burial plans.

Calvin Mbugua is in college (though he is not resident with us) in total we have 5 children that still need help with high school education. Hiram Kinuthia dropped out of school due to poor and negative influence, but we are following together with the New Children’s officer to ensue he rejoins high school come January. We continue to support 13 other outreach children with food and clothing all of who are in primary school.

Please thank the Lord with us for His intervention in the removal of a corrupt officer who has hindered children’s work and development from our location. Pray for us also that we can raise money to complete a building for children that we have been building slowly in the last two years, which requires plastering, doors and windows. It would be used as dormitory, workshops and classrooms.

Pray that we can have a faithful social worker to help us in follow up of the children.

We sincerely wish to thank you for you great support that has great impact to the children and ministry. Rest assured of our accountability and audits. 

May family is well by the Grace of God. You remain in our daily fervent Prayers,

Sincerely in Christ, Julius K. Maina.

ALTERNATIVE GIFTS FOR KENYA gift cards will be on sale in the large hall after the service.

THE GUILD AT KIRKTON– The guest speaker at our meeting, on Tuesday, 19th November, is Mr Ian Thomson from Strathaven.  The theme of his talk is “No Strings Attached”. 

He has visited our Guild before when he spoke of his work as the Queen’s Protector and he also attended a Church Service and Souper Sunday as an Ambassador from Kilbryde Hospice. If you’d like to hear more come along to the Small Hall at 7.30pm.  We’ll be delighted to Welcome You!

CLYDESDALE FOOD BANK This week’s shopping list: washing up liquid,  tins of rice pudding, custard, fruit, cold meat, tomatoes and macaroni cheese, sauce for rice, porridge,  diluting juice.

This December we want to give our clients an extra bag of seasonal food so the shopping list for that is as follows: –

good quality soup, oatcakes/crackers/breadsticks, tinned meat or salmon, tinned potatoes, tinned vegetables, Christmas pudding, custard, tinned fruit, mince pies, biscuits, sweets, juice (fruit or cordial), napkins, bag for life.

Have a look at our 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.

4TH CARLUKE BB PARENTS AND FRIENDS QUIZ NIGHT is on Friday 22nd November in Carluke Bowling Club. Please come along around 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Remember and bring your friends to make up a team of four and the cost is £10 per team. Many thanks for your continued support.

FARMERS CHOIR & FARMERS WIVES CHOIR This wonderful choir of around 80 people will be performing in Carluke on Sunday 1st December at 7pm in St Andrew’s Church.  Tickets £10 from the Church Office (770040) or by contacting Libby on 07723639080.  Proceeds from this fundraising concert go to The Choir Charities & church funds.

QUIET DAYS IN ADVENT – at Braehead House Make an Advent Pilgrimage as you prepare for the Child who is to come. Led by Rev Elizabeth Clelland.

Day 1 Saturday 30th November 10.00am-3.00pm       Hoping and waiting

Day 2 Saturday 14th December 10.00-3.00pm            Fearing and preparing

Cost of day is £15. Lunch will be provided. To book a place call 01555 860716

FRIENDS OF KENYA BRUNCH. Saturday 7th December from 10 till 12ish. Please join us as we raise funds for the Orphanage. We will be serving Rolls on Bacon or Sausage and home baking, a craft stall and tombola. Donations of baking and items for the tombola would be appreciated. Speak to Kate, Anne, Lynn, Elizabeth, Margaret or Linda if you are willing to help. Thank you

CIRCLE DANCING INVITATION Lanark & District U3A invite you to come along to a special Circle Dancing taster session as part of Lanark’s Winterfest event. Enjoy gentle exercise to beautiful music from around the world. We will meet on Friday 22nd November in Greyfriars Church Hall from 10.15am to 12.00 pm. Come along and join us!

LANARK & DISTRICT U3A General Meeting will be in the Memorial Hall, Lanark, on Wednesday 20th November, at 2pm. Jill Scott & Partner will speak about the history of one of our Scottish treasures, ‘The Sunday Post.’  Retired and semi-retired welcome. Info:


10th anniversary grand finale featuring the Celebration Choir and orchestra, the Gospels Heirs and more. Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December 7.30pm the Glasgow City Halls Grand Auditorium.

Tickets from box office at 0141 353 8000 or

WORLD MISSION STAMP APPEAL.  Please remember to keep saving your used postage stamps. There are collection boxes for them in the vestibule. They should be complete but trimmed to have ¼ inch of paper around the edge. The proceeds from the used stamps will support the Chidogi Women Centre in Blantyre, Malawi. Through providing training in tailoring, fashion design and chicken farming the Centre will improve the women’s skills in marketing and entrepreneurship. The aim is that the women’s socio-economic status is improved and their chances of future employment increase. By selling the produce made at the Centre the plan is that when the funding finishes the project will be self-sustainable – able to continue to improve the lives of women in Malawi.

KIRKTON PRAYER CHAIN. – The congregation is encouraged to make prayer requests, as the need arises, via the confidential email address: Alternatively, you can use the yellow Prayer Request slips in the plastic wallets in the church chairs and pews. Give the first name or the initial of the person requiring and give brief details, place in the box in the vestibule marked “Prayer Requests”. Please advise of answers to prayer or any change in the situation via email or request slip. Prayer request are active for one month from date submitted. If further prayer is required then please submit another, updated request.


Mon 18 Psalm 119.89-112 Tues 19 Psalm 135.1-21
Wed 20 Psalm 136.1-26 Thurs 21 Psalm 138.1-8
Fri 22 Psalm 144.1-15 Sat 23 Psalm 145.1-21
Sun 24 Psalm 146.1-10