Intimations for Sunday 8th September

PRAYER 8th September – Universities/Schools/Nursery/Playgroups

Lord thank you for the unique gifts of every child and young adult as they move forward into a new school year. Fill each student with fresh enthusiasm and a heart that is excited to learn and grow. Cover them with your love, give them confidence and grace, equip them with ability to persevere through trials.  Bless their teachers with wisdom, understanding and a heart to serve, as they embark on the journey together.

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 and running this morning in its usual spot in the large hall.  Stock has been low in recent times, partly due to difficulties experienced by Traidcraft, but things are beginning to get back to normal so please come and take a look.  As well as our usual range of fairly-traded goods, we have copies of “Last Doctor out of Biafra” – the war zone journal of Dr Ann Jackson. It’s a very interesting read! Thank you for your support.

Big APOLOGY to Abbie Simpson…missed her off my list last week in Church😔 Not only did she receive a Values Award but as School Captain she did a fantastic job of hosting the evening! Sorry Abbie, Lesley xx

CLYDESDALE FOOD BANK  This week we need absolute basics such as dry rice, tins of soup, pasta meals, sweetcorn, hot meat meals, fruit, custard, rice pudding, jars of sauce for pasta and for rice, cooking oil, diluting juice, shampoo, ladies deodorant, razors and shaving foam.

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.

BLYTHSWOOD CARE – SHOE BOX APPEAL – covered shoe boxes will be available from the beginning of September along with knitted goods suitable for inclusion in the boxes. Donations for the boxes go to Blythswood Care to assist with transport costs but proceeds from the knitted goods go to the Kenyan Orphanage fund.

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 call Liz Jackson on 07936142256 to reserve your copy.

CHALMERS LECTURES 2019 – A FUTURE THAT’S BIGGER THAN THE PAST. In this series of lectures in Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh on 17th, 18th, 19th September and 1st, 2nd and 3rd October 6pm – 8pm.  Dr Sam Wells discusses the theology and methods of HeartEdge as a vision for renewal in the Church. Dr Wells is Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. A live stream of each lecture will be available on the Church of Scotland website.

COFFEE CLUB at Kirkton Church meets on Tuesdays. All are welcome to come along to chat to friends, old and new.

URGENT – HELP is needed on Tuesday mornings to keep the Coffee Club running. Please speak to Kate Nisbet, Robina Wilson or Linda Boyle if you are interested in helping out.

LANARK & DISTRICT U3A  is a lively & diverse organisation, not defined by age but for the retired & semi-retired.  Our first meeting of the new session is on Wednesday 18th September, in Lanark Memorial Hall, at 2pm when Julie Muir from Lanark Fire station will speak about, ‘Health & Safety in the home.’ Come along and find out more about what this invaluable organisation has to offer you in your retirement.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP  in St John’s small hall .

“Luke writes of good news – to the sick Jesus offers healing; to the hurting, comfort; to the outcast, acceptance.” The coming of Jesus is what we will be exploring together based on the Life Builder Bible Studies starting Tuesday 17th September, 11 for 11.30am. All are welcome. If you would like more information, talk to Joy Fraser or Yvonne Young.

CARLUKE MEN’S SHED QUIZ NIGHT. Friday 13th Sept at Carluke Bowling Club 7-10.30pm. £5/person. Reserve you ticket 07592861829.  £100 in prize money and challenge trophy.

KIRKTON ENTERTAINS: Carluke Young Farmers, Carluke Orchestral Flutes and Soundroutes will be performing on Friday 20th September at 7.30pm in Kirkton Church as part of the Carluke Jam & Ham Festival. Tickets are £6 including refreshments and are available on the door or from Iain Cunningham/ Margaret Gillespie/Derek Smith/Janet McKay at Kirkton. Any profit from ticket sales will be donated to Baby Bank Scotland.

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

DRAMA KIRK’S INTERACTIVE BIBLE STUDY SERIES continues with Joshua, Tuesday 17th September at 7pm, Hamilton Old Parish Church

Come along – embody the Word!

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 Rev Iain Cunningham on 771262

JOINT CONFERENCE – WHAT NEXT? Exploring the ways ahead for the 21st Century Scottish Church through revisiting “Church Without Walls” Contributors include Albert Bogle, Susan Brown, Gordon Kennedy, Michael Lyall and Kaye Gardiner. Saturday 5th October, 10.00am to 4.00pm in Kirkton Church.

This free event is open to people from churches of all denominations in the area. Please register at

SOUNDROUTES SINGERS Launches their New Term in Carluke on Wednesday the 11th September.

The effects of singing in a choir are well documented: from the social aspect of meeting new people and strengthening bonds in a community, to helping reduce an individual’s stress and anxiety levels, the benefits are plentiful.

SoundRoutes singers can learn harmony singing, improve their voice, make new friends, raise money for charity and enjoy opportunities to record and perform. The choir sings a blend of folk, pop, rock, reggae, world and gospel songs.

Sessions are led by SoundRoutes Singers’ leaders – all of who are highly trained professional musicians – who teach by ear (so it’s not necessary to read music) and will provide you with a fun and vibrant session of singing. The cost is £5 each week and there are no auditions, joining or subscription fees: participants are only required to pay as they attend. The new term starts on Wednesday 11th September at Lifestyles Carluke (Carnwath Road, Carluke, ML8 4DP) at 6-7.30pm, and singers meet each Wednesday thereafter. There is no pre-booking required; anyone interested can simply turn up.

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.