Dear Friends,

Our Minister, Caryl, is on holiday so our Magazine Editor, Jenny, has asked me (Netta) to write something for the first page of the Magazine – a sort of ‘substitute’ for the ‘Minister’s Letter to the Congregation’ – (thanks a lot Jenny!).

Now, it’s been a while since I was at school but having to write this reminds me of writing a composition for my English teacher! Therefore, I felt the best way to start was to look for some ‘Words of Wisdom’ and I found these two on our very own Wrangholm Kirk web page:

  • You stand tallest on your knees
When I was Organist in St Andrew’s Church in Motherwell, a Minister told us of a church he’d visited and as he looked round the pulpit before the service he noticed some words printed on a card stuck onto a shelf below the Lectern in the pulpit. It was so low down he couldn’t read it so he asked the Beadle what it was. The Beadle replied, “Minister, it’s The Lord’s Prayer and you can only read it when you are on your knees”.

‘You stand tallest on your knees’ may have a different meaning for you but they say to me that we are at our best when we include prayer in our day-to-day living. Whether that’s at work, study, at home, in times of great happiness, in times of sadness and depression and when we remind ourselves that we have a lot to be very thankful for. I’m not saying that it’s always easy to pray, sometimes it can feel almost impossible - and the Devil just loves these times of weakness, doesn’t he? I met someone recently who told me she’d been praying for a friend of hers and when she told the friend she’d been praying for him he was quite annoyed and said “who do you think you are that you can pray for me or anyone else?” The Bible tells us - 1 Timothy 2:1 Pray for All People.

  • Don’t doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light
As someone who doesn’t like the dark, I like these encouraging words. Everything can seem worse in the dark and although we may have felt quite positive about life through the day, all the doubts creep in when it’s dark. My favourite Bible verse is “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” I also like some of the other Bible translations which say “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never understood it.” Either way, it’s very encouraging and you can read the full account in John 1: 1.

We are at the start of another new session – a chance to start again. We thank God for our Pastor, Caryl, all the faithful members and friends of our congregation, the children, our Office Bearers and Leaders of the Sunday School, Girls’ Brigade and our neighbours in the Community. If you haven’t before, why not try visiting some of the groups we have in the Kirk: The Guild (men are welcome), The Fellowship Group (a non-worship group where you can enjoy some company and a cup of tea), The Choir or the Prayer and Bible Study Group. You will be made welcome – don’t doubt it. Many thanks are also due to Steven Cornfield who put together our new web page. I recommend you have a look at it if you have access to a computer

So at the start of a new session, may we look forward in faith and prayer, all life is in God’s hands.

Netta Lithgow

Tuesday 21 August 2012

*words of wisdom headers provided by

New Dawn Update

Phase 1

  • The redevelopment work was completed in April 2012 
  • The new heating system is now fully operational – in the summer months, this is restricted to radiators only but the under-floor heating is now ready to take over once external temperatures begin to plunge 
  • The total cost of all work was £85,602 Thanks to contributions of £30,000 from North Lanarkshire Council’s Environmental Key Fund and £8,000 from the Baird Trust, all external funding has now been receivedThe balance was funded by £35,022 from the General Trustees (drawn down from the sale proceeds of the former manse) and £12,580 from our New Dawn Fund
  • This leaves us with a resultant balance of £39,064 at the General Trustees and £7,552 in our New Dawn Fund

Phase 2

  • Following a number of additional enhancements suggested by the General Trustees Property Committee, detailed planning activity is now complete
  • Our revised plans, which now include an external access ramp and central glass internal doors, as well as the new meeting rooms and toilets, have been approved by Presbytery and the General Trustees
  • A planning application has been submitted to North Lanarkshire Council and we await their formal approval 
  • Total Phase 2 costs have been estimated at £111,730 
  • External funding of £50,000 from Waste Recycling Group (WREN), £10,000 from the Ferguson Bequest and £1,500 from the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust has already been agreed towards this phase of activity
  • From the residual balances of the manse sale proceeds (£39,064) and our New Dawn Fund (£7,552), the sum of £30,480 has been allocated against this phase – this will leave us with total funds of £16,136 to contribute towards Phases 3 & 4
  • A grant application for the Phase 2 funding shortfall of £19,750 has been submitted to the General Trustees – in view of the enhancements suggested by their Property Committee, we are extremely hopeful that this will be positively received

Friends of Wrangholm

  • We now have a total of 150 members who have paid a lifetime subscription of £1 each
  • Including membership subscriptions, fund-raising initiatives and donations, a fantastic total of £6,735 has been raised since the fund was first launched last year
  • To meet their administration costs, £5,500 was paid to WREN in support of our grant application for £50,000 (see Phase 2 above) – we could not have obtained their approval without this payment
  • The remaining balance in Friends of Wrangholm, over and above the New Dawn balance, is £1,235 – supplemented by further fund-raising activities and donations, these additional funds will continue to support external funding requests for Phases 3 & 4

Russell Frame, Project Manager July 2012

'A careless word may kindle strife;

a cruel word may wreck a life.

A gracious word may soothe the way,

a joyous word may light the day.

A timely word may lessen stress,

a loving word may heal and bless.'



Our Communion Service will take place on Sunday 2 September 2012. You are invited to join us in partaking of the Lord’s Supper.


Are you still saving your 20ps for the Church funds? It’s so easy, just take a Smartie tube and once you’ve eaten the Smarties (yum), you just fill it with 20ps and hand it in with your offering. Even better, if you are a tax payer and add your name to the tube Barbara can claim back money from the Inland Revenue. Better still, this doesn’t even cost you anything.


I walked life’s way with an easy tread, had followed where comforts and pleasures led;

Until one day in a quiet place, I met the Master face to face.
With station and rank and wealth for my goal, much thought for my body but none for my soul;

I entered to win in life’s mad race, when I met the Master face to face.

I met Him and knew Him, and blushed to see that His eyes full of sorrow were fixed on me,

And I faltered and fell at His feet that day, while my castles melted and vanished away,

Melted and vanished, and in their place, naught else did I see but the Master’s face, And I cried aloud

"O, make me meet, to follow the steps of Thy wounded feet."

My thought is now for the souls of men; I have lost my life to find it again; e'er since one day

in a quiet place, I met the Master face to face.

From Mary Gray

How true it is, as someone (with tongue-in-cheek) said, "Blessed be he who aimeth at nothing for he shall surely hit it!" Or as another said, "Better to aim at the clouds and hit the tree tops than to aim at the tree tops and hit the ground.


Enrolment night is Monday 27th August between 6.30 and 7.30pm. Enrolment fee is £6 per girl.

We look forward to welcoming girls, old and new, to the new session. Find us on Facebook


What a great memento of their camp at Moffat

Sunday service a young couple talked to the pastor about joining the church. He hadn't met the husband before, so he asked what church he was transferring from.

The husband looked down at his feet and replied, "I am transferring from the Municipal Golf Course."


The Sunday School enrolment takes place on Sunday 26
th August so if any children from 3 years of age are wanting to learn more about the Christian way of life why not come along and join in.

We meet in church for the start of the service at 11.30am and after the children’s address and hymn we go across to the Church Hall for our worship time.

The leader welcomes all the children and says a prayer, then the offering is collected and a prayer of thanks said. If there are any birthdays a card is given and we all sing Happy Birthday.

A bible story relating to the lesson of the day is read and then a question and answer session takes place followed by the singing of songs that we practise for various services e.g. (Easter, Prize Giving, Christmas), we love praising God through the power of music.

We then play a game relating to the lesson of the day and then the children do a craft to take home until they are collected after the church service as well as munching plenty of goodies along the way.

Sunday School will be off on the following dates:-

2nd September – Communion

23rd September – September weekend

14th October – School October week

Kim Jeffrey


Hints and Tips

To clean the inside of your Microwave: put some slices of fresh lemon in a microwave proof dish with some hot water. Zap this for 5 minutes in your microwave for a clean and sweet smelling result!

To clean glass: use some bottled lemon juice and buff up with a soft cloth for a sparkling finish!

Tulips: add a splash of bleach to the vase when arranging fresh Tulips. This kills bacteria and preserves the flowers!

A perfect poem about love

Love is a temporary madness;
it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together
that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness,
it is not excitement,
it is not the promulgation of eternal passion.
That is just being "in love" which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,
and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground,
and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches,
they find that they are one tree and not two.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Louis de Bernieres


The Guild is having a rest over the summer but hope to commence again the first Wednesday in October. The time has been changed to 1.30p.m. to give people more time to digest their lunch. Please come along and join us and enjoy fellowship together.

O LORD, what are human beings that you should notice them, mere mortals that you should think about them? For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow.

The Community Fellowship Group

Kirk Hall, Clydesdale Street


THURSDAYS 1:30 - 3:30

This is a not a worship group but a group for everyone in the community.

We’re back folks on Thursday 20th September for our second session! Come and chat or knit, crochet, play board games, darts or dominos!

Enjoy a free cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit (sometimes we even have home baking) and simply spend a couple of hours in pleasant company.

Please think about coming along.

Obituary - Someone Else

Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else.

Someone's passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person's share of the work.

Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone's list, "Let Someone Else do it." Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; "Someone Else can work with that group."

It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most liberal givers in our church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.

Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman. Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do.

Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did? When you are asked to help this year, remember - we can't depend on Someone Else anymore.

- Author Unknown



Session Clerk……..…Netta Lithgow

Clerk to the Board...…Netta Lithgow

Organist……….......... Netta Lithgow

Presbytery Elder….....Gordon Gray
Guild President…..….Joyce Blades

Sunday School….......Kim Jeffrey

Treasurer……….…...Christine Frame

Gift Aid……………...Barbara Thomson
Girls Br
igade……….Janet Haugh

Child Protection...….Ann Peat

Roll Keeper……..…Jenny Rankin

Meekness is not weakness and let us not forget the words of Edmund Burke who said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."


What are the two parts of the Bible called?
Name the first man created by God.
What did God tell Noah to build?
Did Joseph’s father give him a pair of shoes, a coat or a spear?
Where was baby Moses found?
Did Moses see a burning house or a burning bush?
What swallowed Jonah?
What was the name of the town where Jesus was born?
What gifts did the wise men bring for Jesus?
Why was Jesus born in a stable?

Answers on page 19

Answers to quiz

The Old and New Testaments
An ark
A coat
In a basket on the Nile
A burning bush
A huge fish
Gold, frankincense and myrrh
Because there was no room in the inn