Latest News and Current Events



Alan Donald, our Church organist, will be hosting a Musical Event at 6.45pm on Sunday12th February, within the Church Hall.


He will be accompanied by his son and daughter.


Alan has held similar evenings before and they prove to be very popular and everyone enjoys them.


Tickets cost £5.00 with proceeds being split equally between Our Church funds and Cancer Research.  


There will be refreshments afterwards so it will be a good chance to chat to other people and enjoy each other's company.


Something that is very important to the congregation at Calder Church. 





The Nearly New shop resumed on 26th of January after the Christmas and New Year break. These are held every Thursday from 1pm until 2pm.

There are many great bargains to be had so please come along and have a browse and a blether.



The Calder Kitchen will next take place on Saturday 18th February between 12 noon and 2pm. Tickets cost £4 payable on the day. All are welcome.





The next Communion will take place on Sunday 5th March at 11am. The Rev Graham Raeburn will conduct the service. 






Guild Spring Concert 14th March Tickets £3

Kitchen Saturday 19 March 12noon to 2pm

The Rotary Club of Coatbridge, Airdrie and Monklands are hosting a lunch in the Tudor Hotel , on Wednesday 16 December, for anyone who is elderly and falls into the category of not having any family , family is not near ,or will be at home on their own on Christmas day .






Guild Syllabus 2015-2016 

Blythswood Care Shoe Box Appeal 2015


Instructions :

The boxes and lids need to be wrapped separately in Christmas Paper with the checklist completed and sellotaped to the outside of the lid and secure the box with a rubber band. 


Boxes handed in please at the Church Hall by Sunday 1st November.  


Thanks for your Support ! 



Kitchen Saturday 24 October 12 noon to 2pm

Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea 28 November 1 to 3pm

Welcome Family Lunch Sunday 10 January 2016 after service

Kitchen Saturday 27 February 12 noon to 2pm

Kitchen Saturday 19 March 12noon to 2pm





There will be a 2 in one Session meeting on the 21st September ( Monday) 


6.15 small Hall

7.00 Big Hall 


These meeings are very important and Presbytery be present. 




Kitchen Saturday 24 October 12 noon to 2pm

Kitchen Saturday 28 November 12 noon to 2pm

Welcome Family Lunch Sunday 10 January 2016 after service

Kitchen Saturday 27 February 12 noon to 2pm

Kitchen Saturday 26 March 12noon to 2pm

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The Summer Fete will be held Saturday 20th June between 1 and 3pm.


Tea Tickets £3 adults and £1.50 Juveniles

FASHION EVENT: This is being held in the Church Hall on Friday 22nd May.

Tickets are £2.

Payment by CASH on the night for goods.

Customers are request to be in the hall for 7pm for a 7.30pm start. 



Thanks to all who took the time to decorate our Church for Easter 

Rev David Currie led our Worship for our Maundy Thursday Service  it was lovely to be joined by our friends from our linked Church Old Monkland. We thank David for stepping in and it was lovely to see him and Marion again.

Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and followed by Good Friday.

The liturgy held on the evening of Maundy Thursday initiates the Easter Triduum, the period which commemorates the passiondeath, and resurrection of Christ; this period includes Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and ends on the evening of Easter. The service of worship is normally celebrated in the evening, when Friday begins according to Jewish tradition, as, according to the three Synoptic Gospels, the Last Supper was held on the feast of Passover; according to the Gospel of John, however, Jesus has his last supper on the night before the first night of Passover.






OUR CHURCH welcomed the kids and we had a great morning of entertainment,with plays, choir, and lovely lively Easter songs. 

Mother's Day is a modern celebration originating in North America, honoring one's own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day and Siblings Day.

The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a celebration of the mother church, not motherhood). Despite this, in some countries Mother's Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.


Please contact Rev. Ian Mac Donald (01236 760023) or our Locum Bill Hastings 01355 521228 or 07954167158


FAVOURITE HYMN: Please remember to enter your favourite hymn onto the sheet in the vestibule table. 


GOOD as NEW SHOP: Help is required for setting up the hall and also assistance in selling the goods. If you could help in any way it would be much appreciated. 


STATEMENT of ACCOUNTS: These are available for uplifting today. Anyone who would wish a Full Copy will be available on request. 


EASTER EGGASTRAVANZA TEA: Is being held on Saturday 28 March in Church Hall from 1 to 3pm. Tickets £4



Pastoral Care Group

Further information                        “ T ” in the Pink


Owing to the generosity of the congregation also Arts and Crafts making sponge bags for residents of Carnbroe Care Home ( for which many thanks ).  None of the money for Christmas Gift Service has been spent, therefore we have donated £300 to Airdrie Hospice. The balance will be used for Afternoon Tea, possibly in may, inviting the elderly also any member, who for any reason are unable to attend Sunday Service. If you know of anyone who would like to come along a book will be left at front of Church, please write down name and address. More details will follow at later date. Manythanks for your help.

GOOD as NEW SHOP: Help is required for setting up the hall and also assistance in selling the goods. If you could help in any way it would be much appreciated. 


GUILD COFFEE AFTERNOON: Is on Saturday 14 February from 2 to 4pm. Tickets are now available, price £2.50


SESSION MEETING: The next session meeting is on Wednesday 11 February.


COMMUNION: The sacrament of communion will take place on Sunday 1 March


Please contact Rev. Ian Mac Donald (01236 760023) or our Locum Bill Hastings 01355 521228 or 07954167158


FAVOURITE HYMN: Please remember to enter your favourite hymn onto the sheet in the vestibule table. 





WELCOME 2015 FAMILY LUNCH : This Lunch takes place after the service today Sunday 11 January 2015. There is still some tickets available and a limit of 97 tickets on sale. Ticket price Adults £4 Juveniles £2


GOOD as NEW SHOP: The Shop re-opens this Thursday 15 January 2015. Help is required for setting up the hall and also assistance in selling the goods. If you could help in any way it would be much appreciated. 


SESSION MEETING : This meeting will take place on Wednesday 14 January at 7pm in the small hall.

  • Christmas Carol Sevice 30th November ( to be confirmed )
  • Gifts Service 14th December ( bring a wrapped gift marked either male or female) 
  • Gifts to Carnbroe Care home 21st December 

  • Church Service Christmas Eve 7pm 

  • Watch Night Service Old Monkland Church 



Saturday Nov 29th :  


Frosty afternoon tea 



WEDNESDAY 12th November 7pm





Remembrance Sunday this year is the 9th November.




Remember and put your clocks back one hour on Saturday night 25 October or you will be late for the service.






Present The Wizard of Oz in Motherwell Civic Concert Hall from Tuesday 18 November 2014 until Saturday 22 November 2014. Cost £15 or £18 depending on numbers.

We are hoping to run a Bus on Saturday 22 November. If interested can you please add your name to list on vestibule table  today Sunday 12 October.







 2014/2015  Guild Syllabus.



  • Oct 6        Mr W Hastings
  • Oct 12th   Dedication Service
  • Oct 20th   Ann Wilson (Talk on Old Coatbridge)
  • Nov 3rd    Rev J Martindale ( Optical Confusion)
  • Dec 1st     Mr Brian Adair ( Life Stories from the Court) 
  • Dec 15th   Caldelight Supper
  • Jan 12th    Fiona Hamilton ( Older Peoples Information Service)
  • Jan 26th    John Lennox (Talking Newspaper)
  • Feb 9th      Mr Walker ( The Titanic)
  • Feb 13th    Coffee afternoon (Saturday) 
  • Feb 23rd    Sandy Sneddon (World Mission Office) 
  • March 9th  Annette Oliphant ( Guild Projects)
  • Mar 23rd   Spring Concert
  • April 13th  Sandy Owen ( Greenside Nursery)
  • Apr 27th    AGM - Quiz 

Kirk Cafe Gang advise of dates to add to your diary: 


as well as our ususal after service tea and chat every sunday 


Oct 25th :  Soup and Pudding Lunch

Nov 29th :  A Frosty afternoon tea 

Jan 11th :   Felowship Lunch

Feb 21st :   Soup and Pudding Lunch

Mar 28th :   Easter Eggstravaganza 

  • COMMUNION: The sacrament of Holy Communion will take place on Sunday 5 October at the morning service.                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • GOOD as NEW SHOP: We opened again on Thursday 4 September at 1pm. Anyone wishing to come along and help would be much appreciated.


  • LINE DANCING: The line dancing starts up again on the Wednesday 1st October in Church Hall at 7.30pm. Come  along  and enjoy the fun. 


Water for a thirsty land.


To our own lives – 
To all that is dry and barren,
To all that is angry and tired,
To all that is fearful and anxious – 
To all that is bitter or resentful – 


Come, Spirit of God.


To our communities – 
To families that are struggling,
To children who are unhappy,
To elderly folk worried about tomorrow,
To workers fearful of  losing their jobs…


Come, Spirit of God.


To our world – 
To nations divided and at war,
To lands of tyranny and oppression,
To refugees, exiled from their homeland,
To all places of despair and no hope


Come Spirit of God.



Jim Campbell, Ceres, Kemback and Springfield Church


Taken from Sanctury

first daily reading

and prayer


Isaiah 41: 18-20


6 lucky ladies from Calder were invited to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Lynn, Pat, Helen, Matti ,Aileen and Beverley.  The weather was beautiful and we had a lovely day.  Thanks to John Louden who was our driver for the day he was a STAR and helped to make our day extra special.  We finished the day with dinner at the Dakota 


With tea, cakes and a beautiful garden to stroll in, garden parties are among the most relaxed and informal Royal events.

Every summer, The Queen hosts at least three at Buckingham Palace, as well as one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Over 30,000 people attend.

Garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s, when Queen Victoria instituted what were known as 'breakfasts' (though they took place in the afternoon). In the 1950s the number of garden parties held at Buckingham Palace was increased from two to three a year. They took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes, but have evolved into a way of rewarding and recognising public service. They are attended by people from all walks of life.


To be a bus user, you have to phone 08451259810 between 2pm and 3pm on a Thursday. If they pass you they will send you an application form and a bus card with a number on it. You use this number each time you order a bus and also you have to produce it for the driver.



We have between 12 -15 every week. 

Over the past year we have had great fun and paties include. Halloween, Christmas ( when santa visited) and we are looking forward to Easter. (chocolate eggs included)

We will be visiting McKinnon Mills play area before we break for Summer.


We have donated to the Church and bought teapots and toasters for the kitchen.


Parent and Toddler groups give Parents a chance to get together have a chat over a cuppa while their children enjoy all the toys and the interaction with other kids.

Wednesdays 10am - 11.45


Margaret and Elaine would like to thank Anne, May, Bill and Alex for all their continued help

Church in Bo’ness gets digital with new app innovation 29 January 2014An innovative new way for people to enhance their spiritual well-being has been devised by a church in Bo’ness. The first ever app for Iphone and Android devices to emanate from a Church of Scotland parish – titled Sanctuary First – is now available for people across the globe to download and connect with the Christian faith. The Very Reverend Albert Bogle – who was Moderator of the Church of Scotland between 2012 and 2013 – has been one of a group of digital innovators based at St Andrew’s Church in the Falkirk area. He said: “We’re not saying this is the way forward for the Church of Scotland but it certainly is one way. “The digital age is here and we should embrace it and use the benefits it can bring.” Commuters can now listen to engaging meditations on a variety of themes in bite-sized formats which include bereavement, journeys and temptations. “It’s been designed to enhance the faith of Christians in a world where people seem to have less time to themselves,” said Mr Bogle. “The creators of the app have put their heart and soul into it and we hope it really enriches the heart and soul of people who access it.” St Andrew’s Church has been one of Scotland’s leading ministries in digital/spiritual innovation. Sanctuary First, whose name is used for the app, are a multimedia company born out of a youth project set up at St Andrew’s in 2000. It now employs talented digital producers who create a vast array of content which is relevant to today’s world. They are the team behind the live online stream of the General Assembly and only last Sunday provided a stream for the Moderator’s visit to St Andrew’s Church as part of her visit to Falkirk Presbytery. The app will be in sync with content produced on their website. - See more at:




Line Dancing Wednesdays 7.30 pm 

    New Members Welcome



Good as New shop Thursdays,


Pleased to welcome New Helpers



- Mary Fairchild


 Instead of making a New Year's resolution






Consider committing to a biblical solution

Your promises are easily broken Empty words, though earnestly spoken

But God's Word transforms the soul By His Holy Spirit making you whole

As you spend time alone with Him He will change you from within!

Knitting for HIV Babies
As you must be aware, given the amount of bags brought to and taken from the church on a Sunday, that the project of knitting tops & blankets for babies born with HIV is still going strong.
To date, the number of tops delivered for distribution is 2572 with more ready to go.
This grand total has been achieved not only through the ladies of our own congregation but also from  churches in Calderbank, Chapelhall & Wishaw.  There have so been donations via Margaret Muir, the Guild Convenor, from Guilds throughout the area.
Many thanks go to all who have contributed their time & effort to this project.  Many thanks also to those who have donated wool and given monetary donations to allow us to purchase wool for the knitters.
This is an ongoing project and all the knitted goods are gratefully received so, like they say on Strictly, "Keep Knitting"

One helpful approach is to take as little as five minutes in your day to pray. Each minute is spent on one of the words your parents were always trying to get you to say:  



Thank you.  




C.S. Lewis said ‘Pray what is in you, not what ought to be in you’

Marys Meals Charity

Every 4 months St Marys in Whifflet send a van filled with goods through the charity for distribution to those in need.
  They are looking for hats and tops for 3 to 10 year olds and patterns, similar to those for the HIV babies, are available.
They are also appealing for blankets, and there is a pattern available for this.  For those who want to knit the squares but don't like the idea of sewing them together - a copy of the pattern is available for this as well.
If anyone requires patterns or would like any more information please feel free to contact Babara Kirkland.


Working Groups


Finance, Mission and Outreach , Property ,Social and Fund Raising

Worship and Faith Development , Children and Youth ,Pastoral Care

Social Issues and World Church.


 If you feel you have a contribution to make to any of these groups please let us know.


Philippians 4:6-7 do  not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with  thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which  surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ  Jesus.


A prayer triplet consists of a small
group, usually three to five members who meet together on a regular basis to
pray together.

  • They provide an opportunity to enjoy fellowship, spend time with God and offer a chance to share the issues that concern their lives with close fellow Christians.
  • The meetings are held at the home of one of the members and are very informal.
  • There is no set format but usually each member talks about their week, the problems and issues they have encountered or those things that they wish to give thanks or prayer for.
  • After this the members pray together for each other and about the things discussed during the meeting.



Ask God to guide you of the three friends or issues with whom
you can pray and also pray for each other.


Each time you meet, pray for each of them, and pray at
other times during the week also – in your prayer time, as you travel, or when you are out walking. Agree how long to meet for and ensure that at least half the time is spent in prayer – use the rest of the time to update one another about your friends.

Pray also for each other’s needs




Mothers & Todders


We have had a good session, the children gave cards to their mothers on Mothers Day and they also received an Easter egg and the end of the session.




As a few of the children have gone onto a nursery school we have a few places available.   Wednesdays 10am - 11.45


Mother and Toddler groups give mothers a chance to get together have a chat over a cuppa while their children enjoy all the toys and the interaction with other kids.

Church Library


The Church Library corner has been
completed. We now need to stock it. If you have any Christian books, DVDs suitable for children or adults that you would be willing to contribute to the library they would be greatly received. Could you please hand them in to David Graham who will be co-ordinating the library. It is hoped that you will find the blessing of being able to borrow any of the books or DVDs