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Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Baby Bank

Now that Cumbernauld Old’s support for the Life for African Mothers project has come to a natural conclusion, we thought it would now be appropriate to support new mothers and their children here in Cumbernauld through Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Baby Bank.

From now on, there will be a box in the vestibule of the church and the back of the hall at Balloch for donations. The ‘bank’ would appreciate anything suitable for babies or children up to 7 years of age, e.g.

  • Nappies
  • Baby toiletries
  • Blankets, towels
  • Wipes

Clothing doesn’t have to be new but should be in great condition and freshly laundered. Hand knits would also be appreciated.

You can find out more about the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Baby Bank on their Facebook page. It is a project of Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Care, Scottish Charity SCO47347

Summer Fair at Cumbernauld Old

The Fundraising Group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church met recently to firm up plans for the Summer Fair. This will take place on Saturday 16th June from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in the Manse grounds. The entry fee is £2 for adults and includes tea / coffee and a scone with cream and jam. There is no entry fee for children under 16 years of age.

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Fair Trade update

The Fairtrade group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is happy to announce that the sum of £215.88 was raised in March at our stalls of Fairtrade goods provided by Gavin’s Mill in Milngavie. In recognition of Fairtrade Fortnight, we took a first successful step in our journey as a Church community towards supporting the ethos of fairer trade and the principles of the Fairtrade Foundation.

We would like to make this a regular feature of our Church life and would invite you to support us by visiting our stall again when we hope to run it each month.

By choosing Fairtrade you can make a huge difference to the lives of people in some of the poorest communities in the world. We are looking for volunteers to be part of our Fairtrade group to help organise future events and are particularly keen to hear from bakers who would be willing to try out some recipes using Fairtrade products. If you are interested in being part of this group in any way please speak to Caroline Edwardson, Sandra Graham, Ivar Struthers or Anne Morrison.

180311_015 Fairtrade Sunday at COPC

Easter Appeal thanks

180325_025 Easter Egg Collection, Cumbernauld Old Parish ChurchCumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to thank everyone who supported our annual Easter Egg Appeal. There was a huge response to our appeal for people to donate chocolate Easter Eggs for distribution to needy children through our local food bank. A whole car-load of eggs was collected and it was both wonderful and humbling to see such a generous response from our congregation.

180401_901 Hand-knitted chicks
Thanks, too, to everyone who hand-knitted ‘chicks’ over the last few weeks and those who provided the small chocolate cream- or caramel-filled eggs to go inside them. They were an amazing ‘hit’ with everyone who saw them and supply barely matched demand! By Easter Day we reckon that about £87 was raised by this fantastic idea.

Easter at Cumbernauld Old

A number of worship services will be held at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church during Holy Week. The details are:

Thursday 29th March: the Sacrament of Holy Communion in the Parish Church at 7.00pm

Friday 30th March: the Good Friday Walk of Witness organised by Cumbernauld Churches Together will start from the car park outside the former Dunnes store at 10.30am and after proceeding through the Town Centre will culminate in a short act of worship at the United Reformed Church at around 12 noon.

Also on Good Friday, from 12 noon until 3.00pm, the Parish Church will be open for prayer and reflection with Bible readings and meditations on the hour and half-hour.

Sunday 1st April: let’s celebrate Easter Day together at worship in the Parish Church at 10.15am and at the Forge Community Centre, Balloch at 11.45am.

COPC Easter 2018 poster

Easter Egg Appeal 2018

170326_035 Easter Egg Collection at VillageCumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to invite people attending our morning worship services on Sunday 25th March to bring a small chocolate Easter Egg to donate to children who otherwise might not receive one.

170326_045 Easter Egg Collection (Balloch)Eggs will be collected after both our services on 25th March for distribution via our local food banks.

This appeal has been very successful in previous years, as you can see from the photos, and the amazing support and generosity from our congregation is greatly appreciated.

Cornerstone Food Bank update

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church were delighted to receive the following letter from the Food Bank team at Cornerstone House recently:

Thank you all once again for your partnership and fantastic Christmas donations of food, gifts and money in December and throughout 2017.

We received over 1700 referrals between our two Food Banks in 2017, and put out over 130 extraordinary food hampers, gifts and toys in the Christmas week alone.

It is a blessing to us all in seeing what can be achieved in our own communities when the people of God work together.

Thank you for all the effort everyone puts in to make this ministry work. We look forward to what the Lord is going to do in 2018.

God bless, Norma Cowan

April 2018 will mark the third anniversary of the opening of the Village Food Bank at the Parish Church and we are delighted have forged such close links with the Bethlehem House of Bread, which operates out of Cornerstone House. The Food Bank in the Village is open each Friday from 11am – 12.30pm.

Admin Group appeal

The Admin Group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is urgently looking for volunteers to join the team to help with the production of the weekly Church News-sheet and printing of our quarterly magazine. If you can use a PC or laptop, have a working knowledge of MS Word and are willing to join our team, which operates on a rota basis, then please contact Janice at (01236) 733510. Thanks in advance for your help!