This Christmas Cameron Gray, an officer in our Boys’ Brigade company, is climbing the highest mountain in South America, Mount Aconcagua to raise funds for the Boys’ Brigade.
At 6,962m (22,837ft) high Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the world outwith the Himalaya, and will be the second peak in his quest to climb the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents.
Cameron says, “The reason that I got into this in the first place is through my involvement in the Boys’ Brigade. Every week the BB changes lives all over Scotland, but to do this we need your help to ensure that we are capable of training the leaders vital to running each individual company. Anything that you can give will help us achieve this, so please consider whether you can make a donation.”
Cameron has financed the trip privately, so any money donated will go straight to making a difference to the lives of our young people. If you would like to donate money for the Boys’ Brigade, just log on to www.justgiving.com/engageageneration7summits and support the BB and Cameron in his inspired quest to conquer all seven mountains.
Cumbernauld Old’s worship at the Forge Community Centre in Balloch was enhanced this Christmas by two wonderful posters produced by the children of Eastfield Primary School.
These posters were part of a set – others went to local nursing homes, hospitals, etc. – and had the theme of Christmas carols. Here we have Hark The Herald Angels Sing and Away In A Manger.
They really provided a wonderful backdrop to our our services over the Christmas period and we’d like to congratulate and thank the young people of Eastfield Primary for all their hard work and talent.
Each December at Cumbernauld Old, we hold our Rainbow Service – a service of remembrance and reflection for those who have been bereaved.
During this service we invite people to come forward and take two coloured ribbons for each person they wish to remember; one to tie on the Rainbow Tree and one to take away with them and keep, or use in a way that helps them remember.
There are two Rainbow Trees, one which will go into the Parish Church once it has re-opened for worship and one which is on display at our worship services in the Forge Community Centre at Balloch.
Both trees will remain until Easter 2014 and we invite anyone visiting our church or attending our services to tie a ribbon in memory of a loved one. At Easter the ribbons are removed from the tree and used to enhance our worship – no ribbon is ever discarded or reused.
The pictures show the Rainbow Trees from our service on 15 December 2103.
The Church & Society Council of the Church of Scotland ‘Speak Out‘ newsletter for December 2013 encourages church members (and others!) to Speak Out against Human Trafficking – a practice the Council regards as “modern day slavery” and which is happening in Scotland right now. To find out more and get details about how we can play our part in speaking out against this practice, visit the main article on the Church of Scotland website.
The newsletter also reports on the Church and Society Conference held in October, looks at the legacy of the IF Campaign in Scotland, encourages members to become blood and organ donors, looks back at Living Wage Week 2013, reports on the Stop Destitution Campaign, introduces the Your Faith Your Finance initiative, encourages churches to take part in Earth Hour 2014 (which will be on Saturday 29 March at 8.30pm), and much more.
Among the articles contained in the latest newsletter from the Church of Scotland’s Mission & Discipleship Council are Statistics for Mission, an initiative that provides Church of Scotland parishes with valuable information from the 2011 Census, and Go for Gold, about how churches can become involved in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by offering hospitality to visitors and volunteers. The newsletter also has details of various events and resources, one of which is Pray Now 2014. (more…)
As mentioned in another post, we’ve not updated our blog for a few months – we have, however, ensured our church website is up-to-date – and so a bit of blogging catch-up is required.
What follows, therefore, are the links to the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council newsletters from May 2013 onwards.
Please note that some of the news, especially that reported in the earlier editions, may have been superseded by events. Nevertheless, there is much still of current interest in terms of the Council’s interests and activities: poverty, ethical finance and Scotland’s independence referendum to name but three.
There has been a gap of several months since we last posted anything on this blog, so a wee bit of catch-up is required.
Most of what appears below is of historical interest only – the dates for most of the events in these newsletters have passed – but we’ve decided to post the links in any event, if only for the sake of completeness since the newsletters for the early part of the year had already been posted.