The Stated Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held in the Parish Church on Monday 13 April at 7.30pm and members are invited to come along and find out what our church’s plans are for the rest of 2015, along with a review of our activities during 2014. Copies of our summary annual accounts for 2014 will also be available for review.
Thanks to everyone who brought along chocolate Easter Eggs to our services over the weekend of Palm Sunday. These will be distributed by the Social Work Department based in Glasgow to children and families who otherwise wouldn’t have one.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Thursday 2nd April (Maundy Thursday) at 7.30pm in the Parish Church.
The Good Friday Walk of Witness, arranged by Cumbernauld Churches Together, will be on Friday 3rd April, starting at 11am from Sacred Heart Church (please be there at 10.45am). We plan to take our usual route through the Town Centre via Kildrum Parish Church, Church of the Holy Name, Cornerstone Church and finishing at Cumbernauld United Reformed Church, where there will be a cup of tea or coffee around 1.00pm.
The Parish Church will also be open for our Good Friday Vigil between 12 noon and 3.00pm. This a time for quiet prayer and reflection in the Church, with a reading, meditation and prayer given on the hour and half-hour. You are welcome to come and stay as long as you wish during the above times.
On Sunday 5th April we celebrate Easter Day at morning worship in the Parish Church at 10.15am and in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch at 11.45am. Note that the J Team are now on holiday until 26th April, although the Sunday School at Balloch are still meeting as usual.
Cumbernauld Village Action for the Community (CVAC) will be holding an Easter event in The Lanriggs (weather permitting) on Saturday 4th April, starting at 1pm until 3pm.
They propose to have an Easter Bonnet competition, an Easter Egg Hunt and Decorating an Egg. There will also be some interesting and fun filled games. So please come along and support the event, being held on behalf of the local community.
For further information check out the Village website at cumbernauldvillage.org where you can also find a link to their Facebook page and view additional proposed events during 2015.
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The Village Community Council is formally objecting to the proposal by NHS Lanarkshire to close the Out-of-Hours Service in Cumbernauld. They would, however, urge residents to also send in individual letters of objection, and have prepared a sample letter, copies of which are available in the vestibule of the Parish Church. These letters only require members to fill in their address and signature, then send them off. A sample letter is also available to view on the Cumbernauld Village Facebook page. The more objections NHS Lanarkshire receive, the better the chance of retaining this vital service for Cumbernauld.
Please refer any comments or questions regarding this to Cumbernauld Village Community Council, rather than the church.
The World Day of Prayer 2015 is on Friday 6th March and this year’s service was written by the people of The Bahamas with the theme: Jesus said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?”
In Cumbernauld the World Day of Prayer Service will be held in the Church of the Holy Name, Fleming Road, Seafar on Friday 6th March 2015 at 7.30pm.
The Bahamas is a place of beauty. The beautiful colours gifted by nature are reflected in the worship service and the artwork. The islands give voice to the people of The Bahamas who invite the world to “come and be washed in God’s ever-flowing ocean of grace: to bask in the iridescent light of Christ’s love, and to be embraced by God’s Holy Spirit with the cooling trade-winds of transformation.”
Radical love is the theme that weaves together all the components of the worship resources. They eloquently tell us that Jesus is God’s presence of radical love in the world. Following Jesus’ example of washing his disciples’ feet, we are asked to continue the gesture of love in The Bahamas and in our own communities. That is how the spirit of informed prayer and prayerful action moves around the globe.
As we listen to our Bahamian sisters throughout the worship service, we realise that transformation is seen when a teen mother does not feel alone as she finds support to continue her education and to raise her child, when a breast cancer survivor or people living with HIV or AIDS find strength to live out their journey, and when the chains of depression and enslavement are broken. Also, let us not forget the call for responsible stewardship of God’s creation shared by all; whether it is those who step in the pink sand or swim in the turquoise water of the archipelago, or those who enjoy whatever natural beauty has been gifted by God to your corner of the world.
Jesus said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?”
Last years service came from Eqypt; please continue to pray..
Knitters in the congregation are invited to help themselves to wool from the basket in the vestibule at church or at the back of the hall in Balloch to knit items for baby bundles for this charity. Any form of baby clothes would be appreciated – don’t worry about dark colours – or six-inch squares to make blankets. More information can be found in our church newsletter. Thanks a million to Margaret Robinson for her kind donation and to Elizabeth Snedden and Anne Morrison.
Read more about this initiative at http://lifeforafricanmothers.org/knit-save/
“Life for African Mothers is incorporated as a Charity: No. 1140183”