The Church of Scotland requires each Church to participate in a 5-yearly evaluation process that used to be known as a Quinquennial Review, but is now called a Local Church Review (LCR). Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be starting our review process in March, with a final report to be completed for Falkirk Presbytery by June 2019.
The purpose of the Local Church Review is to ‘Review and Renew’. Reviewing gives us, as a congregation, an opportunity to identify, celebrate, and share with Presbytery the many things we do well as a Church family. This process will also give us the chance to plan for the future of Cumbernauld Old.
To enable the collation of information, we have formed a ‘Task Group’ whose job will be to gather information, ranging from factual statistics to the opinions of members of the congregation on various aspects of the church’s life and activities. They will be aided, as necessary by a ‘Support Group’ formed from other members of the congregation.
Among other things, the Task Group will use the information gathered to develop an Action Plan for the next five years. They will speak to people at church services, at meetings of the Kirk Session and Congregational Board and in more social situations, such as the Men’s Group, the Ladies Circle and the Craft Club. We’d invite you to share your thoughts and opinions with them in order that we have as wide a range of views as possible.
This is a fantastic opportunity for us all to recognise and then build on what we have achieved. As we share our ideas about what we want for the future of our Church, we will also have the chance to ask Presbytery for the resources we require in order to thrive as a congregation. Throughout the process we will keep you updated with progress. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Local Church Review, or if you have any thoughts you wish to share, please do not hesitate to get in touch – we’ll then pass them onto the Task Group for consideration. Thanks!