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Kirkyard Clean-up

2019-03-09 14.10.30-2The group currently surveying, photographing and cataloguing the gravestones surrounding Cumbernauld Old Parish Church plan to have a tidy-up session of the kirkyard on Saturday 13th April from 10.30am onwards (i.e. for as long as we feel up for it!)

In consultation with North Lanarkshire Council grounds department, we hope to gather up the leaf litter, cut back the overgrown trees and remove some of the obtrusive, damaging ivy. Just for the avoidance of doubt: we will NOT be touching the stones themselves – just the grounds around them.

We would love more volunteers to help, so if you can spare even half-an-hour on 13th April. please come along. We’re offering tea, coffee and cake as a bribe (sorry, an ‘incentive’).

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Local Church Review

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.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

On Sunday 10th March Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with a service dedicated to raising awareness of the need for ethical trade. We will be welcoming a visitor from Gavin’s Mill, who will share with us the ethos that sits behind the wide-ranging role that this Fairtrade shop / café plays within the Fairtrade community.

As well as our regular Fairtrade stall we will be offering Fairtrade teas / coffees and home-baking in Church after our service. The Fairtrade group looks forward to seeing you then.

Easter Cards for sale

Easter is now just around the corner and Cumbernauld Old Parish Church now offers you the opportunity to purchase beautiful hand-made Easter cards for sending to friends and family.

Dorothy Roberts, one of our elders, has made and donated bespoke cards with a variety of designs and verses and they are available to buy in the Church vestibule every Sunday after worship.

Cost is by donation but we would suggest at least a pound. When you see them, I’m sure you’ll agree they are more than worth it. Just pop your donation in the tub provided. Speak to Dorothy or Elizabeth at church any Sunday for more information.

Cumbernauld Old congregational meeting

As the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is aware, CultureNL took a decision in June last year to close The Forge Community Centre at weekends, which meant that we could no longer hold a Sunday worship service at The Forge. In response the Kirk Session objected to the closure and, in the absence of an immediate solution, decided to hold a joint service at the Village at 11am as an interim measure.

Since then, the minister and Kirk Session have been been pursuing every opportunity to have the Balloch Sunday worship service re-established. Discussions with CultureNL continue, however as we are nearing the point where we have few options left, Elspeth and the Kirk Session thought that the time is now right to hold a Congregational Meeting so that everyone in the congregation can be updated on the current situation and have their views heard.

This meeting will take place immediately following the 11.00am joint morning worship service at The Village on Sunday 24th February and it is hoped that as many people as possible are able to remain in church after the service for the Congregational Meeting.

Small Change, Big Difference

For quite a few years now, the congregation at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church has been collecting their small change in coffee jars or similar containers and, each year, the amount collected goes to a good cause.

If you have been collecting your small change in coffee jars or similar over the past few months, please transfer your coins from the jars into small plastic bags and bring them along to church on Sunday 20th January 2019.

The Kirk Session has decided that this year’s Coffee Jar offerings will go to an initiative called Toilet Twinning. The money we donate will help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy. Thank-you!

Craft Group

The Craft Group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will resume on Thursday 10th January at 2pm in the Session House.

An invitation is extended to all to please come along and join us and share crafting ideas, conversation and a cuppa. You can bring along your own crafts or learn a new skill from someone else in the group. We are already learning about crochet, cross stitch and card-making from each other and are planning to make items to support the baby bank and babies on the maternity unit but would welcome other ideas.

Fundraising update

The fundraising group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Hamper Raffle and Tombola at the BB Carol Concert and everyone who helped to make or bought the Christmas crafts.

The Santa hats, Christmas puddings and stockings were all beautifully made and will hopefully be back next year.

Thanks to your support we were able to raise £441 for the church from the raffle, tombola and Christmas crafts.

We look forward to your continued support next year both throughout our ongoing Cumbernauld Old Smart Savers Smarties tubes and a variety of events throughout the year. Thanks to eveyone, once again!