Christmas is not cancelled!

Yes, we know it is still mid-November, but we wanted to put the message out there that Christmas is not cancelled! Although we won’t be able to do ‘Follow the Star’ again this year due to all the restrictions, we have other things ‘up our sleeve’ to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ in 2020.

First of all, there will be an online Advent Calendar which will be published every day from 1st December to 24th December on our Facebook page and Church website. Each day there will be a Bible reading and reflection and some days will have art, music or video as well.

There will also be an interactive ‘Journey to Bethlehem,’ an Advent trail through the Parish telling the Christmas story which can be done individually at any time. There will be posters and a trail to follow. The posters will have QR codes which will link to relevant Bible readings and downloadable activities for younger people. Think of a ‘treasure trail’ with the treasure being the Christmas story! Read more here.

We will also be having our Nativity / Gift Service, Rainbow Service, Watchnight service and Christmas Day Worship online only this year. Links will be posted on 13th December for the Nativity / Gift Service and the Rainbow Service, on 24th December for the Watchnight service and 25th December for Christmas Day Worship.

So, we can say for certain that there’s lots going on and that Christmas has definitely not been cancelled this year. Watch this space!

Praying Together

Around 11.45am on most Sunday mornings we’d be saying the Lord’s Prayer together in church, at the end of our Prayer of Thanks and our Prayers for Others. While it may not now be possible to be together in church for a while, we can still be church together. In fact, we still are church together, wherever we are.

So here’s a wee suggestion. Let’s come together, wherever we are, at 11.45 this and every Sunday morning (or even any other morning if you wish) to say, as one, the prayer that Jesus taught his followers to pray. A communal act of worship in which we can all share. Together.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever.
Amen

Remembrance Sunday

British Legion poppyThe Annual Service of Remembrance, including the laying of wreaths and observing the national two minutes of silence, will take place at 10.45am this Sunday, 10th November, at the War Memorial in Cumbernauld Village. Morning worship at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will follow at approximately 11.15am.

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.

Poppy Display Latest

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to express once again our thanks to everyone who knitted and crocheted poppies over the past weeks and months. Every one was beautiful and a real work of art.

Thanks also to all the ladies who came along to sew them onto the panels of netting. Each session was full of chat and laughter, not to mention tea and biscuits. It was a real opportunity to get to know others and we even had volunteers from other churches in the town and several village residents.

Our work is now done and everything is ready to hand over to Anne Louise and Julian for the final installation. This will be carried out over the next few days in time for Remembrance Sunday.

Lots of people have said that they would like to see the finished work but for some reason won’t be able to come on the 11th November, therefore we have decided to open the church on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th from 7.00pm to 9.00pm both evenings to allow visitors to see the result of all our hard hard work.

Thanks also to the congregation for the interest you have shown in the project and the support that you have given us over the last few months.

Election of Rev. Elspeth McKay

Following the election by the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church of Rev. Elspeth McKay to be our next minister we are now invited to sign “The Call” to Elspeth to be our minister. The Call with our signatures – as many as possible, please – will be sent to Falkirk Presbytery, who will then resolve (hopefully!) to sustain the call and set in motion the arrangements for Elspeth’s induction.
Continue reading