Newsletters – November 2022

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The latest newsletter from Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is now available.

We welcome two Team Ministers, Fiona Crawford and James Gemmell, to Cumbernauld Old and they will be working with us alongside our partners at St Mungo’s and Kildrum Parish Churches for the next wee while. The newsletter also has an update on the status of the Glasgow Presbytery Mission Plan and how it will impact us here at Cumbernauld Old.

Elsewhere in the magazine we take a look back at Harvest and forward to Advent and Christmas, there are updates from our Craft Group and Property, Fundraising and Mission teams and there’s an introduction to the community singing group, called Arria Voices, which meets in the church every Wednesday evening. That and much more in the magazine’s 20 pages.

Download your copy from the link below. I hope you enjoy reading about all that’s going on at Cumbernauld Old.

Remember that you can keep up-to-date with everything that’s going on from our website – – and also on social media. All the details are on the last page of the magazine.

After the magazine went to print we received a letter from our Mission Partners, Graham and Sandra Duncan, in South Africa. So here’s two for the price of one. Enjoy!

Live-streaming on its way!

Exciting news for Cumbernauld Old Parish Church!
After ordering it in May, and several hiccups later, finally BT Openreach are installing broadband into the Parish Church. Our 17th Century building is joining the 21st Century.

This installation will mean that we can have a stable connection for live-streaming our worship services. All we need to do now is to order the live-streaming equipment and then test it out! We’re not there yet, but that’s another building block in place. We’ll keep you posted.

Updated guidance about Church opening

Following the Scottish Government’s decision to move the whole of the country to Level 0, we are delighted to announce that we have been given permission by Glasgow Presbytery to allow up to 48 people to attend worship at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church this coming Sunday (25th July) and that we can once again sing hymns in church, albeit while wearing a face covering.

So we look forward to welcoming you to our worship service at 11am on Sunday when we can praise God together. You still need to let us know beforehand, so please contact Anne on on 01236 726875 or 07719 290042 to reserve your place. Also, just a reminder to please stay at home if you have Covid19 symptoms, that face coverings need to be worn during worship and that one-metre distancing will apply, except for family groups.

We’ll post details of our pre-recorded worship service for Sunday later in the week.

Worship for Sunday 14th February

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church invites you to join us in our online worship service for Sunday 14th February. Worship is led by our minister, Rev Elspeth McKay and features a reflection by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair. You can view the service here or from the video below.

You can worship with us at any time when it is most convenient for you, but why not join us at 11.00am on Sunday morning, our regular time of worship when we were able to gather together in the church building and many of us still keep as a time when we can be together from our different lockdown locations.

Worship from Cumbernauld Old Parish Church for Wednesday 14th February

As with all our worship services, this Sunday’s service is available to all, so please feel free to share with any family or friends. Please also check out our Facebook page for all the latest news from Cumbernauld Old.

Coffee and Chat

Please join us on Wednesdays at 3.00pm for a Coffee and Chat via Zoom and telephone.
While might not be able to meet up in person, we hope these informal get-togethers will allow us some kind of relaxed social contact from the comfort of our own homes.
The plan is to meet up online or by phone every Wednesday at 3pm and you don’t need to join us every week, just feel free to drop in or out whenever it suits you.
If you would like a link to the Coffee and Chat, please let us know and we will send you the details. Everyone is very welcome and you can join either online or by telephone

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.

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.