On Sunday 21st February there will be a joint Worship Service in the Parish Church at the Village at 11am. After worship there will be a Congregational Meeting to elect the Nominating Committee which is the next step in the vacancy process. (Note: the Nominating Committee is what the church formerly called the Vacancy Committee.)
At this Congregational Meeting we will be seeking to elect up to 13 people to the Nominating Committee and will need a Proposer and a Seconder for every Nomination. It is important that the Proposer has the Nominee’s agreement before nominating him / her. If we get more than 13 nominations then we go to a vote. If we get 13 or fewer then all of the nominees will be deemed to be elected.
A couple of things to be aware of:
Nominees do not need to be at church on 21st February; however, Proposers and Seconders do; and
Proposers, Seconders and Nominees must all be on the recently attested Electoral Register.
Following the Congregational Meeting and the election, the Interim Moderator and Session Clerk will have a very brief meeting with the newly elected Nominating Committee.
Both the joint service in Church and the Congregational Meeting will be led by our Interim Moderator, Reverend Grace Saunders. Please note that this 11am worship service replaces our usual two services at 10.15am and 11.45am, and so there will be no service at Balloch on 21 February.
The Parish of Cumbernauld Old became vacant with the retirement of Rev Catriona Ogilvie on 30 September 2015. Although it may seem on the outside that we have been ‘treading water’ since then, there has been a lot of work done behind the scenes preparing the groundwork for our search for a new minister. Most importantly, of course, the work of the church has continued: church services continue each week and our organisations also continue to meet.
Cumbernauld Old is still very much alive and kicking!
We are about to enter the next significant phase of our vacancy, so this is a good time to bring everyone up-to-date with where we are and what happens next.
Our annual Rainbow Service was on the afternoon of Sunday 14th December.
During the service we invited those attending to tie a coloured ribbon to a branch of a tree in memory of someone who had died and whom they wished to remember. What had started out as bare branches soon became a riot of colour as more and more ribbons were added, each one remembering someone special.
The Rainbow Tree will remain in church, with another at the Forge Centre in Balloch, through the winter months and you are welcome to add ribbons to it any Sunday before or after our worship services.
On Easter Day 2015 the ribbons will be removed, ironed and used to make something beautiful for the sanctuary or for other people who have been bereaved.
In August this year, a new stained glass window was installed in the gallery above the east aisle of the Parish Church.
Designed by the artist Colin Stevenson and donated by Mr & Mrs Hamilton of Dullatur in celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary, the window takes its inspiration from the ‘Rainbow Window’ in the church vestibule and represents the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. A colourful, powerful and welcome addition to our church, I’m sure you’ll agree!
Our services on Sunday 23 November were led by Rev Alan Gibson, Head of Stewardship for the Church of Scotland. After the services he asked if he could take a photo of the congregation to post on his Facebook page. Here he is, then, taking a photo of us after worship at the Parish Church in the Village.
We’ll soon be making a temporary change to the way we post our news: rather than updating our main website each week, we’ll be putting our church news here on our blog page.
If you want, you can sign up for email updates so you don’t miss anything that’s going on – see the link on the right – or you can just visit us here whenever you wish. And, of course, we’ll have a link on our website so you don’t have to worry about where to find this blog if you are new to it.
We hope to resume our usual website updates in November, as well as updating our blog as required.
Next Sunday afternoon (14th September) sees the return of Messy Church at the Forge Centre, Balloch after our summer break. The fun starts at 3pm and this month we’ll be looking at part of the story of Moses – the baby in the bullrushes – and there will be songs, stories, crafts, activities and finishing with a meal together. Messy Church is for everyone and we look forward to seeing you there.