The following article was printed in our recent Church Magazine. We thought it worth sharing…
Having supported the Cornerstone food bank for some time with weekly food donations from our congregation, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church decided to offer additional help in the form of a satellite food bank in our area too. Thus with the support of our friends at Cornerstone, the Village food bank opened its doors in April 2015 at the Session House in the Village.
The Cumbernauld Village food bank is open in the church Session House on Friday mornings from 11 – 12.30 to provide not just food and toiletries but support and a welcome for some of the most vulnerable in our community. Advice can be given regarding courses on basic cooking and budgeting as well as providing information regarding other agencies who may be of help. An important function is to provide a relaxed friendly place where people can come to share and chat over a coffee and feel valued.
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.
There has been a gap of several months since we last posted anything on this blog, so a wee bit of catch-up is required.
Most of what appears below is of historical interest only – the dates for most of the events in these newsletters have passed – but we’ve decided to post the links in any event, if only for the sake of completeness since the newsletters for the early part of the year had already been posted.
The latest newsletter from the Mission & Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland introduces Heart And Soul 2013, when the church will take over Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh for an afternoon of celebration on General Assembly Sunday (19th May), which is also the Day of Pentecost. In recognition of the 1450th anniversary of Columba landing on Iona, Heart and Soul 2013 will be inspired by Celtic Christianity, with all the richness of its themes, including: hospitality, pilgrimage, journeying, creation and its care, representing Christ to the world, and ‘being on the edge’.
The newsletter also has news of two retreats being organised to take place in the Highlands in June, the National Youth Assembly in August and a conference for Session Clerks planned for September.
Among the many items listed in the ‘resources’ section are two new websites: www.resourcingmission.org.uk offers mission resources from the Church of Scotland for download (e.g. Quick Guides) and purchase (e.g. the popular Pray It Forward cards), and an online booking facility for Mission & Discipleship events (e.g. National Youth Assembly). www.lifeandwork.org is a new online presence, offering readers and followers an enhanced and up-to-date experience of the Church of Scotland’s popular magazine. In addition, regular updates on Life and Work’s new pages will appear on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LifeandWork) and Twitter (@cofslifeandwork).
The latest monthly newsletter from the Mission & Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland has, as always, a whole raft of events, activities and resources of interest to church people throughout Scotland.
The February 2012 newsletter from the Church of Scotland’s Mission & Discipleship Council contains details of a number of events, conferences and resources of interest to church folk all over Scotland. There is something here for everyone.
Among the events listed is HEART and SOUL 2012: the follow-up to last year’s Roll Away the Stone celebration on General Assembly Sunday in Princes Street Gardens. This year’s event will embrace the full length and breadth of West Princes Street Gardens, with more attractions, stalls, exhibitors, and activities for children and young people. Sunday 20 May, 1–6pm. For further information and to apply, visit the Heart and Soul website.
Another is a series of conferences called WHY BELIEVE? Two conferences have been organised to help people ‘give a reason’ for the faith. The emphasis will be on workshops to help church members explore contemporary ways of responding both to new questions and classic issues, like science, suffering and pluralism, and also to explore the opportunities of today’s changing social contexts in presenting the claims of Jesus Christ. The first is called “What can I say? – commending faith in a sceptical age” and takes place on 12 May in Edinburgh and the second, “How can I say it? – sharing faith in a post-modern age” is on 27 October in Glasgow. More details in the newsletter.
Life and Work feature writer, Jackie Macadam, has a request…
We’re thinking about a series called ‘The Sign of the Cross’, where we’ll feature special crosses in churches across Scotland. Some churches have crosses made for a special reason or by a special person. Maybe even out of a special material. Or for a particular reason. We’ll be looking for a good photograph of the cross and tell its story. Could I ask people working in churches across the community to keep an eye open for interesting crosses and get me in touch with someone who will tell the story. Please email jmacadam [at] lifeandwork.org and tell her all about the cross that holds a special place in your church or community.
Read the full newsletter at Mission & Discipleship 65 – February 2012
The December 2011 edition of the Church of Scotland’s enews from the Mission & Discipleship Council features information about a large number of events and resources to start the New Year 2012. Among them are a series of Contextual Bible Studies run by Christian Aid and a program of events focusing on worship and leadership from the Mission & Discipleship Council.
Information is given about PRAY NOW 2012 – Daily Devotions on the Theme of Time from the Pray Now Group. This popular annual collection of modern prayers, written by individuals, prayer groups and leaders of worship, is for everyone, whatever their denomination. It offers a place to start when you feel you have no words of your own, and prayer activities that allow time to think and space to listen. This year’s theme is ‘Time’. The Pray Now Group is a team of experts who care deeply about the role of prayer in our lives. Drawn from an ecumenically minded Church of Scotland group, their work is written for a wide, diverse and international readership.
In addition, there is information about PRAY IT FORWARD – a new initiative from Mission & Discipleship featuring an attractive collection of high quality cards carrying a range of blessings inspired from scripture, for churches and individuals to give away free to others. The aim of the cards is to encourage and bless the recipient, and to encourage them to pray for, and bless, someone else in turn, i.e. to focus outward, and not just on what God can do for ME! They are ideal for use in outreach, pastoral care and personal contexts, e.g. pop one in with each Christmas card you send. Each box of 80 cards features an assortment of 8 different designs. £5 per box.
Read the full enews at Mission & Discipleship 63 – December 2011