ministry

Letter from the Minister

Dear Friends

I wanted to be in touch with you all to let you know what is happening regarding life in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church.

As most of you will know by now, we received notification from the Church of Scotland that we are to cease gathering for worship immediately and that also applies to all activities that bring people together.  We are very saddened by this but you can still attend ‘virtual worship’ which will be recorded and if you would like to receive this, please let the Admin Group know and they can send you a weekly email with a link to the service.  Their email is Cumbernauld_old@outlook.com.

We will also be starting up a Facebook page for Cumbernauld Old and the plan is that there will be a short thought for the day posted there along with other ideas that will help us stay connected.  Please do link up with this Facebook page and post ideas and worship resources. There will also be regular updates to this blog.

Please do let us know any way that we can help, from a weekly telephone call just to check in to running errands.  We have volunteers who are ready and willing to help.  If you are speaking to anyone who might not be able to read this, please do let them know.

Please do all keep safe and if there is anything that we can do, please do let us know.  Feel free to contact your Elder or me directly.  The Manse number is 01236 728853.

We are living through very uncertain and upsetting times.  Please never feel alone, the Lord our God is with us through all of this and beyond.

With much love

 

Elspeth

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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Cumbernauld Old Poppy Project

The fixing of the poppies to create the Remembrance ‘waterfall’ at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is going on at a fair pace and the panels are looking fantastic (see slideshow below). Elizabeth would like to thank to all the ladies who came to the two sessions last week. The Session House was really buzzing with around 12 volunteers each day. There was a tremendous feeling of fellowship and a lot of laughter, not to mention the coffee and the biscuits!

There will be another three sessions next week and everyone is welcome to come along and add their contribution to the project. You don’t need to stay the full time, just pop in for as long or as short a time as you can manage. Next week’s session times are:

  • Monday: 10am until 12 noon;
  • Tuesday: 1pm until 3pm;
  • Wednesday: 10am until 12 noon.

 

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Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Baby Bank

Now that Cumbernauld Old’s support for the Life for African Mothers project has come to a natural conclusion, we thought it would now be appropriate to support new mothers and their children here in Cumbernauld through Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Baby Bank.

From now on, there will be a box in the vestibule of the church and the back of the hall at Balloch for donations. The ‘bank’ would appreciate anything suitable for babies or children up to 7 years of age, e.g.

  • Nappies
  • Baby toiletries
  • Blankets, towels
  • Wipes

Clothing doesn’t have to be new but should be in great condition and freshly laundered. Hand knits would also be appreciated.

You can find out more about the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Baby Bank on their Facebook page. It is a project of Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Care, Scottish Charity SCO47347

Easter Egg Appeal 2018

170326_035 Easter Egg Collection at VillageCumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to invite people attending our morning worship services on Sunday 25th March to bring a small chocolate Easter Egg to donate to children who otherwise might not receive one.

170326_045 Easter Egg Collection (Balloch)Eggs will be collected after both our services on 25th March for distribution via our local food banks.

This appeal has been very successful in previous years, as you can see from the photos, and the amazing support and generosity from our congregation is greatly appreciated.

A Warm Welcome

170803_101 Elspeth's Induction cakeRev Elspeth McKay was inducted as the new minister of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Thursday 3rd August at a service in the Parish Church. That was followed by a social event in the Village Hall when we all had a chance to ‘meet & greet’ her more informally.

One of the memorable features of the evening was a wonderful cake – the wording around the edges reads “Cumbernauld Old Parish Church welcomes Reverend Elspeth McKay” – but we had enjoyed the sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones and cake so much the cake was left over until our service on Sunday!170803_102 Elspeth cuts the Induction cake

We are delighted to welcome Elspeth and her family into our church and community and hope they feel very much at home here.

We wish to place on record our thanks to our Interim Moderator for the past two years, Rev Grace Saunders, and also to our Locum, Rev Marion Perry who served us so conscientiously during her time with us. We wish them both every blessing for the future.

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.
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Coffee Jar collection update

The total sum realised for Mary’s Meals by way of the ‘pennies’ collection at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church was an excellent £356.12. A cheque for that amount has been sent to the Charity.

Thanks to everyone who supported this project and especially to Barbara B. who had the unenviable task of emptying all the jars, and ‘hauling’ their contents to the bank.