After our Fairtrade-themed service at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Sunday 8th March, we will be holding the first of our “Fairtrade and Fellowship” ‘warm welcome’ events. These will take place about four times throughout the year and will always co-ordinate with a Fairtrade stall. We invite those attending worship to stay in Church after our service on Sunday to enjoy Fairtrade tea / coffee / home baking and to engage in Fellowship with your Church family. Please also take the opportunity also to visit our Fairtrade stall.
If you have been saving your small change in coffee jars, jam jars or similar containers, your ‘Coffee Jar’ Offerings will be collected at worship at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Sunday 19th January.
The proceeds of this year’s collection will again go to Toilet Twinning (see www.toilettwinning.org for more details). Our small change can help towards a big change for those who lack decent sanitation. Please don’t hand in any actual jars, though, instead transfer your coins into a small plastic bag and hand that in at church on Sunday. Thanks!
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church holds our annual Gift Service in church on Sunday 15th December at 11am.
Donations of toys, festive food items and toiletries (especially for men) would be most welcome.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to our worship service on this Third Sunday of Advent.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will once again be collecting your used postage stamps over Christmas and New Year in aid of the Church of Scotland World Mission’s Stamp Appeal. This year’s appeal will support the Chigodi Women’s Centre in Blantyre, Malawi.
Please cut the stamps from the envelopes on any Christmas mail you receive, leaving a small (1/4inch or so) margin of paper around the edges, and pop them in the box in the church vestibule. We’ll be running the appeal from Sunday 8th December until Sunday 14th January. Thanks for your support!
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.
On Sunday 10th March Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with a service dedicated to raising awareness of the need for ethical trade. We will be welcoming a visitor from Gavin’s Mill, who will share with us the ethos that sits behind the wide-ranging role that this Fairtrade shop / café plays within the Fairtrade community.
As well as our regular Fairtrade stall we will be offering Fairtrade teas / coffees and home-baking in Church after our service. The Fairtrade group looks forward to seeing you then.
For quite a few years now, the congregation at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church has been collecting their small change in coffee jars or similar containers and, each year, the amount collected goes to a good cause.
If you have been collecting your small change in coffee jars or similar over the past few months, please transfer your coins from the jars into small plastic bags and bring them along to church on Sunday 20th January 2019.
The Kirk Session has decided that this year’s Coffee Jar offerings will go to an initiative called Toilet Twinning. The money we donate will help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy. Thank-you!
The Fairtrade group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to thank you for your generous purchases from our monthly stall. Since April we have bought hundreds of pounds of fairly-traded goods provided by Gavin’s Mill in Milngavie. Your kind additional donations of money, amounting to £40, have also allowed us to buy four gifts from Gavin’s Mill’s catalogue:
- A concrete ring used in well-building to help farmers in Malawi
- Life-saving medicines for up to 5 people in Burkina Faso
- A clean accessible water supply for one person in Burkina Faso
- 200 metal water ladles for Water Harvest in North-West India
We have recently received certificates from Gavin’s Mill, attached to the poster in the Church foyer, thanking you all for your kind generosity. Your donations have helped some of the poorest communities in the world at Christmas – Faith in Action.