Harvest Thanks!

Once again everyone at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church has been very generous with their donations at last Sunday’s Harvest Thanksgiving service. All these packeted and tinned goods are going to our local Food Bank, Thanks again to everyone who donated.

Harvest Gifts - October 2021
Harvest Gifts – October 2021

Transforming lives

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is a Fairtrade Church and, when we are able, serve Fairtrade teas and coffees after our services and occasionally have Fairtrade goods available to buy.
Earlier this year we were able to pass on some of the donations we received to a number of charities through our connections with Gavin’s Mill. One such charity was Transform Burkina and they wrote to us to say how our donation made a difference there…

“Many thanks for your kind donation to Transform Burkina which you made via Gavin’s Mill Gifts. It has been as especially difficult year globally due to the Covid-19 pandemic and although Burkina Faso has not been hit as hard as other countries directly by the virus, the indirect effects of a national lockdown on such a fragile economy have been widespread. This has meant your donation has been more valuable than ever.

“All our projects have continued – the Bethanie Health Centre in Ouagadougou continues its vital work based in an informal settlement on the edge of the capital, our clean water projects have increased and we are currently in the process of creating new clean water supplies for three villages in the north of the country and our two agricultural projects are growing, with students learning the basics in farming techniques and then being given a starter pack of seeds and tools to start farming themselves.”

You can find out more at https://www.transformburkina.org.uk/health-3/

Thank you to everyone who supports our Fairtrade initiatives here at Cumbernauld Old. We look forward to a time when we can restart and hope it won’t be too long!

Christian Aid Week 2021

Christian Aid Week 2021 e-envelope

Christian Aid Week 2021 runs from 10 – 16 May.

We won’t be able to do our usual fund-raising for Christian Aid Week at Cumbernauld Old this year, no house-to-house collections or envelopes left on pews or available to hand onto neighbours, but just as the work of Christian Aid hasn’t stopped throughout the Covid-19 pandemic neither has the need for its work to be supported. In fact, that need becomes greater as more people are pushed into hardship

In the words of Christian Aid themselves:

This climate crisis hurts us all. But people living in poverty fight the worst of it every day.
From drought to flooding, climate change robs people of control over their lives. Extreme weather means people in the poorest communities are struggling to survive without a reliable source of water.
Your gift could help a community build an earth dam, so when the rains do come, they will have the water they need to live. A reliable source of water will help families withstand long drought or relentless rainstorms.
Every envelope. Every gift. Every challenge can change lives.

No envelope? No problem!
What we have done is create an e-giving page, a place where you can donate to Christian Aid under the ‘banner’ of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church. Just click here or on the logo below to find out more and to donate. Thank you very much for your support. It is greatly appreciated!

Christian Aid Week 2021 e-envelope

Easter Egg donations

A massive thank you to everyone who has donated Easter eggs for the House of Bread food bank at Cornerstone. Everyone has been so generous and we are genuinely humbled by the number of donations received.

There is still time to drop eggs at the Manse as we will be taking them to Cornerstone on Sunday afternoon. Likewise, if you wish to make a cash donation to the food bank, please pop the money in an envelope, seal it and drop it through the Manse letterbox. We’ll take the monetary donations up to Cornerstone when we are dropping off the eggs. Thank you once more!

Easter egg donations 2021

Easter Egg Appeal 2021

As we have done in previous years, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be collecting Easter Eggs for distribution by Bethlehem House of Bread based at Cornerstone to those who otherwise wouldn’t be receiving one.

If you would like to donate an Easter Egg (or more than one!) please drop them off at the Manse (next door to the Church in the Village) by Palm Sunday, the 28th March.
If you would prefer to donate cash, that would be great too. Please post an envelope through the door at the Manse. We’ll take your donations to Cornerstone where they will ensure the money goes where it is most needed this Easter-time.

If you would like to donate a Fair Trade Easter egg, they are available through Traidcraft (just click on the link) Thank you as always for your generosity!

Fairtrade Easter Egg, available from Traidcraft
Fairtrade Easter Egg, available from Traidcraft

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Like many things this year, the annual Gift Service at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church was a bit different in that it was online.

What didn’t change was the response. The compassion and generosity of all who contributed was wonderful to behold. A great array of children’s toys & books, gifts for all ages and festive foods – not forgetting a selection of Cumbernauld Old’s very own chocolate orange Santa hats. If that were not enough, over £500 was donated in cash too.

Gift Service at Cumbernauld Old, 13-12-2020

All of the above has now been safely transported to Bethlehem House of Bread at Cornerstone who will distribute them on our behalf. The cash can be used to buy fresh items or gift vouchers for those in need – and there are many, including around 240 children who will benefit from your thoughtfulness.

So once again. a heartfelt thank you for the unwavering support of the food bank, especially in these strange and troubled times. Your kindness will indeed bring tidings of comfort and joy.

A safe & peaceful Christmas from all at the food bank

Journey to Bethlehem

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church invites you to Journey to Bethlehem with us.
Follow the Christmas story in a combination of a treasure hunt and a self-guided trail which you can do in your own time.

Located around Cumbernauld Village are twelve numbered posters, each with a picture representing part of the story of Christmas and a line from the Bible relating to that picture.
There’s a candle, crown, musical instruments, Bethlehem, angel, Mary, journey, scroll, shepherds, stable, wise men and star.
See how many you can find!
(Hint: the first poster is at the Church gate and the rest of the hint-list can be found at the end of this post.)

Each poster also has a QR code which you can scan on your mobile phone.
That will bring you to a page on our church website where you can read the Bible passage that goes with that picture. Click or tap on the picture on the website page to download a puzzle, quiz, colouring-in, craft, etc. all linked to the Christmas story and which younger people can do at home.
The posters are numbered 1 – 12 and that will take you through the Christmas story in sequence if you want to follow that, but you are more than welcome to scan the code on any of the posters you come across.

We hope you enjoy our new take on the Christmas story!

If you can’t get down to the Village you can also follow the ‘trail’ from the comfort of your own home by the links on our website.

Poster locations: Church gate, Purple Paws, the bakery, the florist, Cullen and Easton, Spar, the barber’s shop, Patterson and Hughes, the chemist, the Village Hall, Scragg, and the Village Noticeboard at the War Memorial.

Annual Gift Service

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be holding our annual Gift Service on Sunday 13th December. In recent years we have asked for donations of toys, etc. which have been distributed through our local food bank, but this year – not surprisingly – will be different.

Firstly, the worship service itself will be pre-recorded and available to view online. We’ll post the link later in the week. Donations of Christmas gifts can be left at the Manse front door up to and including the 13th December. They will be then taken up to Cornerstone for distribution.

However, the organisers, Bethlehem House of Bread, have said that whilst they are happy to receive gifts, they have requested monetary donations this year where possible to limit the handling of items. You can either donate directly by on-line banking (details can be obtained from Elspeth) or if you bring it to the Manse in a sealed envelope we will ensure your donation gets passed on.

Thank you.