Newsletters – November 2022

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The latest newsletter from Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is now available.

We welcome two Team Ministers, Fiona Crawford and James Gemmell, to Cumbernauld Old and they will be working with us alongside our partners at St Mungo’s and Kildrum Parish Churches for the next wee while. The newsletter also has an update on the status of the Glasgow Presbytery Mission Plan and how it will impact us here at Cumbernauld Old.

Elsewhere in the magazine we take a look back at Harvest and forward to Advent and Christmas, there are updates from our Craft Group and Property, Fundraising and Mission teams and there’s an introduction to the community singing group, called Arria Voices, which meets in the church every Wednesday evening. That and much more in the magazine’s 20 pages.

Download your copy from the link below. I hope you enjoy reading about all that’s going on at Cumbernauld Old.

Remember that you can keep up-to-date with everything that’s going on from our website – www.cumbernauldold.org.uk – and also on social media. All the details are on the last page of the magazine.

STOP PRESS:
After the magazine went to print we received a letter from our Mission Partners, Graham and Sandra Duncan, in South Africa. So here’s two for the price of one. Enjoy!

Warm Space initiative

In partnership with Cornerstone and the Village Community Council, Cumbernauld Old has been invited by North Lanarkshire Council to participate in setting up a ‘welcome space’ for local residents from November 2022 to March 2023.

The Council will provide all the funding necessary and propose to open the small hall in The Wynd every Thursday from 12.30 -14.30 to serve soup and sandwiches provided by Cornerstone and, if possible, re-open from 16.00 – 18.00 to offer an early evening snack. It will be a place where people can enjoy some company and come together to “seat, eat and heat”.

Details have still to be finalised, but for it to go ahead it needs the help of the wider community; it needs men and women to volunteer to staff the sessions. Hopefully, enough people will come forward to make up a rota so that the commitment does not become too much of a burden.

If you want more details, please leave us a note as soon as possible and we’ll pass it on. Your help would be really appreciated.

Worship on Sunday 2nd October

A reminder that our worship service at Cumbernauld Old this coming Sunday 2nd October will be our annual Harvest Thanksgiving service and we invite those attending, if they can, to bring a donation for our local food bank. See our earlier post for further information.
The service will take place at 11.00am in the Parish Church and will be led by Fiona Crawford, our Team Minister. Everyone is welcome and we hope you can join us!

Dandelion Trust Harvest Festival

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is teaming up with Cumbernauld Village Community Council to hold a special Harvest event under the auspices of the Dandelion Trust. This event which was postponed out of respect after the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth has now been rescheduled for Saturday 1st October and will take place in the Manse Garden from 11am until 2.30pm and full details are given on our website here

Baby Bank Warm Winter Appeal

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church invites your support for the Cumbernauld Baby Bank Warm Winter Appeal

The awful reality is that there will be a lot of cold children and young people this winter, many families simply won’t be able to afford to heat their homes over the coming months. As a charity, the Baby Bank has been considering what more they can do in addition to providing the usual warm clothing and winter woolies, and have decided is that they will be adding warm blankets and ‘hoodie’ style dressing gowns to as many referrals as they can as winter approaches. But need help to do it!

There are great fleece blankets in our local supermarkets (starting at £5) which would be ideal, and the ‘hoodie’ style dressing gowns can be bought from some shops for around £12. They also need all the usual hats, gloves and scarves too!

The kindness and generosity in this community is immense, and they are constantly blown away by local response to their appeals. We know times are getting tough for so many, but if you are in a position to help, they would be so very grateful of your support. Thank-you!

Follow the Baby Bank on Facebook.

Harvest Appeal 2022

Harvest Gifts at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church - October 2021

Once again we at Cumbernauld Old are being invited to support the work of Bethlehem House of Bread at Cornerstone House through our special Harvest Appeal. As we all know we are living in very challenging times. More and more people are struggling, with an increase in families coming forward for help at food banks.
On Sunday 2nd October at our Harvest Appeal could you please help by bringing along your donations of any of the following: 

  • Meals –  eg meatballs, macaroni, spaghetti Bolognese, hotdogs, pasta sauce etc;
  • Soup –  tins or packets;
  • Tinned spaghetti, beans, peas & other vegetables;
  • Puddings  –  tins or packets of fruit, rice or custard; 
  • Jam, biscuits, UHT milk.

The above are simply suggestions. Anything else you think would help will be greatly appreciated.

Cumbernauld Old and our wider community have supported the food bank for a number of years with amazing generosity. Never has our support been more needed or appreciated.
Thank you.

New Book Group

Do you like to read and talking to others about books? Then Cumbernauld Old might just have created the group for you!

We are starting a Book Group – starting on Tuesday 6th September at 2pm in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church, the group will meet monthly thereafter and each new book will be chosen by the members of the group.

The group will be supported by the local library and led by Moira, one of the librarians, so there’s no need for anyone to buy the books unless they want to More details on our Facebook page or leave us a message below.

Baby Bank Appeal

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church recently received a warm thank you from Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Baby Bank for taking part in their Fill-A-Bag Appeal. They said, “It was lovely to blether with you today when collecting the bag, and thank you to everyone involved for their support and generosity.”

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Baby Bank Fill a Bag Appeal