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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Yes, we know it is still mid-November, but we wanted to put the message out there that Christmas is not cancelled! Although we won’t be able to do ‘Follow the Star’ again this year due to all the restrictions, we have other things ‘up our sleeve’ to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ in 2020.
First of all, there will be an online Advent Calendar which will be published every day from 1st December to 24th December on our Facebook page and Church website. Each day there will be a Bible reading and reflection and some days will have art, music or video as well.
There will also be an interactive ‘Journey to Bethlehem,’ an Advent trail through the Parish telling the Christmas story which can be done individually at any time. There will be posters and a trail to follow. The posters will have QR codes which will link to relevant Bible readings and downloadable activities for younger people. Think of a ‘treasure trail’ with the treasure being the Christmas story! Read more here.
We will also be having our Nativity / Gift Service, Rainbow Service, Watchnight service and Christmas Day Worship online only this year. Links will be posted on 13th December for the Nativity / Gift Service and the Rainbow Service, on 24th December for the Watchnight service and 25th December for Christmas Day Worship.
So, we can say for certain that there’s lots going on and that Christmas has definitely not been cancelled this year. Watch this space!
We invite you to join us for worship at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church when this week’s service will be our Harvest Thanksgiving. Worship is led by our minister, Rev Elspeth McKay and is available here
We have been inviting people locally to donate items of non-perishable goods and hand them in to the Manse for forwarding to people in need through the local food bank. To say we have been amazed and humbled by the response is an understatement – you can see some of the donations in the video.
If you would like to donate non-perishable goods, e.g dried goods such as rice or pasta, tinned goods, toiletries, etc. this year, please bring them to the Manse in Baronhill and leave them by the front door. (The front door is the one which one enters via the gates in Baronhill, next to the church.) We will take all your donations to our friends at Cornerstone House in the Town Centre next week and they will be distributed through the food bank there. Many thanks to you all!
Time for Reflection
Our next ‘Time for Reflection’ in Cumbernauld Old will be on Sunday 18th October at 11am. The Time for Reflection will provide an opportunity for people to come and reflect and pray for half an hour in the church building. In order to ensure as safe an environment as possible, we need to limit the number of people who can attend and so an advance booking system will be in operation. A letter with details of how our Sunday gatherings will work in practice, including how to ‘book’ your place to attend, has been sent to our members.
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This Sunday is our Harvest Festival at Cumbernauld Old and, as we won’t be able to worship in the church building, we had asked if people could perhaps drop off some Harvest gifts at the Manse for passing on to our sister Food Bank at Cornerstone House.
Suffice to say, we have been both amazed and humbled by the enormous generosity of the people in our community. Elspeth has taken the gifts received so far and laid them out at the church. The photos below will give you some idea of the astonishing response to our appeal, and it’s still only Thursday!
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you! For the difference it will make to those who will receive the goods you have donated, many, many thanks!