Cumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to thank everyone who supported our annual Easter Egg Appeal. There was a huge response to our appeal for people to donate chocolate Easter Eggs for distribution to needy children through our local food bank. A whole car-load of eggs was collected and it was both wonderful and humbling to see such a generous response from our congregation.
Thanks, too, to everyone who hand-knitted ‘chicks’ over the last few weeks and those who provided the small chocolate cream- or caramel-filled eggs to go inside them. They were an amazing ‘hit’ with everyone who saw them and supply barely matched demand! By Easter Day we reckon that about £87 was raised by this fantastic idea.
Cumbernauld 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.
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.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church were delighted to receive the following letter from the Food Bank team at Cornerstone House recently:
Thank you all once again for your partnership and fantastic Christmas donations of food, gifts and money in December and throughout 2017.
We received over 1700 referrals between our two Food Banks in 2017, and put out over 130 extraordinary food hampers, gifts and toys in the Christmas week alone.
It is a blessing to us all in seeing what can be achieved in our own communities when the people of God work together.
Thank you for all the effort everyone puts in to make this ministry work. We look forward to what the Lord is going to do in 2018.
God bless, Norma Cowan
April 2018 will mark the third anniversary of the opening of the Village Food Bank at the Parish Church and we are delighted have forged such close links with the Bethlehem House of Bread, which operates out of Cornerstone House. The Food Bank in the Village is open each Friday from 11am – 12.30pm.
This year, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be supporting Fairtrade Fortnight when we will be inviting people to ‘Come On In’ and see what Fairtrade is all about.
Put simply, Fairtrade is about ensuring producers and workers in the developing world get better prices and decent working conditions; it therefore supports local sustainability and fair terms of trade.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to thank everyone who donated their coffee jars (and other containers!) full of small coins recently. The contents have now been counted and the Treasurer was delighted to be able to send a cheque for £379.97 to Mary’s Meals. Thank-you all once again for your amazing generosity!
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church has been inviting members to collect and donate their used postage stamps over the Christmas period. They will go to the Church of Scotland’s 2017 Stamp Appeal which will provide training materials needed for ministry students with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS).
The collection boxes in the church vestibule and at Balloch will remain until Sunday 21st January, after which the stamps will be passed on to the team in Glasgow co-ordinating the collection.
Thanks, also, to everyone who has been collecting their small change in coffee jars or similar containers during the past few months. These will also be collected at our morning worship services on Sunday 21st January. Proceeds from this collection will go to Mary’s Meals, a registered charity that provides nutritious meals for children and supports their education in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Firstly, we’d like to say a big “thank you” to everyone who supports the local Food Bank with donations, volunteering and prayer. Secondly, we’d like to update you with what we have planned in the lead-up to Christmas – and how you can help.
Preparations are underway at the Food Bank for helping those in need in our community during what can be a particularly challenging time. The Cornerstone Christmas event will be held on Thursday 21st December at Cornerstone House in the Town Centre. It will cater for around 150 people, providing them with a festive meal, food parcel and gifts. There will also be Christmas celebration at the Cumbernauld Village Food Bank the following day, Friday 22nd December, with carols, treats and fellowship.
Cumbernauld Old has received a ‘thank-you’ note from Norma Cowan at Bethlehem House of Bread, our local food bank managed by our friends at Cornerstone House. The note reads:
“Thank you once again for your magnificent contribution to our food bank over the last year and for the wonderful Christmas gifts. In 2015 with your help, between both food banks we gave out over 1500 food parcels into the community and 2016 has exceeded this number. Your continuing support is indeed welcome, so thank you again. It is a blessing not only to those who serve but also to the many people and families who benefit especially at Christmas. God Bless and we wish you all a prosperous 2017.”