As we have done in previous years, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be participating in the Church of Scotland World Mission Used Stamp Appeal over Christmas and New Year.
We’re inviting members to cut out and keep the postage stamps from any Christmas Cards they receive. These used stamps can then be put in the collection box which will be in the Church vestibule during December and
the early part of January.
This year’s appeal will help the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia (Ukraine) to run a number of daycare centres providing educational, emotional, and physical support for children and young people with disabilities. The appeal will support the young people to live life in all its fullness and to enjoy opportunities to participate in society and family life.
When cutting the stamps from your envelopes please leave a small, at least ¼-inch (0.5cm), border around the stamp. Thanks!
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to express once again our thanks to everyone who knitted and crocheted poppies over the past weeks and months. Every one was beautiful and a real work of art.
Thanks also to all the ladies who came along to sew them onto the panels of netting. Each session was full of chat and laughter, not to mention tea and biscuits. It was a real opportunity to get to know others and we even had volunteers from other churches in the town and several village residents.
Our work is now done and everything is ready to hand over to Anne Louise and Julian for the final installation. This will be carried out over the next few days in time for Remembrance Sunday.
Lots of people have said that they would like to see the finished work but for some reason won’t be able to come on the 11th November, therefore we have decided to open the church on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th from 7.00pm to 9.00pm both evenings to allow visitors to see the result of all our hard hard work.
Thanks also to the congregation for the interest you have shown in the project and the support that you have given us over the last few months.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church has been thrilled by the number of knitted poppies handed in so far for our Remembrance project. However, although we have received about 9,000 poppies to date, we still need more.
We are currently in the process of attaching the poppies to the cargo netting and we don’t quite have enough to complete our display. So we’re asking whether people could please just do a few more and hand them in. We can then finish the sewing-on of the poppies.
Also, for those who have been knitting the poppies and sewing them on, we are having a film crew from Reporting Scotland coming to the Church on Friday 26th October at 2pm. They’re doing a feature on WW1 remembrance. All those who have knitted, crocheted or sewed the poppies are invited to come along to the Church, knitting needles and crochet hooks in hand, so we have a really good turn out for the film crew.
On Tuesday 18th September the speaker at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church Men’s Group will be Joyce Bell from Alva.
Joyce is a nurse at Strathcarron Hospice and, over the years, she and her colleague Caroline have visited South Africa to work with a number of local groups on a variety of health issues, especially HIV and AIDS. They have been sponsored by their local Church of Scotland congregation in Alva and became involved in this project through their association with Graham & Sandra Duncan, who are also our Mission Partners.
Because of our continuing relationship with Sandra and Graham, and the support we give them through our Mission Circle, the Men’s Group has extended an invitation to everyone in the congregation to come along at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th and hear about the work that Joyce and Caroline have done in South Africa.
Now that Cumbernauld Old’s support for the Life for African Mothers project has come to a natural conclusion, we thought it would now be appropriate to support new mothers and their children here in Cumbernauld through Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Baby Bank.
From now on, there will be a box in the vestibule of the church and the back of the hall at Balloch for donations. The ‘bank’ would appreciate anything suitable for babies or children up to 7 years of age, e.g.
Clothing doesn’t have to be new but should be in great condition and freshly laundered. Hand knits would also be appreciated.
The Fairtrade group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is happy to announce that the sum of £215.88 was raised in March at our stalls of Fairtrade goods provided by Gavin’s Mill in Milngavie. In recognition of Fairtrade Fortnight, we took a first successful step in our journey as a Church community towards supporting the ethos of fairer trade and the principles of the Fairtrade Foundation.
We would like to make this a regular feature of our Church life and would invite you to support us by visiting our stall again when we hope to run it each month.
By choosing Fairtrade you can make a huge difference to the lives of people in some of the poorest communities in the world. We are looking for volunteers to be part of our Fairtrade group to help organise future events and are particularly keen to hear from bakers who would be willing to try out some recipes using Fairtrade products. If you are interested in being part of this group in any way please speak to Caroline Edwardson, Sandra Graham, Ivar Struthers or Anne Morrison.
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.