World Mission Used Stamp Appeal 2022

As we have done in previous years, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is inviting you to support the Church of Scotland World Mission Used Stamp Appeal.

Church of Scotland World Mission Used Stamp Appeal 2022 poster

There will be a collection box for used postage stamps in the church vestibule during December and January, so please keep the stamps from any Christmas cards you receive and pop them in the box when you are at church.

The aim of this year’s Appeal is to raise enough funds to support a pastor in our partner church the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) for a full year’s salary. The economic crisis in the country has struck hard and the Synod is struggling to pay salaries for pastors which range between £100 to £150 per month.

For more information about this year’s appeal, visit the Church of Scotland website.

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.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2022

Fairtrade banner 2022
Fairtrade Fortnight is here!

Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 runs from 21 February to 6 March and we are all being invited to ‘Choose the World You Want’ with an online festival with films and talks and even tasting events, as well as being encouraged to keep on looking out for the Fairtrade mark on the things we all buy.

Cumbernauld Old is a Fairtrade Church and our worship service on Sunday 27th February will have a bit of a Fairtrade ‘flavour’ to it. So please join in and ‘Choose the World You Want’ this Fairtrade Fortnight.

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