The Harvest Thanksgiving Services at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be on Sunday 2nd October at 10.15am in the Parish Church in the Village and 11.45am in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch.
As we give thanks for God’s goodness to us, we are reminded that Harvest is also a time for sharing our gifts and so we invite those attending either of these services, or our Harvest-themed Toddlers’ Praise Service on Saturday 1st October, to bring a donation for the local food bank.
We would be delighted to receive donations of tinned goods (mince, stew, curry, hot-dogs, chopped ham/pork, spaghetti, macaroni cheese, ravioli, peas, beans, potatoes, tuna, fruit and custard, etc.) plus tea-bags, long-life (UHT) milk, breakfast cereal and biscuits. We can also accept donations of toiletries suitable for adults or children. Thank-you in advance! We look forward to seeing you at church on Saturday or Sunday.
As we approach the culmination of the Easter celebration, just a short note to let you know about our worship services over the next few days:
Maundy Thursday Communion – Thursday 24th March at 7.30pm in the Parish Church Good Friday Walk of Witness – Friday 25th March – starts from outside Dunnes Store in the Town Centre at 11.00am and will finish at the United Reformed Church around 1.00pm Good Friday Vigil – from 12 noon to 3.00pm the church will be open for prayer and reflection with Bible readings and meditations on the hour and half-hour. Feel free to drop in and leave at any time Easter Day – Sunday 27th March – come and celebrate with us at services in the Parish Church at 10.15am and the Forge Centre, Balloch at 11.45am. Note that the J Team in the Village won’t be meeting this Sunday.
The next Toddlers’ Praise service at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be held on Saturday 5th March in the Parish Church, starting around 11am. This is our Easter service and all toddlers are invited to come along dressed in bright, Easter colours. Please don’t forget to bring mum, dad, granny or grandpa – uncles and aunties will be welcome too!
There will be songs and a story, things to collect and something to make and juice and biscuits (with tea or coffee for the grown-ups). We would also invite you to bring a small chocolate Easter Egg for children who might not otherwise get one. These will be distributed through the local food bank.
On Sunday 21st February there will be a joint Worship Service in the Parish Church at the Village at 11am. After worship there will be a Congregational Meeting to elect the Nominating Committee which is the next step in the vacancy process. (Note: the Nominating Committee is what the church formerly called the Vacancy Committee.)
At this Congregational Meeting we will be seeking to elect up to 13 people to the Nominating Committee and will need a Proposer and a Seconder for every Nomination. It is important that the Proposer has the Nominee’s agreement before nominating him / her. If we get more than 13 nominations then we go to a vote. If we get 13 or fewer then all of the nominees will be deemed to be elected.
A couple of things to be aware of:
Nominees do not need to be at church on 21st February; however, Proposers and Seconders do; and
Proposers, Seconders and Nominees must all be on the recently attested Electoral Register.
Following the Congregational Meeting and the election, the Interim Moderator and Session Clerk will have a very brief meeting with the newly elected Nominating Committee.
Both the joint service in Church and the Congregational Meeting will be led by our Interim Moderator, Reverend Grace Saunders. Please note that this 11am worship service replaces our usual two services at 10.15am and 11.45am, and so there will be no service at Balloch on 21 February.
Our Celebration Service for the completion of Phase One of Project ROCK will be held on Sunday 30th August at 6.30pm in the Parish Church in the Village.
Our worship will be led by Very Rev David Lunan, the former Moderator of the General Assembly who led our 350th anniversary service in 2009.
We have also invited a number of local dignitaries and people who have been involved with the project (funders, representatives of Presbytery and the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh and the professional team), so we would be delighted to see as many of the congregation as can manage that evening. There will be tea and coffee (and probably cake!) after the service.
Thanks to everyone who brought along chocolate Easter Eggs to our services over the weekend of Palm Sunday. These will be distributed by the Social Work Department based in Glasgow to children and families who otherwise wouldn’t have one.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Thursday 2nd April (Maundy Thursday) at 7.30pm in the Parish Church.
The Good Friday Walk of Witness, arranged by Cumbernauld Churches Together, will be on Friday 3rd April, starting at 11am from Sacred Heart Church (please be there at 10.45am). We plan to take our usual route through the Town Centre via Kildrum Parish Church, Church of the Holy Name, Cornerstone Church and finishing at Cumbernauld United Reformed Church, where there will be a cup of tea or coffee around 1.00pm.
The Parish Church will also be open for our Good Friday Vigil between 12 noon and 3.00pm. This a time for quiet prayer and reflection in the Church, with a reading, meditation and prayer given on the hour and half-hour. You are welcome to come and stay as long as you wish during the above times.
On Sunday 5th April we celebrate Easter Day at morning worship in the Parish Church at 10.15am and in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch at 11.45am. Note that the J Team are now on holiday until 26th April, although the Sunday School at Balloch are still meeting as usual.
The World Day of Prayer 2015 is on Friday 6th March and this year’s service was written by the people of The Bahamas with the theme: Jesus said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?”
In Cumbernauld the World Day of Prayer Service will be held in the Church of the Holy Name, Fleming Road, Seafar on Friday 6th March 2015 at 7.30pm.
The Bahamas is a place of beauty. The beautiful colours gifted by nature are reflected in the worship service and the artwork. The islands give voice to the people of The Bahamas who invite the world to “come and be washed in God’s ever-flowing ocean of grace: to bask in the iridescent light of Christ’s love, and to be embraced by God’s Holy Spirit with the cooling trade-winds of transformation.”
Radical love is the theme that weaves together all the components of the worship resources. They eloquently tell us that Jesus is God’s presence of radical love in the world. Following Jesus’ example of washing his disciples’ feet, we are asked to continue the gesture of love in The Bahamas and in our own communities. That is how the spirit of informed prayer and prayerful action moves around the globe.
As we listen to our Bahamian sisters throughout the worship service, we realise that transformation is seen when a teen mother does not feel alone as she finds support to continue her education and to raise her child, when a breast cancer survivor or people living with HIV or AIDS find strength to live out their journey, and when the chains of depression and enslavement are broken. Also, let us not forget the call for responsible stewardship of God’s creation shared by all; whether it is those who step in the pink sand or swim in the turquoise water of the archipelago, or those who enjoy whatever natural beauty has been gifted by God to your corner of the world.
Jesus said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?”
Last years service came from Eqypt; please continue to pray..
Our annual Rainbow Service was on the afternoon of Sunday 14th December.
During the service we invited those attending to tie a coloured ribbon to a branch of a tree in memory of someone who had died and whom they wished to remember. What had started out as bare branches soon became a riot of colour as more and more ribbons were added, each one remembering someone special.
The Rainbow Tree will remain in church, with another at the Forge Centre in Balloch, through the winter months and you are welcome to add ribbons to it any Sunday before or after our worship services.
On Easter Day 2015 the ribbons will be removed, ironed and used to make something beautiful for the sanctuary or for other people who have been bereaved.