Christmas Fund-raisers

Whisper it, but Christmas is not that far away and Cumbernauld Old has a wee fund-raising initiative we’d like to mention.

Christmas fund-raiser 2020Festively-dressed chocolate oranges are available for £3 each and would make an ideal stocking-filler. Each ‘cover’ is individually hand-knitted and designs include Santa Hats, Bobble Hats and Christmas Puddings. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary or as a ‘wee minder’ for the postman, bin men etc. look no further!

If you would like to buy one – or more – please phone Elizabeth on (01236) 726451 and we will deliver them to your door (assuming you live locally of course!).  Our chocolate oranges are an easy and fun way to help our church’s funds at this challenging time. Thank-you!

Christmas Cards 2020

The Fundraising Team at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church are exploring the possibility of creating our own bespoke Christmas cards for sale, and therefore raising much-needed funds for the Church. We have found a company online which can design and print bespoke charity Christmas cards at a reasonable cost.

However, before we commit to spending money on ordering these Christmas cards, we would like to establish whether there is sufficient support for this venture to ensure that we would actually make a profit, i.e. raise some funds, from doing so. Please, therefore, let us know if you would be willing to purchase such cards if they were available.

The cards we are considering would have a front cover with a pretty picture of our church, probably a snowy, wintry scene. We already have a number of photos from which we could choose. The cards would come in packs of ten. The smaller cards are 120mm square and would cost £3 per pack of ten. There are larger cards, 150mm square, and would cost £3.50 per pack of ten. Please note, though, that to make a worthwhile profit we would have to sell 100 packs. So please give this your fullest consideration.

Please, then, let us know as soon as possible if you would be interested in purchasing Cumbernauld Old Parish Church Christmas cards, and if possible, indicate how many packs you might want.

Once we have received everyone’s replies we will be able to gauge whether this would be a worthwhile venture. We are limited in the number of people we can contact directly, so if you have any friends or family who may also wish to purchase Christmas cards from us, please have a chat with them and include that in your reply. Thank-you for your time and consideration.

Songs of Praise Fund-raiser

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church intends to hold an online fund-raising event on Friday 26th June at 7.30pm.

Instead of the event we had planned to hold in the church we will now be hosting an online Summer Songs Of Praise and invite you to join in, singing along to some favourite hymns and making a donation via the ‘Donate online’ button on the Church website:

We hope you will be able to join us in singing some favourite hymns and support us in raising some funds for the church during these difficult times. Details of how to join will be posted nearer the time.

Please pass on news of this event to family and friends by mail, text or phone and let’s all encourage one another to join in and sing some summer songs of praise.

200626_COPC Songs of Praise

Give As You Live for Cumbernauld Old

If you do online shopping, even if only occasionally, did you know that you could be helping Cumbernauld Old Parish Church as you shop?

It’s all as you down to a helpful fund-raising website called Give As You Live.
Here’s how it works:

Go to the website and click on the button that says “Sign up for free”. You will be asked to choose a charity to support – type in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church, click ‘Search’ and then ‘Support us’ when our name comes up. (You’ll only have to do this the first time you use the site.) You’ll then be asked to enter your details and create an account. After that, click on the shop you want to visit – there’s everything from Amazon and Argos to Boots and B&Q – there are over 4,000 online stores to choose from. And that’s it!

Carry on shopping as you would before, the only difference now is that Cumbernauld Old will receive a small percentage from what you spend. And you won’t pay a penny extra! You’ll even get an email to confirm the amount that the church received from your purchases (and, no, we don’t get to see what you have bought or where!)

After that, it’s simply a matter of getting into the habit of clicking on Give As You Live when you want to do an online shop, logging on and then accessing your favourite shops from there. Each time you do, our church will receive a percentage of what you spend. Even if it’s only a few pence at a time, it all adds up.

Give As You Live also offers the opportunity to make online donations and to donate when you use your store cards at, e.g. ASDA, Tesco, etc. stores. We’re looking into these and will let you know how we get on. Meanwhile, our online shopping facility is up and running. Enjoy, but please shop responsibly. Thanks!

Smart Savers update

200216_030 Smarties tubes at Cumbernauld Old Parish ChurchJust over two years ago the fundraising group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church launched ‘Cumbernauld Old Smart Savers’ by giving everyone a tube of Smarties to enjoy, after which we hoped they would fill the tube with 20p and 10p coins and return to church.

We want to thank everyone who took part and continued throughout the year to fill tubes and hand them in as part of fundraising.

In 2019 you raised the wonderful amount of £758.51 for church funds (obviously a random penny sneaked into a tube somewhere!) That was a great addition to our fundraising total for last year, so thank-you so much for your continued support for this initiative.

We have restocked our collection of Smarties and will be continuing this fund-raiser throughout 2020. The Smart Savers box is in the church vestibule on Sunday mornings (you can’t miss it, as it’s covered with Smarties paper!) so please collect and enjoy your candy-covered chocolate, fill the box with your spare 10p and 20p coins, and drop off your filled tube at church. You can then take another box and repeat the cycle – but only if you wish. With many thanks once again for your amazing response to this initiative.

Cookie Time at Cumbernauld Old

We would like to invite you all to join us for cookies, tea and coffee after Morning Worship on Sunday 8th September (i.e. this coming Sunday).

Not only will you be able to enjoy delicious homemade cookies, you will be able to purchase a jar with the dry ingredients for various cookies with instructions to bake and enjoy them at home. You might want to buy more than one to enjoy a variety of cookies!

The fundraising group would like to thank everyone who donated jam jars for our September fundraiser.

Worship at Cumbernauld Old takes place in the Parish Church in the Village at 11.00am and everyone is welcome,

‘Smart’ savers at Cumbernauld Old

A huge thank-you to everyone who has already filled and returned their Smarties tubes for the Cumbernauld Old ‘Smart Savers’ fundraiser. This has been running for just a few weeks and has already raised over £160 for church funds.

A collection box is in the church vestibule – you can’t miss it, it’s covered in a Smarties paper!
We’ve added some more tubes of sweets to the box for anyone wishing to enjoy a few more and then fill the empty tube with spare 20p coins. Thanks again!

Easter Cards for sale

Easter is now just around the corner and Cumbernauld Old Parish Church now offers you the opportunity to purchase beautiful hand-made Easter cards for sending to friends and family.

Dorothy Roberts, one of our elders, has made and donated bespoke cards with a variety of designs and verses and they are available to buy in the Church vestibule every Sunday after worship.

Cost is by donation but we would suggest at least a pound. When you see them, I’m sure you’ll agree they are more than worth it. Just pop your donation in the tub provided. Speak to Dorothy or Elizabeth at church any Sunday for more information.