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.
To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War this year, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church hopes to apply for Heritage Lottery Funding (or, indeed, grants from other sources) to host events in the autumn.
Our initial ideas include a community cinema, arts and crafts workshops and investigating the men from the Village who gave their lives in that conflict. This will culminate in a special display on Armistice Sunday, 11th November 2018.
We are looking for your thoughts and ideas and, better still, help!
If you want more details, or can offer help or suggestions, please leave us a note. Thanks.
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.
On Sunday 24th December, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will have its usual morning worship services at 10.15am in the Parish Church in the Village and at 11.45am in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch.
Later on Christmas Eve we’ll have our all-age Christingle Service at 4.30pm in the Forge Centre, Balloch followed by our Watchnight Service at 11.30pm in the Parish Church in the Village.
Then join us on Christmas Day for a short service of worship at 10.15am in the Parish Church. All welcome!
On Sunday 31st December our worship services at 10.15am in the Village and 11.45am at Balloch will both take the form of a Service of Nine Lessons & Carols. A good sing is guaranteed!
All of us at Cumbernauld Old wish you a joyful and peaceful Christmas and hope you’ll be able to join us at some point over the festive season.
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.
Both worship services at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Sunday 15th October will be Harvest Thanksgiving services, when we will reflect on God’s goodness and provision.
We invite those attending to bring along gifts to be donated to our local food bank and would welcome donations of tinned goods (mince, stew, curry, hot-dogs, chopped ham/pork, spaghetti, macaroni cheese, ravioli, peas, beans, potatoes, tuna, fruit and custard, etc.) and / or tea-bags, long-life (UHT) milk, breakfast cereal and biscuits.
The Food Bank in the Village is open in the Session House of the Parish Church each Friday from 11am – 12.30pm and at Cornerstone House in the Town Centre on Thursday evenings from 6pm – 8pm.
Rev Elspeth McKay was inducted as the new minister of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Thursday 3rd August at a service in the Parish Church. That was followed by a social event in the Village Hall when we all had a chance to ‘meet & greet’ her more informally.
One of the memorable features of the evening was a wonderful cake – the wording around the edges reads “Cumbernauld Old Parish Church welcomes Reverend Elspeth McKay” – but we had enjoyed the sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones and cake so much the cake was left over until our service on Sunday!
We are delighted to welcome Elspeth and her family into our church and community and hope they feel very much at home here.
We wish to place on record our thanks to our Interim Moderator for the past two years, Rev Grace Saunders, and also to our Locum, Rev Marion Perry who served us so conscientiously during her time with us. We wish them both every blessing for the future.
Following the election by the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church of Rev. Elspeth McKay to be our next minister we are now invited to sign “The Call” to Elspeth to be our minister. The Call with our signatures – as many as possible, please – will be sent to Falkirk Presbytery, who will then resolve (hopefully!) to sustain the call and set in motion the arrangements for Elspeth’s induction. (more…)