Cumbernauld

Food Bank thanks

Cumbernauld Old has received a ‘thank-you’ note from Norma Cowan at Bethlehem House of Bread, our local food bank managed by our friends at Cornerstone House. The note reads:

“Thank you once again for your magnificent contribution to our food bank over the last year and for the wonderful Christmas gifts. In 2015 with your help, between both food banks we gave out over 1500 food parcels into the community and 2016 has exceeded this number. Your continuing support is indeed welcome, so thank you again. It is a blessing not only to those who serve but also to the many people and families who benefit especially at Christmas. God Bless and we wish you all a prosperous 2017.”

World Mission Stamp Appeal

Following the success of last year’s appeal the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is being invited to collect their used stamps over the Christmas and New Year period for the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Stamp Appeal.

This year’s Stamp Appeal will support the Church of South India’s Othara Eco-Spirituality Centre, where people can learn about climate change and the importance of conserving the earth God has given us. In particular, the money raised from the sale of these stamps will support some of the CSI’s ecological innovations including the harvesting and re-use of rain-water, the establishment of a biogas plant to power the kitchens and the development of a small dairy and chicken farm for native breeds. [Source: The Church of Scotland World Mission Council.]

More information about this project is available from the posters on display in the Parish Church in the Village and at the Forge in Balloch. A collection box for used stamps will be available at both worship centres until Sunday 22nd January. Just think of it as your own personal bit of recycling over the Christmas period!

The Big Manse Clean

A lot of work and redecoration has been carried out over the past few months to keep Cumbernauld Old’s manse up to a suitable, live-able standard. It now needs a ‘spring clean’ (and, yes, we know it’s autumn!) so, to this end, a work party will undertake a freshen-up on Friday 7th October at 11.00am.

If you can spare an hour or two that morning your help will be much appreciated. Please bring your own rubber gloves, cleaning cloths and materials though. Thanks in advance for your help.

Christian Aid Week update

Christian Aid Week 2016 Thank-YouWe’ve now counted all the donations received from the house-to-house collection in Cumbernauld Old Parish during Christian Aid Week and are delighted to report that the sum raised was an excellent £1880.70.

But the good news doesn’t end there: of that sum £1110.60 was given under Gift-Aid, so with a basic rate of tax at 20%, this will add a further £222.12 to the total.

Plus, a further £250 for Christian Aid Week was raised at our Boys’ Brigade annual display, giving a grand total of £2352.82 – a magnificent effort. Well done to all our collectors and donors!

Village Food Bank – One Year On

The following article was printed in our recent Church Magazine. We thought it worth sharing…

Having supported the Cornerstone food bank for some time with weekly food donations from our congregation, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church decided to offer additional help in the form of a satellite food bank in our area too. Thus with the support of our friends at Cornerstone, the Village food bank opened its doors in April 2015 at the Session House in the Village.

The Cumbernauld Village food bank is open in the church Session House on Friday mornings from 11 – 12.30 to provide not just food and toiletries but support and a welcome for some of the most vulnerable in our community. Advice can be given regarding courses on basic cooking and budgeting as well as providing information regarding other agencies who may be of help. An important function is to provide a relaxed friendly place where people can come to share and chat over a coffee and feel valued.

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Fundraising News from Cumbernauld Old

There are couple of fundraising activities coming up over the summer and we thought we’d let you know what we have in the pipeline so you can put the dates in your diaries and also decide how you may be able to help.

Summer Garden Party on Saturday 9th July
A summer garden party is being held in the Manse grounds on Saturday 9th July from 11.00 am till 1.00 pm. We are currently looking for donations for the tea room, the summer picnic hamper, home baking stall and tombola and have put up a ‘wish list’ in both the Village Church and the hall at the Forge Centre, Balloch. So please add your name to that if you can help.

Also, if you are able to help on the day, even for an hour, please speak to Janice Smillie, Ivy Fletcher, Elizabeth Snedden, Mhairi Gilchrist, Anne Morrison or Caroline Edwardson.

Plant Sale and Coffee on Saturday 8th October
A plant cuttings and coffee event is planned for Saturday 8th October (a change from the previously-advertised date), so we’re making an early plea to all those gardeners out there to please bring along cuttings from your garden over the summer months for this event.

We’ll post further details about both events as their dates get closer, but wanted to let you know about them early in the hope we can enlist your help. Thanks in advance!

Cumbernauld Old Vacancy Update

The Parish of Cumbernauld Old became vacant with the retirement of Rev Catriona Ogilvie on 30 September 2015. Although it may seem on the outside that we have been ‘treading water’ since then, there has been a lot of work done behind the scenes preparing the groundwork for our search for a new minister. Most importantly, of course, the work of the church has continued: church services continue each week and our organisations also continue to meet.
Cumbernauld Old is still very much alive and kicking!

We are about to enter the next significant phase of our vacancy, so this is a good time to bring everyone up-to-date with where we are and what happens next.

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Christmas Carols and Songs

Please come and join us in our celebration of Christmas with an evening of Christmas Carols and Songs on Thursday 10th December at 7.30pm in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch, Cumbernauld, G68 9ND.

Enjoy an evening of friendship and fun, especially as tea / coffee and Christmas pies are included in the ticket price of £2.00. Other Christmas goodies will also be available!

Tickets from any Boys’ Brigade leader on a Thursday evening, from Church on a Sunday, or call Alex Edwardson (01236) 724933. This is a fund-raising event on behalf of the 1st Cumbernauld Boys’ Brigade and Cumbernauld Old Parish Church.