On Tuesday 18th September the speaker at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church Men’s Group will be Joyce Bell from Alva.
Joyce is a nurse at Strathcarron Hospice and, over the years, she and her colleague Caroline have visited South Africa to work with a number of local groups on a variety of health issues, especially HIV and AIDS. They have been sponsored by their local Church of Scotland congregation in Alva and became involved in this project through their association with Graham & Sandra Duncan, who are also our Mission Partners.
Because of our continuing relationship with Sandra and Graham, and the support we give them through our Mission Circle, the Men’s Group has extended an invitation to everyone in the congregation to come along at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th and hear about the work that Joyce and Caroline have done in South Africa.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Sunday 2nd September (i.e. this coming Sunday). This joint morning worship service will be at 11.00am and will replace our usual two services at 10.15am in the Parish Church and 11.45am at the Forge in Balloch.
A further celebration of Holy Communion will take place in the Parish Church at 6.30pm and non-alcoholic wine will be used at this service.
The 1st Cumbernauld Company of the Boys’ Brigade, attached to Cumbernauld Old Parish Church, are having their Annual Display and Awards Evening on Thursday 24th May in the Forge Community Hall, Balloch.
All are welcome to come along and support the boys, young men and leaders. The evening starts at 7.00pm and tea / coffee and home baking will be available, with the money raised being donated to Christian Aid.
Now that Cumbernauld Old’s support for the Life for African Mothers project has come to a natural conclusion, we thought it would now be appropriate to support new mothers and their children here in Cumbernauld through Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Baby Bank.
From now on, there will be a box in the vestibule of the church and the back of the hall at Balloch for donations. The ‘bank’ would appreciate anything suitable for babies or children up to 7 years of age, e.g.
Clothing doesn’t have to be new but should be in great condition and freshly laundered. Hand knits would also be appreciated.
The Fundraising Group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church met recently to firm up plans for the Summer Fair. This will take place on Saturday 16th June from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in the Manse grounds. The entry fee is £2 for adults and includes tea / coffee and a scone with cream and jam. There is no entry fee for children under 16 years of age.
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.