Time for Reflection – December 2020

The next Time for Reflection in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be on Sunday 20th December at 11am. This service provides an opportunity for people to come and reflect and pray for half an hour in the church building.

In order to ensure as safe an environment as possible, we need to limit the number of people who can attend and so we would invite those who wish to attend to let us know in advance.
Thank-you!

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Like many things this year, the annual Gift Service at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church was a bit different in that it was online.

What didn’t change was the response. The compassion and generosity of all who contributed was wonderful to behold. A great array of children’s toys & books, gifts for all ages and festive foods – not forgetting a selection of Cumbernauld Old’s very own chocolate orange Santa hats. If that were not enough, over £500 was donated in cash too.

Gift Service at Cumbernauld Old, 13-12-2020

All of the above has now been safely transported to Bethlehem House of Bread at Cornerstone who will distribute them on our behalf. The cash can be used to buy fresh items or gift vouchers for those in need – and there are many, including around 240 children who will benefit from your thoughtfulness.

So once again. a heartfelt thank you for the unwavering support of the food bank, especially in these strange and troubled times. Your kindness will indeed bring tidings of comfort and joy.

A safe & peaceful Christmas from all at the food bank

Rainbow Service 2020

Every year in December Cumbernauld Old Parish Church holds a Rainbow Service and this year’s service was scheduled to be on 13th December. The Rainbow Service is particularly for those who have been bereaved, but can be for anyone who finds Christmas particularly difficult.

Usually we invite those at the service to tie ribbons around a tree in the Church to remember their loved ones. This year because of the restrictions we cannot have the service in the Church. However, you are invited to watch the recorded service from this link or from below.

If you would like to, please have a Christmas decoration or your own ribbon and some candles to hand for use during the Act of Remembrance.

Rainbow Service from Cumbernauld Old Parish Church

May you know God’s enduring love and care this Christmas.

Journey to Bethlehem

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church invites you to Journey to Bethlehem with us.
Follow the Christmas story in a combination of a treasure hunt and a self-guided trail which you can do in your own time.

Located around Cumbernauld Village are twelve numbered posters, each with a picture representing part of the story of Christmas and a line from the Bible relating to that picture.
There’s a candle, crown, musical instruments, Bethlehem, angel, Mary, journey, scroll, shepherds, stable, wise men and star.
See how many you can find!
(Hint: the first poster is at the Church gate and the rest of the hint-list can be found at the end of this post.)

Each poster also has a QR code which you can scan on your mobile phone.
That will bring you to a page on our church website where you can read the Bible passage that goes with that picture. Click or tap on the picture on the website page to download a puzzle, quiz, colouring-in, craft, etc. all linked to the Christmas story and which younger people can do at home.
The posters are numbered 1 – 12 and that will take you through the Christmas story in sequence if you want to follow that, but you are more than welcome to scan the code on any of the posters you come across.

We hope you enjoy our new take on the Christmas story!

If you can’t get down to the Village you can also follow the ‘trail’ from the comfort of your own home by the links on our website.

Poster locations: Church gate, Purple Paws, the bakery, the florist, Cullen and Easton, Spar, the barber’s shop, Patterson and Hughes, the chemist, the Village Hall, Scragg, and the Village Noticeboard at the War Memorial.

Worship for Sunday 13th December

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church invites you to join our online worship service for Sunday 13th December, the Third Sunday of Advent.

Worship is led by our minister, Rev Elspeth McKay, and this week is our annual Nativity Service – thanks to the boys of the 1st Cumbernauld Company of the Boys’ Brigade for their contributions with this – and Gift Service. The service can be accessed from this link or viewed below.

Worship from Cumbernauld Old Parish Church for Sunday 13th December

Rainbow Service

This Sunday also sees our annual Rainbow Service for those who have been bereaved, whether recently or some time ago. It provides a space for people to reflect and remember and is also a reminder of God’s enduring love and care. This will also be an online-only service and we’ll post the details on our website, Facebook page and blog shortly.

Advent Calendar

We continue to post an entry from our online Advent Calendar every day from 1st December to 24th December on our Facebook page with links also on our church website  Each day there will be a Bible reading and reflection and some days will have art, music or video as well. Why not pop over and join us as we journey together towards the manger.

Journey to Bethlehem

Follow the Christmas story on our interactive trail called Journey to Bethlehem. There are twelve numbered posters located around Cumbernauld Village, each with a picture from the Christmas story and a line from the Bible. The posters also have a QR code which you can scan on your mobile phone to read the relevant Bible passage. From that link you can also download an activity which can be done by younger people. Journey to Bethlehem can also be followed from the comfort of your own home – here’s the link to do that.

Time for Reflection

Our next Time for Reflection in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be on Sunday 20th December at 11am. This short service provides an opportunity for people to come and reflect and pray for half an hour in the church building. In order to ensure as safe an environment as possible, we need to limit the number of people who can attend and so we would invite those who wish to attend to let us know in advance. There will also be an online worship servie next Sunday and we’ll post the details nearer the time.

Carols by Candlelight – Coming Soon!

Sadly, because of current restrictions, we are not able to hold our Carols by Candlelight fundraiser in the Church this year. However, we have instead produced an online one packed full of carols and festive readings. You will be able to access it from either our Facebook page or the Church website from Friday 18th December and it can be watched at any time after then.

There will be details at the end of the video about how to make a donation. Watch out for the link – it promises to be an enjoyable event for everyone!

Annual Gift Service

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be holding our annual Gift Service on Sunday 13th December. In recent years we have asked for donations of toys, etc. which have been distributed through our local food bank, but this year – not surprisingly – will be different.

Firstly, the worship service itself will be pre-recorded and available to view online. We’ll post the link later in the week. Donations of Christmas gifts can be left at the Manse front door up to and including the 13th December. They will be then taken up to Cornerstone for distribution.

However, the organisers, Bethlehem House of Bread, have said that whilst they are happy to receive gifts, they have requested monetary donations this year where possible to limit the handling of items. You can either donate directly by on-line banking (details can be obtained from Elspeth) or if you bring it to the Manse in a sealed envelope we will ensure your donation gets passed on.

Thank you.

Worship for Sunday 6th December

Please join us for worship online from Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Sunday 6th December, the Second Sunday of Advent. Worship is led by our minister, Rev Elspeth McKay, and is available here.

You can join us from this link at any time, but why not take some time out around 11am on Sunday morning, when many of us will be worshipping together although from our own homes. We hope you can join us!

As with all our worship services this Sunday’s service is available to all, so please feel free to share with any family or friends. Please also check out our Facebook page for all the latest news from Cumbernauld Old.

Advent Calendar

We are posting an entry from our online Advent Calendar every day from 1st December to 24th December on our Facebook page with links also on our church website  Each day there will be a Bible reading and reflection and some days will have art, music or video as well. Why not pop over and join us as we journey together towards the manger.

Next Sunday – 13th December

On Sunday 13th December we will be having our Nativity / Gift Service and also our Rainbow Service, our annual worship service for people who have been bereaved. Both will be online and we’ll post further details about these and links in a few days. So watch this space!