Fill a jar, feed a child

fair-trade-coffee-jar-1For over 20 years Cumbernauld Old has been collecting ‘coffee jar’ offerings – these 1p, 2p, 5p coins collected by our members day by day, week by week in empty jars and other containers – and these have helped support a number of projects, from our World Mission partners in South Africa to our own Project ROCK here in Cumbernauld Old. It has been amazing how, little by little, these coins collected by each of us have made a big difference when all added together.

Recently, following the completion of Project ROCK, our coffee jar offerings, collected twice a year, have gone to support the general work of Cumbernauld Old. However, it was agreed at a recent Kirk Session meeting that this vital work should be supported by our weekly giving to the church, and that the ‘coffee jar’ offerings should revert to supporting other causes as part of our wider Christian giving.

Therefore, the money collected at our next ‘coffee jar’ Sunday (on 15th January 2017) will be sent to the charity Mary’s Meals.

Mary’s Meals works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, providing a nutritious daily meal to children attending school. In their own words: “we meet the immediate needs of hungry children and encourage them to go to school to gain an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.”

£12.20 is all it costs to fund a child for a whole school year, so your contributions, no matter how little, will make a huge difference. So keep collecting these coins and bring them along on 15th January. Together, we will continue to make a difference! Thanks.

You can find out more about Mary’s Meals from their website: www.marysmeals.org.uk

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Handbags wanted!

Many women have old handbags lurking at the back of their wardrobes, either used or waiting to be used ‘some day’. Cumbernauld Old might just have the solution.

Between now and 4th December we will be collecting for the Lanarkshire Baby Bank Christmas Handbag Appeal. We would invite you to join the Handbag Appeal by donating a handbag and fill it with some of these suggested items, things that we all take for granted but most of the mums this charity supports struggle to buy: toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, wipes, shampoo, conditioner, brush, comb, bobbles, lip gloss, nail polish, moisturiser, sanitary products, soap, hats, gloves, fluffy socks, razors, hand sanitiser, mouthwash, chocolate and sweets.

Elizabeth Snedden and Anne Morrison will co-ordinate the donations and will be happy to receive handbags and any of the items on the list for this local charity. There will be a box in the church vestibule at the Village and in the Forge hall at Balloch for your donations of handbags, items on the wish list, or both. Thanks for your help. It will make a big difference.

You can find our more about the Lanarkshire Baby Bank on their Facebook page.

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.

Harvest Thanksgiving at Cumbernauld Old

The Harvest Thanksgiving Services at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be on Sunday 2nd October at 10.15am in the Parish Church in the Village and 11.45am in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch.

As we give thanks for God’s goodness to us, we are reminded that Harvest is also a time for sharing our gifts and so we invite those attending either of these services, or our Harvest-themed Toddlers’ Praise Service on Saturday 1st October, to bring a donation for the local food bank.

We would be delighted to receive donations of tinned goods (mince, stew, curry, hot-dogs, chopped ham/pork, spaghetti, macaroni cheese, ravioli, peas, beans, potatoes, tuna, fruit and custard, etc.) plus tea-bags, long-life (UHT) milk, breakfast cereal and biscuits. We can also accept donations of toiletries suitable for adults or children. Thank-you in advance! We look forward to seeing you at church on Saturday or Sunday.

 

 

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!