Balloch

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.

Supporting Christian Aid at Christmas

Instead of sending personal Christmas cards to your friends in the congregation at Balloch this year, why not put a single card on the special board in the hall at the Forge and donate the money you would have spent on cards and postage to Christian Aid?

A box for donations will be placed beside the board and, remember, all funds raised for aid charities are being doubled by the UK Government at the moment. A simple idea which will make a difference to those in need.

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.

Messy Church returns!

Messy ChurchNext Sunday afternoon (14th September) sees the return of Messy Church at the Forge Centre, Balloch after our summer break. The fun starts at 3pm and this month we’ll be looking at part of the story of Moses – the baby in the bullrushes – and there will be songs, stories, crafts, activities and finishing with a meal together. Messy Church is for everyone and we look forward to seeing you there.

New Year – new start

Our groups and organisations restart this week after their Christmas and New Year break:

  • On Wednesday 8th January the Men’s Group meet at 7.30pm in the Roadside Hall in Cumbernauld Village. The guest speaker will by Jimmy Rexter who will be speaking about the humour of the Fire Brigade.
  • On Thursday 9th January the Ladies’ Group meet at 7.30pm in the Roadside Hall for a Beetle Drive. All ladies are welcome to come along and blow away any January blues.
  • Also on Thursday 9th January the Boys’ Brigade Anchor, Junior, Company and Senior Sections resume at their usual times in the Forge Centre, Balloch.

Looking slightly further ahead:

  • Our first Messy Church of 2014 takes place next Sunday 12th January in the Forge Centre, Balloch with a new start-time of 3pm and aiming to finish around 5pm. We’re starting off the year by looking at some people and stories from the Bible – January’s theme will be ‘Noah’ so expect some animal-themed crafts and songs, and perhaps even a wee surprise with our food near the end of the afternoon.
  • The Ladies’ Circle restarts on Wednesday 15th January at 7pm in the Forge Centre, Balloch with a Games Night. However, don’t panic – these are all table-top games and nothing strenuous will be involved!

Eastfield Primary Christmas posters

Eastfield Primary School Christmas posterEastfield Primary School Christmas posterCumbernauld Old’s worship at the Forge Community Centre in Balloch was enhanced this Christmas by two wonderful posters produced by the children of Eastfield Primary School.

These posters were part of a set – others went to local nursing homes, hospitals, etc. – and had the theme of Christmas carols. Here we have Hark The Herald Angels Sing and Away In A Manger.

They really provided a wonderful backdrop to our our services over the Christmas period and we’d like to congratulate and thank the young people of Eastfield Primary for all their hard work and talent.