Christian Aid Week

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!

Christian Aid Week 2016

Christian Aid Week 2016Easter is past, the children are back in school and it’s now time to think about Christian Aid week, which runs from 15th to 21st May.

As always, we are looking for people to help with the door to door collection. If you didn’t receive an envelope last year, it probably means that no one in your immediate area was delivering envelopes – could you help this year? If you were one of the trusty band of volunteers last year, we hope you’ll help again this year.

The money raised makes such a difference to some of the poorest people in the world. Please give it some thought and if you are able to help, please contact Liz Dalling (727000) or Lesley Littlejohn (729083).

Christian Aid Week 2015

The money from the annual house-to-house collection in the parish has been counted and we can announce that the amazing sum of £2600.43 was collected this year. Of that £1224.10 was Gift-Aided, allowing Christian Aid to reclaim the tax at 25p in the £1 from these donations.

But the good news doesn’t end there – a further £500 was raised for Christian Aid at the Boys’ Brigade annual display in the Forge, so well done to them and to the parents and friends who supported them.

Christian Aid Week 2014

A huge ‘thank-you‘ to all those in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church who took part in the annual Christian Aid house-to-house collection back in May. The money has now been counted and we can tell you that the marvellous sum of £2868 was raised in the parish thanks to your efforts. Of that sum, £1507 was Gift-Aided, which means an additional £375+ for Christian Aid.

On top of that our Boys’ Brigade Company raised £525 for Christian Aid at their Annual Display – so thanks to all of them as well.

Our special thanks to Liz Dalling and Lesley Littlejohn who did all of the organisation and made the collection happen. Thank you all once again.

Christian Aid Week – Sunday 11 to Saturday 18 May

Christian Aid Week 2014

As we’ve done in previous years Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is supporting Christian Aid Week in 2014. As usual, our volunteers who take part in the house-to-house collection will be knocking on doors in the parish, so please welcome them and donate whatever you can. If you don’t see a collector – with the best will in the world we can’t cover the whole parish – please donate by clicking on the logo above, by sending a cheque to FREEPOST Christian Aid, phoning 08080 006 006 or at www.caweek.org

Christian Aid News – Winter 2011/12

The latest edition of Christian Aid News looks forward to Christian Aid Week 2012 (13-19 May) and encourages everyone to get involved in some way. There is a story of how one Kenyan church minister is fighting the stigma that is attached to people with HIV, news of the singer Beverley Knight’s visit to Malawi as a Christian Aid ambassador and an appeal for the UK Government to do more to “tackle the role that British banks and companies play in fuelling and facilitating corruption overseas”.

The newsletter also reports on some of the ways Christian Aid and its partner agencies are dealing with devastating flooding in Central America and East Africa and launches an appeal to churches to raise £500 each to fight malaria in Sierra Leone this year. There is a report from the UN Climate Change Summit held in Durban, South Africa in December, and how Christian Aid is joining the fight for land rights in India. And these are only some of the articles, so please click on the link above to read the complete thing!

Christian Aid Week update

The amount raised in our parish during Christian Aid Week 2009 was £2501.81 – this includes £420 raised at the Boys’ Brigade display and represents a wonderful total in the present economic climate. Well done, and thank-you, to all concerned. Just as a footnote, around £837 of the total was gift-aided and this will generate a further £208 for Christian Aid.

Kirk news update – May 2009

My, doesn’t time fly? Holy Week and Easter almost seem a distant memory but it’s worth remembering, before moving on, that they are the reason that the church exists. Everything we are as a church, and everything we do, is as a result of the events of that one weekend in the life of our Lord. At the end of this month, on Sunday 31st May, the Christian church celebrates the feast of Pentecost when the promised Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ disciples in Jerusalem, and so the church was born.

Sunday 31st May, the Day of Pentecost, is also the day when we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion at services in the Parish Church at 11am and 6.30pm. We usually celebrate Communion on the first Sunday in June but have other plans for that day, as you may have heard! The 11am service replaces our two usual weekly services at 10.15 and 11.45, while at the 6.30pm service, non-alcohol wine will be used.

Before then, though, May is rather a busy month in the life of the congregation

Yesterday, Sunday 10th May, there was a gathering of the five Church of Scotland congregations in Cumbernauld. Faced with the challenge of creating a joint plan for the future, this was the first “staging post” (to use an expression of Peter Neilson, our mission enabler) and the turnout of members from Cumbernauld Old was impressive. At this first meeting, we learned a bit more about each of the five congregations and discussed our common challenges. These will be reviewed by the Steering Group, further activity will take place over the summer and the next “staging post” gathering is scheduled for September.

Christian Aid Week 10-16 May 2009

Christian Aid Week 10-16 May 2009

We are now into Christian Aid Week. Over the next few days, until Saturday 16th May, volunteer collectors from our congregation will join others across the UK and Ireland delivering envelopes, visiting houses and asking for donations. Should an authorised collector call at your house, please give them a warm welcome and a generous response (preferably with a Gift-Aid signature).

On Thursday 14th May our Boys’ Brigade company hold their Annual Display in the Forge Community Centre starting at 7.00pm. Please come along and show your support.

On Sunday 17th May, the Scottish Bible Society are having a celebration of their 200th Anniversary at St. Mungo’s Parish Church at 2.30pm. The entertainment will be provided by the Kilsyth Praise Group and tickets, priced at £2 include tea or coffee. All proceeds to the SBS’s current Brazil Project.

The Church of Scotland

The Church of Scotland

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meets in Edinburgh from Thursday 21st to Wednesday 27th May. Due to space constraints, not all congregations can send ‘commissioners’ (as they are called) so a rota system operates within presbyteries. This year Cumbernauld Old has the opportunity to send two commissioners, and our minister and one of our elders will be travelling through to Edinburgh for each day’s debates and discussions. You can keep up with everything that’s happening at the General Assembly through the Church of Scotland’s dedicated web pages.

And so into June, and our 350th Anniversary weekend.

The action all starts off with our annual Garden Fete on Saturday 6th June in the Manse grounds. Doors open at 1.30pm with the official opening at 2pm by Rev. Alan Sorensen, presenter of Radio Clyde’s “Down to Earth” programme.

Then on Sunday 7th June we have a special joint 350th Anniversary Worship Service in the Parish Church at 11am and led by Very Rev. David Lunan, the current Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. By the time he reaches Cumbernauld, his term of office will have ended, but Immediate Past Moderator of the General Assembly, etc. doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as easily! Following our worship service we will have our 350th Birthday Party in the Manse Grounds. Invitations will be on their way in the near future.

For several weeks now, we have been inviting members to send us a Birthday Card and we are glad to report that quite a few have been received. We have also been asking those who can to send us a donation of one penny for each year of the church’s 350 years (i.e. a gift of £3.50). That appeal has also been very well supported. There is still time to send us a card (and a donation if you wish) – just hand it to any office-bearer or hand it in to the church any Sunday. The cards will be displayed in church at our Anniversary Service and the money raised will be shared between the cost of a specially-commissioned pulpit fall and the mission work of the church.

News of the Garden Fete and our 350th Anniversary plans is contained in the May 2009 edition of the church newsletter, available for delivery to members shortly but already available online from our church’s website.

With the General Assembly on the near horizon, a few of the kirk’s councils are issuing summaries of their reports in newsletter form. I have provided links to a few of them here (courtesy of the Falkirk Presbytery website). In addition, though, the regular bulletins continue to be published and I am delighted to pass them on.

First up is the May edition of the kirk’s Good News magazine. Among the articles in the seven-page newsletter is a call for the church to face up to the reality of HIV/AIDS, news of a march (with a difference) through the streets of Larkhall, and thoughts on love from the Moderator, Rev. David Lunan.

The Mission & Discipleship Council’s enews for May 2009 contains details of more than 30 events, resources and websites to explore. Among the events listed is a conference on ‘Emerging Church’ – building a church for the 21st century – Fresh Horizons, which (it says) is a conference for ‘third-agers’ and how they may be used in ministry and mission; and information about Open Farm Sunday. I also liked the materials produced by Scripture Union for children about to enter primary school and for young people making the transition from primary to secondary education.

The kirk’s Church & Society Council has produced a short newsletter to coincide with the General Assembly, as has the Committee on Ecumenical Relations. Both can be downloaded from the Falkirk Presbytery website.

A recent World Mission Council news update highlighted the forthcoming World Week of action for peace for Israel and Palestine. The news article reads: World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel, 4-10 June 2009, is intended to generate joint church action for a just peace. Churches in 20 countries have already sent news of their plans to the conveners, the World Council of Churches (WCC). A Palestinian community organisation is offering a way for many more countries to join – by sending peace prayers to Bethlehem.
People and parishes around the world are invited to send peace prayers to Bethlehem. A church-related community organisation there will share the prayers for worldwide use online during World Week and to be read aloud locally at the Wall, near settlements, and in Palestinian parishes and schools including in Gaza.
The WCC-led week of action is in its fourth year. Participants are invited to pray, educate and advocate, inspired by the theme “It’s time for Palestine”. A prayer offered by the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem has been sent to more than 120 countries, along with invitations to join World Week. For 2009 participants are encouraged to focus on Israeli settlements in occupied territory. Links to the topic as well as a message, prayers and liturgies for the week are available on the WCC website.

Oh, and did I mention this was Christian Aid Week? Just a reminder that their website will take online donations, just in case no-one comes to your door or you don’t get a chance to return your red envelope or you can’t make it to church next Sunday.

The director of Christian Aid, Dr Daleep Mukarji will preach in Glasgow Cathedral on Sunday 17th May at 6.30pm as the Cathedral hosts a service reflecting on the work of Christian Aid. There is more about this service on the Ekklesia website.