Christmas

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.

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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.

World Mission Stamp Appeal

We are asking members of Cumbernauld Old to collect their used stamps over the Christmas period and donate them to the Church of Scotland’s 2015 Stamp Appeal. This year’s appeal is for the kirk’s HIV Programme which supports 29 projects in 17 countries, including Scotland.

Please just cut the stamps from your envelopes, leaving a margin of paper around the edges, and pop them in the box in the church vestibule or the back of the hall at the Forge. We’ll run the project until mid-January, after which the used stamps will be sent off to the project co-ordinator.

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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.

Crafts, Coffee & Christmas

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church’s Christmas Fair has had a revamp this year and will be appearing in its new guise of Crafts, Coffee and Christmas on Saturday 21st November from 10:00am till 12:30pm in the Village Hall, The Wynd.

As well as the traditional Hamper Raffle, Tombola, Raffle, Soft Goods, Baking and Ladies’ Group Mystery Bags there will be craft stalls including jewellery and prints, cards, fabric toys and goods, candles, personalised decorations and glassware. A great opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done!

Those of you with a sweet tooth can indulge in a treat from the chocolate fountain and grab a bargain from Thorntons including Advent Calendars, stocking fillers etc. all at special lower prices.

Entry includes coffee and refreshments: Adults £2 Children free.

Donations for Hampers, Tombola and the raffle can be handed in any time from now on in the vestibule in the church at the Village or the back of the hall at Balloch. Baking can be handed in to the District Hall from 9am on 21st November.
Due to the revamp we do not require anything other than baking and donations to raffle, hamper and tombola.

For further details please contact Elizabeth 726451 or Anne 721496

Webb Ivory catalogues 2015

The schools are back in session, the days are getting shorter and festive goods are starting to appear in our shops. Yes, although it’s hard to believe, it’s that time of year again – the Webb Ivory catalogues have arrived! They are bigger and better with a wider range of cards, paper, gifts and lots more.

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will get at least 25% from each item bought, so just one pack of cards or a roll of wrapping paper will contribute to church funds and so make a difference.

This is an easy, painless method of fund-raising for the church, so please give us your support. Even better, pass the catalogue round your friends, neighbours or workmates too. Get your catalogue – there are plenty to go round – from Wilma Shepherd or Elizabeth Snedden.

Christmas 2014 at Cumbernauld Old

On Wednesday 24th December there will be a Christmas Eve Service in the Forge Centre, Balloch at 7.30pm and a Watchnight Service in the Parish Church, Cumbernauld Village at 11.30pm.

On Thursday 25th December we invite you to our Christmas Day service in the Parish Church at 10.30am.

On Sunday 28th December, morning worship will take place at 10.15am in the Parish Church at at 11.45am in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch as usual.

Hope you can join us!

Christmas Fair

Our annual Christmas Fair is on Saturday 29th November in the Village Hall, The Wynd. Doors are open from 10am until 12.30pm and we hope to offer a wide range of stalls, crafts and the usual tearoom. We’re sure Santa will manage to come along and there will also be lots of activities to keep the children occupied in the kidzone.

We are currently looking for donations of baking, raffle and tombola prizes, knitting, soft goods, toys and games in good condition, and Deans’ shortbread for the tearoom. We’ll also be raffling our popular Festive Hampers and a chart is available at church and at the Forge for items that can be handed in. Unfortunately, due to a lack of storage, we are unable to accept any more bric-a-brac or books.

We hope to see you all on Saturday 29th!