Christmas

Christmas 2017 at Cumbernauld Old

Christmas 2017 - leafletOn Sunday 24th December, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will have its usual morning worship services at 10.15am in the Parish Church in the Village and at 11.45am in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch.

Later on Christmas Eve we’ll have our all-age Christingle Service at 4.30pm in the Forge Centre, Balloch followed by our Watchnight Service at 11.30pm in the Parish Church in the Village.

Then join us on Christmas Day for a short service of worship at 10.15am in the Parish Church. All welcome!

On Sunday 31st December our worship services at 10.15am in the Village and 11.45am at Balloch will both take the form of a Service of Nine Lessons & Carols. A good sing is guaranteed!

All of us at Cumbernauld Old wish you a joyful and peaceful Christmas and hope you’ll be able to join us at some point over the festive season.

 

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Christingle Service

ChristingleCumbernauld Old Parish Church sends a warm invitation to people of all ages to come along to our Christingle Service on Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve!) at 4.30pm at the Forge Community Centre, Balloch.

Hear again the Christmas Story and make a Christingle to take home.  Continue reading to find out more.

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Gift Services & Nativity Play

The annual Gift Services at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be on Sunday 17th December at 10.15am and 11.45am. We invite those attending to bring a gift for all age ranges (adults as well as children), wrapped or unwrapped, and these will be passed on to our friends at Cornerstone for distribution to people in need in our community.

We’d like to use this opportunity to thank the congregation for its amazing generosity over the past few years.

The 10.15am worship service on Sunday 17th will also incorporate the J Team Nativity Play. We know the young people in our church have been practising hard and we look forward to their interpretation of the Nativity Story on Sunday.

Cumbernauld Food Bank Christmas Appeal

Firstly, we’d like to say a big “thank you” to everyone who supports the local Food Bank with donations, volunteering and prayer. Secondly, we’d like to update you with what we have planned in the lead-up to Christmas – and how you can help.

Preparations are underway at the Food Bank for helping those in need in our community during what can be a particularly challenging time. The Cornerstone Christmas event will be held on Thursday 21st December at Cornerstone House in the Town Centre. It will cater for around 150 people, providing them with a festive meal, food parcel and gifts. There will also be Christmas celebration at the Cumbernauld Village Food Bank the following day, Friday 22nd December, with carols, treats and fellowship.

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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.

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.