Cumbernauld Old Parish Church has been inviting members to collect and donate their used postage stamps over the Christmas period. They will go to the Church of Scotland’s 2017 Stamp Appeal which will provide training materials needed for ministry students with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS).
The collection boxes in the church vestibule and at Balloch will remain until Sunday 21st January, after which the stamps will be passed on to the team in Glasgow co-ordinating the collection.
Thanks, also, to everyone who has been collecting their small change in coffee jars or similar containers during the past few months. These will also be collected at our morning worship services on Sunday 21st January. Proceeds from this collection will go to Mary’s Meals, a registered charity that provides nutritious meals for children and supports their education in some of the world’s poorest communities.
On 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.
Cumbernauld 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.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be holding our annual Rainbow Service on Sunday 17th December at 6.30pm in the Parish Church.
This is a service for people who have been bereaved and want a quiet time to reflect and remember. During this service we will create our ‘Rainbow Tree’ for 2017 when people will be invited to tie a coloured ribbon to the tree in memory of a loved one. The tree and the ribbons will remain in church until Easter 2018.
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 Old Parish Church is taking part in ‘Take A Moment To Pray‘, an initiative by Falkirk Presbytery of the Church of Scotland. The Parish Church will be open for quiet prayer and reflection on Saturday 9th December between 2.00pm and 4.00pm, with readings on the hour and half-hour. Feel free to drop in for as long or short a time as you wish.
Rev Elspeth McKay was inducted as the new minister of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Thursday 3rd August at a service in the Parish Church. That was followed by a social event in the Village Hall when we all had a chance to ‘meet & greet’ her more informally.
One of the memorable features of the evening was a wonderful cake – the wording around the edges reads “Cumbernauld Old Parish Church welcomes Reverend Elspeth McKay” – but we had enjoyed the sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones and cake so much the cake was left over until our service on Sunday!
We are delighted to welcome Elspeth and her family into our church and community and hope they feel very much at home here.
We wish to place on record our thanks to our Interim Moderator for the past two years, Rev Grace Saunders, and also to our Locum, Rev Marion Perry who served us so conscientiously during her time with us. We wish them both every blessing for the future.
Following the election by the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church of Rev. Elspeth McKay to be our next minister we are now invited to sign “The Call” to Elspeth to be our minister. The Call with our signatures – as many as possible, please – will be sent to Falkirk Presbytery, who will then resolve (hopefully!) to sustain the call and set in motion the arrangements for Elspeth’s induction. (more…)