Church of Scotland

Easter at Cumbernauld Old

A number of worship services will be held at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church during Holy Week. The details are:

Thursday 29th March: the Sacrament of Holy Communion in the Parish Church at 7.00pm

Friday 30th March: the Good Friday Walk of Witness organised by Cumbernauld Churches Together will start from the car park outside the former Dunnes store at 10.30am and after proceeding through the Town Centre will culminate in a short act of worship at the United Reformed Church at around 12 noon.

Also on Good Friday, from 12 noon until 3.00pm, the Parish Church will be open for prayer and reflection with Bible readings and meditations on the hour and half-hour.

Sunday 1st April: let’s celebrate Easter Day together at worship in the Parish Church at 10.15am and at the Forge Community Centre, Balloch at 11.45am.

COPC Easter 2018 poster

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Easter Egg Appeal 2018

170326_035 Easter Egg Collection at VillageCumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to invite people attending our morning worship services on Sunday 25th March to bring a small chocolate Easter Egg to donate to children who otherwise might not receive one.

170326_045 Easter Egg Collection (Balloch)Eggs will be collected after both our services on 25th March for distribution via our local food banks.

This appeal has been very successful in previous years, as you can see from the photos, and the amazing support and generosity from our congregation is greatly appreciated.

Cornerstone Food Bank update

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church were delighted to receive the following letter from the Food Bank team at Cornerstone House recently:

Thank you all once again for your partnership and fantastic Christmas donations of food, gifts and money in December and throughout 2017.

We received over 1700 referrals between our two Food Banks in 2017, and put out over 130 extraordinary food hampers, gifts and toys in the Christmas week alone.

It is a blessing to us all in seeing what can be achieved in our own communities when the people of God work together.

Thank you for all the effort everyone puts in to make this ministry work. We look forward to what the Lord is going to do in 2018.

God bless, Norma Cowan

April 2018 will mark the third anniversary of the opening of the Village Food Bank at the Parish Church and we are delighted have forged such close links with the Bethlehem House of Bread, which operates out of Cornerstone House. The Food Bank in the Village is open each Friday from 11am – 12.30pm.

Stamps and Coins

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.

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.

 

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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Rainbow Service

Rainbow Service 2017Cumbernauld 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.

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.