As the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is aware, CultureNL took a decision in June last year to close The Forge Community Centre at weekends, which meant that we could no longer hold a Sunday worship service at The Forge. In response the Kirk Session objected to the closure and, in the absence of an immediate solution, decided to hold a joint service at the Village at 11am as an interim measure.
Since then, the minister and Kirk Session have been been pursuing every opportunity to have the Balloch Sunday worship service re-established. Discussions with CultureNL continue, however as we are nearing the point where we have few options left, Elspeth and the Kirk Session thought that the time is now right to hold a Congregational Meeting so that everyone in the congregation can be updated on the current situation and have their views heard.
This meeting will take place immediately following the 11.00am joint morning worship service at The Village on Sunday 24th February and it is hoped that as many people as possible are able to remain in church after the service for the Congregational Meeting.
For quite a few years now, the congregation at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church has been collecting their small change in coffee jars or similar containers and, each year, the amount collected goes to a good cause.
If you have been collecting your small change in coffee jars or similar over the past few months, please transfer your coins from the jars into small plastic bags and bring them along to church on Sunday 20th January 2019.
The Kirk Session has decided that this year’s Coffee Jar offerings will go to an initiative called Toilet Twinning. The money we donate will help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy. Thank-you!
The Fairtrade group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to thank you for your generous purchases from our monthly stall. Since April we have bought hundreds of pounds of fairly-traded goods provided by Gavin’s Mill in Milngavie. Your kind additional donations of money, amounting to £40, have also allowed us to buy four gifts from Gavin’s Mill’s catalogue:
A concrete ring used in well-building to help farmers in Malawi
Life-saving medicines for up to 5 people in Burkina Faso
A clean accessible water supply for one person in Burkina Faso
200 metal water ladles for Water Harvest in North-West India
We have recently received certificates from Gavin’s Mill, attached to the poster in the Church foyer, thanking you all for your kind generosity. Your donations have helped some of the poorest communities in the world at Christmas – Faith in Action.
The annual service of remembrance and memorial for those who have been bereaved – the Rainbow Service – takes place in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Sunday 16th December at 3.00pm. A warm welcome is extended to all who would like to take some ‘time out’ this Christmas to remember a loved one who is longer with us.
As we have done in previous years, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be participating in the Church of Scotland World Mission Used Stamp Appeal over Christmas and New Year.
We’re inviting members to cut out and keep the postage stamps from any Christmas Cards they receive. These used stamps can then be put in the collection box which will be in the Church vestibule during December and
the early part of January.
This year’s appeal will help the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia (Ukraine) to run a number of daycare centres providing educational, emotional, and physical support for children and young people with disabilities. The appeal will support the young people to live life in all its fullness and to enjoy opportunities to participate in society and family life.
When cutting the stamps from your envelopes please leave a small, at least ¼-inch (0.5cm), border around the stamp. Thanks!
On Sunday 11th November there will be a short Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Cumbernauld Village at 10.45am.
Morning Worship in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will follow at the later-than-usual time of 11.15am.
Our Armistice knitted poppy display will be unveiled at church on Sunday 11th November and there will also be an opportunity for people to come and view the display on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th from 7.00pm to 9.00pm both evenings.