Cumbernauld Old Parish Church invites you to Journey to Bethlehem with us. Follow the Christmas story in a combination of a treasure hunt and a self-guided trail which you can do in your own time.
Located around Cumbernauld Village are twelve numbered posters, each with a picture representing part of the story of Christmas and a line from the Bible relating to that picture. There’s a candle, crown, musical instruments, Bethlehem, angel, Mary, journey, scroll, shepherds, stable, wise men and star. See how many you can find! (Hint: the first poster is at the Church gate and the rest of the hint-list can be found at the end of this post.)
Each poster also has a QR code which you can scan on your mobile phone. That will bring you to a page on our church website where you can read the Bible passage that goes with that picture. Click or tap on the picture on the website page to download a puzzle, quiz, colouring-in, craft, etc. all linked to the Christmas story and which younger people can do at home. The posters are numbered 1 – 12 and that will take you through the Christmas story in sequence if you want to follow that, but you are more than welcome to scan the code on any of the posters you come across.
We hope you enjoy our new take on the Christmas story!
If you can’t get down to the Village you can also follow the ‘trail’ from the comfort of your own home by the links on our website.
Poster locations: Church gate, Purple Paws, the bakery, the florist, Cullen and Easton, Spar, the barber’s shop, Patterson and Hughes, the chemist, the Village Hall, Scragg, and the Village Noticeboard at the War Memorial.
The Annual Service of Remembrance, including the laying of wreaths and observing the national two minutes of silence, will take place at 10.45am this Sunday, 10th November, at the War Memorial in Cumbernauld Village. Morning worship at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will follow at approximately 11.15am.
The group currently surveying, photographing and cataloguing the gravestones surrounding Cumbernauld Old Parish Church plan to have a tidy-up session of the kirkyard on Saturday 13th April from 10.30am onwards (i.e. for as long as we feel up for it!)
In consultation with North Lanarkshire Council grounds department, we hope to gather up the leaf litter, cut back the overgrown trees and remove some of the obtrusive, damaging ivy. Just for the avoidance of doubt: we will NOT be touching the stones themselves – just the grounds around them.
We would love more volunteers to help, so if you can spare even half-an-hour on 13th April. please come along. We’re offering tea, coffee and cake as a bribe (sorry, an ‘incentive’).
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be starting to hold worship services in the Village Care Home on the last Sunday of the month, starting on Sunday 25th November at 3.00pm.
This will be a short service, no more than half-an-hour, with readings, a short reflection and three hymns. It would be great to see other people there, so please come along and join us!
Elspeth has also arranged a Carol Singing night at the Care Home on Thursday 13th December. There may also be some festive poems and readings too. So please put the dates in your diary – we look forward to seeing you there.
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.
To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War this year, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church hopes to apply for Heritage Lottery Funding (or, indeed, grants from other sources) to host events in the autumn.
Our initial ideas include a community cinema, arts and crafts workshops and investigating the men from the Village who gave their lives in that conflict. This will culminate in a special display on Armistice Sunday, 11th November 2018.
We are looking for your thoughts and ideas and, better still, help!
If you want more details, or can offer help or suggestions, please leave us a note. Thanks.
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.