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.
On Sunday 12th November there will be a short service and Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial on Baronhill in Cumbernauld Village at 10.45am. This will be followed by morning worship in the Parish Church at approximately 11.15am. Both services will be led by Rev Elspeth McKay. If you are attending worship in the Village, please note the later than usual start-time.
Morning Worship for Remembrance Sunday at the Forge Centre in Balloch will be at the usual time of 11.45am. This service will be led by Ivar Struthers.
A lot of work and redecoration has been carried out over the past few months to keep Cumbernauld Old’s manse up to a suitable, live-able standard. It now needs a ‘spring clean’ (and, yes, we know it’s autumn!) so, to this end, a work party will undertake a freshen-up on Friday 7th October at 11.00am.
If you can spare an hour or two that morning your help will be much appreciated. Please bring your own rubber gloves, cleaning cloths and materials though. Thanks in advance for your help.
The following article was printed in our recent Church Magazine. We thought it worth sharing…
Having supported the Cornerstone food bank for some time with weekly food donations from our congregation, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church decided to offer additional help in the form of a satellite food bank in our area too. Thus with the support of our friends at Cornerstone, the Village food bank opened its doors in April 2015 at the Session House in the Village.
The Cumbernauld Village food bank is open in the church Session House on Friday mornings from 11 – 12.30 to provide not just food and toiletries but support and a welcome for some of the most vulnerable in our community. Advice can be given regarding courses on basic cooking and budgeting as well as providing information regarding other agencies who may be of help. An important function is to provide a relaxed friendly place where people can come to share and chat over a coffee and feel valued.
One condition of the funding we received from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Project ROCK is that we must open the Church to the public (apart from our worship services). We hope to do this by opening our doors on Sunday afternoons in July, August and September from 2pm to 5pm and longer on the Doors Open Days weekend (12/13 September).
We therefore need a number of willing volunteers to show visitors around the Church – the more the better – so if you can spare one or more afternoons in an excellent cause, please speak to Iain Ogilvie or any office bearer over the next week or two. We will provide enough information to be getting in with and you will not be expected to know the full history of the Church – just be a friendly face!
Cumbernauld Village Action for the Community (CVAC) will be holding an Easter event in The Lanriggs (weather permitting) on Saturday 4th April, starting at 1pm until 3pm.
They propose to have an Easter Bonnet competition, an Easter Egg Hunt and Decorating an Egg. There will also be some interesting and fun filled games. So please come along and support the event, being held on behalf of the local community.
For further information check out the Village website at cumbernauldvillage.org where you can also find a link to their Facebook page and view additional proposed events during 2015.
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The Village Community Council is formally objecting to the proposal by NHS Lanarkshire to close the Out-of-Hours Service in Cumbernauld. They would, however, urge residents to also send in individual letters of objection, and have prepared a sample letter, copies of which are available in the vestibule of the Parish Church. These letters only require members to fill in their address and signature, then send them off. A sample letter is also available to view on the Cumbernauld Village Facebook page. The more objections NHS Lanarkshire receive, the better the chance of retaining this vital service for Cumbernauld.
Please refer any comments or questions regarding this to Cumbernauld Village Community Council, rather than the church.