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.
The Men’s Group Annual Burns’ Supper will be held on Wednesday 21 January in Cumbernauld Bowling Club and everyone is invited to come along to this extremely popular social event in the Church calendar.
Cumbernauld Burns Club will provide their usual, entertaining dialogue, masterminded by Callum Cormack, our Chairman for the evening. Our own Janet Graham and David Boyle will provide excellent musical interludes and Anne Walker will provide her usual wit in defence of the ladies. You will also be served a first class meal! All in all, a great night, not to be missed.
Tickets are now available from any member of the Men’s Group, modestly priced at £7 per head. The time on the evening is 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Hope to see you there.
In August this year, a new stained glass window was installed in the gallery above the east aisle of the Parish Church.
Designed by the artist Colin Stevenson and donated by Mr & Mrs Hamilton of Dullatur in celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary, the window takes its inspiration from the ‘Rainbow Window’ in the church vestibule and represents the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. A colourful, powerful and welcome addition to our church, I’m sure you’ll agree!
Our services on Sunday 23 November were led by Rev Alan Gibson, Head of Stewardship for the Church of Scotland. After the services he asked if he could take a photo of the congregation to post on his Facebook page. Here he is, then, taking a photo of us after worship at the Parish Church in the Village.
The Ladies’ Group from the Village would like to say a big “Thank You” to everyone who supported their Coffee & Cake evening on Friday 7th November in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support – whether you helped by baking, donating, setting up, washing dishes and tidying up afterwards, or simply by being there. The sum raised was a wonderful £350 – so thank you all for your generosity! STOP PRESS: that sum has now risen to £417, so thanks again everyone.
If you couldn’t be there but still want to donate, please speak to Christine Johnston or Margaret Cowan at church.
Well done, ladies. An excellent sum raised in aid of an excellent cause.