Cumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to thank everyone who supported our annual Easter Egg Appeal. There was a huge response to our appeal for people to donate chocolate Easter Eggs for distribution to needy children through our local food bank. A whole car-load of eggs was collected and it was both wonderful and humbling to see such a generous response from our congregation.
Thanks, too, to everyone who hand-knitted ‘chicks’ over the last few weeks and those who provided the small chocolate cream- or caramel-filled eggs to go inside them. They were an amazing ‘hit’ with everyone who saw them and supply barely matched demand! By Easter Day we reckon that about £87 was raised by this fantastic idea.
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.
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.
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.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is taking part in ‘Take A Moment To Pray‘, an initiative by Falkirk Presbytery of the Church of Scotland. The Parish Church will be open for quiet prayer and reflection on Saturday 9th December between 2.00pm and 4.00pm, with readings on the hour and half-hour. Feel free to drop in for as long or short a time as you wish.
Firstly, we’d like to say a big “thank you” to everyone who supports the local Food Bank with donations, volunteering and prayer. Secondly, we’d like to update you with what we have planned in the lead-up to Christmas – and how you can help.
Preparations are underway at the Food Bank for helping those in need in our community during what can be a particularly challenging time. The Cornerstone Christmas event will be held on Thursday 21st December at Cornerstone House in the Town Centre. It will cater for around 150 people, providing them with a festive meal, food parcel and gifts. There will also be Christmas celebration at the Cumbernauld Village Food Bank the following day, Friday 22nd December, with carols, treats and fellowship.
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.