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.
Rev Elspeth McKay was inducted as the new minister of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Thursday 3rd August at a service in the Parish Church. That was followed by a social event in the Village Hall when we all had a chance to ‘meet & greet’ her more informally.
One of the memorable features of the evening was a wonderful cake – the wording around the edges reads “Cumbernauld Old Parish Church welcomes Reverend Elspeth McKay” – but we had enjoyed the sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones and cake so much the cake was left over until our service on Sunday!
We are delighted to welcome Elspeth and her family into our church and community and hope they feel very much at home here.
We wish to place on record our thanks to our Interim Moderator for the past two years, Rev Grace Saunders, and also to our Locum, Rev Marion Perry who served us so conscientiously during her time with us. We wish them both every blessing for the future.
Following the success of last year’s appeal the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is being invited to collect their used stamps over the Christmas and New Year period for the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Stamp Appeal.
This year’s Stamp Appeal will support the Church of South India’s Othara Eco-Spirituality Centre, where people can learn about climate change and the importance of conserving the earth God has given us. In particular, the money raised from the sale of these stamps will support some of the CSI’s ecological innovations including the harvesting and re-use of rain-water, the establishment of a biogas plant to power the kitchens and the development of a small dairy and chicken farm for native breeds. [Source: The Church of Scotland World Mission Council.]
More information about this project is available from the posters on display in the Parish Church in the Village and at the Forge in Balloch. A collection box for used stamps will be available at both worship centres until Sunday 22nd January. Just think of it as your own personal bit of recycling over the Christmas period!
Many women have old handbags lurking at the back of their wardrobes, either used or waiting to be used ‘some day’. Cumbernauld Old might just have the solution.
Between now and 4th December we will be collecting for the Lanarkshire Baby Bank Christmas Handbag Appeal. We would invite you to join the Handbag Appeal by donating a handbag and fill it with some of these suggested items, things that we all take for granted but most of the mums this charity supports struggle to buy: toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, wipes, shampoo, conditioner, brush, comb, bobbles, lip gloss, nail polish, moisturiser, sanitary products, soap, hats, gloves, fluffy socks, razors, hand sanitiser, mouthwash, chocolate and sweets.
Elizabeth Snedden and Anne Morrison will co-ordinate the donations and will be happy to receive handbags and any of the items on the list for this local charity. There will be a box in the church vestibule at the Village and in the Forge hall at Balloch for your donations of handbags, items on the wish list, or both. Thanks for your help. It will make a big difference.
You can find our more about the Lanarkshire Baby Bank on their Facebook page.
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.