Cumbernauld

A Warm Welcome

170803_101 Elspeth's Induction cakeRev 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!170803_102 Elspeth cuts the Induction cake

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.

World Mission Stamp Appeal

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!

Handbags wanted!

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.

The Big Manse Clean

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.

Village Food Bank – One Year On

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.

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Supporting Christian Aid at Christmas

Instead of sending personal Christmas cards to your friends in the congregation at Balloch this year, why not put a single card on the special board in the hall at the Forge and donate the money you would have spent on cards and postage to Christian Aid?

A box for donations will be placed beside the board and, remember, all funds raised for aid charities are being doubled by the UK Government at the moment. A simple idea which will make a difference to those in need.

World Mission Stamp Appeal

We are asking members of Cumbernauld Old to collect their used stamps over the Christmas period and donate them to the Church of Scotland’s 2015 Stamp Appeal. This year’s appeal is for the kirk’s HIV Programme which supports 29 projects in 17 countries, including Scotland.

Please just cut the stamps from your envelopes, leaving a margin of paper around the edges, and pop them in the box in the church vestibule or the back of the hall at the Forge. We’ll run the project until mid-January, after which the used stamps will be sent off to the project co-ordinator.

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Fill a suitcase for Malawi

Calling all knitters again! You all did such a great job in producing beautiful garments for our “Life for African Mothers Project” that we want you to get those needles busy again.

150719_010 Malawi photo

The daughters of one of our members are going to Malawi next year as part of their school programme. They have been allocated an extra suitcase allowance and tasked with filling it with baby clothes to take out with them.

150719_020 Malawi flag photoWhen Helen Urquhart heard about the tremendous success of our previous project, she asked if we would be willing to help the girls fill that suitcase. Baby jackets, cardigans, hats and bootees of any pattern or colour would be much appreciated.

Wool will be available shortly – keep an eye on the vestibule (or at the back of the Hall at Balloch). In the meantime, if you have any questions, just speak to Elizabeth (726451) or Ivy (728063).