Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is a Fairtrade Church and, when we are able, serve Fairtrade teas and coffees after our services and occasionally have Fairtrade goods available to buy. Earlier this year we were able to pass on some of the donations we received to a number of charities through our connections with Gavin’s Mill. One such charity was Transform Burkina and they wrote to us to say how our donation made a difference there…
“Many thanks for your kind donation to Transform Burkina which you made via Gavin’s Mill Gifts. It has been as especially difficult year globally due to the Covid-19 pandemic and although Burkina Faso has not been hit as hard as other countries directly by the virus, the indirect effects of a national lockdown on such a fragile economy have been widespread. This has meant your donation has been more valuable than ever.
“All our projects have continued – the Bethanie Health Centre in Ouagadougou continues its vital work based in an informal settlement on the edge of the capital, our clean water projects have increased and we are currently in the process of creating new clean water supplies for three villages in the north of the country and our two agricultural projects are growing, with students learning the basics in farming techniques and then being given a starter pack of seeds and tools to start farming themselves.”
As we have done in previous years, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be collecting Easter Eggs for distribution by Bethlehem House of Bread based at Cornerstone to those who otherwise wouldn’t be receiving one.
If you would like to donate an Easter Egg (or more than one!) please drop them off at the Manse (next door to the Church in the Village) by Palm Sunday, the 28th March. If you would prefer to donate cash, that would be great too. Please post an envelope through the door at the Manse. We’ll take your donations to Cornerstone where they will ensure the money goes where it is most needed this Easter-time.
If you would like to donate a Fair Trade Easter egg, they are available through Traidcraft (just click on the link) Thank you as always for your generosity!
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church invites you to join us for worship online on Sunday 7th March, the Third Sunday of Lent. It also marks the end of Fairtrade Fortnight and there is a Fairtrade theme running throughout our worship this week. Worship is led by our minister, Rev Elspeth McKay and is available here or by clicking on the video link below.
You are welcome to join us at any time, but why not worship with us at 11am on Sunday which is our usual time of worship when we are able to meet together in the church building. Many of us still worship around that time at home and you will be among friends, even if not in the same building!
As with all our worship services, this Sunday’s service is available to all, so please feel free to share with any family or friends. Please also check out our Facebook page for all the latest news from Cumbernauld Old. We have also posted a series of Lent reflections on our Facebook page and invite you to share in a short reading and reflection each day from now until Easter.
Kirk Session Meeting
The Kirk Session will meet by Zoom and telephone on Thursday 11th March at 7.30pm. An agenda and the minutes of our previous meeting have been sent electronically to everyone for whom we have an email address and by post to other members of the Kirk Session.
After our Fairtrade-themed service at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Sunday 8th March, we will be holding the first of our “Fairtrade and Fellowship” ‘warm welcome’ events. These will take place about four times throughout the year and will always co-ordinate with a Fairtrade stall. We invite those attending worship to stay in Church after our service on Sunday to enjoy Fairtrade tea / coffee / home baking and to engage in Fellowship with your Church family. Please also take the opportunity also to visit our Fairtrade stall.
On Sunday 10th March Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with a service dedicated to raising awareness of the need for ethical trade. We will be welcoming a visitor from Gavin’s Mill, who will share with us the ethos that sits behind the wide-ranging role that this Fairtrade shop / café plays within the Fairtrade community.
As well as our regular Fairtrade stall we will be offering Fairtrade teas / coffees and home-baking in Church after our service. The Fairtrade group looks forward to seeing you then.
The Fairtrade group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church would like to thank you for your generous purchases from our monthly stall. Since April we have bought hundreds of pounds of fairly-traded goods provided by Gavin’s Mill in Milngavie. Your kind additional donations of money, amounting to £40, have also allowed us to buy four gifts from Gavin’s Mill’s catalogue:
A concrete ring used in well-building to help farmers in Malawi
Life-saving medicines for up to 5 people in Burkina Faso
A clean accessible water supply for one person in Burkina Faso
200 metal water ladles for Water Harvest in North-West India
We have recently received certificates from Gavin’s Mill, attached to the poster in the Church foyer, thanking you all for your kind generosity. Your donations have helped some of the poorest communities in the world at Christmas – Faith in Action.
This year, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be supporting Fairtrade Fortnight when we will be inviting people to ‘Come On In’ and see what Fairtrade is all about.
Put simply, Fairtrade is about ensuring producers and workers in the developing world get better prices and decent working conditions; it therefore supports local sustainability and fair terms of trade.