Cumbernauld Old Parish Church invites you to worship with us online on Sunday 4th July. Worship is led by our minister, Rev Elspeth McKay and is available from the video link below.
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. Also, while you can watch our service at any time, why not watch around 11am on Sunday morning which is our usual time of worship when we are able to be together in the church building and which many of us still keep as our worship time.
Pastoral Cover in July
Rev Elspeth McKay will be on annual leave from Monday 5th July until Sunday 1st August. Our Sunday worship services, online and in person on the 25th July, will be led by Ivar Struthers, an elder here and a Reader with the Church of Scotland. If anyone is in need of urgent pastoral support and assistance during the minister’s absence, please call the manse telephone number 01236 728853 where there will be a message on the answering machine with details of whom to contact if necessary.
On Wednesday 30th June the Church of Scotland congregations in Cumbernauld, including Cumbernauld Old, transferred from the Presbytery of Falkirk to the Presbytery of Glasgow. As we say our farewells to Falkirk we wish them every success and God’s blessing for the future, and as we join Glasgow we look forward to this new venture in God’s plan and hope it will be a fruitful time for us all.
The Trustees of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church have agreed to open the Church for a time of private prayer (‘Time for Reflection’) on Sunday 20th September at 11am for half an hour and every third Sunday of the month thereafter.
The Property Convener and members of the Property Team have worked hard in conjunction with Falkirk Presbytery to ensure that the risks have been minimised and all safeguards are in place to make worshipping as safe as possible. As with any activity, the risk of infection is real and present. A letter with all the relevant details will be sent to members and adherents soon.
The Time for Reflection will not be a service in the ‘traditional’ sense; it will be a time for people to come and reflect and pray for half an hour in the church building. Because of the current restrictions, we need to limit the number of people who can attend and so a booking system will be in operation.
If you would like to attend the church for the Time for Reflection, on this or subsequent months, and wish to book a place, please telephone Anne Murphy, on 01236 726875 or 07719 290042, giving your name, those in your household who will be attending with you (if applicable), the date you wish to attend and your telephone number for ‘test and protect’.
Finally, a reminder that a letter with all the details of the steps we have taken and how our Sunday gatherings will work in practice will be sent to our members shortly, and also that we will continue to provide online services every week for the foreseeable future. Take care. Stay safe!
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.
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.