Sadly Cumbernauld Old Parish Church isn’t able to hold our annual Carols by Candlelight fund-raising evening in the Church this year. However, not to be beaten, we have recorded one which is packed with well-known carols and seasonal readings which have been chosen by our fantastic Fundraising Team. Please, do watch, join in if you wish and share.
There are details as to how to donate, if you would like to, at the end of the video. Enjoy!
Sadly, because of current restrictions, we are not able to hold our Carols by Candlelight fundraiser in the Church this year. However, we have instead produced an online one packed full of carols and festive readings. You will be able to access it from either our Facebook page or the Church website from Friday 18th December and it can be watched at any time after then.
There will be details at the end of the video about how to make a donation. Watch out for the link – it promises to be an enjoyable event for everyone!
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church encourages everyone to shop locally wherever possible. Especially in the current circumstances, local shops and businesses need our custom, so let’s do all we can to support those in our parish and community whenever we can. However, we appreciate that it’s not always possible to get everything we need locally and online shopping is a reality for many people.
If you do any shopping online, there are two ways in which you can help Cumbernauld Old while doing so. One is through Give As You Live, which we have mentioned before and has already proved to be a good way of raising funds for the church. Click on the link and from there you can access a large range of shops and retailers. With each purchase made in this way, a small percentage of what you spend is donated to the Church at no extra cost to you.
If you shop on Amazon, however, there is a new scheme called Amazon Smile that works in much the same way. For each purchase you make this way on Amazon, a percentage is donated by them to our church. Here’s how it works: Rather than logging on directly to Amazon as before, instead log into smile.amazon.co.uk, (this link, and the logo on the left, will take you to our page) and if you are happy to choose Cumbernauld Old Parish Church as your chosen charity, then you are all set up to start shopping. It’s still the same Amazon, but by using Amazon Smile your shopping can make a difference to Cumbernauld Old. Thank you for making a difference!
Whisper it, but Christmas is not that far away and Cumbernauld Old has a wee fund-raising initiative we’d like to mention.
Festively-dressed chocolate oranges are available for £3 each and would make an ideal stocking-filler. Each ‘cover’ is individually hand-knitted and designs include Santa Hats, Bobble Hats and Christmas Puddings. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary or as a ‘wee minder’ for the postman, bin men etc. look no further!
If you would like to buy one – or more – please phone Elizabeth on (01236) 726451 and we will deliver them to your door (assuming you live locally of course!). Our chocolate oranges are an easy and fun way to help our church’s funds at this challenging time. Thank-you!
The Fundraising Team at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church are exploring the possibility of creating our own bespoke Christmas cards for sale, and therefore raising much-needed funds for the Church. We have found a company online which can design and print bespoke charity Christmas cards at a reasonable cost.
However, before we commit to spending money on ordering these Christmas cards, we would like to establish whether there is sufficient support for this venture to ensure that we would actually make a profit, i.e. raise some funds, from doing so. Please, therefore, let us know if you would be willing to purchase such cards if they were available.
The cards we are considering would have a front cover with a pretty picture of our church, probably a snowy, wintry scene. We already have a number of photos from which we could choose. The cards would come in packs of ten. The smaller cards are 120mm square and would cost £3 per pack of ten. There are larger cards, 150mm square, and would cost £3.50 per pack of ten. Please note, though, that to make a worthwhile profit we would have to sell 100 packs. So please give this your fullest consideration.
Please, then, let us know as soon as possible if you would be interested in purchasing Cumbernauld Old Parish Church Christmas cards, and if possible, indicate how many packs you might want.
Once we have received everyone’s replies we will be able to gauge whether this would be a worthwhile venture. We are limited in the number of people we can contact directly, so if you have any friends or family who may also wish to purchase Christmas cards from us, please have a chat with them and include that in your reply. Thank-you for your time and consideration.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church intends to hold an online fund-raising event on Friday 26th June at 7.30pm.
Instead of the event we had planned to hold in the church we will now be hosting an online Summer Songs Of Praise and invite you to join in, singing along to some favourite hymns and making a donation via the ‘Donate online’ button on the Church website: www.cumbernauldold.org.uk
We hope you will be able to join us in singing some favourite hymns and support us in raising some funds for the church during these difficult times. Details of how to join will be posted nearer the time.
Please pass on news of this event to family and friends by mail, text or phone and let’s all encourage one another to join in and sing some summer songs of praise.
If you do online shopping, even if only occasionally, did you know that you could be helping Cumbernauld Old Parish Church as you shop?
It’s all as you down to a helpful fund-raising website called Give As You Live.
Here’s how it works:
Go to the website www.giveasyoulive.com and click on the button that says “Sign up for free”. You will be asked to choose a charity to support – type in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church, click ‘Search’ and then ‘Support us’ when our name comes up. (You’ll only have to do this the first time you use the site.) You’ll then be asked to enter your details and create an account. After that, click on the shop you want to visit – there’s everything from Amazon and Argos to Boots and B&Q – there are over 4,000 online stores to choose from. And that’s it!
Carry on shopping as you would before, the only difference now is that Cumbernauld Old will receive a small percentage from what you spend. And you won’t pay a penny extra! You’ll even get an email to confirm the amount that the church received from your purchases (and, no, we don’t get to see what you have bought or where!)
After that, it’s simply a matter of getting into the habit of clicking on Give As You Live when you want to do an online shop, logging on and then accessing your favourite shops from there. Each time you do, our church will receive a percentage of what you spend. Even if it’s only a few pence at a time, it all adds up.
Give As You Live also offers the opportunity to make online donations and to donate when you use your store cards at, e.g. ASDA, Tesco, etc. stores. We’re looking into these and will let you know how we get on. Meanwhile, our online shopping facility is up and running. Enjoy, but please shop responsibly. Thanks!
Just over two years ago the fundraising group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church launched ‘Cumbernauld Old Smart Savers’ by giving everyone a tube of Smarties to enjoy, after which we hoped they would fill the tube with 20p and 10p coins and return to church.
We want to thank everyone who took part and continued throughout the year to fill tubes and hand them in as part of fundraising.
In 2019 you raised the wonderful amount of £758.51 for church funds (obviously a random penny sneaked into a tube somewhere!) That was a great addition to our fundraising total for last year, so thank-you so much for your continued support for this initiative.
We have restocked our collection of Smarties and will be continuing this fund-raiser throughout 2020. The Smart Savers box is in the church vestibule on Sunday mornings (you can’t miss it, as it’s covered with Smarties paper!) so please collect and enjoy your candy-covered chocolate, fill the box with your spare 10p and 20p coins, and drop off your filled tube at church. You can then take another box and repeat the cycle – but only if you wish. With many thanks once again for your amazing response to this initiative.