Like many things this year, the annual Gift Service at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church was a bit different in that it was online.
What didn’t change was the response. The compassion and generosity of all who contributed was wonderful to behold. A great array of children’s toys & books, gifts for all ages and festive foods – not forgetting a selection of Cumbernauld Old’s very own chocolate orange Santa hats. If that were not enough, over £500 was donated in cash too.
All of the above has now been safely transported to Bethlehem House of Bread at Cornerstone who will distribute them on our behalf. The cash can be used to buy fresh items or gift vouchers for those in need – and there are many, including around 240 children who will benefit from your thoughtfulness.
So once again. a heartfelt thank you for the unwavering support of the food bank, especially in these strange and troubled times. Your kindness will indeed bring tidings of comfort and joy.
A safe & peaceful Christmas from all at the food bank
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church invites you to join our online worship service for Sunday 13th December, the Third Sunday of Advent.
Worship is led by our minister, Rev Elspeth McKay, and this week is our annual Nativity Service – thanks to the boys of the 1st Cumbernauld Company of the Boys’ Brigade for their contributions with this – and Gift Service. The service can be accessed from this link or viewed below.
This Sunday also sees our annual Rainbow Service for those who have been bereaved, whether recently or some time ago. It provides a space for people to reflect and remember and is also a reminder of God’s enduring love and care. This will also be an online-only service and we’ll post the details on our website, Facebook page and blog shortly.
We continue to post an entry from our online Advent Calendar every day from 1st December to 24th December on our Facebook page with links also on our church website Each day there will be a Bible reading and reflection and some days will have art, music or video as well. Why not pop over and join us as we journey together towards the manger.
Journey to Bethlehem
Follow the Christmas story on our interactive trail called Journey to Bethlehem. There are twelve numbered posters located around Cumbernauld Village, each with a picture from the Christmas story and a line from the Bible. The posters also have a QR code which you can scan on your mobile phone to read the relevant Bible passage. From that link you can also download an activity which can be done by younger people. Journey to Bethlehem can also be followed from the comfort of your own home – here’s the link to do that.
Time for Reflection
Our next Time for Reflection in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be on Sunday 20th December at 11am. This short service provides an opportunity for people to come and reflect and pray for half an hour in the church building. In order to ensure as safe an environment as possible, we need to limit the number of people who can attend and so we would invite those who wish to attend to let us know in advance. There will also be an online worship servie next Sunday and we’ll post the details nearer the time.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be holding our annual Gift Service on Sunday 13th December. In recent years we have asked for donations of toys, etc. which have been distributed through our local food bank, but this year – not surprisingly – will be different.
Firstly, the worship service itself will be pre-recorded and available to view online. We’ll post the link later in the week. Donations of Christmas gifts can be left at the Manse front door up to and including the 13th December. They will be then taken up to Cornerstone for distribution.
However, the organisers, Bethlehem House of Bread, have said that whilst they are happy to receive gifts, they have requested monetary donations this year where possible to limit the handling of items. You can either donate directly by on-line banking (details can be obtained from Elspeth) or if you bring it to the Manse in a sealed envelope we will ensure your donation gets passed on.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church invites one and all to our Advent and Christmas worship services over the next few weeks.
On Sunday 15th December at 11am we have our Nativity and Gift Service and invite those attending to bring a Christmas gift for distribution through our local food bank (more details here). Then at 3pm we hold our annual Rainbow Service for those who have been bereaved and wish to remember someone they have loved.
The annual Gift Services at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be on Sunday 17th December at 10.15am and 11.45am. We invite those attending to bring a gift for all age ranges (adults as well as children), wrapped or unwrapped, and these will be passed on to our friends at Cornerstone for distribution to people in need in our community.
We’d like to use this opportunity to thank the congregation for its amazing generosity over the past few years.
The 10.15am worship service on Sunday 17th will also incorporate the J Team Nativity Play. We know the young people in our church have been practising hard and we look forward to their interpretation of the Nativity Story on Sunday.