On Tuesday 18th September the speaker at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church Men’s Group will be Joyce Bell from Alva.
Joyce is a nurse at Strathcarron Hospice and, over the years, she and her colleague Caroline have visited South Africa to work with a number of local groups on a variety of health issues, especially HIV and AIDS. They have been sponsored by their local Church of Scotland congregation in Alva and became involved in this project through their association with Graham & Sandra Duncan, who are also our Mission Partners.
Because of our continuing relationship with Sandra and Graham, and the support we give them through our Mission Circle, the Men’s Group has extended an invitation to everyone in the congregation to come along at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th and hear about the work that Joyce and Caroline have done in South Africa.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church were delighted to receive the following letter from the Food Bank team at Cornerstone House recently:
Thank you all once again for your partnership and fantastic Christmas donations of food, gifts and money in December and throughout 2017.
We received over 1700 referrals between our two Food Banks in 2017, and put out over 130 extraordinary food hampers, gifts and toys in the Christmas week alone.
It is a blessing to us all in seeing what can be achieved in our own communities when the people of God work together.
Thank you for all the effort everyone puts in to make this ministry work. We look forward to what the Lord is going to do in 2018.
God bless, Norma Cowan
April 2018 will mark the third anniversary of the opening of the Village Food Bank at the Parish Church and we are delighted have forged such close links with the Bethlehem House of Bread, which operates out of Cornerstone House. The Food Bank in the Village is open each Friday from 11am – 12.30pm.
Firstly, we’d like to say a big “thank you” to everyone who supports the local Food Bank with donations, volunteering and prayer. Secondly, we’d like to update you with what we have planned in the lead-up to Christmas – and how you can help.
Preparations are underway at the Food Bank for helping those in need in our community during what can be a particularly challenging time. The Cornerstone Christmas event will be held on Thursday 21st December at Cornerstone House in the Town Centre. It will cater for around 150 people, providing them with a festive meal, food parcel and gifts. There will also be Christmas celebration at the Cumbernauld Village Food Bank the following day, Friday 22nd December, with carols, treats and fellowship.
Easter is past, the children are back in school and it’s now time to think about Christian Aid week, which runs from 15th to 21st May.
As always, we are looking for people to help with the door to door collection. If you didn’t receive an envelope last year, it probably means that no one in your immediate area was delivering envelopes – could you help this year? If you were one of the trusty band of volunteers last year, we hope you’ll help again this year.
The money raised makes such a difference to some of the poorest people in the world. Please give it some thought and if you are able to help, please contact Liz Dalling (727000) or Lesley Littlejohn (729083).
Eilidh, Marie and mum Helen have been overwhelmed and thrilled by the wonderful donations of baby clothes knitted by members and friends of the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church. They want to pass on their heartfelt thanks for all the time and effort that was put into knitting these beautiful clothes. The girls can’t wait to deliver the outfits and see babies wearing them when they go over in June.
The knitting from all the pupils going on the trip is being gathered together and divided among all the extra suitcases, so to allow time for that, could we ask that anyone still with knitting, to hand it in by 15th May.
We plan to hold an evening later in the year when the girls – and hopefully a member of the medical team – will come along and tell us about their experiences. Everyone will be most welcome. Thank you all so much once again.
Please note that if you cannot complete your knitting by 15th May, don’t worry. We are still in contact with the Life for African Mothers project and we will pass any extra clothing on to them.
Mission Circle money has been very active this past few months: with it we were able to provide school shoes for a lot of children, which was really a blessing because we have just come out of winter and, although they can manage, bare feet fare better in the summer – it was too cold to bear thinking about during the winter! But that’s not all… (more…)
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.
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.
When 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).
Next Sunday afternoon (14th September) sees the return of Messy Church at the Forge Centre, Balloch after our summer break. The fun starts at 3pm and this month we’ll be looking at part of the story of Moses – the baby in the bullrushes – and there will be songs, stories, crafts, activities and finishing with a meal together. Messy Church is for everyone and we look forward to seeing you there.