As the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is aware, CultureNL took a decision in June last year to close The Forge Community Centre at weekends, which meant that we could no longer hold a Sunday worship service at The Forge. In response the Kirk Session objected to the closure and, in the absence of an immediate solution, decided to hold a joint service at the Village at 11am as an interim measure.
Since then, the minister and Kirk Session have been been pursuing every opportunity to have the Balloch Sunday worship service re-established. Discussions with CultureNL continue, however as we are nearing the point where we have few options left, Elspeth and the Kirk Session thought that the time is now right to hold a Congregational Meeting so that everyone in the congregation can be updated on the current situation and have their views heard.
This meeting will take place immediately following the 11.00am joint morning worship service at The Village on Sunday 24th February and it is hoped that as many people as possible are able to remain in church after the service for the Congregational Meeting.
The annual service of remembrance and memorial for those who have been bereaved – the Rainbow Service – takes place in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Sunday 16th December at 3.00pm. A warm welcome is extended to all who would like to take some ‘time out’ this Christmas to remember a loved one who is longer with us.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be starting to hold worship services in the Village Care Home on the last Sunday of the month, starting on Sunday 25th November at 3.00pm.
This will be a short service, no more than half-an-hour, with readings, a short reflection and three hymns. It would be great to see other people there, so please come along and join us!
Elspeth has also arranged a Carol Singing night at the Care Home on Thursday 13th December. There may also be some festive poems and readings too. So please put the dates in your diary – we look forward to seeing you there.
Having now heard officially from North Lanarkshire Council that our Sunday let at the Forge Community Centre in Balloch will not be extended beyond the end of September, the Kirk Session of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church has reluctantly agreed, as an interim arrangement, to hold a single service of worship in the Parish Church in the Village on Sundays at the revised time of 11am from Sunday 7 October onwards.
The J Team at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will return on Sunday 9th September following their summer break. We’ll gather in the church for worship at 10.15am and then go across to the Session House for songs, stories and activities. All children are welcome to join us.
A number of worship services will be held at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church during Holy Week. The details are:
Thursday 29th March: the Sacrament of Holy Communion in the Parish Church at 7.00pm
Friday 30th March: the Good Friday Walk of Witness organised by Cumbernauld Churches Together will start from the car park outside the former Dunnes store at 10.30am and after proceeding through the Town Centre will culminate in a short act of worship at the United Reformed Church at around 12 noon.
Also on Good Friday, from 12 noon until 3.00pm, the Parish Church will be open for prayer and reflection with Bible readings and meditations on the hour and half-hour.
Sunday 1st April: let’s celebrate Easter Day together at worship in the Parish Church at 10.15am and at the Forge Community Centre, Balloch at 11.45am.