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Condorrat Newsletter, June 2022

Condorrat Church Magazine cover - June 2022

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Condorrat Parish Church.

Not only is it our last one of the current session for many of our organisations – a chance to look back and yet forward – it is also the last one under the stewardship of our minister, as Rev Grace Saunders gives thanks to God for her ministry here and looks forward to a well-earned and well-deserved retirement.

The magazine has an update from the Clerk to the Board, the Treasurer, the Family Development Worker and news from the youth and adult organisations as they reflect on a busy and fruitful few months.

We hope you will enjoy reading the newsletter, which is available from the link below.

Condorrat Newsletter, April 2022

Condorrat Church Magazine cover - April 2022

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Condorrat Parish Church!

In her Pastoral Letter, the minister looks forward to Easter and invites us to “celebrate with all our hearts and enjoy this Easter with all that New Life and New Hope which Jesus brings.”

In her update, the Clerk to the Congregational Board reminds us about the Stated Annual Meeting which will take place in church at the close of morning worship on Sunday 24th April and the Treasurer reports on the wonderful response to our Ukraine Appeal. Our Retiral Offerings raised the marvellous sum of £982.10 and we are very grateful to everyone who donated. The newsletter also contains updates from the Guild as well as the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade Companies.

Susan, our Family Development and Outreach Worker has information about two events: an informal evening Easter Day Worship Service which will be held indoors at 6.30pm on Easter Sunday, 17th April and the return of our Toddlers’ Praise services, the first of which will be on Sunday 24th April at 2pm. This will be half an hour of worship with the theme “Jesus Loves Us” and we ask that you please let any young families know of this or come along yourself, bring your grandchildren and participate in this informal worship opportunity.

Download your copy of our newsletter from the link below then sit back and enjoy reading all our news.

Condorrat Newsletter, March 2022

Condorrat Church Magazine cover - March 2022

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Condorrat Parish Church!

In Grace’s pastoral letter she confirms the news she has already given to the Kirk Session, Congregational Board and the Congregation that she will be retiring from her post as Minister of Condorrat Parish Church. She has informed Glasgow Presbytery and other appropriate channels and her retirement date is set for 31st August 2022.

She says: I want to confirm that this decision has not been made lightly and has included a great deal of prayer and thought but I am sure that you will understand that when the time comes to move, you just know when it is right.

In the rest of her pastoral letter, Grace writes about the season of Lent, into which we are just entering, and also the changes to the rules and guidelines relating to Covid19, some of which have been announced and some of which are still awaited.

Elsewhere in the newsletter’s ten pages, there’s news from the Clerk to the Congregational Board, the Treasurer, the Guild and the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades.

In her update Susan, our Family Development and Outreach Worker, writes about the continuing efforts being made to fine-tune the new digital sound and vision equipment, the ongoing discussions around Presbytery Planning and what that will mean for Cumbernauld, and looks forward to Easter and some of the activities being planned around that.

Download and read your copy of our newsletter from the link below.

Lent Reflections

Cumbernauld Churches Together are running a series of Lent reflections and invite you to join them on one or more of the following dates:

Thursday 10th March 7.00pm in Condorrat Parish Church
Thursday 17th March 11.00am in the Church of the Holy Name, Seafar
Thursday 24th March 7.00pm in Condorrat Parish Church

All welcome!

Condorrat Newsletter, Jan-Feb 2022

Condorrat Parish Church Magazine cover - Jan-Feb 2022

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Condorrat Parish Church!

We start by looking back at a different celebration of Christmas, but one that was still appreciated despite all the difficulties, and then look forward to what 2022 will bring. One suggestion made by the minister is that we revive the Wednesday Prayer Day, that people take a little time out every Wednesday to pray for the Church here in Condorrat, the Presbytery and for the Church of Scotland.

As usual, there’s an update from the Clerk to the Congregational Board, the Treasurer and the Guild, as well as from the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades so, although things are quieter than usual at the moment, the life of the church continues.

Susan, our Family Development Worker, has an update on our ‘digital project’, the installation of digital equipment which will help us bring Condorrat Parish Church to the wider community. One aspect of this is an improved livestream facility which will make it easier and better for people who are unable to attend our events in person still feel part of our worship and other events held in the church sanctuary.

Download your copy of our newsletter from the link below.

Condorrat Newsletter, December 2021

Condorrat Church Magazine cover - December 2021

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Condorrat Parish Church!

With Christmas approaching there is much going on, with a Carols by Candlelight service planned for the evening of Sunday 19th December and worship on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and also on Boxing Day, which this year falls on a Sunday. Obviously, we’ll continue to monitor the current Government guidelines and change our plans if necessary.

But first, there’s a reminder that we’re still in the season of Advent, a time of waiting in hope and expectation and the minister reminds us of the importance of taking time “to look for the wonder, the light and the life that is to come.”

As usual, the magazine is full of information about what’s going on in and around the church – including some exciting news about our plans to go ‘digital’ – and there are lots of snippets, moment of reflection and even some activities for children in its 14 pages. Download your copy from the link below.

Condorrat Newsletter, November 2021

Condorrat Church Magazine cover, November 2021

We are delighted to bring you the latest newsletter from Condorrat Parish Church.

The minister reports on her visits to the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade companies and their very different Dedication Services this year, also her visit to the Guild. It’s good to see these organisations thriving after a very difficult year of lockdown and similar restrictions.

Grace also brings us news of the arrangements for Remembrance Sunday, 14th November, when there will be some changes to what we’ve been able to do in the past. A reminder that our worship service this Sunday will be at the earlier time of 10.30am.

It’s a packed newsletter (as usual!) with updates from Susan our Family Development and Outreach Worker, our Clerk to the Congregational Board, Treasurer, Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade Companies, Guild, Fellowship and Prayer Group… and many more. You can get your copy from the Church website or download it from the link below.

Condorrat Newsletter, October 2021

Condorrat Parish Church Magazine - October 2021

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Condorrat Parish Church!

There’s a definite Harvest / Autumn theme this month, with the minister reminding us that, not only does God nurture the crops in our fields, but “We also depend on God who nurtures us and encourages our growth in a spiritual way as we journey through life.”

Harvest Thanksgiving at Condorrat will be slightly later this year and we’ll celebrate that at our morning worship service on Sunday 24th October, so please note that date.

Our ten-page newsletter is packed with news, points to ponder and dates for your diaries and you can download your copy from the link below.

Condorrat Newsletter, September 2021

Condorrat Church Magazine cover - September 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of the newsletter from Condorrat Parish Church.

As always, it is filled with information about what’s going on (and what we wish was going on!) in and around the church with a reminder that our doors are open for worship every Sunday (see below).

From Sunday 12th September the Church will open for full Sunday Services and singing of Praise.
Please give your name and contact number at the entrance in case of tracing, should there be the need. Masks of course should still be worn and we will use every second seat at this time.
Our worship services will be recorded and placed on the Condorrat Church Facebook page.

As well as the minister’s Pastoral Letter, the magazine has updates from the Family Development and Outreach worker (Susan to you and me), the Clerk to the Board, the Treasurer, as well as news from the 1st Condorrat Boys’ Brigade and much more,

Hope you enjoy reading it, and a reminder that you can keep up-to-date with all that’s going on by checking out our Facebook page or website.

Outdoor Praise at Condorrat

Condorrat Parish Church invites you to an Outdoor Praise worship service on Sunday 25th July at 6.30pm.

The service will be held in our Church grounds and we’d love to see as many people as possible joining us. However, due to the current restrictions, advance booking is essential – please contact Liz on 07702129882 if you’d like to join us.

Come and enjoy praise old and new. Let us praise God together!

Condorrat Newsletter, June 2021

Welcome to the June 2021 edition of the Condorrat Parish Church newsletter!
It’s been available in print and on the church website for a while, but we’re only now getting it up on our blog. Things have been a bit hectic on the blog side of things recently, so apologies for the delay. We hope you will enjoy reading it nonetheless.

Firstly, there’s a reminder that Condorrat Parish Church is open for worship every Sunday morning at 11am. Under current guidelines, seating is limited and you need to let us know in advance if you wish to worship with us in person. Details are in the newsletter and on our website. We look forward to welcoming you to our sanctuary. For those who are unable to attend in person, our worship services will continue to be recorded and available on our Facebook page.

The newsletter has information about the Church flowers that adorn the sanctuary each week and also invites us all to think about the ways in which we can support the Church as we start to plan to change the way it is governed – moving towards what is known as a Unitary Constitution.

There’s good news from the Clerk to the Board and the Treasurer about the difference your Gift Aided donations have made to our finances, along with encouraging news from the 1st Condorrat Boys’ Brigade about they have both adapted and thrived during the difficult circumstances of the past session.

The summer newsletter has twelve pages of news, snippets, pauses for thought and children’s activities. Download your copy below and read at your leisure. Enjoy!

Dog-Walking – Condorrat style!

Guide Dogs logoThe 1st Condorrat Girls’ Brigade company are doing a Sponsored Walk for the Guide Dogs charity during May and invite you to sponsor them in raising funds for this worthwhile cause.

Incredibly, they have already smashed their initial target, but if anyone else would like to sponsor or donate to their team, please click their JustGiving link here. The link will also give more information about how money raised for Guide Dogs makes a big difference to so many lives.

Meanwhile, a big well done to all those involved. We can’t wait to share the final total on our Facebook page when it’s all done.

Condorrat Newsletter, May 2021

Condorrat Parish Church is delighted to announce that we have restarted worship services in the church sanctuary every Sunday at 11.00am. We need to limit numbers attending at the moment, so please ‘reserve’ your place in advance – contact details are in our newsletter, a downloadable copy of which is available below.

In her pastoral letter, the minister reports that on the ‘baby steps’ we are taking to make our services more widely available, both in ‘real time’ and also as recorded versions, and looks forward to a time when our organisations can once again be up-and-running.

Susan, our Family Development and Outreach Worker, comments on the latest progress on our New Horizons Condorrat project and provides the following observation, which is as true for every aspect of church life as it is for this project. She writes,

I believe that the Church – not just Condorrat but the Church as a whole – needs to move from a mindset of passive involvement to one of ownership. Ownership of an idea means people feel they are part of the idea and are therefore willing to contribute to it. They feel valued and have a sense of achievement in its outcome. Leaders are only good if they lead those who feel part of the idea in the first place. Collaborative leadership means, for the church, a sense of real participation in God’s work instead of only a few with others looking on or in. Everyone – young and old- have a contribution to make.

The May 2021 edition of our newsletter has many other items of interest as well as children’s activities, so download your copy now and read it at leisure.

Condorrat Newsletter, April 2021

Condorrat Parish Church Magazine - April 2021

First up, the good news that Condorrat Parish Church has reopened for worship on Sunday mornings at 11am.
Because of the continuing restrictions and guidelines, seating is limited for the moment so please ‘reserve’ your place in advance – details are in the newsletter.

Secondly, welcome to the April 2021 edition of our church newsletter in which we look forward to the coming of Easter and all that means for the Christian church.
We may not be able to sing in church, writes the minister in her pastoral letter, “but we can sing in our hearts to celebrate the Rising of Jesus who overcame death so that we might receive ever-lasting life.”

Our new Facebook page is proving to be a real success, so now’s a good time to remind everyone that our morning worship services will also be posted there for those who are unable to attend worship in person.

The magazine also contains an update from the Session Clerk, the Clerk to the Congregational Board and the Treasurer, among others, while Susan our outreach worker speaks about our new initiative called New Horizons Condorrat and there’s also our Easter Scavenger Hunt to keep everyone occupied, entertained and informed. Don’t miss it.

Just click on the download button below to read the magazine at your leisure. Enjoy!

Holy Week at Cumbernauld Old

Easter crossDuring Holy Week (from Monday 29th March until Friday 2nd April) you are invited to watch a service of reflections from Cumbernauld Old Parish Church each day online.

They will be posted on our Facebook page and on our blog each morning, but our advice is, if you can, to watch them in the evening. We’ll also post links to all five reflections on our website on Sunday afternoon.

Also, please feel free to share them with family and friends too if you would like to.

Our Facebook page is the place to go for all the latest news and updates from Cumbernauld Old. It’s also where you will find links to our Sunday worship services – our worship for Palm Sunday will be posted online on Saturday.