Family Development Worker in Abronhill

A dedication service was held on Sunday 29 April at Abronhill Church for our new family development worker, Susan Reford.  A great number of people from various other churches where Susan has worked and worshipped helped to swell the number attending and everyone enjoyed the home baking and tea/coffee afterwards.  Susan outlined her post at Abronhill explaining that although she would meet with children and parents in the Church, she was also meeting them through the local schools.  Her aim was to bring people to Church and to faith but it was also important that the Church was out in the community also.  She felt her role was not strictly defined and would grow and change as time goes on.  Susan is looking forward to working with the people and Church in Abronhill and helping with their work with the other churches in Cumbernauld.

Cumbernauld Old Fashion Show

The people at Cumbernauld Old are delighted to report that the Lunch & Fashion Show in the Westerwood Hotel on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd April was an even bigger success than last year, raising a quite astonishing £4780 on the day for Project ROCK. Our grateful thanks go to Evelyn Murray, Irene Whyte and FROX of Falkirk, plus everyone else who worked so hard behind the scenes and, of course, to everyone who attended the show and helped us raise so much for Project ROCK. Words almost fail us… THANK YOU!

Zero VAT Petition

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has proposed extending the scope of VAT to alterations to listed places of worship. Currently VAT is charged at zero percent on such alterations. The imposition of VAT at the standard rate to alterations to listed church buildings will place an extra burden on hard-pressed congregations, so various church groups and individuals are encouraging people to sign a petition urging HM Treasury to reconsider. Please sign the petition to “bring back zero-rate VAT on alterations to listed churches” here.

Christian Aid book sale

A book sale to raise money for Christian Aid will take place in Falkirk from 8 – 12 May. Now in its fourth year, the sale has raised more than £4,600 in previous years. With a great range of second hand paperbacks and hardbacks, fiction and non-fiction, the sale gives people in Central Scotland the opportunity to stock up on holiday reading and special interest books, while supporting a good cause at the same time. The event takes place in Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Church, Manse Place, Falkirk FK1 1JN. It will open daily from 10am, and this year the sale will also be open on three evenings – 7th, 8th and 9th May – from 7pm to 9pm. For further information please contact Hamish Scott on 01324 632387.

Cornerstone Cafe

Our friends at the Cornerstone Centre at 1 Esk Walk (Town Centre) – formerly the Bingo Hall – have asked us to advertise their excellent cafe which is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm and provides excellent value. The Café offers breakfasts, tea and lunches, as well as take-away meals, all in a friendly and relaxing environment. While it can be busy at lunchtimes, there’s usually plenty of space when it’s time for morning coffee or afternoon tea, so let’s help them out and fill up the cafe!