During the past few weeks the church building of Cumbernauld Old has been decorated by posters made by the children of Eastfield Primary School. Other posters were displayed at the Forge Centre in Balloch while the church was meeting. We would like to share a couple of them with you – the others have been posted to Cumbernauld Old’s website.
We are holding a Christmas Eve Carol Service tonight Christmas Eve at 7pm. A warm welcome offered to all.
The five Church of Scotland congregations in Cumbernauld invite you to join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus in services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The details of our services are listed below:
Christmas Eve Family Service at 6.30pm followed by tea or coffee
Christmas Eve Watchnight Service at 11.15pm
Abronhill are also having a Hogmanay Social on 31 December at 11 pm for anyone in the congregation who would otherwise be on their own at this time. No alcohol will be allowed but plenty of tea, coffee and goodies will be supplied.
Christmas Eve Watchnight Service at 11pm starting with community carol-singing.
Christmas Day Worship at 10.30am
Christmas Eve Service at 7.30pm in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch
Watchnight Service at 11.30pm in the Parish Church
Christmas Day Worship at 10.30am in the Parish Church
Christmas Eve Service at 7.00pm
Christmas Day Worship at 10.30am
Christmas Eve Service starting at 7pm
All of us in the Church of Scotland in Cumbernauld wish you a joyful and peaceful Christmas.
Cumbernauld Old held their annual Rainbow Service – a service of memorial and remembrance – on Sunday 16th December. During the service our Rainbow Trees for winter 2012 were created (see picture on the right). There is one tree for each of our two worship centres and these will remain until Easter 2013 when each ribbon will be carefully removed and made into a permanent reminder.
Everyone attending or visiting the church until then is invited to tie a coloured ribbon to the tree in memory of a loved one and, if they wish, keep a separate ribbon for their own private use.
Please contact the minister if you would like further information.
On Saturday 8th December at around 11am Cumbernauld Old will be holding the next of its Toddlers’ Praise services in the Parish Church. This is a service for the wee ones and their families and will – as you might expect – have a Christmas theme. There will be songs, stories and games; there will be tea and coffee for the grown-ups, and juice for the young ones. There may even be a birthday cake to share – after all, we are getting ready to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.
Our worship services on Sunday 9th December at 10.15 and 11.45 will both be Carol Services, led by Donald Morrison and our Missional Community Group. They will also be our Annual Gift Services and we invite those attending to bring a small gift, wrapped and marked ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ with the suggested age of the intended recipient. All of the gifts will be passed to the Social Work Department based in Easterhouse for distribution. Thank-you.
On Sunday 16th December at 3.00pm in the Parish Church we are holding our annual Rainbow Service – a service of remembrance and memorial for people who have been bereaved, recently or long ago, and who find the ‘jolly’ side of Christmas painful and who wish to remember loved ones quietly. The service will last about 45 minutes and there will be tea and coffee and a chance to chat afterwards. Please note that the service is not suitable for very young children (under three) but there will be a crèche and helpers available to look after children during the service.
As in previous years our church will soon be decorated with a beautiful Christmas tree given by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous and the three primary schools in the area will help to decorate the windows.
- Our Carols by Candlelight on 16th December will be a perfect opportunity to come together to sing all our favourite carols. It is always a warm, welcoming service which conveys to all the message of love towards one another.
- The service on 23rd December will be led by our Sunday School and we look forward to the children of the church leading us through the nativity.
- Our Watchnight Service on 24th December starts with community carol singing at 11 pm.
- The service on Christmas Day starts at 10.30 am – please note the earlier time.
The monthly services in the McAuley Hall are to be suspended until nearer to Easter to avoid those who attend (mainly the elderly) having to come out in the worst of the winter weather.
The Guild Christmas Party is on Wednesday 5th December and a warm welcome is extended to everyone wishing to join in the fellowship and fun. There will also be an informal evening on 16th January 2013 to which everyone is welcome.
The Girls’ Brigade recent Sleepover raised £202.50 for the Sanctuary Refurbishment Project. The next event for this important project is a Dinner Dance at the Westerwood Hotel on Friday 15th February. This will be a 3-course meal and a Ceilidh Band. Tickets are £25 and can be booked now.
On Sunday 9th December the annual Festival of Light Service (otherwise known as Carols by Candlelight) will be held at Kildrum Parish Church starting at 7.30pm. As ever, it will be hosted jointly by Cumbernauld Christian Aid Committee and the Third World Group of Sacred Heart Church.
Tickets are priced at a suggested donation of £2 (children admitted free) and are available at the door on the night. As well as carol-singing, part of the worship will be led by Croy Silver Band as well as choirs from St Andrew’s Primary School and the Cumbernauld Choir.
Please come along and take part in what promises to be a wonderful evening of praise and fellowship.