St Mungo’s Church are holding a small Christmas Fair this Saturday 30th November from 10.30 am until 2pm.  Various stalls and tea room will be available.  A warm welcome is offered to all. See you there!

Christmas Fair update

A huge THANK-YOU to everyone who helped make last Saturday’s Christmas Fair at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church such a success. It’s impossible to name everyone, but the list includes those who came along to the Village Hall on Friday night to help get things set up, everyone who donated items for the stalls, tearoom, prizes, etc., all those who staffed the stalls on the day and those helped clear up afterwards, those who made and served the teas, Santa Claus (of course!) who gave up some time from his busy schedule to pay them a visit, the people who did all the planning, phoning and cajoling behind the scenes and, finally, everyone who came along and supported the event with their time and their money.

It was a real team effort by so many people. The people at Cumbernauld Old are delighted to say that around £2012 was raised for Church funds and they extend their thanks to everyone who contributed in whatever way.

Next Saturday, 30th November, it’s the turn of Condorrat Parish Church, whose annual Christmas Fayre will be held in the Church halls starting at 12 noon and which will be opened by Jamie Hepburn, MSP. Full details in an earlier post.

Christmas Celebration 2013

A concert featuring the Celebration Choir is to be held on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December in the Lomond  Auditorium, SECC, Glasgow.  Tickets are from £15.00 available: Tel 0844 481 8801 or Tel 01236 721110.  Profits from this concert will go towards the running costs of Revival FM, our local community Christian radio station.

Cumbernauld Old’s Christmas Fair

The next major fund-raising event at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is the Christmas Fair, which takes place in the Village Hall in The Wynd, Cumbernauld Village on Saturday 23rd November starting at 10am. As well as most of the familiar stalls they plan to have a ‘market area’ with a variety of items suitable for Christmas presents.

The organisers are currently looking for donations for the Christmas Hamper, raffle and tombola prizes, baking, soft goods and good quality (complete) children’s toys and games. Due to storage restrictions there won’t be a bookstall or bric-a-brac stall this year. Donations can be handed in at at the Village Hall on Friday 22nd from 7pm – 9pm.

You can also take part in a Festive Quiz – last year you were all raking through your biscuit tins to find the names of favourite brands; this year you have the perfect excuse to hover in the sweetie aisle as this year’s quiz is all about sweets, past and present. Quiz sheets are priced £1.

Reaching for the skies

Cameron Gray, an officer in the 1st Cumbernauld Boys’ Brigade Company attached to Cumbernauld Old Parish Church, is planning to climb seven mountains in seven continents for charity. Here’s his story:

About two or three years ago, Cameron made a successful climb of Kilimanjaro for Childreach International. Not content with that, he has now come up with another outlandish plan: he aims to climb the Seven Summits – the highest mountain on each of the earth’s seven continents – to raise money and awareness for the Boys’ Brigade in Scotland.

He writes: “Both mountaineering and the BB have been, and continue to be, huge influences on my life, so why not combine the two? It’s really important to me that our young people are given the opportunities that I was fortunate enough to be given, and I believe firmly that there is no better place for that than the Christian ethos and fellowship that exist with the Boys’ Brigade.”

The second stage of the project, following on from Kilimanjaro, is a trip to Argentina to climb the 6,962 metre giant of Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalaya. It’s going to be a big old challenge, that’s for sure!

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If you’d like to support the Boys’ Brigade then you can make a donation at:

Condorrat Parish Church

Our annual Christmas Fayre will be held in the Church halls on Saturday 30th November at 12 noon and is to be opened by Jamie Hepburn, MSP.  As well as the usual stalls and the ever popular tearoom supplying soup and rolls, the organisers hope to have a very special visitor.  They will have his Grotto ready, just in case!  Do come along – everyone is very welcome!

Remembrance Sunday:  We hosted the Remembrance Service and took part in the Service at the Memorial Wall and Memorial Corner.  This year, for the first time, there is a ‘Condorrat Banner’ purchased with money raised in the community.  This was dedicated at the Service and will be stored with the Banners of the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades.

Guild: On 20th November the Guild will be hearing of the work of the Scottish Churches Housing Association, one of their projects.  All are welcome to come along.

Advance notice of the Condorrat Has Talent show which is to take place in the Church hall on Friday 17 January 2014 at 7pm. A wide variety of musical styles will be covered, so hopefully there’s something for everyone and a chance to see some newer talent (probably some older too!)  Tickets are now on sale at a cost of £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for children.  Proceeds are going to the Organ Fund. If tickets sell quickly there may be a second performance on Saturday the 18th.

DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal

DEC Disasters Emergency Committee logoOn Friday 8th November Typhoon Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippines, moving across its central islands before exiting into the South China Sea. It is thought to have been the strongest typhoon ever to hit land.

According to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) around 9.8 million people living in the path of the storm have had their lives torn apart and an estimated 12,000 people have died.

On the DEC website it is stated that “the  humanitarian impact is thought to be massive, with the homes of hundreds of thousands of people destroyed or severely damaged. The destruction will also have a huge impact on families’ livelihoods and businesses. Power and communication lines are down in many parts of the country and roads are impassable, with many airports out of action. The main aid priorities are food, water and emergency shelter.”

If you wish to donate to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal you can do so here: