Easter fun at J.A.F.A. Church

Easter Day might be full of bunnies and crème eggs but not at J.A.F.A. Church!

J.A.F.A. Church is on Easter Day (Sunday 27th March) so rather than stand in a queue at Palacerigg Country Park, come along and join in the activities at Abronhill Parish Church from 4-6pm.

Make Easter bonnets, Easter gardens, decorate a hard boiled egg and roll it down the hillside outside the church, and go on an Easter Egg hunt. If you haven’t tried it yet, please do and learn what Easter really is about – the joy of Jesus’ wonderful resurrection.

Holy Week & Easter services

The Church of Scotland congregations in Cumbernauld are marking Holy Week 2016 with a number of worship services and activities across the town. Here’s a list of what we have planned:

Sunday 20th March – Palm Sunday

10.15am: Morning worship, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church (Village)
10.30am: Morning worship, Kildrum Parish Church
11.00am: Morning worship, Condorrat Parish Church
11.15am: Morning worship, Abronhill Parish Church
11.15am: Morning worship, St Mungo’s Parish Church
11.45am: Morning worship, Forge Centre, Balloch (Cumbernauld Old)

Monday 21st March

7.30pm: Holy Week service, Abronhill Parish Church

Tuesday 22nd March

7.30pm: Holy Week service, Abronhill Parish Church

Wednesday 23rd March

7.30pm: Holy Week service, Abronhill Parish Church

Thursday 24th March – Maundy Thursday

7.00pm: Maundy Thursday Communion Service, Condorrat
7.00pm: Maundy Thursday Communion service, Kildrum
7.00pm: Communion service, followed by a fish supper, in the large hall of St Mungo’s Parish Church
7.30pm: Maundy Thursday service, Abronhill
7.30pm: Maundy Thursday Communion service, Cumbernauld Old

Friday 25th March – Good Friday

11:am – 1.00pm (approx): Good Friday Walk of Witness, arranged by Cumbernauld Churches Together. Starting from outside Dunnes’ Store at 11am and going via various locations in the Town Centre, ending at Cumbernauld United Reformed Church at around 1.00pm

12.00 – 3.00pm: Good Friday Vigil – prayer, reflection, Bible readings and meditations on the hour and half-hour – Cumbernauld Old

12.00 – 3.00pm: Good Friday Vigil, following the last three hours of Jesus’ passion and death with a short reading and reflection every 15 minutes, remainder of the time for quiet. Kildrum Parish Church

7.00pm: Good Friday service, Condorrat
7.30pm: Good Friday service, Abronhill

Sunday 27th March – Easter Day

6.00am: Act of worship in Kilsyth hills (meet in the Abronhill Church car park at 5.30am)

7.00am: Easter Sunday service in the Chancel garden of Kildrum Parish Church followed by breakfast in the church hall

10.15am: Easter Day service, Cumbernauld Old
10.30am: Easter Day service, Kildrum
11.00am: Easter Day service, Condorrat
11.15am: Easter Day service, Abronhill
11.15am: Easter Day service, St Mungo’s
11.45am: Easter Day service, Forge Centre, Balloch (Cumbernauld Old)



Easter Cracked Open

Falkirk Presbytery is holding an Easter outreach event in the Community Hub of the Howgate Shopping Centre, Falkirk on Friday 18th March from 2-4pm and Saturday 19th March from 10am-3pm.

This event, called Easter Cracked Open, will involve more than a dozen churches and will present the Easter message through story, music, activities and crafts for adults and children alike.

There will also be a Prayer Labyrinth on Thursday 17th March from 10am – 4pm, also in the Howgate, Falkirk.

Why not pop in during any of the days of the event and say “hello”? You can also keep up-to-date with our Facebook event page.

News from Cornerstone Food Bank

Norma Cowan, on behalf of Cornerstone House Of Bread Food Bank, has asked us to pass on her thanks for our continuing support in 2015 and for the Christmas contributions to the food bank.

In 2015 there were around 1600 referrals for food parcels in our local community. During 2015 over 3000 meals were served to those in need in the Friendship Cafe on Thursday evenings. In December alone 130 Christmas meals were served and gifts distributed.

Norma goes on to say that we could not continue this ministry without the partnership of like-minded churches and people in Cumbernauld and it is a great testimony to our Lord to have local churches working together to serve and help some of the poorest in our area.

Isaiah 58:10 – “Feed the hungry and help those in trouble, then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.”

House of Bread Food Bank & Friendship Cafe Information

Cornerstone House, Town Centre – open on Thursdays 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church (Session House) – open Fridays 11am – 12.30pm
Clothes & Textiles, Cornerstone House – open Thursdays 6pm – 7.30pm
Food Co-op, Cornerstone House – open Mondays & Wednesdays 10am – 2pm