Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be having their next Toddlers’ Praise service on Saturday 5th December in the Parish Church, starting around 11am(-ish). This is our Christmas service and, as well as hearing again the wonderful Christmas story, there will be songs, activities and even some cake to celebrate the birthday of the baby Jesus. There will be juice to drink too (or tea or coffee for the grown-ups). So please bring mum, dad, granny, grandpa, brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles and aunties too!
We invite those coming along to bring a wrapped gift with a label on it (boy / girl and age) for our Christmas gift appeal. If you are able to do that, it would be much appreciated.
It all adds up to about 30 – 45 minutes of fun, and we hope to see as many people as possible on Saturday morning.
This coming Sunday 8th November is Remembrance Sunday and there will be a short Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Cumbernauld Village at 10.45am, followed by morning worship in the Parish Church at around 11.15am. Please note this replaces our usual first 10.15am worship service.
Morning worship at the Forge Centre, Balloch will be at the usual time of 11.45am and will include an Act of Remembrance.
Catriona Ogilvie, the minister of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church, will soon be retiring, having served the congregation faithfully for the past sixteen and a half years. Her final worship service will be this coming Sunday 20th September.
The service at 11.00am in the Parish Church in Cumbernauld Village will be followed by a buffet lunch in the Forge Centre, Balloch from around 1.00pm. Please join us to pass on your best wishes and say goodbye.
As the Forge Community Centre, Balloch will be closed for essential maintenance at the beginning of August, there will be just one service at Cumbernauld Old on Sundays 2, 9 and 16 August. This will be held in the Parish Church in Cumbernauld Village at the revised time of 11.00am. Transport will be available from Balloch for anyone who requires it.
All being well, we’ll revert to our usual two services at 10.15am in the Parish Church and 11.45am in the Forge Centre from Sunday 23rd August onwards.
One of the conditions of the funding grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Project ROCK is that Cumbernauld Old Parish Church must open to the public for a number of hours in addition to our weekly worship services.
To meet this requirement Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be open on Sunday afternoons in July, August and September from 2pm to 5pm and longer on the weekend of Doors Open Days (12 & 13 September). Information leaflets about the Church building will be available for visitors as well as a warm welcome (whatever the weather!)
The next Cumbernauld Points North Messy Church will be on Sunday 8th February, i.e. this coming Sunday, when we’ll be looking at the theme of ‘friendship’.
There will be lots of crafts and activities linked to that theme, and we’ll hear about the Bible story of a group of people who wanted to help their sick friend so much that they climbed up onto the roof of a house and lowered him down to the room where Jesus was so he could heal him! After a time for games we’ll sit down to share a meal together. The fun starts at the Forge Community Centre, Balloch, G68 9ND at 3pm and we’ll finish around 5pm. All welcome!
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church held its annual Rainbow Service on the afternoon of Sunday 14th December.
During the service we invited those attending to tie a coloured ribbon to a branch of a tree in memory of someone who had died and whom they wished to remember. What had started out as bare branches soon became a riot of colour as more and more ribbons were added, each one remembering someone special.
The Rainbow Tree will remain in the Parish Church, with another at the Forge Centre in Balloch, through the winter months and you are welcome to add ribbons to it any Sunday before or after our worship services. On Easter Day 2015 the ribbons will be removed, ironed and used to make something beautiful for use in the sanctuary or given to other people who have been bereaved.
Cumbernauld Old Parish Church holds its annual service of memorial and remembrance next Sunday 14th December at 3.00pm in the Parish Church, Cumbernauld Village.
This service is especially for people who have been bereaved – recently or long ago – and who find the ‘jolly’ side of Christmas painful and wish to remember loved ones quietly. The service will last about 45 minutes and there will be tea and coffee 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 the children during the service.
The Rainbow Tree will remain in church after the service, with another at the Forge in Balloch, and you are welcome to add ribbons to it any Sunday during the winter months.
The Cumbernauld Points North Messy Church team will be hosting a Messy Christmas event next Sunday (14th December) in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch.
The fun starts at 3pm where we will be making Christmas crafts, singing a few Christmas carols, hearing the Christmas story, enjoying some games and finishing up with a Christmas party meal.
Whether you’ve been to Messy Church before, or want to find out what Messy Church is all about, we’d be delighted to see you.
All together now: “We wish you a Messy Christmas…”
The Cumbernauld Old Parish Church Men’s Group Annual Burns’ Supper will be held on Wednesday 21 January 2015 in Cumbernauld Bowling Club, and everyone is encouraged to come along to this extremely popular social event in the Church calendar.
It might even be considered the social event of the Year and, if you have never been to our Burns’ Supper before, you do not know what you have been missing!
Cumbernauld Burns Club will provide their usual, entertaining dialogue, masterminded by Callum Cormack, our Chairman for the evening. Our own Janet Graham and David Boyle will provide excellent musical interludes, and Anne Walker will provide her usual wit in defence of the ladies. You will also be served a first class meal! All in all, a great night, not to be missed.
Tickets are now available from any member of the Men’s Group, modestly priced at £7 per head. The time on the evening is 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Hope to see you there.
The annual Act of Remembrance will take place at the Village War Memorial at 10.45am, followed by Remembrance Sunday worship at approximately 11.15am in the Parish Church. This will replace our usual service at 10.15am.
Remembrance Sunday worship will take place at the Forge, Balloch at 11.45am.
An attempt at the World Record for the longest ever non-stop game of 5-a-side football will be made from 9pm on Thursday 11th September to 6pm on Sunday 14th September at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld.
Featuring representatives from a number of local Boys’ Brigade companies, but mostly from our own 1st Cumbernauld Company, this is a charity event in aid of Boys’ Brigade funds. We hope that members of BB companies and churches in Cumbernauld, and as many other people as possible, will drop by and offer their support to the young men attempting this incredible challenge. Find out more on the event’s Facebook page – and, yes, donations will be most welcome!
Cumbernauld Old is holding a Craft Fair for Church funds on Friday 24th October from 7pm – 9pm. If anyone would like to host a stall at the Fair or would like further information, please contact Anne Morrison on (01236) 721496.
What can we say? The weather was glorious, the turnout excellent and the sum raised for church funds on Saturday afternoon was an astonishing £2159 (with possibly more to come in). An enormous THANK-YOU to everyone who came along during the previous week to set-up gazebos, hang the bunting, prepare the Manse garden, dust down tables and chairs and generally made sure that everything went like clockwork on the day.
Thank-you, too, to the bakers and knitters and musicians and all who provided donations for our many stalls. Thanks are due also to everyone who came along on the day, brought along family and friends, spent their money and provided what was a marvellous atmosphere. And, finally, all who worked to wash-up, clear up and dismantle everything once the crowds had gone. A real team effort and much appreciated.