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.