Christian Aid Week 2019

Christian Aid thank-you envelopeA huge thank-you to everyone who took part in this year’s Christian Aid Week at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church. We recently counted the money collected and are delighted to announce that £1900.29 was raised by the door-to-door, congregation and ‘neighbours’ donations. A further £311 was raised at the Boys’ Brigade Annual Display.

When one adds the Gift Aid pledged on those donations, the final total raised for Christian Aid is a wonderful £2433.83.

That is an impressive amount of money, especially as there were only six door-to-door collectors this year. Thanks are due to them, and to our BB Company, but also to everyone in the congregation who invited their ‘Christmas Card neighbours’ to donate; this really has made a huge difference to the total amount raised. This contribution to Christian Aid will hopefully have a considerable impact on the women of Sierra Leone.

Thanks again, everyone!

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Good Friday Walk of Witness

On Friday 19th April (Good Friday) Cumbernauld Churches Together will be taking part in a ‘Walk of Witness’ around various locations in the Town Centre.

Meeting outside the former Dunnes store at 10:15am for a 10:30 start, we will remember the events, and retell the story, of the crucifixion of Jesus on the first Good Friday. Our walk will end about an hour later at Cumbernauld United Reformed Church.

Cumbernauld Old has a twin!

Thanks to everyone who collected their small change in jars, etc last year Cumbernauld Old Parish Church has ‘twinned’ the toilet in our Session House with one in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our donations have gone to improving sanitation and hygiene and providing health education in the developing world.

Thanks again!

Christian Aid Gatherings

The team at Christian Aid Scotland would like to invite you and your Christian Aid community to join them at the Gatherings 2019.

Join staff and supporters at a venue near you and find out how we can give, act and pray together in 2019.

Jeanne Kamara, Christian Aid’s country manager in Sierra Leone, will join us to celebrate how her team is transforming people’s lives by standing up to poverty and injustice.

You’ll also get the chance to learn more about Christian Aid’s key issues and how the money you raise is spent.

Tuesday 26 February 2019 – 10.00am – 1.00pm
St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

Friday 1 March 2019 – 10.00am – 1.00pm
Wheatley House, 25 Cochrane Street, Glasgow, G1 1HL

(with other Gathering dates in Aberdeen and Inverness)

More details on the Christian Aid Scotland Facebook page.

Harvest Thanksgiving at Cumbernauld Old

Sunday 14th October will be our annual Harvest Thanksgiving service at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church. The service will be conducted by our minister Rev Elspeth McKay and takes place in the Parish Church at 11am.

Once again all donations to the harvest table will go to our own food bank, run in conjunction with Bethlehem House of Bread at Cornerstone House. Donations of tinned and dried goods (pasta, rice, tea, coffee, etc.) are most welcome.

Our food bank no longer receives support from local supermarkets, yet the numbers attending the Village food bank have doubled over the last year, so it relies heavily on our donations. Every tin or packet will be much appreciated. We have a long history of supporting the food bank week by week and there is always a box in the vestibule where you can place donations at any time. Time to give thanks, time to be generous!

Harvest Thanksgiving at St Mungo’s

Cumbernauld: St Mungo’s Parish Church are holding our Harvest Thanksgiving Service this Sunday 7th October at 11.15am.

We’ll be accepting donations of canned or dry non-perishable goods to be forwarded on to the Salvation Army. Alternatively we shall also be accepting monetary donations for the Glasgow City Mission harvest appeal.

Armistice Day Project – an update

A huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to the poppy project being run jointly by Cumbernauld Old Parish Church and Cumbernauld Village Community Council. A lot has been happening over the past few months and we’d like to bring you up-to-date.

We have met with two artists who are going to assemble the main display, and they are going to create ‘waterfalls’ of poppies coming over the galleries in the church as well as a poppy banner outside.

Our booklet giving more details about the 61 men from the Village who died in the First World War is progressing well, thanks to a hardworking wee team, and hopefully it will be available on the 11th November. The dedicated website will be a little later.

Our poppy bower and bench for the memorial area around the Village War Memorial are on order and should really enhance that area of the Baronhill. We’ll keep everyone updated as Armistice Day gets nearer.