Kildrum Kirk News, April 2020

The latest newsletter from Kildrum Parish Church is now available.

As is the way of things in these unusual times, it has been published online, rather than as a paper edition to be delivered by hand to our members. So please have a read by clicking on the link below and feel free to share.

Kildrum Kirk News April 2020

St Mungo’s Backpack Appeal

The Sunday School at St Mungo’s Parish Church, Cumbernauld have suggested a way in which we can support the charity Mary’s Meals (www.marysmeals.org.uk)

Their idea is to recycle backpacks that are no longer used but are still in good condition and filling them with useful items which can then be passed on to children in Malawi. This enables them to get the most out of their education, as otherwise they might not be able to come to school with all the basic tools for learning.

We are hoping for any of the following donations to pack: notepads, pencils, crayons, erasers, rulers, sharpeners, pencil cases, towels, shorts or skirts, t-shirts or dresses, flip-flops or sandals, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, small ball.

Please contact this page for any further information or to arrange drop-off either on a Sunday morning at church or outwith our Sunday worship service times. Thank you!

Christmas Gift Appeal

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church has launched its Christmas Appeal ahead of our annual Gift Service which will be held in church on Sunday 15th December.

Everyone who is able to is invited to share the joy and hope of Christmas by donating festive food items and gifts (preferably unwrapped) to be distributed through our local food banks. Donations of toiletries (especially for men) and toys would be most welcome.

Cash donations are also appreciated, as they can be used to buy and distribute fresh items on the day. These can be placed in the jar / tin in the vestibule / Session House at Cumbernauld Old. (Please note that no money is stored on the premises overnight.)

Donations of non-perishable festive food and treats are of course also welcome and these can be placed in the box in the vestibule any Sunday between now and 15th December.

The Christmas event at Cornerstone is on 19th December. Craighalbert Church will serve a hot Christmas meal, and food parcels and gifts will be distributed. At the Cumbernauld Village food bank we will have our own Christmas event on 13th December with treats and tea, and share fellowship and hope.

Grateful thanks to everyone for their continuing support.

Planning our future

A meeting will be held in Abronhill Parish Church on Thursday 7th November, i.e. this coming Thursday, at 10.30am to discuss options for the future shape of the Church of Scotland in Cumbernauld in the 2020s and beyond. Everyone, and your ideas, welcome!

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Cumbernauld Old Church Fete

The annual Church Fete at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is taking place in the manse gardens on Saturday 11th May from 1pm – 3 pm. Tickets cost £3 and include tea / coffee and creamed scone with jam. Children’s entry is free. 

The following stalls and activities are planned: Fairtrade gift stall, tombola, ‘New to You’ stall, home baking, raffle, games for children (weather permitting), face painting, and craft stall. We are also delighted that members from the Cumbernauld Musical Theatre will be joining us to provide entertainment.

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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!

Cumbernauld Old fundraising news

The fundraising group at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church hold their first event of the year on Friday 22nd February. It will be our ever popular Quiz Night which will take place in Cumbernauld Bowling Club on 22nd February at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and include a buffet supper. Get them at the church or from any office-bearer.

Thanks to everyone who has already handed in recipes for the Festive Cookery Book, but we still need more! Please take a minute and write out your favourite tried and tested recipe sweet, savoury, baking, anything at all and hand it in to Elizabeth Snedden or any of the fundraising group. This an easy and painless way to help church funds so please help.

Jewellery Appeal – Have you ever lost a gold earring or cuff-link or broken a gold chain? Bet the apares and remains are lying in a jewellery box in your house and have been for years. Are they of any use? YES!! Would you consider donating these bits and pieces to the church? They could be put to very good use. If you can help just bring your lonely little treasures to church any Sunday and pop them into the box in the vestibule. They will make such a difference.

Quiz Night at Kildrum

Kildrum Parish Church is holding a Quiz Night and raffle on Saturday 2nd February at 7.00pm. The money raised from this event will be going towards Natalie Dunn’s trip to Machu Picchu, Peru. She is walking the Inca Trail in October to raise money for GirlGuiding and needs to raise £4000 overall. This event will help towards reaching that goal.

Around half the overall money raised goes to GirlGuiding while the other half goes towards covering the expenses of the trip such as paying doctors to come, to cover accommodation at either end of the trip (the rest is camping on the mountain), the food and the flights.

Teams can be minimum of two people up to eight people maximum. Tickets are £2 per head with tickets available at the door, where you will also be asked how many are in your team. You can also book tickets ahead through Natalie Dunn using Messenger; she will take note of your name and put tickets aside.

Sign-up or find out further information about the event on our 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.

Lest We Forget – Exciting News

180826_015 Poppy Collection at Cumbernauld OldThank you so much to everyone who has handed in knitted poppies so far for the Remembrance Day 100th Anniversary display in Cumbernauld Village. Each one has been done with such love, care and attention – they are all just beautiful.

There’s still time to hand in more, so keep them coming! We have wool available at the Parish Church in the Village and at the Forge Centre in Balloch for those who need some.

Now for some great news: Some time ago we submitted an application to the National Lottery for funding to take the project one step further and create a permanent feature to enhance the area around the war memorial in the Baronhill. We have just received news that our application has been successful. We’ll let you know more of our plans soon, so watch this space!

 

Knitting for Remembrance

180408_010 Poppy samplers at COPCCumbernauld Old Parish Church and Cumbernauld Village Community Council are looking for ways to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War later this year.

One of the suggestions is to create a memorial display of knitted poppies. They have put together a sample of the kinds of poppies that can be hand-knitted (pictured) and produced knitting patterns for each design.

Obviously, the more poppies that can be knitted, the larger the final display that will be produced. So please pick up a pattern leaflet from the church or from the Community Council and make your own little contribution to the display. Thanks for your help!

Macmillan Cancer Support @ St Mungo’s

St Mungo’s Parish Church in Cumbernauld is hosting an afternoon for Macmillan Cancer Support on Saturday 30th September from 1pm to 3.30pm.

Entry is only £3.50 per person with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support with a donation also being made to Strathcarron Hospice.

Please come along with your friends for a ‘nibble and a natter’ and support these two very worthwhile causes. Any donations of baking would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.