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Christian Aid Week – it’s good news!

Christian Aid thank-you envelopeCumbernauld Old Parish Church is delighted to announce that the total collected from this year’s Christian Aid Week door-to-door collection in the parish was £2595.01 and that the Boys’ Brigade Display raised another £300 for Christian Aid. This is a marvellous total and is £700 more than was collected last year!

Furthermore, from that total, the donations made under Gift Aid amounted to £1274, meaning Christian Aid can recover the tax already paid on them, adding a further 20% or so. Thanks to everyone who completed the Gift Aid form on their red envelope.
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Abronhill Church

A few more dates for your diaries & some reminders.

Abronhill Regeneration Forum are holding a Christmas Fayre in the Community Centre on Saturday 10 December between 10am & 4pm. Susan is looking for volunteers to help hand out leaflets about the Church.

Plaza Praise is on Sunday 11 December at 6.30pm. This service will include a dedication of the plaque for Ann & Jim McQuire. Tea & coffee will be served in the Church after the service.

Unfortunately the Christmas Extravaganza has had to be postponed in the meantime.

All shoeboxes should be at the Church before the morning service on Sunday 11 December as Denis will be collecting them then.

Christmas Eve Services – Family Service at 6.30pm. All are welcome
Watchnight Service with Carols from 11.15pm & Service
beginning at 11.30pm.

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Abronhill Parish Church

Some upcoming events for your diary.

Craft Group meets in the Church on Mondays between 2 & 4pm. All are welcome.

Bible Study on Monday evenings at 7pm.

Guild meets on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm

Badminton meets between 10am & 12 noon on Saturday mornings.

On Saturday 10 December we will be hosting a Christmas Extravaganza. The organisers are looking for performers. Anyone wishing to take part should speak to John Manson, David Wharton or Robert McKenzie. More information regarding this will follow shortly.

Plaza Praise will be on Sunday 11 December at 6.30pm. Bring your singing voice.

Loaves & Fishes Shoe Box Appeal – Denis will collect these at our morning service on Sunday 11 December. A list of items considered for gifts will be on the notice board.

Patchwork Blankets for refugees – Volunteers are needed to knit squares to be sewn into blankets. If you are able to help, squares should be 34 stitches on size 6 needles, 7×7 inch squares, garter stitch, double knit work. See Margaret Naismith fir any further information.

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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

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Abronhill Church Sponsored Walk

The date for the sponsored walk round the church parish boundaries is Saturday 20 June. Details of the route and the segments will be posted in the kitchen hall notices and sponsor sheets made available.

Please note, so that the whole area is covered, walkers can chose which segment(s) they plan to walk and for which they seek sponsors. The idea came from the Riding the Marches in the Border towns, but as they go round on horseback we don’t expect anyone to walk the whole way round the parish! Most of the walk will be on footpaths in the built-up areas, just a bit of the outlying part may be cross country.

If you’d like to take part in the walk and a sponsor form, or would like to sponsor a walker, please contact Abronhill church or let us know via this website. Thanks!

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Abronhill Church banner

A reminder that the organisation squares for the Church banner at Abronhill Parish Church are due to be returned by 30 May at the latest. Well done to the Anchor Boys whose square was first to be completed and handed in on 20th April.

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Cumbernauld Food-bank update

Starting from Friday 10th April we plan to open the Session House at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on a weekly basis as a satellite distribution centre for the food-bank based at Cornerstone House. We have a group of volunteers ready to go, but would appreciate help distributing fliers to local businesses. If you can help please contact Sandra Graham at 01236 732280.

The food-bank in the Village will be open every Friday from 11am until 12.30pm. Please note that no food will be stored at the Old Parish Church during the week.

Thank you for your continued support for the Food Banks in Cumbernauld. Unfortunately, this looks like a long-term commitment and donations are still very welcome – mainly of tinned goods, please: e.g. mince, stew, curry, hot dogs, chopped ham / pork, spaghetti, macaroni cheese, ravioli, peas, beans, potatoes, tuna, fruit and custard, plus tea bags, long-life (UHT) milk, breakfast cereal and biscuits.

Please contact 07737 999104 or email Bethlehem [at] Cornerstone-House.org.uk if you require more information.

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