Cumbernauld 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.
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
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!
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.