Birthday celebrations at JAFA Church

“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Church, Happy Birthday to you”. We all have birthdays, and the Christian Church is no different. 

Did you know the Church had a birthday? When Jesus had been resurrected, he said he would send a helper – the Holy Spirit – to help the disciples in the work he’d asked them to do. Jesus went back to Heaven but as he did so, the Holy Spirit came down onto the disciples like flames of fire; like a strong wind. They then carried on the work that Jesus had asked them to do. 

This month in J.A.F.A. Church we’re holding a birthday party! We’ll be making candles with flames, birthday cards, paper chains for our party and we’re even going to have a birthday cake! 

Come along from 4 – 6pm on Sunday 29th May to Abronhill Parish Church.  It’s free and you don’t even have to bring a present!  Jesus is your present!

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Project ROCK Thanksgiving & Celebration

A packed church, joyful worship, a reflective sermon and delicious cake – that was the story at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Sunday evening.

Project ROCK cross candleMembers of our sister churches and the wider community joined us to give thanks to God and recognise the time, talents and money of those who participated in the eleven-year project to renew our church roof and the subsequent refurbishment of our worship sanctuary – what we called Project ROCK (Restoration of Old Cumbernauld Kirk).

Representatives of some of the people and groups involved in the project led readings, meditations and prayers (including the lighting of a candle cross, pictured above) and the sermon was preached by Very Rev David Lunan, a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Project ROCK celebration cakeAfterwards, it was good to see so many people stay on for a chat, a cup of tea and to sample the amazing baking on offer, including a cake specially designed for the occasion.

All-in-all it was a fitting celebration of what has been a long, involved and sometimes difficult process.

Finally, we ought to say “thanks” to Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund for the grant funding that enabled us to complete this major piece of work on our Church building.