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.

Toddlers’ Praise & Easter Eggs

The next Toddlers’ Praise Service will be held in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Saturday 25th March, starting around 11am. There will be songs, stories and activities on an Easter theme for youngsters and their families, and we invite those attending – of whatever age! – to wear bright, Easter colours on the day and make the church sparkle with light. Hope to see you there!

We invite those attending worship on Sunday 26th March, to bring along a small chocolate Easter Egg. These will be collected after the service and distributed by our friends at Cornerstone to children who otherwise might miss out.

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

Refugees: A Practical Response

Cumbernauld Supporting Refugees, Cornerstone Church and our local MP and MSP are working together to collect clothes and footwear for refugees arriving in Europe. Anyone wishing to donate clothes and/or footwear can drop them off at Cornerstone Church in the Town Centre on Wednesday 25th November between 4pm and 7pm. Should this not be convenient, donations can also be dropped off at the MP’s Constituency Office, 13 The Wynd, Cumbernauld Village during office hours.

All donations are being transported to Serbia by Glasgow The Caring City.

Glasgow The Caring City is a Registered Scottish Charity, no. SC029090. Company Ltd by Guarantee SC324923

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] if you require more information.

Holy Week and Easter 2014

A number of services and events are taking place in Cumbernauld to mark Holy Week & Easter. These include:

Monday 14 April

  • 7.30pm Holy Week Worship – Abronill Parish Church

Tuesday 15 April

  • 7.30pm Holy Week Worship – Abronill Parish Church

Wednesday 16 April

  • 7.30pm Holy Week Worship – Abronill Parish Church

Thursday 17 April (Maundy Thursday)

  • 7.00pm Sacrament of Holy Communion – Condorrat Parish Church – there will be a retiring offering for Christian Aid
  • 7.00pm Maundy Thursday service, including the stripping of the church – Kildrum Parish Church
  • 7.30pm Holy Week Worship – Abronill Parish Church
  • 7.30pm Sacrament of Holy Communion – Cumbernauld Old Parish Church

Friday 18 April (Good Friday)

  • 11.00am Good Friday Walk of Witness, arranged by Cumbernauld Churches Together, starting from Sacred Heart Church (please be there at 10.45am) and then through the Town Centre via Kildrum Parish Church, Church of the Holy Name, Cornerstone Church and finishing at United Reformed Church, where tea and coffee are served at 1pm (approx.)
  • 12 noon Vigil at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church until 3pm. A time for quiet prayer and reflection in the Church with a reading, meditation and prayer given each hour and half hour. You are welcome to come and stay for as long as you wish during the above times.
  • 12 noon Good Friday Vigil at Kildrum Parish Church until 3pm. Please feel free to come and go at any time during this period. The Minister and Deacon will read / reflect and lead prayer on the quarter hour.
  • 7.00pm Good Friday worship – Condorrat Parish Church – there will be a retiring offering for Christian Aid
  • 7.30pm Holy Week Worship – Abronill Parish Church

Sunday 20 April (Easter Day)

  • 7.00am Holy Communion in the Chancel Garden of Kildrum Parish Church, followed by breakfast
  • 10.15am Easter Day worship – Cumbernauld Old Parish Church
  • 10.30am Easter Day worship – Kildrum Parish Church
  • 11.00 Easter Day worship – Condorrat Parish Church
  • 11.15am Easter Day worship – Abronhill Parish Church
  • 11.15am Easter Day worship – St Mungo’s Parish Church
  • 11.45am Easter Day worship – Forge Community Centre, Balloch (Cumbernauld Old)

We'll update this list as we hear of any additions or changes – these are the services we know about at the time of publication.

World Day of Prayer 2014

WDP 2014 - Streams in the DesertThis year’s World Day of Prayer service will take place in Cornerstone House, 1 Esk Walk, Cumbernauld Town Centre on Friday 7th March at 7.00pm. This year’s theme is ‘Streams in the Desert‘ and the material has been prepared by the women of Egypt. This ecumenical service is an important annual event in the life of the church in Cumbernauld and we hope as many people as possible will be able to come along on the night.

Thinking about the theme: our sisters on the World Day of Prayer Committee in Egypt remind us how streams in the desert supply much needed nutrients for plants, trees and all forms of life to flourish. Also, through the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, they take us much further into our thoughts and enable us to reflect on times when we too went to the well looking for something and met and discovered Jesus who offered us much more and promised Streams of Living Water if we would only trust and believe. His promises never fail.