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.

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New Header Image

Our blog has a new header image. We wanted to have something representing the whole town which we serve and the picture above has been adapted from a mural in the Antonine Shopping Centre in Cumbernauld. Cumar-nan-Alt, from which Cumbernauld gets its name, means ‘meeting of the waters’ in Gaelic.

As well as the Gaelic inscription the mural has two fish to represent the two waters that meet – these have been repositioned in the above image and five gold circles have been added in the shape of a cross, the universal symbol of the Christian church. The circles represent our five Church of Scotland congregations, while the fish and circles combined remind us of the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 with two fish and fives loaves.

The new header image has also been used in our Facebook page.