On Sunday 26th January all five Church of Scotland congregations in Cumbernauld will come together for a joint service of worship.
The service will take place in Cumbernauld Old Parish Church at 11am and will take the form of a ‘Service of Praise’.
There will be two speakers: Prof. David J Smith, founding Head of Music at Northumbria University, and organist at Cumbernauld Old (www.davidjsmith.org.uk); and Iain McLarty, currently Musical Director of the Scottish Chamber Choir and Edinburgh Charity Orchestra, and who develops worship resources for the Church of Scotland, including spearheading a new ‘Church Hymnary 4’ project (www.iainmclarty.co.uk).
“Let us proclaim the Lord’s greatness;
let us praise his name together!”
The Church of Scotland congregations in Cumbernauld have announced their Christmas worship services (see below). Please come and join us on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Everyone will be made most welcome!
Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve
- 3.15pm Follow the Star – an interactive nativity play hosted by Cumbernauld Old Parish Church. Meet at the Village bus stop in Roadside.
- 6.30pm Christmas Eve Family Service – Abronhill Parish Church
- 7.00pm Carol Service – St Mungo’s Parish Church, joined by Kildrum Parish Church
- 11.00pm Carol-singing, followed by a Watchnight Service at 11.30pm – Condorrat Parish Church
- 11.15pm Carol-singing, followed by a Watchnight Service at 11.30pm – Abronhill Parish Church
- 11.30pm Watchnight Service – Cumbernauld Old Parish Church
Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day
- 10.30am Christmas Day worship – Condorrat Parish Church
- 10.30am Christmas Day worship – Cumbernauld Old Parish Church
- 10.30am Christmas Day worship – Kildrum Parish Church, joined by St Mungo’s Parish Church
The annual Rainbow Service at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church takes place in the Church on Sunday 15th December at 3.00pm. This short, reflective service is for those who have been bereaved, either recently or some time ago, and find Christmas-time particularly painful or tinged with sadness. We invite you to come along for a service of worship and remembrance, peace and hope.
During the service you will have the opportunity to tie a coloured ribbon to the Rainbow Tree in memory of a loved one, as well as take one home as a keepsake. Please note this service is not suitable for young children.
The Rainbow Tree will remain in the Church until Easter Day, when all the ribbons will be carefully removed, ironed and made into something beautiful.
The final two fund-raisers of the year for Cumbernauld Old Parish Church are the Christmas Hamper Raffle and Carols by Candlelight, an evening of favourite carols, festive readings and a winter-warmer mulled fruit punch and seasonal bites on arrival.
This will be held in the church on Friday 20th December at 7.30pm. We are suggesting a donation of £5 per ticket, and these are now available. The raffle for the Christmas Hamper will be drawn on the night. We are also still open to donations of items for the hamper.
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.
The first session of a new Bible Study / Discussion Group, called Jesus, the Game Changer, takes place this Thursday 31st October at 3.00pm in the Session House of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church, next to the church.
Thanks to every one who has already signed up, but even if you haven’t you can still come along and join in. The group will run fortnightly on Thursday afternoons, and the second meeting will be on Thursday 14th November.
A second Bible Study, called God Is Closer Than You Think, has been arranged for the Community Room at Tesco, Craigmarloch and starts on Thursday 7th November at 2pm. This group will also meet fortnightly thereafter. It still isn’t too late to sign up!
The next event on the Fundraising calendar at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is a Craft Fair and Silent Auction taking place this Friday 25th October at 7.30pm in Cumbernauld Bowling Club.
Tickets are now available and cost £2. This includes tea / coffee and a Christmassy biscuit. We would be grateful for donations for the Silent Auction, for example wine, toiletries, perfume, novelty gifts, foodstuff, household items and bric a brac. These can be handed in on the night. Hope to see you there!
Another date for your diaries is the planned St Andrew’s Night fund-raiser on Friday 22nd November, again for Cumbernauld Old Parish Church, and again taking place at Cumbernauld Bowling Club. More information to follow.