A packed church, joyful worship, a reflective sermon and delicious cake – that was the story at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church on Sunday evening.
Members 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.
Afterwards, 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.
One of the conditions of the funding grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Project ROCK is that Cumbernauld Old Parish Church must open to the public for a number of hours in addition to our weekly worship services.
To meet this requirement Cumbernauld Old Parish Church will be open on Sunday afternoons in July, August and September from 2pm to 5pm and longer on the weekend of Doors Open Days (12 & 13 September). Information leaflets about the Church building will be available for visitors as well as a warm welcome (whatever the weather!)
Cumbernauld Old returned to their Parish Church building for worship this morning after the completion of work on the church roof. After an absence of nine months or so, it’s fair to say that everyone present was taken aback by the transformation. It’s great to see the old place looking so new!
Worship takes place in the Parish Church every Sunday at 10.15am and in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch at 11.45am. We assure you of a warm welcome at either service.
Cumbernauld Old are delighted to announce that, all being well, we will be back in our Parish Church building for our 10.15am worship service this Sunday 26th January.
It has been a long time coming, nearly nine months, but barring any last-minute unforeseen circumstances we’ll be back in the church building for worship in just a few days’ time.
Our 11.45am services continue, of course, at the Forge Community Centre, Balloch and we’d be delighted to welcome you to either of our worship centres on Sunday.
Unfortunately, the building work on the church roof at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church isn’t yet complete and so our 11.30pm service on Christmas Eve will take place in the Village Hall in the Wynd (there will be an earlier service at 7.30pm in Forge Centre, Balloch) and there will be no morning service on Christmas Day as we had hoped.
Our 10.15am worship services for the next three Sundays (29 December, 5 and 12 January) will also take place in the Village Hall with the 11.45am services continuing as normal in the Forge. We’ll post an update as soon as we have a confirmed re-entry date to the church building.
It has taken us nearly nine years, and lots of hard work, fund-raising and form-filling, but the renovation work on our church roof is due to begin in a couple of weeks. Our church building and Session House will be closed after our Sunday worship service on 14th April for a period of around 18 weeks.
On Sunday 21st April there will be a joint worship service in Abronhill Parish Church for all the five congregations of the Church of Scotland in Cumbernauld and then, from 28th April onwards, our 10.15am service on Sunday mornings will take place in the Village Hall in The Wynd. Our 11.45am services will continue as normal in the Forge Community Centre, Balloch.
Cumbernauld Old are holding their annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 24th November in the Village Hall from 10.30am – 12.30pm. There will be all the usual stalls, including books, toys & games, soft goods, home-baking, groceries, and more. There will be games and a chance to win prizes, a tearoom and, for our younger visitors, a rather special guest!
We hope this Fair will be a huge success, especially with Project ROCK likely to kick off in early 2013, and we look forward to welcoming everyone on Saturday morning!