CUMBERNAULD’S five Church of Scotland Parishes will be holding a number of activities throughout ‘Holy Week’, which starts this Sunday.
On Saturday 23rd March, at 11am there will be a ‘Toddlers' Praise’, held at Cumbernauld Old Parish, where songs, prayers, stories and activities on an Easter theme for the wee ones and their families.
“We invite those attending this service (or our Palm Sunday services on the 24th) to bring along a small chocolate Easter Egg to be passed on to children in the Glasgow area, via the Social Work Department, who wouldn't otherwise get one,” a spokesperson said.
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On Palm Sunday, 24th March all of the local parishes will hold morning Worship. 10.15am Morning Worship, Cumbernauld Old; 10.30am Morning Worship, Kildrum, including youth organisations' parade; 11.00am Morning Worship, Condorrat; 11.15am Morning Worship, Abronhill; 11.15am Morning Worship, St Mungo’s; 11.45am Morning Worship, Forge Community Centre, Balloch (Cumbernauld Old)
Then, on Monday 25th March there will be a 7.30pm Worship Service at Abronhill Parish, with the same arrangements on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th.
On Thursday 28th, at 7pm Paschal Meal, Kildrum, in the large hall - a commemoration of the Last Supper, includes a meal and Holy Communion. Meanwhile, at 7.30pm a Worship Service will be held at Abronhill, whilst a Maundy Thursday Communion Service will be held at Cumbernauld Old, at the same time.
Good Friday, 29th March will bring the ‘Walk of Witness’, held between 11am and 1pm.
A spokesperson explained: “Good Friday Walk of Witness, organised by Cumbernauld Churches Together. This starts from Sacred Heart Church and visits Kildrum Parish Church, Church of the Holy Name and Cornerstone Christian Fellowship with a short act of worship at each before finishing at the United Reformed Church where there will be a snack lunch.”
Also on Good Friday between 12 noon and 3pm, Cumbernauld Old Parish will hold a Good Friday vigil. “A time of silence and reflection with readings and prayers on the hour and half-hour,” a church spokesperson explained. “Please feel free to come at any time during this period.” Kildrum Parish will also host a similar event, between 12 noon and 3pm. Whilst a Worship Service will be held at Abronhill, at 7.30pm.
Finally, on Easter Day - Sunday 31st March, 7am will see an Eearly morning service, at Kildrum Parish, with Holy Communion. This will take place in the Chancel Garden and will be followed by breakfast in the large hall.
Services will take place at 10.30am Morning Worship, Kildrum; 11.00am Morning Worship, Condorrat; 11.15am Morning Worship, Abronhill; 11.15am Morning Worship, St Mungo’s; 11.45am Morning Worship, Forge Community Centre, Balloch (Cumbernauld Old). The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at this service.
Finally, between 4pm and 6pm will be ‘Messy Church’, held at the Forge Community Centre, Balloch. This event will consist of stories, crafts and activities, followed by a time of celebration and a meal - for people of all ages.
A spokesperson for the local Church of Scotland Parishes said: “The five Church of Scotland congregations in Cumbernauld are holding a number of worship services and activities during Holy Week, which starts on Palm Sunday, 24th March. The details are listed below. All are open to everyone and we hope you will join us during this special time for the Christian church.”
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