WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: For 116 years this building has stood at the heart of this part of our ancient Royal Burgh. It has witnessed wars, been favoured by a Royal visitor, welcomed holidaymakers, and been served by illustrious ministers, devoted musicians and dedicated members. Throughout these years, in anxious and sad times, in days of celebration and rejoicing, this Church has served the people as a place of sanctity, stability, and continuity. Today, in a society where the things of faith are often neglected, we strive to maintain an inclusive Christian presence, seeking ever to enhance the lives of everyone who comes into contact with us, and to reach out in mercy and compassion to a deeply troubled world. Here we explore and are not afraid to fail; here we are encouraged to ask questions; here we try to be a safe place for all ages. If you are here for the first time today, we pray that you will know something of God’s love in Jesus Christ, and that you will go home feeling inspired, strengthened, challenged and comforted. A very special welcome to the families of Robbie and Eva who will be baptised at the Service this morning.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 2: Mrs. Jo Bruce, Mrs. Helen Greig , Mr. Jack McConnachie, Miss Nicola McKinlay, Mr. Tony Greig, Mr. Michael Warren, Mrs. Fiona Taylor, Mr. Alan McKinlay, Mr. Graeme McKinstry, Mrs. Ginnie Mackenzie, Mr. Duncan McCallum and Mr. John Eaglesham.
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Miss Irene Taylor, Mrs. Janice Paterson, Mrs. Nancy Murray and Mrs. Maureen Brennan, and those who have brought bouquets for the Cross.
Sunday 8th April 2018 Low Sunday
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30 am Family Worship Duty Team: 3 Sound: Mr. Alastair Swan
10.00 am No class – St. Columba Kids
11.15am Morning Worship Sound: Mr. David Campbell
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in March is £68.80 The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of ACE (Racerunning) Disability Recreation and Sport, Ayr.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT for elders and pastoral care visitors on Tuesday 17 April at 7.30pm in the Midton Road Hall: Perspectives on Bereavement speakers: Revd. Fraser R. Aitken (Parish Minister) and Muriel Wilson (Chaplain at Ailsa Hospital)
HOLIDAY CLUB: “The Big Top”: Next week – Monday 2nd – Friday 6th April in the Midton Road Hall from 10am – 12 noon. All children (pre-school upwards) welcome. Adults are not required to stay but we are happy to accommodate you too!
FOOD BANK: items most needed this week are: Coffee, jam, diluting juice, longlife milk, small packets of rice, packets of pasta in sauce, and jars of pasta sauce.
“OASIS”: Our drop in café is open to everyone – bring a friend! Meeting every Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 in the Struthers’ Room, this is a place to relax, a place to chat! Come when you can, leave when you want. The morning papers are available
THE KILT WALK – We are looking for volunteers to take part in the ‘Kilt Walk’ to raise funds for our work at Lochside Mission. Volunteers have the choice of walking between 6 and 26 miles in four locations as part of this nationwide fundraiser. The Hunter Foundation will top-up any monies raised by an additional 40%, so far the Lochside team are planning on walking in Glasgow on 29th April. For more information please call 01292 286981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Willie Chalmers (Stn 12), Mrs. Mary Knox (Stn 6), Mr. Tom Connaughton (Stn 6)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)
THE BEATSON: Mr. John Morrison
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Edna Gemmell (Urquhart)
Easter Sunday – 1st April 2018
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
7.30 am: Service on the Low Green
8.00 am: Breakfast in the Church Hall
9.30 am: Family Service
11.15 am: Morning Worship Sacrament of Baptism
12.30 pm: Celebration of Holy Communion – please sit on the organ side of the Sanctuary at the close of the service.