1 October 2017

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: For 115 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.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 6: Mrs. Liz Murray, Mrs. Pamela Naylor,
Mr. Tom Rodger, Mr. Bill McCulloch, Mr. Michael Whiteford, Mrs. Edna Gemmell, Mr. Alex. Connell, Mr. Robbie Park, Mr. Jim Hunter, Mr. Jim Hume, Mrs. Jane Hunter and Mr. Jim W. Brown
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. John Crone, Mr. and Mrs. George Black, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Peterson, Mrs. Nan Conway and Mrs. Marilyn Miller and Mrs. Ann Aitchison

SUNDAY 1 October 2017
9.30 am Family Worship St. Columba Kids & Bible Class      Team: 6       Sound: Mr Alastair Swan
11.15 am Morning Worship                                                                                  Sound: Mr Stuart McKinlay
SUNDAY 8 October 2017
9.30 am Family Worship Duty               Team: 7                              Sound: Mr Duncan McCallum
10.00 am St. Columba Kids & Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship                                                                  Sound: Mr Brian McKinlay

KIRK SESSION will meet on Thursday first – 5th October at 7.30pm in Cathcart Street Hall. ELDERS Please uplift Minutes and Agenda.
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the October edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50.
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in August is £196.09. The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of Parkinson’s Scotland.
WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY will resume on 4 October at 7.30pm in the Struthers Room. All welcome.
LIGHT PARTY – Light Party on Halloween is planned for Tuesday 31st October 6-8pm in the church halls, to welcome families from our church and from the community. This is an opportunity to offer an alternative to guising round doors, everyone is invited to a wonderful party, celebrating light in the darkness. BUT WE NEED YOU. We are looking for people with different skills: delivering leaflets, help with craft stations, running games, competitions, serving snacks, decorating the halls, and more. Names to the office if you are able to help either, on the night or preparing or delivering leaflets in advance
LUNCH CLUB: restarts on Friday 6th October at 12 noon – in The Cathcart St. Hall. Bakers, sweets and tablet makers are urgently required to stock the “Sales table”. If you are able to help please contact Ann Vance (01292 288684) or drop off at the office in the week preceding the Lunch Club.
LOOKING UP for Lochside – September opening realised £200 at No 7 Kyle Centre – many thanks to all who supported the day. Next sale day is Saturday 7th October; donated goods will be gratefully received on Wednesday 4th October from 10am – 2pm at No. 7. Liz Challis
GUILD: The new session of the Guild begins on Monday, 2 October at 7.30 p.m. in the Midton Road Hall. We look forward to welcoming everyone and hope that many new members will also come along and join us. Our Minister, Revd Fraser, will be our speaker and will dedicate the work of the Guild for the year ahead. We look forward to seeing everyone on 2 October for an evening of friendship and fellowship.

AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Irene Skilkey (Stn. 1)
THE BIGGART: Mr. Charlie Symington (Urquhart) and Mrs. Helen Peters (Lindsay)
TEMPLETON HOUSE: Mr Donald Irving (Respite Care).

The funeral service for Mrs. Rita Anderson, St. Phillan’s Avenue will be held at Masonhill on Thursday 5th at 1.15pm. We extend our deepest sympathy to her daughter Kathy and all the family.