11 February 2018

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 5:  Mr. Gordon McKinlay, Mrs. Nan Mackie, Mr. Alec Mooney, Mrs. Jane Murnin, Mr. Jim Loch, Mr. John Morrison, Dr. Simon Farrell, Mr. Jimmy Symington, Mr. Robert Seath, Mrs. Susan Mills,  Mr. Douglas Paton, Mr. John Forsyth

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Isobel Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Terry Swinn, Mrs. Fiona Boyd and Miss Isobel Sutherland.

Sunday 18 February 2018             FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT


9.30 am     Morning Worship        Duty Team: 6   Sound: Mr.  Duncan McCallum

10.00 am   St. Columba Kids

11.15am      Morning Worship                                    Sound: Mr. David Campbell

20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in January is £88.91. 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 13 February at 7.30pm in the Midton Road Hall: Perspectives on Bereavement – Mrs. Myra Sime (Care Home Manager) and Dr. Kirsty Muirhead (Palliative Care Specialist)

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the February edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50.

LADIES FELLOWSHIP: FUNDRAISING CONCERT – tomorrow, Monday 12th February. “A Night at the Musicals”. You are promised a great evening’s entertainment Tickets only £5 available after the service or at the door.

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.

DUTY TEAM MEMBERS: Team members who do not have a name badge please email the correct spelling of your name to the office immediately. irene@ayrstcolumba.co.uk

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Next Meeting Monday 12th February 7.30pm in the Struthers Room, when we have Heather and Keith Fullerton, as our guests. They will tell us about their trip trekking the “Great Wall of China”. Visitors made very welcome 

LOCHSIDE SHOP – volunteers urgently needed to help man this essential fundraising shop for our mission and ministry in Lochside. Even one hour a month could help, please call the Lochside office on 01292286981 or email hello@lochsidemission.org.uk



AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Willie Chalmers (Stn. 12)

BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Margaret McClure (Macmillan)

CROSSHOUSE HOSPITAL: Mrs. Edna Gemmell (Ward 5b)

QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)



The funeral service for Mr. John McBride of Riverside Court, Ayr who died in January, is still to be arranged.

The funeral service for Mr. Alex Rodger of Peggieshill Road, Ayr who died on 26th January, will be held at Masonhill on Monday 12 February at 10.30am. We remember his wife, Catriona, and the family.

The funeral service for Miss Nathalie White of Trefoil Place, Ayr who died on 22 January will be held at Masonhill on Tuesday 13 February at 1.15pm. Our prayers are extended to her father and mother and the family.

The service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Dr. John McClure of Doonfoot Road, Ayr, will be held in the Church on Thursday 15 February, at 10.30am followed by the private committal at Masonhill. Our sincerest sympathy is extended to his wife, Jean, and all the family.