13 May 2018

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.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 10: Mr. Robert Shaw, Mr. Millar Muir, Mr. Alastair Swan, Mr. George Templeton, Mr. Iain Campbell, Mrs. Anne Swan,                Mr. George Park, Mrs. Lorna Hilderley, Mr. Norman Wallace, Mr. Alan McHarg and Mr. Alan Hawthorn
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Miss Kathleen Mitchell, The Younger Family, Mrs. Rine Kidd and Mrs. Sheena Boyd.

Sunday 20th May 2018
9.30 am Family Worship           Duty Team: 11             Sound: Mr. Duncan McCallum
10.00 am St. Columba Kids
11.15am Morning Worship                                                Sound: Mr. George McMillan

20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in April is £109.60 The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of ACE (Racerunning) Disability Recreation and Sport, Ayr.
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the May edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50
PERSPECTIVES ON BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT for elders and pastoral care visitors on Tuesday 15 May at 7.30pm in the Midton Road Hall: Speakers are Rev. Roddy McNidder (Elder and Hospital Chaplain) and Rev. John Matthews (Elder and Retired Parish Minister). Everybody, especially elders and pastoral care visitors, welcome.
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the next edition should be with the editor next Sunday 20th May. Articles should be emailed to the editor at: editor.columbanews@gmail.com
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 13th MAY – 20th MAY: This year Christian Aid is focusing on helping the people of Haiti who have struggled with repeated and relentless natural disasters. The people not only need strength and resilience but also support to put down roots and build durable homes. You are asked to help in this venture by donating to this worthy cause during Christian Aid week. We will be participating in our usual way by handing out Christian Aid envelopes on Sunday 13th May which you are asked to return with your donation the following Sunday or handing them in to the church office at your convenience. Thank you in advance for your support in this very worthy cause.
SENIORS’ OUTING: THE DEVIL’S PORRIDGE and Gretna Outlet on Thursday 31st May. Museum, shopping and tea/coffee stops followed by High Tea at Lochside Hotel, New Cumnock. If you would like to attend, please fill in the slip in the Columba News and return to the Office, this week!
BALLYCLARE MALE CHOIR: We are delighted to welcome this superb choir from N. Ireland. There will be a concert in Church next Saturday, 19th May at 7.30pm, free admission – donations for Alzheimer’s Scotland. The choir will also attend 11.15am Morning worship on Sunday 20th May.
“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! There will be NO café on Thursday 31st May. The café will resume for the summer on Thursday 7th June.
THE ORGANIST ENTERTAINS: This Monday 14th May in the Church, 12-1pm, Alan Kitchen, Wellington Church. Glasgow. Admission £3.
THANK YOU from all the Lochside Kilt-walkers for the generous donations made by members of the congregation. Your support is very much appreciated. Any outstanding contributions can be handed in to the office.
THANK YOU to the many friends in the Congregation who took time to send cards, flowers and gifts to Beryl (Robertson) on the occasion of her 80th birthday. The warmth of your good wishes is much appreciated.

AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Willie Chalmers (Stn 12); Mrs. Edna Gemmell (Stn.16) and Mr. Norman Peterson (Stn 12)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)

The funeral service for Miss Sarah (Sadie) Lamb, Campbell Street, will be held on Tuesday 15th May at 2.00 p.m. at Masonhill and conducted by Revd. Roddy McNidder. Sadie was a faithful attender at Ayr St Columba Lochside. We extend our warm sympathy to her brothers Hugh and John.