15 July 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. A special welcome to the family of Piper who will be baptised at the 11.15 Service this morning.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY:        Team 9:              Mr Duncan Anderson, Mr Fraser Walker, Mr Bill Caven,  Mr Ron Currie, Mr David Campbell, Mrs Margaret Cardie, Mrs. Christine McLaughlin, Mrs Elizabeth Gardiner, Mrs Joan Dunlop,    Mrs Isobel Sutherland, Mrs Margaret Doncaster, Mr Jim Hunter
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS:               The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by  Mrs Anne Drennan, Mrs Anne McNair, Mrs Jean McCulloch and Mrs Jean Lindsay
Sunday 22nd July 2018
9.30 am Family Worship Duty Team: 10             Sound: Mr. Duncan McCallum
10.00 am St. Columba Kids on Holiday!
11.15am Morning Worship                                 Sound: Mr. Jim Brown
THE MINISTER is covering pastoral duties for Alloway Church from 2nd to 15th July.
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in June £92.18. 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 July edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50
LOCHSIDE: Able-bodied volunteers would be made very welcome on Wednesday 18th July to move stock within the units at the Kyle Centre. Meeting at Unit 1a within the Kyle Centre, any time from 9.30am onwards.
HOLIDAY CLUB: the Team are excited to bring you a fantastic Holiday Club – “Seaside Rock”! From Monday 6th – 10th August; Time: 1pm – 3pm. URGENT help REQUIRED: we need a team of people willing to deliver leaflets round the parish – if you are able to help please contact Irene or Stuart (stuartmckinlay@aol.com). Also urgently require volunteers to help during the week.
SUMMER OASIS: The Summer drop in café is open to everyone – please bring a friend! Meeting every Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 in the Struthers’ Room, this is a place to relax, a place to chat!
FOOD BANK: The items most needed this week are – tinned custard, coffee, small bottles of diluting juice, tinned rice, potatoes, mince/stew/cold meat and tomatoes, and UHT milk.   Please remember a few extra items when you shop.
SOUTH AYRSHIRE CLOTHES BANK is a charity that provides school uniforms for children who would otherwise have none. There are leaflets in the Carrick Park vestibule and donations of jackets, items of uniform, PE kits, school bags and stationery can   be left in the Church Office. All ages need to be catered for from 5 – 15 years. Thank you for your help with this matter.
LIBRARY NEWS – A new book which is ideal for summer reading is now in the library – The International Bestseller “ANAM CARA”- spiritual wisdom from the Celtic World – by John O’Donohue. It is full of helpful ideas and insights and ideal for “dipping into” on your holiday! Muriel (librarian)

THE BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Betty Davidson (Urquhart) and Mr. Norman Peterson (Urquhart)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)
AYRSHIRE HOSPICE: Mrs Sheena Thomson
CONGRATULATIONS: Our warmest congratulations to Becky Campbell who has received her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from the Earl of Wessex at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Congratulations also to Hugh Brown of Goukscroft Park who celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday.
The funeral service for Mr. Gordon Maxwell of Chalmers Road, Ayr, will be held tomorrow, Monday 16th at Masonhill at 2.00 pm. Our sympathy and prayers are extended to his wife, Janet and the family.
The funeral service for Miss Muriel Ross of Creggan Bahn, Ayr, will be held on Thursday 26th July at 10.30.