15 March 2020

9.30 am Family Worship Duty Team: 2 Sound: John Crone
10.00 am St Columba Kids
11.15 am Morning Worship Sound: Stuart McKinlay
THE MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers that adorn the Sanctuary today, have been given to the Glory of God by Isabel Kelly, Denis and Margaret Grier and Betty McLellan
SOUND TODAY: 9.30am Alan Hawthorn and 11.15am Keith Fullerton
THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on Friday 20 and Monday 23 March.
COVID – 19 the Church is mindful of the advice and directives being issued by the Church of Scotland and the Government – there is no prohibition on shaking hands at the door, though people may choose to avoid doing so. This is a fluid situation and changes may occur with this advice as the impact of the virus deepens. Antibacterial soap is available for handwashing; sanitisers were ordered in February but have not been delivered and local sanitiser is impossible to source. Please follow the advice you are hearing on the news.
20’s IN THE PEWS: The total collected in February was £62.59. Recipient will be announced soon.
9.30am FAMILY SERVICE: Following several months of consultation, the Kirk Session unanimously supports changes to the format of the early service. In an attempt to evolve the early service into one which is more suited to younger members of the congregation, the format will change in the weeks following Easter for a trial period until the end of June. Like the Kirk Session, the Sunday school staff are also very supportive of proposed changes. The broad idea is that the first 20 minutes of the service will be more explicitly for children and younger members. After 20 minutes, the children will continue their worship and education at St Columba Kids. The remainder of the early service will be suited to adults and the many members who value and regularly attend the early service, with the service ending by 10.10am. There will be an opportunity for the parents of young children to enjoy a coffee together while they wait for the Sunday School to end at 10.30am. May I encourage members to support these changes as we find our way forward. Many thanks. Scott
GUILD: Tomorrow, Monday, is our last Guild for this Session and we begin at 7.15 p.m. with a short AGM followed by our guest, Revd Scott Cameron, who will present New Hymns – Old Tunes so please do come along and give him a warm welcome. Meeting as usual in Midton Hall. Everyone will be made most welcome!
THE MARCH PRAYER CALENDAR is available at both doors this morning.
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the March edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.80
OASIS CAFÉ: Drop into the Struthers Room 10.30am – 12 for a cup of tea/coffee. The Team will be here every Thursday morning, with a warm welcome, cosy chat and friendly faces.
EASTER HOLIDAY CLUB: Mon. 13 – Frid 17 April –URGENT – volunteers needed, to help with a wide variety of tasks incl. admin; kitchen; crafts; games story telling etc. Please sign up in the Carrick Park Vestibule or speak to Stuart or Irene.
FOOD BANK: Please remember that the need for donations of basic foods, UHT milk and juice is always present, a few extra items in your weekly shop make so much difference. Thank you.
SUNDAY SOUP LUNCH –The next Lunch will be held on Sunday 29th March, when the donation will be made to CHAS. All very welcome.
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the next edition should be with the editor by next Sunday 22nd March. Please email articles to the editor at editor.columbanews@gmail.com