17 March 2019

WELCOME TO ST COLUMBA CHURCH: People have been coming to this building to worship God for over a hundred years. While our town has journeyed through many changes over those years, the constancy of the witness of the “Church on Midton Road” has remained uninterrupted. The mission of any Church is to reflect through its presence, its music, its fellowship and its beauty the transcendence of God, and we seek to do that here in all that we share.
We hope that everyone who enters these doors will find an encouraging, friendly group of people. While we are far from perfect, we are regularly discovering truths that are changing us individually and enriching our lives as a church community. As we worship together, learn from the Bible, and pray for one another, we are strengthened in our commitment to Jesus Christ as well as to each other. If this is your first time here, we welcome you, and invite you to share the joy that we have found.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 12: Mr. George McMillan, Mr. Robin Doncaster, Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Mr. Jim Richardson, Miss Kerrie Lee, Mr. Walter Muir, Dr. Lindsay Miller, Miss Hope Cousins, Mr. Gavin Gemmell, Mrs. Ann Gray, Mr. James Kane and Mr. George Rae
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. May Burton, Mrs. Isabel Kelly, Mrs. Jane Symington and Mr. and Mrs. Denis Grier.
Sunday 24 March 2019

9.30 am Family Worship: Duty Team: 1 Sound: Mr. John Ferguson
10.00 am St. Columba Kids
11.15am Morning Worship Sound: Mr. Stuart McKinlay

WEDNESDAY COMMUNION: there will be NO afternoon Communion in March. The next service of Holy Communion will be Wednesday 24th April at 2pm.
20’s IN THE PEWS: Total collected in February is £81.24. The Kirk Session has agreed that this year’s recipient will be Alzheimers (Scotland). Thank you for your continued generosity.
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
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the next edition should be with the editor today Sunday 24th March. Articles should be emailed to the editor at: editor.columbanews@gmail.com.
GUILD: Tomorrow is our last meeting of this Session and after a short AGM at 7.15 p.m. we are delighted to welcome Mr Alistair Swan who will show us some of his Ugly Duckling Presentations. The meeting will be in the Midton Road Hall and we look forward to seeing everyone and anyone else who would like to join us will be made most welcome. Please note earlier time.
THE WEDNESDAY BIBLE EXPLORATION GROUP will meet on 20 March at 7.30pm in the Struthers Room. Our Lenten topic will be ‘Radical Love’ and the readings will be: Leviticus 19, vv. 33-34 and Deuteronomy 26, vv .1-11. All welcome.
RETIREMENT LUNCH BUS LIST: the list of all travelling to Turnberry by bus in the Carrick Park vestibule. Please check that your name is included on the list and tick to confirm you have read it.
HOLIDAY CLUB: Holiday Club – Polar Explorers – please continue to collect the empty 4pint plastic milk cartons (to make an igloo) PLEASE wash out the cartons and 2ltr water/drinks bottles which we will turn into penguins! Thank you to everyone who has already – keep up the good work!
LIBRARY NEWS: A few of the books (mostly novels) recently chosen and read by the book group have now been placed in the library. Well worth a look!
FOOD BANK: The demand for the Food Bank does not diminish – the following are urgently required this month: UHT Milk, 750ml Diluting Juice, Tinned Custard, Tinned Pudding Rice, Tinned Vegetables, Stew, Mince and Curry.
OASIS CAFÉ: Meets every Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 in the Struthers’ Room, a place to relax, read the papers, and enjoy a chat – and quality baking!! A friendly welcome is extended to all.
SPRING CLEAN TIME. Ayr & Prestwick Lions Club has the Maybole charity shop for a week from 30 March and is collecting good quality clothes, household goods, ornaments,
Bric-a-brac, toys, books, CDs, DVDs etc. Please contact Alec Mooney on 01292 443381 to arrange uplift.
AYRSHIRE WOMENS SINGING GROUP: “Finding your voice” with Rachel at the Hub in Alloway Street on Wednesday morning at 11am. No experience necessary; no need to pre-book – turn up and enjoy the fun. £40 for a 6 week block. Each session is an hour.

AYR HOSPITAL: Mr Duncan Anderson (Stn 8); Mr Hugh Nelson (Stn 6); Mrs Muriel Morton (Stn 6);
Mr Gavin Orr (Stn 12); Mr John Cramp (Stn 15), Mrs. Sarah McKnight (Stn. 2); and Revd. Ian Paterson (Stn. 15)
THE BIGGART: Mr. Charles Hamilton (Urquhart) and Mrs. May Speirs (Drummond).