18 March 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 10: Mr. Norman Wallace, Mr. Alex Eccles, 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. 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 Mrs. Isabel Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. Denis Grier and apologies to Mrs. Moira Young whose name was omitted last week.
Sunday 25 March 2018 Palm Sunday
9.30 am    Family Worship      Duty Team: 11     Sound: Mr. John Ferguson
10.00 am  St. Columba Kids
11.15am    Morning Worship                                  Sound: Mr. Brian McKinlay
6.30pm Evening Service
STATED ANNUAL MEETING: will be held in the Church on Thursday 22nd March at 7.30pm. This important meeting in the life of our Church will be followed by cheese, wine and soft drinks. Copies of the Accounts are available at both doors this morning.
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in February is £103.70 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 March edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50.
MESSY CHURCH: Easter Messy Church will be held on SUNDAY 25th March. From 4 -6pm. This is a superb monthly event. Filled with songs, stories, crafts, games and much more, there is even a light supper of soup and sandwiches, don’t be shy come and see for yourself how good this time really is! Children please bring an adult!
HOLIDAY CLUB: “The Big Top” – Monday 2nd – Friday 6th April in the Midton Road Hall from 10am – 12 noon. Put the date in your diary and watch this space for more information next week!
HELP PLEASE: There will be a meeting on WEDNESDAY 21st MARCH at 7pm in The Orr Room for all those willing to help at THE BIG TOP HOLIDAY CLUB here in the Midton Road Halls 2-6 April. Come along if you are able to help with snacks, admin, games, in groups, or crafts. We are also looking for people willing to deliver leaflets round the parish – if you are interested in helping out then please come along or contact Irene or stuartmckinlay@aol.com
LUNCH CLUB: the final meeting for this session will be on Friday 23rd March in Cathcart Street Hall from 12 noon till 1.30pm. Soup, snacks and light meals are all homemade and there is a sales table with jams and gifts to tempt you. Raising funds for The Hospice and CHAS. Your support is so much appreciated
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the next edition should be with the editor next Sunday 25th March. Articles should be emailed to the editor at: editor.columbanews@gmail.com
GUILD: Tomorrow -19 March in Midton Road Hall is our last meeting of this session. Please note earlier starting time at 7.15 p.m. when there will be short AGM before our Mystery Guest Speaker and we don’t think you will be disappointed. We look forward to seeing everyone and guests will be made most welcome.
WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY will take place on 21 March at 7.30pm in the Struthers Room. All welcome.
MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Next Meeting Monday 19th March our AGM followed by Guest Speaker Roslyn Cartner, subject “Veg and Herbs good for the Body”. Please note earlier start 7pm, also a reminder of end of Session Lunch Wed 21st March
HOLY WEEK Monday 26th March – Friday 30th March 2018
All Services will be led by Revd. Fraser R. Aitken GCSJ, M.A., B.D. and Revd. Neil McNaught B.D., M.A. with guest preachers during the week.
Easter Sunday – 1st April 2018
7.30 am: Service on the Low Green
8.00 am: Breakfast in the Church Hall – please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park Vestibule
9.30 am: Family Service
11.15 am: Morning Worship Sacrament of Baptism
12.30 pm: Celebration of Holy Communion
You are invited to bring a bunch of spring flowers to adorn the empty Cross. After the 11.15 service, these will be delivered to many of our members and friends who have been bereaved since last Easter, conveying to them our warmest thoughts and our faith in the Risen Christ.
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Willie Chalmers (Stn 12), Mrs. Edna Gemmell (Stn 1) and Mr. George Hamilton (Stn 14)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)
THE BEATSON: Mr. John Morrison
CROSSHOUSE HOSPITAL: Mr. Jim Wilcox (Renal Unit) (Ward 2f)
The funeral service for Mr. Tommy Love, Heathfield Care Home, will be held at Masonhill tomorrow, Monday at 10.30am. Our warm sympathy is extended to all the family.