19 November 2017

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 3:  Mrs. Anne Hope, Mrs. Margaret Johnston, Mr. Colin Naismith, Mr. Bryce Hartshorn, Dr. Ruth Martin, Mrs. Ann Naismith, Mr. David Reader, Mrs. Mo Howie, Mrs. Fiona Hunter, Mrs. Isabel Kelly,  Mr. Bob Bartholomew and Mr. Iain Hope

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. Alan McHarg and Mrs. Maureen Greenock, Mrs. Fiona Davidson and Mrs. Sheena Stewart.

SUNDAY 26 November 2017   


9.30 am         Family Service          Duty Team: 4         Sound: Mr. John Crone

10.00am        St. Columba Kids & Bible Class

11.15 am        Morning Worship                                        Sound: Mr. Brian McKinlay

6.30 pm        Evening Worship in the Centenary Aisle, followed by tea and shortbread in the Struthers’ Room

THE MINISTER will be on holiday from Sunday 26th November till Saturday 2nd December inclusive.

WEDNESDAY COMMUNION: will be held on Wednesday, 22nd November  at 2.00pm in the Centenary Aisle, followed by tea in the Struthers’ Room. All welcome!

20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in October is £137.04. The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of Parkinson’s Scotland.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the November 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: PLEASE NOTE – the meeting for November will be held on SUNDAY 26th – same time, same place. Any questions please phone Irene in the office. Look forward to seeing lots of families for a fun filled afternoon.

CONCERT BUS: a bus will be organised for The Dreghorn Music Society Christmas Concert in the Grand Hall Kilmarnock on Wednesday 6th December at 7.30pm – leaving Church at 6.30pm. Ticket and Bus will cost £15. Tickets should be paid as soon as possible – thank you. Please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule if you would like to attend..

CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH 10th DECEMBER –– Kylestrome Hotel. There are no spaces left, but if you wish to add your name to the waiting list – available in the Carrick Park vestibule.

Due to the proximity of the Kylestrome there will not be a bus provided. However if you have a space in your car to help with transport please let Irene in the office know.

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Next Meeting- Monday 20th November in Struthers Room at 7.30pm when Archie Thom will speak on “Dunaskin Railway”. Any visitors always welcome.

THANK YOU to all who contributed to the Retiring Offering for “Combat Stress” last Sunday. The sum of £601.82 was donated.


BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Ronald Allison (Macmillan)

Our warmest thoughts are extended to Mr. Alan Thayne and the family, Tweed Street, Ayr on the death of Alan’s mother, Helen. The service of Thanksgiving will be held on Tuesday 21 November at 12.30pm in the Church, followed by the Committal at Masonhill at 1.15pm.

We send our sincerest sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hunter and Family, Willow Park, Ayr on the passing of Jim’s sister, Isobel. The funeral service will be held at Masonhill on Wednesday 22nd November at 3.30pm.

With deepest sadness we record the passing of Mrs. Pamela Martin of Shawfield Ave, Ayr. The service of Thanksgiving will be held in the Church on Thursday 23 November at 1.45pm followed by the Committal at Masonhill at 2.45pm. We assure Henry and all the family of our sincerest condolences.