20 December 2015

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: Here at St Columba, you will find a warm welcome from committed Christian people who are serious about their faith journey but also enjoy having a good time. You will find passionate worship which seeks to incorporate both the traditional and the new, and preaching that tries hard to make the Scripture message relevant to our daily living. We are a congregation drawn from all parts of Ayr and beyond, and we come together to worship and to take part in all kinds of Christian service in the community. If you want a Church that will honour your journey of faith and challenge you to go deeper into your relationship with Jesus Christ, then this is the place for you, and we are delighted to welcome you. Let no one feel a stranger in this place! A very special welcome to the family of Jackson who will be baptised at the 11.15am Service this morning.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 5: Mr. Jimmy Symington, Mr. Robert Seath, Dr. Simon Farrell, Mrs. Susan Mills, Mr. Gordon McKinlay, Mrs. Nan Mackie , Mr. Alec Mooney, Mrs. Jane Murnin, Mr. Jim Loch, Mr. John Morrison, Mr. Douglas Paton, Mr. John Forsyth
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Larraine Christian and Mrs. Pat Jackson
SUNDAY 27 December 2015 No Early Service
10.30 am Morning Worship Duty Team: 6 Sound: Mr. Drummond Cameron
Sacrament of Baptism
20’s IN THE PEWS: The total collected in November was £133.81. This year monies will go to The Beatson Cancer Charity. This Charity has been established fairly recently and provides support services for patients and families involved with the Beatson.
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the December edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.00.
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the Christmas edition should be with the editor today 20th December 2015. Articles should be emailed to the editor at: editor.columbanews@gmail.com
FOOD BANK: most needed at Foodbank Warehouse this week are: sugar, jam, coffee, tinned meals, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tins or packets of custard and rice pudding. Thank you for your continued support.
AYR PRESBYTERY ALTERNATIVE GIFT SCHEME: Ayr Presbytery gives you the opportunity to purchase a solar light for a family in Malawi. In Malawi, few homes or public buildings have electricity, but what they do have is many hours of sunshine each day, and with the free solar energy stored, this enables the young children to do their homework and family life to continue into the evening. Lights, provided by Solar Aid, cost £10 and gift cards are available from Graeme or from the Office.
CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Enterkine House Hotel – the bus will leave after the 11.15am Service from Carrick Park.
FLOWER CALENDAR 2016: is now available in the Carrick Park vestibule. If you would like to donate flowers for a particular Sunday, please add your name and telephone number to the calendar. We are so grateful to all our donors for their generosity
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Miss Elma Cousins (Lindsay), Mrs Jean Barnard (Macmillan), Mrs. Isobel McEwan (Macmillan) and Mrs. Helen Craig (Macmillan)
AILSA HOSPITAL: Mrs. Rena Smith (Croy House)

We extend our prayers and sympathy to the family of Mr. Alexander (Jock) Morrison of Ewenfield Avenue. The funeral was held last Friday, and also to Mr. Archie Kennedy of Craigie Lea, Jacky, Karen and the family on the death of Cathie. The funeral was held on Thursday.

CHRISTMAS EVE – Thursday 24th December
7.00p.m. Family Carol Service by Candlelight
Sacrament of Baptism
10.45p.m. Church doors open
11.30p.m. “Midnight at the Manger”
CHRISTMAS DAY – Friday 25th December
10.30a.m. Family Service

THE MINISTER is very appreciative of the mountain of cards and Christmas greetings which have arrived at the Manse. Thank you so much.

THE ASSISTANT MINISTER and THE OFFICE STAFF thank everyone who has taken time to send cards, gifts and season’s greetings. They are all very much appreciated.