20 May 2018

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: For 116 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 11: Mrs. Linda Hunter, Mr. Sandy Allan, Mrs. Annette Cuthbert, Mr. Andrew Muirhead, Mrs. Rita Mackenzie, Mr. Ross Robertson, Dr. Kirsty Muirhead, Mrs. Janice Paterson, Dr. Pauline Robertson, Mr. Stuart McKinlay, Mrs. Janette Leishman and Mr. John Ferguson.
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Dorothy Kane and Mr. and Mrs. Jack McConnachie.
We extend a warm welcome to the Revd. David Harper who is conducting worship this Sunday; and to the Ballyclare Male Choir who will be leading the singing at the 11.15am service.
Sunday 27th May 2018 Trinity Sunday
9.30 am Family Worship                    Duty Team: 12           Sound: Mr. John Crone
10.00 am St. Columba Kids
11.15am Morning Worship       Sacrament of Baptism       Sound: Mr. Jim Brown
6.30pm Evening Worship Guest Preacher: Revd. Gary Noonan    Duty Team: Guides
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON COMMUNION: The Service will be conducted by Revd. Lawrie Lennox. Wednesday 23 May at 2.00pm, in the Centenary Aisle, followed by tea and Homebaking.
THE MINISTER is a Commissioner at the General Assembly and will be in attendance from Friday 18th – 26th inclusive. Please contact the Office if you require pastoral assistance.
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in April is £109.60 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 May edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the next edition should be with the editor today, Sunday 20th May. Articles should be emailed to the editor at: editor.columbanews@gmail.com
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 13th MAY – 20th MAY: This year Christian Aid is focusing on helping the people of Haiti who have struggled with repeated and relentless natural disasters. The people not only need strength and resilience but also support to put down roots and build durable homes. You are asked to help in this venture by donating to this worthy cause during Christian Aid week.
MESSY CHURCH: next meeting will be on Saturday 26 May. Registration at 3.45pm. The Theme will be Building strong Foundations through the story of Peter! Lots of crafts, fun, songs, worship and supper!
SENIORS’ OUTING: THE DEVIL’S PORRIDGE and Gretna Outlet on Thursday 31st May. Museum, shopping and tea/coffee stops followed by High Tea at Lochside Hotel, New Cumnock. The bus is now full. If you find you are no longer able to attend please let Jane (281013) know immediately as there is a waiting list.
“OASIS”: NO café on Thursday 31st May. The café will resume for the summer on Thursday 7th June.
THE ORGANIST ENTERTAINS: This Monday 21st May in the Church, 12-1pm, David Hamilton, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Hamilton; Strathclyde University Organist. Admission £3.
FOOD BANK: This very vital work is under great pressure to deliver more and more food parcels to folks living in real poverty. The items most needed this week are: Coffee, jam, diluting juice, longlife milk, small packets of rice, packets of pasta in sauce, and jars of pasta sauce. Please remember a few extra items when you shop.
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Willie Chalmers (Stn 12); Mrs. Edna Gemmell (Stn.16) Mr. Norman Peterson (Stn 12)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)
THE FUNERAL of Mrs. Jean Nicolson will be held at Masonhill on Friday 25th May at 2.00pm. We extend our sincere condolences to all the family.
THANK YOU – Margaret and Hugh McCutcheon and all the family would like to thank all the many friends at Ayr St Columba who have sent cards, flowers and condolences at the loss of their son-in-law, Stephen. Your support and concern are very much appreciated.