21 July 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 11: Mr. Sandy Allan, Mrs. Annette Cuthbert, Mr. Andrew Muirhead, Mrs. Rita Mackenzie, Dr. Kirsty Muirhead, Mrs. Janice Paterson, Mr. Stuart McKinlay, Mrs. Linda Hunter, 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 Mr. Fraser Walker and Family and Mr. David Inglis.

Sunday 28 July 2019
9.30 am Family Worship: Duty Team: Sound: Mr. Duncan McCallum
11.15am Morning Worship Sound: Mr. George McMillan

20’s IN THE PEWS: This year’s recipient is Alzheimers (Scotland). The total collected during June was £171.18 Please remember your 20’s for this very worthwhile cause. Thank you.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the July edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.80

FOOD BANK: Please remember all the folks who depend on your donations – this week’s shopping list includes – all tinned meats Chilli/Mince/ Stew/ Meatballs/ Lamb Stew: fish, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, cold meat and tinned meals. Your help and support is greatly appreciated.

THANK YOU from “SHOWSTOPPERS!” HOLIDAY CLUB: we have had a fantastic week of songs, games, stories and fun. So many people are due thanks – all the volunteers from the Box Office girls those who supervised children, created masterpieces in the craft room and kept us fed and watered; to the leaders who have been decked in foam and spaghetti; but especially Stuart, Kerrie and Sara – who have worked tirelessly and with abounding energy to make sure everyone had a great time. A first class week!

OASIS CAFÉ – OPEN! We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 25 th July when there will be an amazing array of home-baking to tempt you. Struthers Room-10.30am-12 noon. Everyone is most welcome.

AYR TOWN HALL CONCERT: The International Leader of the Salvation Army, General Peddle, is visiting Ayr on Saturday 17 th August; he is hosting a Concert with Brass Bands and the Ayr Community Gospel Choir. If you would like to attend this event a Complimentary Ticket is available through John or Valerie Ferguson at 01292 281633 or ferguson.john@btinternet.com or via the Salvation Army website.

OUR MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: we would be most grateful if the congregation would give the office names of members who are deserving of Sunday flowers. People who are poorly, housebound or just needing cheering up! Thank you in anticipation of your help.

SOUTH AYRSHIRE CLOTHES BANK is a charity that provides school uniforms for children who would otherwise have none. Donations of jackets, items of uniform, PE kits, school bags and stationery can
be left in the Church Office. All ages need to be catered for from 5 – 15 years. You have responded so well in the past to this superb charity – thank you so much for your wonderful support. This is the Charity’s busiest time – there have been over 28 referrals this past week and they are still coming in….thank you for your continued support

AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Marilyn Montgomery (Stn 5), Ms Katharine Garven (Stn. 10)
THE BIGGART: Mrs Muriel Morton (Urquhart), Mrs. Chresta Clark (Lindsay)
AYRSHIRE HOSPICE: Mrs. Nan Conway and Miss Mabel Davidson.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: CRADLE ROLL SERVICE – On Sunday 18 th August at 11.15am we hope to welcome all the pre-school children who have been Baptised in St Columba. The service is followed by ice cream in the Midton Road Hall.

It is with deepest sadness that we record the passing of Mrs. Mary Martin, one of our most faithful senior members. Mary passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday evening in the care of the dedicated staff at the Biggart Hospital. Our sympathy is extended to her son Iain and all the extended family. There will be a private committal at Masonhill at 11.15am and the Service of Thanksgiving in Church at 12 noon on Monday 22nd July.