22 July 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. A very special welcome to the family of twins, Faith and Hope who will be baptised at the 11.15 Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 10: 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. Norman Wallace, Mr. Alex Eccles,    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 Mr. Fraser Walker and Mr. David Inglis
Sunday 29th July 2018
9.30 am Family Worship          Duty Team: 11                          Sound: Mr. John Ferguson
10.00 am St. Columba Kids on Holiday!
11.15am Morning Worship        Sacrament of Baptism          Sound: Mr. Brian McKinlay

Our warmest thanks to Mr Stewart Paton who is deputising at the Organ at both services this morning; and to Mr Bill McCulloch who is deputising as Beadle for both services today. We are very appreciative of their services.

20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in June £92.18. 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 July edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50
HOLIDAY CLUB: the Team are excited to bring you a fantastic Holiday Club – “Seaside Rock”! From Monday 6th – 10th August; Time: 1pm – 3pm.
URGENT help REQUIRED: for our Holiday Club. At the moment we do not have sufficient help to run the activities for the week. We need a team of people willing to deliver leaflets round the parish – if you are able to help please contact the office (269524) or Stuart (stuartmckinlay@aol.com). But more urgently we require lots more volunteers to help during the week with a variety of activities and duties. Please speak to Irene, Kerrie or Stuart if you can help all or part of the week or if you would like more information.
SUMMER OASIS: The Summer drop in café is open to everyone – please bring a friend! Meeting every Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 in the Struthers’ Room, this is a place to relax, a place to chat!
FOOD BANK: The items most needed this week are – tinned custard, coffee, small bottles of diluting juice, tinned rice, potatoes, mince/stew/cold meat and tomatoes, and UHT milk
Please remember a few extra items when you shop.
SOUTH AYRSHIRE CLOTHES BANK is a charity that provides school uniforms for children who would otherwise have none. There are leaflets in the Carrick Park vestibule and 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. Thank you for your help with this matter.
LIBRARY NEWS – A new book which is ideal for summer reading is now in the library – The International Bestseller “ANAM CARA”- spiritual wisdom from the Celtic World – by John O’Donohue. It is full of helpful ideas and insights and ideal for “dipping into” on your holiday! Muriel (librarian)
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Lex Barclay (Stn. 6)
THE BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Betty Davidson (Urquhart) and Mr. Norman Peterson (Urquhart)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)
AYRSHIRE HOSPICE: Mrs Sheena Thomson
We extend our warmest sympathy to Mrs Eileen Morrison and the family, South Harbour Street, Ayr, on the death of her husband, Hugh. The funeral service is on Tuesday first, 24th July, at 10.30 at Masonhill; and to the nephew and niece of Mrs Muriel Ross of Creggan Bahn. The funeral service will be on Thursday 26th July at 10.30 at Masonhill.

THANK YOU from Hugh Brown for the many cards, flowers and good wishes received on the occasion of his 90th birthday!