22 November 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!
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 1: Mrs Helen Mackay, Mrs. Carol Morrison, Mrs. Ann Vance, Mr. Graeme Savage, Mr. Bob Cowan, Mrs. Hazel Steele, Mr. Graham Hamilton, Dr. Helen Hunter, Mr. Robin White, Mr. Malcolm Mackay, Mr. Brian Morrison.
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Fiona Davidson and Mrs. Marlene Hamilton

SUNDAY 29 November 2015             THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
9.30 am Family Service          Duty Team: 2         Sound: Mr. Alastair Swan
10.00am St. Columba Kids & Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship                                      Sound: Mr. Drummond Cameron

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE will be held in the Centenary Aisle on Wednesday 25th November at 2.00p.m., followed by tea in the Struthers’ Room.
AYR CHURCHES UNITED ADVENT SERVICE – will be held at The Auld Kirk of Ayr at 6.30pm tonight. Our Organist, Matthew, will be playing.
20’s IN THE PEWS: The total collected in October was £110.09. 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 November edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.00.
THE BIBLE CLASS is working alongside the Salvation Army again this year to try and help them with their annual toy drive. These toys are distributed in Ayr and the surrounding area by the Salvation Army, to families who require the food bank to eat, and whose children would otherwise waken up on Christmas morning, to find nothing. A box has been placed in the Carrick Park Vestibule and any donations would be gratefully received.’
“CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED!”: a fund raising concert in support of Lochside. Friday 4th December in Church. Featuring Kilmarnock Concert Brass, Ayrshire Philharmonic OS, Bobby Irvine, Cameron Kerr, Stuart McKinlay and Karin Cairns, compère – Tom Raffel. Donation ticket £5 – available after both Services this morning and from the Office.
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE STUDY will meet on 25th November 2015 at 2.00pm in the Carrick Room. All most welcome.
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.
CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Enterkine House Hotel on Sunday 20th December at 1.00pm. No cancellations can be made after Sunday 13th December. Please add your name to the bus list – cost £4.00
HELP PLEASE!: the Friday Group of Parent & Toddlers has been re-established and a thriving Group of babies and toddlers are back in and around the Church every Friday. We are very grateful to the Ladies who make and serve the tea and coffee and delighted that so many are able to take up this lovely task again. Help is URGENTLY required for the 4th Fridays of the month. If you could spare an hour please speak to the Minister or the Office.
GUILD: Monday 23rd November at 7.30pm, the topic of “Go in Peace” – from our speaker Mr Alastair Reid will be telling the ladies of the Guild about the Quaker faith. Saturday 28th November from 10.00am to 12 noon, our Christmas Coffee Morning. Without being presumptuous, know that the Guild can depend on the good folk of St Columba to help raise our usual amazing sums for our projects and other charities. Looking forward to serving you with a welcome cuppa and delicious home baking. There will be a variety of stalls and of course our recipe books will be on sale.
“OASIS” – Drop in café: Struthers’ Room, every Thursday – 10 am – 12 noon. A place to relax – A place to chat – bring a friend! Come when you want – leave when you want. Tea, coffee and biscuits, newspapers and a friendly face!
A CHOIRED TASTE: “Songs for the Season” – we are delighted to welcome this highly acclaimed choir to Ayr St. Columba Church – Friday 11th December at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £5 are available from the Office or at the door on the night!
AYR HOSPITAL: Miss Ann Thomson (Stn. 16)
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 intimate the passing of Mrs Hilda Drummond of Craigweil Place, Ayr. The funeral service will take place at Masonhill next Friday, 27th November, at 12 noon. We extend sympathy to James, Caroline, Louise and the family.