22 October 2017

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: For 115 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 meets 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 9: Mrs. Elizabeth Gardiner, Mrs. Joan Dunlop, Mr. Duncan Anderson, Mr. Fraser Walker, Mr. Andrew Cardie, Mr. Bill Caven, Mr. Ron Currie, Mr. David Campbell, Mrs. Margaret Cardie, Mrs. Christine McLaughlin, Mrs. Margaret Doncaster and Mr. Jim Hunter
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Pearl Brown, Mrs. Susan Mills and Mrs. Isabel Fraser

SUNDAY 29 October 2017        SERVICES of HOLY COMMUNION
9.30 am – Team: 10 11.15 am – Team: 11 6.30 pm – Team: 12
Sound: Mr. John Crone Sound: Mr. Keith Fullerton Sound: TBA
Crèche in the Midton Room.
Retiring offering at all Services for support of our friends in the Congregation at Lochside Church.

WEDNESDAY COMMUNION: will be held on Wednesday, 25th October at 2.00pm in the Centenary Aisle, followed by tea in the Struthers’ Room. All welcome!
ALL ELDERS are asked to check the Lists for Communion Duty in the Carrick Park Vestibule and to tick their name to confirm their availability for the October 29th Service of Holy Communion.
COLUMBA NEWS: Elders are asked to uplift their Magazines and Communion Invitation Cards from their pigeonhole for immediate delivery. There are still a few districts currently without an Elder, if you are able to assist with delivery please speak to Irene in the Office. Thank you!
20 is IN THE PEWS: total collected in September is £131.90. The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of Parkinson’s Scotland.
THE LINEN TEAM will meet next Saturday at 10am to dress the Church for Communion. Thank you!
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the October edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50.
HARVEST COLLECTION: many thanks to everyone who contributed to the Harvest Collection – the total raised was £2171.94. This money will go towards the India Flood Appeal.
MENS ASSOCIATION: Meeting Monday 23rd October 7.30pm in the Struthers Room, speaker is Mr Colin Vooght, subject “Ministry of Defence”. New members coming along will be made most welcome
LADIES FELLOWSHIP: tomorrow evening (23rd) at 7.30pm. The Speaker is our own Agnes Fisher. Agnes will be speaking about Signing for the Deaf. Guild members, visitors and new interested folks are warmly invited to join us.
ABBAS REST CHARITY: The Rotary Club of Ayr are holding an “in situ” Safari Supper on Saturday 28th October at St. Leonard’s Church Hall at 6.30pm. The proceeds will go to a Borehole Project for Abbas Rest Charity in which Muriel Wilson and Fiona Boyd are involved. Tickets are £5 per head. Everyone is welcome to support this excellent cause. Please contact Alex Thomson for tickets at 265516
LIGHT PARTY – Light Party on Halloween is planned for Tuesday 31st October 6-8pm in the church halls, to welcome families from our church and from the community. This is an opportunity to offer an alternative to guising round doors, everyone is invited to a wonderful party, celebrating light in the darkness. Help always appreciated, particularly on the night! Names to the office if you are able to help on the night or preparing or delivering leaflets in advance. Thank you.
MESSY CHURCH: next meeting will be on SUNDAY 29th OCTOBER – please note change of day –
Main Hall at 4.00pm (Registration 3.45pm) – 6pm. All the usual fun activities, worship and supper. New families always welcome – come along and give Messy Church a try.
TIME TO REMEMBER SERVICE: will be held in the Centenary Aisle on Sunday 5th November at 4p.m. There will be a short act of worship, remembering loved ones who have died. This service will be designed specifically for reflection and prayer, with short readings and times for quiet meditation. You will have the chance to light a candle to remember someone dear.

AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Rae Ross (Stn. 1), Mrs. Helen Thayne (Stn. 14)

9th DECEMBER – Seniors’ Afternoon Tea – return Flyers are available at both doors this morning.
10th DECEMBER – Congregational Christmas Lunch – Kylestrome Hotel. The list is open and available in the Carrick Park Vestibule. If you would like to attend, please add your name to the list.