25 December 2016

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! A very special welcome to the family of James who will be baptised at the Service this morning.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Mr. Bob Bartholomew, Mrs. Mo Howie, Miss Gillian Howie, Mrs. Pamela Naylor, Mr. Millar Muir, Mr. Alex Eccles and Mr. Graeme Savage.
SUNDAY 1st JANUARY 2017       “At the Gate of the Year”
No Early Service
10.30a.m. Morning Worship             Duty Team: 8               Sound: Mr. Alastair Swan
11.30a.m. Holy Communion
No Evening Service
THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed 26th and 27th and 28th – reopens on Thursday 29th December.
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in November is £90.The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of Combat Stress at Hollybush House, Ayr.
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the December edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.20.
FOODBANK: Please remember the work of our Foodbank continues during the holiday period.
Most needed are long life milk, diluting juice, tinned meals, pasta, rice, jam, coffee, tins of tuna, Instant mash potato, custard, and biscuits. Many thanks to everyone for their donations.
“OASIS”: The drop in Café will be closed on Thursdays 22nd and 29th December and 5th January. We will reopen on Thursday 12th January 2017!
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the Christmas edition should be with the editor Sunday 1st January 2017. Articles should be emailed to the editor at: editor.columbanews@gmail.com
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Tony Voak (Stn. 10) and Mr. Gordon McPherson (Stn 16)
CROSSHOUSE HOSPITAL: Mrs. Mae Trainer and Mr Steven Miller (ICU)
THE BIGGART: Miss Betty Murray (Urquhart), Mr. Allan Boyle (Macmillan), Mr. Tom Connaughton (Macmillan)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Phillipshill Ward)
Professor Sheila Cameron of Wellsbourne is making good progress after recent neuro surgery in Melbourne, Australia.
David and Diana a Savala of Alloway who are at present in their home in Sydney, Australia are most appreciative of the thoughts and prayers of the friends of St. Columba

THE MINISTER is very appreciative of the mountain of cards and Christmas greetings which have arrived at the Manse. Thank you so much. Each one means a great deal.

THE ASSISTANT MINISTER and THE OFFICE STAFF thank everyone who has taken time to send cards, gifts and season’s greetings. They are all very much appreciated.

Our warmest sympathy and support are extended to Mr. Carl Crone and the family on the death of Carl’s father, Eric, of Savoy Court. The funeral service was held on Friday.

Our warmest sympathy and affection are extended to Mrs. Dorothy Bone of Northdoon Place, Doonfoot, on the passing of her husband, Jack . The funeral service will be Friday 30th December, private cremation at Masonhill and 4.00pm at the Church. Elders are respectfully asked to assemble in the Struthers’ Room at 3.40pm

The funeral service for Mrs. Sheila MacKay of Sorrel Drive will be held at Masonhill on Friday 30th December at 1.15. We send our prayerful support to her sons Robin, Derek and Stuart and their families.

Ayr St. Columba Church
Carrick Park, Ayr. KA7 2SL
Minister: Revd. Fraser R. Aitken, GCSJ, MA, BD
Assistant Minister: Graeme Parkhill BA, CA
Associate Minister: Revd. David T. Ness LTh