27 August 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 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 Ashton who will be baptised at the 11.15 Service this morning.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 1: Mrs. Carol Morrison, Mrs. Ann Vance, Miss Lesley Hunter, Mr. Bob Cowan, Mrs. Hazel Steele, Mr. Graham Hamilton, Dr. Helen Hunter,Mr. Robin White, Mrs Helen Mackay, Mr. Graeme Savage, Mr. Malcolm Mackay and Mr. Brian Morrison
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Ann Vance, Mrs. Jessie Davidson, The Whiteford/Love Families and Mr. Bill Caven

SUNDAY 3rd September 2017
9.30 am Family Worship “Kids in Church” Duty Team: 2 Sound: Mr. Alan Hawthorn
10.00 am St. Columba Kids & Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship Sound: Mr. Jim Brown

THE KIRK SESSION has agreed to change the date of our evening Service from the first Sunday in the month to the last. The next evening service is on Sunday 24th September at 6.30pm
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the August edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50.
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in July is £126.74. The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of Parkinson’s Scotland.
MESSY CHURCH – Messy Church will resume on Saturday 30th September –…please note the change of dates. Meetings will be held on the last Saturday of the month. All volunteers who have helped in the past and any new volunteers are warmly invited to a meeting on Tuesday 5th September at 7.00pm in the Struthers’ Room
FOODBANK: Please continue to give the Foodbank your support. The need to help does not grow less during the summer months – every donation is very much appreciated. Urgently required: coffee, jam, packets of instant mash, packets custard, spaghetti, biscuits of any kind and packets of pasta in sauce.
“OASIS”: The Summer drop in cafe 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! The morning papers are available.
CLOTHES BANK – the volunteers would like to say a huge “thank you” to the Church members who very kindly donated uniform items to the Bank. They are very much appreciated.
AYRWAYS!: If you have breathing problems or lung conditions or care for someone with such, then why not come along to Ayr’s singing for breathing choir: Ayrways! We meet 4-5.30pm, with tea/coffee and a chat from 4-4.30pm, Thursdays at The Book & Bun on Newmarket Street. Rachel Hynes runs the choir so talk to her or contact Angela on 01292437338 or angela@vasa.scot
CONCERT IN CHURCH, Thursday August 31st, 7.30pm. Cellikatessen, a dynamic young ensemble from Southern Germany playing fourteen Cellos and a Double Bass, will play a diverse programme as part of their 2017 British Tour. Admission £5 at the door.
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. David Burton (Stn. 16)
THE BIGGART: Major Sandy Goodwin (Urquhart), Mr. Charlie Symington (Urquhart) and Mrs. Helen Peters (Lindsay)
TEMPLETON HOUSE: Mr Donald Irving (Respite Care)

DATES for your DIARY:
KIRK SESSION meets in Cathcart Street Hall on Thursday 7th Sept. at 7.30pm
KEEP FIT & RELAXATION CLASS resumes on Wednesday 13th September in the newly refurbished Midton Hall. New members most welcome, class starts (chat permitting) at 2pm. More details from the office on 269524.