27 December 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! A very special welcome to the families of Megan and Brady who will be baptised at the 10.30am Service this morning.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 6: Mrs. Margaret Loudon, Mr. Jim Hume, Mrs. Liz Murray, Mrs. Pamela Naylor, Mr. Tom Rodger, Mr. Bill McCulloch, Mr. Michael Whiteford, Mrs. Edna Gemmell, Mr. Alex. Connell, Mr. Robbie Park, Mrs. Jane Hunter, Mr. Jim W. Brown
SUNDAY 3 January 2016        “At the Gate of the Year”
10.30 am Family Service        Duty Team: 7        Sound: Mr. Jim Brown
HOLIDAY – No St. Columba Kids & Bible Class
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the close of worship today. If you would like to receive Communion, please sit on the Midton Road side of the Church. Thank you.
THE CHURCH OFFICE will be on holiday on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th, closed as usual on Wednesday and re-open on Thursday. Thereafter closed Friday 1st and Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th January.
20’s IN THE PEWS: The total collected in November was £133.81. 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 December edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.00.
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.
AYR PRESBYTERY ALTERNATIVE GIFT SCHEME: Ayr Presbytery gives you the opportunity to purchase a solar light for a family in Malawi. In Malawi, few homes or public buildings have electricity, but what they do have is many hours of sunshine each day, and with the free solar energy stored, this enables the young children to do their homework and family life to continue into the evening. Lights, provided by Solar Aid, cost £10 and gift cards are available from Graeme or from the Office.
FLOWER CALENDAR 2016: is now available in the Carrick Park vestibule. If you would like to donate flowers for a particular Sunday, please add your name and telephone number to the calendar. We are so grateful to all our donors for their generosity

AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Bob Smith (Stn. 14)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Miss Elma Cousins (Lindsay), Mrs. Isobel McEwan (Macmillan) and Mrs. Helen Craig (Macmillan)
AILSA HOSPITAL: Mrs. Rena Smith (Croy House)
We record with sadness the passing of Mrs Jean Barnard of Prestwick, who died in the Biggart hospital last Tuesday. Jean was a very devoted member of our Church, and faithful at the first service every Sunday. Our sympathies are extended to all her family. The service of thanksgiving for Jean’s life will be held at Masonhill on Wednesday first, 30th December, at 10.30a.m.

THE MINISTER is very appreciative of the mountain of cards and Christmas greetings which have arrived at the Manse. Thank you so much.
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.

Minister: Revd. Fraser R. Aitken GCSJ, MA, BD
Assistant Minister: Graeme Parkhill BA, CA
Associate Minister: Revd. David T. Ness LTh
Organist: Mr. Matthew Hynes BA (Hons)
Sunday 27 December 2015
10.30 am Morning Worship
Sacrament of Baptism
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Duty Team 6 Sound: Mr. Drummond Cameron