27 May 2018

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: For 116 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 Reese who will be baptised at the 11.15 Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 12: Mr. George McMillan, Mr. Robin Doncaster, Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Mr. Jim Richardson, Mr. Walter Muir, Dr. Lindsay Miller, Miss Hope Cousins, Mr. Gavin Gemmell, Mr. James Kane and Mr. George Rae.
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. Bill Duncan, Mr. and Mrs Davis Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Eccles and in memory of Ms. Veronica Condon (from a friend).

SUNDAY 3rd JUNE 2018
9.30 am Family Worship          Sacrament of Baptism        Duty Team: 1      Sound: TBA
10.00 am St. Columba Kids
11.15 am Morning Worship      Sacrament of Baptism                                      Sound: Mr. Keith Fullerton

20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in April is £109.60 The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of ACE (Racerunning) Disability Recreation and Sport, Ayr.
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the May edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50
MESSY CHURCH: the next meeting will be on Saturday 23rd June. Registration at 3.45pm. The Theme will be “Who is Jesus? Lots of crafts, fun, songs, worship and supper will be a summer party!!
SENIORS’ OUTING: THE DEVIL’S PORRIDGE and Gretna Outlet on Thursday 31st May. Museum, shopping and tea/coffee stops followed by High Tea at Lochside Hotel, New Cumnock. The bus is now full. If you find you are no longer able to attend please let Jane (281013) know immediately as there is a waiting list. The bus will leave from the Church at 8.45am.
“OASIS”: NO café this Thursday 31st May.
SUMMER OASIS: The café will resume for the summer on Thursday 7th June. All welcome.
THE ORGANIST ENTERTAINS: This Monday 28th May in the Church, 12-1pm, Sam Austin, Director of Music, St. Paul’s Church Mill Hill. Admission £3.
FOOD BANK: This very vital work is under great pressure to deliver more and more food parcels to folks living in real poverty. The items most needed this week are: Coffee, jam, diluting juice, longlife milk, small packets of rice, packets of pasta in sauce, and jars of pasta sauce. Please remember a few extra items when you shop.
ST COLUMBA’S KIDS AWAY DAY – KELBURN COUNTRY PARK VISIT: St. Columba Kids are organising a trip on Saturday 16th June. All children aged for Beginners and Juniors welcome. Letters and consent forms are available in the Carrick Park vestibule or from St. Columba Kids teachers. Please come and join this fun packed day!

AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Willie Chalmers (Stn 12) and Mr. Norman Peterson (Stn 12)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)

Dates for the Diary:
7th June Kirk Session Meeting
17th June St Columba Kids Prize Giving
24th June Services of Holy Communion