28 August 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 Brodie who will be baptised at the 11.15am Service this morning.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 1: Mr. Graeme Savage, 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. 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. Betty Gray and Mrs. Jessie W. Davidson
SUNDAY 4 September 2016
9.30 am Family Service             Duty Team: 2                Sound: Mr. Alastair Swan
10.00 am St. Columba Kids & Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship                                                Sound: Mr. David Campbell
6.30pm Evening Service             Duty Team 2
20’s IN THE PEWS: 20s for July – the total is £242.96. This includes an anonymous donation of £122.00 which was raised by the knitting and selling of poppies. 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 August edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.20.
WORSHIP TEAMS: There will be a meeting of everyone involved with the Care Home Worship Teams on Sunday 11th September 12.30pm in the Centenary Aisle. The Teams meet once a month to provide a short service for the residents. Anyone able to volunteer will be most welcome.
THE BACK TO SCHOOL BANK is looking for donations of school uniforms to enable disadvantaged young people, suffering as a result of poverty, to return to school. Most needed are shirts, polo shirts, skirts, pinafores, trousers, socks, shoes. If you are able to help there will be a box for donations in the Carrick Park vestibule.
LIBRARY: 2 new additions: Biography of George MacLeod by Ron Ferguson and “Christians, Muslims and Jesus” by Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic Studies at New College in Edinburgh and often on “Thought for the Day” on radio 4. Both worth a look at!
BOOK CLUB: Monday12th 2pm and Thursday 15th 7.30. New members welcome!
FOODBANK: Thank you for your continued support. All foods are very gratefully accepted – long life milk, diluting juice, tinned meals, tinned vegetables, tins of fruit, jars of coffee and jam, packets instant mash, packets of custard, rice, spaghetti and noodles are most needed!
PARENT & TODDLER HELPERS: we urgently require volunteer tea ladies, for the 1st & 5th Fridays and 3rd Tuesday of each month. If you are able to help please speak to Irene in the Office.
“OASIS”: Drop in cafe, Struthers’ Room this Thursday 10.30 – 12.00. A place to relax, a place to chat, bring a friend! Come when you can, leave when you want. The morning papers are available. A team of volunteers was secured to allow the Café to continue during the summer months, and we thank them most warmly as they give up their duties as the new winter session begins.
LOST PROPERTY: There is a large box of Lost Property which will be sent to the Charity Shop this week if left unclaimed. Please take a moment to search for your lost scarf!!
10th September: 10.00 am Elders’ Conference – Carrick Centre, Maybole.
17th September: 10.00am – Coffee Morning for Lochside in the Midton Road Hall
21st September: 7.30pm in the Church – Organ Recital by Tim Byram-Wigfield
27th September: 7.30pm in the Church – Gala Concert in Aid of The British Heart Foundation with members of APOS; KAOS and Cantanti – MD’s Anne Miller and Andrew Nicol; Compere – Linda Ormiston. Tickets priced £5 available from Irene in the Office
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Eddie Ecrepont (Stn.12), Mrs Jean Austin (Station 1); Mrs Margaret Neill (Station 15) and Mrs. Catriona Roger (Stn 1)
THE BIGGART: Mrs Irene Wybar (Urquhart), Mr Alec Morton (Drummond), Mr. Allan Boyle (Macmillan) and Mrs. Betty Murray
THE HOSPICE: Mrs. Julie Rae

Mrs Jean Stewart wishes to thank all the ladies how supported the Afternoon Tea at Seamill Hydro last week. The grand sum of £4,200 was raised for the Ayrshire Hospice.
The funeral service for Mrs Margaret Turnbull, Prestwick, who died last week, will be held at Masonhill on Wednesday first, 31st August, at 1.15p.m. Our sincerest sympathy is extended to her husband, Robbie, and all the family at this very sad time.
Fraser is overwhelmed by the cards, gifts, greetings and letters which he received on the 25th Anniversary as Minister at Ayr St. Columba. A heartfelt thank you to everyone, and to all who made last Sunday such a memorable occasion