29 April 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.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 6: Mrs. Pamela Naylor, Mr. Tom Rodger, Mr. Bill McCulloch, Mr. Michael Whiteford, Mr. Alex. Connell, Mr. Robbie Park, Mr. Jim Hunter, Mr. Jim Hume, Mrs. Liz Murray, Mrs. Jane Hunter and Mr. Jim W. Brown.
Team: 7: Mr. Keith Fullerton, Mrs. Irene Bartholomew, Mr. Norman Reid, Mrs. Nancy Mortimer, Mrs. Jean Stewart, Mrs. Heather Fullerton, Mrs. Christina Kennedy, Mr. Terry Swinn, Mrs. Anne Mills, Mr. Bob Templeton and Mr. Peter G. Macdonald.
Team: 8: Mr. Stuart Reid, Mrs. Dorothy Bone, Mrs. Linda Sharp, Mrs. Shona Frew,Mr. Jim Brown, Mrs. Jessie Davidson, Mrs. Sheena Stewart, Mr. Peter T. MacDonald, Mrs. Fiona Boyd, Mrs. Maureen Fullerton, Mrs. Larraine Christian and Mr. John Ballantyne.
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. and Mrs. Graeme McKinstry, Mrs. Lynda Sparks and Mrs. Elizabeth McLeod.
9.30 am – Team: 6                  11.15 am – Team: 7                                6.30 pm – Team: 8
Sound: Mr. Alastair Swan     Sound: Mr. George McMillan            Sound: Mr. Keith Fullerton
9.30 am – St Columba Kids
Unfermented wine is available in the centre of every tray below the handle.
Retiring offering at all Services for support of our friends in the Congregation at Lochside Church.
Sunday 6th May 2018
9.30 am Family Worship Duty Team: 9 Sound: Mr. Alastair Swan
10.00 am St. Columba Kids
11.15am Morning Worship Sound: Mr. George McMillan
6.30pm Evening Service Sound: Mr. Jim Brown
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in March is £68.80 The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of ACE (Racerunning) Disability Recreation and Sport, Ayr.
ENQUIRER’S CLASS: If you would like to find out more about the Christian faith or would like to become a communicant member of the Church, the Class for Enquirers will enrol in the Centenary Aisle after the second service on Sunday 6th May.
THE ORGANIST ENTERTAINS: This Monday 30th in the Church, 12-1pm, featuring Jeremy Maritz, St. Dominic’s Priory, Newcastle upon Tyne. Admission £3.
FOOD BANK: 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.
“OASIS”: Our drop in café is open to everyone – bring a friend! Meeting every Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 in the Struthers’ Room, this is a place to relax, a place to chat! Come when you can, leave when you want. The morning papers are available
ALMA CHOIR: Wednesday 2nd May at 7.30pm. This is the Choir’s third visit to Ayr St Columba and we look forward, very much to their return Concert. Donation tickets £5.00 on sale from the office.
BALLYCLARE MALE CHOIR: We are delighted to welcome this superb choir from N. Ireland. There will be a concert in Church on Saturday 19th May at 7.30pm – No tickets -donations for Alzheimer’s Scotland. The choir will also attend Morning worship on Sunday 20th May.
DREGHORN MUSIC SOCIETY SPRING CONCERT: Wednesday 9th May in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock. Tickets £7.00 available from the Office. There is a list for names for the bus in the Carrick Park vestibule – Bus cost will be based on numbers going!
LUNCHEON CLUB/LADIES’ FELLOWSHIP – Friday 4th May Annual Outing to Castle Douglas for retail therapy, onwards to the Cally Palace Hotel for afternoon tea. Bus leaves Church at 9.30am.
Cost: £25 inclusive.
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Willie Chalmers (Stn 12), Mrs. Edna Gemmell (Stn.16) and Mr. Norman Peterson (Stn 12)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)

The funeral service for Mrs. May Drennan on Wednesday is private.