29 July 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 families of Avana and Adeline who will be baptised at the 11.15 Service this morning.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 11: Mrs. Linda Hunter, Mr. Sandy Allan,
Mrs. Annette Cuthbert, Mr. Andrew Muirhead, Mrs. Rita Mackenzie, Mr. Ross Robertson, Dr. Kirsty Muirhead, Mrs. Janice Paterson, Dr. Pauline Robertson, Mr. Stuart McKinlay, Mrs. Janette Leishman and Mr. John Ferguson
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Diana Johnson, Mrs. Anne Swan and Mrs. Elaine Kerr.
Sunday 5th August 2018
9.30 am Family Worship        Duty Team: 12                 Sound: Mr. Alan Hawthorn
10.00 am St. Columba Kids on Holiday!
11.15am Morning Worship                                                 Sound: Mr. George McMillan
The Minister will be on annual leave from Saturday 4th – 25th August inclusive.
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in June £92.18. 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 July edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50
HOLIDAY CLUB: the Team are excited to bring you a fantastic Holiday Club – “Seaside Rock”! From Monday 6th – 10th August; Time: 1pm – 3pm. We are still short of helpers on the Wednesday and Friday – if anyone has a couple of hours to spare we would love your company! THANK YOU to all the delivery volunteers – all the “flyers” have been distributed. Your help is so much appreciated.
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the next edition should be with the editor on Sunday 10th August. Articles should be emailed to the editor at: editor.columbanews@gmail.com
SUMMER OASIS: The Summer drop in café 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!
FOOD BANK: The items most needed this week are – tinned custard, coffee, small bottles of diluting juice, tinned rice, potatoes, mince/stew/cold meat and tomatoes, and UHT milk
Please remember a few extra items when you shop.
SOUTH AYRSHIRE CLOTHES BANK is a charity that provides school uniforms for children who would otherwise have none. There are leaflets in the Carrick Park vestibule and donations of jackets, items of uniform, PE kits, school bags and stationery can be left in the Church Office. All ages need to be catered for from 5 – 15 years. Thank you for your help with this matter.

THE BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Betty Davidson (Urquhart) and Mr. Norman Peterson (Urquhart)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)
Our warmest sympathy and support are extended to Mr Gordon Thomson and the family of Gearholm Road, Ayr, on the death of his wife, Sheena. The funeral service takes place on Tuesday first, 31st July, at 10.30am at Masonhill Crematorium; and to Miss Fiona Forrester of Inverurie on the death of her father, Jim, of Templeton House Care Home, Ayr. The funeral service will be held on Thursday first, 2nd August, at 11.15am at Masonhill.
Sincerest CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes are extended to Mrs Louisa Wilson of Bellevue Crescent, our most senior member, who celebrated her 106th birthday this past week.
Warmest CONGRATULATIONS to Dr Leslie and Mrs Alison Smith of Millbrae Court, Ayr, who celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary recently.
CONGRATULATIOINS to Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Begg on the occasion of their Golden Wedding
THANK YOU from Mrs. Ann McLure, to the Minister and friends who took time to send cards, flowers and to visit following her recent surgery. Each one is much appreciated.