3 September 2017

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: For 115 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 2: Mr. Graeme McKinstry, Mrs. Jean Watson,
Mrs. Jo Bruce, Mrs. Helen Greig , Mr. Tony Greig , Mr. Jack McConnachie, Miss Nicola McKinlay,
Mr. Michael Warren, Mrs. Fiona Taylor, Mr. Alan McKinlay, Mr. Duncan McCallum and Mr. John Eaglesham.
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by The McNair Family, Mrs. Margaret Sloan, Mrs. Margaret Duncan, Mr. & Mrs. Jim McLure and Mr. and Mrs. Neil Henderson and Emma.
SUNDAY 10th September 2017
9.30 am Family Worship Kids in Church Duty Team: 3 Sound: Mr. Duncan McCallum
10.00 am St. Columba Kids & Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship Sound: Mr. Keith Fullerton

ELDERS are reminded to uplift their Columba News for immediate delivery and the MINUTES and AGENDA for the Kirk Session Meeting on Thursday first – 7th September at 7.30pm in Cathcart Street Hall.
THE KIRK SESSION has agreed to change the date of our evening Service from the first Sunday in the month to the last. The next evening service is on Sunday 24th September at 6.30pm
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the September edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50.
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in July is £196.09. The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of Parkinson’s Scotland.
MESSY CHURCH – Messy Church will resume on Saturday 30th September. Meetings will be held on the last Saturday of the month. All volunteers who have helped in the past and any new volunteers are warmly invited to a meeting on Tuesday 5th September at 7.00pm in the Struthers’ Room
FOODBANK: Please continue to give the Foodbank your support and every donation is very much appreciated. Urgently required: coffee, jam, packets of instant mash, packets custard, spaghetti, biscuits of any kind and packets of pasta in sauce.
“OASIS”: The Summer drop in cafe 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! The morning papers are available.
AYRWAYS!: If you have breathing problems or lung conditions or care for someone with such, then why not come along to Ayr’s singing for breathing choir: Ayrways! We meet 4-5.30pm, with tea/coffee and a chat from 4-4.30pm, Thursdays at The Book & Bun on Newmarket Street. Rachel Hynes runs the choir so talk to her or contact Angela on 01292437338 or angela@vasa.scot
THE ORGANIST ENTERTAINS, in association with AYR FILM SOCIETY, presents Mel Brooks “Silent Movie” with live organ accompaniment from the very talented Gordon Cree – this Thursday 7th September at Ayr Town Hall. Doors open 19.00hrs. Tickets £5 at the door.
KEEP FIT & RELAXATION CLASS resumes on Wednesday 13th September in the newly refurbished Midton Hall. New members most welcome, class starts (chat permitting) at 2pm. details from the office.

AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. David Burton (Stn. 16)
THE BIGGART: Mr. Charlie Symington (Urquhart) and Mrs. Helen Peters (Lindsay)
TEMPLETON HOUSE: Mr Donald Irving (Respite Care)
CROSSHOUSE HOSIPTAL: Mrs. Anne McNair (Ward 4b)

Our sincerest condolences and affection are extended to Mrs Pamela Goodwin of Doonfoot Road on the passing of her husband, Sandy, this past week. There will be a private committal service at Stair Church Yard next Friday, 8th September, followed by a service of thanksgiving in Stair Church at 1.00p.m.
Happy Anniversary wishes and Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Dick Dunlop, of St. Leonard’s Road, Ayr who celebrated their Golden Wedding last month and to Mr. & Mrs. David Craig, of Craigie Lea, Ayr who celebrated their Golden Wedding on Friday.