31 December 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 9: Mrs Elizabeth Gardiner, Mrs Joan Dunlop, Mr Duncan Anderson, Mr Fraser Walker, Mr Andrew Cardie, Mr Bill Caven,                      Mr Ron Currie, Mr David Campbell, Mrs Margaret Cardie, Mrs Christine McLaughlin, Mrs Margaret Doncaster and Mr Jim Hunter.
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by The Flower Guild
Sunday 31 December 2017 “At the Close of the Year”
No Early Service
10.30 am           Morning Worship        Duty Team 9              Sound: Mr. Alan Hawthorn
10.00 am           St. Columba Kids – on holiday
11.30am             Holy Communion
If you are staying for the short celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion after Morning Worship today, please sit on the Organ side of the Church.
Sunday 7 January 2018 “At the Gate of the Year”
10.30 am           Morning Worship         Duty Team: 10          Sound: Mr. Alastair Swan
10.00 am           St. Columba Kids – on holiday
Minister: Revd. Fraser R. Aitken GCSJ, MA, BD
Associate Minister : Revd. David T. Ness LTh
Organist: Mr. Matthew Hynes BA (Hons)
THE MINISTER is very appreciative of the mountain of cards and Christmas greetings which have arrived at the Manse. Thank you so much. Each one means a great deal.
REVD. NESS and THE OFFICE STAFF thank everyone who has taken time to send cards, gifts and season’s greetings. They are all very much appreciated.
THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on 1st 2nd and 4th January – reopen on Friday 5th January.
MANY of our congregation have succumbed to the bad cold flu virus, including our Session Clerk Bob and his wife, Irene. We send our very best wishes to each of them for a full recovery.
TO ALL who contributed to the magnificent Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning Offering of £5,606, we extend our heartfelt thanks! This total will be given to the Lodging House Mission in East Campbell Street in Glasgow, providing help and shelter to the homeless in Glasgow. Our thanks too to Our Treasurer, Tom and his helpers who counted the offering – no mean feat indeed.
WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS are extended to Mr Dylan Harper, our Youth Worker at Lochside, who became engaged this past week to Miss Nicola McKinlay. Our very best wishes are given to them for their future together.
FLOWER CALENDAR: The Flower calendar for 2018 is now in the Carrick Park vestibule. If you would like to donate flowers on a special Sunday, please add your name and telephone number.
FOOD BANK: items most needed this week are: Coffee, jam, diluting juice, longlife milk, packets of pasta in sauce, small packets of rice and jars of pasta sauce.
“OASIS”: The drop in Café will reopen on Thursday 4th January 2018 from 10.30am to 12 Noon in the Struthers Room. All Welcome! This is a place to relax, a place to chat – please bring a friend! The morning papers are also available.
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. John Hamilton (Stn. 15), Mr. Willie Chalmers (Stn. 12) and Mrs Joan Dunlop (Stn. 6)

The Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Mrs Maimie MacDonald will be held here in the Church on Thursday 4th January at 11.30am, following the Service of Committal at Masonhill.