4 February 2018

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 4:  Mr. Scott Williams, Mr. Iain McCrae, Mr. Ken Gray, Mrs Lynsey Kerr, Mrs. Yvonne Russell, Mr. Harry Peters, Ms. Angela Lindsay, Mr. Iain McFadzean, Mrs. Anne Drennan, Mr. John Ewing, Mr. John Robertson, and Mr. John Crone

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Jean Johnston.



9.30 am  Morning Worship      Duty Team: 5          Sound: Mr.  Alan Hawthorn

10.00 am St. Columba Kids

11.15am   Morning Worship                                         Sound: Mr. George McMillan

20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in January is £88.91. The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of ACE (Racerunning) Disability Recreation and Sport.

NEW ELDERS: Those who have been nominated by the Kirk Session for Ordination to the Eldership are asked to meet in the Struthers’ Room today at 3.00p.m

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT for elders and pastoral care visitors on Tuesday 13 February at 7.30pm in the Midton Road Hall: Perspectives on Bereavement – Mrs. Myra Sime (Care Home Manager) and Dr. Kirsty Muirhead (Palliative Care Specialist)

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the February edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50.

WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY will take place on 7 February at 7.30 pm in the Struthers Room.  All welcome.

GUILD: Tomorrow is an afternoon meeting at 2 p.m. in Midton Road Hall when we are looking forward to welcoming our speaker The Revd Brian Hendrie.  He is also looking forward to being with us and any visitors who would like to join us will be made most welcome.

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”:  The drop in Café will be open Thursday 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.

LUNCH CLUB: the next meeting will be on Friday 9th February. Everyone is invited and The Lunch Club Team look forward to welcoming you to this superb facility in Cathcart Street Hall, from 12noon till 1.30pm. Soup, snacks and light meals are all homemade and there is a sales table with jams and gifts to tempt you. Regular proceeds are donated to the Ayrshire Hospice.


AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Willie Chalmers (Stn. 12)

BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Margaret McClure (Lindsay)

CROSSHOUSE HOSPITAL: Mrs. Edna Gemmell (Ward 3e)

QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)

The funeral service for Mr. John McBride of Riverside Court, Ayr who died in January, is still to be arranged.

The funeral service for Mr. Alex Rodger of Peggieshill Road, Ayr who died on 26th January, will be held at Masonhill on Monday 12 February at 10.30am. We remember his wife, Catriona, and the family.

The funeral service for Miss Nathalie White of Trefoil Place, Ayr who died on 22 January will be held at Masonhill on Tuesday 13 February at 1.15pm. Our prayers are extended to her father and mother and the family.

The service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Dr. John McClure of Doonfoot Road, Ayr, will be held in the Church on Wednesday 14 February, at 11.00am followed by the committal at Masonhill. Our sincerest sympathy is extended to his wife, Jean, and all the family.