4 January 2015

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: Here at St Columba, you will find a warm welcome from committed Christian people who are serious about their faith journey but also enjoy having a good time. You will find passionate worship which seeks to incorporate both the traditional and the new, and preaching that tries hard to make the Scripture message relevant to our daily living. We are a congregation drawn from all parts of Ayr and beyond, and we come together to worship and to take part in all kinds of Christian service in the community. If you want a Church that will honour your journey of faith and challenge you to go deeper into your relationship with Jesus Christ, then this is the place for you, and we are delighted to welcome you. Let no one feel a stranger in this place!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 6: Mr. Robbie Park, Mrs. Margaret Loudon, Mr. Jim Hume, Dr. Ruairidh Bain, Mrs. Pamela Naylor, Mr. Tom Rodger, Mr. Bill McCulloch, Mr. Michael Whiteford, Mrs. Edna Gemmell, Mr. Alex. Connell, Mrs. Jane Hunter and Mr. Jim W. Brown

SUNDAY 4 January 2015    “At the Gate of the Year”

No Early Service
10.30 am Morning Worship    Duty Team: 6      Sound: Mr. George McMillan
No Evening Service

SUNDAY 11 January 2015

09.30am Family Worship         Duty Team: 7         Sound: Mr. Alastair Swan
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship                                         Sound: Mr. Jim Brown

20’s IN THE PEWS: The total collected in December was £104.60. This year monies go to Diabetes (UK), the leading charity that cares for every person affected or at risk of Diabetes. There are 3.8m people in the UK with diabetes, and an estimated 850,000 who are unaware that they have the condition!
OUR DEEPEST THANKS to all who contributed to the Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning offerings when the sum of £4,800 was donated and will be divided amongst three charities – “Wheels in Motion”; “Good Morning South Ayrshire Telephone Befriending Service” and “The Glasgow City Mission”.
WARMEST APPRECIATION too to everyone who gave in the retiring offering on the Sunday before Christmas. £816 was given for Clic Sargent Home in Prestwick to help with their urgent repairs after the recent lightning strike.
CRECHE: we urgently require a leader/organiser for the Baptismal Crèche. If you feel able to assist with this most worthwhile work please speak to the Minister or the Office.
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the January edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.
FOOD BANK: The food requested is determined by demand. The Warehouse in Prestwick which distributes the food boxes to hubs in Ayr, Troon, Maybole and Girvan has intimated that the greatest need is for boxes for single people. Always needed are: long life milk, diluting juice, jam, small packets pasta, noodles and rice, small packets sugar, tins of fruit, packet custard and instant mash.
FLOWER CALENDAR 2015: is now available in the Carrick Park vestibule. If you would like to donate flowers for a particular Sunday, please add your name and telephone number to the calendar. We are so grateful to all our donors for their generosity
THE GUILD: Health and Happiness to you and yours in 2015 from the ladies of the Guild. Monday 5th January 2015 at 7.30pm is our first meeting for 2015 and we will learn from Ms Odette Landsburgh about VASA, Voluntary Action South Ayrshire, which will be most interesting and relates to this year’s theme, A World to Serve. Looking forward to being together in a new year of friendship and fellowship with old and new friends.
NEW PIGEONHOLES: Elders are asked to note that the pigeonholes have been renewed and ALL district numbers have been updated. Every Elder has his/her own individual pigeonhole. There is a list of “old” and “new” numbers attached to the side of the centre block. Please look and located your box. However, we are experiencing a minor problem getting the names labels to adhere, please be patient!

AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Helen Skinner (Stn 11)