4 MARCH 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 8:  Mr. Peter T. MacDonald, Mrs. Fiona Boyd,

Mr. Stuart Reid, Mrs. Dorothy Bone, Mrs. Linda Sharp, Mrs. Shona Frew, Mr. Jim Brown, Mrs. Jessie Davidson, Mrs. Sheena Stewart, Mrs. Larraine Christian  and Mr. John Ballantyne.

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. Iain McCrae, Mrs. Margaret Dickie, Mrs. Morag Bryden and Dr. Kirsty Muirhead.

Sunday 11 March 2018              Fourth Sunday in Lent         Mothering Sunday


9.30 am    Family Worship      Duty Team: 9              Sound: Mr.  Duncan McCallum

10.00 am   St. Columba Kids

11.15am       Morning Worship                                        Sound: Mr. Keith Fullerton

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, Ayr.

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

STATED ANNUAL MEETING: will be held in the Church on Thursday 22nd March at 7.30pm. This important meeting in the life of our Church will be followed by cheese, wine and soft drinks.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT for elders and pastoral care visitors on Tuesday 13 March at 7.30pm in the Midton Road Hall: Perspectives on Bereavement speakers: Barry Whalen (Funeral Director) and Matthew Hynes (Director of Music)

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.

GUILD tomorrow Monday, 5 March 2 p.m. is our Daffodil Tea in the Midton Road Hall. The musical entertainment will be provided by Good Question and we look forward to seeing everyone and anyone else who would like to join us for an afternoon of fellowship and friendship.

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

HALL LET’S MEETING:  this will be held in the Orr Room on Tuesday 13th March at 6.30pm. Key holders are asked to bring their keys. If you are unable to attend your Organisation MUST contact John Stewart as soon as possible. Non-attendance booking will be made after the meeting.

BOOK GROUP reminder that the Book group will be on the 19th March at Fiona Taylor’s house, not the church, at 2 pm. Details from Helen Greig 520288.

LUNCH CLUB: the next meeting will be on Friday 9th March. The Lunch Club Team extend a warm invitation to everyone and look forward to welcoming you to this superb facility in our Cathcart Street Hall. The Lunch is a Fundraiser for the Hospice and CHAS 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. Your support is so much appreciated.

 “OASIS”: Our drop in café is open to everyone – bring a friend! Meeting every Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 in the Struthers’ Room, this is a place to relax, a place to chat!  Come when you can, leave when you want.  The morning papers are available



AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Willie Chalmers (Stn. 12) and Mrs. Edna Gemmell (Stn. 1)

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

THE BEATSON: Mr. John Morrison

The funeral Service for Mr. John McBride will be held in the Church on Friday 9th March at 1pm followed by the committal at Masonhill at 2pm. Our warmest support is extended to his daughter and son-in-law.