5 November 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 1:  Mrs. Carol Morrison, Mrs. Ann Vance, Miss Lesley Hunter, Mr. Bob Cowan, Mrs. Hazel Steele, Mr. Graham Hamilton, Dr. Helen Hunter, Mr. Robin White, Mrs Helen Mackay, Mr. Graeme Savage, Mr. Malcolm Mackay and Mr. Brian Morrison

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Miss Nancy Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Paterson and Mrs. Marion Robertson.



9.30 am                 Family Service               Duty Team: 2          Sound: Mr. Alan Hawthorn

10.00am                St. Columba Kids & Bible Class

10.50 am                     Morning Worship                                   Sound: Mr. Jim Brown

Retiring Offering for Combat Stress

20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in September is £131.90. The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of Parkinson’s Scotland.

COLUMBA NEWS; Material for the next edition should be with the editor this Sunday 5th November.  Articles should be emailed to the editor at: editor.columbanews@gmail.com

LIGHT PARTY – thank you to all our volunteers, who supported the Light Party. We had a splendid night of games, crafts, stories, disco, pumpkin carving and hot chocolate! Superb costumes from the 30 children and many of the parents. Well done – everyone!

THE GUILD: A reminder that our Theatre Outing to Top Hat is on Thursday, 9 November at the Gaiety Theatre and the show begins at 7.30 p.m.  We will have the tickets, which are all in the Stalls, and look forward to seeing all those who are coming along that evening to enjoy this wonderful show.

CONCERT BUS: a bus will be organised for The Dreghorn Music Society Christmas Concert in the Grand Hall Kilmarnock on Wednesday 6th December at 7.30pm – leaving Church at 6.30pm. Ticket and Bus will cost £15. Please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule.

TUESDAY PARENT & TODDLERS: due to lack of numbers attending this Group it has been decided to suspend meetings until the New Year. Irene is most grateful to all the helpers and hopes that you will be happy to be contacted as soon as this group is back to full strength. Help is urgently required for 2nd Monday and 1st Friday of the month.

MENS’ ASSOCIATION: Next Meeting-Monday 6th November at 7.30pm in Struthers Room. Speaker is Bette Bickerton, her subject – “A Taste of Russia”, visitors always welcome to what will be a very interesting Meeting

SENIORS’ AFTERNOON TEA: 9th DECEMBER, 2.30- 5pm. Please return Flyers which are available at both doors this morning, and in the Carrick Park vestibule, to the Office, as soon as possible.

CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH 10th DECEMBER –– Kylestrome Hotel. There are no spaces left, but if you wish to add your name to the waiting list – available in the Carrick Park vestibule.

CD for ADVENT: David Mackay, has produced a CD of organ music for Advent which is being sold as a fundraiser for the little Church in Gatehouse of Fleet, where he is organist. They desperately need funds to repair their heating system. If you would like to support David, please give your names to Irene in the Office.  Payment is by donation!

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: due to the proximity of the Kylestrome there will not be a bus provided. However if you have a space in your car to help with transport please let Irene in the office know.

“THE LAST NOEL”: Andrew Poulson is bringing his choir to perform this new production in Newton/Wallacetown Church on 2nd Dec. Tickets at a special price are available to order. £10 to you but £14 online! Please give names to the office as soon as possible.


AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Helen Thayne (Stn. 14) and Mr. Ronald Allison (Stn. 4)