7 February 2016

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! A very special welcome to the family of Jamie who will be baptised at the 11.15am Service this morning.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 2: Mr. Tony Greig , Mr. Alan McKinlay,
Mr. Jack McConnachie, Mr. Peter Robertson, Mrs. Diana Savala, Mr. Graeme McKinstry, Mrs. Margaret Speirs, Mrs. Jean Watson, Mrs. Jo Bruce, Mrs. Helen Greig ,Mr. Duncan McCallum, Mr. John Eaglesham.
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Terry Swinn, Mr. & Mrs. Hugh McCutcheon, Mrs. Fiona Boyd, Mrs. Jean Johnston and Prof Sheila Cameron.
SUNDAY 14 February 2016 First Sunday in Lent
9.30 am Family Service                      Duty Team: 3                      Sound: Mr. Duncan McCallum
10.00am St. Columba Kids & Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship                                                               Sound: Mr. Brian McKinlay

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 £2.20.
FOOD BANK: most needed at Foodbank this week are: sugar, jam, small jars of coffee, tinned meals, tinned or instant potatoes and small diluting juice. Thank you for your continued support.
ELDERS’ VISITS: Elders are reminded that reports should be sent to Margaret Loudon (mfloudon@gmail.com) except St. Columba Kids and Bible Class reports which should be sent to Bryce Hartshorn (bryce.hart@hotmail.co.uk) , before 20th March.
HALL LET’S MEETING: this meeting will be held in the Struthers’ Room at 7.00pm on Tuesday 8th March. If your Group requires to have a Public Liability Insurance please ensure that this is brought to the meeting. All Groups must be represented at this meeting.
YOUTH WORK, MISSION and working with challenging behaviour training day: Alistair Jones, Chief Executive of Frontier Youth Trust and a UK-wide specialist in mission with young people is delivering a training day for us. The day will focus on modern outreach strategies and working with children with challenging behaviours. Lunch is provided. On Saturday 13th February from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Venue: Salvation Army, John Street, Ayr. Please contact Stuart McKinlay if you wish to attend 261025.
“OASIS”: Drop in café: Struthers’ Room, every Thursday 10 am – 12 noon. A place to relax, a place to chat; bring a friend! Come when you want, leave when you want. Tea, coffee and biscuits, newspapers and a friendly face!
OUR PIPE ORGAN is undergoing restoration and the installation of a new Dulciana Stop. The work is going apace in the workshop of Harrison and Harrison in Durham, and the organ will be back in service in early March.
Guild: Monday 8th February at 7.30pm, is our next Guild meeting. We look forward to learning about the work and role of a Forces Chaplain from the Revd David Ness. As always we also look forward to being together in friendship and fellowship.
LADIES FELLOWSHIP: the Committee sincerest thanks to everyone who attended Aeolian Concert in support of their Charities. The splendid sum of £1.105.50 was raised and will be divided between Ayrshire Dementia Support and Cancer Research

AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Denis Yorston (Stn.1), Mr. David McKnight (Stn 6), Mrs. Mae Trainor (Stn. 3),
Mrs. Barbara Lindsay (Stn. 3) and Lady Annie O’Halloran (Stn. 14)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Helen Craig (Macmillan) and Mr. Bob Smith (Macmillan)

Mrs. Jessie Fisher of Forehill Road, who took unwell at the second service last Sunday, has very kindly written to express her thanks to Dr. Simon Farrell, Miss Evelyn Nelson and all who came to her assistance. She is deeply appreciative.

Mr. Charlie & Mrs. Shauna Jack of Mount Charles Crescent extend their heartfelt thanks to St Columba Church members and friends for the wonderful support shown in the death of their eldest son, Calum.