7 June 2020


WEDNESDAY REFLECTION   From the beginning of June, the Minister is offering a short reflection every Wednesday.   This may be accessed on our website (script and audio) or Facebook (audio).   Last week’s was entitled ‘Blackbirds’.   Do take a look!

SUNDAY WORSHIP – in the absence of worship in our own Sanctuary may I direct you to BBC Radio 4 at 08.10am Sunday 7th June – The Comfort of the Trinity – Sunday Worship from Northern Ireland is a reflection on the how the Trinity – what Christians believe to be God’s three in oneness – comforts us in our troubles with Jonathan Rea, Creative Chief Executive of New Irish Arts.

WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY – BBC1 TV – 10.45 am – TRINITY SUNDAY – The Reverend Canon Leigh Richardson, sub-dean and precentor, leads a service for Trinity Sunday from St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. With hymns sung by the Songs of Praise congregation in July 2019, the programme was filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced.


THE JUNE PRAYER CALENDAR for week ONE is available on the website

PLEASE do not hesitate to let us know of anyone unwell or struggling at this time. Irene – 265794

REMEMBER – WEBSITE has lots to offer. Sermons and Prayers, New – Wednesday Reflection from the Minister, and a wealth of useful information.

THANK YOU: the family of the late Morag Orr would like to thank, most sincerely everyone who took time to line the route of the cortege and to tune into the streamed service from Holmsford Bridge.  Your support we very much appreciated.

CHURCH GOING FORWARD – Discussions by phone and by email, involving the Minister and the Review & Planning Committee members, have been taking place regarding the Government’s Routemap out of the current restrictions. The welfare of our members has been at the centre of these discussions and it is recognised that we will need detailed guidance from the Scottish Government and from the Committee set up by The Church of Scotland before we can make decisions regarding the opening of the Church doors for any form of worship. Thought is being given to various aspects which are likely to be involved and we will provide further information when this is available. Bob Bartholomew, Session Clerk.

OFFERINGS: During this time when the Church building is closed, members may be considering how they can continue to give offerings to the Church. Information on this is available on the Church website https://ayrstcolumba.co.uk/options-for-offerings/ This link will take you directly to the page. Alternatively, you can contact the Treasurer (01292 443271), the Session Clerk or the Church Secretary (both at 01292 265794).

FOOD BANK: Please remember that the need for donations of all basic foods is even more urgent during this crisis. If you go to the Church website or FB page you will find details of places where food can still dropped off.

20’s IN THE PEWS: Please continue to save your 20’s – we will provide a very large collecting jar when we all return to Church.

MARY’S MEALS: likewise your coppers for Mary’s Meals – there will always be a great need to help.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the will be hand delivered until we return to normal! In addition to the hard copies that have been ordered – Life & Work, May’s edition is available online. Follow this link:      https://www.lifeandwork.org/resources/free-download-may-2020.

There is a short highlight on the website.

COLUMBA NEWS: the April edition is available on the website.  Thank you Norman.

OASIS CAFÉ: During our enforced closure – please remember your Thursday morning friends and maybe give each other a call! 

DAILY PRAYING   May I recommend the website pray-as-you-go.org which offers a daily 10 minute reflection with music, Scripture and help with sensitive praying.    It will help you reflect on the day.  You can listen first thing in the morning, during the day or towards last thing at night.  Often, I find them very peaceful, though they differ each day.     Scott 

Books for the journey………

Rowan Williams                Luminaries:  Twenty lives that illuminate the Christian way    SPCK

Thomas à Kempis              The Imitation of Christ

Anthony De Mello             Seek God Everywhere

Esther De Waal                  Seeking God

Also, you can sign up for the daily meditations of Fr Richard Rohr, Centre for Action and Contemplation.


SERMONS ONLINE:   The text of the sermon for this week is available on the Sermons Tab.


Meditative daily worship with readings, music and prayers are available from:


Facebook – you do not require a FB account to access the Church FB page. Something new will be uploaded every day. Prayers, short video from the Moderator Revd Colin Sinclair and his wife, and the new idea – Our Church windows in Jigsaw form – pop over and have a try!


SPOTLIGHT ON FAITH – Revd. Dr. Scott McKenna in conversation with Iain Stewart of Edinburgh Inter Faith Association. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrX0YdGevd0