8 April 2018

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: For 116 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 3: Mrs. Margaret Johnston, Mr. Colin Naismith, Mr. Bryce Hartshorn, Dr. Ruth Martin, Mrs. Ann Naismith, Mr. David Reader, Mrs. Mo Howie, Mrs. Fiona Hunter, Mrs. Isabel Kelly, Mrs. Anne Hope, Mr. Bob Bartholomew and Mr. Iain Hope
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. Alec Mooney, Mrs. Madge Stephen, Mr. Wallace Allan and Mr. and Mrs. George Black
Sunday 15th April 2018
9.30 am Family Worship Duty Team: 4 Sound: Mr. Duncan McCallum
10.00 am St. Columba Kids Sound: Mr. Keith Fullerton
11.15am Morning Worship
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in March is £68.80 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 April edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT for elders and pastoral care visitors on Tuesday 17 April at 7.30pm in the Midton Road Hall: Perspectives on Bereavement speakers: Revd. Fraser R. Aitken (Parish Minister) and Muriel Wilson (Chaplain at Ailsa Hospital)
HOLY WEEK OFFERINGS: sincere thanks to everyone who donated to the Holy Week Charity – Alzheimer’s Scotland. The total raised was £2186.75. In addition £13o0.38 was raised from the collections at both Wellington School Services – this will be donated to the Presbytery Malawi Appeal.
HOLIDAY CLUB: what a wonderful Holiday Club we had last week with over 60 children. Deepest thanks to Stuart, Irene and the hardworking Team!
THE KILT WALK – We are looking for volunteers to take part in the ‘Kilt Walk’ to raise funds for our work at Lochside Mission. Volunteers have the choice of walking between 6 and 26 miles in four locations as part of this nationwide fundraiser. The Hunter Foundation will top-up any monies raised by an additional 40%, so far the Lochside team are planning on walking in Glasgow on 29th April. For more information please call 01292 286981 or email hello@lochsidemission.org.uk
MESSY CHURCH – APRIL 28th: 4.00 – 6.00pm – Registration at 3.45pm. Midton Road Hall. All welcome. Stories, songs, crafts and supper!
ALMA CHOIR: Wednesday 2nd May at 7.30pm. This is the Choir’s second visit to Ayr St Columba and we look forward, very much to their return Concert. Donation tickets £5.00
FOOD BANK: items most needed this week are: Coffee, jam, diluting juice, long-life milk, small packets of rice, packets of pasta in sauce, and jars of pasta sauce.
“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
DREGHORN MUSIC SOCIETY SPRING CONCERT: Wednesday 9th May in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock. Tickets £7.00 available from the Office. There is a list for names for the bus in the Carrick Park vestibule – Bus cost will be based on numbers going!
BACH CONCERT – Kilwinning Old Parish Church – on Saturday 14th April at 7.00pm. No tickets but a donation in aid of the Church Organ Fund can be made. Featuring in the concert will be our own Matthew.
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Willie Chalmers (Stn 12)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)
THE BEATSON: Mr. John Morrison
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Edna Gemmell (Urquhart)

Warmest Congratulations to Mr. George and Mrs. Margaret Black of Boydfield Avenue, Prestwick, who mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary today.