8 January 2017

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!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Mrs. Christine McLaughlin, Mrs. Elizabeth Gardiner, Mrs. Joan Dunlop, Mr. Duncan Anderson, Mr. Fraser Walker, Mr. Andrew Cardie, Mr. Bill Caven, Mr. Ron Currie, Mr. David Campbell, Mrs. Margaret Cardie, Mrs. Margaret Doncaster and Mr. Jim Hunter.

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by The Revd. Fraser R. Aitken, The Bartholomew Family and Mrs. Chrissie Luke.

9.30a.m. Family Worship Duty Team: 10 – Sound: Mr. Duncan McCallum
10.00am St. Columba Kids & Bible Class
11.15a.m. Morning Worship Sound: Mr. Stuart McKinlay

20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in December is £129.33. The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of Combat Stress at Hollybush House, Ayr.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the January edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.20.

FOODBANK: Please remember the work of our Foodbank continues during the holiday period.Most needed are long life milk, diluting juice, tinned meals, pasta, rice, jam, coffee, tins of tuna, Instant mash potato, custard, and biscuits. Many thanks to everyone for their donations.

FLOWER CALENDAR 2017: is now available in the Carrick Park vestibule. If you would like to donate flowers for a particular Sunday, please add your name and telephone number to the calendar. We are so grateful to all our donors for their generosity

LUNCH CLUB: will restart this Friday, 13th January from 12 noon – 1.30 pm in Cathcart Street Hall. Drop in for good food and a very warm welcome.

WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY: The series of fortnightly Wednesday evening Bible Studies will resume on 18 January at 7.30 pm in the Struthers Room, when we will be exploring aspects of Paul’s letters to the Early Church, the people who belonged to it and the issues which inspired and perplexed them. Each study lasts about an hour and ends with a cup of tea. For further info please contact Bryce Hartshorn or Rev. John Matthews.

“OASIS”: The drop in Café will reopen on Thursday 12th January 2017 from 10.30am – 12 noon. All welcome!

GUILD: Our first meeting of the New Year is Monday, 9 January at 7.30 p.m. and we look forward to seeing everyone again. Mr. Richard Wiggins will give a talk on his work with The Street Pastors, one of our Project Partners. Everyone will be made most welcome.

FOLK CONCERT FOR ALZHEIMER SCOTLAND with supper – in Alloway Church Halls on Saturday 14th January at 7.30 pm. The band will be Luath and tickets cost £6.50 – available at the door.

AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Jean Rosamond (Stn. 2) and Mr Steven Miller (Stn. 16)
THE BIGGART: Miss Betty Murray (Urquhart), and Mr. Allan Boyle (Macmillan)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Phillipshill Ward)

THE MINISTER is very appreciative of the mountain of cards and Christmas greetings which have arrived at the Manse. Thank you so much.

THE ASSISTANT MINISTER and THE OFFICE STAFF also thank everyone who has taken time to send cards, gifts and season’s greetings. They are all very much appreciated