9 December 2018

WELCOME TO ST COLUMBA CHURCH! People have been coming to this building to worship God for over a hundred years. While our town has journeyed through many changes over those years, the constancy of the witness of the “Church on Midton Road” has remained uninterrupted. The mission of any Church is to reflect through its presence, its music, its fellowship and its beauty the transcendence of God, and we seek to do that here in all that we share.
We hope that everyone who enters these doors will find an encouraging, friendly group of people. While we are far from perfect, we are regularly discovering truths that are changing us individually and enriching our lives as a church community. As we worship together, learn from the Bible, and pray for one another, we are strengthened in our commitment to Jesus Christ as well as to each other. If this is your first time here, we welcome you, and invite you to share the joy that we have found.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 8: Mr. Stuart Reid, Mrs. Dorothy Bone, Mrs. Linda Sharp, Mrs. Shona Frew, Mr. Jim Brown, Mrs. Jessie Davidson, Mrs. Sheena Stewart, Mr. Peter T. MacDonald, Mrs. Fiona Boyd, Mrs. Maureen Fullerton, Mrs. Larraine Christian and Mr. John Ballantyne
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. Malcolm Mackay, Mrs. Irene Morrison, Mrs. Fiona Boyd, Mrs. Margaret Goodwin and Mrs. Alison Edwards.
Sunday 16 December 2018       THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
9.30 am Family Worship    Duty Team: 9     Sound: Mr. John Crone
                    St. Columba Kids Nativity at 9.30am
11.15am Morning Worship                            Sound: Mr. George McMillan
4.30pm Service of Readings and Carols followed by mulled wind and mince pies
20’s IN THE PEWS: Total collected in November £76.23. 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 December edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50
FOOD BANK: Thank you all for the wonderful response to last week’s appeal, please continue to remember a few extra items when you shop- urgently required are easy to prepare tins of meat – Mince, Stew, Chilli, Irish Stew , curry etc. The demand for assistance from the Food Bank continues to rise.
FRASER’S RETIRAL LUNCH: Sunday 31st March Lunch. The lists are now closed. Due to the overwhelming response it is not possible to have a reserve list.
CAFÉ CHANTANT – 10.30am – 12 noon – Thursday 13th December, warm mince pies, home baking, Christmas music and lots of festive fun! Please come along and join us!
SENIORS’ AFTERNOON TEA – Saturday 15th December – 2.00pm – 4.30pm, in the Midton Road Hall.
ST. COLUMBA KIDS NATIVITY: Sunday 16th December at 9.30am followed by Christmas party
SERVICE OF READINGS AND CAROLS BY LANTERN and CANDLELIGHT 4.30pm – Followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
ADVENT MUSIC FOR MEDITATION: Tuesday and Friday 18th and 21st December, 10.00am-12.00 noon. Please come and go in your own time.
WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY will meet on 12 December at 7.30 pm in the Struthers Room. The passage for study will be Joshua ch.2 vv. 1-21 (the story of Rahab). All welcome.
LOCHSIDE MISSION CHRISTMAS – Preparations are underway for Mission Christmas at Lochside. We really need your help! We need presents for children and teens (drop off box is in the Carrick Park vestibule or to Lochside Church), we also need wrappers for mornings (from 17th Dec) or evenings (from 10th Dec) – supplies of paper would be a wonderful bonus, and delivery drivers are needed from 20th Dec. In addition we are seeking support to help fund utility vouchers – donations can be left in the Church Office. If you think that you can help in any way then please contact Mission Christmas on 289708
WELLINGTON SCHOOL SERVICES: Juniors at 2.00pm on Wednesday 19th and Seniors at 10.30am on Thursday 20th December. All welcome!
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Anne Ball (Stn 4)
THE BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Margaret Stirling (Urquhart)
CROSSHOUSE HOSPITAL: Mr. Jim Wilcox (Renal Unit)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)