9 September 2018

WELCOME TO ST COLUMBA CHURCH! People have being 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. A very special welcome to the family of Henry who will be baptised at the 11.15 Service this morning.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 5: Mrs. Nan Mackie, Mr. Alec Mooney,
Mrs. Jane Murnin, Mr. Jim Loch, Mr. John Morrison, Dr. Simon Farrell, Mr. Robert Seath, Mrs. Susan Mills, Mr. Gordon McKinlay, Mr. Douglas Paton, Mr. John Forsyth
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Molly McLeish, Whiteford/Love Families, Mr. and Mrs. Jim McLure and Mr. and Mrs. Ian McBride.
Sunday 16th September 2018
9.30 am    Family Worship      Duty Team: 6                    Sound: Mr. John Crone
10.00 am  St. Columba Kids
11.15am  Morning Worship   Sacrament of Baptism    Sound: Mr. Brian McKinlay
COLUMBA NEWS: Elders are asked to uplift their Columba News from the pigeonholes for immediate delivery. There are Harvest Donation envelopes included with this magazine. This year, our Harvest Donations will be given to the Kerala Appeal
20’s IN THE PEWS: Total collected in August £56.20. 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 September edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the next edition should be with the editor on Sunday 23rd September. Articles should be emailed to the editor at: editor.columbanews@gmail.com
CHOIR: weekly practices resume on Thursday 13th September at 7.30pm. We are a friendly group and the practices are always fun. There is plenty of room for new members in all sections – if you enjoy singing – come along and find out more about us!
OASIS: As Autumn creeps in the summer drop in café staff have handed over the reins and the café continues to flourish. Please bring a friend! Meeting every Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 in the Struthers’ Room, this is a place to relax, read the papers, and enjoy a chat – not to mention the quality homebaking!
SAFEGUARDING TRAINING for all paid staff and volunteers in the PVG Scheme (i.e. members involved with Church youth organisations and events and pastoral visiting) will be led by Bill Wilson, Presbytery trainer, today, Sunday 9 September from 2.00 – 3.30 in the Midton Hall. This is an essential component of our Safeguarding procedures – if you are involved in any of the above please come along to this meeting.
LUNCH CLUB: there will be a meeting of volunteers on Tuesday 11th September at 11.00am. Help is required! Due to retirals the Group are seeking new volunteers to help with this vital service. If you think you could lend a hand – please come along to the meeting.
FOOD BANK: The items most needed this week are – Coffee, small bottles of Diluting Juice, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Potatoes, Tinned Mince/Stew/Cold Meat, Tinned Tomato and UHT Milk. Please remember a few extra items.
BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING – FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 10am – 2pm – this year the funds will be split between MACMILLAN and WHITELEYS RETREAT. Whiteleys is a beautiful house in Alloway that provides therapeutic short breaks for children, young people and their families with cancer and life altering illnesses in the UK. Tickets priced £3 available from the Office.
AYR HOSPITAL: Dr. Ruth Martin (CCU)
THE BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Mollie McLeish (Lindsay)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)
MESSY CHURCH resumes on Saturday 29th September 4pm – 6pm
HARVEST FESTIVAL – SUNDAY 30th September at 9.30am and 11.15am
The funeral service of Mr Frank Cowan of Burnbank Place, who died last week, will take place at the Coop Funeral Care Parlour tomorrow at 12.15, followed by the committal at Ayr Cemetery. Our kind sympathy and prayers are extended to his three sons and their families.
It is with sadness we record the passing of Mrs Nancy Docherty of Queen’s Care Home, Prestwick, formerly of Carrick Avenue. The funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised.