SUNDAY – 29 NOVEMBER 2020 Advent Sunday

First Sunday in Advent                                                                                                                              Church Services and Level 4 restrictions: There will be no Services in Church as long as South Ayrshire remains in Level 4.

This includes:

Sunday 29th November 2020

Sunday 6th December 2020

If we move out of level 4 on Friday 11 December then services will follow the Christmas Calendar which is available on the website.

Sunday 13th December 2020 – Services at 10am and 11.15 am

Remember that while the building is closed the Church remains open.

The Minister and Office staff continue to work.

Online services, sermons, audios, Dial a Sermon etc will continue to be available

RECORDING OF SERVICES During the level 4 restrictions The Sunday Worship Service will continue to be recorded and uploaded to the website and to our Church Facebook page. The link will allow you to watch the Service via our YouTube channel on your smart phone, iPad, Laptop or smart TV.

SERMONS ONLINE:   The text and an audio tape of the sermon for this week is available on the Sermons Tab on the website  and the

Recorded Service is available on the Worship Service tab

WE continue to pray for all our members and friends who are ill at home and in hospital, for our bereaved families and for the Ministers who are closely involved in their pastoral care.

OFFICE: hours – Monday/Tuesday/Thursday and Friday morning between 9.00am and 1.00pm. Temporary telephone number 01292 265794; or email on Please check your junk box from time to time as group email which will contain information for Elders seems to heading in that direction.

THE PRAYER CALENDAR for November week FOUR is available on the website.

ELDERS are encouraged to let the Minister know directly of any concerns or updates they have about members of their district.

COLUMBA NEWS: details of when Elders may collect their Columba News will be emailed this week. Please check your junk box if you do not receive an email by Thursday 3rd December.


Our sincere sympathy and condolences are extended to the families of both

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Dickson who died on 19 November.   The funeral is at Masonhill Crematorium on Thursday 3 December at 11.15am and

Charles Hamilton who died on 23 November.   The funeral is at Masonhill Crematorium on Friday 10 December at 10.30am.

DIAL-A-SERMON   It is now possible to access Scott’s Sunday Sermon by using your telephone; no internet is required.   All you need do is call 01292 851074. The call is charged according to your landline or mobile phone package.  

PLEASE do not hesitate to let the Minister know of anyone unwell or struggling at this time. 

REFLECTIONS AT THE QUAY returns on 6 December for a new series of music and reflection from the foyer of BBC Glasgow. This week the presenters are Rev Neil Glover from Aberfeldy and Fiona Stewart of Foolproof Creative Arts. Music is from archives of hymns and carols recorded in earlier years with congregations across Scotland. Live music in studio is by Celtic Worship.

OUR ST COLUMBA KIDS GROUP – during the level 4 restrictions there will be no meeting in the Church building. Stuart and the teachers continue to deliver uplifting, creative Christian messages and fun activities for our children via media platforms. If you have a young person who would like to be involved please contact Stuart ( All young people welcome.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of L&W – many thanks to Hazel (and Charlie) who uplifted all your Magazines and hand delivered them this past week. If you do not subscribe but would like more information please contact the Life & Work Convenor – Hazel Steele on Tel. 861631

SOUTH AYRSHIRE TOY BANK: Can you help make a local child smile on Christmas morning? Donations may be dropped off at Ayr Central at the Charity’s donation station in Skye Square. Your donations of new, unwrapped toys and pyjamas will be given to local children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present. This year we need your help more than ever as the pandemic continues to impact more and more local families. The Toy Bank aims to alleviate the poverty experienced by children at Christmas by distributing donated toys via a referral system. If you can’t get into the Centre to drop off your toys then you can donate via their PayPal link. The appeal can be contacted on 07375 479376 or at   Or on FacebookInstagram and Twitter There is also a wish list on Amazon – with lots of ideas.

FLOWERS: A special “Thank you” to Anne and the Flower Team who decorate the Church so beautifully each Sunday. The flower arrangements for our worship service are a joy. Please let the Minister or Irene know of anyone who might benefit from a delivery of flowers.

THANK YOU – a huge thank you to members who have continued to collect their 20’s and coppers for our Charities.

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.

OFFERINGS: During this time when the Church building access is restricted, members may be considering how they can continue to give offerings to the Church. You can contact the Treasurer (01292 443271), the Session Clerk or the Church Secretary (both at 01292 265794).

FACEBOOK – IS FREE – there is no cost in using this service. You do not require a FB account to access the Church FB page. Something new will be uploaded every day.

DAILY PRAYING   May I recommend the website 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………

Marcus Borg                The Heart of Christianity

                                      Days of Awe and Wonder:  How to be a Christian in the 21st century

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.

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