Following the advice of the Church of Scotland and government relating to the Coronavirus, the Review and Planning Committee has decided that all Church Services at both Ayr St Columba and Lochside and all meetings of Organisations are suspended until further notice. The Church buildings will be closed from Thursday 19 th March onwards. The Church Secretary will be working from home and can be contacted by email at [email protected] or by phone at 01292 265794.
This decision means that there will be no activities in the Church until further notice, although regular cleaning of the buildings will continue.
Sermons and prayers will be posted on the Church website (www.ayrstcolumba.co.uk). The April issue of the ‘Columba News’ will not be produced, but an abbreviated version of it will appear on the website. In the coming weeks, members are encouraged to check the website for information. This information will be updated as and when appropriate.
Elders will not be required to visit members in the coming period, but it will be very important to keep in touch by other means such as phone or email. Elders are therefore asked to phone members in their District, if possible, to check on their wellbeing and to convey relevant information when this is available. At the time of writing, the ministers will continue to be available for funeral services at the crematorium.
It is appreciated that we are now in unchartered territory and the indications are that the situation will continue to develop rapidly. It will be important to support each other in whatever ways we can.
The spirit of the Ayr St Columba family is strong and this will help to ensure that we all deal confidently with such difficulties as may lie ahead of us. May we continue to offer prayerful support for our governments, health service professionals and church community over the coming weeks.
With best wishes,
Revd Dr Scott S McKenna