Ayr: St Columba Church

Intimations Archive 2012

30 December 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

A very special welcome to the families of Adam who will be baptised at the 11.15 am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team: Mr. Drummond Cameron, Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Dr. Lindsay Miller, Mr. Jim Richardson, Mr. John Halliday, Mr. Peter Muir, Mr. Walter Muir, Mr. Gavin Gemmell, Mr. George McMillan, Mrs. Jean Lindsay, Mr. James Kane and Mr. George Rae

SUNDAY 30 December 2012 – First of Christmas
SERVICE CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
10.30 am Morning Worship – Sacrament of Baptism – Duty Team 1
11.45 am Holy Communion – "At the close of the Year"

CHRISTMAS CLOSURES: the Office will be open on Monday 31st and closed January 1st, 2nd and 3rd . Re-opening on Friday 4th January 2013.

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for November is £108.97

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 £1.80.

FLOWER CALENDAR: The Flower Calendar for 2013 is now in place in the Carrick Park Vestibule. Anyone wishing to give flowers to mark a special Sunday should print their name and telephone number at their chosen Sunday.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Anne Andrew (Stn.1)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and Miss Ena Bryan (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

The funeral service for Ms Susan Paterson of The Old Church, Darvel, will take place at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Friday 28th December at 12.45p.m. Our deep sympathy and prayers are extended to her partner, Iain, to our own Mrs Mary Martin, and to all of Susan’s family in their great loss.

Our congratulations and very best wishes are extended to two of our former probationer Ministers on their respective calls.
REVD. MARGARET SHUTTLEWORTH BD: Margaret will be Ordained and Inducted as Minister at Sauchie and Coalsnaughton Parish Church on Thursday 10th January at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
REVD. GRAEME R. WILSON BD. MTh: Graeme will be Inducted as Minister at Bearsden Cross Parish Church on Tuesday 15th January at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

SUNDAY 6 January 2012 Epiphany
SERVICE CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
10.30 am Morning Worship – Duty Team 2 – "At the Gate of the Year"
11.45 am Enquirer’s Class in the Centenary Aisle

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

We extend our warmest condolences and thoughts to Dr and Mrs Lindsay Miller and the family on the death of Lindsay’s dad, Dr George Miller, a much loved and respected GP in Kilmarnock. The funeral services took place last Thursday.

23 December 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

A very special welcome to the families of Sam who will be baptised at the 11.15 am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 12: Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Dr. Lindsay Miller, Mr. Jim Richardson, Mr. John Halliday, Mr. Peter Muir, Mr. Walter Muir, Mr. Gavin Gemmell, Mr. George McMillan, Mrs. Jean Lindsay, Mr. Drummond Cameron, Mr. James Kane and Mr. George Rae

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Laraine Christian.

SUNDAY 30 December 2012 First of Christmas
SERVICE CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
10.30 am Morning Worship – Sacrament of Baptism – Duty Team 1
11.45 am Holy Communion – "At the close of the Year"

CHRISTMAS CLOSURES: the Office will be closed on Christmas Day, the 26th, 27th and 28th December
Open on Monday 31st and closed January 1st, 2nd and 3rd . Re-opening on Friday 4th January 2013.

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for November is £108.97

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 £1.80.

FLOWER CALENDAR: The Flower Calendar for 2013 is now in place in the Carrick Park Vestibule. Anyone wishing to give flowers to mark a special Sunday should print their name and telephone number at their chosen Sunday.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Anne Andrew (Stn.1)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and Miss Ena Bryan (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

The funeral service for Ms Susan Paterson of The Old Church, Darvel, will take place at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Friday 28th December at 12.45p.m. Our deep sympathy and prayers are extended to her partner, Iain, to our own Mrs Mary Martin, and to all of Susan’s family in their great loss.

Our congratulations and very best wishes are extended to two of our former probationer Ministers on their respective calls.
REVD. MARGARET SHUTTLEWORTH BD: Margaret will be Ordained and Inducted as Minister at Sauchie and Coalsnaughton Parish Church on Thursday 10th January at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
REVD. GRAEME R. WILSON BD. MTh: Graeme will be Inducted as Minister at Bearsden Cross Parish Church on Tuesday 15th January at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

SUNDAY 6 January 2012 Epiphany
SERVICE CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
10.30 am Morning Worship – Duty Team 2 – "At the Gate of the Year"

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

16 December 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again! A special welcome to the family of Charlotte who will be baptised at the 11.15 am service.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 11: Mrs. Janette Leishman, Mrs. Edwina Mabon, Mr. Alastair Fraser, Mr. Jim Orr, Mr. Sandy Allan, Mr. Andrew Muirhead, Mr. John Ferguson, Mr. Archie Jamieson, Mrs. Rita Mackenzie, Dr. Pauline Robertson and Mr. Tom Laurie

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Peter Drysdale and Mr. Davidson and Family.

Sunday 16th December 2012 – THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER and THE ASSISTANT MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Sunday School Nativity – Duty Team 11
11.15am Morning Worship
4.30pm Service of Lessons and Carols (followed by shortbread and mulled wine)

SUNDAY 23 December 2012 – FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER and THE ASSISTANT MINISTER
9.30 am Family Service – Duty Team 12
11.15 am Morning Worship – Sacrament of Baptism
1.00 pm Congregational Lunch

THE WEDNESDAY SERVICE of HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated here in the Church on Wednesday 19 December, at 2.00p.m., followed by tea in the Session Room. Everyone is most warmly invited

ENQUIRER’S CLASS: the class will meet in the Centenary Aisle after the 11.15am Service this Sunday.

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for November is £108.97

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 £1.80.

FLOWER CALENDAR: The Flower Calendar for 2013 is now in place in the Carrick Park Vestibule. Anyone wishing to give flowers to mark a special Sunday should print their name and telephone number at their chosen Sunday.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the January edition should be with the editor today, Sunday 16th December. All articles should be emailed to the editor – [email protected]

MONDAY CLUB: The first half of this session closes with our Christmas evening when we will be entertained by Bill and Gail Gilchrist, a husband and wife duo from Cumnock. This is an alternative to our usual evening out and the committee hopes that members will enjoy the change. We look forward to welcoming everyone at an earlier starting time of 7.15pm

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Tomorrow night the 17th our own Revd. John Mathews will tell us about his work as Chairman of the independent "Drug and Alcohol Enquiry" a large attendance will be much appreciated.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Sunday 23 December – The seating template can be found on the Sunday School Notice Board in the Carrick Park vestibule, please ensure that you have noted your name with your choice of companions!

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Mim Monteith (Stn. 6), Mr. Alec Getty (Stn 11) and Mrs. Anne Andrew (Stn.1)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and Miss Ena Bryan (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass
GLASGOW ROYAL: Mr. John Sharp

The funeral service for Mr Alan Boyd of Fairfield Flats who died last week will be held at Masonhill on Wednesday first, 19th December, at 12 noon – our sincerest sympathy is sent to his wife, Fiona, and the family. We extend our sympathy to the family of Mr Alistair Robertson of Noltmire Road, Ayr, who died last week. The funeral service will be held tomorrow, Monday, at Masonhill at 12 noon.

9 December 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 10: Mr. George Templeton, Mrs. Lorna Hilderley, Mr. Iain Campbell, Mrs. Anne Swan, Mr. George Park, Mr. Norman Wallace, Mr. Alex Eccles, Mr. Robert Shaw, Mr. Millar Muir, Mr. Alastair Swan, Mr. Alan McHarg and Mr. Alan Hawthorn

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God Mr. Malcolm Mackay, Mrs. Irene Morrison, Mrs Alison Edwards and Mrs. Margaret Goodwin.

SUNDAY 16 December 2012 – THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Sunday School Nativity – Duty Team 11
11.15am Morning Worship – Sacrament of Baptism

ENQUIRER’S CLASS: the class will enrol after the 11.15am Service this Sunday in the vestry.

THE KIRK SESSION is pleased to announce the appointment of an Assistant with a special remit to work with our young people and young families. He is Dr Joel Gonzalez-Garcia. Joel is Cuban and is now a naturalised British subject. He was a General Practitioner there before undergoing theological studies and ministering in both Spain, Honduras and has been assistant in two congregations in Glasgow. He is married to Mayra who is Honduran and is a Chaplain in the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. They have a four year old son, Joel Fernando. We look forward to welcoming them to St Columba and to Ayr.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for November is £108.97

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 £1.80.

FLOWER CALENDAR: The Flower Calendar for 2013 is now in place in the Carrick Park Vestibule. Anyone wishing to give flowers to mark a special Sunday should print their name and telephone number at their chosen Sunday.

THE GUILD will be held tomorrow, 10th December, at 2p.m. in Midton Road Hall. Mrs. Marlyn Halliday will demonstrate floral arrangements suitable for the festive season – "With Christmas in Mind". She will be accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Catherine Overdijking. All are welcome to join us tomorrow afternoon. Very many thanks to everyone who supported us so wonderfully at the Christmas Coffee Morning. We are extremely grateful to be able to send very generous donations to our two chosen projects as a result.

COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR CONCERT: with the Salvation Army in Castlehill Church, today 9th December at 4.00pm – a superb concert of Christmas music. Admission free with collection in aid of the Salvation Army Christmas Food Parcel Programme.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the January edition should be with the editor by Sunday 16th December. All articles should be emailed to the editor – [email protected]

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: The seating template can be found on the Sunday School Notice Board in the Carrick Park vestibule, please ensure that you have noted your name with your choice of companions!

AYRSHIRE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Christmas Concert –Monday 10th at 7.30pm. Full detail on the notice board.

Saturday 15 December: Sunday School Parties. Letters have been sent home and should be returned to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

Sunday 16 December: 9.30 am – Sunday School Nativity
4.30 pm – Service of Lessons and Carols followed by shortbread and mulled wine

Sunday 23 December: CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH will be held at Enterkine House Hotel at 1.15pm. Tickets priced £22.50 are on sale today. You will be met with a glass of sparkly or mulled wine on arrival, then a two course festive lunch with a glass of wine will be served at your table, followed by coffee and tablet. Our afternoon will end with some carol singing.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Mim Monteith (Stn. 6) and Mr. Alec Getty (Stn 11)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and Miss Ena Bryan (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass
GLASGOW ROYAL: Mr. John Sharp

We extend our warmest sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark of Sunningdale Avenue on the death of Chresta’s sister, Zena; and to Steven, son of Mrs. Beryl Cullen, 23 Southfield Park, Ayr, and the family. The funeral will be held tomorrow, Monday at Masonhill at 11.15am

2 December 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 9: Mr. Fraser Walker, Mr. Andrew Cardie, Mrs. Margaret Cardie, Mr. David Campbell, Mr. Ron Currie, Mr. Ross Robertson, Mrs. Elizabeth Gardiner, Mrs. Joan Dunlop, Mr. Duncan Anderson, Mr. Bill Caven, Mr. Alastair Gardiner and Mr. John Stewart

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Dorothy Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Paton and Mrs. Joan Christison.

SUNDAY 9 December 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30 am Family Service – Second Sunday in Advent – Duty Team 10
10.00 am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship

KIRK SESSION: there will be a meeting of Session in the Cathcart Hall on Thursday 6th December at 7.30pm. Please uplift Agenda and Minutes from your pigeonhole today.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for October is £170.40

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 £1.80.

SENIORS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY – Saturday 8 December. If you would like to attend please collect a reply card from the Carrick Park vestibule and leave in the Office by Tuesday 4th December. There will be a Festive Afternoon Tea and entertainment from Willie Strachan. It is anticipated Santa and some of his elves will also be dropping in!

DRIVERS: SENIORS’ PARTY: anyone requiring a lift or anyone willing to assist with transport please add your name to the lists in the Carrick Park vestibule or let the Office know.

MONDAY CLUB – on Monday 3rd December, Vanessa Good of the Good Travel Company will tell us of her change of profession after completing a divinity degree. To cheer up a winter’s evening, Vanessa will also show us some holiday destinations where the sun still shines

THE MENS’ ASSOCIATION: meet tomorrow at 7.30 when Douglas Fraser will speak on "Japanese Horticulture". All welcome.

Friday 7 December: there will be a Concert entitled "HOPE IS BORN – EMMANUEL". This is from the same stable as last year’s amazing concert which was entitled "Noel – is Born a King" and promises to be an excellent evening. Tickets priced £5 will be on sale after the Services.

Saturday 15 December: Sunday School Parties. Letters have been sent home and should be returned to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

Sunday 16 December: 9.30 am – Sunday School Nativity
4.30 pm – Service of Lessons and Carols followed by shortbread and mulled wine

Sunday 23 December: CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH will be held at Enterkine House Hotel at 1.15pm. Tickets priced £22.50 are on sale today. You will be met with a glass of sparkly or mulled wine on arrival, then a two course festive lunch with a glass of wine will be served at your table, followed by coffee and tablet. Our afternoon will end with some carol singing.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and Mrs. Ena Bryan (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass
GLASGOW ROYAL: Mr. John Sharp

We record with sadness the passing of Miss Kitty Chisholm, formerly of Wheatfield Road, and latterly of Windyhall. The funeral took place yesterday morning.

25 November 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope to see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 8: Mr. Peter T. MacDonald, Mr. Jim Wilcox, Mrs. Helen Cockburn, Mr. Jim Brown, Mrs. Jessie Davidson, Mr. John Hamilton, Mr John Kiltie, Revd. Jack Bone,Mrs. Dorothy Bone, 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 Mrs. Muriel Forbes, Mrs. Jean Rosamond and Mrs. Madge Stephen.

SUNDAY 2 December 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – First Sunday in Advent – Duty Team 9
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship
6.30pm Evening Service

THE MINISTER is on holiday from Tuesday to Thursday next week inclusive. Our Associate Minister will cover all Pastoral duties.

THE WEDNESDAY SERVICE of HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated here in the Church on Wednesday 28 November, at 2.00p.m., followed by tea in the Session Room. Everyone is most warmly invited

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for October is £170.40

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the November edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

THE GUILD: Christmas Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday, 1st December, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon in the Church Halls. Tea or coffee and home-baking will be provided and there will be the usual festive stalls. Tickets, priced £2, can be purchased after both Services. Monies raised will be sent to two national Guild projects. If you have any baking, suitable gifts, plants, books or decorations which you wish to donate for our stalls, they can be collected by contacting Evelyn Nelson (tel. 445562) or by handing in to the Church Halls on Friday, 30th November, from 7.15pm to 9pm or on 1st December from 9am to 10am.

THE GUILD meets tomorrow, Monday 26th November, in Midton Road Hall at 7.30pm when you are welcome to join us. Mrs. Young and Mrs. Laing of St. Nicholas Church, Prestwick, will tell us of their visit to Israel, in connection with a Guild project which we supported.

SENIORS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY – Saturday 8 December. If you would like to attend please collect a reply card from the Carrick Park vestibule and return to the Office by Tuesday 4th December. There will be a Festive Afternoon Tea and entertainment from Willie Strachan. It is anticipated Santa and some of his elves will also be dropping in!

MONDAY CLUB – on Monday 3rd December, Vanessa Good of the Good Travel Company will tell us of her change of profession after completing a divinity degree. To cheer up a winter’s evening, Vanessa will also show us some holiday destinations where the sun still shines

Friday 7 December: there will be a Concert entitled "HOPE IS BORN – EMMANUEL". This is from the same stable as last year’s amazing concert which was entitled "Noel – is Born a King" and promises to be an excellent evening. Tickets priced £5 will be on sale from 25th November.

Sunday 16 December: 9.30am – Sunday School Nativity
4.30 pm – Service of Lessons and Carols followed by mince pies and mulled wine

Sunday 23 December: CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH will be held at Enterkine House Hotel at 1.15pm. Tickets priced £22.50 are on sale today. You will be met with a glass of sparkly or mulled wine on arrival, then a two course festive lunch with a glass of wine will be served at your table, followed by coffee and tablet. Our afternoon will end with some carol singing.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Alan Boyd (Stn.1) and Mrs. Ena Bryan (Stn. 10)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass
GLASGOW ROYAL: Mr. John Sharp (I.C.U.)

18 November 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again! A special welcome to family and friends of the Murray Family (John, Elise, Lewis and Danielle) who will be baptised at the 11.15 am Service.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 7: Mrs. Irene Bartholomew, Mr. Norman Reid, Mr. Donald Macrae, Mrs. Heather Fullerton, Mr. Charlie Jack, Mrs. Christina Kennedy,Mrs. Jean Stewart, Mr. Terry Swinn, Mr. Hugh Brown, Mr. Keith Fullerton, Mr. Bob Templeton and Mr. Peter G. Macdonald

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by The McHarg Family and Mrs. Pat Jackson.

SUNDAY 25 November 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service conducted by The Bible Class – Duty Team 8
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for October is £170.40

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the November edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

THE GUILD: Christmas Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday, 1st December, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon in the Church Halls. Tea or coffee and home-baking will be provided and there will be the usual festive stalls. Tickets, priced £2, can be purchased after both Services. Monies raised will be sent to two national Guild projects. If you have any baking, suitable gifts, plants, books or decorations which you wish to donate for our stalls, they can be collected by contacting Evelyn Nelson (tel. 445562) or by handing in to the Church Halls on Friday, 30th November, from 7.15pm to 9pm or on 1st December from 9am to 10am.

TRUSSELL TRUST: Following this year’s Harvest Collection, a cheque is being donated to the South Ayrshire Foodbank, part of Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network, which provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis. At both services next Sunday, 25th, Mrs. Ellen Mitchell from the South Ayrshire Foodbank will give a short presentation about the work done locally. The balance of the HARVEST APPEAL, £1007 will be sent to Christian Aid. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

MONDAY CLUB: Mr Roddy Wright is our speaker on Monday 19th November when we will hear about "Hansel Village" which is one of our nominated charities in the current session. We look forward to a good attendance of members and friends to hear about all the worthwhile work which goes on within the Village.

MEN’S ASSOCIATION. Tomorrow night Monday the 19th our Guest Speaker will be Dennis Rattenbury who will delve into the past and enlighten us on the history of "The Ayrshire Smugglers" Anyone interested in coming along but requiring a lift please phone me on 443793. George Templeton

SENIORS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY – Saturday 8 December. If you would like to attend please collect a reply card from the Carrick Park vestibule and return to the Office by Tuesday 4th December. There will be a Festive Afternoon Tea and entertainment from Willie Strachan. It is anticipated Santa and some of his elves will also be dropping in!

Friday 7 December: there will be a Concert entitled "HOPE IS BORN – EMMANUEL". This is from the same stable as last year’s amazing concert which was entitled "Noel – is Born a King" and promises to be an excellent evening. Tickets priced £5 (including refreshments) will be on sale from 25th November.

Sunday 16 December: 9.30 am – Sunday School Nativity
4.30 pm – Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday 23 December: CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH will be held at Enterkine House Hotel at 1.15pm. Tickets priced £22.50 are on sale today. You will be met with a glass of sparkly or mulled wine on arrival, then a two course festive lunch with a glass of wine will be served at your table, followed by coffee and tablet. Our afternoon will end with some carol singing.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Alan Boyd (Stn.2) and Mrs. Janice Allan (Stn. 15)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass
GLASGOW ROYAL: Mr. John Sharpe (I.C.U.)

The funeral service for the late Mrs. Mary Hearton of Glenfairn Care Home will be held on Tuesday 20th at Masonhill at 12 noon.

11 November 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 6: Mr. Michael Whiteford, Mrs. Fiona Taylor, Mrs. Edna Gemmell, Mr. Jim Hume, Mr. Alex. Connell, Mrs. Margaret Loudon, Dr. Ruairidh Bain, Mr. Robbie Park, Mr. Tom Rodger, Mr. Bill McCulloch, Mrs. Jane Hunter and Mr. Jim W. Brown

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Corrie Lawrence, Mrs. Hazel Steele and Mr. & Mrs. Ian Reid

SUNDAY 18 November 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 7
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for October is £170.40

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the November edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the Christmas edition should be with the editor today Sunday 11th November. All articles should be emailed to the editor [email protected]

THE GUILD: meets tomorrow, 12th November, at 7.30pm in the Midton Road Hall. Mr. Hugh Paterson will bring his concert group "Hugh and Friends" to entertain us and we welcome members of the Men’s Association also. THE CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING will be held on Saturday, 1st December, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon in the Church Halls. Tea or coffee and home-baking will be provided and there will be the usual festive stalls. Tickets, priced £2, available after both Services. We appreciate your support.

FOODBANK: Following this year’s Harvest Collection, a cheque is being donated to the South Ayrshire Foodbank, part of Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network, which provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis. At both services on Sunday 25th November, Mrs. Ellen Mitchell from the South Ayrshire Foodbank will give a short presentation about the work done locally.

MONDAY CLUB—Mr Roddy Wright is our speaker on Monday 19th November when we will hear about "Hansel Village" which is one of our nominated charities in the current session. We look forward to a good attendance of members and friends to hear about all the worthwhile work which goes on within the Village.

DATE for YOUR DIARY:
Friday 7 December: there will be a Concert entitled "HOPE IS BORN – EMMANUEL". This is from the same stable as last year’s amazing concert which was entitled "Noel – is Born a King" and promises to be an excellent evening. Tickets priced £5 (including refreshments) will be on sale from 25th November.
Saturday 8 December: Seniors’ Christmas Party – your invitation will be arriving very soon. Please respond by Tuesday 4th December.
Sunday 16 December: 9.30 am – Sunday School Nativity
4.30 pm – Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday 23 December: CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH will be held at Enterkine House Hotel at 1.15pm. Tickets priced £22.50 are on sale today. You will be met with a glass of sparkly or mulled wine on arrival, then a two course festive lunch with a glass of wine will be served at your table, followed by coffee and tablet. Our afternoon will end with some carol singing. A coach will be provided from the Church, return journey: £3.00. Please add your name to the list on the Carrick Park Table.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Alan Boyd (Stn. 16)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

The funeral service for Mrs Annie Lennox of Wilson Street who died last week was held at Ayr Cemetery on Friday – our warmest thoughts are extended to her daughter, Andrea, and the family. With sadness we announce the passing of one of our senior members, Mrs Cathie Kerr, formerly of Prestwick Road, who passed away last week. The service of thanksgiving for her life will be held on Tuesday 13th November at 1.15 at Masonhill. Our prayers and affection surround Marion, John and the family.

4 November 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again! A very special welcome to the family of Anna Maria who will be baptised at the 11.15 am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 5: Mr. Douglas Espie, Mrs. Helen Caddis, Mr. John Morrison, Mr Tim Slatter, Mr. Robert Seath, Mrs. Anne McNair, Mr. Gordon McKinlay, Mr. Bill Wilson, Mr. Alec Mooney, 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 Ms Nancy Taylor, Mrs. Agnes Gemmell and Mrs. Anne Caldwell.

SUNDAY 11 November 2012 Remembrance Sunday
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service with Sunday School – Duty Team 6
10.00am Bible Class
10.50am Morning Worship and ACT of REMEMBRANCE with a retiring offering for Poppy Scotland

PARKING: You are asked to be aware that the Parking wardens will be working on Sunday and anyone parking on the double yellow line is liable to incur a parking fine.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for October is £170.40

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the November edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

SUNDAY SCHOOL: As part of the Services for Remembrance Sunday the children of the Sunday School not involved in uniform Organisations will meet in the Carrick Room at 9.20am and proceed to Church. There will be no Sunday School and children may be collected following this Service from the Carrick Room at 10.00 am

THE MONDAY CLUB: meet tomorrow 5 November at 7.30pm. We are having a panel of four invited guests who will answer questions set by the members. All members and friends are warmly invited to our version of "Any Questions!"

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the Christmas edition should be with the editor by Sunday 11th November. All articles should be emailed to the editor [email protected]

TRADECRAFT: Yvonne and Louise have the stall all prepared to tempt you with a wide variety of Christmas products. Purchasing these help support families in the developing world. Orders may be placed for cards and gifts. Please stop and buy!

THE GUILD: Christmas Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday, 1st December, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon in the Church Halls. Tea or coffee and home-baking will be provided and there will be the usual festive stalls. Tickets, priced £2, can be purchased after both Services. We appreciate your support.

DATE for YOUR DIARY:
Friday 7 December: there will be a Concert entitled "HOPE IS BORN – EMMANUEL". This is from the same stable as last year’s amazing concert which was entitled "Noel – is Born a King" and promises to be an excellent evening. Tickets priced £5 (including refreshments) will be on sale after both Services.
Saturday 8 December: Seniors’ Christmas Party – your invitation will be arriving very soon. Please respond by Tuesday 4th December.
Sunday 16 December: 9.30 am – Sunday School Nativity
4.30 pm – Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday 23 December: CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH will be held at Enterkine House Hotel at 1.15pm. Tickets priced £22.50 are on sale today. You will be met with a glass of sparkly or mulled wine on arrival, then a two course festive lunch with a glass of wine will be served at your table, followed by coffee and tablet. Our afternoon will end with some carol singing. A coach will be provided from the Church, return journey: £3.00. Please add your name to the list on the Carrick Park Table.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and Mr. Alan Boyd (Macmillan).
IRVINE: Ben Bass

We record with sadness the death of Mr. Robert McClymont, Holmston Drive, our sympathy and prayers are extended to Margaret and the family. The Service of Thanksgiving will be held at Masonhill on Thursday 8th November at 12 noon.

28 October 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome!

ALL are welcome at the Table of our Lord. Unfermented wine is available in the centre of every tray.

There will be a Retiring Offering today for Lochside Church

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 2: Mrs. Jean Watson, Mrs. Jo Bruce, Mr. Alec Morton, Mrs. Helen Greig , Mrs. Diana Savala, Mrs. Margaret McLeish, Mr. Tony Greig , Mr. Alan McKinlay, Mr. Jim Watson, Mr. Graeme McKinstry, Mr. Duncan McCallum and Mr. John Eaglesham.

Team 3: Dr. Ruth Martin, Mrs. Ann Naismith, Mr. Bryce Hartshorn, Mr. David Reader, Mrs. Mo Howie, Mrs. Isabel Kelly, Mrs. Anne Hope, Mrs. Margaret Johnston, Mr. Colin Naismith, Mr. Bob Bartholomew and Mr. Iain Hope.

Team 4: Miss Fiona MacKay, Mr. John Robertson, Ms. Angela Lindsay, Mr. Iain McFadzean, Miss Betty Murray, Mr. Ian Cathcart, Mr. John Ewing, Mr. Scott Williams, Mr. Iain McCrae, Mr. Ken Gray, Mr. Ralph L. Riddiough and Mr. John Crone

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Jan Fraser and the Naismith Family.

SERVICES OF HOLY COMMUNION
Services conducted by the Minister
9.30am – Team: 2 — 11.15am – Team: 3 — 6.30pm – Team: 4

SUNDAY 4 November 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 5
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship
6.30pm Evening Service in the Centenary Aisle followed by tea and shortbread.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for September is £141.26

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the October edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

THE GUILD: meets tomorrow, Monday 29th October, at 2pm in Midton Road Hall. Revd. David Watson, Minister of Kingcase Church, Prestwick, will come to tell us about "A Place for Hope" which will be most enlightening at the present time. It is hoped that many ladies who cannot attend evening meetings will join us tomorrow afternoon. All are very welcome.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. John Dickson (Stn. 8)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and Mr. Alan Boyd (Macmillan).
IRVINE: Ben Bass

DATE for YOUR DIARY:
Friday 7 December: There will be a Concert entitled "Hope is Born – Emmanuel". This is from the same stable as last year’s amazing concert which was entitled "Noel – is Born a King" and promises to be an excellent evening. Tickets priced £5 (including refreshments) will be on sale soon.
Saturday 8 December: Seniors Christmas Party – your invitation will be arriving very soon. Please respond by Tuesday 4th December.
Sunday 16 December: 9.30 am – Sunday School Nativity
4.30 pm – Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday 23 December: CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH will be held at Enterkine House Hotel at 1.15pm. Tickets priced £22.50 are on sale today. You will be met with a glass of sparkly or mulled wine on arrival at Enterkine House Hotel, then a two course festive lunch with a glass of wine will be served at your table, followed by coffee and tablet. Our afternoon will end with some carol singing. If you would like to avail yourself of transport, a coach will be provided from the Church, return journey : £3.00. Please add your name to the list on the Carrick Park Table.

Our sympathy and support is extended to Jane and the family of Mrs. Kate Darbyshire who passed away last week. The Service of Thanksgiving will be held in the Church on Tuesday 30th October at 11.30pm, followed by the committal at Ayr Cemetery at 12.15pm

21 October 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 1: Mr. Malcolm Mackay, Dr. Helen Hunter, Mr. Robin White, Mrs Helen Mackay, Mr. Graeme Savage, Mrs. Carol Morrison, Mrs. Ann Vance, Mr. Jim Younger, Mr. Bob Cowan, Mr. Jim Brodie, Mrs. Margaret Grier and Mr. Brian Morrison

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Isobel Stewart, Mrs. Betty McLellan, Mrs. Nancy Murray, Mr. Gordon Tiley and Mrs. Pearl Brown.

We extend a very warm welcome to our guest preacher the Revd. John Campbell, Minister Emeritus at Caldwell Parish Church, Uplawmoor and his wife, Mrs. Janie Campbell.

SUNDAY 28th October 2012 – SERVICES OF HOLY COMMUNION
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30 a.m. – Team: 2 – Crèche in the Midton Room.
11.15 a.m. – Team: 3 – Crèche in the Midton Room.
6.30p.m. – Team: 4

Retiring Offering at all Services for support of our friends in the Congregation at Lochside Church

THE WEDNESDAY SERVICE of HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated here in the Church on Wednesday 24 October, at 2.00p.m., followed by tea in the Session Room. Everyone is most warmly invited

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for September is £141.26

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the October edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

ELDERS are asked to uplift their Columba News and Communion Cards from their pigeonholes today for immediate delivery. Also- please tick your availability on the Communion Duty list in the Glass Cabinet.

THE COMMUNION DRESSING TEAM: will meet on Saturday 27th October at 10.30am

THE MEN’S ASSOCIATION: meet tomorrow, 22nd October when the speaker will be Tom Lawton. His topic "The Forth and Clyde Canal" should make for a most interesting evening. All welcome.

THE SCOTTISH BIBLE SOCIETY: will hold a Concert in Newton Wallacetown Church Halls "All Gas & Guitars" on Tuesday 25th October at 7.30pm. A varied programme of music and stories will be provided by Revds. Alex Shuttleworth and Liz Crumlish (not just guitars!!). Tickets £4 (incl. tea/coffee) on sale after services today

MONDAY CLUB: 22 October at 7.30pm – celebrating HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Mr. John Duncan, who will talk about his role as The Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran.

AYR & PRESTWICK LIONS: are holding a concert in aid of Ayrshire Sportsability on Friday 26 October at 7.30pm in Ayr St. Columba. Tickets £5 are available at the door. All welcome.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Diane Savala (Stn. 9)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Drummond) and Mr. Alan Boyd (Macmillan).
IRVINE: Ben Bass

DATE for YOUR DIARY: congregational Christmas Lunch will be held at Enterkine House Hotel on Sunday 23rd December at 1.15pm. Tickets on sale soon. Transport will also be arranged.

Our sympathies are extended to the family of Mrs. Jenny McLarty of Grange Avenue who died this past week. Her funeral service will be held on Thursday 25th October at Masonhill at 9.45am.

14 October 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 12: Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Dr. Lindsay Miller, Mr. Jim Richardson, Mr. John Halliday, Mr. Peter Muir, Mr. Walter Muir, Mr. Gavin Gemmell, Mr. George McMillan, Mrs. Jean Lindsay, Mr. Drummond Cameron, Mr. James Kane and Mr. George Rae

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Mary Macallan, Mrs. Janet Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Jim Rankin and Mr. & Mrs. Frank Young.

SUNDAY 21st October 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER and THE REVD. JOHN CAMPBELL
9.30am Family Service Duty Team 1
10.00am No Sunday School – HOLIDAY
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for September is £141.26

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the October edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

ELDERS are asked to uplift their Columba News and Communion Cards from their pigeonholes today for immediate delivery. Also- please tick your availability on the Communion Duty list in the Glass Cabinet

ST COLUMBA CURLING – Come and Try Day: Ayr St. Columba Curling Club are holding a ‘Come and Try Day’ at Ayr Ice Rink, Limekiln Road, Ayr today at 4.15pm. Anyone interested in trying curling should contact Duncan McCallum, Secretary on 01292 261243 (No Charge)

THE GUILD: The second meeting of The Guild will be tomorrow, 15th October, at 7.30 p.m. in Midton Road Hall. We look forward to the visit of Mr. Brian Young, who will tell us about his Holmes Farm Garden. It was a pleasure to have an excellent attendance at our first meeting of the session and any ladies who wish to join us tomorrow will he most welcome.

THE SCOTTISH BIBLE SOCIETY: will hold a Concert in Newton Wallacetown Church Halls "All Gas & Guitars" on Tuesday 25th October at 7.30pm. A varied programme of music and stories will be provided by Revds. Alex Shuttleworth and Liz Crumlish (not just guitars!!). Tickets £4 (incl. tea/coffee) on sale after services today

MONDAY CLUB: 22 October at 7.30pm – celebrating HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Mr. John Duncan, who will talk about his role as The Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran.

AYR & PRESTWICK LIONS: are holding a concert in aid of Ayrshire Sportsability on Friday 26 October at 7.30pm in Ayr St. Columba. Tickets £5 are available at the door. All welcome.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Alan Boyd (Stn. 6) and Mrs. Sybelle English (Stn 16)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Drummond) and Mr. Alec Morton (Lindsay)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. & Mrs. Frank Young of Glenconnor Road who celebrate their Diamond Wedding this coming week.

THANKS: Fiona (Paton) would like to thank everyone for all the kindnesses shown following the death of her Dad (Tom) and for the most generous donations to the Hospice following the services.

DEEPEST THANKS to all who contributed to the Harvest Appeal – the sum of £1800 was raised and will be given to Christian Aid and the Trussle Trust.

The KIRK SESSION has appointed Mr. Duncan Anderson as Assistant Session Clerk. We assure him of our constant support.

THE SUM of £840 was given to the fund for our Beadle, Tom. This will now be used in his memory.

7 October 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again! A very special welcome to the families Luke and Lyle who will be baptised at the 11.15 am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 11: Mrs. Janette Leishman, Mrs. Edwina Mabon, Mr. Alastair Fraser, Mr. Jim Orr, Mr. Sandy Allan, Mr. Andrew Muirhead, Mr. John Ferguson, Mr. Archie Jamieson, Mrs. Rita Mackenzie, Dr. Pauline Robertson and Mr. Tom Laurie.

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Hawthorn, Mr. and Mrs. John Crone and Mrs. Fiona Davidson.

Sunday 7 October 2012 – HARVEST FESTIVAL
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30 am Family Service with the Sunday School and Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship
6.30 pm Evening Service
Our warmest thanks to all who have brought plants/flowers to be distributed after the second service.

SUNDAY 14th October 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 12
Sunday School and Bible Class on Holiday
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for September is £141.26

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the October edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

MONDAY CLUB: The first meeting of the new session is tomorrow, Monday 8th October, at the new start time of 7.30pm. Mrs Lynette Russell will give us a demonstration in the art of Sugar Craft which should be very interesting. The Committee look forward to welcoming back present members and extending a very warm welcome to new members.

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: The first meeting of the new session will be tomorrow, Monday 8th October at 7.30pm in the Session Room when the speaker will be The Revd. Lynda Godfrey, Minister at St. Leonard’s, who will speak on "Living and Working with the Iona Community".

ST COLUMBA CURLING – Come and Try Day: Ayr St. Columba Curling Club are holding a ‘Come and Try Day’ at Ayr Ice Rink, Limekiln Road, Ayr on Sunday 14th October 2012 at 4.15pm. Any one interested in trying curling should contact Duncan McCallum, Secretary on 01292 261243 (No Charge)

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: The Thursday Games session got underway last Thursday . Anyone interested is invited to join us as we enjoy 2 hours of Bowls and Snooker as well as putting the world to rights over a cup of tea.

THE ARK: There are a number of opportunities currently available at The Ark: New volunteers are urgently required and there is a Vacancy for a Full time Youth and Outreach Worker (Temporary contract till March 2014) – there are flyers in the Carrick Park vestibule and further information is available from Malcolm Mackay (264509).

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Alan Boyd (Stn. 6)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Drummond) and Mr. Alec Morton (Lindsay)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

30 September 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 10: Mr. George Templeton, Mrs. Lorna Hilderley, Mr. Iain Campbell, Mrs. Anne Swan, Mr. George Park, Mr. Norman Wallace, Mr. Alex Eccles, Mr. Robert Shaw, Mr. Millar Muir, Mr. Alastair Swan, Mr. Alan McHarg and Mr. Alan Hawthorn.

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Carol Simpson, Mrs. Marilyn Miller & Mrs. Nan Conway, the Dunne Family Wedding and the Smith family wedding.

SUNDAY 7th October 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – HARVEST FESTIVAL – Duty Team 11
10.00am Sunday School
11.15am Morning Worship – Sacrament of Baptism
Please bring a pot plant or flowers to be distributed to our housebound members.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for August is £122.02

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 £1.80.

LUNCH CLUB: resumes on Friday 5th October. Everyone is invited and The Lunch Club Team look forward to welcoming you to this superb facility in Cathcart Street Hall, from 12noon till 1.30pm. Soup, snacks and light meals are all homemade and there is a sales table with jams and gifts to tempt you. Regular proceeds are donated to the Ayrshire Hospice.

THE GUILD: has its first meeting on Monday, 1st October, at 7.30pm in the Midton Road Hall. Our Minister will dedicate our work for the year ahead and then talk about his "Ministerial Wanderings". We are looking forward to renewing friendships with Guild members and to welcoming any ladies of the Congregation who would care to join us.

MONDAY CLUB: The first meeting of the new session is on Monday 8th October, at the new start time of 7.30pm. Mrs Lynette Russell will give us a demonstration in the art of Sugar Craft which should be very interesting. The Committee look forward to welcoming back present members and extending a very warm welcome to new members.

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: The first meeting of the new session will be on Monday 8th October at 7.30pm in the Session Room when the speaker will be The Revd. Lynda Godfrey, Minister at St. Leonard’s, who will speak on "Living and Working with the Iona Community".

HARVEST ENVELOPES: You will have received a Harvest Donation Envelope with your current copy of ‘Columba News’ – you may return this via the offering plate. Your support of our Harvest Appeal is very much appreciated. If you have not received an envelope please collect one from the Carrick Park vestibule.

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: The Thursday Games session starts on Thursday first the 4th October. Anyone interested is invited to join us as we enjoy 2 hours of Bowls and Snooker as well as putting the world to rights over a cup of tea.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Alan Boyd (HD)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Drummond) and Mr. Alec Morton (Lindsay)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

We are all deeply saddened by the death of our Beadle, Tom Struthers, last Monday after a long illness. The service of Thanksgiving for Tom’s life will be tomorrow at 2.00pm in the Church, followed by the Committal, at Masonhill at 2.45pm. Our warmest prayers are with Fiona, Stewart, Lucy, Matthew and all the family.

23 September 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 9: Mr. Fraser Walker, Mr. Andrew Cardie, Mrs. Margaret Cardie, Mr. Greg Murdoch, Mr. Ron Currie, Mr. David Campbell, Mrs. Elizabeth Gardiner, Mrs. Joan Dunlop, Mr. Duncan Anderson, Mr. Bill Caven, Mr. Alastair Gardiner and Mr. John Stewart

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Alan McKinlay, Mrs. Lorna Hilderley and The Morton Family.

SUNDAY 30th September 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 10
10.00am Sunday School
11.15am Morning Worship

SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION – Wednesday 26th at 2pm in the Centenary Aisle – followed by tea in the Session Room.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for August is £122.02

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 £1.80.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the October edition should be with the editor today, Sunday 23rd September. All articles should be emailed to the editor – [email protected]

LUNCH CLUB: there will be a meeting of ALL helpers ahead of the start of the new season on Monday 24th September at 10.00am. New members to the group will be most welcome.

THE GUILD: has its first meeting on Monday, 1st October, at 7.30pm in the Midton Road Hall. Our Minister will dedicate our work for the year ahead and then talk about his "Ministerial Wanderings". We are looking forward to renewing friendships with Guild members and to welcoming any ladies of the congregation who would care to join us.

GUILD Ayr Presbyterial Council will hold their Autumn Rally on Thursday, 27th September, in Maybole Parish Church at 7.30pm. Mrs. Lorna Paterson will speak about "The Guild: Past and Present". All Guild members are very welcome to attend this meeting.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: Friday 28th September from 10.00am – 3.00pm in the Midton Road Hall. Tickets £3 include refreshments and a surprise! There will also be a number of interesting stalls. Tickets are available after both Services.

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Committee members are reminded that a Committee meeting is being held on Monday 24th September in the Session Room at 7.00 p.m.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Alan Boyd (ICU)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Drummond), Mrs. Catherine Murray (Lindsay) and Mr. Alec Morton (Lindsay)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Our warmest congratulations are extended to Mr and Mrs Tom Connaughton of Coylton who recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary; and to Mr and Mrs Alistair Gardiner of Ronaldshaw Park who celebrated their Ruby Wedding, and to Mr. & Mrs. Iain Hilderley, St. Phillan’s Avenue, who are celebrating their Silver Wedding.

THANK YOU to everyone in the Congregation who has taken time to send cards and visit our beadle Tom during his stay in hospital. He is now home.

Our warmest sympathy is extended to Mr. Rodney Thurston and the family, New Cumnock, on the death of his mother, Jean. The funeral will take place on Thursday first at 11.15am at Masonhill; and to Mrs. Ray Hogg and the family, Piperhill, on the death of her mother, Mrs. Agnes Nicholson of South Lodge Court. The funeral is on Thursday first at 9.45 at Masonhill.

16 September 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 8: Mr. Peter T. MacDonald, Mr. Jim Wilcox, Mrs. Helen Cockburn, Mr. Jim Brown, Mrs. Jessie Davidson, Mr. John Hamilton, Mr John Kiltie, Revd. Jack Bone, Mrs. Dorothy Bone, 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 Mrs. Dorothy Hutcheson, Mrs. Marion Robertson, Mr. & Mrs. Ian McBride and Ms Fiona McCall (in memory of Mrs. Joy Wilson).

SUNDAY 23th September 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 9
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship – Sacrament of Baptism
Our Associate Minister is on holiday this week.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for August is £122.02

ELDERS’ CONFERENCE at Malin Court – next Saturday from 10am – 4pm. All participants are asked to be at Malin Court 9.45am. Thank You!

ELDERS are asked to uplift Magazines and Stewardship information from their pigeonholes today. If you have any questions regarding the material please contact the Session Clerk (01292 265794).

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 £1.80.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the October edition should be with the editor by, Sunday 23rd September. All articles should be emailed to the editor – [email protected]

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS: there is still a shortfall in staffing levels in the Sunday School. If you have a little time you could spare for this worthwhile work PLEASE speak to the Sunday School Superintendent – Lorna Muir.

LUNCH CLUB: there will be a meeting of ALL helpers ahead of the start of the new season on Monday 24th September at 10.00am. New members to the group will be most welcome.

THE GUILD: A 125th Birthday Celebration Songs of Praise will be held by Ayr Presbyterial Council on Tuesday, 20th November, at 7pm in Newton Wallacetown Church. The speaker is Iain Whyte, General Secretary of The Guild. A finger buffet and birthday cake will be provided, costing £5. Any member of The Guild who wishes to attend should contact Mrs. Dorothy Bone (Tel. No. 01292 441651)

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: Friday 28th September from 10.00am – 3.00pm in the Midton Road Hall. Tickets £3 includes refreshments and a surprise! These will be available after both Services.

MEN’S ASSOCIATION.: Committee members are reminded that a Committee meeting is being held on Monday 24th September in the Session Room at 7.00 p.m.

AYR FILM SOCIETY – WISH Campaign – one of our members is involved with the Ayr Film Society who have been awarded funding from the WISH Campaign. Funding is dependent on collecting "tokens" printed in the Ayrshire Post from this week onwards. If you feel able to help please place the tokens in the box provided.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Tom Struthers (Stn 2) and Mr. Alec Morton (Stn 10 )
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Drummond) and Mrs. Catherine Murray (Lindsay)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

9 September 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again! A very special welcome to the families Lexi and Dylan who will be baptised at the 11.15 am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 7: Mrs. Irene Bartholomew, Mr. Norman Reid, Mr. Donald Macrae, Mrs. Heather Fullerton, Mr. Charlie Jack, Mrs. Christina Kennedy, Mr. Terry Swinn, Mr. Hugh Brown, Mr. Keith Fullerton, Mr. Bob Templeton and Mr. Peter G. Macdonald

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Peter Robertson, Ms Christine Logan, Mr. & Mrs. David Campbell, Prof. & Mrs. Ken McCallum, The Jamieson / Anderson Wedding,

SUNDAY 16th September 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 8
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for August is £122.02

ELDERS are asked to uplift Magazines and Stewardship information from their pigeonholes today. If you have any questions regarding the material please contact the Session Clerk (01292 265794).

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 £1.80.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS: there is still a shortfall in staffing levels in the Sunday School. If you have a little time you could spare for this worthwhile work PLEASE speak to the Sunday School Superintendent – Lorna Muir.

ELDERS’ CONFERENCE: to be held at Malin Court, Turnberry on Saturday 22nd September from 10am – 4pm. Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. This is the last date on which you can add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule.

ORGANISATIONS RESTARTING THIS WEEK: Thursday 10am – Golden Girls Keep Fit at Cathcart Street Hall.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Frank Young (Stn 15), Mr. Tom Struthers (Stn 6) and Mrs. Irene Brown (Stn 7)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Drummond) and Mrs. Catherine Murray (Lindsay)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Our sympathy and support are extended to Dr. Boyd Meiklejohn and the family on the passing of Boyd’s Mum, Irene. The funeral took place at Cambusbarron.

We extend warmest sympathy to Richard and Ashley on the death of their baby son, Jordan Andrew Hughes Cole. The funeral has taken place at Ayr Cemetery.

Mr Chisholm and Mrs Eileen Kenneth of Lochpark celebrated their Golden Wedding last week and we send warmest congratulation and best wishes.

Our warmest congratulations to a former Probationer Assistant the Revd. Graeme Wilson, Minister at Galston, who has received an invitation to preach as Sole Nominee in the vacancy at Bearsden Cross Parish Church.

2 September 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 6: Mr. Michael Whiteford, Mrs. Fiona Taylor, Mrs. Edna Gemmell, Mr. Jim Hume, Mr. Alex. Connell, Mrs. Margaret Loudon, Dr. Ruairidh Bain, Mr. Robbie Park, Mr. Tom Rodger, Mr. Bill McCulloch, Mrs. Jane Hunter and Mr. Jim W. Brown

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by The Love/Whiteford Family, Dr. Robert Henderson, The McNair Family and Mrs. Margaret Duncan.

SUNDAY 9th September 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 7
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship – Sacrament of Baptism

KIRK SESSION MEETING: there will be a meeting of the Kirk Session on Thursday 6th September in THE CHURCH at 7.30pm. This is a vitally important meeting and ALL Elders are urged to make every effort to attend. Agenda and Minutes are available today in Elders’ or Additional Elders’ pigeonholes. September issue of the Columba News will be available to uplift at the Session meeting as there is extra information to be delivered with your Magazines. Any elder not attending the Session meeting should uplift the extra information from their pigeonholes as soon as possible after the meeting.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for August is £122.02

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 £1.80.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS: there is still a shortfall in staffing levels in the Sunday School. If you have a little time you could spare for this worthwhile work PLEASE speak to the Sunday School Superintendent – Lorna Muir.

ELDERS’ CONFERENCE: to be held at Malin Court, Turnberry on Saturday 22nd September from 10am – 4pm. Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule.

FLOWER TEAM: the next meeting of the Flower Team will be held on Wednesday 5th September at 7.30 pm in the Carrick Room when we will make up the Rota until Christmas. Please come along with your diary. Any new members will be made most welcome. We are a very happy team and enjoy friendship through flowers! If you are unable to attend please phone me (Anne Swan 442584) with your availability or you can email me at [email protected]

TRADECRAFT: Yvonne and Louise have the stall all prepared to tempt you with a variety of goods. Purchasing these help support families in the developing world. Please stop and buy!

BOYS’ BRIGADE: 1ST Ayr Company – The Junior Section and Anchor Boys will resume the new session on Tuesday 4th September at 6.30pm at Ayr St. Columba Church. New members of Junior Section (aged 8 – 11yrs) and Anchor Boys (aged 6 – 8yrs) will be made most welcome. Please contact Keith Fullerton (07788651221) for more information.

ORGANISATIONS RESTARTING THIS WEEK: Wednesday Keep Fit; Rainbows; Brownies; Guides;

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Frank Young(Stn6) and Mrs. Catherine Murray (Stn 10)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Mr. Robert Stewart is now resident in Glenfairn Care Home, Racecourse Road, Ayr.

Our warmest sympathy is extended to Mrs. Betty Gardiner of Arrol Drive, and the Family, on the death of Eoin. The Service of Thanksgiving will be held tomorrow, Monday, at 11.15am at Masonhill.

26 August 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again! A special welcome to the family of Lori who will be Baptised at 11.15 am Service.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 5: Mr. Douglas Espie, Mrs. Helen Caddis, Mr. John Morrison, Mr. Alan Izat, Mr Tim Slatter, Mr. Robert Seath, Mrs. Anne McNair, Mr. Gordon McKinlay, Mr. Bill Wilson, Mr. Alec Mooney, 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. Mim Monteith, Mrs. J. W. Davidson, Mrs. Barbara Gray and Mrs. Irene Bartholomew.

SUNDAY 2nd September 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 6
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship
6.30pm Evening Service

KIRK SESSION MEETING: the next meeting of Session will be on Thursday 6th September in THE CHURCH at 7.30pm. This is a vitally important meeting and ALL Elders are urged to make every effort to attend. Agenda and Minutes will be available next Sunday 2nd September.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for July is £139.06

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the August edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS: due to a number of retirals there are opportunities available to be part of our vibrant Sunday School staff. There is no more rewarding activity than being part of a child’s Christian education. If you have a little time on a Sunday morning you too could be part of this amazing team! Please give names to Irene in the Office. Thank you to those who have volunteered – if you do not hear from the Education Committee this week please let the Office know.

ELDERS’ CONFERENCE: to be held at Malin Court, Turnberry on Saturday 22nd September from 10am – 4pm. Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule.

FLOWER TEAM: the next meeting of the Flower Team will be held on Wednesday 5th September at 7.30 pm in the Carrick Room when we will make up the Rota until Christmas. Please come along with your diary. Any new members will be made most welcome. We are a very happy team and enjoy friendship through flowers! If you are unable to attend please phone me (Anne Swan 442584) with your availability or you can email me at [email protected]

BOYS’ BRIGADE: 1ST Ayr Company – The Junior Section and Anchor Boys will resume the new session on Tuesday 4th September at 6.30pm at Ayr St. Columba Church. New members of Junior Section (aged 8 – 11yrs) and Anchor Boys (aged 6 – 8yrs) will be made most welcome. Please contact Keith Fullerton (07788651221) for more information.

THANK YOU: Mrs. Beryl Robertson wishes to thank the Congregation and friends most sincerely for all the cards, flowers and good wishes following her stay in hospital. She is overwhelmed by your kindness and concern.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mr. Robert Stewart (Macmillan) and Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Drummond)
AYRSHIRE HOSPICE: Mr Eion Gardiner
IRVINE: Ben Bass

19 August 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again! A special welcome to the family of Charles who will be baptised at the 11.15 service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 4: Miss Fiona MacKay, Mr. John Robertson, Ms. Angela Lindsay, Mr. Iain McFadzean, Miss Betty Murray, Mr. Ian Cathcart, Mr. John Ewing, Mr. Scott Williams, Mr. Iain McCrae, Mr. Ken Gray, Mr. Ralph L. Riddiough and Mr. John Crone

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Maureen Fullerton, Mrs. Jessie Aitken and Mr. John Halliday.

SUNDAY 26th August 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am – Family Service – Duty Team 5
Kirk Café between the Services
10.00am No Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship – Sacrament of Baptism – Cradle Roll Service

The Minister will be on holiday from Sunday 5th to Saturday 25th August, inclusive. All pastoral matters should be referred to the Office or to our Associate Minister, the Revd David Ness.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for July is £139.06

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the August edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

CREAM TEA: there will be a Cream Tea held on Saturday 25th August from 10am – 12 noon at which there will be a Diamond Memories Picture Gallery. Tickets – priced £2.50 are available in the Carrick Park vestibule following both services this morning.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS: due to a number of retirals there are opportunities available to be part of our vibrant Sunday School staff. There is no more rewarding activity than being part of a child’s Christian education. If you have a little time on a Sunday morning you too could be part of this amazing team! Please give names to Irene in the Office.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE: the annual service for our pre Sunday School children will be held on Sunday 26th August at 11.15am

ELDERS’ CONFERENCE: to be held at Malin Court, Turnberry on Saturday 22nd September from 10am – 4pm. Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule.

LOST PROPERTY: LAST INTIMATION! there are coats, jackets and other items of clothing hanging in the back corridor, many are children’s coats and jackets. This assortment of clothing has been left during the past few months and will be taken to the charity shop this week. If you or your child has misplaced a coat…please check!

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr Eion Gardiner (Stn 9), Mr. Chisholm Kennedy (Stn. 12) and Mrs. Beryl Robertson (Stn. 5)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mr. Robert Stewart (Macmillan) and Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Our warm sympathy and condolences are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Iain Campbell and the family on the passing of Iain’s Mum.

12 August 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 3: Dr. Ruth Martin, Mrs. Ann Naismith, Mr. Bryce Hartshorn, Mr. David Reader, Mrs. Mo Howie, Mrs. Isabel Kelly, Mrs. Anne Hope, Mrs. Margaret Johnston, Mr. Colin Naismith, Mr. Bob Bartholomew and Mr. Iain Hope

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Mary Reid and Mr. Jim Pearson.

SUNDAY 19th August 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE REVD. David T. Ness LTh
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 4
Kirk Café between the Services
10.00am No Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship – Sacrament of Baptism

The Minister will be on holiday from Sunday 5th to Saturday 25th August, inclusive. All pastoral matters should be referred to the Office or to our Associate Minister, the Revd David Ness.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for July is £139.06

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the August edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

REVD. DR. BILL CHRISTMAN YOUTH MEMORIAL FUND: we are delighted to intimate that the fund stands at £4000 (including the Gift Aid adjustments) – this is a splendid sum from which to build our Youth Programme.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the September edition should be with the editor by today, Sunday 12th August. All articles should be emailed to the editor – [email protected]

CREAM TEA: there will be a Cream Tea held on Saturday 25th August from 10am – 12 noon at which there will be a Diamond Memories Picture Gallery. Tickets – priced £2.50 are available in the Carrick Park vestibule following both services this morning.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE: the annual service for our pre Sunday School children will be held on Sunday 26th August at 11.15am

ELDERS’ CONFERENCE: to be held at Malin Court, Turnberry on Saturday 22nd September from 10am – 4pm. Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule.

LOST PROPERTY: there are coats, jackets and other items of clothing hanging in the back corridor, many are children’s coats and jackets. This assortment of clothing has been left during the past few months and will be taken to the charity shop in the next couple of weeks. If you or your child has misplaced a coat… please check!

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr Eion Gardiner (Stn 9), Mr. Chisholm Kennedy (Stn. 12) and Mrs. Beryl Robertson (Stn. 5)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mr. Robert Stewart (Macmillan) and Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Our prayers and condolences are extended to Mr. & Mrs. Peter Muir and the family on the passing of Peter’s Mum, Mrs. Christine Muir, the Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Wednesday 15th at 2pm in the Church; and to Mr. & Mrs. Willie Muirhead on the passing of Willie’s Mum, Mrs. Marie Muirhead, the funeral will be held at Masonhill on Wednesday 15th at 10am; and to the family of Mr. Glen Harrower who died this past week his funeral service will be held at Masonhill on Tuesday 14th August at 1.15pm.

5 August 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 2: Mrs. Jean Watson, Mrs. Jo Bruce, Mr. Alec Morton, Mrs. Helen Greig , Mrs. Diana Savala, Mrs. Margaret McLeish, Mr. Tony Greig , Mr. Alan McKinlay, Mr. Jim Watson, Mr. Graeme McKinstry, Mr. Duncan McCallum and Mr. John Eaglesham

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Catherine Overdijking, Mr. & Mrs. Dan Craig and Mrs. Shauna Jack

SUNDAY 12th August 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE REVD. David T. Ness LTh, Associate Minister
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 3
Kirk Café between the Services
10.00am No Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

The Minister will be on holiday from Sunday 5th to Saturday 25th August, inclusive. All pastoral matters should be referred to the Office or to our Associate Minister, the Revd David Ness.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for July is £139.06

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the August edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

MEMORIAL SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING for the Revd Dr Bill Christman will be held on Saturday 11th August 2012 at 11.00a.m. The service will be conducted by the Revd Fraser R Aitken. The tributes will be given by the Very Revd Dr John Miller, former Moderator of the General Assembly; the Revd Dr Norman Drummond, Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland; Mr John Clark, a dear friend of Bill’s and Miss Stephanie Christman.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the September edition should be with the editor by next Sunday 12th August. All articles should be emailed to the editor – [email protected]

CREAM TEA: on Saturday 25th August from 10am – 12 noon at which there will be a Diamond Memories Picture Gallery. Tickets, priced £2.50 are available in the Carrick Park vestibule following both services this morning.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE: the annual service for our pre Sunday School children will be held on Sunday 26th August at 11.15am

ELDERS’ CONFERENCE: to be held at Malin Court, Turnberry on Saturday 22nd September from 10am – 4pm. Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule.

SCOTTISH BIBLE SOCIETY, KYLE BRANCH: Collectors are required for the Annual Door to Door Collection of the above, for this week – 6th to the 10th August. Please add your name to the list available in the hallway, indicating your street preference.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Kate Darbyshire (Stn. 9) and Mr Eion Gardiner (Stn 9)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mr. Robert Stewart (Macmillan)
MIDDLESBROUGH: Mr. Chisholm Kennedy
IRVINE: Ben Bass

The funeral service for Mrs Catherine Ferguson of Content Avenue was held yesterday at Masonhill. We remember all the family in our thoughts and prayers today.

Our sympathy and warmest support are extended to Mr and Mrs Ean Espie on the death of Netta’s brother, Mr John Danskin, from Strathaven.

CONGRATULATIONS and warm wishes to Mr. Dennis & Mrs. Margaret Johnston on the occasion of their Ruby Wedding Anniversary!

29 July 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 1: Mr. Malcolm Mackay, Dr. Helen Hunter, Mr. Robin White, Mrs Helen Mackay, Mr. Graeme Savage, Mrs. Carol Morrison, Mrs. Ann Vance,
Mr. Jim Younger, Mr. Bob Cowan, Mr. Jim Brodie,Mrs. Margaret Grier and Mr. Brian Morrison

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Mrs. Diana Johnston and Mrs. Anne Swan.
Apologies are extended to the donors from last week whose names were inadvertently omitted – Mrs. Ann Vance and Mr. Tom Struthers.

SUNDAY 5th August 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE REVD. JOHN MATTHEWS MA, BD
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 2
Kirk Café between the Services
10.00am No Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

The Minister will be on holiday from Sunday 5th to Saturday 25th August, inclusive. All pastoral matters should be referred to the Office or to our Associate Minister, the Revd David Ness.

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for June is £115.37.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the July edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

MEMORIAL SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING for the Revd Dr Bill Christman will be held on Saturday 11th August 2012 at 11.00a.m. The service will be conducted by the Revd Fraser R Aitken. The tributes will be given by the Very Revd Dr John Miller, former Moderator of the General Assembly; the Revd Dr Norman Drummond, Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland; Mr John Clark, a dear friend of Bill’s and Miss Stephanie Christman. During the service, a Chamber Organ, built by Harrison and Harrison of Durham, will be dedicated in Bill’s Memory, and a new fund will be set up in his memory to promote work amongst the young people of our congregation and parish. The Organ has been provided from a generous bequest to our Church by the late of Mr and Mrs Sidney Leslie of Kyle Court, who were both stalwart members. If you would like to give to the special fund for our youth work, next Sunday is your last opportunity to do so. Please place your gift in an envelope marked "The Revd Dr Bill Christman" and place it in the Offering Plate. If you pay tax, you are invited to write your name and address and put it in the envelope – this will allow the Church to claim back 25% and so increase your donation. Thank you to all who have already given. After the service, if you are free, you will have the opportunity to meet Gina and the family in the Midton Hall where the Hospitality Committee will provide refreshments.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE: the annual service for our pre Sunday School children will be held on Sunday 26th August at 11.15am

SCOTTISH BIBLE SOCIETY, KYLE BRANCH: Collectors are required for the Annual Door to Door Collection of the above, from the 6th to the 10th August. Please add your name to the list available in the hallway, indicating your street preference.

THANK YOU! Alan (Bartholomew) would like to thank everyone who supported him last Sunday – through donations and attendance at the Soup Lunch. The level of interest shown in his forthcoming work in Ghana and the financial gifts are most humbling and will help to provide a large amount of care. To date £1300 pounds has been raised at Ayr St. Columba and almost £1900 raised overall.

There will be a CREAM TEA on Saturday 25th August from 10am – 12 noon at which there will be a Diamond Memories Picture Gallery, Tickets, priced £2.50 are available in the Carrick Park vestibule following both services this morning.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mr. Robert Stewart (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

A DATE FOR THE DIARY: Saturday 22nd September 2012: Elders’ Conference and Training Day at Malin Court, Turnberry. 10.00a.m. till 4.00p.m.

MATTHEW & RACHEL will be playing/singing in the lunchtime Concerts Series tomorrow, Monday 30th July at 12 noon in Ayr Town Hall. Admission £2 – all welcome

22 July 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 12: Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Dr. Lindsay Miller, Mr. Jim Richardson, Mr. John Halliday, Mr. Peter Muir, Mr. Walter Muir, Mr. Gavin Gemmell, Mr. George McMillan, Mrs. Jean Lindsay, Mr. Drummond Cameron, Mr. James Kane and Mr. George Rae

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Mrs. Diana Johnston and Mrs. Anne Swan

SUNDAY 29th July 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 1
Kirk Café between the Services
10.00am No Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for June is £115.37.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the July edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

MEMORIAL SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING for the life the Revd Dr Bill Christman, will be held in the Church on Saturday 11th August at 11.00 am to which everyone is invited.

THE KIRK SESSION has approved the establishment of a special fund in memory of the Revd Dr Bill Christman, Minister at St Columba Church from 1981 until 1991 – this Fund will be used solely to further our work amongst our young people for whom Bill had always worked so hard during his ministry here. Donations to the Fund can be placed in a plain envelope and marked, "Dr Bill Christman Memorial Fund" and placed in the Offering Plate any Sunday up until the 5th August. If you have already completed a Gift Aid Form in favour of Ayr St. Columba, then please enclose a slip of paper with your name on it in the envelope and in this way we will be able to augment your donation by 25%. The Fund will be dedicated at the Memorial Service here in the Church on Saturday 11th August, at which a Chamber Organ for use in the Centenary Aisle will also be dedicated to Bill, remembering his passion for music. This organ is funded from a bequest by the late Mr and Mrs Sidney Leslie, both devoted members of our Church.

CRADLE ROLL SERVICE: the annual service for our pre Sunday School children will be held on Sunday 26th August at 11.15am

SCOTTISH BIBLE SOCIETY, KYLE BRANCH: Collectors are required for the Annual Door to Door Collection of the above, from the 6th to the 10th August. Please add your name to the list available in the hallway, indicating your street preference.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Robert Stewart (Stn. 8)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond) and Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Our warmest condolences and sincere thoughts are extended to the family of Mrs. Nan Murphy, Kyle Court, Ayr, who died last week. The funeral service was held on Friday. To Mrs. Rena Smith and the family of Arrol Drive we send our fond affection and prayers on the sudden death of her husband, David. The funeral service will be held at Masonhill on Wednesday first, 25th July, at 11.15am.

As from 21st July, Mrs. Joan Mitchell, Creggan Bahn, will be resident at "Heatherview", Beacon Road, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1 AS

Warmest congratulations to Mr Jim and Mrs Dorothy Kane of Meadow Park, Coylton, who celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary last week.

We are delighted to send our warmest congratulations to one of our most devoted members who is celebrating her 100th birthday this coming week! Mrs Louie Wilson of Bellevue Crescent is a faithful attender at the Family Service each Sunday. We hope that she has a wonderful time with her family and friends on this sparkling occasion! Happy Birthday Louie!

15 July 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – We are always delighted to welcome any visitors who have joined us for worship! Please feel free to sit anywhere! As part of The Church of Scotland, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to the community around us. We try to worship God with the best that we can offer, in services that are well-ordered and accessible. As a very diverse congregation, we exist to the glory of God, to build up and care for His people and to show the love of Jesus Christ to Ayr. We are known for our fine singing and music, for our outreach in service to others and for a tradition of thoughtful and intelligent preaching and teaching. Thank you for sharing time with us this morning. As a record of your visit, please sign our Visitors’ Book which you will find at the Main Door. We hope we may see you again!.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 11: Mrs. Janette Leishman, Mrs. Edwina Mabon, Mr. Alastair Fraser, Mr. Jim Orr, Mr. Sandy Allan, Mr. Andrew Muirhead, Mr. John Ferguson, Mr. Archie Jamieson, Mrs. Rita Mackenzie, Mrs. Ann Aitchison and Mr. Tom Laurie

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Jean Lindsay, Mr. & Mrs. Bill McCulloch, Miss Mattie Murdoch, Mrs. Ann Drennan and Mr. Fraser Walker.

SUNDAY 22nd July 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 12
10.00 am Kirk Café between the Services
10.00am No Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for June is £115.37.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the July edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

KIRK CAFÉ: will meet between the two services throughout the summer months, in the Carrick Room. An extra pair of hands would be much appreciated, please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule. We hope you will stay and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea or coffee!

MEMORIAL SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING for the life the Revd Dr Bill Christman, will be held in the Church on Saturday 11th August at 11.00 am to which everyone is invited.

THE KIRK SESSION has approved the establishment of a special fund in memory of the Revd Dr Bill Christman, Minister at St Columba Church from 1981 until 1991 – this Fund will be used solely to further our work amongst our young people for whom Bill had always worked so hard during his ministry here. Donations to the Fund can be placed in a plain envelope and marked, "Dr Bill Christman Memorial Fund" and placed in the Offering Plate any Sunday up until the 5th August. If you have already completed a Gift Aid Form in favour of Ayr St. Columba, then please enclose a slip of paper with your name on it in the envelope and in this way we will be able to augment your donation by 25%. The Fund will be dedicated at the Memorial Service here in the Church on Saturday 11th August, at which a Chamber Organ for use in the Centenary Aisle will also be dedicated to Bill, remembering his passion for music. This organ is funded from a bequest by the late Mr and Mrs Sidney Leslie, both devoted members of our Church.

SOUP LUNCH for AFRICA: in the Midton Road Hall next Sunday at 12.30 pm, to help raise funds for Vision Aid Overseas. Alan (Bartholomew) is embarking on his second trip to Africa with the Charity, this time to Ghana where he will be involved in teaching in the local hospital and setting up a Bush clinic to treat everyday eye problems which are life changing for those who have no regular access to an ophthalmologist. Tickets are available in the Carrick Park vestibule after both Services or from the Office during working hours! Offers of soup and help much appreciated!!

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond) and Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Our warmest sympathy and support are extended to Mrs Lena Main and the family of Glendale Crescent on the passing of her mother, Mrs Lena Dougan. The funeral service was held on Friday

CONGRATULATIONS to three of our young folk on attaining their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The girls, Emily Hunter, Iona Izat and Charlotte Reid were presented by the Duke of Edinburgh at the Palace of Holyrood this past week.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mr and Mrs Sam Wales of Seafield Crescent on the occasion of their Golden Wedding.

8 July 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family, a family of faith, and we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 10: Mr. George Templeton, Mrs. Lorna Hilderley, Mr. Iain Campbell, Mrs. Anne Swan, Mr. George Park, Mr. Norman Wallace, Mr. Alex Eccles, Mr. Robert Shaw, Mr. Millar Muir, Mr. Alastair Swan, Mr. Alan McHarg and Mr. Alan Hawthorn

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Anne McNair and Mrs. Elizabeth Macleod

SUNDAY 15th July 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 11
Kirk Café between the Services
10.00am No Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for June is £115.37.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the July edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

KIRK CAFÉ: will meet between the two services throughout the summer months, in the Carrick Room. An extra pair of hands would be much appreciated, please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule. We hope you will stay and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea or coffee!

MEMORIAL SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING for the life the Revd Dr Bill Christman, will be held in the Church on Saturday 11th August at 11.00 am to which everyone is invited.

THE KIRK SESSION has approved the establishment of a special fund in memory of the Revd Dr Bill Christman, Minister at St Columba Church from 1981 until 1991 – this Fund will be used solely to further our work amongst our young people for whom Bill had always worked so hard during his ministry here. Donations to the Fund can be placed in a plain envelope and marked, “Dr Bill Christman Memorial Fund” and placed in the Offering Plate any Sunday up until the 5th August. If you have already completed a Gift Aid Form in favour of Ayr St. Columba, then please enclose a slip of paper with your name on it in the envelope and in this way we will be able to augment your donation by 25%. The Fund will be dedicated at the Memorial Service here in the Church on Saturday 11th August, at which a Chamber Organ for use in the Centenary Aisle will also be dedicated to Bill, remembering his passion for music. This organ is funded from a bequest by the late Mr and Mrs Sidney Leslie, both devoted members of our Church.

SOUP LUNCH for AFRICA: there will be a Soup Lunch in the Midton Road Hall on Sunday 22nd July at 12.30 pm, to help raise funds for Vision Aid Overseas. Alan (Bartholomew) is embarking on his second trip to Africa with the Charity, this time to Ghana where he will be involved in teaching in the local hospital and setting up a Bush clinic to treat everyday eye problems which are life changing for those who have no regular access to an ophthalmologist. Tickets are available in the Carrick Park vestibule after both Services or from the Office during working hours!

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: Dr. Simon Farrell (Stn 2)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond) and Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Our congratulations are warmly extended to two of our young folk Elliot Speirs, Dux at Belmont Academy and Robbie Park, Dux at Wellington School.

1 July 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family, a family of faith, and we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 9: Mr. Fraser Walker, Mr. Andrew Cardie, Mrs. Margaret Cardie, Mr. Greg Murdoch, Mr. Ron Currie, Mr. David Campbell, Mrs. Elizabeth Gardiner, Mrs. Joan Dunlop, Mr. Duncan Anderson, Mr. Bill Caven, Mr. Alastair Gardiner and Mr. John Stewart

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Jean Nicholson

SUNDAY 8th July 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 10
Kirk Café between the Services
10.00am No Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for June is £115.37.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the July edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

KIRK CAFÉ: will meet, from today, between the two services throughout the summer months, in the Carrick Room. If you are able to assist, please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park Vestibule. We hope you will stay and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea or coffee!

THE KIRK SESSION has approved the establishment of a special fund in memory of the Revd Dr Bill Christman, Minister at St Columba Church from 1981 until 1991 – this Fund will be used solely to further our work amongst our young people for whom Bill had always worked so hard during his ministry here. Donations to the Fund can be placed in a plain envelope and marked, “Dr Bill Christman Memorial Fund” and placed in the Offering Plate any Sunday up until the 5th August. If you have already completed a Gift Aid Form in favour of Ayr St. Columba, then please enclose a slip of paper with your name on it in the envelope and in this way we will be able to augment your donation by 25%. The Fund will be dedicated at the Memorial Service here in the Church on Saturday 11th August, at which a Chamber Organ for use in the Centenary Aisle will also be dedicated to Bill, remembering his passion for music. This organ is funded from a bequest by the late Mr and Mrs Sidney Leslie, both devoted members of our Church.

SOUP LUNCH for AFRICA: there will be a Soup Lunch in the Midton Road Hall to help raise funds for Vision Aid Overseas. Alan (Bartholomew) is embarking on his second trip to Africa with the Charity, this time to Ghana where he will be involved in teaching in the local hospital and setting up a Bush clinic to treat everyday eye problems which are life changing for those who have no regular access to an ophthalmologist. Tickets will be on sale next week.

PARENT & TODDLER HELPERS: Due to the retirement of some of our helpers the opportunity to volunteer to help in this important group within our Church family has arisen! Tea ladies are required one morning per month – this is a really easy and fun way to give a little time to help out our young families. If you have a couple of hours a month to spare please speak to Irene in the Office.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond) and Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

24 June 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this
morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk
of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we
are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family, a family of faith, and
we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our
journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a
community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and
treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on
deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship,
fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the
talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 5: Mr. Douglas Espie, Mrs. Helen Caddis,
Mr. John Morrison, Mr Tim Slatter, Mr. Robert Seath, Mrs. Anne McNair, Mr.
Gordon McKinlay, Mr. Bill Wilson, Mr. Alec Mooney, 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 Mr. and Mrs. David Savage, Miss Nan Picken, Miss
Ann Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. John Sharp.

SUNDAY 24 June 2012 SERVICES OF HOLY COMMUNION
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30 a.m. – Team: 6 – Crèche in Midton Room.
11.15 a.m. – Team: 7 – Crèche in the Midton Room.
6.30p.m. – Team: 8
Retiring Offering at all Services for support of our friends in the Congregation
at Lochside Church

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the
Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central
Hospital. The collection for April is £116.45.

LIFE & WORK- Pre-ordered copies of the June edition are available for uplifting
at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors
priced £1.80.

CHRISTIAN AID This year’s Christian Aid appeal raised the wonderful sum of
£1490. Sincere thanks to everyone for their generous donations which will go
towards helping those people who are much less fortunate than we are.

KIRK CAFÉ: starts on Sunday July 1st, between the services, in the Carrick Room.
If you would like to help make tea, serve, wash up etc. please add your name to
the list in the Carrick Park vestibule.

A CHOIRED TASTE: Summer Concert "For As long as we have Music" is being held in
St. Joseph's Church Kilmarnock on Saturday 23rd June at 7.30 pm. Ticket's priced
£5 from Heather Fullerton.

PARENT & TODDLER HELPERS: Due to the retirement of some of our helpers the
opportunity to volunteer to help in this important group within our Church
family has arisen! Tea ladies are required one morning per month – this is a
really easy and fun way to give a little time to help out our young families. If
you have a couple of hours a month to spare please speak to Irene in the Office

THE COMMUNION DRESSING TEAM: will meet on Saturday 23rd June at 10.30am

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Due to illness we have 1 place available for the visit to the
Scottish Parliament next Thursday the 21st leaving the church at 8.30 a.m. The
visit includes a tour of the building, reserved seats for "the First Minister's
question time and a visit to the Queen's Gallery at Holyrood Palace to see the
exhibition of "Treasures of the Queen's Palaces" a unique collection of over 100
outstanding works from eight of the Royal Palaces. Any church member interested
should contact George Templeton on 01292 443793.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond) and Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond)

IRVINE: Ben Bass
GOLDEN JUBILEE: Mrs. Margaret Cardie and Mr. Billy Murray

The Kirk Session has approved the establishment of a special fund in memory of
the Revd Dr Bill Christman, Minister at St Columba Church from 1981 until 1991 –
this Fund will be used solely to further our work amongst our young people for
whom Bill had always worked so hard during his ministry here. Donations to the
Fund can be placed in a plain envelope and marked, "Dr Bill Christman Memorial
Fund" and placed in the Offering Plate any Sunday up until the 5th August. If
you have already completed a Gift Aid Form in favour of Ayr St. Columba, then
please enclose a slip of paper with your name on it in the envelope and in this
way we will be able to augment your donation by 25%. The Fund will be dedicated
at the Memorial Service here in the Church on Saturday 11th August, at which a
Chamber Organ for use in the Centenary Aisle will also be dedicated to Bill,
remembering his passion for music. This organ is funded from a bequest by the
late Mr and Mrs Sidney Leslie, both devoted members of our Church.

17 June 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family, a family of faith, and we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 5: Mr. Douglas Espie, Mrs. Helen Caddis, Mr. John Morrison, Mr Tim Slatter, Mr. Robert Seath, Mrs. Anne McNair, Mr. Gordon McKinlay, Mr. Bill Wilson, Mr. Alec Mooney, 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 Mr. and Mrs. David Savage, Miss Nan Picken, Miss Ann Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. John Sharp.

SUNDAY 24 June 2012 SERVICES OF HOLY COMMUNION
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30 a.m. – Team: 6 – Crèche in Midton Room.
11.15 a.m. – Team: 7 – Crèche in the Midton Room.
6.30p.m. – Team: 8
Retiring Offering at all Services for support of our friends in the Congregation at Lochside Church

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for April is £116.45.

LIFE & WORK- Pre-ordered copies of the June edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

CHRISTIAN AID This year’s Christian Aid appeal raised the wonderful sum of £1490. Sincere thanks to everyone for their generous donations which will go towards helping those people who are much less fortunate than we are.

KIRK CAFE: starts on Sunday July 1st, between the services, in the Carrick Room. If you would like to help make tea, serve, wash up etc. please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule.

A CHOIRED TASTE: Summer Concert "For As long as we have Music" is being held in St. Joseph’s Church Kilmarnock on Saturday 23rd June at 7.30 pm. Ticket’s priced £5 from Heather Fullerton.

PARENT & TODDLER HELPERS: Due to the retirement of some of our helpers the opportunity to volunteer to help in this important group within our Church family has arisen! Tea ladies are required one morning per month – this is a really easy and fun way to give a little time to help out our young families. If you have a couple of hours a month to spare please speak to Irene in the Office

THE COMMUNION DRESSING TEAM: will meet on Saturday 23rd June at 10.30am

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Due to illness we have 1 place available for the visit to the Scottish Parliament next Thursday the 21st leaving the church at 8.30 a.m. The visit includes a tour of the building, reserved seats for "the First Minister’s question time and a visit to the Queen’s Gallery at Holyrood Palace to see the exhibition of "Treasures of the Queen’s Palaces" a unique collection of over 100 outstanding works from eight of the Royal Palaces. Any church member interested should contact George Templeton on 01292 443793.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond) and Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass
GOLDEN JUBILEE: Mrs. Margaret Cardie and Mr. Billy Murray

The Kirk Session has approved the establishment of a special fund in memory of the Revd Dr Bill Christman, Minister at St Columba Church from 1981 until 1991 – this Fund will be used solely to further our work amongst our young people for whom Bill had always worked so hard during his ministry here. Donations to the Fund can be placed in a plain envelope and marked, "Dr Bill Christman Memorial Fund" and placed in the Offering Plate any Sunday up until the 5th August. If you have already completed a Gift Aid Form in favour of Ayr St. Columba, then please enclose a slip of paper with your name on it in the envelope and in this way we will be able to augment your donation by 25%. The Fund will be dedicated at the Memorial Service here in the Church on Saturday 11th August, at which a Chamber Organ for use in the Centenary Aisle will also be dedicated to Bill, remembering his passion for music. This organ is funded from a bequest by the late Mr and Mrs Sidney Leslie, both devoted members of our Church.

10 June 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family, a family of faith, and we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 4: Miss Fiona MacKay, Mr. John Robertson, Ms. Angela Lindsay, Mr. Iain McFadzean, Miss Betty Murray, Mr. Ian Cathcart, Mr. John Ewing, Mr. Scott Williams, Mr. Iain McCrae, Mr. Ken Gray, Mr. Ralph L. Riddiough and Mr. John Crone

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Elizabeth Lawrie, Ms Sharon Lindsay and Mrs. Sheila Campbell.

SUNDAY 17 June 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 5
No Sunday School or Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for April is £116.45.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the June edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

THE SCOTTISH BIBLE SOCIETY – KYLE BRANCH – ANNUAL COFFEE MORNING will be held in Newton Wallacetown Church Hall on Saturday 16th June from 10am – 12 noon. Tickets, priced £2.50 each, are available from Aileen Hope and will be available in the Carrick Park Hall, after each Service

KITCHEN: There are a number of plastic containers abandoned in the kitchen – you are asked to collect these immediately or they will be recycled.

KIRK CAFÉ: starts on Sunday July 1st, between the services, in the Carrick Room. If you would like to help make tea, serve, wash up etc. please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule.

A CHOIRED TASTE: Summer Concert "For As long as we have Music" is being held in St. Joseph’s Church Kilmarnock on Saturday 23rd June at 7.30 pm. Ticket’s priced £5 from Heather Fullerton.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
AYR HOSPITAL: MR. Tom Struthers (Stn 1)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs Cathie Ferguson (Lindsay)
HAIRMYRES: Mr. Alex Harkness
IRVINE: Ben Bass

The Kirk Session has approved the establishment of a special fund in memory of the Revd Dr Bill Christman, Minister at St Columba Church from 1981 until 1991 – this Fund will be used solely to further our work amongst our young people for whom Bill had always worked so hard during his ministry here. Donations to the Fund can be placed in a plain envelope and marked, "Dr Bill Christman Memorial Fund" and placed in the Offering Plate any Sunday up until the 5th August. The Fund will be dedicated at the Memorial Service here in the Church on Saturday 11th August, at which a Chamber Organ for use in the Centenary Aisle will also be dedicated to Bill, remembering his passion for music. This organ is funded from a bequest by the late Mr and Mrs Sidney Leslie, both devoted members of our Church.

Our warmest congratulations to a former Assistant, The Revd. Todd Allen (1998 – 2002) who was married yesterday to Jennifer, in Minnesota.

3 June 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! To the second service this morning we are delighted to welcome Provost Helen Moonie, Provost of South Ayrshire, Mr. Campbell Corrigan, Deputy Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, and Mrs. Carol Corrigan, Mrs. Nancy Mortimer, Depute Lord Lieutenant, Ayrshire and Arran, and Mr. Michael Mortimer, and representatives of our Uniform Organisations.

A very special welcome to the families of Robyn and Elsa who will be baptised at the 11.15 am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 3: Dr. Ruth Martin, Mrs. Ann Naismith, Mr. Bryce Hartshorn, Mr. David Reader, Mrs. Mo Howie, Mrs. Isabel Kelly, Mrs. Anne Hope, Mrs. Margaret Johnston, Mr. Colin Naismith, Mr. Bob Bartholomew and Mr. Iain Hope

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Nan Conway, Mrs. Marilyn Miller, Mr. & Mrs. John Ballantyne, Mr. & Mrs. Alex Eccles and Mr. Hugh Nelson.

SUNDAY 3rd June 2012
1.00pm Congregational Garden Party and Lunch at Enterkine House Hotel

SUNDAY 10th June 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30 am Family Service and Prize Giving and Promotion Service for Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship – Duty Team 4
1.00 pm Family Outing – Foresters Field Rozelle

20s IN THE PEWS; The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for April is £116.45.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the May edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PRIZEGIVING & FAMILY OUTING will be held on Sunday 10th June. The Service will be at 9.30 am and the Outing at 1 pm at Foresters Field. Tickets will be on sale from today priced £3 for a single ticket and for £10 for a Family ticket. Please see Lorna Muir or any of the Sunday School teachers.

GUILD: Members are reminded of the special Guild Meeting on Monday 4th June, celebrating the birthday of one of our members. This will take place in Midton Road Hall at 2 pm. The offering will be towards next year’s Guild projects.

Ayr Presbyterial Council of THE GUILD will hold their Summer Rally on Thursday, 7th June, in St. Nicholas Church, Prestwick, at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Revd. A. Shuttleworth, husband of Margaret, recent Student Attachment at St. Columba. All Guild members are very welcome to attend this meeting.

THE SCOTTISH BIBLE SOCIETY – KYLE BRANCH – ANNUAL COFFEE MORNING will be held in Newton Wallacetown Church Hall on Saturday 16th June from 10am – 12 noon. Tickets, priced £2.50 each, are available from Aileen Hope and will be available in the Carrick Park Hall, after each Service

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDE:
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs Cathie Ferguson (Lindsay) and Mr. Jimmy Kennedy (Urquhart)

The Kirk Session has approved the establishment of a special fund in memory of the Revd Dr Bill Christman, Minister at St Columba Church from 1981 till 1991 – this Fund will be used solely to further our work amongst our young people for whom Bill had always worked so hard during his ministry here. Donations to the Fund can be placed in a plain envelope and marked, "Dr Bill Christman Memorial Fund" and placed in the Offering Plate any Sunday up until the 5th August. The Fund will be dedicated at the Memorial Service here in the Church on Saturday 11th August, at which a Chamber Organ for use in the Centenary Aisle will also be dedicated to Bill, remembering his passion for music. This organ is funded from a bequest by the late Mr and Mrs Sidney Leslie, both devoted members of our Church.

We extend our warmest sympathy and support to Alastair, Iain and Stewart McCrae and Miss Martha Murdoch, on the sudden death of their Mum and sister, Ann, St. Cuthbert’s Road, Prestwick. The service of Thanksgiving will be held here in the Church on Thursday 7th June at 1.00 pm. Followed by the Committal at Masonhill at 2.00pm

27 May 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family, a family of faith, and we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

A very special welcome to the families of Blair and Hannah who will be baptised at the 11.15 am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 2: Mrs. Jean Watson, Mrs. Jo Bruce, Mr. Alec Morton, Mrs. Helen Greig , Mrs. Diana Savala, Mrs. Margaret McLeish, Mr. Tony Greig , Mr. Alan McKinlay, Mr. Jim Watson, Mr. Graeme McKinstry, Mr. Duncan McCallum and Mr. John Eaglesham.

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. Bill Duncan, Mrs. Shirley Scott and Mrs. Helen Mackay

SUNDAY 3 June 2012 – TRINITY SUNDAY
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 3
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship and Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen
1.00pm Congregational Garden Party and Lunch at Enterkine House Hotel

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20s in the Pews for 2012 will be the Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The collection for April is £116.45.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the May edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PRIZEGIVING & FAMILY OUTING will be held on Sunday 10th June. The Service will be at 9.30 am and the Outing at 1 pm at Foresters Field. Tickets will be on sale from today priced £3 for a single ticket and for £10 for a Family ticket. Please see Lorna Muir or any of the Sunday School teachers.

GUILD: Members are reminded of the special Guild Meeting on Monday 4th June, celebrating the birthday of one of our members. This will take place in Midton Road Hall at 2pm. The offering will be towards next year’s Guild projects.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Jimmy Kennedy (Stn 6), Mr Frank Young (Stn 16)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and Mrs Cathie Ferguson (Lindsay)

Mrs. Kathleen White is now resident in Airlie House.

We extend our warmest sympathy to the family of Mr Ian Murray of Queen’s Terrace who died last week, aged 51. The funeral service will be held at Masonhill on Wednesday first, 30th May, at 11.15 a.m.

20 May 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family, a family of faith, and we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 1: Mr. Malcolm Mackay, Dr. Helen Hunter, Mr. Robin White, Mrs Helen Mackay, Mr. Graeme Savage, Mrs. Carol Morrison, Mrs. Ann Vance, Mr. Jim Younger, Mr. Bob Cowan, Mr. Jim Brodie, Mrs. Margaret Grier and Mr. Brian Morrison

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Jean Rosamond, Mrs. Claire Howat and Mrs. Dorothy Kane.

SUNDAY 27 May 2012 – PENTECOST
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 2
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship – Sacrament of Baptism

SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: Wednesday 23 May 2012 at 2.00pm followed by tea in the Session Room. This is the last of our monthly Communions till September.

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for April is £116.45

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the May edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

CHRISTIAN AID ENVELOPES: Please place filled envelopes in the collection plate. If you have not received an envelope you may uplift one from the Office. Thank you for your support.

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel – tickets must be paid and collected by Sunday 20th May. Anyone with special dietary requirements should inform the office as soon as possible. You will arrive at the hotel and enjoy a glass of champagne and canapés as you listen to the Jazz Band; a two course lunch with wine will be served at your "royal" table, and the Jubilee Cake will be served with coffee. Before we take our leave of Enterkine, we will have some community singing, led by Matthew and Rachel, a chance to celebrate a memorable day for us all! Ladies, we encourage you to wear a hat to the second service that day to make The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee a fitting occasion!

SENIORS’ OUTING: to the Scottish Parliament will take place on Thursday 7th June. Places are limited – if you would like to attend please collect a flyer from the Carrick Park vestibule this morning and return to the Office as soon as possible. Places cannot be booked by phone.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PRIZEGIVING & FAMILY OUTING: will be held on Sunday 10th June. The Service will be at 9.30 am and the Outing at 1pm at Foresters Field. Tickets will be on sale from today prices £3 for a single ticket and £10 for a Family ticket. Please see Lorna Muir or any of the Sunday School Teachers

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Jimmy Kennedy (Stn 6)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond),
Mrs. Kathleen White (Buchanan) and Mrs Cathie Ferguson (Lindsay)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

13 May 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 12: Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Dr. Lindsay Miller, Mr. Jim Richardson, Mr. John Halliday, Mr. Peter Muir, Mr. Walter Muir, Mr. Gavin Gemmell, Mr. George McMillan, Mrs. Jean Lindsay, Mr. Drummond Cameron, Mr. James Kane and Mr. George Rae

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Rine Kidd, Mrs. Jay Mair, Mrs. Sheena Boyd, Mrs Louise Speed and Mrs. Yvonne Russell.

SUNDAY 20 May 2012 – GENERAL ASSEMBLY SUNDAY
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 1
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for April is £116.45

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the May edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK – 13th May – 18th May As in recent years we at St Columba Church will be participating in this worthwhile event. You will find a Christian Aid envelope in your pew leaflet this morning which can be returned next Sunday or handed in to the church office. If anyone requires assistance in returning their envelope I am happy to help and can be contacted on 01292 288463. Thank you for your support. Mo Howie (Christian Aid Representative)

CAR BOOT SALE & COFFEE – Saturday 19th May – Midton Road Hall – 10 – 12 noon. The cost of a table is £10. Donations of Baking will be gratefully accepted.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the June edition should be with the editor today 13th May. All articles should be emailed to the editor – [email protected]

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel – tickets must be paid and collected by Sunday 20th May. Anyone with special dietary requirements should inform the office as soon as possible. You will arrive at the hotel and enjoy a glass of champagne and canapés as you listen to the Jazz Band; a two course lunch with wine will be served at your "royal" table, and the Jubilee Cake will be served with coffee. Before we take our leave of Enterkine, we will have some community singing, led by Matthew and Rachel, a chance to celebrate a memorable day for us all! Ladies, we encourage you to wear a hat to the second service that day to make The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee a fitting occasion!

SENIORS’ OUTING: to the Scottish Parliament will take place on Thursday 7th June. Places are limited – if you would like to attend please collect a flyer from the Carrick Park vestibule this morning and return to the Office as soon as possible. Places cannot be booked by phone.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PRIZEGIVING & FAMILY OUTING: will be held on Sunday 10th June. The Service will be at 9.30 am and the Outing at 1pm at Foresters Field. Tickets will be on sale from today prices £3 for a single ticket and £10 for a Family ticket. Please see Lorna Muir or any of the Sunday School Teachers.
Robin Szmidt – Great London Swim in aid of the Hospice – www.justgiving.com/Robin-Szmidt

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Jimmy Kennedy (Stn 6)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond),
Mr. Sandy Stephen (Buchanan), Mrs. Kathleen White (Buchanan) and Mrs Cathie Ferguson (Lindsay)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Mr. Sandy Stephen is resident in Carrick House Home Care, Carrick Road.

Our warmest sympathy and prayers are extended to Mary, Doreen and the family of Mrs Doreen O’Farrell of South Lodge. Mrs O’Farrell’s funeral will be tomorrow at 2.00p.m. at Masonhill.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Assistant Session Clerk, Dr David Martin, after a short illness. The service of thanksgiving for David’s life will be held here in the Church on Wednesday first, 16th May, at 11.15a.m., following a private cremation. All Elders who are planning to attend are asked to meet in the Midton Hall by 11.00a.m.. We extend our warmest condolences to Mary, Iain, Susan and all the family.

6 May 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family, a family of faith, and we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 11: Mrs. Janette Leishman, Mrs. Edwina Mabon, Mr. Alastair Fraser, Mr. Jim Orr, Mr. Sandy Allan, Mr. Andrew Muirhead, Mr. John Ferguson, Mr. Archie Jamieson, Mrs. Rita Mackenzie, Mrs. Ann Aitchison and Mr. Tom Laurie

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. George Templeton, Mrs. Catherine Overdijking and Mrs. Isobel Wallace.

SUNDAY 13 May 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 12
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship
Our sincerest thanks are extended to one of our choir members, Mrs. Jean Berry, who is deputising at the Organ at both services this morning; and to Mr. Stuart Paton, Organist at Mauchline, who is deputising at the Evening Service.

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for April is £116.45

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the May edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 are now on sale. Anyone with special dietary requirements should inform the office as soon as possible.

CAR BOOT SALE & COFFEE – Saturday 19th May – Midton Road Hall – 10 – 12 noon. The cost of a table is £10. Donations of Baking will be gratefully accepted. There are still a few tables left please contact the Office.

THE LUNCHEON CLUB will travel to New Lanark on Friday, 11th May leaving at 9.30am. Tickets priced £25 payable now! Please choose your high tea from menu and mark (X) on the notice board. Jean Stewart: 263343.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the June edition should be with the editor by, Sunday 13th May. All articles should be emailed to the editor – [email protected]

TRAIDCRAFT: Yvonne and Louise will have a wide array of ethically produced goods on the Tradecraft Stall. Please stop and browse.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Doreen O’Farrell (Stn 9) and Dr. David Martin (Stn16)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mr. Sandy Stephen (Buchanan), Mrs. Kathleen White (Buchanan), Mrs Cathie Ferguson (Lindsay) and Mrs. Louisa Wilson (Lindsay)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Our warmest sympathy and prayers are given to Mr. & Mrs. John McKissock and family, Laigh Smithston Farm, Minishant, on the sudden death of their daughter, Rachel. The funeral took place on Saturday.

A former Assistant, the Revd Scott Crawford, was married yesterday in the First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. We send our warmest congratulations to Scott and his wife, Holly!

29 April 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – we warmly invite you to join us at the Lord’s Table today, all who love Him and are members of any branch of His Church. A special welcome if you are visiting our Church for the first time today.

Unfermented wine is available in the centre of every tray.

There will be a Retiring Offering today for Lochside Church

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 8: Mr. Peter T. MacDonald, Mr. Jim Wilcox, Mrs. Helen Cockburn, Mr. Jim Brown, Mrs. Jessie Davidson, Mr. John Hamilton, Mr John Kiltie, Revd. Jack Bone,Mrs. Dorothy Bone, Mrs. Larraine Christian and Mr. John Ballantyne

Team 9: Mr. Fraser Walker, Mr. Andrew Cardie, Mrs. Margaret Cardie, Mr. Greg Murdoch, Mr. Ron Currie, Mr. David Campbell, Mrs. Elizabeth Gardiner, Mrs. Joan Dunlop, Mr. Duncan Anderson, Mr. Bill Caven, Mr. Alastair Gardiner and Mr. John Stewart

Team 10: Mr. George Templeton, Mrs. Lorna Hilderley, Mr. Iain Campbell, Mrs. Anne Swan, Mr. George Park, Mr. Norman Wallace, Mr. Alex Eccles, Mr. Robert Shaw, Mr. Millar Muir, Mr. Alastair Swan, Mr. Alan McHarg and Mr. Alan Hawthorn

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Graeme McKinstry

SUNDAY 6th May 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 11
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship
6.30pm Evening Service

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for March is £135.65

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the April edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 are now on sale.

CAR BOOT SALE & COFFEE – Saturday 19th May – Midton Road Hall – 10 – 12 noon. The cost of a table is £10. Donations of Baking will be gratefully accepted. There are still a few tables left please contact the Office.

BIBLE STUDY continues on Tuesdays weekly until 1st May in Session Room at 7pm. All are very welcome.

SCOUT COFFEE MORNING – SATURDAY 12th MAY – tickets on sale after services today.

THE FLOWER TEAM will meet on Wednesday 9th May at 7.30pm in the Carrick Room when we will make up the rota for the summer months. New members will be made most welcome. If you are unable to attend please phone Anne Swan on 442584 with available dates or you can email them to me at [email protected]

THE LUNCHEON CLUB will travel to New Lanark on Friday, 11th May leaving at 9.30am. Tickets priced £25 payable now! Please choose your high tea from menu and mark (X) on the notice board. Jean Stewart: 263343.

MEN’S ASSOCIATION visit to Scottish Parliament: after the morning visit and lunch there is the possibility of going to the Queen’s Gallery at Holyrood to see "Treasures from the Queen’s Palaces", an exhibition of some of the finest treasures from the Royal Collection. The visit would last about an hour and cost £5.50 per person. Advance booking is very advisable. Please contact Terry Swinn (441896) ASAP if interested.

THE KYLE BRANCH of the Scottish Bible Society will hold its Annual Rally in Kingcase Church on Sunday the 29th April at 7pm to which all are invited.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Ella Todd (Stn. 2), Mrs. Joan Kirk (Stn. 10) and Mrs. Doreen O’Farrell (Stn 9)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond), Mr. Sandy Stephen (Macmillan), Mrs. Kathleen White (Buchanan) and Mrs Cathie Ferguson (Lindsay)
IRVINE: Ben Bass
CROSSHOUSE HOSPITAL: Mrs. Louis Wilson (Ward 2c)

Our sincerest sympathy is extended to Mr. Jim Buchanan and the family of George Place, Ayr on the death of his wife, Gail. The funeral took place on Friday at Kilmarnock Cemetery.

22 April 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family, a family of faith, and we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 7: Mrs. Irene Bartholomew, Mr. Norman Reid, Mr. Donald Macrae, Mrs Meriel Conn, Mrs. Heather Fullerton, Mr. Charlie Jack, Mrs. Christina Kennedy, Mr. Terry Swinn, Mr. Hugh Brown, Mr. Keith Fullerton, Mr. Bob Templeton and Mr. Peter G. Macdonald

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Ellen Faulds and Mrs. Jo Bruce

SUNDAY 29 April 2012 COMMUNION SUNDAY
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30 a.m. – Team: 8
9.30 a.m. Sunday School – Crèche in Midton Room.
11.15 a.m. – Team: 9 – Crèche in the Midton Room.
6.30p.m. – Team: 10

Retiring Offering at all Services for support of our friends in the Congregation at Lochside Church

The Wednesday service of HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated here in the Church on Wednesday 25 April, at 2.00p.m., followed by tea in the Session Room. Everyone is most warmly invited

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for March is £135.65

ELDERS: PLEASE check and confirm or otherwise -TODAY – their availability for the upcoming Holy Communion Service on Sunday 29th April. You are also asked to uplift magazines and Communion cards from your pigeonhole today for immediate delivery.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the April edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 will be on sale after Easter.

BIBLE STUDY continues on Tuesdays weekly until 1st May in Session Room at 7pm. All are very welcome.

THE LUNCHEON CLUB will travel to New Lanark, Friday, 11th May 2012. Please refer to list on display in the Carrick Park vestibule. Enquiries to Jean Stewart: 263343

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: There are still a few places available for the trip to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 21st June, please contact me as soon as possible if you wish to go on 443793. Would Committee members please note that the Syllabus is now complete- the suggested Committee meeting will not now be required.

THE MONDAY CLUB: Anyone who has not indicated their intention to attend the Dinner at the Kylestrome Hotel on Monday 23rd April, and would like to go, please telephone either Janette Leishman on 284460 or Margaret Grier on 260815, so that we can finalise the numbers.

HEARTSTART: This course will be held in the Midton Road Hall on Monday 23rd April and will commence at 7.30pm sharp! There is one space available if any Duty Team member (not already signed up) wishes to attend. Please contact Bryce Hartshorn on 678463.

THE KYLE BRANCH of the Scottish Bible Society will hold its Annual Rally in Kingcase Church on Sunday the 29th April at 7pm to which all are invited.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Kathleen White (Stn. 14) and Mrs. Ella Todd (Stn. 2)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Mr. Sandy Stephen (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass
CROSSHOUSE HOSPITAL: Mrs. Louis Wilson (Ward 2c)

DATE for YOUR DIARY: Saturday 19th May – The Hospitality Committee are holding a Car Boot Sale & Coffee – Midton Road Hall – 10 – 12 noon. The cost of a table is £10. Donations of Baking will be gratefully accepted-more details to follow. There are still a few tables left – contact the Office.

15 April 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family -now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family, a family of faith, and we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 6: Mr. Michael Whiteford, Mrs. Fiona Taylor, Mrs. Edna Gemmell, Mr. Jim Hume, Mr. Alex. Connell, Mrs. Margaret Loudon, Dr. Ruairidh Bain, Mr. Robbie Park, Mr. Tom Rodger, Mr. Bill McCulloch, Mrs. Jane Hunter and Mr. Jim W. Brown

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. Robbie Turnbull (Bromley), Mrs. Betty McLellan and Mrs. Rosemary Warnant.

THE MINISTER is on holiday from Tuesday 17th April till Monday 23rd April. All Pastoral cover will be conducted by our Associate Revd. David Ness.

SUNDAY 22nd April 2012 2nd Sunday of Easter
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE Revd. John Matthews MA BD., Minister Emeritus of Ruchill: Kelvinside. John and his wife Mabel have recently joined our Congregation.
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 7
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

ELDERS please uplift magazines and Communion cards from your pigeonhole today for immediate delivery.

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for March is £135.65

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the April edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 will be on sale after Easter.

BIBLE STUDY continues on Tuesdays weekly until 1st May in Session Room at 7pm. All are very welcome.

THE LUNCHEON CLUB will travel to New Lanark, Friday, 11th May 2012. Please refer to list on display in the Carrick Park vestibule. Enquiries to Jean Stewart: 263343

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: There are still a few places available for the trip to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 21st June, please contact me as soon as possible if you wish to go on 443793. Would Committee members please note that the Syllabus is now complete- the suggested Committee meeting will not now be required.

THE MONDAY CLUB: There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Monday Club in the Midton Road Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 16th April 2012, when it is requested that a good attendance of members is essential. Anyone who has not indicated their intention to attend the Dinner at the Kylestrome Hotel on Monday 23rd April, and would like to go, please telephone either Janette Leishman on 284460 or Margaret Grier on 260815, so that we can finalise the numbers.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Kathleen White (Stn. 14)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Mr. Sandy Stephen (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass
CROSSHOUSE HOSPITAL: Mrs. Louis Wilson (Ward 2c)
DATE for YOUR DIARY: Saturday 19th May – The Hospitality Committee are holding a Car Boot Sale & Coffee – Midton Road Hall – 10 – 12 noon. The cost of a table is £10. Donations of Baking will be gratefully accepted-more details to follow. There are still a few tables left – contact the Office.

8 April 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family, a family of faith, and we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 5: Mr. Douglas Espie, Mrs. Helen Caddis, Mr. John Morrison, Mr. Alan Izat, Mr Tim Slatter, Mr. Robert Seath, Mrs. Anne McNair, Mr. Gordon McKinlay, Mr. Bill Wilson, Mr. Alec Mooney, 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 Mr. & Mrs. George Black, Mr. & Mrs. Jack McConnachie. Mr. Alec Mooney and the Easter bouquets.

SUNDAY 15th April 2012 – LOW SUNDAY
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 6
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship – The 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the "Titanic"

The OFFICE will be closed on Easter Monday.

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for March is £135.65

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the April edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 will be on sale after Easter.

BIBLE STUDY continues on Tuesdays weekly until 1st May in Session Room at 7pm. All are very welcome.

THE LUNCHEON CLUB will travel to New Lanark, Friday, 11th May 2012. Please refer to list on display in the Carrick Park vestibule. Enquiries to Jean Stewart: 263343

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: A visit to the Scottish Parliament is being organised for Thursday 21st June leaving the Church at 8.30 a.m. It is hoped to keep the cost to under £20. This includes seats for the First Ministers Question time. As numbers are limited to 18 members are asked to contact me as soon as possible to confirm a place, on a first come basis. George Templeton. 443793

THE MONDAY CLUB: There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Monday Club in the Midton Road Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 16th April 2012, when it is requested that a good attendance of members is essential. Anyone who has not indicated their intention to attend the Dinner at the Kylestrome Hotel on Monday 23rd April, and would like to go, please telephone either Janette Leishman on 284460 or Margaret Grier on 260815, so that we can finalise the numbers.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Kathleen White (Stn. 14)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Mr. Sandy Stephen (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

DATE for YOUR DIARY: Saturday 19th May – The Hospitality Committee are holding a Car Boot Sale & Coffee – Midton Road Hall – 10 – 12 noon. Cost of table £10. Donations of Baking will be gratefully accepted-more details to follow. There are still a few tables left!

Warmest congratulations are extended to Mr. & Mrs. David Mackay, Holmston Drive, who celebrated their Ruby Wedding last weekend!

1 April 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. A very special welcome to the family of Isla who will be baptised at the 11.15 am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 2: Mrs. Jean Watson, Mrs. Jo Bruce, Mr. Alec Morton, Mrs. Helen Greig , Mrs. Diana Savala, Mrs. Margaret McLeish, Mr. Tony Greig , Mr. Alan McKinlay, Mr. Jim Watson, Mr. Graeme McKinstry, Mr. Duncan McCallum and Mr. John Eaglesham

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Jean Watson, Mrs. Margaret McClymont and the McIntosh Wedding Flowers

HOLY WEEK SERVICES at 7.30pm – all services in Ayr St. Columba Church except Thursday when the Service of Holy Communion will be held in Alloway.
Monday: The Revd. Linda Godfrey, Dalrymple linked with St. Leonard’s
Tuesday: The Revd. David Ness, Associate Ayr: St. Columba
Wednesday: Captain Graeme Parkhill, Salvation Army
Thursday: The Revd. Fraser R. Aitken, Ayr: St. Columba Church
Friday: The Revd. Neil McNaught, Alloway Parish Church

All offerings for the Ayrshire Branch of SANDS (Society for Still Births and Neo Natal Deaths)

SUNDAY 8th April 2012 – EASTER SUNDAY
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
7.30am Early Morning Service Low Green
8.00am Breakfast – in the Church Hall
9.30am Family Service Duty Team 5
10.00am No Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

You are invited to bring a bunch of spring flowers to adorn the empty Cross.

12.30pm Holy Communion

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for March is £135.65

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the March edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

TRAIDCRADFT: Yvonne and Louise will have a wide array of ethically produced goods on the Tradecraft Stall. Please stop and browse. Easter cards also available.

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 will be on sale after Easter.

BIBLE STUDY continues on Tuesdays weekly until 1st May (omitting Holy Week 3rd April) in Session Room at 7pm. All are very welcome.

THE LUNCHEON CLUB will travel to New Lanark, Friday, 11th May 2012. Please refer to list on display in the Carrick Park vestibule. Enquiries to Jean Stewart: 263343

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: A visit to the Scottish Parliament is being organised for Thursday 21st June leaving the Church at 8.30 a.m. It is hoped to keep the cost to under £20. This includes seats for the First Ministers Question time. As numbers are limited to 18 members are asked to contact me as soon as possible to confirm a place, on a first come basis. George Templeton. 443793

HEARTSTART: All elders who have signed up to attend please note that the class will be held on Monday 23rd April at 7.30pm in the Midton Road Hall.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Kathleen White (Stn. 14) and Lady Annie O’Halloran (Stn 9)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Mr. Sandy Stephen (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

DATE for YOUR DIARY: Saturday 19th May – Car Boot Sale & Coffee – Midton Road Hall – 10 – 12 noon. Cost of table £10. Donations of Baking will be gratefully accepted-more details to follow. There are still a few tables left!

Our sympathy and prayers are extended to Moira and the family on the death of George Leckie of Cambridge ( formerly of Craigweil Place), who passed away last week. The service of thanksgiving will be held in the Church on Thursday at 1pm.

25 March 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this
morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! We lay great store in our belief
that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each
other the way Jesus lived and treated people.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 1: Mr. Bob Cowan, Mr. Jim Brodie, Mr.
Malcolm Mackay, Mr. Robin White, Mrs Helen Mackay, Dr. Helen Hunter, Mrs. Carol
Morrison, Mrs. Ann Vance, Dr. David Martin, Mr. Jim Younger, Mrs. Margaret Grier
and Mr. Brian Morrison

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been
given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Mary Knox, Mr. & Mrs. John Caddis and The
Naismith Family.

SUNDAY 1st April 2012 – PALM SUNDAY SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 2
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship
6.30pm Evening Service

KIRK SESSION: meets on Thursday 29th March at 7.30pm in Cathcart Street Hall.
ELDERS please uplift Agenda & Minutes from pigeonholes today.

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The
Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central
Hospital. The Collection for February is £134.50

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the March edition are available for uplifting
at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors
priced £1.80.

THE MONDAY CLUB: meets at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 26 March for our Annual General
Meeting – note the time change, and after our meeting we will be having a Beetle
Drive which should be fun. A good turnout of members is requested, as this is
our last meeting of the Session.

THE MEN’S ASSOCIATION: The A.G.M. and Members Night will be held tomorrow night,
Monday 26th, at 7.30.p.m.in the Session Room. Following the A.G.M. Robbie Park
and Robin Wyllie will give short presentations. A large attendance would be
appreciated

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen,
will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am
Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 will be on
sale after Easter.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the April edition should be with the editor today,
Sunday, 25th March. All articles should be emailed to the editor – [email protected]

SUPPER CLUB: the next meeting will be on Wednesday 28th March at 7.45pm. The
speaker is Grant Young. Grant has a most interesting story to tell – all are
welcome. Tickets priced £10 are on sale after both services today.

BIBLE STUDY continues this Tuesday 27th March – weekly until 1st May (omitting
Holy Week 3rd April) in Session Room at 7pm. All are very welcome.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Kathleen White (Stn. 14) and Lady Annie O’Halloran (Stn 9)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs.
Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Mr. Sandy Stephen (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

DATE for YOUR DIARY: Saturday 19th May – Car Boot Sale & Coffee – Midton Road
Hall – 10 – 12 noon. Cost of table £10. Donations of Baking will be gratefully
accepted-more details to follow. There are still a few tables left!

WELLINGTON SCHOOL:
Junior Easter Service: Tuesday 27 March – 1.30 pm
Senior Easter Service: Wednesday 28 March – 10.00 am
– all welcome!

Our heartfelt sympathy and affection are extended to Mrs. Helen Cooper, Allison,
Douglas and the family of Wattfield Road on the sudden death of Hamish – the
funeral service took place on Thursday; to Mrs. Doreen McPherson and the family
of Sunningdale Avenue, Ayr on the death of her mother, Mrs. Jessie Duncan of
Windyhall Care Home – the funeral service took place on Friday; and to Mr. Derek
and Mrs. Millie McNish of Kilwinning on the death of their baby twin daughters.
The funeral service is still to be arranged.

18 March 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 12: Mr. Drummond Cameron, Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Dr. Lindsay Miller, Mr. Jim Richardson, Mr. John Halliday, Mr. Peter Muir, Mr. Walter Muir, Mr. Gavin Gemmell, Mr. George McMillan, Mrs. Jean Lindsay, Mr. James Kane and Mr. George Rae.

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Denis Grier, Mr. Ronald Brash, Mrs. Isabel Kelly, Mrs. Margaret Dickie and in memory of Mrs. Charlotte Shannon.

SUNDAY 25th March 2012 – PASSION SUNDAY
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 1
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for February is £134.50

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the March edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: will be held in the Church on Wednesday 21st March at 7.30 pm followed by tea /coffee in the Session Room. Copies of the Accounts and Budget can be uplifted from both doors.

FABRIC COMMITTEE MEETING: will be held in the Centenary Aisle at 7.30pm on Tuesday 20th March 2012, all committee members please attend.

THE GUILD: will hold the last meeting of this session tomorrow, 19th March, in Midton Road Hall. Following the Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm, Mrs. Isobel Montgomerie will speak about her year as Moderator of the Ayr Presbytery.

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 will be on sale after Easter.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the April edition should be with the editor by, Sunday, 25th March. All articles should be emailed to the editor – [email protected]

SUPPER CLUB: the next meeting will be on Wednesday 28th March at 7.45pm. The speaker is Grant Young. Tickets priced £10 are on sale after both services today.

BIBLE STUDY commences on Tuesday 20th March – weekly until 1st May (omitting Holy Week 3rd April) in Session Room at 7pm. All are very welcome.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Kathleen White (Stn. 14) and Lady Annie O’Halloran (Stn 9)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Mr. Sandy Stephen (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Our warmest sympathy and thoughts are extended to the family of Mr Ron Deen of Donnini Court, Ayr, who died last week. The funeral service will be held tomorrow at Masonhill at 2.00p.m.

Heartiest congratulations to Mr and Mrs Denis Grier of Holmston Drive, Ayr, who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Friday last.

DATE for YOUR DIARY: Saturday 19th May – Car Boot Sale & Coffee – Midton Road Hall – Cost of table £10. Donations of Baking will be gratefully accepted-more details to follow.

The Minister has received a phone call from James Carnegie (formerly of Carrick Park) who has been seconded with his family to Kenya, James, Jo, Zak and Max wish to be reminded to all friends in the congregation.

Please remember to put your clocks forward next weekend!

11 March 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. A very special welcome to the family of Isla who will be baptised at the 11.15 am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 11: Mr. Archie Jamieson, Mrs. Rita Mackenzie, Mrs. Janette Leishman, Mrs. Edwina Mabon, Mr. Alastair Fraser, Mr. Jim Orr, Mr. Sandy Allan, Mrs. Janice Paterson, Mr. Andrew Muirhead, Mr. John Ferguson, Mrs. Ann Aitchison and Mr. Tom Laurie

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Derrick Oldfield, Mrs. Nesa McConnachie, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Wilson, Miss Fiona McQuaker in memory of Douglas McQuaker and the Adam’s Family wedding flowers.

SUNDAY 18th March 2012 – Fourth Sunday in Lent – MOTHERING SUNDAY
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 12
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for February is £134.50

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the March edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: will be held in the Church on Wednesday 21st March at 7.30 pm followed by tea /coffee in the Session Room. Copies of the Accounts and Budget can be uplifted from both doors.

THE MONDAY CLUB: meets at 7.45 p.m. on Monday 12th March, when we will have a member of Strathclyde Police who will talk to us on personal safety in the home and in the town, especially nowadays, when personal safety can be an issue.

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Tomorrow evening the 12th our final guest speaker Dr Steven Hay will tell us about "The History of Seaweed and its uses". Members are also reminded that the end of Session Dinner is being held in the Chestnuts Hotel on Wednesday 28th March. Would all members wishing to join us on the evening please let me know at tomorrow’s meeting or call me on 443793. George Templeton.

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 will be on sale after Easter.

SUPPER CLUB: the next meeting will be on Wednesday 28th March at 7.45pm. The speaker is Grant Young. Tickets priced £10 are on sale after both services today.

RAINBOW BROWNIES: the youngest branch of our Guides are collecting Sainsbury’s Vouchers. If you are a Sainsbury’s shopper please collect your vouchers and drop off in the box provided in the Carrick Park Vestibule.

BIBLE STUDY commences on Tuesday 20th March – weekly until 1st May (omitting Holy Week 3rd April) in Session Room at 7pm. All are very welcome.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Kathleen White (Stn. 14)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Mr. Sandy Stevens (Macmillan)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Our sincerest sympathy is extended to Mr Hugh Clark and the family of Craigie Way on the death of his wife, Evelyn. The funeral service took place on Thursday.

The service of thanksgiving for Mr Sandy Loudon will be held here in the Church tomorrow, Monday, at 10.00a.m., followed by the committal at Ayr Cemetery at 11.00a.m.. Margaret and the family are so appreciative of all the kind thoughts and expressions of sympathy they have received these past days.

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of a member of our Kirk Session, Mr David McCrae, of St Cuthbert’s Road, Prestwick. The service of thanksgiving for David’s life will be held here in the Church on Wednesday first, 14th March, at 11.00a.m., followed by the Committal at Masonhill at 12 noon. Our warmest affection and prayers are sent to Anne, the Boys and all the family.

The Church of Scotland – www.ayrstcolumba.org.uk

4 March 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family. A family of faith. And we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 10: Mr. Alastair Swan, Mr. George Templeton, Mrs. Lorna Hilderley, Mr. Iain Campbell, Mrs. Anne Swan, Mr. George Park, Mr. Norman Wallace, Mr. Alex Eccles, Mr. Robert Shaw, Mr. Millar Muir, Mr. Alan McHarg and Mr. Alan Hawthorn

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Miss Phyllis Thornton, Mrs. May Kerr and Mrs. Morag Bryden

SUNDAY 11th March 2012 – Third Sunday in Lent
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 11
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for February is £134.50

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the March edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

THE GUILD: meets tomorrow, 5th March, at 2pm in Midton Road for our annual Daffodil Tea. In a change to the programme, we are fortunate to have a visit from the well-known group "Jim Colvin and Friends" to entertain us with their music. Any ladies of the congregation who cannot attend our evening meetings will be very welcome to come along tomorrow afternoon.

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 will be on sale after Easter.

THE MONDAY CLUB would like to thank members and friends who gave contributions of home baking for our Fashion Show on Monday 27 February. The Fashion Show raised £1,235:00 and we must thank all who attended and helped to raise funds for our charities – Rachel House, Kinross and the local MS. Society.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Barbara McLean (Stn 10), Mr. Ron McLean (Stn. 1) and
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond)
IRVINE: Ben Bass
ROYAL INFIRMARY GLASGOW: Mr Frank Young

THANK YOU: Barbara McLean wishes to thank everyone most sincerely for all their cards, flowers and good wishes following her fall. In particular the members of the duty team and Congregation who looked after her on the Sunday morning.

The funeral service for Mrs. Nancy Dobson of Dalblair Court will be held tomorrow at Masonhill at 11.15. Our prayers are extended to all the family.

We record with sadness the passing of Mr. Sandy Loudon of Ronaldshaw Park who died on Thursday. The service of thanksgiving for Sandy’s life has still to be finalised. His wife, Margaret, and the family, are in our thoughts and prayers.

26 February 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 9: Mr. Duncan Anderson, Mr. Bill Caven, Mr. Fraser Walker, Mr. Andrew Cardie, Mrs. Margaret Cardie, Mr. Greg Murdoch, Mr. Ron Currie,
Mr. David Campbell, Mrs. Elizabeth Gardiner, Mr. Alastair Gardiner and Mr. John Stewart

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark

SUNDAY 4th March 2012 – Second Sunday in Lent
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 10
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship
6.30pm Evening Worship

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for January is £132.46

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the February edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

TRUSTEES/ELDERS are asked to uplift their copy of the Accounts and Budget ahead of the Trustee Meeting on Tuesday 28th February from their pigeonholes or from the Session Room – today.

THE GUILD: THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER. Once a year, Christians around the world gather on the same day to worship, using a common theme. "Let Justice Prevail" has been written by the women of Malaysia for all countries to share. It is hoped that many people from our congregation will wish to attend the World Day of Prayer Service in Ayr, which will be held in Castlehill Church on Friday, 2nd March, at 2pm

THE MONDAY CLUB – are holding a Fashion Show by Hourstons of Ayr on Monday 27th February at 7.30 p.m. in the Church. Tickets priced £5:00 will be on sale after both Services to-day, and will be on sale at the door on the evening of the Show. Please enter by the Carrick Park door. Any contributions of baking would be gratefully accepted during the afternoon of 27th February, when Committee members will be in attendance in the Church kitchen.

MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Would members please note that tomorrow night’s speaker, (Monday 27th) is a change from the syllabus. Prepare for an interesting meeting as Bill McGregor takes us "ROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BUSES". A warm welcome will be extended to any new members. We have 2 interesting speakers coming up before we end the winter session. So why not come along and see how you like it, before committing yourself to join us next year. "Try before you buy"

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 will be on sale after Easter.

OFFICE COPYING: with the arrival of the new copier all existing copy codes have been deleted. Copying must now be done through the office and at least three days’ notice should be given. Charges for personal copying will be displayed in the Office.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Barbara McLean (Stn 10), Mr. Ron McLean (Stn. 1) and Mr Iain Reid (Stn 4)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and
Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Mr Sandy Loudon (Urquhart)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

We extend our warmest sympathy to Mrs. Maureen Gow and the family of Bellevue Road on the passing of Ronnie. The funeral took place on Friday.

Our prayers are offered to the family of Mrs. Janet Grant of Polnessan who died last week – the funeral took place on Friday.

The funeral service for Mr. Dick McBride of Riverside Place will take place tomorrow at 12 noon at Masonhill. Our sincerest support is sent to his wife, Isa, and the family.

We record with sadness the death of Mrs Maureen Wilson of Crosbie Road, Troon. The service of thanksgiving for her life will be held at Masonhill on Wednesday first at 11.15a.m. Our warmest thoughts and prayers are extended to her husband, Alastair, and the family.

We extend our warmest sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. John Dobson and Family on the death of John’s mother, Nancy, of Dalblair Court, The Funeral Service will be at Masonhill on Monday 5th March at 11.15am

19 February 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family. A family of faith. And we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 8: Mrs. Dorothy Bone, Mr. Jim Wilcox, Mr. Peter T. MacDonald, Mrs. Shona Frew, Mrs. Helen Cockburn, Mr. Jim Brown, Mrs. Jessie Davidson, Mr. John Hamilton, Mr John Kiltie, Revd. Jack Bone, 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. Bill Caven, Miss Alice Montgomery and Mr. and Mrs. William Pettigrew.

SUNDAY 26 February 2012 – First Sunday in Lent
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service – Duty Team 9
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship

SERVICE of HOLY COMMUNION: Wednesday 22nd February 2012 at 2pm followed by tea in the Session Room.

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for January is £132.46

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the February edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

TRUSTEES/ELDERS are asked to uplift their copy of the Accounts and Budget ahead of the Trustee Meeting on Tuesday 28th February from their pigeonholes or from the Session Room – today.

THE GUILD: The next meeting of the GUILD will be tomorrow at 7.30pm in Midton Road Hall. Anne McLean is coming to talk about her work with inmates in Kilmarnock Prison. This will be a very interesting evening and all are welcome to attend the meeting.

MONDAY CLUB FASHION SHOW: The Monday Club will host a Fashion Show, by Hourstons of Ayr, on Monday 27 February 2012 at 7.30 p.m. Tea, coffee & traybakes will be served after the show. Tickets priced £5:00 will be on sale after both services today. All proceeds will be donated to our chosen charities

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 will be on sale after Easter.

OFFICE COPYING: with the arrival of the new copier all existing copy codes have been deleted. Copying must now be done through the office and at least three days’ notice should be given. Charges for personal copying will be displayed in the Office.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Barbara McLean (Stn 10)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Mr Sandy Loudon (Urquhart)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

12 February 2012
To follow

5 February 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family; a strong family; a family of faith. And we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 6: Mr. Bill McCulloch, Edna Gemmell, Mr. Michael Whiteford, Mrs. Fiona Taylor, Mr. Jim Hume, Mr. Alex. Connell, Mrs. Margaret Loudon, Dr. Ruairidh Bain, Miss Kelly Murdoch, Mr. Tom Rodger, Mrs. Jane Hunter and Mr. Jim W. Brown

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

SUNDAY 12 February 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service Duty Team 7
10.00am NO Sunday School & Bible Class – School Holiday
11.15am Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS: The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be The Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Unit for Spinal Injuries at Irvine Central Hospital. The Collection for January is £132.46

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the February edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £1.80.

THE GUILD: meets tomorrow, at 2pm in the Midton Road Hall when Mr. Ronnie Russell will entertain. His programme is called "Laughter Lines" and there promises to be much laughter while he sketches for us. Any ladies in the congregation who cannot attend evening meetings will be most welcome to come along tomorrow afternoon.

HOSPITALITY: The Burns’ Supper will be held on Saturday 11th February in Cathcart St. Hall. It is essential that you collect and pay for your ticket today Sunday 5th February. Failure to do so will result in tickets being resold. Anyone still wishing to attend the Burns’ Supper please call the Office after 10am on Monday when returned tickets will be on sale

The February meeting of the Supper Club has been cancelled.

DIAMOND JUBILEE GARDEN PARTY to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Enterkine House Hotel following the 11.15am Service. Two course lunch and a glass of wine – Tickets priced £20.00 will be on sale shortly. All are welcome.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Willie Forbes (Stn 8)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond),
Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Miss Helen Ford (Urquhart),
GLASGOW SOUTHERN GENERAL: Mr Sandy Loudon (Ward 4)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Mrs. Winnie Alexander is now resident in Windyhall Care Home.

CONGRATULATIONS to a former Assistant the Revd. Scott Crawford, of New Orleans who became engaged this past week to Miss Holly Hayes.

The funeral service for Mrs Olive Otterson of Caledonia Road who passed away last Tuesday, will be held on Tuesday first, 7th February, at Masonhill at 10.30am. Our warmest thoughts and prayers are extended to her daughter, Janette, and all the family.

29 January 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family. A family of faith. And we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

ALL are welcome at the Table of our Lord. Unfermented wine is available in the centre of every tray.There will be a Retiring Offering today for Lochside Church

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY:
Team 3: Mrs. Elizabeth Bolland, Dr. Ruth Martin, Mrs. Ann Naismith, Mr. Bryce Hartshorn, Mr. David Reader, Mrs. Barbara Mclean, Mrs. Isabel Kelly, Mrs. Anne Hope, Mrs. Margaret Johnston, Mr. Colin Naismith, Mr. Bob Bartholomew and Mr. Iain Hope
Team 4: Mr. Ken Gray, Miss Fiona MacKay, Mr. John Robertson, Ms. Angela Lindsay, Mr. Iain McFadzean, Miss Betty Murray, Mr. Ian Cathcart, Mr. John Ewing, Mr. Scott Williams, Mr. Iain McCrae, Mr. Ralph L. Riddiough and Mr. John Crone
Team 5: Mr. Alec Mooney, Mr. Douglas Espie, Mrs. Helen Caddis, Mr. John Morrison, Mr. Alan Izat, Mr Tim Slatter, Mr. Robert Seath, Mrs. Anne McNair, Mr. Gordon McKinlay, Mr. Bill Wilson, 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. Joyce Kennedy

SUNDAY 5 February 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30am Family Service Duty – Team 6
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship
6.30pm Evening Service in the Centenary Aisle

20s IN THE PEWS: The collection in December for The Ayr Stroke Club was £96.09. The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be announced shortly.

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 £1.80.

THE MONDAY CLUB: meets at 7.45 p.m. on Monday 30th January in the Midton Road Hall, when our speaker will be Margaret McBride a volunteer with Mary’s Meals, who will give a talk and presentation on the charitable work they do with almost 504,000 children all over the world, providing a meal and education. A good turnout of members would be appreciated.

THE MEN’S ASSOCIATION: at tomorrow evening’s meeting, Edwin Lawrence’s talk is "All the Fun of the Fair", highlighting his experiences as a member of a Fairground family. A warm welcome is extended to any new members.

HOSPITALITY: The Burns’ Supper will be held on Saturday 11th February in Cathcart St. Hall. There are only a few tickets left. It is essential that you collect and pay for your ticket BEFORE Sunday 5th February. Failure to do so will result in tickets being resold.
The February meeting of the Supper Club has been cancelled.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Ronnie Gow (Stn 16), Mr. Douglas Boocock (Stn 14) and Mrs Olive Otterson (Stn 7).
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Miss Helen Ford (Urquhart),
GLASGOW SOUTHERN GENERAL: Mr Sandy Loudon (Ward 4)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Our warmest sympathy and support are extended to Mr and Mrs Graeme McKinstry and the family of Blackburn Road, on the passing of Graeme’s mother, Marion. The service of thanksgiving for her life will be held at Masonhill on Tuesday first, 31st January, at 9.45 am

22 January 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family, a strong family, a family of faith and we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 2: Mr. Graeme McKinstry, Mrs. Jean Watson, Mrs. Jo Bruce, Mr. Alec Morton, Mrs. Helen Greig , Mrs. Diana Savala, Mrs. Margaret McLeish, Mr. Tony Greig, Mr. Alan McKinlay, Mr. Jim Watson, Mr. Duncan McCallum and Mr. John Eaglesham

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Cathie Wilson and The Youngers

SUNDAY 29 January 2012 SERVICES OF HOLY COMMUNION
9.30 a.m. – Team: 3
9.30 a.m. Sunday School – Crèche in the Midton Room.
11.15 a.m. – Team: 4 – Crèche in the Midton Room.
6.30p.m. – Team: 5
Retiring Offering at all Services for support of our friends in the Congregation at Lochside Church

The Wednesday service of HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated here in the Church on Wednesday 25 January, at 2.00p.m., followed by tea in the Session Room. Everyone is most warmly invited.

20s IN THE PEWS: The collection in December for The Ayr Stroke Club was £96.09. The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews for 2012 will be announced shortly.

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 £1.80.

ELDERS – COMMUNION DUTY: PLEASE check the duty list in the glass cabinet -TODAY- and indicate availability.

COMMUNION DUTY TRAINING: there will be a training session, today at 12.30pm, for all newly ordained elders on the duties to be undertaken during the Service of Holy Communion. Any member of the Kirk Session is welcome to attend.

THE GUILD: meets tomorrow, at 7.30pm in Midton Road Hall. The speaker is Ms Sheena Andrew, who will tell us about "Auld Ayr". This is sure to be a very interesting and enjoyable evening.

HOSPITALITY: The Burns’ Supper will be held on Saturday 11th February in Cathcart St. Hall – tickets available from today and must be purchased, collected and paid by Sunday 5th February. Tickets are priced £15 for four courses … pleases B.Y.O.B. and glass! The February Supper Club has been cancelled.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the February edition should be with the editor by today. Please email to [email protected]

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. John Garven (Stn.6), Mr. Ronnie Gow (Stn 16), Mr. Douglas Boocock (Stn 14)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs. Barrie Robson
(Drummond) and Miss Helen Ford (Urquhart),
GLASGOW SOUTHERN GENERAL: Mr Sandy Loudon (HDU)
IRVINE: Ben Bass

Mr. Walter McConnachie is now resident in Dundonald House, Dundonald
Mrs. Cathie Kerr is now resident in South Lodge Care Home

The funeral service for Mrs. Nancy Parker of Armour Drive, Ayr took place at Masonhill on Friday. Our
warmest thoughts and support are extended to her son, James.

The funeral service for Mr. Paul Hayes of Citadel Place whose body was found on Newton Shore on Hogmanay will be held at Masonhill on Tuesday afternoon at 2.00pm. We extend our sincerest sympathy to his father Andrew and the family in Kilmarnock.

The service of Thanksgiving for the life of Mrs. Muriel Percy who died last week will be held here in the Church on Thursday at 2.00pm, followed by committal at Masonhill. We remember Douglas, Caroline, Stuart and her sister, Sandra, in our prayers.

We extend our warm support and prayers to Mr. & Mrs Angus Hunter and the family of Coylton on the death of Linda’s father, Jim. The funeral took place last week.

The funeral service for Mrs. Margaret Wagstaff of Thorneyflat Road who died on Thursday will be held next Friday at 11.15 at Masonhill. We remember her family in our prayers.

15 January 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family – now at
times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family. A family of
faith. And we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God.
We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each
other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on
deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 1: Mr. Bob Cowan, Mr. Jim Brodie, Mr. Malcolm Mackay, Mr. Ronnie Gow, Mrs Helen Mackay, Dr. Helen Hunter, Mrs. Carol Morrison, Mrs. Ann Vance, Dr. David Martin, Mr. Jim Younger, Mrs. Margaret Grier and Mr. Brian Morrison

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Miss Sheena Struthers

SUNDAY 22 January 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30 a.m. Family Service – Duty Team 2
10.00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15 a.m. Morning Worship

20s IN THE PEWS: The collection in December for The Ayr Stroke Club was £96.09. The recipient of the 20’s in the Pews will be announced shortly.

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 £1.80.

CLERK’S COMMITTEE MEETING: there will be a meeting of the Convenors on Tuesday 17th January at 7.30 pm at the Manse.

COMMUNION DUTY TRAINING: there is a proposal to hold a training session, on Sunday 22nd January at 12.30pm, for all newly ordained elders on the duties to be undertaken during the Service of Holy Communion. Any member of the Kirk Session is welcome to attend.

BOYS’ BRIGADE/ANCHOR BOYS/JUNIOR SECTION: the number of boys has fallen dramatically in
recent years due to lack of new recruits. The Company would welcome boys between the ages of 6 and 11. The
boys meet on Tuesday evenings in the Midton hall from 6.30pm to 8pm. Why not come along and give it a try? Contact: Keith Fullerton 07788651221 and George Park 07792873263

THE FLOWER CALENDAR for 2012 is now on the Carrick Park Notice Board. If you would like to donate
flowers to adorn the sanctuary to mark a special occasion or anniversary or in memory of a loved one,
please add your name and telephone number at the appropriate date. We are so grateful to everyone in our
congregation who gives generously to this. The recipients of the flowers are always very appreciative.

FLOWER TEAM MEETING: The next meeting of the Flower Team will be held on Wednesday 18th January at 7.30 in the Carrick Room, when we will make up the Rota until Easter. Please come along with your diary! If you are unable to attend please phone Anne Swan on 442584 or email [email protected].

HOSPITALITY: The Burns’ Supper will be held on Saturday 11th February in Cathcart St. Hall – tickets
available from Sunday 22nd January. The February Supper Club has been cancelled.

THE MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Members are reminded that tomorrow evening, Monday 16th we are invited
to join with the Monday Club. A good turnout of members would be much appreciated.

THE MONDAY CLUB: meets on Monday 16th January at 7.45 p.m. in the Midton Road Hall, when our Speaker
will be the Rev. Scott Rae, M.B.E. B.D., CPS, who will give a talk on 25 Years at Sea. We also have the Men’s
Association as our guest that evening, and we look forward to a very
entertaining evening.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the February edition should be with the editor by, Sunday, 22nd January.
All articles should be emailed to the editor at [email protected]

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Miss Ena Bryan (Stn 12), Miss Helen Ford (Stn 6)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond), Mrs Muriel Percy
(Drummond), Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond) and Mrs. Nancy Parker (Drummond)
GLASGOW SOUTHERN GENERAL: Mr Sandy Loudon (Surgical Intensive Care)
WISHAW GENERAL: Ben Bass
USA: Mrs. Kitty Ehert

Our warmest sympathy and support are extended to Captain and Mrs Stuart Hill and the family of Glenalla
Crescent, Doonbank, on the death of Stuart’s father, Peter, in Glenfairn Care Home. The funeral service took
place at Masonhill on Friday

8 January 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very
warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family -now at times we can be dysfunctional because we
are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family. A family of faith. And we are always on the lookout for new members to
come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people
trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we
go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our
community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 12: Mr. Drummond Cameron, Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Dr. Lindsay Miller,
Mr. Jim Richardson, Mr. John Halliday, Mr. Peter Muir, Mr. Walter Muir, Mr. Gavin Gemmell, Mr. George McMillan, Mrs. Jean
Lindsay, Mr. James Kane and Mr. George Rae

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs.
Irene Bartholomew

SUNDAY 15 January 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30 a.m. Family Service –
Duty Team 1
10.00a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15 am
Morning Worship

THE MINISTER is away from Ayr today. Our warm thanks to our Associate, the Revd. David Ness, for conducting worship.
THE YOUTH LEADER, Dylan, will be on holiday until Tuesday 10th January.

CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERINGS: We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to the Offerings at both services on
Christmas Eve. The total sum given is £4,220.00, which will be divided between Erskine Hospital and Dalmellington House, a
small hotel providing holidays and breaks for carers. We thank our Treasurer, our Session Clerk, Mr Bob Templeton and Mr Jim
Brown for counting it all on Christmas Day!

20s IN THE PEWS: The collection in November for The Ayr Stroke Club was £108.70

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 £1.80.

CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING: there will be a meeting of the Central Committee on Tuesday 10th January at 7.30pm in
the Church Office.

CLERK’S COMMITTEE MEETING: there will be a meeting of the Convenors on Tuesday 17th January at 7.30 pm in the Session
Room

COMMUNION DUTY TRAINING: there is a proposal to hold a training session, on Sunday 22nd January at 12.30pm, for all
newly ordained elders on the duties to be undertaken during the Service of Holy Communion. Any member of the Kirk Session is
welcome to attend.

THE FLOWER CALENDAR for 2012 is now on the Carrick Park Notice Board. If you would like to donate flowers to adorn the
sanctuary to mark a special occasion or anniversary or in memory of a loved one, please add your name and telephone number at
the appropriate date. We are so grateful to everyone in our congregation who gives generously to this. The recipients of the flowers
are always very appreciative.

FLOWER TEAM MEETING: The next meeting of the Flower Team will be held on Wednesday 18th January at 7.30 in the
Carrick Room, when we will make up the Rota until Easter. Please come along with your diary! If you are unable to attend please
phone Anne Swan on 442584 or email [email protected]

THE GUILD: the first meeting of 2012 takes place tomorrow, 9th January, at 7.30pm in the Midton Road Hall. We welcome Mr.
Andrew Peden, M.Ch.S., D.Pod.M., who will advise about caring for our feet.

COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the February edition should be with the editor by, Sunday, 22nd January. All articles should be
emailed to the editor at [email protected]

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Miss Ena Bryan (Stn 12), Mrs Muriel Percy (Stn I2) and Mrs. Nancy Milligan (Stn. 11)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond)
GLASGOW SOUTHERN GENERAL: Mr Sandy Loudon (Surgical Intensive Care)
WISHAW GENERAL: Ben Bass

1 January 2012

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH – If you are joining us as a visitor this morning, we extend to you a very warm welcome! Here at St Columba we often talk of ourselves as being a family -now at times we can be dysfunctional because we are human. But we are a loving family. A strong family. A family of faith. And we are always on the lookout for new members to come and share with us on our journey into God. We lay great store in our belief that the Church should be a community of people trying to live and treat each other the way Jesus lived and treated people. Sometimes we get it right, at other times we fail, but we go on deepening our relationship with Christ and with each other in worship, fellowship, sharing fun and laughter, service in our community and enjoying the talents each other has to offer. A very special welcome to the family of Madeline who will be baptised at the 10.30 am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 11: Mr. Archie Jamieson, Mrs. Rita Mackenzie, Mrs. Janette Leishman, Mrs. Edwina Mabon, Mr. Alastair Fraser, Mr. Jim Orr, Mr. Sandy Allan, Mr. Andrew Muirhead, Mr. John Ferguson, Mrs. Ann Aitchison and Mr. Tom Laurie.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of the Revd. Dr Bill Christman, the Minister at Ayr: St Columba from 1981 -1991. A much loved pastor and preacher, Bill had an outstanding ministry in the parish and in the town, and forged the strong union between the three congregations which form our present congregation today. Bill died this past week, a few weeks after sustaining a serious fall at home in the USA. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Gina, and his daughters, Stephanie and Laura, and his mother, and it is our prayer that they will be strengthened by their faith in Him who was "born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth."

SUNDAY 8 January 2012
SERVICES CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTER
9.30 a.m. Family Service Duty Team 12
10.00 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15 a.m. Morning Worship

OUR SINCEREST THANKS to Mr David Mackay for deputising at the Organ console this morning during Matthew’s break.

THE MINISTER is greatly appreciative of each card and message which arrives at the Manse at this time of year, and thanks everyone who takes the time to remember.

THE OFFICE STAFF AND TOM are also very grateful for all the cards and gifts which have been sent to them at this festive time of year. Your kindness is appreciated.

THE OFFICE will be closed on the following dates: January 2nd & 3rd.

THE YOUTH LEADER, Dylan, will be on holiday until Tuesday 11* January.

CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERINGS: We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to the Offerings at both services on Christmas Eve. The total sum given is £4,220.00, which will be divided between Erskine Hospital and Dalmellington House, a small hotel providing holidays and breaks for carers. We thank our Treasurer, our Session Clerk, Mr Bob Templeton and Mr Jim Brown for counting it all on Christmas Day!

20s IN THE PEWS: The collection in November for The Ayr Stroke Club was £108.70

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 £1.80.

THE FLOWER CALENDAR for 2012 is now on the Carrick Park Notice Board. If you would like to donate flowers to adorn the sanctuary to mark a special occasion or anniversary or in memory of a loved one, please add your name and telephone number at the appropriate date. We are so grateful to everyone in our congregation who gives generously to this. The recipients of the flowers are always very appreciative.

CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY: Sincere thanks to everyone for the magnificent generosity shown to this Charity. The hampers, the individual gifts and the cheque for £1025 are so appreciated by the Charity and their clients.

MEMBERS and FRIENDS IN HOSPITAL THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDES:
AYR HOSPITAL: Miss Ena Bryan (Stn 3) and Mrs Muriel Percy ( Stn 12)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mr. Mac Dick (Drummond), Mr. Willie Rush (Drummond) and Mrs. Barrie Robson (Drummond)
GLASGOW SOUTHERN GENERAL: Mr Sandy Loudon (Surgical Intensive Care)
WISHA W GENERAL: Ben Bass