Ayr: St Columba Church

SUNDAY – 13 SEPTEMBER 2020

RESUMPTION OF CHURCH SERVICES:  The Kirk Session is pleased to announce the return to public Worship Services at Ayr St Columba Church on Sunday mornings at 10.00am. From Sunday 20th September there will be two Morning Services at 10am and 11.15am. Services will last for approximately 30 minutes.

THE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SERVICES will no longer take place and we thank everyone who attended or took part in these meaningful and affirming Services in recent weeks.

WEDNESDAY REFLECTION: This week sees the final Minister’s Reflection for now. This may be accessed on our website (script and audio) or Facebook (audio).   Last week’s was entitled “SUN”. Do take a look!

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

AUDIO SERMON – an Audio version of the sermon is available on the website.

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

This service is in addition to the Wednesday Reflection already available on the website (in both script and audio) and Facebook page (in script and audio) as well as the Sunday Sermon (in script) on the website.   

QUESTIONING FAITH    In October/November, I plan to hold a discussion group which will meet once a week for five weeks (5 sessions in total).   Depending on availability, we will meet either on an afternoon or an evening.   If possible (subject to numbers interested and government guidelines), we will meet in the manse.   However, if more people want to participate than is allowed under COVID restrictions, we will meet on Zoom.   

QUESTIONING FAITH’ will be an opportunity to discuss the changing nature of Christianity:  the earlier paradigm(s) and, in the 21st century, the emerging paradigm.   Together, we will explore what is changing in our faith because of science (evolution), other world faiths, and interpretation of Scripture.   As an aid to discussion, we will read a selection of chapters from The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg (purchase from a bookshop or Amazon or loan from St Columba library).   Non-threatening and requiring no previous knowledge, our shared discussion will last one hour with initial input from me.   If you would like to join this group, please call the manse (01292 226075) and leave a message or email me at [email protected]   It will be great to hear from you!                                                    Scott              

DEATH We extend our sympathy and sincere condolences to our Church Officer John and Elizabeth Ann on the death this past week of John’s Dad, in Inverness.

WE continue to pray for all our bereaved families and for the Ministers and Office bearers as they continue to seek a way forward for our Church that will be safe for all.

THE SEPTEMBER PRAYER CALENDAR for week TWO is available on the website.

PLEASE do not hesitate to let us know of anyone unwell or struggling at this time. Irene – 265794

REMEMBER – SERMONS and PRAYERS are available on the website. The Wednesday Reflection from the Minister, and a wealth of useful information can also be found here. https://www.ayrstcolumba.co.uk/

FLOWERS: many thanks to our Flower Convenor Anne (Drennan) for the beautiful arrangements that are gracing the Sanctuary. If you know of anyone who might benefit from some Church flowers and you are able to deliver please speak to the Minister or Irene

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the L&W will be hand delivered until we return to normal! If you do not subscribe but would like more information please contact the Life & Work Convenor – Hazel Steele on Tel. 861631

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

20’s IN THE PEWS: Please continue to save your 20’s – we will provide a very large collecting jar when we all return to Church.

MARY’S MEALS: likewise your coppers for Mary’s Meals – there will always be a great need to help.

FOOD BANK: Please remember our Food Bank.  They are working to capacity under very severe hygiene and distancing regulations to meet this growing need. Extra food items can be left at a number of stores around Ayr. (Asda; Tesco, Sainsbury and the Co-op – to name a few). Monetary donations by cheque – made out to South Ayrshire Foodbank and send to the Foodbank at New Life Church, 62 Monkton Road, Prestwick. KA9 2PA or you can contact the Foodbank on 0759907114.

SERMONS ONLINE:   The text and an audio tape of the sermon for this week is available on the Sermons Tab on the website. https://www.ayrstcolumba.co.uk/category/sermons/

FACEBOOK – THIS IS FREE – there is no cost in using this service. You do not require a FB account to access the Church FB page. Something new will be uploaded every day. Our Church windows in Jigsaw form – pop over and have a try!      https://www.facebook.com/ayrstcolumba/

DAILY PRAYING   May I recommend the website pray-as-you-go.org which offers a daily 10 minute reflection with music, Scripture and help with sensitive praying.    It will help you reflect on the day.  You can listen first thing in the morning, during the day or towards last thing at night.  Often, I find them very peaceful, though they differ each day.     Scott 

Books for the journey………

Marcus Borg                  The Heart of Christianity

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

Rowan Williams            Luminaries:  Twenty lives that illuminate the Christian way            SPCK

Thomas à Kempis          The Imitation of Christ

Anthony De Mello        Seek God Everywhere

Esther De Waal             Seeking God

Also, you can sign up for the daily meditations of Fr Richard Rohr, Centre for Action and Contemplation.

www.cac.org/sign-up/

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

https://pray-as-you-go.org/

SPOTLIGHT ON FAITH – Revd. Dr. Scott McKenna in conversation with Iain Stewart of Edinburgh Inter Faith Association. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrX0YdGevd0