Ayr: St Columba Church

Sunday 14 June 2020

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

WEDNESDAY REFLECTION   From the beginning of June, the Minister is offering a short reflection every Wednesday.   This may be accessed on our website (script and audio) or Facebook (audio).   Last week’s was entitled ‘Dove’.   Do take a look!

THE JUNE 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 – WEBSITE has lots to offer. Sermons and Prayers, New – Wednesday Reflection from the Minister, and a wealth of useful information.

COLUMBA NEWS: your copy of the JUNE edition should be dropping on the mat any day now. We hope you enjoy this “new look edition”. A copy is also available on the website.  Thank you Norman.

GOOD NEWS: The new kitchen has been installed at Ayr St Columba Lochside. Many thanks to our Church Officer John and the joiner Derek Moore who carried out this work and to Michael who has undertaken the redecoration – well done gents! We are extremely grateful to the Lochside Neighbourhood Group who have very kindly donated £400 to equip the kitchen with utensils, crockery etc to support the work done by our volunteers in serving the community with the Tuesday Breakfast Club and the Thursday Lunch group. Thank you all so much. It will be well worth a visit when we are able to reopen our doors.

CHURCH GOING FORWARD – Discussions by phone and by email, involving the Minister and the Review & Planning Committee members, have been taking place regarding the Government’s Routemap out of the current restrictions. The welfare of our members has been at the centre of these discussions and it is recognised that we will need detailed guidance from the Scottish Government and from the Committee set up by The Church of Scotland before we can make decisions regarding the opening of the Church doors for any form of worship. Thought is being given to various aspects which are likely to be involved and we will provide further information when this is available. Bob Bartholomew, Session Clerk.

OFFERINGS: During this time when the Church building is closed, members may be considering how they can continue to give offerings to the Church. Information on this is available on the Church website https://www.ayrstcolumba.co.uk/options-for-offerings/ This link will take you directly to the page. Alternatively, you can contact the Treasurer (01292 443271), the Session Clerk or the Church Secretary (both at 01292 265794).

FOOD BANK: Please remember that the need for donations of all basic foods is even more urgent during this crisis. If you go to the Church website or FB page you will find details of places where food can still dropped off.

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.

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the 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

OASIS CAFÉ: During our enforced closure – please remember your Thursday morning friends and maybe give each other a call! 

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………

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/

SERMONS ONLINE:   The text of the sermon for this week is available on the Sermons Tab.

https://www.ayrstcolumba.co.uk/category/sermons/

Meditative daily worship with readings, music and prayers are available from: www.pray-as-you-go.org

Facebook – you do not require a FB account to access the Church FB page. Something new will be uploaded every day. Prayers, short video from the Moderator Revd Colin Sinclair and his wife, and the new idea – Our Church windows in Jigsaw form – pop over and have a try! www.facebook.com/ayrstcolumba/

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

SUNDAY WORSHIP – in the absence of worship in our own Sanctuary may I direct you to BBC Radio 4 at 08.10am Sunday 14th June – Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi – Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrates Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi live from Westminster Cathedral

WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY – BBC1 TV – 10.45 am – FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY – from Holy Trinity Platt Church in Manchester, led by Sarah Bradley, youth and children’s minister. The preacher is Rev Dr Paul Mathole. The service includes songs and hymns recorded by Songs of Praise in 2017, and was filmed before the closure of all church buildings was announced.

REFLECTIONS AT THE QUAY (from Glasgow) – BBC SCOTLAND 11.15am.