Pew News


Sunday 21st May 2017 

We warmly welcome any visitors today and cordially invite you to sign our Visitors’ Book.


9.45 and 11.15am – Morning Worship.

9.45am – Creche, Funday School and Bible Class.

6.30pm – Youth Club.

Elders’ Packs available in the Session room.

South Ayrshire Dementia Support Association – Dementia Questionnaire Presbytery is encouraging the circulation of this questionnaire with the aim of improving facilities and services for those living with Dementia and their caregivers.  Copies of the questionnaire and its accompanying letter are available on the vestibule table.  Please take one if you or a family member is affected by dementia and return it to the address on the questionnaire by 31st May.

Signpost 2017.   It’s that time of year again.  Members are invited to submit articles that they would like to be included in Signpost 2017 to Douglas Thow at  The magazine’s focus is on events, achievements, reflections and personal experiences centring around church, community, youth work and even simply giving us all a good chuckle.

Messy Church Recipe Booklet. We have put together our favourite family recipes and some lovely home baking ideas to produce a wee booklet.  They are available for the bargain price of £1.00, between church services from Julie or Jan.  The proceeds of the sales will be taken by Bill and Julie to Malawi, to buy food for families they meet who are needing it.  Your support is much appreciated.

Bring and Buy Plant Sale – The annual Bring and Buy Plant Sale will be held in the Church Halls on Sunday 4th June this year.  Please start thinking about bringing on a few extra plants to help raise funds for youth work projects within our church.  Summer bedding, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vegetables, are all very welcome. Due to a variety of circumstances, the sale is having to be a bit later this year, so please leave some space in your garden and containers for the bargains you will be sure to find on our stall!

Tea and Coffee Between Services.  Further to the request in the Newsletter asking for suggestions for improvements to the tea and coffee between services, there is a box in the vestibule to receive your suggestions.

HELPING HANDS  Our Helping Hands (new Odd Job scheme) is now up and running and we look forward to hearing how we can be of help to you.  No payment is necessary for any work done.  However, if you feel you have to give something, just drop it into the offering bag.  Full details are in the Newsletter.  Please contact Bill Cormie on 442471.

EMPTY SHOEBOXES – ANY SIZE OR STYLE.  If you have any you would like to donate they would be gratefully received.  We are building up a supply for the Christmas shoe box appeal as last Christmas we actually struggled to obtain them without having to purchase them from the charity itself.  We will be collecting them throughout the year so please bring them along to church for us to collect.  Thanks in anticipation,  Lynda and Steve Maw.

DATA PROTECTION CONSENT FORMS.  There are boxes in the vestibule and at the main door of the Church to receive returned forms.

PRESBYTERY PRAYER DIARY   remembers the parish of Troon: Portland, Minister: Rev. Jamie Milliken, and Troon: St. Meddans, Minister: Rev. Derek Peat.

New Residents to the Parish’ leaflet.  In place of the box for names for new residents we now have leaflets at both doors. If you are aware of any new neighbours would you please take one of these leaflets and either drop through their letter box or call with this leaflet.

The Church Office is open on Thursday mornings – 10.30am-12.30pm.  Contact the Secretary on secretary.allowaypc@gmail com or on 01292 442083.  Contact at other times may be made on 01292 442904 or 07892 853176.

If you know of anyone in hospital who would like a visit, please inform the Minister on 01292 441252

Minister’s Absence Please note that the Minister and Probationer will attend the General Assembly from Friday 19th – Friday 26th May. Pastoral cover will be supplied by Rev. Paul Russell (618020) or Rev. Ian Stirling (269200)

Tuesday 23rd May (9.45-11.15am) – Parent and Toddler Group in the Church Halls.

Tuesday 23rd May (12.30pm) – Please pop down to the church halls and wave off Bill and  Julie, as well as the other team members of the Ayr Presbytery Malawi Mission 2017, as they leave for their 27 hour journey to their first stop in Malawi.

Wednesday 24th May (9.30am) – Craft Group in the Fellowship Lounge.

Wednesday 24th May (11.00am) – Wednesday Worship in the Octagonal Hall.  A short service followed by a long cuppa and fellowship.

Wednesday 24th May (7.30pm) – The Friendship Group will meet outside the Church Halls for a walk through Alloway to the Balgarth Pines for tea/coffee/cake and a chat.  If unable to take part in the walk, join us at the Balgarth at 8.30pm.  Please add your name to the list in the vestibule to help plan numbers for catering.  For information, contact Frances Steele on 01292 441488.

Thursday 25th May (10.30am) – Quiet Time of Prayer in the Fellowship Lounge.

Thursday 25th May (12.00noon) – Copy date for the June Newsletter – last one before September!  Contributions should be sent to

Friday 26th May (9.45-11.15am) – Parent and Toddler Group in the Church Halls.

Sunday 28th May (9.45 and 11.15am) – Morning Worship. 9.45am  Children’s Holiday Club and Crèche.

Monday 29th May – Church Summer Opening Begins.  Volunteers are required 11.00am – 1.00pm or 1.00 – 4.00pm Monday to Friday.  Please add names to the book in the vestibule.  If anyone would like to know more about what is involved, please speak to René Andrews between services on Sunday 21st May.

Wednesday 31st May (7.30pm) – Kirk Session Meeting.

Thursday 1st June (10.30am) – Quiet Time of Prayer in the Fellowship Lounge.

Sunday 4th June (10.45am) – The Annual Bring and Buy Plant Sale in the Church Halls.

Sunday 4th June (2.00pm) (leaving church carpark at 1.00pm prompt) – A church visit is planned to Glasgow Cathedral with, hopefully, a tour around the necropolis after the Cathedral tour, returning to the Cathedral for 4pm for an Evensong service lasting approx. 45mins.  Anyone interested in coming along is more than welcome, so please add your name to the list on the Session Room hallway table by Sunday 21st May.  This will allow time to inform Cathedral staff of numbers, and for us to arrange cars.  If you can take your car and up to 3 passengers, please add this with your name on the sheet, so we have the minimum number of cars travelling.  There is free parking near to cathedral.  The plan on returning to Alloway Church is to then have fellowship in a meal together (for those who wish to attend) at a local restaurant – place to be confirmed.  For further details, please contact Alison McHarg  (01655 621147/07584325467) or Donald/Sheena Kemp (440700)

Saturday 10th June (2.00-4.00pm) at NetherAuchendrane House – Family Picnic.  Meet at the Church Carpark at 1.40pm with cars decorated to go to the House.

Saturday 17th June (9.30am-5.00pm) – Church of Scotland Vocations Conference at the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline.  Contact

Tuesday 20th June (7.30pm) – Book Club Meeting.  The book for discussion is “Purple Hibiscus” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


Food Bank  Please continue to contribute to the Food Bank collection.  Boxes where you place your goods for the Food Bank may be found under the table in the vestibule.  Please note There is now also a collection box within the halls situated in the Fellowship lounge.


Minister: Rev Neil A. McNaught BD, MA Tel: 01292441252 E-mail: If you know of anyone in hospital who would like a visit from the Minister, please contact him by the above means. If you would like to make official contact with the church or the Minister, please fill the Contact card in the pew. Visitors are welcome to help themselves to a copy of our monthly Newsletter, which may be found near the Church doors. or telephone 01292 441252

Alloway Parish Church of Scotland No 100538

Scottish Registered Charity No SC 012456