Pew News


Sunday 23rd April 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.


Holiday Club Rotas After a successful autumn and winter when groups ranged from 3 to 12(!), the new rotas are available now and will be in the pigeonholes outside the Session Room from between services on 23rd April.  Many thanks, as always, to the volunteers who provide this worthwhile service of looking after the young attenders at church on the days when the Funday School does not meet.  Special thanks to Helen and Eric Ness who are “retiring” after many years of faithful and cheerful service. New volunteers are required to cover for absences or to provide extra cover when larger groups are expected.  Three people are on duty for each date and there are lots of toys and craft materials available.  So, if you feel you could volunteer for two play sessions over the year, please contact Rosalie Millar on 443425.  A warm welcome awaits you!

Flower Fellowship The rotas for 2017/18 are ready for collection from the Session Room.  This is the first year the new team has drawn up the rota and we hope everyone is happy with the allocated dates.  We have endeavoured to accommodate any special dates as far as possible.  There are this year a few vacancies, therefore if there is anyone who would like to help we would be delighted to have your assistance.  There are opportunities for the church pedestal, posy and pedestal for summer opening and the font arrangement. We are very fortunate to have many experienced flower arrangers within the congregation who provide us with wonderful arrangements, but please don’t let this put you off.  Some people organise an arrangement to be done by a local florist or simply give a donation to the Flower Fellowship.  The small posy for the table at the door for Summer Opening is perhaps easier to do if you haven’t done anything before.  All the team members are willing to assist or give advice to anyone who would be interested.  We would also be interested to hear from anyone who would be willing to help at Harvest and/or Advent, when many hands are needed.  Thanking you in anticipation.  Oonagh Allison. The team are as follows:  Oonagh Allison 441448, Moira Douglas 442951, Isobel Allison 440387, Anne Fawbert 441373 and Sandra Telford, 443278.

Easter Quiz Congratulations to Irene Lewis, Jenny Andrews and Lynda Maw, winners of the recent quiz.

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 St. Colmon, Ballantrae, Minister: Rev. Stephen Ogston and Sorn/Mauchline, Minister: Rev. David Albon.

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

Monday 24th April (7.30pm) – Worship and Development Committee meeting in the Small Hall.

Wednesday 26th April (9.30am) – Craft Group in the Fellowship Lounge.

Wednesday 26th April (11.00am) – Wednesday Worship in the Octagonal Hall.

Thursday 27th April (10.30am) – Quiet Time of Prayer in the Fellowship Lounge.

Thursday 27th April (12.00 noon) – Copy Date for the May Newsletter.  Please send contribution to:  Remember that this is the last Newsletter until September!

Friday 28th April (9.45-11.15am) – Parent and Toddler Group in the Church Halls.

Sunday 30th April (9.45am) – Morning Worship, Holiday Club and Crèche. 11.15am  Morning Worship. Tea/coffee will be served in the Halls between services.

Tuesday 2nd May (9.45-11.15am) – Parent and Toddler Group in the Church Halls.

Friday 5th May (9.45-11.15am) – Parent and Toddler Group in the Church Halls.

Sunday 7th May 10.45am (after 1st Service) – Planning meeting in the Halls for the volunteers for the Summer Holiday Club, due to take place on the weekday mornings of the week of Monday 7th August.

Wednesday 10th May (7.00-8.30pm) – Please join us for a Stepping Stones get-together evening, in the Fellowship Lounge.  All welcome.

Saturday and Sunday 20th/21st May (10.00am-12 noon) – Christian Aid Book sale and Coffee Morning in the Church Halls.  Donations of books for the sale should be brought to the Halls on Friday 19th May, 6.30-8.00pm.  Many thanks. Would all volunteers for the sale please contact Rhona on 07887 494210.  She needs help with the set-up on Saturday 20th 10.00am-12 noon and on Sunday 21st 10.45am-12 noon to clear away.  Many thanks.

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


Wednesday 12th April (8.00pm) – Prestwick South Parish Church – J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion by Caledonian Voices.  Suggested Donation £10.00 in aid of the East Africa Crisis Appeal.

Saturday 22nd April, 7.30pm at St. Leonard’s Church – Jim Colvin and Friends Present “A Touch of Tartan” with soloists Isobel Millar, Soprano, Robert Dunn, Tenor and Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra.  In aid of Ayrshire Cancer Support.  Tickets: £6.00 including refreshments, from Jim Colvin (01292 267558) or Ayrshire Cancer Support (01563 538008).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