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Sunday 14th January 2018

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.

The January Newsletter and “Life and Work” Magazines are available for distribution.

Zumba Gold classes have resumed on Mondays 10.00-11.00am and Thursdays 9.30-10.30 in the Octagonal Hall. Dance Fitness with Mhairi welcomes back familiar participants and offers newcomers a great incentive of 4 classes for the price of 3! (It takes at least three weeks to create a new habit!!!) A brand new seated Zumba Gold Class will start on Monday 15th January from 11.30-12.00 in the Octagonal Hall. Perfect for those with mobility or balance concerns. Come along and try for free! **Please note that coffee is available between the two Monday classes as part of our ongoing fundraising. All are welcome to join us after or before their class. ** Contact details available through Church Office.

Visit to The Ignatian Spirituality Centre on Sunday 21st January 2018.   This visit to the centre in Glasgow will give an opportunity to see around the centre and hear about the work that is done there and the range of courses on offer. We will be invited to participate in a workshop on prayer and a short reflection before returning to Ayr. The cars will meet in the church car park to pool cars, before leaving for Glasgow at 1.30pm and returning for a meal at the Balgarth Pines at approx. 6.15pm. Those attending should sign up today using the sheet in the vestibule, where you can also indicate your choice of meal from the available menu. Further details from Malcolm McNeil 440423 or Madge Irving 442963.

Lenten Study. With Lent 2018 just around the corner, this year our informal study course will begin on 13th February 2018, running over six Tuesday evenings in the Octagonal Hall from 7.15-9.00pm (with a cup of tea). We shall be discussing key beliefs of the Christian faith: Knowing God; God the Creator; Saviour and Spirit; The Christian Church; Christian Life; and Heavenly Things. Over and above these topics it will be a safe place to explore those big questions of the faith. The chosen book this year will be from the Church of Scotland Learn Series, ”Understanding our Faith”. The books should be available for purchase in late January. We have ordered 30 books, at the special price of £8.00 each. If you wish to attend and wish a book, please append your name to the list on the vestibule table and see Gary to collect one. This should be an excellent course for experienced members but also those who are considering joining the church. No experts required!!

Crèche – Help! Volunteers are urgently required to assist with crèche during the first Sunday morning service. We would like to add more helpers to our rota but would also appreciate help from anyone who may be willing on a short notice basis. Please have a word with Lynda Maw in church or by tel. 07913 413572 or email:

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 15th January (7.30pm) – Worship and Development Committee meeting.

Tuesday 16th January (9.45am) – Parent and Toddler Group.

Tuesday 16th January (7.00pm) – Publicity Committee meeting.

Tuesday 16th January (7.30pm) – Property Committee meeting.

Wednesday 17th January (10.30am) – Winter Coffee Morning in the Church Halls.

Thursday 18th January (10.30am) – Quiet Time of Prayer in the Fellowship Lounge.

Friday 19th January (9.45am) – Parent and Toddler Group.

Sunday 21st January – Preacher – Moderator of Ayr Presbytery, Rev. David Gemmell. 9.45am Morning Worship, Funday School, Bible Class and Creche. 11.15am Morning Worship. Coffee between services in the Fellowship Lounge. 1.30pm Visit to the Ignation Spirituality Centre on Sunday 21st January 2018.

Thursday 25th January (12.00pm Leisurely Lunch) – I think you may be able to guess our theme! At only £4.50 there can be no cheaper way to celebrate Burns’ birthday and we will of course have a Scottish menu. Please join us if you can. Mission Committee.

Sunday 28th January: For Auld Lang Syne: Alloway Burns Club presents an annual concert of poetry and song as part of the Alloway 1759 celebrations. This event will take place in the warmth and comfort of Alloway Parish Church from 2.00 till 3.30pm. The title “For Auld Lang Syne” reflects the fact that much of the concert will be a tribute to the genius of our National Bard, but there will also be other songs and poems. The concert is free but donations may be made towards The Burns Supper which Alloway Burns Club organises every year for representative young people from all the Primary Schools in the Ayr area. Free event! All welcome!

Sunday 28th January (7.00pm) Lantern Service – Reflection on Glasgow Cathedral


Book Sales to Raise Money for Street Children in Laos. “It’s All About Jesus”, written by the Rev. Janice Andrews of Musselburgh Congregational Church, has been dedicated to the memory of the Rev. Matthew Sullivan of Cumnock Congregational Church. Proceeds from the sale of these books are being used to help prevent the trafficking – into China and Thailand – of poverty stricken children in Laos. If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy for a good cause, as well as an interesting read, they can be bought after the services on 14th January from Brenda Clelland (price £6.95) or by contacting Brenda on 07981 734165. Many thanks!

South Ayrshire Life The new South Ayrshire Life premises in Newmarket Street (opposite the Book and Bun) is now open Tuesday to Saturday with ‘slots’ for Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Community Link Practitioner, Women’s Aid, Recovery Ayr, Home Energy Scotland, Volunteering, National Autistic Society, Sensory Impairment Group, SADSA, and Seascape. Worth a visit to see the days and times of the various organisations.

Access Support Cards NHS Ayrshire and Arran is introducing voluntary support cards for patients who have additional support needs due to disability or long-term conditions. The wallet-sized, double-sided access support cards can alert staff about any additional support required when attending hospital or other appointments. The card can be handed over to the receptionist when attending an appointment to make staff aware that extra help may be required, and what that might be. Contact: Elaine Savory, Equality and Diversity Adviser, 61 Lister Street, Crosshouse Hospital, KA2 0BE, Tel: 01563 826438 or

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