The linked Churches of Ballantrae and St Colmon begin a new era having appointed Rev Theo Corney who will be inducted as their minister at a service on 13th August. In March the Ayrshire Post published an article entitled “Churches facing the end of an era as parish minister calls it a day.” There was an element of the sensational about the reporting – ‘no one home’, ‘without a minister’, ‘crisis facing kirk congregations’ – as if God had deserted the Churches in the area. Of course, it would be foolish to deny that there are problems in the national church. There is a shortage of trained ministers, many congregations are falling in number and consequently it becomes more difficult to meet the financial demands of running a Church, and to find people to fill the necessary offices. However, the fact is that every congregation is alive and worshipping God on a Sunday morning at the appointed time. Some Churches may not have a minister, but God is ever present, and some congregations are welcoming new members. When necessary, members of our congregations pick up the reins and continue to deliver all activities and events. Some have been trained to lead worship and take funeral services. This year’s General Assembly of the Church of Scotland outlined the radical changes to come in structure and parish organisation, but one thing never changes – Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Those who know Him will continue to serve our loving faithful God.
St Colmon is a rural church set in the Stinchar Valley, one of the most beautiful parts of Ayrshire.
The parish covers four villages: Colmonell, Barrhill, Pinwherry and Lendalfoot. St Colmon Parish Church is linked with the neighbouring Ballantrae Parish Church. We are a church keen to welcome locals and visitors as we learn more about what our faith means to us and how we can better serve God in our communities and in the world.
Every Sunday there is a service at 10:00am at the church in Colmonell. On the last Sunday of each month the service is held in the Kirk Hall, which has easy access and disabled parking. There is a service in the Barrhill Memorial Hall at 3.00pm on the third Sunday of the month. Refreshments are served after all services in St Colmon Church and Barrhill Hall. Children are welcome in church, where there is a children’s corner with toys, books and colouring materials.
The church is fitted with an induction loop.
Do you have photographs of loved ones associated with the armed forces, any nationality or conflict, and would you like to have a copy in the photographic memories exhibition in Church over the weekend?
Please contact Claire Pirrie on 841644.
Sat. 9th Nov:
10.30am to 4pm – St Colmon Church photographic memories exhibition with organ music. Refreshments in the Kirk Hall
Sun. 10th Nov:
9.30am – Colmonell War Memorial Act of Remembrance
10am – St Colmon Church Service of Remembrance
3pm – Barrhill War Memorial Act of Remembrance
3.30pm – Barrhill Memorial Hall Service of Remembrance
Mon. 11th Nov:
11am – Pinwherry War Memorial Act of Remembrance
Sun. 10th Nov:
11.30am – Ballantrae Church Service of Remembrance
12.30pm – Ballantrae War Memorial Act of Remembrance
Mon. 11th Nov:
2pm – Heronsford War Memorial Act of Remembrance
|Date||Event / service||General Information|
|07-Jul||Sunday Worship 10am Colmonell|
|14-Jul||Sunday Worship 10am Colmonell|
|21-Jul||Sunday Worship 10am Colmonell|
|27-Jul||Prayer & Praise 10am||Kirk Hall|
|28-Jul||Sunday Worship 10am||Kirk Hall|
|04-Aug||Sunday Worship 10am Colmonell|
|11-Aug||Sunday Worship 10am Colmonell|
|18-Aug||Sunday Worship 10am Colmonell||3pm Barrhill|
|25-Aug||Sunday Worship 10am||Kirk Hall|
All are welcome. Usually held once a month in the evening, with Music and Refreshments and a special theme. Held in the St Colmon Kirk Hall.
Held in St Colmon Kirk Hall, Messy Church is a fun morning of crafts, music, story and brunch. For children up to 12 years old accompanied by family.
Held every month in St Colmon Kirk Hall. Informal discussion over coffee/tea to find out how the Bible can benefit our lives. All are welcome.
See more photographs of St Colmon Kirk and our community
Back Row: David McCutcheon, Lynne McIlwraith, Rev Stephen Ogston, Anne McCutcheon, Andy Muir
Middle Row: Harriet Ellis, Irene Wilson, Claire Pirrie
Front Row: Brian McIlwraith, Anne Shankland
Ballantrae Parish and St Colmon Parish also print a joint Newsletter every 2 months. See previous newsletters here.
NOTE: SAC Bereavement Services Officer, Lizzie Linton, has retired so in future please contact email@example.com or call 01292 282387 and you will be directed to the appropriate person.
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