From your Minister, Rev Theo Corney
It is with sadness that we announce that there will be no church services or church social gatherings until further notice. We recognise that this will be disappointing but are following the advice given today by the Church Of Scotland. Our Church will be open during the day for prayer, and the minister and officers will continue to be available by telephone. We can still be in touch with each other and we will be praying for individuals, the community and world in the coming days. May God`s blessing be with you in these days.
Feet fast in the stocks they sang praises! “... the jailer... put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them” Acts 16: 24-25. Paul had been witnessing to the Gospel message in Philipi. His loving actions in helping a young woman, which indirectly led to her no longer being able to be exploited; brought persecution from others. Many people were coming to believe in the risen Lord, and were filled with inner joy, but others were against the apostles teaching. Paul had fearlessly witnessed to his faith and he and Silas ended up being stripped and beaten, before being locked up in jail. There they were placed in stocks. Their feet would have been locked, and perhaps their hands and necks too. They were not disheartened. They didn’t give up. They were not moaning about the pain and discomfort they were in. They were filled with joy and sang praises to God. They prayed too; no doubt in adoration, confession, thanksgiving and intercession for others. Their present trials did not rob them of the joy of knowing God. Those around them were amazed, and were made to think; because these men had such faith in Jesus. Paul and Silas knew that their Lord should be praised, and they knew that he was with them, at all times through his spirit. We now face a situation of lockdown to try to minimize the spread of the Covid 19 virus. We all face change as our movements have been drastically reduced. We may in some respects feel imprisoned and frustrated not to be able to go about our daily routines. But, let us remember that God is still there for us. May we remember too, that God is Holy and is to be praised. May we pray that in his mercy, he would soon bring this difficult time to a close. May we know Gods presence and though restricted still continue to pray and sing praise to God. The book of Psalms is full of songs we can read which speak of God being at work in lots of different situations. May the way we live in these days (remembering the lonely and vulnerable) speak to others, in the same way that Paul and Silas singing praises did long ago. Every blessing, Rev`d Theo Corney
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.
What’s on at Sanctuary First
An update of what’s on at Sanctuary First, which includes suggestions of videos and meditations to view during Holy Week. All of these can be accessed by following the links shown: www.sanctuaryfirst.org.uk
Holy Week – Viewing Suggestions
Palm Sunday – Wee Cuddy
The late Jamie Stuart was loved and known by many within the Christian Community in Scotland. Here is a piece he recorded especially for Sanctuary First, just a few years before he died.
Monday – I met a man
This is a challenging meditation written and read by Alec Shuttleworth, inviting us to think about the cost of discipleship
Tuesday – The Cross Shaped Space
This is an animation we received from friends in India. Albert Bogle wrote and read the commentary on the graphics
Wednesday – Symphony of Lies meditation
This is a mediation inviting protection from the evil that would undermine our faith in God.
Thursday – Communion meditation
This is a meditation written for communion service in St Andrew’s Bo’ness many years ago. It invites us to consider the relationship between time and eternity [presence and location]
Good Friday – The Space and the Good Friday Labyrinth – The Labyrinth was written and is read by Maggie Lane who at one time, was the probationer minister at St Andrew’s Bo’ness. Also watch Into A Man Shaped Space‘ and Seven Words From The Cross
Easter Saturday – Broken Arrow
This was a special recording made by Steph Macleod for Sanctuary First around ten years ago
This two part file was written by Ferguson Buchanan.
The Undertakers – This film script was written by Alec Shuttleworth
More than Dust – A mediation written by Albert Bogle
Credit: The filming of all of the above was by Rae Manger of Sanctus Media
|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 all 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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