St Colmon Parish Church

Caring :: Sharing :: Praying

Situated in the picturesque village of Colmonell, South Ayrshire


St Colmon is a rural church set in the Stinchar Valley, one of the most beautiful parts of Ayrshire.

Sunday Worship  10:00 am


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.

Sunday worship takes place at 10.00 am every week.

Refreshments are served in the Kirk Hall after the service on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month for a time of fellowship.

A Service in the Kirk Hall is held on 4th Sunday of every month at 10.00 am and provides easy access for those with mobility problems.

A Service is held at 3.00 pm on the 3rd Sunday of every month in Barrhill Memorial Hall.

On Wednesdays we hold our Coffee in the Kirk Hall in Colmonell from 10 am – 12 noon.

If you require any further details or the services of the Minister, please do not hesitate to contact the Minister, Rev’d Theo Corney or Session Clerk Mrs Claire Strain.


Sunday 18th February 2024

Lent 1

Mark: 1: 9-15

Gaining Godly Perspective

The period of Lent runs for 40 days in the run up to Easter. 40 days are observed because Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness preparing for his public ministry. After Jesus was baptised making a decision to step out and begin his ministry very dramatically the skies were rent apart and God’s voice was audibly heard. From this experience Jesus was driven into the wilderness where he faced various temptations.  He needed to be prepared to do things God`s way, if he was to be successful in his vocation.

Jesus we are told spend 40 days in the desert. There he was away from the crowds and would have had lots of time to think. He was no doubt deep in prayer and meditated on God’s word. He would be wondering what lay ahead of him. It might have been nice if he was “alone with God” after all “two`s company”. But the devil came along at various times and yes “three`s a crowd”. Jesus faced very subtle and intense temptations, but in all things chose God`s uncompromising way. This was the only way that he could truly be our saviour.

We too face temptations of various kinds. Jesus understands the trials and temptations we face. He was tempted far beyond any of us are, because we give way much too soon. If we want to live victorious happy lives it is important that we consider God’s word and gain a Godly perspective. The pleasures and interests of this world are fleeting, but we can have a joy knowing that we are pleasing our heavenly father. It is right that we reflect on our lives and ask what would God have me do? When we seek to follow him, he Gives his Spirit to equip us to do his will, even at times angels attend to us. The world and people may let us down, bad things do happen but God wants us to know his ultimate love and care for us. Jesus showed us how much God loves us.

May we seek to live the way God would have us live, that we might bless him and others. Even when things go wrong, God`s name is to be praised. By bearing this in mind we get the perspective we need. Let us aim to bless others in some way each day that we live in order to make the day count.

There are many hymns which I find to be a blessing. My favourite hymn is “When morning gilds the skies”. By remembering that in all things Jesus is to be praised we gain perspective and joy. I try to live by this “Canticle Divine”….

When morning gilds the skies,

my heart awakening cries,

“May Jesus Christ be praised!”

Alike at work and prayer

I know my God is there:

“May Jesus Christ be praised!”


When sadness fills my mind

my strength in him I find:

“May Jesus Christ be praised!”

When earthly joys grow dim

my comfort is in him:

“May Jesus Christ be praised!”


The night becomes as day

when from the heart we say:

“May Jesus Christ be praised!”

The powers of darkness fear

when this glad song they hear:

“May Jesus Christ be praise!”


Be this, while life is mine,

my canticle divine:

“May Jesus Christ be Praised!”

Be this the eternal song

through all the ages long:

“May Jesus Christ be praised!”

BPW Edward Caswall (1814-78)


Every blessing,

Rev`d Theo Corney


Ballantrae and St Colmon Parish Churches Welcome You This Christmas Time

Christmas Services 2023:

Barrhill Hall Service          Sunday 17th December   3.00 pm

Glenapp Church                  Wednesday 20th December   3.00 pm

St Colmon Church               Sunday 24th December   10.00 am

Ballantrae Church               Sunday 24th December    11.30 am

Christmas Eve Watchnight Service  St Colmon Church   Sunday 24th December  11.30 pm

Christmas Day Service  Ballantrae Church   Monday 25th December  10.00 am


On Sunday 5th November 2023 at 10.00 am there will be a Service of Communion at St Colmon Church

Sunday 13th November 2023: Remembrance Services:

9:30 am Act of Remembrance at Colmonell War Memorial

10.00 am Service of Remembrance at St Colmon Church

3.00 pm Act of Remembrance at Barrhill War Memorial

Colmonell War Memorial



February 2023

The collection for the DEC Turkey/Syria earthquake appeal has raised a total of £153.15

To see the approved Presbytery Mission Plan click here Ayr Presbytery Draft Mission Plan ver 1_6 APPROVED January 2023

The plan can also be found on the Documents page, along with other related documents.

The 250th Anniversary Exhibition was held on 29th October 2022

The sum of £257.10 was donated at the exhibition and tea.

Some pictures below & more can be seen in Photo Gallery:

250th Anniversary Exhibition St Colmon Church, Colmonell 2022

250th Anniversary Exhibition St Colmon Church 2022

250th Anniversary Exhibition St Colmon Church, Colmonell 2022

250th Anniversary Exhibition St Colmon Church 2022

Detail of window by Louis Davis, showing Knockdolian Hill,  Craigneil Castle and the River Stinchar. To see all the stained glass windows click here: St Colmon Stained Glass Windows

To see Ballantrae and St Colmon Newsletters go to the Documents page.


Every Wednesday we hold our Coffee in the Kirk Hall in Colmonell from 10 am – 12 noon for anyone who would like to attend. This is an informal gathering to share ideas and have a natter.

Photo Gallery

See more photographs of St Colmon Kirk and our community

St Colmon Kirk Session


  • Rev’d Theo Corney


  • Brian McIlwraith
  • Irene Wilson
  • David McCutcheon
  • George Bain



Minister – Rev Theo Corney – 01465 831252

01465 831252

South Ayrshire