Welcome to Troon Old

Whether you’re a member of the congregation, a resident of Troon, or are just passing through…

Welcome Home Children of God!

Grace and Peace to you from God, and from our Lord Jesus Christ.  Welcome home Children of God.

Each service of worship begins with these words.  They remind us of God’s loving intent towards creation and our response to that embracing love.  We are far from perfect but try our best to live out of such a love.  We don’t promise to have all the answers, but we try to walk together in the questions.

You will find all kinds of different folk at Troon Old, even a Tennessee Hillbilly for a minister.  We come from all over Troon, from all parts of Scotland, and a few us from around the world.  We don’t all believe in the same ways, or vote for the same parties or serve with the same gifts.  Yet we are bound by the same love of God who reminds us that if our hearts are united in Christ, our heads don’t have to be.

Whatever questions or doubts, wounds or gifts you bring to life, we believe you are beloved of God.  We hope you will feel warmly welcomed in our midst.  The Apostle Paul says “you are no longer strangers and aliens, but citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”  As such we try to see each other as God sees us, as beloved children of God.

We hope you will stop by and see us.

Whats On 2014-2015

Our Weekly Schedule

Parish Leaflet 2014 front coverFor a full summary of our regular weekly schedule, including monthly activities and activities run by community groups, please check out our annual What’s On guide.

The guide is distributed to all homes in our parish area with the September issue of Going Out, but you can pick up a copy at the church, or download a PDF copy here.

For a comprehensive listing of what’s happening this week, or any other specific dates, please check our online Calendar.

Sunday

  • Choir Practice 10 am
  • Morning Worship 10:30 am
  • Sunday School 10:30 am  [Kids' Club during school hols]
  • Tea & Coffee 11:30 am
  • Fred’s (Youth Fellowship) 7:30 – 9:30 pm [not school hols]

Monday

  • Keep Fit Group 10 – 11 am

Tuesday

  • Church Office open 10 am – 12 noon
  • Baby & Toddler Group 10 am – 11:30 am  [not school hols]
  • Uncle Calvin’s Cafe (Bible Study) 12:02 – 1 pm   NEW FOR 2014/15!
  • South Ayrshire Foodbank 12 noon – 2 pm

Wednesday

  • Church Office open 10 am – 12 noon
  • Line Dancing 10 – 11 am
  • Midweek Service 11:30 am (Teas before, snack lunch after)  [Sep - May]
  • Choir Practice 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday

Friday

  • Church Office open 10 am – 12 noon
  • South Ayrshire Foodbank 12 noon – 2 pm

BB Anchor logoFriday night is BB night in Troon [not school hols].  All sections meet in different churches:

Anchor Boys at St Meddan’s
Junior Section at Portland
Company Section at Troon Old

Saturday

  • Saturday Cafe 10 am – 12 noon
Chairs from the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

Sunday Worship 27 Jul 2014

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Rev David Prentice-Hyers

Scripture
Romans 8: 26 – 39   •   Matthew 13: 31 – 33, 44 – 52

Sermon

For other recordings of sermons at Troon Old, please see Sermons Online.

This week’s image shows a selection of the actual chairs used in the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.  500 of these mismatched chairs were among the 5000+ seats brought out by cast members to ensure that all the visiting athletes could sit comfortably as the celebrations unfolded.  The idea was inspired by a real-life episode in a Scottish village, when locals rallied round with chairs from their own homes when there weren’t enough seats for the guests at a wedding.

Sower and the Devil by Albin Egger-Lienz

Sunday Worship 20 Jul 2014

6th Sunday after Pentecost

Rev David Prentice-Hyers

Scripture
Genesis 28: 10 – 19a   •   Matthew 13: 24 – 30, 36 – 43

Sermon
(we apologise for the sound quality of this audio recording)

For other recordings of sermons at Troon Old, please see Sermons Online.

This week’s artwork is Sower and the Devil by Albin Egger-Lienz (1868-1926).  It is the first image in a cycle of frescoes the artist painted c1923 for the War Memorial Chapel in Lienz, Austria: out of the bad seed sown by Devil is unleashed the horrors of the war.

Egger-Lienz, Albin, 1868-1926. Sower and the Devil, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55000 [retrieved August 18, 2014]. Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Egger-Lienz_-_S%C3%A4hmann_und_Teufel.jpg.

White and McKee wedding 1954 banner

Happy Diamond Anniversary!

Moira White and Bobby McKee were married in Troon Old 24 July 1954Robert (Bobby) and Moira McKee are celebrating 60 years together following their marriage at Troon Old Parish Church on 24th July 1954.  The minister presiding on that occasion was Rev Wilbur Lavalette from the Abbey Church in Kilwinning.

Moira’s parents Thomas and Hilda White lived in Troon, although Thomas had sadly died in 1951.  Soon after the wedding they moved to Bobby’s home town of Kilwinning, then Irvine.  Since the 1970s they have lived near Bury in Lancashire.  Although it’s been a long time, they still send their best wishes to anyone in Troon who may have known them.

The parable of the sower by JESUS MAFA

Sunday Worship 13 Jul 2014

5th Sunday after Pentecost

Rev David Prentice-Hyers

Scripture
Genesis 25: 19 – 34   •   Romans 8: 1 – 11   •   Matthew 13: 1 – 9, 18 – 23

Sermon

For other recordings of sermons at Troon Old, please see Sermons Online.

This week’s artwork is The parable of the sower by JESUS MAFA.  JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa.  Each of the readings were selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members.  Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings.  See www.jesusmafa.com.

JESUS MAFA. The parable of the sower, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48309 [retrieved August 10, 2014].

Memorial to the Persecuted by Péter Gáspár

Sunday Worship 6 Jul 2014

4th Sunday after Pentecost

Rev David Prentice-Hyers

Scripture
Romans 7: 15 – 25a   •   Psalm 145: 8 – 14   •   Matthew 11: 25 – 30

Sermon

For other recordings of sermons at Troon Old, please see Sermons Online.

This week’s artwork is Memorial to the Persecuted, a limestone sculpture by Péter Gáspár, located in Komárno, Slovakia.  The monument is a memorial both to the Hungarians executed during the public administration in southern Slovakia in 1945-48 and the deportations under the administration of the Communists after 1948.

Bearing a heavy weight together, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55479 [retrieved August 10, 2014].  Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kom%C3%A1rom554.JPG.

Sacrifice of Isaac by Marc Chagall

Sunday Worship 29 Jun 2014

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Rev David Prentice-Hyers

Scripture
Genesis 22: 1 – 14   •   Psalm 13   •   Matthew 10: 40 – 42

Sermon

For other recordings of sermons at Troon Old, please see Sermons Online.

This week’s artwork is Sacrifice of Isaac by Marc Chagall (1887-1985) who was a pioneer of modernism and one of the 20th century’s major Jewish artists.  Completed in 1966, the painting is unusual in that it does not depict the subject event in isolation, but explicitly links it to the Crucifixion, seen at the top right; the inclusion of this element and other symbolism invites us to speculate on the painting’s deeper meaning.

Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985.  Sacrifice of Isaac, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.  http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54647 [retrieved August 10, 2014].  Original source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/herry/4371771581/.