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.

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School pupil in Malawi doing homework by light of solar lamp

This little light of mine…

The Malawi Committee of the Presbytery of Ayr are offering an alternative gift scheme running up to Christmas 2015.  The scheme will buy much needed solar powered lights for our partner projects in Bandawe and Limphasa Presbyteries, in northern Malawi.

You can buy a gift card for £10 or multiples of £10: for every £10 a solar light will be purchased and sent to our partners in Malawi for distribution.  This could be the perfect gift for your friends and family!

Why Solar Powered Lights?

In Malawi, few homes or public buildings have electricity.  Without electricity, families have to use homemade kerosene lamps.  These are a poor source of light, emit toxic black smoke and are extremely hazardous, which often means that children can’t study in the evening.  A solar light saves the family money, improves health, makes their home safer and allows children to complete their homework.

For a fuller explanation, watch this short YouTube video:

How To Buy

Gift cards, in multiples of £10 (£10 = one solar light), can be bought from our Church Office.

a collection of TOP Talk magazines featuring Autumn 2014, the first in colour

TOP Talk Autumn 2015

Front cover of TOP Talk Autumn 2015The latest issue of TOP Talk church magazine is now available online.

In this issue…

  • Another Presbyterian President? – our Minister’s Letter explores God’s grace with a little help from Donald Trump
  • A retirement tribute to Moira Gemmell
  • Loads of news from our organisations and activities
  • Our choir master David Moore and the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra take South Africa by storm!
  • Episode 6 of “Troon Old, The History”

plus many other news stories, features and dates for your diary.

Click here to download your PDF copy.

Troon War Memorial at sunset

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 8 November 2015

10:30 Parade of Uniformed Organisations

Led by 1st Troon BB Pipe Band, members of the Royal British Legion and uniformed organisations will parade through Troon town centre to the War Memorial on South Beach Esplanade, to arrive in time for the Act of Remembrance.  The salute will be taken by Major David Dickson, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire.

Veterans of the Army, Navy and Air Force are cordially invited to join the parade, which musters at Troon Primary School in Barassie Street at 10:15.  Campaign medals and decorations are to be worn.

10:45 Act of Remembrance

Troon’s annual Act of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial.  We remember the fallen of two World Wars and conflicts around the world since, right up to the present day.

This year the service will be conducted by Rev David Prentice-Hyers, minister of Troon Old Parish Church.

In the event of unduly inclement weather, this event will take place in Troon Concert Hall.

11:15 (approx) Troon Ecumenical Service of Remembrance

Immediately after the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial and the conclusion of the parade, the season of Remembrance comes to a close with an ecumenical service of worship for Remembrance Sunday at Troon Old.

This year the congregations of the Church of the Nazarene, St Meddan’s Parish Church, St Ninian’s Episcopal Church and Troon Old Parish Church will join with members of the Royal British Legion, the uniformed organisations and invited guests to give thanks to the living God for all of God’s goodness, even as we remember the terrible costs and continuing effects of War upon our community, this nation and God’s creation.  In the same spirit that brought so many together during those times of conflict we will gather from different traditions, countries and backgrounds to prove again that unity does not necessitate uniformity.

Members of the congregation not attending the War Memorial should note that morning service will be delayed from their congregations’ usual starting times of 10:30/11 am.

Troon Old Parish Church Table Top Sale

Autumn Table Top Sale

Saturday 14 November 2015

Autumn Table Top Sale 14 November 2015 poster

Whether you’re buying or selling, the Troon Old Autumn Table Top Sale is the place to be on Saturday 14th November.  The sale floor is open from 10 am – 3 pm, but better get there early to snap up the best bargains!

Our regular Saturday Cafe is open 10 am – 12 noon.  Lunches available from 12 noon.  Entrance Adults £1.

Please contact Anne McCulloch if you would like to book a table.  This year the price for a table has been REDUCED to £10.

Troon Garden of Remembrance

Dedication of Garden of Remembrance

Sunday 1 November 2015

The season of Remembrance starts at Troon Old with the dedication of Troon’s Garden of Remembrance in our church grounds, adjacent to the Hall door.

Standing in for Rev Dave Prentice-Hyers, Rev Stewart Birse will conduct a brief dedication service after Sunday morning worship.  Poppy crosses will be available and there will be an opportunity to donate to the Poppyscotland appeal.


Troon Poppy Shop 2014

Troon Poppy Shop

17 October – 12 November 2015

Troon Old is honoured once again to be host to the town’s Poppy Shop, operated on behalf of Poppyscotland by the Royal British Legion Troon branch.

The shop is open for the sale of poppies, crosses, badges and other fundraising items. There are also displays and memorabilia on the theme of Remembrance.

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 11 am to 3 pm.  The shop will also be open prior to the dedication of Troon Garden of Remembrance on Sunday 1st November.

Although the shop is only open for sales until 7th November, it will continue to be staffed for the return of collecting boxes until 12th November.


Fashion Show

Thursday 22 October 2015

Fashion Show 2015 poster

In the Autumn a young lady’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of… clothes.


It’s that time of year for the Troon Old Fashion Show.  Mark your diaries for this ab fab fundraising girls’ night out here in Troon Old church halls.

Tickets £5 each available now from Words and Music, Charles Duncan Butchers, the Church Office, the Saturday Café, or Sandra Pirie.

Children in Azerbaijan perform The Giant Turnip

Sunday Worship 27 Sep 2015

18th Sunday after Pentecost; Harvest Thanksgiving

Rev David Prentice-Hyers

Mark 8: 1 – 9


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

This week’s image is a photograph of children in Azerbaijan performing The Giant Turnip, a fairy tale from Russia.  No matter how big you are, or no matter how small you are, you can do something important to help with the harvest of God’s love.

By Moonsun1981 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Giant_Turnip_e-citizen.jpg