Welcome to Troon Old

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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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Christmas Cafe snowmen having a snowball fight

Christmas Cafe

Saturday 13 December

Christmas Cafe 2014 poster
Come along to an extended Saturday Café, from 10 am to 1 pm.  Snowmen are not guaranteed, but the elves have emailed to confirm that Santa’s schedule does include a visit to Troon Old at about 11 am.  Lots of things for the grownups to spend money on too:

  • Designer Discount Handbags
  • Living Stone Designs
  • Kalimpong Collectables
  • Bookstall
  • Home Baking
  • Bird of Paradise Floral Craft
  • Creative Chocolate
  • Shirley Inglis Jewellery
  • Tombola

Come and enjoy a mince pie and coffee with us!

Santa arrives for RNLI Christmas Fayre and Wintertainment by Inshore Lifeboat

Wintertainment 2014

Sunday 16 November

Wintertainment 2014 programme cover
Troon’s Wintertainment is a fantastic afternoon of fun organised for the community by the community.  Whatever the weather, thousands of people will descend on the town centre to enjoy all kinds of events, activities, shopping and hospitality.  For a full rundown on all that’s happening, please see the Troon’s Wintertainment programme delivered to all households in the town.

Troon Old plays host to several Wintertainment activities: the line-up includes

1 pm – 3 pm Tea, coffee, soup served
1:10 pm – 1:40 pm Karalyn Bell School of Dance
1:45 pm – 2:20 pm Troon School of Dance
2:25 pm – 3:00 pm Infinity Allstars cheerleaders
3:05 pm – 3:45 pm Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra Young Fiddlers led by Wallace Galbraith MBE

Times are approximate!

And, as everyone in Troon knows, Santa will be very busy in his Grotto at the RNLI Christmas Fayre in the Concert Hall.  So, to help Santa out, Troon Community Council have arranged for Mrs Claus to be in residence in Room 1 at Troon Old all afternoon.

Troon Chorus At Christmas

Troon Chorus Christmas Concert

Saturday 13 December

Troon Chorus Christmas Concert 2014 poster
Troon Chorus’ Christmas concert – “Troon Chorus At Christmas” – is on Saturday 13th December at 7:30 pm in Troon Old Parish Church.

Come along and enjoy an evening of festive music, with guest soloists and instrumentalists.

Tickets priced £8 are available from Words and Music, choir members or at the door on the evening of the concert.  This year the Chorus is supporting the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Altar of the Mystical Lamb - The Arrival of the Mystical Lamb by Hubert van Eyck & Jan van Eyck

Sunday Worship 2 Nov 2014

21st Sunday after Pentecost; All Saints Sunday

Rev David Prentice-Hyers

1 John 3: 1 – 3   •   Psalm 107: 1 – 7, 33 – 37   •   Revelation 7: 9 – 17


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

This week’s artwork is Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Hubert van Eyck (1366-1426) and Jan van Eyck (1390-1440).  The painting forms a central panel on the altarpiece from St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, considered one of the world’s art treasures since its creation in 1432.  Centred on the Lamb of God standing on an altar, an interpretation of the elements of the image and the groupings of the figures suggests the painting follows the liturgy of All Saints Day.

Eyck, Hubert van, 1366-1426 ; Eyck, Jan van, 1390-1440.  Altar of the Mystical Lamb – The Arrival of the Mystical Lamb, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.  http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48726 [retrieved November 22, 2014].  Original source: The Yorck Project.

Troon War Memorial at sunset

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 9 November 2014

10:15 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 10:05.  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.

This year the service will be conducted by Rev Derek Peat, minister of St Meddan’s Parish Church.

We remember the fallen of two World Wars and conflicts around the world since, right up to the present day.

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

11:15 (approx) Service of Remembrance

Immediately after the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial, the season of Remembrance comes to a close with the morning service at Troon Old.

Members of the congregation not attending the War Memorial should note that morning service will be delayed from its usual starting time of 10:30am.

kaleidoscope pattern

Sunday Worship 26 Oct 2014

20th Sunday after Pentecost

Rev Helen Cuthbert

Acts 11: 1 – 30   •   Matthew 28: 16 – 20


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

This week we have a kaleidoscope image.  Like a kaleidoscope, patterns of Church change, but they still let the light of Christ through.

Photograph courtesy of Rev Helen Cuthbert.

Troon Poppy Shop 2014

Troon Poppy Shop

22 October – 8 November 2014

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, also Sunday mornings.

Although the shop is only open for sales until 8th November, it will continue to be staffed for the return of collecting boxes until 14th November.


The Tribute Money

Sunday Worship 19 Oct 2014

19th Sunday after Pentecost

Rev David Prentice-Hyers

Exodus 33: 12 – 23   •   Psalm 96: 1 – 9   •   Matthew 22: 15 – 22


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

This week’s artwork is The Tribute Money by Jacques Joseph (James) Tissot (1836-1902).  Following a religious experience in 1885, Tissot embarked on an ambitious project to illustrate the New Testament.  The pictures were exhibited to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences in Paris, London and New York from 1894 onwards.  This painting is one of 350 bought by the Brooklyn Museum in 1900.

Tissot, James Jacques Joseph, 1836-1902.  The Tribute Money, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.  http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55996 [retrieved November 20, 2014].  Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Tribute_Money_(Le_denier_de_C%C3%A9sar)_-_James_Tissot.jpg.