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.
Troon Churches Together would like to invite you to come along and join in our Christmas celebrations at this extra special time of year.
During the period of Advent, when we anticipate the coming of Jesus, there is a wonderful variety of church services – and other seasonal events hosted by the churches – taking place around the town.
Keep an eye out for the Troon Churches Together Christmas in Troon 2014 leaflet, delivered to your home with the December issue of Going Out. The leaflet has details of all the church services and special events for Advent and Christmas throughout Troon. You will be made very welcome at any of these services and events in any church – you don’t have to be a member to attend!
Remember that apart from the special services listed in the leaflet, worship continues in all Troon churches at the regular times throughout December.
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:
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.
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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.
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.