After discussions with parents, Sunday School staff, and the Kirk Session, it was agreed that there should be no obviously identifiable photos of our Sunrays children displayed on this site. Nevertheless, we will be giving reports of their activities.
Our church has a happy and vibrant Sunday School, re-named The Sunrays by the children themselves. They meet 10.00-11.00am, and cater for children up to 12 years. Children under 3 years must be accompanied by an adult. Resource books for bible lessons come from a variety of sources, and incorporate different activities for each age group. Three teachers and seven helpers work on a rota system.
The leader and Children's Ministry Co-ordinator is Mrs Alison McAuley, and she has a band of willing helpers. They go on outings, BBQ's, Easter egg hunts, hold an Easter bonnet parade, and present the annual Nativity play. Santa has regularly visited the Christmas party in the past. The children give us lots of smiles and laughter on a Sunday at the beginning of our service.
From time to time, Mrs Janet McLeod has a special 'Pew Polishing Party' evening - when all the church woodwork gets polished. The first time this happened she brought seven tins of polish, we all got stuck in, and after a while there was a lot of giggling going on. It was not until someone read the label on one of the tins (stating we were to use this polish in rooms well ventilated) that the reason became apparent, which just caused even more laughter. We were certainly all on a "high" that night!
Janet also organises the Ceilidh, which is just before Harvest Thanksgiving and held in the Village Hall. This is a really great evening, and the things she has us doing! One year, some of the ladies of the church were the seven dwarfs. The problem was some of us had to double up as there were not enough dwarfs. There was music, dancing, and singing, and of course food. You can't have a Ceilidh without plenty of good food!
Every year we have an Easter Tearoom, with a very good committee that gets it running smoothly. It runs over two days, Saturday and Sunday. There's lots to eat, three or four types of soup with rolls, salmon salads, scones, and cakes. There are stalls for books, plants, home made cakes and jams, hand made crafts, and much much more. The money raised goes towards the Fabric Fund for the church. This Tearoom is held in the Village Hall.
There's an annual church outing to Ayr - with a stop off in a local church there for a picnic before heading off to the beach or the shops - and great fun is had by all, young and old alike.
There is a joint Choir with our partner church, Leswalt. If you are interested, do contact Mrs Jane Sloan [01776 870248].
Kirkcolm has a Watchnight Service, Leswalt has a Christingle Service, both on Christmas Eve. The later is a very popular with 300+ in attendance! It's takes place early in the evening, the story of Christingle is told and oranges are prepared with red ribbons round them, a candle in the top, plus four cocktail sticks with soft fruit sweets pushed on them. If you want to know why, come along and find out!
Kirkcolm has provided the wider Church with two ministers - as it happens, Mother and Daughter - Mary and Sheila Munro. Mary, who served as an Auxillary Minister in the neighbouring parishes of Kirkmaiden & Stoneykirk [plus at Ervie-Kirkcolm in an unofficial capacity once she 'retired'], only recently moved away to live with her family up in Elgin. Sheila, who was at university with our own Minister, Michael, and became Parish Minister at Inverkeithing & North Queensferry for a time, is now stationed up at Lossiemouth serving as a Chaplain in the RAF. Also, two of our elders have been Presbytery Moderators - Mrs Nena Dinnes and Mr Graham Comery who was also a Reader in the Church of Scotland, but now retired. Our present Presbytery Elder is Mrs Lesley M. Allen, Website Editor and Administrator.
In addition to this website, we also publish a quarterly Newsletter which is distributed to all members as well as being made available in the village shop.
If you have anything you think would be of interest please get in touch with the Minister or Lesley Allen [contact details as on the 'Who's Who' page.