Ayr's Town Church

The Auld Kirk of Ayr has been a centre of worship in the town of Ayr for over 800 years, first in a building down near the harbour (only the tower, St John's Tower, remains)

and then since 1654 in its present location.

The church has been there to help the people of the town through:
• the 14th century Wars of Independence in the time of Robert the Bruce;
• the Reformation in the 16th century;
• the Union of the Crowns and the eviction from the original building by Cromwell in the 17th century;
• the Disruption in the 19th century;
• two World Wars in the 20th century;

and now in the 21st century it is still there as a beacon of light to all in need.

Today the church still plays an important role in the civic life of the town. It hosts:
• the annual Remembrance Day service;
• the Kirkin' o' the Council service.

The church is also used on other occasions by various groups within the area, e.g. the NHS celebrated 400 years of a hospital in Ayr with a church service.

The congregation of the Auld Kirk take their role seriously and are proud of all they have achieved in the past and look forward to continuing to serve the people of Ayr for many years to come.

One of the other areas that the church is proud to support is the role the minister plays in schools. The present incumbent is chaplain to Ayr Academy, Kyle Academy, Holmston Primary and Southcraig Special Needs School.

Please feel free to come and join us as we meet together each Sunday, you will be made most welcome, whether you come on a regular basis or just the once to see us and our wonderful sanctuary.


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