The church itself is a symbol or an image of the presence of God. In his biography of Reginald Fairlie, the architect of this church, Patrick Nuttgens describes it as ‘standing out, magnificent and monumental, among the low residential streets of this Ayrshire resort, a symbol unchanging in the midst of things ephemeral.’ On the outside walls there are two stone statues, one of the Assumption which was erected when the church was opened, and one of St Meddan on a niche on the front wall which was carved by Hew Lorimer for the Golden Jubilee of the church in 1961. It is one of two images of St Meddan in the church. St Meddan is holding a cross, and on the cross there is a shamrock. Meddan was an Irish missionary sister, possibly a disciple of St Patrick. Many sisters from Ireland spread the faith in Troon and in this part of Scotland, converting pagans to Christianity.
St Meddan is not unknown in Troon. The church stands in St Meddan’s Street, and the ground on which it was built was previously called St Meddan’s Farm. More of the life of St Meddan is recorded in the other image we have of her in church, which will be told in a later presentation. The missionaries shared their faith in the one true God who is tender and compassionate, a God who is close to us, and who wants us to know him and to love him, even as we are loved and cared for by Him.