We share a prayer from the Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the Church of Scotland General Assembly, following the train derailment outside Stonehaven yesterday. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who lost their lives, and with those who were injured as a result of this tragedy. We also thank the emergency services who responded in such challenging circumstances.
Due to Peter taking a well-deserved holiday, from Sunday 2 August, we will be joining the online worship from South Holburn Parish Church for the next three weeks. Links will be provided so keep an eye on the 'Worship' page of our website and Ferryhill Church's Facebook page. The services are pre-recorded and are available on Youtube from 8 a.m. each Sunday morning.
Here is the service for Sunday 16 August 2020:
Thanks to everyone who participated in our latest virtual choir and orchestra anthem.
The anthem is John Rutter's "As the bridegroom to his chosen", words by Johannes Tauler, arrangement by Kevin Haggart.
Our yarnbombing community art project will come to a close for knitted submissions at the end of July. We would like to thank all those folks who have contributed – your creativity has been tremendous, with many noting to us their enjoyment of the variety of colours and designs. We hope that the project lifted people’s spirits in this very difficult time while providing people in the community with an avenue to be creative and keep busy at home even during the lockdown.
We acknowledge the patience of those who did not approve of the project but would like to assure everyone that the knitting, when removed, will be washed and fashioned into blankets and other items that will be a remembrance of this challenging time, giving it a long and useful second life.
An update from Peter on what we are planning over the next couple of months.
Fresh from the editing computer is our latest musical endeavour for your enjoyment and uplift. It is a wonderful upbeat song with a real summer vibe from Fischy Music, arranged by our own Kevin Haggart, with a very important message about the One we believe in. This song was written as part of the collaboration between Spill the Beans and Fischy Music and is featured in the current issue of Spill the Beans.
Thanks to all the musicians and singers (some joining us for the first time from Blantyre and Canada) for their contributions.
If you want to use the song in your own online worship, then please feel free to do so either using the YouTube video itself or you can download a HD copy here (file size 377MB, download from Dropbox service).
You are welcome to join us online for morning worship (or catch up later). We will have a celebration of the Lord's Supper during the service on Sunday 26 July. If you would like to participate at home, then please do have some bread and wine/drink available for when we come to that part of the service.
See you online!
For those missing our time of fellowship following Sunday worship, we invite you to join us for a cup of tea (you'll have to supply your own!) and a chat online. We have set up a weekly Zoom meeting which you can access on a PC, tablet or mobile phone using this link and login:-
Meeting ID: 929 6607 6568, and password: 005056
Alternatively you can call 0131 460 1196 to dial in to the conversation (you will need a note of the meeting ID and password above).
Our Zoom fellowship will begin at 1 p.m. for about an hour.
Every Wednesday from 15 April, there will be a chance for you to donate food for local charity Instant Neighbour at the church. Non perishable food items and toiletries can be dropped off between 1 and 2 p.m. and between 7 and 8 p.m. Items will be distributed to vulnerable and housebound people at this difficult time. Distancing instructions will be adhered to at all times. Thank you.
As many of you will have already seen, churches across the Presbytery have been instructed to no longer have public gathering for worship. This is sensible, the right thing to do, and accords with government advice with regards to Covid-19.
It does not mean that the church itself is doing nothing. Remember that the church is not a building, it is people of faith who make up the church. And we are still active.
Worship will still be happening on Sunday morning and you will be able to access it through our YouTube channel as usual - www.youtube.com/ferryhillparishchurch - or go to our Webcast page. We are also working on how to use technology to our advantage through group video conferencing for other ways to meet virtually, discuss and worship.
Our Pastoral Care Teams are on the case, adapting to the new circumstances, but please expect contact over the next few months by phone, postcard or email rather than in person.
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Over the next couple of months we will be encouraging us all on a Sunday morning to join with Rev Mary Whittaker during the Lord's Prayer to also sign the prayer. If you would like to practise that, please use the video above!