Virtual Christmas Fair

Welcome to our Virtual Christmas Fair!

Here you will find the various items that are available listed with images, descriptions and cost. We have let you know how many of each item is available and this will be updated daily as orders are received.

Ordering

Please contact Fiona Firth with your orders using the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Payment can be made on pick up either by cash, cheque (payable to Ferryhill Parish Church), or with card payment.

Picking Up

Purchases can be picked up from the church on Wednesday 2 & 9 December, between 1-3 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. or by arrangement.

A massive thank you to all the amazingly creative folks who have contributed to our Virtual Christmas Fair.

Please click on for the full and extensive list of items available.

Takeaway Time at the Kirk's Coffee Shop

While the Coffee Shop at the church has been closed over most of this year as a result of the pandemic, we are planning to open during December for take outs. If you fancy a bacon/egg roll, or a nice cup of coffee or tea to go, we’ll be happy to fulfil those orders.

We plan to be open on Saturday 5, 12 and 19 December between 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon. You can phone in your order on 01224 213093 the day before (Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) or Saturday (between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.).

Note that we will also be open for take out coffee, tea, mincemeat pies, and shortbread on Wednesday 23 December between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can phone in your order on Tuesday 22 December between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or that Wednesday between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

We look forward to serving you in December!

Advent and Christmas Quiz Night

Fancy a wee festive challenge and online get-together? Join us on Friday 4 December at 7 p.m. for a quiz night with an Advent and Christmas theme.

We'll be meeting via Zoom and you are welcome to join yourself or as a group.

The direct link for the Zoom Quiz Night is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85642751061?pwd=T0YyejFYeDFweGV2ZFUxZHpTZWhiZz09

Or you can join manually from the Zoom programme using the following information:

Meeting ID: 856 4275 1061
Passcode: 869621

Please bring your own drinks and snacks, some sheets of paper and pens/pencils.

 

Giving Tree Appeal by Instant Neighbour

Last year over 10,000 gifts were distributed to children and young people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire through the Giving Tree to families unable to buy Christmas presents for their children. Due to the devastating effect of Covid-19 it is anticipated that this year there will be a greater need in the area.

Ferryhill Parish Church is supporting the 30th annual Giving Tree present appeal and gift tags will be available for selection on Wednesdays when the Church is open for Instant Neighbour food donations between 1-2pm and 7-8pm. Gifts should be purchased and then returned to the church on any Wednesday during the above times before Friday 4 December.

Further information can be found at http://www.instantneighbour.co.uk/giving-tree-appeal including gift suggestions. Gifts should not be wrapped but can be placed in a gift bag. All gifts must be new and have their gift tag securely attached so that the age and gender or specific child they are for is clearly identifiable.

Alternative Christmas Fair

The Church Christmas Fair always has a great atmosphere and is the most successful fundraiser of the year. Unfortunately this year we will not be able to create the same atmosphere, but the Fundraising team hope to provide the same opportunity for people to create and purchase Christmas items.
We are looking for Christmas craft items, sweets, preserves, Christmas cakes, in fact anything that can be left for a few days to ensure they are Coronavirus clear. This unfortunately means we cannot sell fresh baking this year.
All items will be advertised on the church website from 28th November for a week. 
Orders will be taken by email and will be ready for collection from the church the next week.  
If you are able to help by make items for the sale, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Fiona Firth on 01224 590806 by 23 November for more information.

Let’s bring the joy of Christmas into these strange times!

Dial-A-Message Service

We have a new service available whereby you can listen over the phone to the weekly bible reading and message, along with a reflection when available on that theme. This is ideal for those who cannot access the online service over the internet.

The phone number to use is 01224 002502. This local number means costs will be minimal or free for those calling. This allows access both to the current week's reading and sermon, and to the previous week's by pressing "1" when asked.

Please do pass this information on to family, friends or neighbours who you think might appreciate listening to these parts of the Sunday service. Note that it is available at any time with the audio updated each weekend.

Harvest Appeal Progress

Harvest Can Appeal Thermometer

What a fantastic response from so many of you! Thank you for your generosity to our Riverside Churches Harvest 1,000 Can Appeal. We have now had more than 2,000 cans and jars donated as part of this appeal throughout October. These donations are greatly appreciated by Instant Neighbour's Foodbank and will make a real different to people over the months to come. £125 of financial donation has been spent on more cans, and there is a remaining £250 that has also been donated to assist Instant Neighbour.

Thanks again everyone who participated!

Note that we will continue to have the church open on Wednesdays at Ferryhill Parish Church (1-2 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.) ongoing into the winter for continuing donations to the foodbank.

What To Expect At The Kirk

Peter gives a guided tour of the church to show the changes that have been made and precautions that have been taken to enable people to gather for worship at Ferryhill Kirk.

Due to the ever rising number of cases being recorded in Scotland and our concerns to ensure we keep each other safe, we are not going to continue our plans at the moment for fortnightly services at 10 a.m. The team has put in a wonderful effort to make sure that all the precautions we needed were in place but we are anxious to see the numbers of daily cases trending back downwards before we re-open the church building for gathered worship. This is very disappointing, we know. We will continue to monitor this with the hope that we can provide gathered worship soon.

In the meantime, remember that we have now supplemented the existing online worship with a phone in service and we have started to produce weekly worship leaflets particularly for those unable to participate in these other ways.

 

Sunday Post-Service Fellowship

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:-

https://zoom.us/j/92966076568?pwd=S09TRGljVHpvTUVFZmVVeE5JVkpZZz09

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.

Changes to Morning Worship

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.

Remember that we have a weekly newsletter which you can sign up to by clicking on the link on the right of the homepage.

Signing the Lord's Prayer

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!

Instant Neighbour Donations

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.

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