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.


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. Please do describe the item you are ordering well (please use any descriptions in ALL CAPS when there are multiple variants).

Picking Up

Purchases can be picked up from the church on
Wednesday 8 December, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Thursday 9 December, 2:30-4 p.m.
Monday 13 December, 6:30-8 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.

The Giving Tree by Instant Neighbour

Last year Ferryhill Parish Church participated in the Instant Neighbour Giving Tree Appeal and thanks to the generosity of the congregation and local community we collected gifts for distribution to children and young people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for families living in difficult situations. The Giving Tree ensures that these children do not go without gifts at Christmas.
Ferryhill Parish Church is supporting the annual Giving Tree present appeal again this year and gift tags are available for selection when the Church is open on Sunday mornings for worship and when the Coffee Shop is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings between 9.30 and 12 noon. Gifts should be purchased and then returned to the church during the above times before Friday 3 December.
Further information can be found at 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.

Virtual Christmas Fair 2021

Following the great success of last year’s fair, and due to the continued COVID restrictions on the use of our Large Hall, we are going to hold this year’s Christmas Fair virtually. It will run for a week from Saturday 27th November 2021.
All items for sale will be photographed, listed and shown on the church website.
Orders can be placed by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be collected and paid for the following week. Orders will be dealt with in the order they are received, ie. first come, first served! 
Your fundraising team need your help and support by:
Donating items to be sold: Christmas crafts and gifts, preserves, sweets, fruit cakes (no fresh produce). A list of ingredients must be provided with the consumables. Please leave donations in the Atrium by 21st November or contact Fiona Firth with any queries.
Telling friends and neighbours about the Fair.
Going onto the website on 27th November and doing your Christmas Shopping!

Message From Professor Jason Leitch

Professor Jason Leitch, NHS Scotland's National Clinical Director, outlines the state of the pandemic and offers a 'thank you' and encouragement to Scotland's faith and belief communities. Please do watch the video above.

Ferryhill Library Collection Service

The library in Ferryhill has been closed during the pandemic for a long time, but service is starting to resume again. Note that there is now provision for a "Click and Collect" service or a "Phone and Collect" service. You can use a computer or phone to request a book and then go to collect it from the library.

Collection times are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

More information including phone number and a link to the Booking Page for "Click and Collect" are available here.

Please do support your local library!

Covid Creativity

On 23 March 2020, the UK went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many organisations came to the fore to help and support their communities, including the Riverside Parish Churches. A leaflet was produced giving important information and also some ideas on how to keep busy while stuck at home. One challenge was to create knitted or crocheted squares for the purpose of turning them into blankets to yarnbomb trees around the Riverside community to provide some brightness as people took their walks around the community at that time.

Worship Update

There is no longer a need to call the Church Office to book a place to attend worship, however we will still be taking a note of who is attending. This will be done by either scanning a QR code on a mobile phone if you are used to that, or by giving your contact details at the door.

On the first Sunday of each month we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion at our service. If you are joining us online please do have some bread and a drink ready.

We now also have tea and coffee served in the Foyer after the service and we ask that you follow current Covid-19 guidelines for indoor public spaces.

Wednesday and Saturday Mornings at the Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop is open each Wednesday and Saturday between 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon for sit-ins as well as takeaway. There is no need to book a table however you can do so on the day by phoning the church – 01224 213093 - from 8.45 a.m. onwards. You can also phone in your takeaway orders.

A new Coffee Shop menu is on offer with weekly specials, children’s snacks and drinks and vegan friendly options. On Wednesdays we serve a full breakfast which has proved very popular.

There are lots of extra items on sale such as fresh bakery products, wonderful tablet & fudge, face masks and handmade cards.

We accept cash or contactless card payments.

** New volunteers to help us would be appreciated! Please get in touch if you are available; you can help as little or as often as you can. **

What To Expect At The Kirk


In the above video 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.

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.

Instant Neighbour Donations

There is a chance for you to donate food for local charity Instant Neighbour at the church each Wednesday and Saturday morning when the Coffee Shop is open. Non perishable food items and toiletries can also be dropped off on Sundays when attending worship. Items will be distributed to vulnerable and housebound people by the charity.

Instant Neighbour have informed us that they are approaching the busiest time of the year for the foodbank and with the changes to Universal Credit and the Furlough scheme they are sadly already seeing a sharp rise in foodbank usage so any donations are very gratefully received.

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!

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