Coffee Shop Celebration

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It's nearly 20 years since the Coffee Shop at Ferryhill Parish Church first opened its doors and as a wee celebration we are expanding our range of quality coffees.

The Coffee Shop has invested in a new bean-to-cup coffee machine offering freshly-ground coffees in regular or decaf options in addition to our usual cafetieres. Choose from a creamy Latte, a Flat White, Cappuccino or Americano!

We have sourced our new coffee machine from local company Caber Coffee Ltd and the regular coffee blend we will be using is Msaada Espresso from Tanzania. The use of this coffee directly supports staff and pupils at Msia Secondary School in Mbozi District who will be taught how to grow and nurture coffee trees. The school itself is benefitting from the addition of running water and electricity. Which all goes to make that cup of coffee taste a wee bit better!

The Coffee Shop continues to offer a warm and friendly space in which to relax or catch up with pals, enjoying a fresh scone or a bacon roll, and served by our amazing team of volunteers. We are open every morning, Monday to Saturday. If you can't stop, remember you can always take away your coffee and bite.

Annual Report 2018

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The Trustees of Ferryhill Parish Church approved the Annual Report for 2018 at a meeting held on 17 March 2019. You can download a copy of the Annual Report here.

Thank you to everyone who participates in the work that goes on through the congregation at Ferryhill Church. The breadth of different activities and ministries going on to support the local community is wide and that is only made possible through the time and energy people give through the church and to the financial support offered. 

Also, a note of thanks to Val Hutton, our Treasurer, for all the work she and the Stewardship Team have put into ensuring the finances of the church are well managed and to Lorna Glen, our Session Clerk, for the update in the first sections of the Annual Report on what has been going on at Ferryhill Kirk. 

Rev Peter Johnston, Minister

Community Daffodil Tea

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Celebrate Spring - and, of course, the school holidays - with the Ferryhill Church Daffodil Tea event on Saturday 6 April, 2-4 p.m.

There will be something for everyone: enjoy tea and a 'fancy piece'; browse the stalls including the delicious Easter tombola; the Traidcraft stall and the ever-popular home baking and book stalls; try your hand at drawing a daffodil and maybe win a prize. There will be other chances to win something beautiful, with a handmade quilt and an array of raffle prizes. For children there will be an Easter bonnet competition and spring crafts.

This is sure to be a great afternoon out for all the family.

Eco-Congregation, the Environment and Climate Change

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Ferryhill Church aspires to be an Eco-Congregation. This means we encourage and enable our Church to care for Creation in every part of church life and to link environmental issues and Christian Faith in worship and education. We try to take environmental and ethical action in church buildings and grounds and in finance and purchasing. We aim to work with the community for a greener world through our personal lifestyles, community projects and global links.

As Climate Change requires urgent action on many fronts, we now seek someone who can advise, inspire and encourage us to do more than we do already. The leader of this group is standing down after 10 years to make way for some enthusiastic young activists. Could that be you? You do not need to be a church member!

There are many other Eco-Congregations in Aberdeen and Scotland that share ideas, support and advice. Resource material with suggested projects and programmes is available on the website, www.ecocongregationscotland.org. Please do consider if this is something you could be involved with, and if you would like to find out more, please get in touch with the minister, Rev Peter Johnston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the church administrator, Julie Thompson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Exploring Faith

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What is Christianity about? What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? What is faith?

We will be exploring those questions and others over four weekends in March, meeting each Sunday in the church foyer.

These meetings are open to anyone who would like to explore those questions and the issues they raise, and will be particularly helpful to anyone considering becoming a member of Ferryhill Parish Church.

Please join us from 3 p.m. in the church foyer on 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st March.

Presbytery Service 2019

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The Right Reverend Susan Brown, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will present Long Service Certificates at the Presbytery Service held at Ferryhill Church on Friday 8 February at 7.30 p.m. All are very welcome to attend.

Over 50s Lunch Club

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Our Lunch Club for the over 50s meets every Tuesday at 12.30pm during school term-time. Come and join us for a delicious hot lunch (£4 per person) and a chat in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere any Tuesday you fancy. Booking is not required.

We are always looking for helpers. If you can spare a few hours every month to assist please do get in touch. For further information on helping or coming along for lunch , please contact Cecilia Young on 01224 581382 or the Church Office on 01224 213093.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

Piper Alpha - 30th Anniversary Remembrance

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It's almost 30 years since the terrible disaster in the North Sea when 165 people from the oil rig Piper Alpha and 2 crewmen of the standby vessel Sandhaven tragically lost their lives.

To mark that anniversary, on Saturday 7 July, we will keep the Church Sanctuary open from 10am to 4pm providing a peaceful space in which to remember those who lost their lives and those who were affected.

Visitors will be drawn to the Memorial Chapel, home of the beautiful and meaningful Piper Alpha stained glass window. The designer of the window, Jennifer-Jane Bayliss, will be in the church from 11am - 12 noon and between 2 and 4pm.

At present, the church is also home to the Lord Provost's Book of Remembrance, and visitors will be able to read the names of loved ones who were lost that night, as well as survivors' names and official letters of condolence from all over the world.

A short film with some memories from survivors of the disaster will also be available.

There will be an opportunity to light a small candle in remembrance. Anyone wishing to remember this event and those who died will be welcome.

 

"Walking to Church, Ferryhill" by Kathleen Bremner

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"Walking to Church, Ferryhill", an original painting by local artist Kathleen Bremner, was gifted to the church by the artist as a fundraiser and has recently helped us raise over £500!

Greetings cards of the picture are available at the coffee shop priced £2, but we are now offering 25x25cm unframed prints for just £15. Treat yourself, or consider birthdays or even Christmas! They are available most Sundays after the Church service, or please contact Ann Ralph to purchase a print.

Updated Privacy Policies, in line with GDPR requirements

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Ferryhill Parish Church recognises the importance of protecting privacy and personal information, and has updated Privacy and Data Retention Policies which state how we use, disclose and protect such information according to law. These Policies are available by clicking this link, and any questions on the matter can be addressed to the Session Clerk by email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

City-Wide Prayer Gathering

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Ferryhill Church will host the next Prayer Gathering on Friday 20 April.  You are welcome to join us in the Memorial Chapel from 7.30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Easter Offering

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Thanks to all for your generosity with our Easter Offering.  The school and Sunday collections have raised £334.28 which will be donated to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Annual Report 2017

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The Trustees of Ferryhill Parish Church approved the Annual Report of 2017 at a meeting held on Sunday 18 March 2018. You can download a copy of the Annual Report here.

A few comments are worth clarifying as you read the Annual Report. The first is to thank everyone who participates in the work that goes on through the congregation at Ferryhill Kirk. The breadth of different activities and ministries going on to support the local community is wide and that is only made possible through the time and energy people give through the church and to the financial support offered. Donations by members of the church is by far the largest portion of our income. 

Secondly, you will see that in 2017 we had a small surplus at the end of the year. This is good news, of course, that we were not running a deficit, but one of the reasons for this is that we were not able to complete as many of the upkeep jobs as we might have wished over the course of the year. Part of the reason for this is that we are still striving to find someone or a few people to take on the responsibilities of Property Convener.

And thirdly, if you have a keen eye for the details, you may note on page 12 where there is a note of the movements of money in the various funds that one of the funds ends up with a negative balance. It highlighted for us at our Trustees meeting that these figures only record the cash held in our local bank accounts and not the proportions of these funds held in investments by the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. If you followed all that, well done!

A huge thank you to Val Hutton, our Treasurer, for all the work she and the Stewardship Team have put in to ensuring the finances of the church are well managed and to Lorna Glen, our Session Clerk, for the update in the first sections of the Annual Report on what has been going on in Ferryhill Kirk.

Rev Peter Johnston
Minister

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Car Boot Sale

Indoor 'Car Boot' Sale

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Please join us for a Table Sale on Saturday 24th March between 10am and 12 noon in the large hall.  Entry is just 50p.

Tables must be pre-booked by speaking to Fiona Firth or texting / calling 07759 929172, and cost £10 each.  All takings are yours to keep!  Please remember that no tobacco, alcohol or electrical items should be sold.

Donations of home bakes, bric-a-brac and raffle prizes would be very welcome for the church stalls.

Our coffee shop will be open in the foyer between 9.30am and 12pm.