Please note that this website will no longer be actively updated from 28 May 2023 when Ferryhill Parish Church unites with South Holburn and St Mark's and we become Devana Parish Church. We will keep this site online for the months ahead, but as an archive site. The current and active new website is www.devanaparishchurch.org. Please do visit and bookmark the new site.
If you can attend please RSVP as soon as possible.
This can be done by contacting the office either by:
Telephone: 01224 01224213093
Summer Club Preparation Meeting
This year's summer club will run every morning of 7th to 11th August and 13th August.
It's a fun packed week for children going into P2 - P7 after summer.
If you would like to join the happy band,
Please speak to Fiona Firth
come along to our planning meetings
7.30 pm on 31st May, 15th June, and 5th July
in the foyer.
Big Book Sale!
The big book sale which is taking place at Queens Cross Church, in order to raise funds for Christian Aid.
Opens on Thursday 18th May at 2 pm and continues until
Sunday 21st May
Opening daily at 2 pm.
Please go along and support this great event, if you can
Remembering to bring your own bags for all your purchases!
Christian Aid Week - 14 - 20 May 2023
Christian Aid week is at its most powerful when a disaster happens.
The people of Malawi are paying the price of this Global Crisis. The impact of the recent Cyclone Freddy in Malawi has seen devastating floods, have washed away crops, and over 500,000 people have been displaced and hundreds have lost their lives.
Food, fertiliser and school fees have doubled in price, in the last 12 months. And hard working farmers are seeing their harvests fail as the climate crisis brings increasingly erratic weather.
Through you, Christian Aid will be there long after the flood waters have receded, helping familes build back. Your gifts this May could help farmers in Malawi plant better seeds, see a fairer price for crops and build happier futures for their children.
A single £10.00 donation could pay for a 2KG bag of Pigeon peas- a hardy drought-resistant crop.
Christian Aid won't stop until everyone has the chance to have a full life, free from poverty. They are united in the hope that with your help, more young people will be able to transform their lives.
Envelopes for donationations to Christian Aid week, will be available at the Church on Sunday 14th and 21st of May. Or you can donate online to Christian aid via this link: Christian Aid.
The Steering Group for the new congregation agreed to adopt this schedule for upcoming services. Note that Devana Parish Church, Fonthill Road is the current Ferryhill building and Devana Parish Church, Holburn Street is the current South Holburn building.
We are planning a united service on the first Sunday of each month which will include the Sacarament of Holy Communion and this will move between the sites. On the regular Sundays we are shifting both services by 30 minutes. The service in the Holburn Street site will be a half hour earlier at 10:00 a.m. and the service at Fonthill Road will be later at 11:30 a.m. This still allows for bus arrivals in time for both services and will allow David and Peter to be able to participate together in leading both services.
28 May, 11:00 a.m. @ Fonthill Road - First Service of United Congregation
4 June, 10:30 a.m. @ Holburn Street - United Communion Service
11 June, 10:00 a.m. @ Holburn Street & 11:30 a.m. @ Fonthill Road
18 June, 10:00 a.m. @ Holburn Street & 11:30 a.m. @ Fonthill Road
25 June, 10:00 a.m. @ Holburn Street & 11:30 a.m. @ Fonthill Road
2 July, 11:30 a.m. @ Fonthill Road - United Communion Service
9 July, 10:00 a.m. @ Holburn Street - Summer Service
16 July, 10:00 a.m. @ Holburn Street - Summer Service
23 July, 10:00 a.m. @ Holburn Street - Summer Service
30 July, 10:00 a.m. @ Fonthill Road - Summer Service
6 August, 10:00 a.m. @ Fonthill Road - Summer Service
13 August, 10:00 a.m. @ Fonthill Road - Summer Service
20 August, 10:00 a.m. @ Holburn Street & 11:30 a.m. @ Fonthill Road
27 August, 10:00 a.m. @ Holburn Street & 11:30 a.m. @ Fonthill Road
We will be reviewing how this works and it will inevitably take a bit of time for us all to get used to the new times, but it will soon become the new normal as we work together.
As we prepare for a new congregation, the Steering Group has been working to create a new structure of teams that will take a lead in planning and organising much of the ministry of Devana Parish Church. The six new teams have draft remits which are available to download here. These have been created with input from all three churches.
We need people to be a part of these new teams in order for the new congregation to work well and serve our new larger parish and the new church family. If you have already been in one of the teams at Ferryhill then you may see some similarities in the remits to teams you have been a part of before. You are encouraged to offer to play a role in the new teams. If you have not been involved before, then this would be an ideal opportunity to get involved and play your part in the formation of the new congregation. Please give this your prayerful consideration.
Note that the new logo for the congregation is a re-imagining of the traditional Presbyterian logo of the burning bush alongside a symbolic depiction of the meeting place of two waterways (Dee and Denburn) also shaped to match the flow of the river Dee along the southern edge of the new parish. The burning bush has three larger leaves within it recognising the Trinity and the three churches comprising the new Devana Parish Church.
Following on from our service last Sunday, where Adrian Turk from Compassion UK, addressed us about child sponsorship.
Here is some more information for anyone who is interested.
Compassion partners with more than 8,000 Church in 25 countries to deliver their Child Development programme to more than 2 million infants, children and youths, around the world.
Children, familes and entire communites are being empowered to overcome poverty and thrive both now and in the future.
By sponsering a child through Compassion, you are giving them life-changing support including food, education and health checks.Working together alongside a local church, to bring hope and lasting change to a child living in poverty.
If you are interested in finding out more please see the information below or contact the Church office on 01224 213093, for more information.
To mark the Platinum Jubilee for Her Majesty The Queen, the first British Monarch to celebrate 70 years of service, we hosted an Afternoon Tea in the Foyer at Ferryhill Parish Church on Friday 3 June. It was a lovely afternoon and thank you to everyone who made it happen, planning the decorations, baking the treats, serving and creating a lovely atmosphere.
Please do watch the update from Ministers and Interim Moderators of all the congregations in our future grouping above.
Each year a local and an international Charity are chosen for Advent/Christmas. The special collections in church this Christmas will go to support these charities. We would ordinarily have taken collections at the Christingle and Watchnight services, but as these are now online only that is not possible. You can still donate in-person if attending the 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day service at South Holburn Parish Church.
Note that direct donations can be made via the Rehoboth website, but that is not possible for the Living Well Project. For the latter you could write a cheque and send to the address on their website, or pop the donation you intended to make in an envelope, marking it clearly, and hang on to it until we are back to in-person worship when we will gladly receive those donations.
The Living Well Project
This charity aims to improve the physical, emotional and social wellbeing for those who are socially isolated and also for those living with dementia and their carers. The cafes have operated successfully in four Church of Scotland churches - Oldmachar, Newhills, High Hilton and here in Ferryhill. They have provided a safe, welcoming environment, a place of fun, entertainment and information about other services for those with dementia and/or memory loss.
Rehoboth cares for and supports the needs of children and young people in the Philippines. The charity was set up in 1981 by Connie Andrews (from Aberdeen) and her husband Vernon who established in partnership with Pastor Juanito Luzano and his wife Ledobina, the first house parents. Since then Rehoboth Children's Home has provided residential care to children who have been orphaned, abandoned, neglected and who are at risk in the community. The Residential Accommodation for children is in Santa Maria in The Philippines. They also support the children through the Rehoboth Educational Assistance Programme (REAP).
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.
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 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!
The United Nations Climate Change Conference is coming to Glasgow in November 2021. Already, world leaders are being challenged on the commitments they will make in The Glasgow Statement.
Over seven evenings from 15 September to 27 October, we invite you to join with us online as we gather together for our planet, and together in our faith. We will join with Trinity College Glasgow’s weekly countdown to COP26, each session aiming to inspire an approach to climate change action within our wider communities.
The course will take place on Wednesday evenings, 7 - 9 p.m.; details on how to participate will be made available in due course.
Ferryhill Parish Church is pleased to be a distributor for the latest issue of Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland's magazine of new writing and visual arts. Nurtured by a team substantially based in Ferryhill, this 16th issue of the magazine includes prose, poetry and art to delight and stimulate, and is available to purchase at the Coffee Shop or whenever the church is open. Only £5.99.