Faith, Hope & Climate Change

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In November 2021, Glasgow will host COP26 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference). Emphasising community action, the conference seeks to bring global powers "together for our planet". For many Christians this is an important and much anticipated event.

We feel called to fulfil our duty of care towards the creation which God called 'good', and every living thing. Come November, however, many of us will sit as onlookers to the conference, frustrated to be so distant from the action. 

Faith, Hope + Climate Change invites churches and faith groups from across the UK to join us as we gather online together for our planet, and together in our faith. Trinity College Glasgow will host seven evenings, each aiming to equip you with the inspiration to approach climate change activism within your wider communities. Each evening, we will invite you to learn from high-profile scholars and speakers, and get involved through three innovative action tracks, which will inspire you and support you over the 7 weeks to take creative and prophetic action in your church and community.

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. via Zoom. Details for participation by our Riverside Churches group are now available. Please contact Peter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a copy of the Welcome Pack which contains the Zoom information you need to join the discussions. We are registered as one church group, but can individually join the presentation and discussion that follows.

 

Faith, Hope & Climate Change

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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.

Covid Creativity

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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.

Riverside Churches Garden Party

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The Riverside Group of Churches (Ferryhill, Ruthrieston West and South Holburn) invite you to a Garden Party at Ruthrieston West Church on Broomhill Road on Saturday 4 September, 2 - 4 p.m. 
Bring along your own picnic and we'll supply the games and activities! This fun event is open to all ages.
Please contact the Church Office on 01224 213093 to let us know if you are planning to come for Track & Trace purposes.

Worship Update - 24 August 2021

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From now on you will no longer 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 Sunday 5 September 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 are also planning to have tea and coffee after the service from September onwards. This will be served in the Foyer and we ask that you follow current Covid-19 guidelines for indoor public spaces.

Worship - August 2021

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We will be holding in-person services this month, commencing at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Capacity for worship has increased due to changes in the regulations, but you will still need to book places by calling the Church Office on 01224 213093, on a Wednesday afternoon (12 - 3 p.m.) or Friday morning (9 a.m. to 12 noon). The services will also be livestreamed as usual.

Aberdeen Beach Litter Pick

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For our families and young people, we are holding a litter pick at Aberdeen Beach on Sunday 15 August. We will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the play area next to the Beach Ballroom to arrange groups, starting the litter pick itself at 2 p.m. There should be ample car parking available nearby.

All equipment will be provided by Aberdeen City Council but please do bring your own gloves. Folk are welcome to bring a snack and a drink for a time of (socially distanced) fellowship afterwards. This event is being organised by the Riverside Group of Churches (Ferryhill, Ruthrieston West and South Holburn).

If you and your family would like to attend then please contact Cecilia Young at Ferryhill via the Church Office (01224 213093 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Note that we do need a list of who will be attending.

Saturday Mornings at the Coffee Shop

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The Coffee Shop is open each 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 by phoning the church – 01224 213093 - from 8.45 a.m. onwards on Saturday morning. 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.

There are also 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 on a Saturday would be appreciated! Please get in touch if you are available; you can help as little or as often as you can. **

Pushing Out The Boat

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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.

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The Brimmond Challenge

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The Living Well Project is a charity set up in 2010, with the aim of supporting isolated and vulnerable people in the community of North Aberdeen.

They offer a Befriending Service where volunteers are matched on a one-to-one basis, with an older person. They also run the Living Well Cafés which provide social support for those affected by memory loss and dementia, their families and carers. One of these Cafés is held at Ferryhill Church although is sadly not currently taking place due to Covid-19 restrictions.

As many of you may know, core funding for The Living Well Project was withdrawn from 31 March 2021. They are continuing to seek alternative sources of funding but meanwhile Linda and Jeanette have decided to embark upon a challenge to raise funds! 

The ladies, along with a team of Occupational Therapists from ARI, are planning to do a continual ‘dawn till dusk’ climb (well, 7 am till 7 pm!) up and down Brimmond Hill on Saturday 5 June and would so appreciate if you could lend your support to this worthwhile cause. 

They have set up a JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/brimmondchallenge where you can pledge money to The Living Well Project.  Alternatively, you can donate in cash or by cheque if that’s easier for you. 

For more information about the challenge and the charity itself, please visit www.thelivingwellproject.org.uk

Christian Aid Week

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This week is Christian Aid Week when we remember the work that Christian Aid is involved in throughout the year, giving thanks for that work and offering our support.

Pictured is Rose Katanu Jonathan whose story we will hear about on Sunday in the morning service. She says:

Because of climate change, I worry a lot about food. I pray to God that the rainfall will become normal like it used to be.

The focus for this year's Christian Aid Week is the climate crisis, recognising that it hurts us all. But people living in poverty fight the worst of it every day.

From drought to flooding, climate change robs people of control over their lives. Extreme weather means people like Rose are struggling to survive without a reliable source of water.

Your gift could help a community build an earth dam, so when the rains do come, they will have the water they need to live. A reliable source of water will help families withstand long drought or relentless rainstorms.

Every gift. Every challenge can change lives. While we would ordinarily have a special collection this Sunday for Christian Aid, this year we would ask you to support Christian Aid directly using the link below:

Together we stop this climate crisis.

What To Expect At The Kirk

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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.

Kirk's Coffee Shop Reopening for Saturday Takeaways

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Apart from a brief time in December, the Coffee Shop at the church has sadly been closed for over a year as a result of the pandemic, however we are planning to reopen for take outs each Saturday from 10 April. 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 will be open between 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon and you can phone in your order on 01224 213093 between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m.

Payment can be made in cash or by contactless card payment when you pick up.

What is available?

Bacon Roll & Hot Drink
£4

Egg Roll & Hot Drink
£4

Bacon and Egg Roll & Hot Drink
£4.50

Hot Drink
Options: Coffee (white, black, cappuccino, latte, with decaf option on all) or Tea
£2

Soft Drinks (Diet Coke, Diet Lemonade, Orange Tango)
80p

Searching For The Easter Story Family Packs

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Easter is going to be rather different again this year. To capture some of the excitement and fun of Easter morning, we have created packs that will be available for families to use to explore the Easter Story. These can be used at any time, but if you would like to join us with your own egg hunts on Easter morning then please join the Riverside Churches live streamed Easter Day service on Sunday 4 April at 11 a.m. when we will also be using our own pack. We can do the Easter Egg hunt together!

You can pick up the packs from the church on Wednesday 31 March at the same time that we will be having the Instant Neighbour Food dropoffs (1-2 and 7-8 p.m.) and also on Saturday 3 April between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Easter Story Painted Stone Hunt

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If you are looking to explore the Easter Story with your family or on your own, you can do so during this week while taking a stroll around Duthie Park. Rev Julia Pizzuto-Pomaco at South Holburn Parish Church has created an Easter Story Painted Stone Hunt for you.

You can find instructions to follow here: Download Guide.

If you would also like to add your own decorated stones you are welcome to do so. You could take a picture of it and send to Julia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or add to the church's Facebook page.

Holy Week and Easter Services

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While Ferryhill Parish Church remains closed at the moment for in-person worship, we have a full range of online and streamed services for Holy Week and Easter. You are most welcome to join us. Some of these you can participate in via Zoom, and all of them will be available on our YouTube channel.

Palm Sunday 28 March 2021

As we come to the final Sunday in Lent, Palm Sunday, we start our remembrance of Jesus' last week in Jerusalem with his entry into the city. 

Live streamed service at 11 a.m. (on both the YouTube channel and Facebook page). If you happen to be walking past the church you may find palm crosses on the front door, you are welcome to take one.

Holy Week Services

All these services can be joined via Zoom should you wish to participate in them live. They will start at 7 p.m. each evening. We will be journeying with Jesus through the events of his final week.

Each night you can use THIS LINK to access the Zoom gathering. Or you can manually join the meeting using the Meeting ID: 895 5312 9612 and Passcode: 933595.

We will also stream these Zoom services to the YouTube channel.

Monday 29 March

Led by members of the Ferryhill Worship Team.

Tuesday 30 March

Led by members of the South Holburn Worship Team.

Wednesday 31 March

Led by members of the Ferryhill Worship Team. For this service please have a wee bit of bread and a dish with some oil or a dip.

Maundy Thursday 1 April

Led by members of the South Holburn Worship Team. This service will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Please have something to drink and a piece of bread/biscuit to hand.

Good Friday 2 April

Led by members of Ruthrieston West Parish Church.

Holy Saturday 3 April

A reflective message for Holy Saturday will be available online on Saturday morning.

Easter Sunday 4 April

On Easter morning we will have a live streamed service at the usual time of 11 a.m. and led jointly by the Riverside Churches. This will include an Easter Egg Hunt for which we have packs available for families (complete with eggs to hide, links to special videos, activity sheets for children, and even some chocolate!). These packs can be picked up from Ferryhill Parish Church on Wednesday 31 March between 1-2 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. or on Saturday 3 April from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Handmade daffodils will be available on the front door of the church on Easter Day (from the afternoon onwards) should you be passing and would like to take one as an Easter gift or to pass on to someone.

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