Christmas in Ferryhill

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A note of the services which will be held at Ferryhill Kirk to celebrate Christmas. Please do join us.

Bon-Accord Silver Bands Christmas Concert

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The Bon-Accord Silver Band and the Bon-Accord Silver 'B' Band will be filling Ferryhill Church with festive joy and that warm fuzzy feeling of Christmas on Sunday 9 December at 7 p.m.

The bands will perform a mixture of traditional and modern Christmas classics and there will be plenty of opportunity for you to sing along to your favourite carols. Mince pies and mulled wine will be available at the interval and are included in the ticket price of £8 for adults and £5 for concessions. Tickets will be available at the door.

Remembrance Book Service 2018

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This year's Remembrance Book Service will be held this Sunday, 4 November, at 6 p.m. At this service we add the names of those who have died during the past year with a connection to Ferryhill, according to their family's wishes.

As part of the service we read all the names that have been added. The service is also appropriate for anyone who would like to take a moment to remember a loved one. It is open to all and during the service there will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of your loved one.

The Remembrance Book is available to view every day, and each morning it is turned to the relevant page for that day.

National Day of Prayer 2018

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Ferryhill Church, along with our friends at South Holburn Church, will participate in the National Day of Prayer on Saturday 3 November. Please visit the Sanctuary of Ferryhill from 10 - 11.30 a.m. to reflect on and pray for our local congregations, communities, national church and the world. There will be four stations to visit and it will be self-guided.

Afternoon Tea - Sleep in the Park 2018

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The Ferryburn Fellowship youth group have organised an Afternoon Tea to raise funds for their participation in supporting the Sleep in the Park 2018 event. The young people are planning to sleep out at Duthie Park this year in order to raise money to help alleviate homelessness in Scotland. Last year £4m was raised and they hope to contribute to another large total this year.

Ferryhill Church Hall
Saturday 3 November 2018
2 - 4 p.m.

Donations of homebakes are welcome! Please come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with us.

Fairtrade Crisis

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Last Sunday, Peter mentioned in the service the difficulties that Traidcraft plc, our supplier of Fairtrade goods, are having which may mean they have to cease trading at the end of this year after some 40 years. This would be a huge blow for those producers in developing nations who benefit from the Fairtrade partnerships which have been built with Traidcraft, but alas this particular problem is one that also reflects some wider issues for the UK's support of Fairtrade.

This Sunday, 7 October, our Harvest Thanksgiving service, we will have a letter available which can be signed if you wish. For more information on this important issue, please go to our dedicated Fairtrade page.

As part of our Harvest Thanksgiving celebration, please remember to bring gifts of food items (tinned or dried foods) which will be donated to Instant Neighbour.

 

Quiz Night - Sleep in the Park 2018

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The Ferryburn Fellowship youth group will be hosting a quiz night to raise funds for their participation in supporting the Sleep in the Park 2018 event. The young people are planning to sleep out at Duthie Park this year in order to raise money to help alleviate homelessness in Scotland. Last year £4m was raised and they hope to contribute to another large total this year.

South Holburn Church Hall
Friday 12 October 2018
7 p.m.

Tickets cost £5 per person.

Prize donations are welcome for a raffle.

Tea and coffee will be provided but you can bring your own bottle! Snacks also provided but feel free to also bring your own nibbles!

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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