Bring your dobbers to our fun evening of bingo at The Ashvale, Great Western Road on Friday 10 November at 7pm. Tickets which include a fish supper cost £15 adult / £13 child and are available from the coffee shop every morning. Overflow parking is also available behind The House Spa. Bring your friends and family and, don't leave it too late, our last fundraising event sold out very quickly!
Following the success of our Fashion Show with a Difference, we are looking forward to hosting more social events both in and out of the church:
On Friday 10 November at 7pm we will be holding a fun Bingo Night at the Ashvale Fish Restaurant on Great Western Road. Tickets cost £15 per adult and £13 per child. This includes a fish supper plus all your games of bingo (drinks and raffle tickets are not included). Tickets are available in advance from the coffee shop and will be on sale soon. Get your dobber ready for bingo bun. Two little ducks!
We also look forward to our annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 2 December between 2 and 4pm. Come and enjoy a coffee or tea and mince pie and browse the Christmas craft stall, the home made sweets, baking and jams, or try your hand at the competitions to win a hamper, a Christmas cake or your favourite chocolate or bottle. It seems as if Christmas is ages away but it isn't!
For those of you who like to plan your social calendar far in advance you can look forward to an evening of scottishness at our Burns Supper on Friday 26 January 2018. More information regarding this event will be available in the winter edition of Parish news.
All theses events, along with the sale of the handmade greetings cards and second hand books in the coffee shop help to raise funds for the Manse Appeal Fund, paying back a loan taken out in 2013 to carry out essential work and repairs to the church's manse.
At the beginning of September we welcomed Rev Mary Whittaker to Ferryhill Parish Church. Mary has started a probationary placement jointly with us at Ferryhill Parish Church and also at St John’s Church for Deaf People.
Mary is already an Auxiliary Minister in the Kirk, but is now transitioning to the full time Ministry of Word and Sacrament. As part of that training Mary is undertaking this probationary placement. However, Mary comes with many years of experience in ministry already. She has been serving as locum at St John’s Church for Deaf People and leading worship in Elgin as part of a ministry amongst deaf people.
Mary is profoundly deaf herself and will be joined by her hearing dog, Scott. We will enjoy getting to know them both over the months to come, and learning a bit of British Sign Language in the process.
Say hello when you see them!
Come and see what we do!
A warm invitation is extended to anyone in the parish to come along to Ferryhill Church Guild. Membership is open to men and women, whether they are church members or not and they can come to as many or as few meetings as they wish. This year there is a varied and interesting programme of meetings and events planned. For example, there will be talks from Malawi Fruits, a Scottish based charity who support farmers to help them grow cash crops and for them to become independent and to maximise their income and provide for the education and healthcare needs of their families, Energy Scotland, who provide free impartial help and support for saving energy in the home and Embrace the Middle East, a Christian charity that is bringing lasting change to the Middle East through healthcare, education and community development projects. There will also be a film night (with popcorn, if last year is anything to go by), a talk about World War One and why it is still important to us and a visit from a representative of the roof garden project at ARI. So, something for everyone.
Membership costs £10 and there is a collection at every meeting; £1 donation is recommended.
For more information about Ferryhill Guild, please contact Diane on 01224 874199. For information regarding the 2017-2018 syllabus, click here.
Our Lunch Club for the over 50s recommences on Tuesday 12 September at 12.30pm and will meet every Tuesday 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.
Great News! At last our plans for the Living Well Cafe at Ferryhill Parish Church are coming to fruition with the opening of our Living Well Cafe on Thursday 20th April 2017. This facility is in recognition of the need to support people with memory loss or dementia and their families or carers and is already well established at Newhills and Oldmachar Parish Churches, so if you are aware of anyone who would benefit from attending please let us know so that we can determine how many people may be accommodated. The Cafe will run on Thursday afternoons, initially on a fortnightly basis, between 1pm and 3pm. South Holburn Church is beginning the process of investigating the possibility of joining us in this exciting new venture and is actively involved in the preparation for opening on 20th April. Thank you to everyone who has responded so willingly to our request for volunteers; it really is appreciated. Of course our door is always open for more help and if you wish to do so, on a rota basis, please do not hesitate to contact either Rita King Tel. 01224 572391 or Shona Matthew Tel. 01224 704378 for more information.
Young people from P7 up to S6 ages are very welcome to join us, meeting in the foyer and hall of the church on Sunday evenings (2nd and 4th Sundays) at 6:30 p.m., finishing around 8:30 p.m.
You will find more information here.
We will be holding a mini Bakes and Books Sale on Saturday 13 September from 10 a.m. - 12 noon in the Hall. Proceeds will go to our Chigodi Fund. Donations are requested of home baking, preserves, sweets etc. but please, no books as we already have a large stock.
To learn more about Chigodi, our partner church in Malawi, click here.
You may have taken advantage of our excellent Coffee Shop at Ferryhill Church over the years. It is open every morning (Monday to Saturday) of the year with a break over Christmas. The Coffee Shop provides an excellent space to catch up with friends over a cuppa or to get a bite to eat.
The Coffee Shop is made possible because of teams of volunteers who are on duty once a fortnight. You do not need to be a church member to be involved in one of these teams. If you are interested and would like to find out more about joining one of the teams, please contact Edna Sainsbury on 01224 572477.
The overall purpose of Ferryhill Parish Church is to be a vital witness to Christ Jesus by:
- making worship the central feature of the life of congregation and parish,
- developing understanding of the Christian faith,
- enhancing and strengthening an inclusive fellowship so that all feel they belong and have a part to play,
- responding in relevant and practical ways to the needs of congregation and parish,
- and contributing directly and indirectly to the wider work of the Church at home and abroad.
This statement was adopted by the Kirk Session as encouragement to the congregation to see that it exists not simply for itself but to serve the parish in which it worships.
Ferryhill Parish Church
Ferryhill Parish Church is part of the national Church of Scotland which acknowledges its distinctive call and duty to bring the ordinances of religion to the people of every parish of Scotland through a territorial ministry. The Parish of Ferryhill has a population of between five and six thousand people. The number on the roll of communicants (often referred to as the congregation) is around 450.
Services of worship are open to all. The Church of Scotland also applies an open table policy to services of Holy Communion in that they are open to those who are not communicant members of the congregation. It is also possible for children to participate fully in services of Holy Communion.
The Church of Scotland is Presbyterian which means that its affairs are administered by a hierarchy of church courts the senior of which is the General Assembly. At Parish level, the Kirk Session, made up of the parish minister and all the elders, administers the affairs of the congregation and parish. Elders are elected and ordained for life. Parishes are grouped into a Presbytery whose membership consists of all the ministers and deacons together with an equal number of elders. The General Assembly also has parity between ministerial and diaconal members and elders. Ferryhill Parish Church also has a Congregational Board which looks after the finances and property.
The Parish Minister
A Parish Minister does not serve only those who are members of a congregation but all who live in the parish and who seek the services provided by the Church, for example, Holy Baptism (administered at any age) , Marriage and funeral services. Anyone wishing information about Holy Baptism being married in Church or becoming a member of the congregation should contact the church.
In the Church of Scotland there are a number of Statements of Faith or Creeds used from ancient forms like the Nicene Creed to more modern statements. We recognise that no such statement can fully contain all of what faith means to us as individuals or as a community, but we nonetheless recognise the importance of sharing together some of our core beliefs.
The following Statement of Christian Faith was agreed by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1992.
A Statement of Christian Faith
We believe in one God:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God is love.
We praise God the Father:
who created the universe and keeps it in being.
He has made us his sons and daughters
to share his joy,
living together in justice and peace,
caring for his world and for each other.
We proclaim Jesus Christ, God the Son:
born of Mary,
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
he became one of us,
sharing our life and our death.
He made known God’s compassion and mercy,
giving hope and declaring forgiveness of sin,
offering healing and wholeness for all.
By his death on the cross and by his resurrection,
he has triumphed over evil.
Jesus is Lord of life and of all creation.
We trust God the Holy Spirit:
who unites us to Christ
and gives life to the Church;
who brings us to repentance
and assures us of forgiveness.
The Spirit guides us in our understanding of the bible,
renews us in the sacraments,
and calls us to serve God in the world.
We rejoice in the gift of eternal life:
we have sure and certain hope
of resurrection through Christ,
and we look for his coming again
to judge the world.
Then all things will be made new;
and creation will rejoice in worshipping the Father,
through the Son,
in the power of the Spirit,
one God, blessed for ever. Amen.
Ferryhill Parish Church
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