Sunday Post-Service Fellowship - January 2021

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Peter is currently taking a well deserved post-festive break, so we will be joining with South Holburn for our Sunday fellowship on 17th, 24th and 31st January at 1 p.m. The Zoom details are as follows:-

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88606167910?pwd=MnMwbVFTWk5FYXgzWTlTbjlkQ1pBUT09

Meeting ID: 886 0616 7910, and password: 264769

Alternatively you can call 0131 460 1196 to dial in to the conversation (you will need a note of the meeting ID and password above).

 

Christmas Worship

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We are planning the usual Christmas services but these will be primarily streamed online as we have been doing for most of this year.

We want the Christingle Service to be interactive so we will be providing packs with all that you need to create your own Christingle. Families are welcome to pick these up from the church the day before so that we can build our own Christingles together during the online service. If you are unable to come to the church to collect these, please get in touch with Ian and Diane Cumming on 07984 546209 and they will arrange delivery to you.

Christingle Service

Wednesday 23 December 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.
Pick up Christingle Kits from the Church

Thursday 24 December 6:30 p.m.
Christingle Service (https://youtu.be/A8GWQOk29mc or on our Facebook page)

Watchnight Service

Thursday 24 December 11:30 p.m.
Join us to see in Christmas Day (https://youtu.be/g3MlX7_La8w or on our Facebook page)

Christmas Day Worship

Friday 25 December 10 a.m.
A short celebration for Christmas morning (https://youtu.be/WHwUQNyvDH8 or on our Facebook page)

Lessons and Carols Service

Sunday 27 December 11 a.m.
A traditional service of Bible lessons and Carols (https://youtu.be/wqP_mgSj16g or on our Facebook page)

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Virtual Christmas Fair

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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.

Ordering

Please contact Fiona Firth with your orders using the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Payment can be made on pick up either by cash, cheque (payable to Ferryhill Parish Church), or with card payment.

Picking Up

Purchases can be picked up from the church on Wednesday 2 & 9 December, between 1-3 p.m. and 7-8 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.

Takeaway Time at the Kirk's Coffee Shop

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While the Coffee Shop at the church has been closed over most of this year as a result of the pandemic, we are planning to open during December for take outs. 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 plan to be open on Saturday 5, 12 and 19 December between 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon. You can phone in your order on 01224 213093 the day before (Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) or Saturday (between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.).

Note that we will also be open for take out coffee, tea, mincemeat pies, and shortbread on Wednesday 23 December between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can phone in your order on Tuesday 22 December between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or that Wednesday between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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

What is available?

Saturdays

Bacon Roll & Hot Drink
£4

Egg Roll & Hot Drink
£4

Bacon and Egg Roll & Hot Drink
£4.50

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

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

Wednesday 23 December

We will be offering Mincemeat Pies, Biscuits and Hot Drinks (with donations welcome for these).

Giving Tree Appeal by Instant Neighbour

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Last year over 10,000 gifts were distributed to children and young people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire through the Giving Tree to families unable to buy Christmas presents for their children. Due to the devastating effect of Covid-19 it is anticipated that this year there will be a greater need in the area.

Ferryhill Parish Church is supporting the 30th annual Giving Tree present appeal and gift tags will be available for selection on Wednesdays when the Church is open for Instant Neighbour food donations between 1-2pm and 7-8pm. Gifts should be purchased and then returned to the church on any Wednesday during the above times before Friday 4 December.

Further information can be found at http://www.instantneighbour.co.uk/giving-tree-appeal including gift suggestions. Gifts should not be wrapped but can be placed in a gift bag. All gifts must be new and have their gift tag securely attached so that the age and gender or specific child they are for is clearly identifiable.

Alternative Christmas Fair

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The Church Christmas Fair always has a great atmosphere and is the most successful fundraiser of the year. Unfortunately this year we will not be able to create the same atmosphere, but the Fundraising team hope to provide the same opportunity for people to create and purchase Christmas items.
We are looking for Christmas craft items, sweets, preserves, Christmas cakes, in fact anything that can be left for a few days to ensure they are Coronavirus clear. This unfortunately means we cannot sell fresh baking this year.
All items will be advertised on the church website from 28th November for a week. 
Orders will be taken by email and will be ready for collection from the church the next week.  
If you are able to help by make items for the sale, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Fiona Firth on 01224 590806 by 23 November for more information.

Let’s bring the joy of Christmas into these strange times!

Harvest Appeal Progress

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Harvest Can Appeal Thermometer

What a fantastic response from so many of you! Thank you for your generosity to our Riverside Churches Harvest 1,000 Can Appeal. We have now had more than 2,000 cans and jars donated as part of this appeal throughout October. These donations are greatly appreciated by Instant Neighbour's Foodbank and will make a real different to people over the months to come. £125 of financial donation has been spent on more cans, and there is a remaining £250 that has also been donated to assist Instant Neighbour.

Thanks again everyone who participated!

Note that we will continue to have the church open on Wednesdays at Ferryhill Parish Church (1-2 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.) ongoing into the winter for continuing donations to the foodbank.

What To Expect At The Kirk

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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.

Due to the ever rising number of cases being recorded in Scotland and our concerns to ensure we keep each other safe, we are not going to continue our plans at the moment for fortnightly services at 10 a.m. The team has put in a wonderful effort to make sure that all the precautions we needed were in place but we are anxious to see the numbers of daily cases trending back downwards before we re-open the church building for gathered worship. This is very disappointing, we know. We will continue to monitor this with the hope that we can provide gathered worship soon.

In the meantime, remember that we have now supplemented the existing online worship with a phone in service and we have started to produce weekly worship leaflets particularly for those unable to participate in these other ways.

 

Worship during the Coronavirus Restrictions

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As the Scottish Government moves us through the different phases of response to the pandemic, churches have the opportunity to reopen sanctuaries for public worship. We are working though the processes required in terms of risk assessments to reopen the sanctuary and now we are seeking some feedback from you on how we can best bring worship to you over the next months.
There are many things to consider as we put into effect physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning, and safety requirements as part of an ongoing Covid-19 Risk Assessment checklist. All of this means that public worship services at Ferryhill Church, when we do go ahead, will look and feel very different to what we’re all used to.
Over the next few months we intend to continue our online worship with a livestreamed 11 a.m. service each Sunday. However we are also considering opening the church, and are seeking some input from you on the form of the worship that we offer.
Clicking on this link will take you to a survey which asks a few questions about your thoughts and preferences for worship at the current time. This will help with our planning for the next few months.

*UPDATE* - the survey has now closed, thank you for your participation.

A Prayer for the Stonehaven Train Tragedy

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We share a prayer from the Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the Church of Scotland General Assembly, following the train derailment outside Stonehaven yesterday. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who lost their lives, and with those who were injured as a result of this tragedy. We also thank the emergency services who responded in such challenging circumstances.

https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/a-prayer-for-the-stonehaven-train-disaster

August Worship

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Due to Peter taking a well-deserved holiday, from Sunday 2 August, we will be joining the online worship from South Holburn Parish Church for the next three weeks. Links will be provided so keep an eye on the 'Worship' page of our website and Ferryhill Church's Facebook page. The services are pre-recorded and are available on Youtube from 8 a.m. each Sunday morning.

Here is the service for Sunday 16 August 2020:

Traidcraft Stall

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We are launching a new ordering process for our Traidcraft Stall. The new summer catalogue will be available to pick up from the church on Wednesday 1 July (1 - 2 p.m. or 7 - 8 p.m.) or you can choose from the Traidcraft website (www.traidcraftshop.co.uk). Orders should be sent to Shelagh Bain by Monday 6 July either by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone 07714 894826 and will be available to pick up on Wednesday 15 July at the same times. If you are unable to get to the church, please contact Shelagh and she will deliver your catalogue and order to your home. Please have the exact money ready to pay for your order when you collect it. We currently have the following items in stock: small bars of orange, cappuccino and caramel milk chocolate, marmalade, jam, honey, peanut butter, speciality teas, drinking chocolate and liquorice sweets. All other sweets, apart from jelly beans, are out of stock until August.

Worship From Ferryhill

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You are welcome to join us online for morning worship (or catch up later). 

See you online!

 

A 'Big Weekend' for the Church of Scotland

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Rev Dr Martin Fair will be installed as the new Moderator of the General Assembly on Saturday 16 May 2020. The ceremony will take place in the Assembly Hall with only a few people physically present because of the Covid-19 restrictions but followed by thousands of people across Scotland and across the world as it will be broadcast live on the Church of Scotland Facebook page and website. The service will be captioned and there will be the option of BSL interpretation. Join in at 11 a.m. for an historic occasion and a clear statement that the Church is alive and active in these difficult days.

As part of the ‘Big Weekend’ for the Church of Scotland, a special ‘Heart and Soul 2020’ event will take place online on Sunday 17 May 2020. The current pandemic has meant that the original event, scheduled to have taken place in Princes Street Gardens on that day, has had to be cancelled.
However, a number of features from the event can be transferred into an online format, and the Church of Scotland will screen an abridged ‘Heart and Soul’ at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The programme will run until about 4.20 p.m. A recording of the event will be available soon afterwards.
You can also watch the event live on the Church of Scotland Facebook page and also on the website (www.churchofscotland.org.uk).

Life And Work Magazine - May 2020

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life and work cover may 2020

During this challenging period, Life and Work is printing as normal, however many subscribers will have their deliveries delayed, especially if they normally receive it through their church. With this in mind, they have made the May 2020 issue available on their website. This can be accessed by clicking the cover image on the right.

This complimentary copy includes features on how the Church is responding to the coronavirus crisis both locally and nationally, an interview with the Moderator-Designate, the Rev Dr Martin Fair, and reflections on the 75th anniversary of VE Day.