Christmas Offering

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We have a number of special offerings over the Christmas period including at the School Service at the end of term, the Christingle and Watchnight services. The money raised through these offerings will be split between two charities:

 

The Living Well Project

The Living Well Project is a Christian Charity set up by Newhills Parish Church, Bucksburn which began in 2010 establishing a much needed befriending service for the lonely and isolated. The Living Well Café was then set up in 2015, in partnership with Aberdeen City Council , NHS Grampian and Alzheimer's Scotland. The Project is overseen by a Management Team from Newhills Church. Following the success of the two cafés at Newhills and Oldmachar Churches, two further cafés were opened in 2017, one here at Ferryhill Parish Church in April and one at High Church Hilton in August. The cafés cater for people with memory loss and dementia and their families and carers, and offer a wide range of activities including Reminiscing, Singing and Dancing and Jigsaw Puzzles. For more information on the Living Well Project please click here.

 

Vine Trust

Vine Trust is an international interdenominational volunteering charity which seeks to enable volunteers to make a real and significant difference to some of the poorest children and communities in the world. Established in 1985 in Bo'ness, Scotland, Vine Trust welcomes people from all backgrounds who share their ethos of caring and their belief that, whilst we can't help everyone, we can all help someone. For further information on Vine Trust, please click here.

 

 

Christmas Services 2017

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Opportunities to celebrate the birth of Jesus,
the Light of God coming to the world,
the Word of God made flesh to live with us,
bringing hope, peace, joy and love.
 
Christmas Eve
24 December 2017

11:00
Morning Worship Service
for all ages
12:00
Christingle preparations in the church hall
to help create the Christingles we will use later in the evening
18:30
Christingle Service
for families
23:00
Carol Singing
23:30
Watchnight Service

Christmas Day
25 December 2017

10:00
Morning Worship Service
A short family oriented service to which
children are welcome to bring a present to show

Coffee Shop Christmas Closure Period

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Our Coffee shop will close for the annual break on Saturday 16 December 2017 and reopen on Monday 15 January 2018. This will allow the team of volunteers , who are on duty once a fortnight, a well-earned two week break.

We look forward to welcoming you back after the festive season.

If you have not visited the Coffee Shop before, do drop in and sample our cooked breakfasts (Mondays only), bacon and egg rolls, scones, pancakes, biscuits and Fairtrade tea and coffee any morning from 9.30-11.30 a.m. (and to 12 noon on Saturdays). You will be made very welcome.

First Aiders at the ready!

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On Wednesday 18 October 2017, Heather Roy, Education Co-ordination for the British Red Cross came to the church to give a four hour First Aid Training. This was to give participants confidence in dealing with someone choking, not breathing, having a heart attack, a stroke, a burn, bleeding heavily or having taken something harmful. They were able to try giving chest compressions on an adult and a baby manikin and experience giving back blows and abdominal thrusts using a cleaver choking rescue training vest. All seven now have a basic knowledge of how to react to these scenarios but hope they will never have to!

Picture: From L-R, Fiona Firth, Audrey Grassick, Rae Leslie, Shelagh Bain, Ida Scott, Agnes MacDonald, Mary Fraser, Christine Gordon and an unnamed gentleman!

Meet Mary and Scott

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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!

New Session 2017-2018

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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.

2017-2018

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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.

 

 

Living Well Café, Ferryhill Church

Living Well Café

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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.

Cosy House Update

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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.

Bakes and Books Sale

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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.

Ferryhill Coffee Shop

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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.

 

Our Mission, Faith and Beliefs

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A Kirk For AllMission Statement

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.

Communion Table

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.

Beliefs

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.

Find us

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Ferryhill Parish Church
Fonthill Road
Aberdeen
AB11 6UD