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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Car Boot Sale

Indoor 'Car Boot' Sale

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Please join us for a Table Sale on Saturday 24th March between 10am and 12 noon in the large hall.  Entry is just 50p.

Tables must be pre-booked by speaking to Fiona Firth or texting / calling 07759 929172, and cost £10 each.  All takings are yours to keep!  Please remember that no tobacco, alcohol or electrical items should be sold.

Donations of home bakes, bric-a-brac and raffle prizes would be very welcome for the church stalls.

Our coffee shop will be open in the foyer between 9.30am and 12pm.

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.

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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The Living Well Café at Ferryhill offers a safe, friendly, relaxed and welcoming space for people with a diagnosis of dementia or memory problems and their carers. It is well supported by both café friends and carers and is held every second Thursday from 1 - 3pm.

We enjoy a variety of activities including singing and dancing, reminiscing, word searches, jigsaw puzzles and boccia to name just a few. Refreshments are provided throughout amid a very happy atmosphere.

If you know of anyone who may benefit from being part of this group, please do let us know - you will be made very welcome at the café.

Call Rita King Tel. 01224 572391 or Shona Matthew Tel. 01224 704378 for more information.