What do you value most in life? Which activities occupy most of your time? What are the natural gifts with which you have been blessed? What are your priorities for spending
These and other questions have been the subject of our thoughts over the past couple of months at Ferryhill Parish Church. The reason for this is that we are continually striving to do what Jesus asked of those that follow him: that we serve others, serve our community, and in so doing serve him. In order to do that many folks spend a huge amount of time and give generously to support and enable the work of the church. That commitment is appreciated deeply, though we recognise too that the costs of providing the Kirk building, which is such a valuable asset to the community, and used by many community groups, grows every year, and that we would like to be doing new things, particularly for young people.
We have thought about this through gatherings filled with activities, information and humour from our Doric Double Act, but not everyone could make it to one of those events. For those unable to do so, we have made the booklets that accompanied our thoughts available both in the foyer at the church and online. These may help you think about your own gifts, your use of time and how you use money to support groups like the church in your community.
Please do pick up a copy of the booklets or download a copy here.
Come With Me: Who Me? - Spiritual Gifts Assessment
Come With Me: Connect & Commit - Time and Financial Contributions
Come With Me: Connect & Commit - Response Forms
If you are interested in a quick, easy method of giving to Ferryhill Parish Church, there is now a fast, user-friendly way! You do not need to be a member of the church in order to make a donation. Just select the button below and complete a few short steps. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Our preparations for the Summer Holiday Club for 2015 are coming on well. We have the sketches and blueprints, the materials and skills to create a fabulous Tale Machine, a magical piece of equipment able to create a story from whatever you feed it. Mums & Dads, grannies and grandpas, guardians, please sign up now to make sure your child(ren) have a place for this year's club.
The Tale Machine Summer Holiday Club
The Tale Machine is a summer holiday club for primary school aged children based around storytelling with games, puppets, crafts, songs, and many more activities.
Please sign up for what will be another brilliant week.
The Tale Machine
Monday 3 August to Sunday 9 August 2015
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost £1 per day payable at the church
|Event Date:||03-08-2015 10:00 am|
|Event End Date:||09-08-2015 12:30 pm|
|Cut off date||31-07-2015|
|Location||Ferryhill Parish Church|
This week David Fryer began working at Ferryhill Parish Church as our new caretaker and we welcome him.
David will be working for six hours each week in and around the church, usually split between Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
David stays in Old Torry and from 2012 he has undertaken part-time work in Aberdeen and community and voluntary work in Torry. Passionate about the history, heritage and environment of the south of Aberdeen, he is the secretary of Torry Community Council and Chair of the volunteer-run community centre in Old Torry. In his own time, David enjoys gardening, walking, cycling, reading biographies, and live music. Practical by nature, David enjoys fixing things and making things work, and looks forward to working with folk at Ferryhill Parish Church.
If you see David around the church please do welcome him and introduce yourselves.
We welcomed Aila Emily Balawender through the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday 3 May 2015 and we wish every blessing on her and her mum, Michalina, for the future.
During this morning's service the Moderators' Munro Challenge was mentioned whereby yesterday the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev John Chalmers, and the Moderator of the National Youth Assembly, Rachel Hutcheson, were climbing Ben Lomond to raise money for Christian Aid to mark 70 years of that aid organisation. Events never stand still, however, and after the devastation as a result of the Nepal Earthquake, the following message was received by congregations from the Moderator.
This is the first and only time in the Moderatorial year that I have attempted to make direct contact with every minister and congregation in the Church of Scotland, but I believe it is justified by the urgency of the situation which has overtaken the people of Nepal.
This Saturday 2nd May, Rachel Hutcheson (Moderator of the National Youth Assembly) and I are going to be climbing Ben Lomond – our “Moderators’ Munro Challenge” was to raise awareness of and raise money for Christian Aid in the 70th year of its work across the world. Our good intention, however, has now become an urgent cause. Because together with Christian Aid we have decided that all of the proceeds raised on Saturday will be given to the CHRISTIAN AID NEPAL EARTHQUAKE APPEAL.
As I write more than £3,000 has already been donated through the web giving page https://70munros.everydayhero.com/uk/rt-rev-john-chalmers Rachel and I would like to see this sum sail through the roof – and that is where you come in!
Would you be good enough to include details of this appeal at your services this Sunday and would you consider passing details on to everyone in your address book or by passing on word through Twitter, Facebook or any other medium that you have at your disposal. On Saturday Rachel and I have a mountain to climb and it will be sore on my old knees; but Ben Lomond is as nothing compared to the mountain that has to be climbed by the people of Nepal and my discomfort will be as nothing compared to the suffering of the Nepalese people. They cannot recover from this catastrophe without help from every possible source around the world.
There’s more detail about the Moderators’ Munro Challenge here. Please sponsor us using the address above.
With thanks for taking the time to consider this request,
Rt Rev John Chalmers
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
You can still make a donation now. The total raised by the Moderator being £6,708 at the time of posting this.
On Saturday 16 May, Ferryhill Parish Church hosted a Bakes 'n Books Sale to raise funds for the Presbytery of Aberdeen Malawi Partnership Fund. Various books, DVDs and CDs were available for sale, along with homebakes and coffees. The Kirk is thrilled that £342 was raised to help support our partners in Malawi!
The Scotland Malawi Partnership exists to inspire the people and organisations of Scotland to be involved with Malawi in an informed, coordinated and effective way so that both nations benefit. The Scotland Malawi Partnership was born from Strathclyde University's 'Malawi Millennium Project' in early 2004, in response to the belief that there was a need to bring together under a single umbrella the many organizations and individuals throughout Scotland engaged in fostering and developing links between Scotland and Malawi. With the support of the Lord Provosts of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Scotland Malawi Partnership was officially launched in April 2004. The partnership now exists to promote an informed, coordinated and effective way for individuals and organisations to be involved in Malawi.
In November 2005 Blantyre City Presbytery and Aberdeen Presbytery were set up in partnership. Under this umbrella there are 18 twinned congregations. Primarily, the association is people-centred with no financial expectation but it acknowledges that as the relationships develop there will be some financial support. Presently there is a presbytery project raising funds for schools in Blantyre Presbytery.
We were contacted a week or so ago asking if Ferryhill Parish Church could host the Lord Provost's Book of Condolence for the Piper Alpha Disaster of 1988. This is normally on display in the Memorial Hall of Aberdeen Art Gallery. This building is now closed until Winter 2017 for redevelopment and so the council were looking for another location for the Book of Condolence. We are very happy to be able to host this book in our own Memorial Chapel where it is now situated underneath the Piper Alpha Memorial Window (reflected in the top of the book's case above). We always welcome people who may wish to spend some time in the Memorial Chapel, which is available every morning while the Coffee Shop is open.
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.
Café Connect is a monthly gathering in the relaxed surroundings of the café in the foyer of the church with refreshments and snacks available, this is a great opportunity to meet up with people and make new friends. We will focus on a particular theme or topic at each gathering and let the conversation flow from there. This is a safe place to ask questions, to discuss with each other, and to think about what God's perspective might be on various subjects.
The next Café Connect will be on Sunday 3 May at 7 p.m.
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.