Fancy a challenge this winter? Churches across the presbytery are participating in the Malawi Partnership Committee's fundraising challenge to cycle the distance from Aberdeen to Blantyre City in Malawi. You have to take a circuitous route to cycle most of the way (none of that cheating with planes or boats!) which comes to a little over 12,000 miles. The presbytery as a whole is being challenged to cycle that same distance, either on two wheels on the roads and paths or in the competitive environment of a gym or on your own exercise bike. Some churches are also planning an event to mark this challenge in a special way.
The purpose of this challenge is to raise some funds to support the poor rural churches and communities in the villages around Blantyre City, helping them to repair buildings, homes, and provide clothing, bedding and foodstuffs to those most in need. For many communities it is the local churches that provide much needed front line support, education and care.
At Ferryhill we will be getting involved with the aim of contributing at least 1,000 miles to the grand total. There are three ways you can get involved in this.
The simplest way to do so, if you are not ready for donning your helmet or lycra shorts, will be to sponsor someone who is going to be adding to the miles. Look out for people with their forms over the next weeks.
We have sponsor forms available for anyone who wants to get on their own bike (stationary or moving) and contribute to the total. Grab one of the forms from the church and start collecting sponsors. Make sure you keep a tally of the miles you do from now until January 17.
24 Hour Challenge
Take part in the 24 Hour Challenge that we will host in Ferryhill Parish Church on Saturday 16 January to Sunday 17 January. Put your name down for a time slot (or two or three) and either get sponsors for that time slot or make a contribution yourself to participate. This will start at 12 noon on Saturday and end at 12 noon at the end of worship on Sunday 17 January. A recumbent (i.e. comfortable!) exercise bike will be used so all ages can readily participate. Please come along to support those cycling at any time during this challenge.
2015 has been a very successful year for our Fairtrade church stall at Ferryhill and for Traidcraft, the development charity from whom we source our products. Our sales have almost reached £20,000, thanks to the loyalty and generosity of all our customers. As Christmas approaches, we are particularly busy ordering Christmas cards, food and gifts which are produced by farmers and craft workers around the developing world. Help support employment and living-wage opportunities for those around the world in need by purchasing fairtrade items for your loved ones this holiday season.
Let's continue to care for our world.
On Monday 30 November, the church will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for anyone to explore an Advent Journey through the Christmas story. There will be eight different stops on the journey at which you can think about a part of the story while also getting your hands busy in helping to create large tableaux that after this evening will be used to decorate the church sanctuary throughout the Advent and Christmas season.
This is open to all ages and you can come at any time between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Consider allowing around 40 minutes for your journey.
On Sunday 25th October 2015, we were delighted to celebrate the Baptism of Aaron Chellingsworth Brown, alongside his parents Ian and Liz, family and friends. We wish Aaron and his family every blessing in the future!
Concordia is an amateur string orchestra, based in Aberdeen, which was formed in 1997 and comprises musicians from all walks of life, including students, teachers, accountants and engineers. Rehearsal is on Tuesday evenings at Ferryhill Parish Church from 7.30 to 9.30 pm with a tea break mid-rehearsal. Concordia generally performs two or three concerts for the public each year. The church is a regular venue for our concerts.
The orchestra has steadily grown in reputation and membership,offering players the opportunity to meet new people, play challenging music and develop their skills of musicianship in a relaxed and friendly environment. Although an amateur group, Concordia pride themselves on a high quality of musicianship.
The Winter Concert is planned for 28 November 2015 in the church at 7:30 p.m. Tickets £8 (£5 concessions) and under-12s free. Visit our website for more information: www.concordiastringorchestra.org.uk or get in touch via:
Join us Friday 11 December at South Kincorth Church (Kincorth Circle, AB12 5NX) at 7:30 p.m. for a city-wide gathering to pray for our community and world. All will be made most welcome and are invited to stay for tea and coffee after a time of prayer and reflection.
"Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."
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.
This autumn we plan to use material titled “Exploring the God Question: Science, God and the Search for Truth” as our starter. This material, with contributions from world renowned scientists and theologians, focuses on three big areas of study: the
cosmos, life and evolution, mind and consciousness.
The next Café Connect will be on Sunday 4 October 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.
Note that the Coffee Shop will close for its annual break from Monday 14 December and reopening 11 January. This allows for the kitchen and foyer to be prepared for the next year ahead.