Shop 'til you drop Saturday 16 May from 10 a.m. - 12 noon as Ferryhill Parish Church hosts a Bakes 'n Books Sale to raise funds for the Presbytery of Aberdeen Malawi Partnership Fund. Browse through the books, DVDs and CDs while enjoying a treat at the baking stall. Chat over a cup of tea or coffee with a friend and then choose a plant for your garden!
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 know Jesus challenges us to love our neighbour. We believe Jesus meant our global neighbour, too.
Because of God’s commitment to justice and love for the poor, we can’t sit back and allow poverty to thrive. So together, as thousands of Christian Aid churches, supporters, partners and staff, we work hard to save lives now and inspire lasting hope for the future. We each bring what we have – our energy, our voices, our influence, our money, our time, our talents, our prayer and our worship – and use them to work towards a world that looks more like God’s Kingdom.
Join us for Christian Aid Week 2015: May 10-16. Donation envelopes will go out on Sunday 10 May with a dedicated Christian Aid Service at Ferryhill Parish Church on Sunday 17 May at 11:00 a.m. Turn your small change into big changes for communities all over the world.
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.
At the end of 2014 members of Ferryhill Parish Church voted to change their constitution, adopting what is called a Unitary Constitution and, in the process, embarking on some changes to the way we operate as a church: a body of folks seeking to follow Jesus and serve God in our community as best we can.
This will mean some big changes to the various groups that have been operating for many years within the Kirk. These changes bring a natural opportunity for everyone to think about how they might play their part within the mission of the church.
We begin on Palm Sunday, 29 March 2015, with an afternoon event starting with lunch following the service. We will have an introduction to “Come With Me”. On this occasion we will all have a chance to explore what gifts and abilities God has given us and to reflect on how we might use these in his service. We have re-designed the material trialled at Café Connect so that this is suitable for everyone, members and non-members alike.
Over the following weeks we will have regular stories on Sunday mornings which will help us think about our own commitments through reflecting on the lives of characters within the Bible.
Fairtrade Matters is an evocative and thought provoking 13 minute film which offers a glimpse into the lives of just two of the farmers and workers at the heart of Fairtrade. Join Edson and Tsala to see the difference Fairtrade makes for them, their families and communities, and the challenges they face in a poignant portrait of the everyday reality of life behind the tea we drink. With the cinematic landscapes of rural southern Malawi never far away, this captivating, moving and sometimes stark film touches on the universal themes that affect us all - from providing for our children to planning for an uncertain future.
We will communally watch this film on Sunday 8 March as part of our worship service at 11 a.m. at the end of Fairtrade Fortnight.
All young folks, please note that The Cosy House will not be on this Sunday, 8 March 2015, as originally planned. Sorry!
We'll be back open on 22 March and will have an extra film night on Sunday 29 March.
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.