A big thank you to all those who helped make the mini Bakes and Books Sale on Saturday 13 September a great success. We raised the impressive sum of £321.15 which will go to our Chigodi Fund. A special thank you to everyone who donated home baking, preserves etc.
To learn more about Chigodi, our partner church in Malawi, click here.
We are launching something new, Café Connect, which is open to all, with a particular focus on those who might like to be part of a group that do things a bit differently from church as you used to know it.
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.
The next Café Connect will be on Sunday 5 October at 7 p.m.
Summer Club 2014
The Summer Club during the August holiday this year had a circus theme with Pepperoni the Ring Master, Beanie the Clown, Flingo the Juggler, Susie Smasher the Plate Spinner, Puffer the Balloon Modeller and Mr Phantasm.
With over 80 children each day and 96 children participating over the course of the week we had a great and very busy time. The kids did brilliantly in their groups: the Crazy Clowns, Jolly Jugglers, Amazing Acrobats, and Fantastic Firebreathers.
The Summer Club included games, crafts, drama, music, stories, led by members of Ferryhill Parish Church. During the week the children explored important themes including friendship, respect of others, our feelings, and honesty.
On Saturday we had a family picnic around the bandstand in Duthie Park and then on Sunday the final day arrived during the service with the arrival of the Queen for a performance of the Ferryhill State Circus... custard pies and all.
You will find a gallery of photos from the week below the jump.
A welcome to Dan Christian Spinks who was baptised on 4 July 2014 at Ferryhill Parish Church. Our prayers are with Dan and his mum and dad, Karol and Raymond.
We came, we saw, we cheered, as Ferryhill Parish Church member, Doug Guy, ran a leg in the Queen's Baton Relay to help kick off the Commonwealth Games on Monday 30th June starting from Footdee at the Silver Darlings Restaurant, travelling along the Esplanade footpath to South Square. Well done Doug! Video below the jump.
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.
The Presbytery of Hamilton is currently hosting five visitors from Blantyre City Presbytery in Malawi who arrived on Friday 29 August and are staying until the middle of September. Last Saturday night a welcome dinner was held in Rubislaw Church Centre to properly welcome Rev Baxton Maulidi, Fanuel Blessings Mota, Christina Chirwa, Rev James Sande Makuleya and Wilson Chipumphula, pictured above with the Moderator of Aberdeen Presbytery, Rev Hugh Wallace, Councillor Martin Greig, and Convenor of the Blantyre Partnership Committee, Rev Dr Robert Smith.
It was a lovely night in which to meet our visitors and get to know them. I sat with James over dinner and he told those of us at our table that he had done some research into the history of the Blantyre Mission Station and had written a paper about it. I was delighted on Tuesday night at our presbytery meeting when James passed me a copy of his paper titled: "Blantyre Mission Station: A Wonderful Place To Reckon With". Needless to say, we had a great conversation about the two different Blantyres we each know so well. The strong connections between Malawi and Scotland are very evident in the paper.