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.
Over the last month the young people of Ferryhill Kirk's Cosy House and South Holburn Church's Youth Fellowship have met together. Last week we came up for a name for our joint venture: Ferryburn Fellowship. We are planning to participate in supporting the "Sleep in the Park" event that is taking place in Edinburgh on 9 December 2017. This is a sleepout in Princes Street Gardens to both raise awareness of the increased levels of homelessness in Scotland and to raise money to support a five year plan to help eradicate homelessness in Scotland. Six of us are planning to take part in the actual sleepout in December, and the rest are helping to raise the money we need to do so. We need to raise at least £600 together in order to meet our pledge as a part of our participation.
You can help us in a number of ways.
- We held an Afternoon Tea on Saturday 18 November from 2 to 4 p.m. in the church foyer. This raised £390.60. A massive thank you to everyone who supported us on the day and with the wonderful selection of homebakes.
- Donation envelopes available from Sunday 19 November at the church.
- Or, you can make a donation online securely through this link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ferryburn-fellowship.
Thank you for helping!
As of 20 November we have now raised £862.20 so we have reached our minimum goal, though we will of course keep on receiving donations which will all go to help this project. We are going to be participating! Thank you!
On Wednesday 18 October 2017, Heather Roy, Education Co-ordination for the British Red Cross came to the church to give a four hour First Aid Training. This was to give participants confidence in dealing with someone choking, not breathing, having a heart attack, a stroke, a burn, bleeding heavily or having taken something harmful. They were able to try giving chest compressions on an adult and a baby manikin and experience giving back blows and abdominal thrusts using a cleaver choking rescue training vest. All seven now have a basic knowledge of how to react to these scenarios but hope they will never have to!
Picture: From L-R, Fiona Firth, Audrey Grassick, Rae Leslie, Shelagh Bain, Ida Scott, Agnes MacDonald, Mary Fraser, Christine Gordon and an unnamed gentleman!
Over the next couple of months we will be encouraging us all on a Sunday morning to join with Rev Mary Whittaker during the Lord's Prayer to also sign the prayer. If you would like to practise that, please use the video above!
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!
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.
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.
Great News! At last our plans for the Living Well Cafe at Ferryhill Parish Church are coming to fruition with the opening of our Living Well Cafe on Thursday 20th April 2017. This facility is in recognition of the need to support people with memory loss or dementia and their families or carers and is already well established at Newhills and Oldmachar Parish Churches, so if you are aware of anyone who would benefit from attending please let us know so that we can determine how many people may be accommodated. The Cafe will run on Thursday afternoons, initially on a fortnightly basis, between 1pm and 3pm. South Holburn Church is beginning the process of investigating the possibility of joining us in this exciting new venture and is actively involved in the preparation for opening on 20th April. Thank you to everyone who has responded so willingly to our request for volunteers; it really is appreciated. Of course our door is always open for more help and if you wish to do so, on a rota basis, please do not hesitate to contact either Rita King Tel. 01224 572391 or Shona Matthew Tel. 01224 704378 for more information.
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.
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.