We will have a number of opportunities to join with others to remember the events of Holy Week this season culminating on Sunday morning for Easter Day. We will share in a simple meal on Thursday evening in the foyer as we remember Jesus' last meal with his friends before he was arrested. On Friday we will have a Service of Tenebrae in the church sanctuary as darkness descends with our memory of Jesus' crucifixion. On Sunday morning we start early in the Duthie Park before heading to the church for breakfast, the sacrament of Holy Communion, and finally our celebration of the joy of Easter. Please join us at any or all of these communal times of worship.
2 April 2015
10 a.m. Ferryhill Primary School Easter Service
7:30 p.m. Evening Worship with the Lord's Supper in the church foyer
3 April 2015
7:30 p.m. Service of Tenebrae in the church sanctuary.
5 April 2015
7:30 a.m. Easter Dawn Service in Duthie Park (with breakfast following in the church hall)
9:30 a.m. Holy Communion in the Memorial Chapel
11 a.m. Worship for all ages: "Shake, Rattle and Roll"
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.
Members of the congregation are invited to attend the Stated Annual Meeting after the service on Sunday 22 March, when the Trustees will submit the Annual Report for the preceding year. Preview a copy of the 2014 Annual Report here.
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.