As we are now in Level 1 of coronavirus restrictions, we have taken the decision to hold in-person worship at our usual 11 a.m. Sunday service on the 20th and 27th June. The services will also be streamed online.
Under the current regulations it is possible for congregational singing of the hymns, though masks are still required (unless exempted) to be worn.
Numbers attending the church are still limited by physical distance restrictions so you will need to book a place by calling the Church Office on 01224 213093, either on a Wednesday between 12 and 3 p.m. or on a Friday between 9 a.m. and 12 noon.
This will be reviewed by the Worship Team at the end of the month.
The Coffee Shop is open each Saturday between 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon for sit-ins as well as takeaway. There are limited tables available due to restrictions so booking is advisable. You can do this by phoning the church – 01224 213093 - from 8.45 a.m. onwards on Saturday morning. You can also phone in your takeaway orders.
A new Coffee Shop menu is on offer with weekly specials, children’s snacks and drinks and vegan friendly options. This Saturday our special is fruit toast.
Also on sale are fresh bakery products, face masks and handmade cards.
We accept cash or contactless card payments.
** We are on the lookout for additional volunteers who might be able to help us on a Saturday! Please get in touch if you are available; it doesn’t have to be every week. **
Ferryhill Parish Church is pleased to be a distributor for the latest issue of Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland's magazine of new writing and visual arts. Nurtured by a team substantially based in Ferryhill, this 16th issue of the magazine includes prose, poetry and art to delight and stimulate, and is available to purchase at the Coffee Shop or whenever the church is open. Only £5.99.
We intend to open the church for in-person worship on Sunday 2 May at 10 a.m.; this short service will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We have a limit on the number of people who can attend while maintaining the required physical distancing measures so you will need to book a place by calling the church administrator either on Wednesday 28 April between 12 noon and 3 p.m., or Friday 30 April between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. Precautions such as wearing face coverings will also be very important.
In the above video Peter gives a guided tour of the church to show the changes that have been made and precautions that have been taken to enable people to gather for worship at Ferryhill Kirk.
We have a new service available whereby you can listen over the phone to the weekly bible reading and message, along with a reflection when available on that theme. This is ideal for those who cannot access the online service over the internet.
The phone number to use is 01224 002502. This local number means costs will be minimal or free for those calling. This allows access both to the current week's reading and sermon, and to the previous week's by pressing "1" when asked.
Please do pass this information on to family, friends or neighbours who you think might appreciate listening to these parts of the Sunday service. Note that it is available at any time with the audio updated each weekend.
For those missing our time of fellowship following Sunday worship, we invite you to join us for a cup of tea (you'll have to supply your own!) and a chat online. We have set up a weekly Zoom meeting which you can access on a PC, tablet or mobile phone using this link and login:-
Meeting ID: 929 6607 6568, and password: 005056
Alternatively you can call 0131 460 1196 to dial in to the conversation (you will need a note of the meeting ID and password above).
Our Zoom fellowship will begin at 1 p.m. for about an hour.
Every Wednesday, there will be a chance for you to donate food for local charity Instant Neighbour at the church. Non perishable food items and toiletries can be dropped off between 1 and 2 p.m. and between 7 and 8 p.m. Items will be distributed to vulnerable and housebound people at this difficult time. Distancing instructions will be adhered to at all times. Thank you.
As many of you will have already seen, churches across the Presbytery have been instructed to no longer have public gathering for worship. This is sensible, the right thing to do, and accords with government advice with regards to Covid-19.
It does not mean that the church itself is doing nothing. Remember that the church is not a building, it is people of faith who make up the church. And we are still active.
Worship will still be happening on Sunday morning and you will be able to access it through our YouTube channel as usual - www.youtube.com/ferryhillparishchurch - or go to our Webcast page. We are also working on how to use technology to our advantage through group video conferencing for other ways to meet virtually, discuss and worship.
Our Pastoral Care Teams are on the case, adapting to the new circumstances, but please expect contact over the next few months by phone, postcard or email rather than in person.
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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!