Holy Week and Easter Services

Holy Week and Easter Services

Here are a list of services, times and locations for the Holy Week and Easter Services. 

Sunday 2 April:

11 am: Morning worship on Palm Sunday at 11am Ferryhill Parish Church

'Creation to Crucifix', service conducted by Rev Peter Johnston, suitable for all ages. 

3 pm: The Awakening of Hope

A short walk through the Duthie Park remembering Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, Meeting at the entrance from Polmuir Road.

Monday 3 April:

7 pm: Short Act of Worship at South Holburn Parish Church.

Tuesday 4 April:

Short Act of Worship at South Holburn Parish Church.

Wednesday 5 April:

Short Act of Worship at Ferryhill Parish Church.

Thursday 6 April

7 pm: Maundy Thursday Service with Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Mark's Parish Church.

Followed by full Seder Meal, if you would like to attend this event please can you get your name and any dietry requirements to Julie at the office by Monday 3 April.

Friday 7 April:

4 pm - 9pm Good Friday Labyrinth at Ferryhill Parish Church.

Pop in to journey the labyrinth at any point between these times.

Saturday 8 April:

2 pm: Holy Saturday shout Service at Allenvale Cemetery.

Meet in the center of Allenvale Cemetery, enter by the main gateway.

Sunday 9 April:

7.30 am Sunrise Service For Easter Day the Duthie Park.

Meet near the Polmuir Road entrance. This service will be followed by breakfast at in Ferryhill Church Hall.

11 am Morning Worship for Easter Sunday at Ferryhill Parish Church.

'A joyful Reunion'

All age service suitable for families which will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion.



Maundy Thursday Meal

St Mark's is planning to host a SEDAR meal on Maundy Thursday, (8th April). This will be a very special celebration, as it will be the last one to be held at St Mark's.

The evening starts with worship, during which the elements of egg, roast lamd, green herbs with salt water are explained as part of the Passover. At the end of the worship service, communion will be celebrated.

After this a meal similar to the Biblical meal will be served, consisting of lentil soup, beef stew, vegetables, rice and salad, which we believe was the meal served in the upper room. This will be a full meal, so people should not eat beforehand! 

There will be no charge for the meal, so donations to offset the cost of the food would be welcomed.

If you are interested in attending this service and the meal, please can you give your details to Julie at the Church office, either by telephone - (01224 213093) or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will pass them on to St Mark's

Julie's office hours are:

Monday 9.30am  to 12.3 pm

Wednesday 9.30 am to 12.30 om

Thursday 9.3 0am to 3.30 pm

Friday 1pm to 4pm

Future Plans

The Church of Scotland is currently going through a major time of reformation as it shapes itself for church life in Scotland in the 21st century. It is a challenging process as we have the weight of much tradition and history on our shoulders, but also the central purpose to be a living witness to the love of God as shown in Jesus Christ within our modern world.

This reformation is taking place at a national level with much change within the central management of the Church of Scotland, at a regional level with the formation of new Presbyteries such as our own Presbytery of the North East and the Northern Isles, and at a local level betweeen congregations. Planning for the future at a local level has been the focus of new Presbytery Mission Plans such as the one created by the former Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland of which our congregation was a part (download here). This was approved in September 2022.

Prior to this, and under the previous plan that had been agreed in 2020, Ferryhill Parish Church's Kirk Session had been in discussion with South Holburn and Ruthrieston West congregations. When the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland introduced further reductions to staffing posts then this had to be re-thought and the result was that South Holburn and Ferryhill looked towards closer working with the City Centre and West End congregations. These discussions have been developing over the past year with the intention of creating a new congregation from the former Ferryhill, South Holburn and St Mark's congregations. The West End congregations are also seeking to form a new congregation between Holburn West, Midstocket, Queen's Cross and Rubislaw. The goal thereafter will be to work together as a parish grouping on particular areas of shared interest. 

Representatives from Ferryhill, South Holburn and St Mark's churches have been working hard to lay the groundwork for a new future as a single congregation, including various joint services and social events so we can start to get to know each other better, and working on the practical side of things, which includes the creation of the legal documents required for a union, the Basis of Union and a Basis of Team Ministry.

You can download copies of both:

Note that Rev David Stewart and Rev Peter Johnston have written a joint letter which appears in the new issue of Parish News, on page 4. You can download that issue here. It may answer some of the questions that will arise. However, if you have any other questions, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The intention is for the creation of a new congregation, Devana Parish Church, and aiming for Pentecost Sunday, 28 May 2023, as the first Sunday of that new congregation. In order to do that, each of the three congregations will be asked to vote (only church members can vote) following morning worship on Sunday 26 March 2023 in favour of the two Bases. Only if both are accepted by all three congregations will matters proceed.

Lent 2023 Series

During the season of Lent we are hosting a Series that draws its inspiration from William Henry Davies' beautiful poem "Leisure":

What is this life if, full of care,
we have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs,
and stare as long as sheep and cows:
no time to see, when woods we pass,
where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
no time to see, in broad daylight,
streams full of stars, like skies at night:
no time to turn at Beauty's glance,
and watch her feet, how they can dance:
no time to wait till her mouth can
enrich that smile her eyes began?
A poor life this if, full of care,
we have no time to stand and stare.

You are most welcome to join us for a reflective evening each Sunday of Lent either onsite or online.

Sundays 26 February to 26 March 2023
7 p.m.

Ferryhill Parish Church Foyer
or via Zoom
Meeting ID: 869 3687 7390
Passcode: 734830
or use this Direct Link.

Sunday 26 February - Session 1 - Full of care?
Sunday 05 March - Session 2 - No time?
Sunday 12 March - Session 3 - Streams full of stars
Sunday 19 March - Session 4 - Nature's dance
Sunday 26 March - Session 5 - Stand and stare

Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal

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A series of devasting earthquakes have hit Southern Turkey and North West Syria, killing over 41,000 people and injuring many more.

The first deadly earthquake stuck whilst most people where inside their homes, asleep in their beds.

Thousands of buildings, including schools and hospitals have been damaged.

People have been left without shelter in freezing winter condiions and desperately need blankets, emergency shetler, food and clean water.

Christian Aid has come together in support of the DEC charity and their local partners, who were among the first to respond to this disater, providing urgent help to these devastaed people.

If you would like to help the people effected by this crisis, by making a donation to the DEC appeal, please follow this link:


Thank you.


Beat The Chill!

The Friendship Team at Ferryhill Kirk has been collating helpful information about what places are open and when at the moment. We all recognise that during the winter months in the current cost of living crisis that sometimes we may need somewhere warm to go to meet up with others or just find a quiet corner in a welcoming environment. Plans are afoot to have the foyer at Ferryhill Kirk open on a Thursday morning, and you will see from the the table provided that there are many other options available in and around the community. Thanks to the Friendship Team for the work they have been doing compiling this information for us all.



Update On Future Plans

Please do watch the update from Ministers and Interim Moderators of all the congregations in our future grouping above.

Instant Neighbour Donations

There is a chance for you to donate food for local charity Instant Neighbour at the church each Wednesday and Saturday morning when the Coffee Shop is open. Non perishable food items and toiletries can also be dropped off on Sundays when attending worship. Items will be distributed to vulnerable and housebound people by the charity.

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Signing the Lord's Prayer

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!

Ferryhill Church Coffee Shop

The coffee shop at Ferryhill Parish Church is now open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, from 9.30 am till 1200 pm, (breakfast is served between 9.30 am and 11.40 am).

The coffee shop has a new menu,(see below), which includes both a 'Wee' breakfast at £7.00 or a 'Big' breakfast at £8.00, both offer good value as the price includes toast and a hot or cold drink of your choice.

So, if you fancy having a delicious freshly prepared breakfast, please drop by between 9.30 am and 11.40 am.

On Saturdays we offer a variety of hot breakfast rolls along with a fresh bakery box and a selection of pancakes and butteries, etc.

(last cooked order taken at 11.40 a.m.)

We have also introduced a loyalty card scheme, when you buy 10 drinks you get the next one free.

A takeway menu is also available on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.

(last cooked order taken at 11.40 a.m.)

We also have a gluten free, a children's and vegan menu available.

The coffee shop also sells a variety of handcrafted cards and gift cards , as well as pre-loved books.

So if you are passing by, pop in, we'd love to see you!




Coffeshop Menu

Breakfast rolls £2.60

Black pudding, lorne sausage, bacon, egg - Additional item 60p

Porridge £1.50 -  Add raisins or banana 60p

Large pancake & mapel syrup £1.80 - Add bacon (2 slices) £1.20

Buttery (hot or Cold) £1.60

Large pancake (hot or cold) £1.60

Small pancake (hot or cold) £1.20

Toasted tea cake      £1.60

Fruit toast (2 slices)  £1.70

Hot croissant  £1.70

All served with butter, jam, marmalade or peanut butter

Hot Drinks


 Pot of breakfast tea  £1.70

Pot of Earl Grey/Green  £1.80

Pot of Fruit tea  £1.80

Please ask server for out selection


Americano, Flat White  £2.40

Cappuccino., Latte  £2.40

All tea and coffee available decaffeinated

Hot Chocolate  £1.70

Add mini marshmallows  50p

Cold Drinks

Bottle of water  £1.00

Can of juice   £1.30 (coke, Irn-Bru, Lemonade, Tango Orange)

All available in diet

Carton apple or orange juice  £1.00

Squash ( orange or blackcurrent)  50p

Large glass of milk  80p 

Small glass of milk  60p