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.
Apart from a brief time in December, the Coffee Shop at the church has sadly been closed for over a year as a result of the pandemic, however we are planning to reopen for take outs each Saturday from 10 April. If you fancy a bacon/egg roll, or a nice cup of coffee or tea to go, we’ll be happy to fulfil those orders.
We will be open between 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon and you can phone in your order on 01224 213093 between 9:00 and 11:30 a.m.
Payment can be made in cash or by contactless card payment when you pick up.
What is available?
Bacon Roll & Hot Drink
Egg Roll & Hot Drink
Bacon and Egg Roll & Hot Drink
Options: Coffee (white, black, cappuccino, latte, with decaf option on all) or Tea
Soft Drinks (Diet Coke, Diet Lemonade, Orange Tango)
MY LORD GOD,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this
you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear,
for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me
to face my perils alone.
(Thomas Merton, 1915-1968)
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!