Christmas/Advent Devotional Diary

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The Riverside Parish Churches offer a Daily Devotional Diary as a resource for all members and friends during the season of Advent and Christmas. This will assist us to find time each day to reflect on the Scriptures and to pray. Our 2021/22 Daily Devotional Diary for Advent/Christmas is now available in electronic form by clicking here on the image below. Prayers have been written by folks from Ferryhill, South Holburn and Ruthrieston West Parish Churches. 

You are welcome to download the pdf file - it is quite large (5 MB) so it may take a little time to download. Please be patient as your computer does so! 

Paper copies will be available at the church when the Coffee Shop is open or at Sunday worship. Please feel free to take one to pass to a friend.

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Virtual Christmas Fair

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Welcome to our Virtual Christmas Fair!

Here you will find the various items that are available listed with images, descriptions and cost. We have let you know how many of each item is available and this will be updated daily as orders are received.

Ordering

Please contact Fiona Firth with your orders using the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Payment can be made on pick up either by cash, cheque (payable to Ferryhill Parish Church), or with card payment. Please do describe the item you are ordering well (please use any descriptions in ALL CAPS when there are multiple variants).

Picking Up

Purchases can be picked up from the church on
Wednesday 8 December, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Thursday 9 December, 2:30-4 p.m.
Monday 13 December, 6:30-8 p.m.
or by arrangement.

A massive thank you to all the amazingly creative folks who have contributed to our Virtual Christmas Fair.

Please click on for the full and extensive list of items available.

The Giving Tree by Instant Neighbour

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Last year Ferryhill Parish Church participated in the Instant Neighbour Giving Tree Appeal and thanks to the generosity of the congregation and local community we collected gifts for distribution to children and young people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for families living in difficult situations. The Giving Tree ensures that these children do not go without gifts at Christmas.
 
Ferryhill Parish Church is supporting the annual Giving Tree present appeal again this year and gift tags are available for selection when the Church is open on Sunday mornings for worship and when the Coffee Shop is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings between 9.30 and 12 noon. Gifts should be purchased and then returned to the church during the above times before Friday 3 December.
 
Further information can be found at www.instantneighbour.co.uk/the-giving-tree including gift suggestions. Gifts should not be wrapped but can be placed in a gift bag. All gifts must be new and have their gift tag securely attached so that the age and gender or specific child they are for is clearly identifiable.

Virtual Christmas Fair 2021

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Following the great success of last year’s fair, and due to the continued COVID restrictions on the use of our Large Hall, we are going to hold this year’s Christmas Fair virtually. It will run for a week from Saturday 27th November 2021.
All items for sale will be photographed, listed and shown on the church website.
Orders can be placed by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be collected and paid for the following week. Orders will be dealt with in the order they are received, ie. first come, first served! 
Your fundraising team need your help and support by:
Donating items to be sold: Christmas crafts and gifts, preserves, sweets, fruit cakes (no fresh produce). A list of ingredients must be provided with the consumables. Please leave donations in the Atrium by 21st November or contact Fiona Firth with any queries.
Telling friends and neighbours about the Fair.
Going onto the website on 27th November and doing your Christmas Shopping!

Message From Professor Jason Leitch

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Professor Jason Leitch, NHS Scotland's National Clinical Director, outlines the state of the pandemic and offers a 'thank you' and encouragement to Scotland's faith and belief communities. Please do watch the video above.

Prayer Vigil for COP26

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The importance of the discussions taking place in Glasgow in the first two weeks of November is massive. The United Nations COP26 is vitally important for the well-being of our futures.

Please do join us for a Prayer Vigil on Sunday 7 December at 4 p.m., gathering around the bandstand in Duthie Park. We will have a time of prayer and song as we think about the importance of COP26.

Thereafter from 4:30 p.m. you are invited up to Ferryhill Parish Church for tea/coffee and a chance to warm up. 

Please do consider how you travel to the park for this event.

Harvest Can Appeal 2021

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We had set ourselves the target of 2,500 cans and jars for this year's Riverside Harvest Can Appeal for Instant Neighbour Foodbank. We managed to collect 2,641 cans and jars for the appeal. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this from the Primary School and those who donated through the churches (Ferryhill, Ruthrieston West and South Holburn). 

If you would like to find out more about how these donations will be used and the need for them at this time, please do watch the following video:

 

You can read more at Instant Neighbour's own website here.

Ferryhill Library Collection Service

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The library in Ferryhill has been closed during the pandemic for a long time, but service is starting to resume again. Note that there is now provision for a "Click and Collect" service or a "Phone and Collect" service. You can use a computer or phone to request a book and then go to collect it from the library.

Collection times are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

More information including phone number and a link to the Booking Page for "Click and Collect" are available here.

Please do support your local library!

Faith, Hope & Climate Change

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In November 2021, Glasgow will host COP26 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference). Emphasising community action, the conference seeks to bring global powers "together for our planet". For many Christians this is an important and much anticipated event.

We feel called to fulfil our duty of care towards the creation which God called 'good', and every living thing. Come November, however, many of us will sit as onlookers to the conference, frustrated to be so distant from the action. 

Faith, Hope + Climate Change invites churches and faith groups from across the UK to join us as we gather online together for our planet, and together in our faith. Trinity College Glasgow will host seven evenings, each aiming to equip you with the inspiration to approach climate change activism within your wider communities. Each evening, we will invite you to learn from high-profile scholars and speakers, and get involved through three innovative action tracks, which will inspire you and support you over the 7 weeks to take creative and prophetic action in your church and community.

Over seven evenings from 15 September to 27 October, we invite you to join with us online as we gather together for our planet, and together in our faith. We will join with Trinity College Glasgow’s weekly countdown to COP26, each session aiming to inspire an approach to climate change action within our wider communities.

The course will take place on Wednesday evenings, 7 - 9 p.m. via Zoom. Details for participation by our Riverside Churches group are now available. Please contact Peter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a copy of the Welcome Pack which contains the Zoom information you need to join the discussions. We are registered as one church group, but can individually join the presentation and discussion that follows.

 

Faith, Hope & Climate Change

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The United Nations Climate Change Conference is coming to Glasgow in November 2021. Already, world leaders are being challenged on the commitments they will make in The Glasgow Statement. 
Over seven evenings from 15 September to 27 October, we invite you to join with us online as we gather together for our planet, and together in our faith. We will join with Trinity College Glasgow’s weekly countdown to COP26, each session aiming to inspire an approach to climate change action within our wider communities.
The course will take place on Wednesday evenings, 7 - 9 p.m.; details on how to participate will be made available in due course.

Covid Creativity

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On 23 March 2020, the UK went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many organisations came to the fore to help and support their communities, including the Riverside Parish Churches. A leaflet was produced giving important information and also some ideas on how to keep busy while stuck at home. One challenge was to create knitted or crocheted squares for the purpose of turning them into blankets to yarnbomb trees around the Riverside community to provide some brightness as people took their walks around the community at that time.

Riverside Churches Garden Party

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The Riverside Group of Churches (Ferryhill, Ruthrieston West and South Holburn) invite you to a Garden Party at Ruthrieston West Church on Broomhill Road on Saturday 4 September, 2 - 4 p.m. 
Bring along your own picnic and we'll supply the games and activities! This fun event is open to all ages.
Please contact the Church Office on 01224 213093 to let us know if you are planning to come for Track & Trace purposes.

Worship Update

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There is no longer a need to call the Church Office to book a place to attend worship, however we will still be taking a note of who is attending. This will be done by either scanning a QR code on a mobile phone if you are used to that, or by giving your contact details at the door.

On the first Sunday of each month we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion at our service. If you are joining us online please do have some bread and a drink ready.

We now also have tea and coffee served in the Foyer after the service and we ask that you follow current Covid-19 guidelines for indoor public spaces.

Worship - August 2021

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We will be holding in-person services this month, commencing at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Capacity for worship has increased due to changes in the regulations, but you will still need to book places by calling the Church Office on 01224 213093, on a Wednesday afternoon (12 - 3 p.m.) or Friday morning (9 a.m. to 12 noon). The services will also be livestreamed as usual.

Aberdeen Beach Litter Pick

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For our families and young people, we are holding a litter pick at Aberdeen Beach on Sunday 15 August. We will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the play area next to the Beach Ballroom to arrange groups, starting the litter pick itself at 2 p.m. There should be ample car parking available nearby.

All equipment will be provided by Aberdeen City Council but please do bring your own gloves. Folk are welcome to bring a snack and a drink for a time of (socially distanced) fellowship afterwards. This event is being organised by the Riverside Group of Churches (Ferryhill, Ruthrieston West and South Holburn).

If you and your family would like to attend then please contact Cecilia Young at Ferryhill via the Church Office (01224 213093 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Note that we do need a list of who will be attending.

Wednesday and Saturday Mornings at the Coffee Shop

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The Coffee Shop is open each Wednesday and Saturday between 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon for sit-ins as well as takeaway. There is no need to book a table however you can do so on the day by phoning the church – 01224 213093 - from 8.45 a.m. onwards. 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. On Wednesdays we serve a full breakfast which has proved very popular.

There are lots of extra items on sale such as fresh bakery products, wonderful tablet & fudge, face masks and handmade cards.

We accept cash or contactless card payments.

** New volunteers to help us would be appreciated! Please get in touch if you are available; you can help as little or as often as you can. **