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Welcome to the homepage of the Presbytery of Aberdeen

The vision of the Church of Scotland is to be a church which seeks to inspire the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving communities.

 

Our Presbytery covers the same area as the city council boundaries. Presbytery meetings take place in different church buildings each time and a full list of the dates and locations can be found below.

Congregations

The web site contains information about all the congregations within the Presbytery. However, if you require additional information either about a congregation or the Presbytery in general, please do not hesitate to contact the Presbytery Office where we will be only too glad to help.

Pentecost Celebration May 2016

Six congregations in Presbytery will be coming together to celebrate Pentecost this year on Sunday May 15th at Craigiebuckler Church. Craigiebuckler, Cults, Holburn West, Kingswells, Mannofield and Peterculter (all part of a local ‘Cluster Group’) have decided to organise a special joint event which will bring together folk from these congregations (and anyone else who would like to come along!) to celebrate this joyful event.

The plan will be to have a slightly shorter service in each congregation and then leave straight from church to go to Craigiebuckler for a bring your own picnic. This will be outdoors if the weather permits, or in the hall if it’s poor. At around 1.00 pm a special service of worship will take place in Craigiebuckler Church which will feature a joint praise band, a joint choir, drama, readings and uplifting music to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Please do come along and celebrate Pentecost in a different way this year.

Bikeathon to Malawi

At the November 2015 meeting of Presbytery, a fundraising appeal was launched for a sponsored ‘Bikeathon’ covering 12,000 miles – the distance to cycle from Aberdeen to Blantyre, Malawi.

The challenge was to raise funds to help support rural churches around Blantyre City in their work within communities that are seeing great hardship at the moment. Pictured from left to right on their bikes is Rev Dr Robert Smith Jnr (Convenor of the Malawi Partnership Committee), Rev Dr John Ferguson, Rev Markus Auffermann, Rev Sarah Nicol, Rev Elsie Fortune, Rev Duncan Eddie and Rev Peter Johnston.

By March 2016, we are pleased to announce that £15,500 was raised for the appeal! Thank you so very much to all who kindly sponsored and to all who gave up their time to support this appeal, the winning “Golden Pedal” was won Midstocket Parish Church! Please see this link to the Church of Scotland website which gives the full story​

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Presbytery

The Presbytery meets eight times a year and dates of these meetings can be found at the bottom of this page. A summary of items discussed can be found by clicking on the date of the meeting.

The Church's Response to the Syrian Crisis

In September 2014, a prayer meeting was held at Newhills Church as news of the persecution of Christians and those of other faiths and no faith was reported from Syria and Iraq. Around 40 Christians from a variety of churches and denominations began what would become a monthly Prayer Gathering in different churches across the city, praying for the victims of the cruelty of Islamic State. Last month, the first Syrian refugees arrived in Aberdeen to find a new home, to be welcomed into the city and into its communities. Community Planning Aberdeen along with a team of council employees representing a range of the necessary areas of expertise, set up homes with equipment and food to welcome and prepare the households for their new life. Various Community and Charity Groups formed a partnership to help the integration of the “Syrian New Scots”, as they have been termed, into the communities where they now live. Read more...

Message from Church of Scotland Ministries Council on Refugees

Dear Colleagues,
In recognition of the extraordinary situation facing refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria, a special meeting of the Councils and departments of the Church has taken place.

The Church and Society Council and the Finance Group of the Church have recognised the desire of church members to respond to the refugee crisis. The Church has an extraordinary depth of experience and resource which it can bring to bear to meet the needs of refugees arriving in communities in Scotland.

Read more.....

Congregational Learning Facilitator

At the September 2015 meeting of Presbytery, Mrs Anne Smith, Congregational Learning Facilitator, addressed Presbytery and advised that she can be involved at any stage in regard to training.

Please click here to see the flyer.

City-Wide Prayer Gatherings

Aberdeen Seafarers' Centre

The Aberdeen Seafarers Centre is an ecumenical partnership of the three international Christian Mission Societies, The Apostleship of the Sea, The Sailors Society and the Mission to Seafarers whom work together to bring comfort and welfare to seafarers visiting the Port of Aberdeen.

The Aberdeen Seafarers Centre can be found at 184 – 192 Market Street, Aberdeen. A link to three short videos about the Aberdeen Seafarers Centre and Port Chaplain Rev Howard Drysdale can be found by clicking here

Presbytery Office

Mastrick Parish Church, Greenfern Road, Aberdeen, AB16 6TR
Telephone and Fax: 01224 698119
Email: aberdeen@churchofscotland.org.uk  

Presbytery Clerk

Rev Dr John Ferguson

Administrator

Mrs Cheryl Watt 

Venues for Ordinary Meetings of Presbytery 2015-2016

Click on the date of a meeting to read a summary of items discussed.

Tuesday 1st September Holburn West
Tuesday 6th October Holburn West
Tuesday 3rd November Holburn West
Tuesday 1st December Holburn West
Tuesday 2nd February Queen's Cross
Tuesday 1st March Queen's Cross
Tuesday 3rd May Queen's Cross
Tuesday 28th June Peterculter