Welcome to the web site of the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland. The Presbytery was formed on June 1st 2020, when the Presbyteries of Aberdeen and Shetland merged.
We are a diverse Presbytery, marrying together the city of Aberdeen with the islands of Shetland. There are 33 congregations in the Presbytery.
On Shetland, there is a single parish with one Kirk Session, but it is made up of a number of Local Churches, each with their own building and Leadership Team.
This website 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.
Mastrick Parish Church
Telephone & Fax: 01224 698119
The Presbytery Office is open
You can also phone the Depute Clerk on Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am – 1.30pm
Rev Dr John Ferguson
Mrs Cheryl Brankin
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The impact of the global pandemic Coronavirus has forced us to close our church buildings and stop many of our usual activities, but the vital work of the Church goes on and is needed now, more than ever. You can use this button to donate to the work of the church.
We share information on all the Church of Scotland congregations within the City of Aberdeen and a list of the online Worship that they are offering during the Covid-19 pandemic, there is also information as to how to support the local food banks through your local church.
A revised Draft Ten Year Plan for the Presbytery of Aberdeen has been published (see below). This follows an extensive consultation and listening exercise which has taken into account concerns raised by congregations.
Within the Plan, buildings are categorised A,B,C, or D. This is in accordance with the General Assembly’s Appraisal Act and applies across all congregations in the Church of Scotland. The categories are as follows:
A – That the building is expected to remain in use beyond the lifetime of the Plan;
B – That the building is expected to be closed during the lifetime of the current Plan, under an adjustment contained therein or otherwise;
C – That the building is expected to be disposed of as soon as possible under an adjustment contained in the Plan or otherwise;
D – That the Presbytery is unable to make a determination in relation to a building.
It is hoped that the Plan will be discussed and agreed upon in early October. Click here for more information.
Given the advice from the Scottish and UK Governments (which specifically mentions religious congregations), given the age profile of our membership and the duty of care we have to them all, I have sought powers from the Convener and Vice Convener of the Business and Finance Committee and the Presbytery Moderator to issue the following:
In light of the ongoing crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus, Presbytery:
- Instructs all congregations to cease public worship with immediate effect until further notice and to ensure that the Government advice regarding avoiding non essential contact with others is adhered to;
- Encourages congregations to continue pastoral care of their members using other means of communication such as phoning, Skyping, Facetime etc. and to seek ways of offering any practical support that that they can for vulnerable members of the community;
- Encourages congregations to explore options regarding placing worship resources on their web site or Facebook page if they have one;
- Encourages everyone to uphold in prayer all who are suffering as a consequence of the virus.
I would be grateful if you could pass this on to your congregation and feel free to include it on your web site and/or Facebook page.
I attach a list of congregations which livestream their worship as past services are often available for people to watch, feel free to pass this on. Click here.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions during what is going to be a very difficult time for us all.
Rev Dr John Ferguson, Presbytery Clerk.
To read more about the Proposed Presbytery Plan, associated documents and Newsletters from the Planning and Deployment Committee, please click here
The Presbytery of Aberdeen have published a 10-year plan which aims to reshape the church estate to allow for the renewal and revitalisation of the national Church in Aberdeen.
The report outlines the detailed work that has been undertaken this year to review all of the buildings in the presbytery and make recommendations on whether they will be retained or disposed of at some stage in the future.
The Presbytery aims to ensure that it can have well equipped spaces in the right places across the city.
If the proposals are agreed this will result in some new churches being built over time, others redeveloped, and some let go where the building no longer serves the needs of a modern church and its community.
The changes will allow ministers to work more effectively in teams across the city and to develop the skills of clergy and lay people to re-engage in the life of the city through effective mission work.
Speaking about the report, Planning Convener for the Presbytery, Rev Scott Rennie said: “The Presbytery has a legacy of many more church buildings than they need. We recognise that we will have to make some difficult choices on which buildings should be retained and which should be let go.
“At the heart of our decision-making process is the desire to see a sustainable future for the Church of Scotland and its effective mission and pastoral care for the people of Aberdeen Presbytery.
“We are excited by this once in a generation opportunity, through engaging in this process, to renew our church, and reinvest in our people, and the communities across the city which we serve.
“If the plan is followed through it will lead to significant new investment in church communities across the city, as well as the formation of new worshipping communities in different kinds of spaces and buildings.
“The future for the Church of Scotland is to be closer to our communities, meeting in a range of different spaces, as well as investing in buildings which meet our needs now and in the future.
“By coming together as lay people, and as ministers serving our communities and city to consider this issue we believe we can make a greater impact for the good of everyone.
The Ordination and Induction of the Rev Jonny Clipston to the Charge of Newhills Parish Church was held on Thursday 16th January 2020. Presbytery welcomed the Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly, a friend of the Clipston family.
From left; Rev Joan Thorne, Preacher from Dyce Church. Rev Dr John Ferguson, Presbytery Clerk. Rev Jonny Clipston. Rev Hutton Steel, Moderator of Aberdeen Presbytery, Rev Dr Nigel Parker, Leader of Worship from Bucksburn Church.
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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