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.

Presbytery Office

Mastrick Parish Church
Greenfern Road
AB16 6TR

Email: aberdeenshetland@churchofscotland.org.uk

The Presbytery Office is currently closed

Presbytery Clerk

Rev Dr John Ferguson

Depute Clerk

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.


Latest News

Introducing the new Presbytery Communications Officer!

At the November 2020 meeting of the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland, we heard the good news that our new Presbytery Communications Officer, Dr Sundari Joseph, has formally commenced employment.  We share with you a “Pen Portrait” of Dr Joseph, we hope that it helps explain the new role and helps act as an introduction.

Welcome Sundari!

View large size here –

SJ Pen Portrait Nov 2020

Aberdeen and Shetland Presbytery – November 2020 Virtual Services, Opening of Church Buildings and Support during the pandemic

We share information on all the Church of Scotland congregations within the City of Aberdeen and on Shetland with regards to physical and online Worship that each congregation are offering during the Covid-19 pandemic, there is also information as to how to support the local food banks through your local church and other information which is relevant to the congregation.  All contact information including website addresses, Facebook page address, YouTube channel links and ministers contacts can be found within this document.

For the safety of everyone, if you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, are feeling unwell or you, or a member of your household have received a positive Covid test please do not attend Church for any reason until you have completed a 14 day self-isolation period. Please adhere to the Church of Scotland guidelines which are available here – https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/…/covid-19…
Please wear a face covering (unless medically exempt), please adhere to social distancing and please use any sanitising products available. Thank you.
The document can be found on our OneDrive, please follow – https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvMl5OB2DElGshjg7rIpHOnOkARz?e=gl2TAa
(Or cut and past the link in to your search bar)

Alternatively, please follow the link below…

Click here November 2020 Aberdeen and Shetland Presbytery Congregations interactive and virtual services and pastoral support

October 2020 – Guidance for Congregations on reopening of Church Buildings

As Kirk Sessions step towards the re-opening of church buildings following a long period of closure, Presbytery share the following documents which we hope will allow localised help to the churches of Aberdeen and Shetland.  It is important to note that, as the situation with COVID-19 measures, these documents may be revised and updated.  We also attach a document titled “What areas of the church buildings should we be inspecting”.  This document may be used as a weekly check list to ensure that our buildings are thoroughly checked for insurance purposes while unoccupied (up to the 23rd September).

Church of Scotland V7.1 Guidance “Reopening of Church Buildings” 

Example Risk Assessment

Example Checklist

Blank Risk Assessment

Blank Checklist

C19C_RV03.1 Guidance for Congregations on reopening of Church Buildings

Links List (RV03.1)

Planning Ahead for Return to Worship

What areas of the church buildings should we be inspecting

Aviva Clause unoccupied buildings 5th August

Further guidance can be obtained by accessing the Church of Scotland website – https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/covid-19-coronavirus-advice/advice-for-churches-covid-19-coronavirus

Created 18th August, updated 16 October 2020

A prayer for Aberdeen from our Moderator, the Rev Hutton Steel

“Psalm 46 tells us that ‘God is our refuge and our strength and our help at times of trouble’ and these are the things that we that we are looking to” The Rev Hutton Steel.
Thank you to Premier Christian News for the positive article shared on 6th August 2020 which featured our Moderator, the Rev Hutton Steel writing in response to Aberdeen currently being in a second state of lockdown following a spike in Covid-19 cases. 

4th July Presbytery Plan for Aberdeen and Shetland

At the meeting of the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland held on Saturday 4th July 2020, Presbytery approved its ten year Plan. This followed an extensive consultation and listening exercise which has taken into account concerns raised by congregations.  The Plan is subject to approval of the Faith Nurture Forum.  Please select the link below –

Website – Approved Presbytery Plan for July 4th 2020

A a guide – 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.

Useful Links

Church of Scotland
Church of Scotland Society, Religion & Technology Project
Church of Scotland Insurance Company
Cairns Counselling
Instant Neighbour
Oil & Gas Chaplaincy
Hospital Chaplaincy
Aberdeen University Chaplaincy
Robert Gordon University Chaplaincy
Aberdeen Street Pastors
Aberdeen Seafarers Centre
Christian Aid
Hope Counselling

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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