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.

Worship During the Pandemic

Please note that currently all church buildings are closed. Details of online worship can be found in the document in the link below.

Guidance for Congregational Office Bearers During the Pandemic

To keep abreast with the most current information from the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Government in regards to the safety of worshipers and staff in our churches at this time, please access the following:

Presbytery Office

Aberdeen North (Mastrick building)
Greenfern Road
AB16 6TR

01224 662560

The Presbytery Office is currently closed

Presbytery Clerk

Rev Dr John Ferguson

Depute Clerk

Mrs Cheryl Brankin

Latest News

Reaching out to the hard of hearing community during the pandemic

In December 2018, the Reverend Mary Whittaker was Introduced as the Minister for the Deaf Congregation of St John’s Aberdeen and the North Region of Scotland in December 2018.  Mary has been actively reaching out to her congregation as the Minister of St John’s Church for the Deaf. Many of her church members are profoundly deaf and cope with other disabilities as well. During the Covid-19 pandemic when most of the church community has adopted electronic methods of being together as a church, Mary explained that there are limitations to her members’ use of electronic communication.  Mary has instead opted for personal letter writing. She is gifted in her ability to create art work and her envelopes and letters would be a delight to receive.

Click here to see examples of her envelopes

Her letters have to be written very differently incorporating British Sign Language (BSL) within their format.

She explains:

  • In English “What is your name?”      BSL “NAME YOU WHAT?”   Questions usually at the end not beginning but if use question at beginning it must be repeated at the end.
  • In English  “A man is standing on a bridge”    BSL “BRIDGE MAN (ON)”    Use of visual concept – object come first.  Wee words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘of’, ‘on’ (in this case we use sign of PERSON and place location in relation to the bridge), etc are not signed – you might have noticed that in my letters!
  • In English  “I went swimming last week”    BSL “LAST WEEK ME SWIM” – we sign first the tense whether past or future then we carry on as if in present tense.

Mary has shared some of her letters with us

Click here to read 3rd Feb Newsletter

Click here to read 9th Feb Newsletter

Mary receives replies to these newsletters and in this way can keep her contact with members more personal.  The Press & Journal have been interested in this inclusive way of communicating and have published this article:

Mary Whittaker: Meet Scotland’s first deaf minister who has a black belt in kickboxing

We have recently enjoyed Mary’s enthusiastic and rhythmic signing during the Sea Shanty video arranged by the Rev Peter Johnston.


Here’s a YouTube clip showing Mary’s training at Aberdeen University


The Rev Peter Johnston’s sea shanty on the story of Noah

The Rev Peter Johnston, minister at Ferryhill Church has composed a sea shanty based on the story of Noah. The Press & Journal have covered the story today

Rev Johnston said: “With sea shanties becoming all of the rage over the last few weeks, I was on leave and my daughter had been listening to loads. It then popped into my mind to write a sea shanty for the story of Noah.

“Those taking part are scattered from all over – from the north-east to Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and everywhere in between.

You can watch it on this YouTube link

Aberdeen church releases sea shanty featuring members from across Scotland

Former Aberdeen Minister appointed Moderator of Fife Presbytery

The Rev Jane Barron studied divinity at Aberdeen University and trained at Queen’s Cross Church under the Reverend Bob Brown, the predecessor of the current minister, the Reverend Scott Rennie. She served as a minister at St Machar’s Cathedral in 2011. This article was posted in the Evening Express on 6th Feb. 2021 when the inaugural meeting was held for the ‘new’ Fife Presbytery.

Aberdeen minister appointed moderator of new presbytery

Double joy for the Rev Susan Sutherland

The 1st February 2021 was a significant day for the Rev Susan Sutherland and a day she will never forget.  As planned, Mastrick, Northfield and Summerhill Churches United and became Aberdeen North Parish Church.  The surprise that day was the arrival of her grandson Samuel Duncan Sutherland-Manio, 9 days early.

Pictured above with Samuel are his proud parents, Vivien and August with big brother Isaiah who is 3yrs.  They live in the Philippines where Vivien and August pastor a church. Susan says “I am hoping Bill and I will be able to visit them soon.  Modern technology is great to keep in touch but I can’t wait to get a cuddle!”

Our congratulations and God’s Blessings to Susan and all the family. Hope it’s not too long before you get that cuddle!

Donate to the Church

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.


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