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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
Aberdeen
AB16 6TR
Telephone & Fax: 01224 698119
Email: aberdeenshetland@churchofscotland.org.uk

The Presbytery Office is open
Mon-Wed 10.30am-1.30pm.
You can also phone the Depute Clerk on Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am – 1.30pm

Presbytery Clerk

Rev Dr John Ferguson

Depute Clerk

Mrs Cheryl Brankin

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.

 

Latest News

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. 
To read the article, please follow this link –
https://premierchristian.news/en/news/article/aberdeen-minister-encourages-city-to-unite-in-prayer-as-second-lockdown-enforced?fbclid=IwAR2jtJDDIS6jMQb9UKzP-xnp2amzQX7tn7ctSw3Jkwwpl_BeWhf9bAU8kZE

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.

Aberdeen Presbytery – June 2020 Virtual Services and Support

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.

 

Click here

Presbytery Plan

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.

Click here to download the plan.

 

 

COVID-19 Update: 17th March 2020

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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. Encourages congregations to explore options regarding placing worship resources on their web site or Facebook page if they have one;
  4. 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.

Church of Scotland Advice for churches

Poster for building entrance.

General information poster.

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Aberdeen City Wide Prayer Gatherings 2020

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
Crossreach
Hope Counselling

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