During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 19 of us managed to get together on Zoom to share news, encourage each other and highlight upcoming opportunities. We heard about successful and meaningful Christmas services and collaborations, before going back into lockdown in January; most churches are maintaining worship services via Zoom or telephone, You Tube and other platforms, and keeping communication open through newsletters, virtual ‘coffees and chats’ and Bible studies, etc.
Andrew Symon challenged us all to think about what we are currently doing which we don’t want to lose after all this is over (for example, holding virtual services which allow people from all round the country and the world to participate.)
We were sorry to hear that the Congregational Church had lost its oldest member (102) to Covid, and we send condolences to our Catholic friends on the sad loss of Bishop Emeritus Vincent Logan who died last week.
News in Brief
(a) The recipe book produced by Scone and St Martin’s Church has gone into a reprint, and there are always new recipes appearing on their website – worth a look!
(b) The Jambouree Cabaret Singers hosted a virtual Burns Supper, on Sunday 24th January – you can still watch it if you missed it! www.jambouree.co.uk/burnsnight Have your whisky, Iron Bru or wine ready to toast The Bard!
(c) The Quaker meeting in January marked the coming into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons.
(d) Marcia Mackenzie passes on the regrets of the World Day of Prayer group who are unable to provide a live service this year on 1st Friday in March. If anyone would like to have a copy of the service book please contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be an on-line service; details to follow.
(e) Sarah Lawson renewed her appeal for new Board members for Harbour Counselling Service – please alert members of your faith community who might be approached.
(f) Fraser Hunter told us that Skinnergate is getting busier; the mental health toll of the pandemic is becoming ever more obvious and he requests prayer for all involved.
(g) Marjorie explained that the Foodbank is currently very well off for food, and in fact space is at a premium for storing it. Instead, please consider donating toiletries, washing powder, washing up liquid or even face masks – all non-food items which people still have to buy. The Foodbank is becoming very busy.
(h) Wilma Coleman said that the Giraffe Foodshare in Mill Street is meeting a real need with 28 people there on Monday – some come just for the chat and socialising.
(i) Neil Stewart reported that after 26 years, the North Church’s “Open Door” has closed for the last time, though he is confident something else will appear in its place. Rev Grant Mclauchlan has indicated that he will be leaving Tulloch Net at the end of June, and his replacement is being sought. (We send best wishes to Grant for his future.)
(j) Kathryn Howe thanked everyone who supported the Salvation Army appeal at Christmas time. They continue to have their Drop In facility. Their Furniture Project is relocating to the James Barclay building in the Glasgow Road. And they have successfully recruited a Community Manager for Perth.
It was agreed to host another PACT catch up some time in late February, but if any churches are planning Lent and Holy Week virtual activities which would be open to others, these can be circulated via e-mail if they are sent to me.
And last but certainly not least, we send best wishes for a speedy recovery to Canon Graham, our Convener – we missed you, Graham!
Latest news from the churches in Perth
PACT is an ecumenical body with representatives from over 20 churches and Christian communities from Perth and the surrounding area. Probably our most high profile activities are those where we worship together, with our Annual Christmas Carol Service, Good Friday Walk of Witness in the City Centre and our Easter Dawn Service at Quarrymill.
We also run ecumenical Bible studies during Lent. PACT also responds to identified needs within the community. Organisations like Churches Action for the Homeless and Starter Packs began from the churches' initiatives. We take a keen interest in the Perth and Kinross Foodbank, and Street Pastors.
We encourage members of our churches to support all of these organisations and more with their time and skills. We believe that, as representatives of the various Christian denominations in Perth, what unites us is more important than what divides us, and we rejoice in the shared witness we can make to our local community.
Perth Action of Churches Together is an ecumenical body with representatives from over 20 churches and Christian communities from Perth and the surrounding area.
We believe that, as representatives of the various Christian denominations locally, what unites us is more important than what divides us, and we rejoice in the shared witness we can make to our local community.