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Perth Amnesty Group – Fundraising

Perth-Amnesty-Group-Fundraising-Challenge-2021

The Perth Group has a fundraising challenge called ‘The 9 Four Thousanders’. That is 4 Munros in the Aviemore Area and 5 in the Fort William Area. The mountains can be climbed anytime between June and September by individuals or groups.Full details of the challenge are available on the Amnesty International Perth Group Website and in the attached document. ‘Armchair Walkers’ can make a donation via our ‘Just Giving’ page as indicated above. All funds raised will be donated to AIUK Charitable Trust.

Free to a good home…

Gateway Community Church has several Scripture Union Holiday Club materials that have been well used but are no longer needed. If there is a church linked with PACT that would like them then we would be happy to deliver any or all of them to you. 

Most, possibly all, are no longer for sale from Scripture Union, but the Scripture Union website does have downloadable resources to go along with these materials.  Available individually or all together.

The resources include:

Pyramid Rock Champions Challenge
Rocky’s Plaice
Streetwise
Waste Watchers
Mission Rescue
Take Away
Awesome!
Fit for a King
Target Challenge
High Five!
Rocky Road


If you’re interested please contact Nicholas Morris at morris.nicholasj@gmail.com or 07749 877107.

Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land: 9th June, 6.30 pm

In a land considered Holy by four Abrahamic Faiths (Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Baha’i) we feel the pain of all those suffering and wish earnestly for peace.  Please join us on Wednesday 9 June at 6.30 pm to pray, witness together and demonstrate that our hearts are longing for peace in the Holy Land.

Interfaith Scotland and the Catholic Bishops Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue

Topic: Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land Zoom Meeting 

Time: Jun 9, 2021 06:30 PM London 

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83999103238

Meeting ID: 839 9910 3238 


Passcode: 057827

Election Hustings 2021

Join Scottish peace groups to ask your Holyrood candidates where they stand on issues of peace and real security.

Let’s mark the Global Days of Action on Military Spending by holding our candidates to account and ensure that any vote for them will support a more peaceful Scotland.

Invitations for this event have been sent to all major political parties standing for election in Scotland this May. 

Want your candidate to attend? Email: campaigns@banthebomb.org for a template to send your candidates and ask them to take part!

This husting has been organised by: Campaign Against Arms Trade, Pax Christi Scotland, Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace & Justice (Scotland) and Trident Ploughshares.

The Peace Manifesto sets out key war and peace issues and calls for nuclear disarmament, an end to Scottish government support for arms dealers, and and retraining workers from military industries for jobs that address the climate and ecological emergencies.

Help spread the word about the #PeaceManifesto by sharing it on social media. You’ll find it on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please write to your candidates and urge them to support the Manifesto for Peace, together we can build a Scotland that will be known for its contribution to peace and justice rather than for waging war.

Easter 2021 – update

(a)  our Convener Graham thanks everyone for all the prayers and good wishes while he was off;  he is making a good recovery, still has one minor op on his eye to come, so prayers will continue to be appreciated!

(b)  Congratulations to Salvation Army Officers Kathryn and Andrew Howe  on the birth of their daughter (Lily) on Sunday past;  this is their first child, and all are doing well

(d)  The Bield  will re-open on 11th May, and looks forward to welcoming visitors.  Marianne also announces:

The Retreat Association has been given a beautiful icon of   Jesus’ encounter with the woman at The Well and it is touring different retreat centres. For this month we are hosting the icon at the Bield and offering some half-hour services around the icon. The remaining ones are on  Saturday 17th April at 11am and Wednesday at 21st April 11am. To keep up with Covid precautions, we need to know numbers and names, so if folk are interested in coming along to one of the services, please write to Muriel on  info@bieldatblackruthven.org.uk.   You are welcome to walk in the walled garden and grounds in conjunction with the service.

(e)  The Baptist Church are eagerly awaiting the arrival of thier new minister Rev Eder Ferraz Goncalves, who is originally from Brazil, and has been for the last few years at South Leith Baptist Church.

(f)  The Shawl Ministry has distributed a fair number of  shawls during lockdown, and have received a number of letters expressing appreciation of this thoughtfulness.  For further info about the Shawl Ministry contact either Moira Laing or Mary Wright.

(g)  St Ninian’s Cathedral, like many other of our member churches, is again open for Sunday worship – they are also open for private prayer, generally from 9.30 – 12.30 Monday to Thursday.

(h)  Stella from the Society of Friends urged us all to be aware of the many resources available on line for use by churches and religious groups in the run up to COP21.    I will also forward an e-mail re Hustings which Stella has asked me to send round all PACT churches.

In addition to the above, we heard that almost all of our churches  have re-opened for public worship;  many are also using streaming technology, newsletters and other ways of keeping in touch with congregations.  The challenges of the restrictions (having to book beforehand, the ban on car-sharing, etc) were balanced against some of the advantages of the new technology which many churches have embraced (reaching a wider audience.)  But we acknowledged that all churches  will be re-evaluating how we do things as we move out of lockdown, looking to hold on to what has worked well, and developing  new ways of doing mission.

Women's Voices

Women’s Voices in Climate Action

To mark International Women’s Day we are hosting an event for women of all faiths and beliefs with keynote speakers Zarina Ahmad, Climate Change Communicator and Fiona Buchanan, Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator at Christian Aid. The event will take place on Zoom on Wednesday 10th March from 10am – 11.15am. To sign up please fill in the Google form at https://tinyurl.com/mrmjn7av

Please feel free to circulate the posters to women that you think might be interested in attending. Both PDF and jpeg versions are attached.

International Café on Zoom

International Café restarts

After almost a year, and no clear idea of when we can resume meeting face to face, the organising group for the International Cafe have decided to experiment with taking the cafe online.

We would like to invite you to join us via Zoom on: 
Monday March 8th, from 7- 8pm.  Bring your own refreshments.


This will, of course, be a different experience but we hope to organise it so that small groups can chat together for some of the time.


If you think you might be interested in joining please let me know by email and I will ensure that you receive the Zoom link.

Amanda Brown

January – 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 are hosting a virtual Burns Supper, this coming Sunday 24th  at 7p.m. to which all are welcome.  The link to tune in is: www.jambouree.co.uk/burnsnight   Have your whisky, Iron Bru or wine ready to toast The Bard!

(c)  Quaker meeting this Friday 22nd at midday to mark the coming into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons – see separate e-mail for details.

(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 mackenziem70@gmail.com.  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.  I have attached their appeal again to this e-mail.

(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)  Similarly, 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.

Carol Service

We are sorry that the PACT annual Carol service was unable to go ahead this year, but we are happy to share the recent Jambouree Choir concert. The Jambouree Choir is directed by Edna Auld, organist at St Leonard- in-the-Fields, and this year’s concert comes from the grounds of St Mary’s Monastery.  Enjoy!

R2020 concert – recorded outdoors at S Mary’s, Kinnoull – with contributions from some well-known old friends
2019 – What a difference a year has made