The guest speaker at this month’s meeting of Perth Action for Churches Together (PACT)) was Morag Sievewright, who spoke about Inside-Out – an ecumenical initiative to help prisoners maintain a church connection when they leave prison; we are looking for Christians who would be keen to form a group in Perth, which would receive prior training.
More information will be sent out for dissemination in individual churches – PACT is keen to promote this, in conjunction with the Scottish Prison service and the Prison chaplains.
The Scottish Bible Society extends an invitation to an individual or group from your church to an information and networking evening at the North Church, Mill Street, Perth on Tuesday 25th June at 7.30pm.
Mr. Norman Liddle, Community Partnership Manager with the Scottish Bible Society will give a short presentation on the current work of the society, focusing in particular on resources for use in our own changing context here in Scotland, such as:
free, downloadable Bibleworld resources for children’s groups
free Equip resources for Bible study groups
‘Dear Theo’ (an accessible version of Luke-Acts, illustrated and easy-to-read, with resources to use with young people)
the Community Bible Experience that is transforming people’s interaction with the Bible across Scotland
and the Trauma Healing programme which is having a remarkable impact in situations of need
not to mention ongoing connections with the world church from China to Iraq and from Cuba to Burkina Raso and the Bible Translation Roadmap 20-year strategy.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to view resources from the Society and there will be refreshments and time to interact more informally with others from across the area, to share experiences and good practice.
This invitation is going out to all churches in the Perth and Kinross area and we look forward to the opportunity to engage with you and discover how the Scottish Bible Society may support you in your mission in the coming years.
I look forward very much to welcoming you or someone from your church to the event on 25th June but in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries. It is not necessary to confirm in advance if you will be represented but it would be very helpful to know how many to expect in order to assist with the preparation of refreshments. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to contact me.
Our AGM will be held on Tuesday 28th May at 7.30pm. in the North Church. We are delighted that Rev Jim Stewart has agreed to be our guest speaker – he will be reflecting on this past year when he was one of the chaplains to the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt. Rev Susan Brown.
“We are a diverse band of friends united in our passion for people to experience some of the best coffee and tea the world over. But we are about more than just coffee and tea or even pastries and panini’s – we are about people! It’s our goal to make your day! We want you to make memories and share in your joy as you gather around the campfire of coffee.”
Health & Social Care in Perth & Kinross has been undergoing changes over the last year with an Integration Joint Board is overseeing business. There are volunteer Public Partners on the board as stakeholder members. There are two principals and two reserves. Ann Gourlay and Sue Cole are carrying the user voice while Bernie Campbell and Maureen Summers speak for carers.
The Public Partners are planning visits to many areas of Perth & Kinross to talk about their role on the board and some of their activities in the previous year. The redesign of Health and Social Care Services has created increasing opportunities for both people who use services and unpaid carers to be more actively involved in shaping these changes.
As representatives of both users of services and unpaid carers they are really keen to hear the views of a wide cross section of people who live in the Perth and Kinross area.
Please come along to one of these events to make your experience known.
The Gateway, North Methven Street
Tuesday May 16th
2pm to 4pm
Monday May 22nd
12.30pm for 1.15pm start
Kinross Day Centre
Tuesday May 23rd
2pm to 4 pm
Inchture Village Hall
Carse of Gowrie
Wednesday May 24th
12 noon to 2pm
Friday May 26th
11am to 12.30pm
Strathearn Art Space
Tuesday May 30th
2pm to 4pm
Blairgowrie Town Hall
Wednesday May 31st
11.30am to 1.30pm
The Y Hall
Wednesday May 31st
3pm to 4.30pm
If you can’t make that date and want to explore other ways to get involved, including an election of User representatives on the board in June, please get in touch.
Locality Managers from the Perth & Kinross Health & Social Care Partnership will also attend. We hope there will be good sharing of experience, hopes and concerns as our population health and needs change.