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Street Pastors Commissioning Service

Perth Street Pastors would like to invite you to their latest Commissioning Service which is taking place in St Matthews Church, Tay Street Perth at 7pm, on Thursday 5th May.

It would be a great encouragement to the people being Commissioned as Street and School Pastors and also an opportunity to learn more about how Street Pastoring has changed since Covid arrived, we now have daytime and early evening patrols which would suit people who have considered Street Pastoring before but were unable to commit to the 9.30pm  – 3.30am patrols, we are also looking for Prayer Pastors to join patrols from the comfort of their own home if that is something that suits.

Holy Week Prayer Walk

Perth North City Centre group are organising a prayer walk through the City on the Wednesday of Holy Week, 13th, at 1.30pm. We will be meeting in the North Church garden and we expect the walk to take around an hour taking in Horsecross, St Matthew’s, St John’s, St Leonard’s, the Methodist church and finishing in Old St Paul’s.

We are also setting up a “prayer tree” in the garden with blue/ yellow ribbons so that people can leave a prayer message tied to a tree or bush. This will run from Palm Sunday till Easter Monday if anyone want to participate.

Dawn Service on Easter Morning

Rev. Fiona Bullock, the newly appointed minister at St Matthew’s Church of Scotland, Tay Street, Perth, will lead the Easter Dawn Service on Sunday 17th April, at Quarrymill – at the Coffee Shop end).

Following the service – there will be breakfast in Scone (Old) Church Hall – (the other end of the walk).

All welcome.

Perth Quakers to mark Prohibition Treaty

Since January 2021 Nuclear Weapons  have been illegal in all respects under international law. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) came into force on 22 January 2021. To mark this 1st Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty, Perth Quakers are holding a short period of meditation and reflection at 2pm on Saturday 22 January beside the Peace Pole in the Rodney Gardens, Perth.

Prayers for the planet

PACT have planned the following activity to coincide with the COP26 Conference taking place in Glasgow next week. Thursday 4th November – 5.30pm. Prayers for the Planet (and the decision makers) – in the garden of North Church, Mill Street (but inside if wet).

All welcome.

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.

PACT – December update

Many thanks to everyone who was able to join us last night for the PACT Advent catch-up.   We were joined by representatives from 14 different  churches, as well as hearing from the Bield, the Shawl Ministry and Skinnergate.   

Much of what was shared was about the various churches’ plans for Advent and Christmas services , some online and/or pre-recorded,  some in churches and some ‘blended’ services – check out individual websites for more information.   Churches have also been able to continue to support good causes, including – Poppy Scotland, Christian Aid, Crossreach, Blythswood, and Christian Rebuild ( a Congregational Church charity helping rebuilding in Beirut after the explosion.)

We were sorry to hear of the recent death of Rev Bruce Thomson, who had been such a supporter of local ecumenical activity, and the not so recent death (in April) of Monsignor Charles Hendry of St John the Baptist  Church and Mary Magdalene Church.    We were glad to hear that Rev John Murdoch is now out of hospital and recuperating at home – he hopes to resume duties at St John’s and St Leonard’s in the Fields at the end of January.

Other items shared:

(a)  Jean Hendry said that  Starter Packs continue to be busy and are appreciative of all donations.  Jean is also involved with Perth CAB which is also being kept busy in these difficult times.

(b)  Jenny Dawson reported that  St John the Baptist RC Church has welcomed a new priest Fr Jude Mukoro

(c)  Rev Maudeen MacDougall of Scone and St Martin’s  has raised £1600  through a sponsored weight loss and has published a  Lockdown Recipe book, now available for sale, cost £7.50.

(d)  Members of the Shawl ministry have been very busy over lockdown – 10 black bags full of knitting were delivered to the Blythswood collection, and donations have also been made to the Salvation Army, CATH, and others.  They are also working with  Rev Anne Stott and the latest initiative at Bertha Park.

(e)  we heard more about the Bertha Park Project – retail premises have been bought by the Church of Scotland which will serve as a much needed community space;  more can be seen at this link:

We were impressed to hear that Rev Anne Stott has delivered over 200 Advent calendars in the Bertha Park community

(f)  Rev Sarah Lawson reported that the Harbour Counselling service has  kept going all through lockdown, and the need for its work is great.  It can be difficult when clients can’t meet face to face.  She reminded us of the appeal for more Board members  which had recently been circulated.  She also spoke about Workplace Chaplaincy, and their aim to be more proactive in the town, especially with the challenges being faced by the retail sector at the moment.

(g)  “Compassionate Christmas”, being spearheaded by Giraffe and supported by local organisations and churches, aims to feed 500 people over Christmas.  St Matthew’s hopes to support this with a retiring collection after Communion in December.   More details about the initiative can be found here:

(h)  The Bield sadly has had to close again because of the current Covid  situation, but they hope to re-open mid-January.   The small-holding however has kept going!

(i)  Letham St Mark’s Community Cafe – renamed LSM Connections – is now open three days a week,  (Tues., Wed and Thurs) and is being well-used.

(j) The Salvation Army thanks all the churches who have donated to their Toy Appeal;  the donations will be distributed to those referred by the Social Work department.   The Salvation Army will be shortly re-advertising for a Community Manager –  their advert will be circulated in due course. 

(k)  We welcomed Lis Burke who is now working at St Ninian’s Cathedral, where services have resumed.  During Advent they are making use of their website and Facebook with daily prayers and an Advent challenge.

(l)  Fraser  Hunter told us about Skinnergate, which thankfully has escaped any Covid outbreak over the last 9 months.  They are hopeful they can provide Christmas dinner this year – probably in three sittings to abide by the Covid rules. He was sad to report the death, after a long illness, of one of their long-serving staff members.

(m)  Stella Cranwell, on behalf of the Prison Chaplain (Rev Margaret Shuttleworth) thanked those who had contributed toiletries for the prisoners – any further donations will be gratefully received by Stella.  (Margaret has been added to our Corresponding members list, and would have joined us last night but had a previous Zoom engagement!)

(n)  Wilma Coleman reported that the City Centre drop in centre based in the Giraffe cafe at Mill Street on Mondays and Thursday has on average 12 – 20 visitors each session, many of whom are regulars who value the chance to chat .  They also come for food – there are many hungry people in Perth.  The North Church volunteers are also involved with this enterprise.

(o)  The North Church are hoping to have messages of hope and faith pinned to thier railings in Mill Street during Advent, there for anyone who wishes to pick one up and take home.

With warm best wishes for a meaningful Advent and a blessed Christmas when it comes.