The 15th-century St John’s Kirk, Perth is the beautiful setting for this year’s Christmas Celebration, which takes viewers of BBC Scotland and BBC One Scotland across midnight into Christmas morning. It was in 1490 that King James IV funded the start of the present building, but there has been worship on this site in the heart of the city of Perth for a thousand years. St John’s remains the focal point for significant city and county services and ceremonies.
Six well-known traditional carols, Once in Royal, Hark the Herald, O Come All Ye Faithful, See in Yonder Manger, As with Gladness and O Little Town of Bethlehem are sung by a large congregation gathered from all over Perthshire, accompanied by Alba Brass.
Other carols are sung by smaller choirs. Jambouree, a mixed children’s and adult choir, perform songs from Scotland and Malawi. Chansons, a Perth-based chamber choir, sing Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day and two other songs. And Caritas, a new choir formed at the suggestion of the Duchess of Cambridge to perform on significant national occasions, sing Torches by Jean Joubert and a new version of Silent Night by Paul Mealor, who has composed for the Cambridges’ wedding and for the Army Wives choir.
The traditional Biblical accounts of the birth of Jesus along with modern meditations are read by 13 pupils from nine Perth primary and senior schools.
The organist is Howard Duthie. The minister is Rev John Murdoch.
Each guest speaker will introduce a poem, share why they have chosen it and what it means for them in terms of Lent and Easter. There will be an opportunity for individual reflection followed by a brief time of sharing thoughts and feelings
The Salvation Army are once again doing their Christmas toy appeal for families who may be unable to afford gifts for their children. Toys can be donated in at The Salvation Army at 77, South Street, up until 14th December, with it being items for both boys and girls aged anywhere from birth to 16 collected and then distributed.
We are delighted that this year our annual PACT Carol service will be held in St John’s RC Church in Melville Street, on Friday 21st December at 7pm – a warm invitation is given to people from all churches (or none) to come and join us as we celebrate the Incarnation.
Our Churches Together choir will be led this year by Michael Ellacott, and he would love a large choir. There will be three rehearsals, held in St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, on three Sunday afternoons – 2nd, 9th and 16th December at 3p.m. – all welcome!
Our Convener Rev Graham Taylor is delighted to report that arrangements are well in hand for our PACT Carol Service on Friday 21st December, which will be held on St John the Baptist RC Church in Melville Street at 7pm.
The recently arrived priest at St John’s, Very Rev Steven Canon Mulholland has accepted our invitation to give the ‘address’ – we look forward to meeting Canon Steven and hearing his message.
Also, our Churches Together Choir will be conducted this year by Michael Ellacott – he would love a big choir, and is planning 3 rehearsals, in St John’s Episcopal Church on Sundays 2nd, 9th and 16th December at 3pm.
Please let any budding choir members in your church know about the choir and encourage them to come along to the rehearsals.