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.
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 email@example.com or 07749 877107.
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.
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.
(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 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. 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.
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!
With sadness I have to report the loss of Bruce Thomson, formerly minister at Scone: Old. Bruce died peacefully in Perth on Friday morning, 27th November.
A funeral service will take place in Scone on Tuesday 8th December, and then thereafter to Perth Crematorium.
Rev Alex M Millar
Clerk to the Presbytery of Perth
The new chaplain at Perth Prison, Rev Margaret Shuttleworth, tells PACT that she is desperately short of toiletries for prisoners who arrive with nothing.
Could church members please consider donating items like shower gel, toothpaste and deoderants?
Such donations must be in plastic bottles and sprays are not acceptable. If you can help or wish to donate.
Contact details –
Wilma Coleman: 01738 449028
Jean Hendry 01738 623603
Moira Laing 01738 634588
Mary Wright 01738 635881
Stella Cranwell 01738 636842
The Bield 01738 583238
Starter Packs is still open and responding to referrals; donations of household goods (excluding furniture) can be handed in to their unit (22) at Friarton on a Wednesday morning from 10 – 12 noon; donations will be quarantined then sorted by the volunteers on a Friday morning. PACT link person, Jean Hendry, specifically asks that donations are not handed in on a Friday, to avoid confusion.
Perth City Centre Community Hub has been set up in Perth city centre to help tackle food poverty. It is run as partnership for groups already offering support in the city, including Giraffe, North Church, the Salvation Army, Perth Street Pastors, Perth City Centre Community Hub, Letham4All, TullochNet, and Perth and Kinross Council.
The base also direct beneficiaries to other support networks within the voluntary and statutory sectors.
Sally Bonnar, who helped create the new initiative, said the idea was born out of work they were doing to help those in need during the current pandemic.
She said: “We were originally just doing shopping and prescriptions and support but we realised that there was a lot of people in the city centre in food poverty at the moment.
“This is for people that don’t meet the foodbank criteria but are struggling for food food for themselves or for their families.
“Because a lot of the agencies are closed people can come here. It’s a response to the struggles people are having as lockdown goes on.”
The Mill Street hub follows similar ventures set up by community groups, including Letham4All, to help tackle growing food poverty issues within the area.
Last year a child food poverty study revealed that one in eight households in Perth and Kinross are classified as being amongst the most socially and financially challenged in the UK.
Perth City Centre was the worst affected area for child poverty within the local authority’s boundary, with 25% of children suffering as a result.
The Fairer Futures: Tackling Child Poverty Action Report showed that 4,000 children within the council area were living below the breadline, a number which could rise in the aftermath of the covid-19 pandemic.
The Mill Street hub is operating from the Giraffe premises will be open from 10.30am until 1.30pm on Mondays and Thursdays in the first instance.