Ukraine appeals… 27th February 2022
As we all watch with horror what is happening in Europe, you might be interested in the appeal which the Polish Scouts in Perth have launched.
I have only just become aware of it, or I would have shared this earlier in time for this morning’s services. I have taken the attached poster off their Facebook page (ZHP Perth) – if you are able to share it more widely, then please do so. There is a van ready to leave on Wednesday – I suspect that will not be the only journey made.
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.
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 hosted a virtual Burns Supper, on Sunday 24th January – you can still watch it if you missed it! www.jambouree.co.uk/burnsnight Have your whisky, Iron Bru or wine ready to toast The Bard!
(c) The Quaker meeting in January marked the coming into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons.
(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 email@example.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.
(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) 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.
It was agreed to host another PACT catch up some time in late February, but if any churches are planning Lent and Holy Week virtual activities which would be open to others, these can be circulated via e-mail if they are sent to me.
And last but certainly not least, we send best wishes for a speedy recovery to Canon Graham, our Convener – we missed you, Graham!
Latest news from the churches in Perth
PACT is an ecumenical body with representatives from over 20 churches and Christian communities from Perth and the surrounding area. Probably our most high profile activities are those where we worship together, with our Annual Christmas Carol Service, Good Friday Walk of Witness in the City Centre and our Easter Dawn Service at Quarrymill.
We also run ecumenical Bible studies during Lent. PACT also responds to identified needs within the community. Organisations like Churches Action for the Homeless and Starter Packs began from the churches' initiatives. We take a keen interest in the Perth and Kinross Foodbank, and Street Pastors.
We encourage members of our churches to support all of these organisations and more with their time and skills. We believe that, as representatives of the various Christian denominations in Perth, what unites us is more important than what divides us, and we rejoice in the shared witness we can make to our local community.
Thanks to all who responded to our request for the times of services during Holy Week.
Perth Action of Churches Together is an ecumenical body with representatives from over 20 churches and Christian communities from Perth and the surrounding area.
We believe that, as representatives of the various Christian denominations locally, what unites us is more important than what divides us, and we rejoice in the shared witness we can make to our local community.