Carol Service

PACT’s Annual Carol Service will take place on Friday 17th December followed by refreshments after the service in the hall – carefully distanced, of course, but permissable!

The wonderful AV team at St Matthew’s has confirmed that the service will be available to watch as it happens, and it can also be seen after the event.  The link for watching it live and/or afterwards is the same – please share as you are able.   

Please remember that you can book your place at the Carol Concert by visiting and searching for PACT Carol service;  booking is not essential but it gives us an idea of how many will be attending, and how many others we can allow into the venue without a ticket. 

We like to make sure the carol service is truly ecumencial with contributions from many denominations – we have chosen various  readings and reflections and now need to identify folk who would be willing to do these readings for us.  If you know of folk in your church who would be keen to take part – or if you yourself would be happy to do a reading, please let me know asap.

Lantern Procession

The Lantern procession is going ahead on Saturday 27th November, to mark the beginning of Advent and to light up the nativity scenes at St Ninian’s Cathedral and outside St John’s Kirk.  The details of timings are on the attached poster – sadly, however, due to Covid restrictions, we are unable to offer refreshments in the church following the singing of carols, and the Council will not be supplying mince pies!  Torches will be available, supplied by the Council,  at St Ninian’s for the parade, but people are also invited to   bring their own lanterns.

Join in the churches’ lantern procession through the City Centre to outside St John’s Kirk for carol-singing with Perthshire Brass, and the switch-on of the Perth Nativity Scene – followed by refreshments – on Saturday 27th November.

4.45pm – Gather at St Ninian’s Cathedral, Methven Street, Perth

4.50pm – Switch-on of St Ninian’s Nativity Scene

5pm – Parade leaves St Ninian’s, with Perth Pipe Band

5.20pm – Carols at the Nativity Scene outside St John’s, with Perthshire Brass

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.

ESOL – International Cafe

Their next meeting  is on Monday 13th September at 7pm at Esolperth.

International Cafe started when the Syrian refugees arrived and started at Blend Cafe, but after a long period online, and two meetings on the South Inch, it is relocating to Esolperth, which is above Costa Coffee in Scott Street.

The point of International Cafe is to provide a warm and welcoming social area for all people who are new to Perth. It is a chance to meet new people and to ask ordinary questions, such as ”where is there a good baker”, or ”tell me where you get your hair cut.”

The meetings are held monthly on the second Monday of the month and they now have the space to run a table tennis club!

Hiroshima Day in Perth

On Friday 6th August, which is the day that the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Perth Quakers  will hold a short witness for peace, followed by a social gathering, at the Peace Pole in Rodney Gardens.  All are welcome to join us. Bring along a poem, song or similar to share – and a seat if you need one.  For further information contact:

Perth Amnesty Group – Fundraising


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.

Free to a good home…

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
Waste Watchers
Mission Rescue
Take Away
Fit for a King
Target Challenge
High Five!
Rocky Road

If you’re interested please contact Nicholas Morris at or 07749 877107.

Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land: 9th June, 6.30 pm

In a land considered Holy by four Abrahamic Faiths (Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Baha’i) we feel the pain of all those suffering and wish earnestly for peace.  Please join us on Wednesday 9 June at 6.30 pm to pray, witness together and demonstrate that our hearts are longing for peace in the Holy Land.

Interfaith Scotland and the Catholic Bishops Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue

Topic: Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land Zoom Meeting 

Time: Jun 9, 2021 06:30 PM London 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 839 9910 3238 

Passcode: 057827