New leaders for Perth’s Salvation Army

Andrew and Kathryn Howe are the new leaders of Perth Salvation Army. They took up our new responsibilities on the 12th of September and report that they have thoroughly enjoyed these initial days of experiencing the ministry of Perth Salvation Army in the Fair City. 

They arrive in Perth from Buckhaven, where they have been serving for the last three years, where they shared actively with the churches and Christian/community organisations across Levenmouth working together to build God’s Kingdom in our communities, making a real difference in many different ways. 

Andrew says, “We found our work and relationships with our friends from across the church to be very fulfilling and therefore are very keen on joining you and working alongside you as you build God’s Kingdom here in Perth. We very much look forward to meeting you in the days ahead, and being involved in PACT and whatever other initiatives come along.”

Scottish Bible Society

The Scottish Bible Society extends an invitation to an individual or group from your church to an information and networking evening at the North Church, Mill Street, Perth on Tuesday 25th June at 7.30pm.

Mr. Norman Liddle, Community Partnership Manager with the Scottish Bible Society will give a short presentation on the current work of the society, focusing in particular on resources for use in our own changing context here in Scotland, such as:

  •  free, downloadable Bibleworld resources for children’s groups
  •  free Equip resources for Bible study groups
  •  ‘Dear Theo’ (an accessible version of Luke-Acts, illustrated and easy-to-read, with resources to use with young people)
  •  the Community Bible Experience that is transforming people’s interaction with the Bible across Scotland
  •  and the Trauma Healing programme which is having a remarkable impact in situations of need
  •  not to mention ongoing connections with the world church from China to Iraq and from Cuba to Burkina Raso and the Bible     Translation Roadmap 20-year strategy.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to view resources from the Society and there will be refreshments and time to interact more informally with others from across the area, to share experiences and good practice.

This invitation is going out to all churches in the Perth and Kinross area and we look forward to the opportunity to engage with you and discover how the Scottish Bible Society may support you in your mission in the coming years.

I look forward very much to welcoming you or someone from your church to the event on 25th June but in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.  It is not necessary to confirm in advance if you will be represented but it would be very helpful to know how many to expect in order to assist with the preparation of refreshments. My e-mail address is if you want to contact me.

An appeal from Perth and Kinross Foodbank

To all our lovely supporters, we really need your help!

We have seen a  huge dip in the amount of food being   donated over the past few weeks, and a 20% increase in food parcels being handed out.  Our Foodbank is currently running very low on the following items:

· Pasta sauces

· Packet pasta meals

· Tinned or packet puddings

· Tinned tomatoes

· Jam

· UHT milk.

Please consider popping one of these items into our permanent collection points in the supermarkets, or at the church.   

L’Arche – Open Gathering in Perth


L’Arche is a grass-roots organisation, building community networks from the ground up as
people with and without learning disabilities.

Its core value is that of shared lives in mutual relationship.

In the Perth Seed group L’Arche is currently exploring the prospects for launching a new community.

*L’Arche offers more than forty years L’Arche experience in the UK
*The first community in Scotland continues to flourish in Inverness, the second in Edinburgh
*There are ten communities in the UK and 148 across the world.

Service provision is one aspect of L’Arche and its shape reflects the desire of local people with learning disabilities, of their networks of relatives and friends, and of the commissioning plans of a particular area’s Social Work team. Local plans reflect the existing strengths of the area.
In most cases, this provision begins by supporting local people at home – sometimes with people moving to a new home. But L’Arche always responds to whatever people in a local group value the most.

L’Arche fulfils all the accreditation steps, referral or SDS arrangements that go with the provision of dual-registered care services with the Local Authority and with the Care Inspectorate.

As L’Arche works on the options for a third Scottish community in Perth, the key criteria are whether there is a desire among local people with learning disabilities, their network of friends, their relatives and advocates, to show the role that a L’Arche community could play as part of Perth’s existing communities – and how that desire is matched in Social Work / Health, Housing and regulatory bodies.

Also of key importance are the interest shown by local people prepared to get involved as volunteers, helping build up momentum and providing skills for future project development and overseeing: and the scope in Perth in future to employ key people with experience.
A network of local people with a deepening vision for how L’Arche could grow in Perth, must come before and with the planning, the search for resources, buildings or workers – all of which are essentials to make this vision a reality.


Our AGM will be held on Tuesday 28th May at 7.30pm. in the North Church.  We are delighted that Rev Jim Stewart has agreed to be our guest speaker – he will be reflecting on this past year when he was one of the chaplains to the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt. Rev Susan Brown.

Lent Retreat at St John’s RC Church, Melville Street

You are invited to join with parishioners at St John’s RC Church, Melville Street for a meditative and prayerful Lent Retreat.

Prayer material is provided for each day of Lent; a reading from Scripture, a picture and other reflections. Mary O’Duffin, the Pastoral Education Development Officer for Dunkeld Diocese, will guide us on Wednesday evenings during Lent in prayer approaches and faith sharing based on these materials.

There will be a printed booklet, produced FREE of charge, for all who prefer to pray with a pamphlet rather than a tablet or smartphone.

Preview or download the materials here:

The meetings will be in the parish hall on Wednesdays (13th), 20th and 27th March and Wednesday 3rd April, at 7pm.

Please come along.

Holy Week and Easter at St Leonard-in-the Fields and St John’s Kirk

 Holy Week Services : 14 – 21 April : in St John’s and St Leonard’s in the Fields on Sunday 14th : Palm Sunday Morning Services at 9.30 am and 11.15 am respectively

Sunday 14th : Palm Sunday Morning Services at 9.30 am and 11.15 am respectively

  • Monday 15th : The Drama of the Passion Narrative : Readings : 7pm in St John’s Kirk
  • Tuesday 16th : Easter Singings  : 7pm in St Leonard’s in the Fields   
  • Wednesday 17th : Reflections : Poetry, Music, Prayer : 7pm in St John’s Kirk
  • Thursday 18th : Maundy Thursday Holy Communion  : 7pm in St Leonard’s in the Fields  
  • Friday 19th : Good Friday in St John’s Kirk
  • Walk of Witness 1030 until 11 30
  • 12 noon until 3 pm : Three Hour Liturgy  
  •   [ Come and go at any point during the three hours ]  
  • 8 pm : Tenebrae Service  

Easter Day : Sunday 21st April

8 am : Early Service on the South Inch near St Leonard’s in the Fields

8 30 am : Breakfast in Church Hall

Easter Day Service with Holy Communion at 9 30 am in St John’s Kirk

Easter Day Service with Holy Communion at 11 15 am in St Leonard’s in the Fields