Ukraine appeals

Dear All

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.

I understand that the Red Cross has also launched an appeal for monetary donations

The Lady Chapel at St Ninian’s Cathedral is open all week, should you wish to light a candle and pray.

The Kirk of St John’s will also be open every day this week from 10 – 4p.m., for folk to remember the people of Ukraine, and say a prayer for them.  (There are also Gospel readings from 12 – 1, then ten minutes of prayers.)

Keep praying!

With best wishes
Marjorie Clark

Perth Quakers to mark Prohibition Treaty

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.

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: