News from the Presbytery of Perth 2024

08 Feb 2024

Presbytery: The office is Suite F3, Riverview House, Friarton Road, Perth, PH2 8DF. Tel: 07596 868064. perth@churchofscotland.org.uk; www.perthpresbytery.org.uk. Facebook: Presbytery of Perth. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/presbytery_of_perth

Updated 22 February 2024

World Day of Prayer - Palestine: The Church and Community Committee of the Presbytery of Perth has drawn special attention to this year's World Day of Prayer on 1 March and encouraged us all to take part. Each year the material is prepared by a different country, decided two years in advance. By what the Convener of the Committee called 'Godincidence', this year's material was drawn up by the women of Palestine. A presentation about the situation in Israel/Palestine was recently given to Presbytery by the Rev Muriel Pearson and commended by Alan Reid in his message for Sunday, 11 February. It can be accessed at: www.perthpresbytery.org.uk

Updated 15 February

Presbytery Services: The last of the Presbytery Mission Plans for our enlarged Presbytery of Perth were approved last year. As a result, churches can once more call new ministers and go ahead with reorganisation, if in accordance with the plan.

In this coming month alone, the Presbytery will be meeting to hold services for

• Induction of a new minister at Brechin and Farnell

• Linkage of Blair Atholl with Pitlochry

• Union of the Arbroath churches

• Induction of Rev. Austin Wicks at Clackmannan with Sauchie and Coalsnaughton

Updated 8 February

 Presbytery Decisions: The Presbytery of Perth met on Saturday, 3rd February, in hybrid form for the first time. 135 attended in person and 76 on-line. Decisions of particular interest to us:

  • Rev. Alan Reid was appointed Moderator of the Presbytery, starting in June for one year.
  • Rev. Alan Reid and Gordon McFarlane, our Presbytery elder, were appointed as Commissioners to the May 2024 meeting of the General Assembly
  • One space remains for a Youth Delegate to the General Assembly from Presbytery
  • The call of Rev. Austin Wicks to Clackmannan linked with Sauchie and Coalsnaughton was sustained.
  • Our fee to Presbytery for 2024 was assessed at £3,042.

Updated 25 January

The next meeting of the Presbytery of Perth for ordinary business is on Saturday 3 February at 10.30am in St Matthews Church, Tay Street, Perth. This is the Presbytery's first hybrid meeting, allowing presbyters to join online though it's hoped that many will still come in person, so that presbyters can continue to get to know one another better. The meeting will include a session focusing on the situation in Gaza with input from the Church of Scotland ministers at Jerusalem and Tiberias: St. Andrews. In the afternoon, there will be a conference session focusing on the Presbytery's first year and on where we are going in the future.

Updated 18 January

 'Leading Worship' Course: The Presbytery Training Team has organised this course over three Saturdays (10 February, 24 February and 9 March) in St. Matthew's Perth from 10.00am - 4.00 pm each day. There are still spaces available. If you need further details about what is involved, please contact Alex Rae. fourraes@btinternet.com for information or to register.

Saturday 10 February: The Bible in worship, Speaking in Church, Prayer in worship.

Saturday 24 February: Music in worship, Preparing a service, how we bring all the elements together.

Saturday 9 March: Presentation of acts of worship.

Presbytery Buildings Officer: Click here to watch a video introducing the new presbytery buildings officer, Jamie McNamara. His job is to provide professional support to congregations to help them look after their buildings and is an example of the new help available because of the enlarged Presbytery.

11 January 2024

Unions and Linkages: One of the predictions for 2024 for the Presbytery of Perth by the Presbytery Clerk was 'that we look forward to a large number of Services of Linking and Services of Union.' These have now started, with Presbytery Services in the next month to mark: a new congregation of Carnoustie Trinity, formed from three existing congregations in the Carnoustie area; a linkage between four congregations just north of Kinross-shire of Dunbarney (Bridge of Earn), Forgandenny, Aberdalgie and Forteviot; a new congregation of Dundee North-East from four previous congregations. This union has decided on no separate church building but to use existing community facilities. And a new congregation of Broughty Ferry, formed from the union of four existing churches in Broughty Ferry and Barnhill.