We have a number of groups within the cathedral organised and run by our congregation members. Through this friendships and fellowships are formed enabling everyone in our congregation to feel welcomed into the community of the cathedral.
The Eco Group has been active at the cathedral for over twelve years, working hard to raise awareness of a range of environmental issues and the importance of living sustainably. The congregation, primary school and local community are all very supportive of this work and many improvements have come about during this time. Through discussion, prayer and action the group continues to focus attention on issues such waste and recycling, climate change, fair trade, improving energy efficiency, care of creation and peace and justice.
It was with great pride that the cathedral received its Silver Award from Eco Congregation Scotland early in 2018. The plaque was awarded on the strength of caring for creation in the three key areas of spiritual life, practical work and global living. Perth Cathedral was originally awarded an Eco-congregation award in 2009 as a result of a lot of effort and commitment by the committee members and congregation. Through the continued work of the Eco committee, we are thrilled to have now received the Eco-Congregation Silver Award!
The important link between our Christian faith and our environmental responsibilities should underpin our actions. The new award commends the way in which worship, retreats, prayer and study groups at the cathedral regularly address environmental themes. The wild garden, our link with St Ninian's School and the wider community, our long-standing support of Fairtrade and our recent improvements in energy efficiency were all commended by the ECS assessors. It is good to have our commitment to creation acknowledged in this way, but we won't be resting on our laurels as there is always more to do!
Eco-Congregation Scotland is an ecumenical programme designed to help congregations understand environmental issues and make appropriate practical and spiritual responses. It is part of the wider Eco-Congregation Programme in Britain and Ireland and is supported through a partnership between Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Society, Religion and Technology Project (SRT) of the Church of Scotland. Eco-Congregation has the full backing of ACTS (Action of Churches Together in Scotland) and all the major Scottish denominations. Visit their website.
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We believe that our faith calls us to engage with the needs of the local community and to demonstrate our care in meaningful ways. Therefore, we are proud to be involved with a number of local groups and organisations.
St Ninian’s Episcopal Primary School is located a short walk away from the Cathedral and is a deeply valued part of our community. Perth Cathedral aims to encourage and support the children in their learning and members of the congregation look forward to hearing about the latest projects and news from the Primary School. Regular events at both the school and the cathedral promote the positive relationship we have and the contribution and participation the children have on cathedral life is hugely rewarding and enjoyable.
Please visit the website for more information from the Primary school or visit their Facebook page @StNiniansPerth and twitter account @ninian_st.
The Gateway Centre, originally St. Ninian’s Episcopal Primary School, is immediately adjacent to the Cathedral. This is used by Perth and Kinross Association of Voluntary Service (PKAVS) to provide care and support to many vulnerable members of the community. The facilities include four day clubs, learning resource centre, information and advice plus befriending and advocacy services.
Many local voluntary organisations use the building on a daily basis; some have offices here. Members of St. Ninian’s Cathedral play a vital part in the life of The Gateway Centre, through support, assistance and volunteering.
The glass doorway between The Gateway and the Cathedral cloisters illustrate the strong links forged by our common goal: to recognise and serve those who need our love and support.
For more information about PKAVS and the work they do, please visit their website.
Traidcraft was established in 1979 to fight poverty through trade. Perth became a Fair Trade City in June 2005. We have a Traidcraft stall in the Chapter House, which sells useful groceries and divine chocolate on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month after the 11 o’clock service.
Perth Action of Churches Together is an ecumenical body with representatives from over 20 churches and Christian communities from Perth and the surrounding area.
PACT’s ethos is 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. As part of the Christian community within the heart of Perthshire, we strive to build positive relationships with all local churches. For more information about PACT, please visit their website.