As the church remains closed the committee have arranged the hire of a room where we can hold a Service of Mediumship so
that our members can get together again. This is to be on Monday 1st November 2021 & will take place at 7p.m. in the Civil
Service Sports Club, known as the Civvy. For those people not familiar with the Civvy it is in St. Leonard’s Bank in Perth. For
further directions please phone the church contact number (07724411922).
We begin at 7p.m. & will follow the format of our Wednesday Services which is mostly mediumship. This will last for an hour.
We are very grateful to the Civvy for giving us these premises at a very much reduced rate. We are not putting a charge on
this evening but will be happy to accept donations via the offertory plate. To offset costs we are also planning to have a
special raffle. For this evening our church mediums are giving their services free of charge & we will not have any travel
expenses to pay.
It is not ideal but we know we can keep everyone safe by social distancing & the church has been closed for so long. If
enough people are interested we will look at booking the venue again in future. Unfortunately as of the time of writing there
is no catering on a Monday but the bar will be available for anyone wishing to buy soft drinks before 7p.m. If the position
regarding catering on Mondays changes before 1st November we will announce this on Facebook as the food at the Civvy is
excellent & well priced. The Civvy has recently been closed on a Monday & this is the only night that is available for us to
have exclusive use of the function room.
It will be required for everyone to wear a mask until seated & to use the hand sanitiser which will be available in the hall.
We will also be accepting donations of food etc for the Christmas Hamper Raffle on 1st November so if you have a few spare
tins in the cupboard please bring them along, as well as any other items that will make a nice raffle gift. The church will be
open from 5 – 7p.m. on Thursday 21st October to receive Christmas hamper donations, or by arrangement by contacting us
on the usual mobile number. This will be our major fundraiser this year & we are hoping to make up in part for lost revenue
during the closure of the church.
Please feel free to pass on details of this event to friends & family who may wish to return to a church service & we hope to
see friends old & new on 1st November 2021.
With the church having been closed since mid March 2020 & not in receipt of our regular income or fundraising the
committee has decided to start planning early this year for a bumper Christmas Raffle to raise money for the church
Last Christmas our raffles sold very well & with donations from committee, our members, friends & some local businesses
we raised in excess of £300. This year we are again asking for donations for the hampers. Please ensure that food items do
not have a use by date before Christmas.
We are happy to accept bottles of wine, toiletries, gift vouchers etc, in fact anything that would make an acceptable
Christmas gift. Last year we made up 5 very well filled boxes with Christmas Fayre & made sure they reached the winners in
time for Christmas.
We are planning to open the church for a short time to accept donations, dates & times will be announced shortly, if that
proves difficult we will be happy to arrange collection or delivery outside the stated times.
Anyone willing to sell raffle tickets for us please get in touch on Tel. 07724 411922. Tickets will be on sale soon & we can
accept cash, cheque or Pay Pal, or money in an envelope through the letter box at the church.
Perth Spiritualist Church – News – August 2021
Our committee continues to hold meetings on Zoom & after the elections at the AGM in July we have welcomed 2 new
committee members to work for the church, Liz Bowers & Dougie Downton. Always at the front of our thoughts is when can
we re-open our church. Restrictions are easing but our priority is keeping everyone safe, the concern is that the church is so
small & Covid is still very much with us, also positive cases have increased recently.
We are all missing the church, the contact with our friends & receiving messages via visiting Mediums, it is our intention to
resume actives as soon as we are able.
Just now we have 3 members of the committee self isolating, fortunately recovering from Covid, & we need a full team to run
the church. At our last meeting we decided that attendance would be by invitation only so we know all available seats will be
taken & to give everyone a fair chance to come back to the church. We can also fit in members of the same household who
can sit together. Chairs will be spaced no less than 1 metre apart.
We think we will be able to resume services around the end of September & will confirm this later. Services cannot go back
to the way they were before lockdown. We will be asking everyone to play their part, use hand sanitiser & wear face masks,
we cannot sing & will not be able to serve teas & coffees as the kitchen will be out of bounds, the toilet will be available only if
S.N.U. have announced that hands on healing will soon be able to resume. Full information is on our website & the
committee will announce when we are able to offer healing again.
Zoom Services will continue on alternate Sundays, details will be posted on Facebook & on our church website which has
recently been updated. It has been interesting to see that people out-with the Perth area have logged on to our Services &
has meant that we can have Mediums from anywhere in the country working for us. Services commence at 7pm & last for an
hour, log in codes are announced a few days prior to the event.
Several Mediums have offered to do fundraising and/or Mediumship nights for us once we are up & running again.
Private readings are still available, either by telephone on on Zoom at a cost of £10. Remember that we also have gift
vouchers available so people can pre-pay as a gift for friends or family.
Many people have struggled in lockdown, Covid has changed lives, caused employment & child care issues & meant people
have been isolated from their loved ones. Hopefully this will change soon but if anyone has concerns or problems & would
like to speak to a representative of the church there is a contact number available, we will do our best to help. tel. number
Committee members have visited the church on a regular basis to check the premises & mail etc, all is well. Sandbags were
used to protect doors recently when an amber flood alert was in place. A flood barrier has been under discussion for the
past year & finally we can say we have given instructions for a local tradesman to supply & fit a barrier at the rear of the
church. This has been a tricky problem as the barrier has to be on the outside of the door because the door opens inwards &
would not be usable as an emergency exit. The barrier is a big expense for the church but we must safeguard our premises as
the insurance company advise that we take all precautions to protect against future flooding. We did lose part of our no
claims bonus at renewal last year but we had a full & fairly hassle free renovation after flash floods caused water damage last
We queried whether we could claim on our policy for loss of income during lockdown. The reply was long & complicated but
in essence because the lockdown was ordered by Perth & Kinross Council we are not eligible. The church has had very little
income for the last 18 months but still had outgoings for gas & electricity, we have had to pay insurance & additional expenses
of boiler servicing, window cleaning, PAT testing of electrics & maintaining fire extinguishers.
In early August this year a large hole appeared in the road outside the church, the Council were advised & the road was
completely closed at one point for the road to be repaired. No one was injured & this did not affect the church in any way,
however more than one motorist may have damaged their vehicles before cones & barriers alerted them to the hole.
We recently changed supplier for gas from British Gas to GazProm. This change was arranged a year ago which caused us to
question if we are still on the best tariff. We have been assured that we are on a very good rate & that we would have had
even higher charges if we changed any later. GazProm have offered to fit a smart meter for us which will save someone
having to take monthly readings from the very old cracked meter box which is behind the locked gate at the back of the
Please all stay safe, keep in touch, check on Facebook & our website for updates & we hope to welcome people back to
church very soon.