Children & Community

st ninians cathedral gardenersThe people of Perth Cathedral, St Ninian’s, in recognising our need of each other, seek to share our resources with the local and the wider community. Several groups and organisations use the buildings every day for their various activities. The Cathedral, Chapter House and other facilities are also available to hire for social and private events.

We believe that our faith calls us to engage with the needs of the local community and to demonstrate our care in meaningful ways. To this end we have embarked on a renewal project called “Cathedral in the community”.

Casting the Net

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Casting the Net is a Diocesan-wide programme for Mission & Growth which seeks to grow faith communities. The Cathedral is actively engaged in playing its part to ensure the growth of the congregation from within the local community as well as from the towns and villages of surrounding area from which members are drawn. To achieve the objectives Nine Marks of a Healthy Mission-Shaped Church, as principles to guide initiatives for mission and growth,have been agreed. The strategy is further underpinned by five Policy & Action Implementation Groups.


For further details visit the Diocesan website

Barnabas Group

The Barnabas Group meets on Wednesday evenings between March – June and September – November at 6:00-7:00pm, in the Cathedral’s Elsie Louden Room. This is a Group which aims to replenish and renew us mid week. During each meeting we explore and discuss passages from the Bible and their relevance to us today. There will also be time for fellowship and prayer.

Children and the Young Church Team

Children are always very welcome at all of our services. There is a quiet play area in the south aisle where they can read and draw.

 Mothers’ Union

The Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation which promotes the well-being of families worldwide. The Mothers’ Union is well established at Perth Cathedral. To see our programme click here.

To read more about the Mother’s Union worldwide click the icon to visit their website .

For details of specific dates see the News & Events section of the Cathedral website News and Events.


SpiritualityThe Spirituality Group works for the whole Diocese and offers a number of opportunities to individuals and congregations. We run a series of Quiet Days during the year; these are open to everyone and are advertised in the Cathedral magazine. We also run retreats for individuals and congregations and can put you in touch with retreats etc. run by other people. We offer Faith Accompaniment on a one-to-one basis; this is a way of deepening your faith at whatever stage you are at.

If you would like to know more about any of these opportunities please contact Celia Matthews, 24 Barossa Place, Perth PH1 5HH; Tel : 01738 623578; e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eco Matters

A group from the congregation has been focusing on the environmental “footprint” of the Cathedral and trying to discover what can be done to improve it. Steps have already been taken to reduce, reuse and recycle the waste at Perth Cathedral and the property committee has been particularly conscious of the issue of energy efficiency during the recent renovation work. Raising awareness of environmental issues is an important part of the group’s activity and in 2008 there was a congregational survey about current practices and concerns which has helped us to prioritise activities for the future. We have been greatly encouraged by other churches around Perth to work towards becoming an Eco-congregation and are glad to be part of the local Eco-network.





As a result of efforts by members of the congregation and after a rigorous assessment by Eco-Congregation Scotland in early 2009 the Cathedral is now the proud holder of an Eco-Congregation Award. The picture shows Provost Hunter Farquharson and local councillors Heather and Alexander Stewart congratulating Hazel Hayward and Pamela Robertson, two members of the Committee, on their achievement.

The Eco-Congregation Programme

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

Perth Catehdral, St. Ninian’s Magazine

The magazine is published ten times a year. It contains a ‘Who’s Who?’ of the Cathedral, details of all services for the month, a letter from the Provost, Mothers’ Union and details from the register, as well as other contributions from members of the congregation and Cathedral groups. It is hoped that our magazine reflects the life of the Cathedral

To email the editor use the Cathedral email address.


traidcraftTraidcraft 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 every Sunday after the 11 o’clock service.


Little Cherubs Toddler Group

This group meets in the Chapter House every Wednesday from 9.15– 11.15 am during school term time. Any children from 0 – 5 years old are welcome to attend with their mums, dads, grandparents or carers. There is a wide variety of activities, including music, dressing-up and story time with a charge of £1.50 per family, to cover refreshments. The group operates under the Episcopal Church child protection policy. For further information please contact the Cathedral office.

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The Gateway Centre

gateway centreThe 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.