The Wider 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. Therefore we are proud to be involved with a number of local groups and organisations.

St Ninian’s Episcopal Primary School

st ninians primary banner 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 for more information from the Primary school or visit their Facebook page @StNiniansPerth and twitter account @ninian_st.

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

Perth Action For Churches Together (PACT)

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 at

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, Tel : 01738 623578; e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eco Matters

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!




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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!

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 Cathedral, 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 on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month after the 11 o’clock service.


Little Cherubs Toddler Group

This group meets in the Chapter House every Wednesday from 9.30 – 11.30 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 £2 per family, to cover refreshments. The group operates under the Episcopal Church child protection policy. For further information please contact Val Chatila at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07745437135.

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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.

For more information about PKAVS and the work they do, please visit their website at