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Living Together In Unity

Psalm 133:1
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Over the past 4 years Perth and District YMCA have played an instrumental role in bringing together Churches and Christian organisations, with the main aim of working together in unity to provide a large scale opportunity for people to explore the Christian faith.

Churches across Perth & Kinross and Perth & District YMCA joined together to deliver a spectacular Festival for the people of Perthshire. The event under the title ‘Perth Alive 2017’ was held on the North Inch on Saturday 26 August.

Together we organised a Festival that had something for everyone. Activities included live music, The Great Parish Flower Arranging Competition under the theme “All things bright and beautiful”, Inter-church 5 a side football competition, Question Time with a panel including Jeremy Balfour MSP, bouncy castles, bungee trampolines, a puppet show, face painting, hair braiding, nail painting and a free barbecue and refreshments. The afternoon reached a crescendo with a Songs of Praise followed by a message on the Fathers Love.

The music programme included four hours of live music featuring bands, soloists, choirs and dance groups from across the community with music to suit every taste.

A first this year was the Inaugural Perth Alive Lecture with Dr Alastair Noble, the Director of the Centre for Intelligent Design as guest speaker.

What a great way to show that the Church of Jesus Christ is very much alive and on the move. We witnessed over 800 people engage in the event, our best turn out yet.

Thousands of people go to church in Perthshire every week. Many thousands don’t and we wanted to take the Church to where these people are – in our local community. Perth Alive is our way of showing people in Perthshire that the Church loves the people of Perth & Kinross and cares about them”.

Some of the Churches taking part included:
Aberfeldy Parish Church of Scotland
Craigie and Moncreiffe Parish Church of Scotland
Comrie Parish Church of Scotland
Dunbarney and Forgandenny Parish Churches
Kinnoull Church of Scotland
Perth Baptist Church
Perth Christian Fellowship
Perth Congregational Church
Perth Methodist Church
Perth Elim
Perth Gospel Hall
Perth North Church
Perth Redeemed Church
Riverside Church of Scotland
Salvation Army
Tayside Christian Fellowship
Trinity Church of the Nazarene

Some of the Christian Organisations in attendance included:
Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
Gideons International
Gospel Hall John 3:16 Trailer
Mission Aviation Fellowship
People With A Mission Ministries
Perth & District YMCA
Perth Foodbank
Railway Mission
Street Pastors

It has taking the working group 4 years to get to the stage we are at, we had envisaged a 5 year plan where churches and organisations would have built up meaningful trusting relationships, so that together, we could show that regardless of denominational differences, the broad church can still come together in unity. I am extremely pleased to say, we are very much on track.

Franny McGrath
Operations Manager
Perth& District YMCA

About Perth and District YMCA

Perth and District YMCA, in partnership with Craigie and Moncreiffe Parish Church and Comrie Parish Church, are using a Go For It Main Grant to empower local young people to plan, run and review: weekly youth clubs, monthly youth events exploring community issues (with a Christian input), and community projects. The empowerment not only ensures that the activities are modern, fun and entertaining, but also that the young people develop a whole range of skills, including confidence, leadership, problem solving and teamwork.

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