Iconic landmark church in Perth city centre towering over the beautiful river Tay. Fabulous wedding, conference, concert and exhibition venue as well as home to a thriving congregation and community resource for many voluntary groups. There is stunning stained glass, interesting ecclesiastical history and features and a genuinely warm, inclusive welcome to people of all faiths and none.
Iconic landmark church in Perth city centre towering over the beautiful river Tay. Fabulous wedding, conference and exhibition venue as well as a thriving congregation and community resource for many voluntary groups.
St. Matthew’s is home to four WW1 Black Watch colours and five war memorials from other churches now no longer in use. There is stunning stained glass, interesting ecclesiastical history and features and a genuinely warm, inclusive welcome to people of all faiths and none.
Our doors are open again and our self-distanced capacity allows 100 to attend our services.
You can also join us online - St. Matthew's Sunday Service on the Church ZOOM is at 11am every Sunday that we are in lockdown - please follow the link.
How it works:
It is the same as sitting in church except you are at home. The Ministers, Rev. Anne Brennan / Rev. Barbara Quigley, will conduct worship, Michael will play the hymns and a selection of his music to suit everyone. You are "allowed" to sing to your hearts content. You will hear the music but no one, other than those in your own household, will hear the singing! We will all see each other singing and enjoying worship. There will also be a PowerPoint showing the words of the hymns.
Psalm 122: I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” I am delighted to say that, subject to Government Guidelines on 23rd March and Presbytery approval, we are intending to re-open St Matthew’s for our Easter Sunday service on Sunday 4th April at 11am. As before there will only be 50 spaces available in terms of Scottish Government regulations.
As this includes our Minister, Duty teams and A/V teams the available spaces should be booked on “Eventbrite” once again and this also helps with our “Track & Trace” procedures. This link to Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sunday-worship-tickets-127686837769 will allow you to make your booking or phone Bev, our Facilities and Outreach Manager, on 01738 259961 (between 10am and 5pm).
If you are not on the internet or internet spaces are full you can make a booking also by phoning, Bev.
Appropriate physical distancing and sanitising facilities will be in place and we are all required to wear face coverings.
Music will once more be provided by our Organist, Michael Ellacott, who will lead us in song but unfortunately the congregation is still not permitted to sing. However, there is one difference in that it is hoped that we will be able to “livestream” the service to you. See the boxed notice for details of this exciting new venture.
Thanks to John Paton, Alastair Byers and Tom Morrison for organising this. We do need more volunteers to assist with the A/V so please contact Alastair Byers on
At the recent General Assembly it was agreed that all vacancies have to have a Minister preaching as sole nominee by 31st December 2021 (ie such that the congregation will then vote on their suitability for the post) otherwise the vacancy will be sisted (ie they will not be able to proceed any further in their search for a new Minister).
There is therefore obviously some urgency now in our search for our new Minister!
All Members and Adherents should now have received an e-mail or letter in the following terms:
We are now at the stage of appointing a Nominating Committee which is elected to look for and recommend one person deemed to be suitable to be the minister of our congregation and parish.
We are therefore writing to all people on our Electoral Roll to ask you to nominate one person who you consider suitable to be appointed to the Nominating Committee. The Committee will comprise a maximum of 13 people and it would be good to have as wide a representation of ages and interests as possible.
If you so wish, please complete the undernoted Form, ensuring that you have a seconder for this person and that the proposed candidate also confirms their willingness to stand.
Please then return the Form by 18th June 2021 by post as follows:
St Matthew’s Church Tay Street Perth PH1 5LQ Or by e-mail to email@example.com
Rev Marc Bircham, Interim Moderator
Worship With Us
Traditional WorshipSunday 11am
Monday - Friday
Due to the Covid19 Pandemic our office is closed until further notice.
(10am-5pm only please
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The ideal Conference and Concert Venue
Our Main Sanctuary can comfortably accommodate 240 people and is well heated. We have a state of the art projector, screen and sound system. Our staging is movable to suit your needs.
Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.Matthew 6:33
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150th ANNIVERSARYIn November 2021 we will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the building. At that time The West Church of the Free Church of Scotland built the church which subsequently in 1965 with its present congregation became St. Matthew's Church, Perth.
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