Update on Restriction Lift for Churches

Yesterday, the Scottish Government confirmed that social distancing will no longer be legally required in indoor public spaces, including churches, however, the wearing of masks and the need to take details for track and trace remains in place, and so we will continue to do so. I’ll share more of what this means below, but if you want to read about the changes announced by the Scottish Government, then just click on the following link: 

Scotland to move beyond level 0 – gov.scot

We are aware that there are a mixture of views and opinions about restrictions and the movement out of lockdown within the congregation. For some, the return to “normality” can’t come quick enough, but for others there remains some anxiety about being in larger crowds again. So, in order to ensure we progress through this together, we wanted to give some details about what will happen next in terms of Church Gatherings while we remain in the old building. 

  • Sunday Gatherings:

Over the next 3 weeks, we will increase the capacity of our Sunday Gatherings in 2 steps:

  1. Step 1 – move from 50 to 100 people (Sun 15th and 22nd Aug) 
  2. Step 2 – from 100 to 150 people (Sun 29th Aug)

As we move through these steps and into September, we will keep things under review. We have 2 further options assuming all goes well – the first would be to have no numerical limit in our Sunday gathering (and therefore no need to “sign up” ahead of time), and the second would be to host two separate Gatherings to spread the numbers. As you know, space in the upper room is limited and ventilation is poor, and so we do have to keep this in mind as we move forward (of course, once the new building is complete and ready to use, this will significantly help in these areas). We will consider these further options towards the end of the month and determine what is best at that time. 

Livestreaming on Sundays will continue and we are looking at creating a “camera free zone” in a section of the upstairs room for any personal or family circumstances that require anonymity. Please let us know if this affects you so that we can accommodate those legitimate concerns.

1m Social DIstance Seats: In Step 1 and 2, we are including 10 seats that retain the 1m social distancing. This option is available on our sign-up webpage.

I’ve attached a photo of the layout of the worship space for the next 2 weeks, which will include the use of the sides again, and some 1 metre socially distanced seats will be available on the top level. 

For the moment, we do still ask that you register for the service ahead of time as spaces are still limited. If you’d like to sign up for this Sunday, then please do so here:

Sunday Service Sign Up – Trinity Church Perth

Here’s a quick summary of the Sundays for the rest of August – please note the return of Trinity Toddlers and Creche on Sunday 29 August:

  • Sunday 15 August – 100 limit, pre-register, NO Trinity Kids/Creche program 
  • Sunday 22 August – 100 limit, pre-register, NO Trinity Kids/Creche program
  • Sunday 29 August – 150 limit (inc. toddlers/babies), pre-register, Trinity Toddlers and Creche program available.

We are hoping to add Sunday Trinity Kids in September for Primary School children.

  • Wednesdays:

As Wednesdays have less demand, there is no longer any need to signup ahead of time. We will still ask that you wear masks and register your name at the door, but you can now just turn up on the night. We have 2 Wednesday evening prayer times this month as follows:

  • Wednesday 11 August – sign in on arrival (no need to register) – 40 minute prayer & worship (livestreamed) and 40 minute group prayer and worship.
  • Wednesday 25 August – sign in on arrival (no need to register) – this will be a longer worship and prayer evening and you can drop in at any time between 7.30-9.30pm (but do remember to sign in on arrival). 
  • Other Gatherings: We are considering other gatherings, including some midweek daytime “drop-in” times (for tea/coffee) but we will give more detail on this next week.
  • MASKS: Please remember that masks are still required in most indoor public spaces, including churches and so please wear a mask unless you have an exemption. 

Later in the week we will send a video link by email and also on social media to help you see how things will look from this Sunday and what to expect when you come. We hope this will encourage you to “sign up and get along” to our Sunday and Wednesday Gatherings.

If you have any questions then please send an email or Facebook message and we’ll get back to you.

Grace & Peace


Candidate for Senior Pastor

Dear Church,

We have some exciting news to share with you today as we update you on the search for our new senior pastor in Perth.  We were all disappointed to be losing Jim as our pastor, but equally pleased that he responded to God’s calling on his life and ministry to serve as the Eurasia Regional Director.  This is a huge role within in the Church of the Nazarene and a great honour for Jim to be asked to lead the region.

Ever since Jim shared his news with us, the church board has been operating as a search committee, supported by the District Superintendent, praying, and listening to God’s direction and leading for our church.  As a result of this work, we would like to present to you Rev Dr Ian Wills, currently senior pastor at Parkhead Church of the Nazarene in Glasgow, to serve as our new senior pastor in Perth.

Following lots of prayer, careful consideration, and several interviews, the board has voted unanimously to present Ian to the members of Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Perth.  Many of the church will already know Ian, we have included a short biography overleaf for those who are less familiar. Ian will be preaching during our service on Sunday 11th October.

We have also held a Q&A session with him, which we know will be helpful for our members to understand Ian’s background, his heart and passions, as you listen to God’s voice and consider how you will vote in the election. This Q&A session will be available to view following the service on Sunday on the church website.

This gives notice that the church will be holding a ballot for the election of our new senior pastor and this will take place on Sunday 25th October.

Pastoral Vote – Process

To appoint Ian as the pastor a ballot of active church members must be taken, supported by a 2/3 majority of those voting.  As we are unable to hold a face to face meeting to enable the vote, the church board have liaised with district leadership and the board of general superintendents who have confirmed the following process should take place.

  • The vote will be held between the hours of 1200 & 1800 on Sunday 25th October.  Only active church members of Trinity Church of the Nazarene are entitled to vote.
  • The election will be a simple Yes/No ballot, with a 2/3 majority required to call the candidate in line with the requirements of the Church of the Nazarene.
  • Members must vote in person by travelling to the church to vote.  We will have strict measures in place in line with requirements for social distancing and will provide guide timeslots to members to ensure attendance is spread across the duration.
  • If a member cannot attend Trinity in person, for example due to their health or need to remain at home due to shielding from coronavirus, a church board member is allowed to travel with a ballot form to allow voting from home.
  • Other than the above exception, proxy or postal votes are not permitted

The votes will be counted immediately following the close of the ballot, with the result then shared with the District Superintendent followed by an announcement to the church.

If you require the board to visit you to provide a ballot, please get in touch with myself (by email to secretary@trinitychurchperth.org or calling 07412 012 574) or any other church board member by no later than Thursday 22nd October so we can make arrangements.  We kindly ask that this facility only be used by those who have a genuine need rather than as a matter of convenience.

We encourage all members to use their right to vote as we seek God’s guidance on who should lead our church in the years ahead.  Please prayerfully consider this matter, as well as tuning into Ian’s sermon and Q&A session.

In Christ’s Service,

Calum Jardine, Church Secretary

Search for a New Pastor

Hello Church,

This is a short update to advise you on how the process for seeking a new senior pastor takes place, as we search for who will lead our church into the next phase of its walk with Christ as Pastor Jim leaves us in October.

The process has five key steps:

  1. Search – The church board pray into what God’s vision and plans are for the church in the future, and the leader that is needed for those plans. The board then consider candidates, both within our district but also potentially further afield or outwith the denomination. Following this, interviews or discussions may be held with appropriate individuals to discern if they are a good fit for the church, and that similarly the church is a good fit for them.
  2. Nomination – The board must vote with a 2/3 majority in favour of a particular candidate to nominate them as a candidate for senior pastor. At this point their candidacy will be declared more widely to the church.
  3. Election – The church congregation will listen to the candidate preach, and find out a bit more about them as a person and their heart for the Lord and His church. After this the congregation votes, with a 2/3 majority required to call the candidate to become senior pastor.
  4. Call – The candidate is called to take on the role of senior pastor, they have two weeks to respond to the call
  5. Induction – At the earliest opportunity after the candidate takes up their position an Induction Service is held to give thanks and to pray for them and their leadership in the years ahead.

Obviously due to covid some of these steps may look a little different to how things would run in normal circumstances, many steps that would normally be face to face may have to be remote or online. We are seeking guidance from the Board of General Superintendents on guidance for how a congregational ballot should be run should this be required before face to face meetings are permitted.

Please pray for the church and particular the board at this time, for wisdom and discernment as they seek the right candidate to lead our church forward.

Calum, Secretary

Pastor Jim becomes Regional Director

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is with a heavy heart and hugely mixed emotions that I am writing to inform you, my church family and friends, that I have been called by the Lord and the leaders of our global church to a new role in ministry and leadership which will mean that Maggie and I will be moving from Perth.

Over the last few weeks, the Board of General Superintendents has been speaking to me about the role of Regional Director of the Eurasia Region of the Church of the Nazarene. After much prayer and reflection both Maggie and I believed this could be God’s call on the next chapter of our lives, so following my declaring a willingness to be considered for election to this post, I was duly elected in the last week by the Board of General Superintendents and the global General Board of the church.

To be elected Regional Director is, of course, a huge honour and a wonderful opportunity to oversee our church’s ministry in 40 nations from the UK, throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, India and South Asia, to help facilitate the Kingdom advance of the Gospel to many who do not know Jesus. Especially in these troubling times. Yet the fact that we will have to leave Trinity and move out of Perth to follow this call will be very challenging for us. We love you. We have led and served you for nearly 9 years. You have loved, served and partnered with us in such a rich way. It has been a great privilege to see the church in Perth grow in so many ways.

Leaving at this time in history is doubly difficult as we cannot share this news face to face and will leave without being able to say goodbye to you all in person. But the UK is still on our Region and we will be back often so we will return to Perth when we are all able to be together to see you again. Yet I am confident that you are more than equipped to continue this great work we have been blessed to share. The future of Trinity is in great hands and in time God will call the next Senior Pastor to take you to the next level.

As disciples of Jesus we are a called people and a sent people. We always have been. So when Jesus calls we say “Yes Lord, here am I, send me” That is what we have done, and yes it is costly, but we trust the Lord of the harvest to open new doors to us all in this next season. He will lead us, guide us, comfort us and increase our joy.

I will be serving and leading in Trinity over the next 6 weeks whilst we transition and my first day in the new role will be on Monday 19th October. So we have time to say goodbye, as much as the present restrictions allow, but what we can do is pray for one another daily as we go through this changing season.

We love you and will miss you and we will pray for you.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3:5-6

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:3-6

Your friends and pastors,
Jim and Maggie

The Promise Course

Do you want more?

On Saturday 16th May, our next series of The Promise begins. This is a Christian discipleship experience to help you walk with increasing spiritual power, everyday – not just on your best ones. This interactive programme will initially run for 8 weeks on Saturdays between 10.30-12 GMT. It’s unique format is designed for us to collectively encounter all God promises. https://www.thepromise.global/discovering-it/

Click here for more information https://www.thepromise.global/discovering-it/, or to register your place just email kathryn@fruitministries.com

What is The Promise?

A Christian discipleship experience to help you walk-out your everyday life, with spiritual power.

Why has it been created?

We can’t do this in our own resilience! The good news is we don’t have to. The Promise helps you rise above your circumstances, to discover, become and live out the full depth of what God has waiting for you.

How does it run?

It’s lonely doing it on our own, so The Promise interactive has been created. This is an online programme offering weekly sessions that provide an opportunity to interact with a virtual community of people just like you. A zoom live event runs for 8 consecutive weeks and provides fresh, interactive guidance, that will leave you inspired, encouraged and enabled. Each session lasts around 1.5 hours.

Who is it for?

Anyone who is either longing for more from their faith, a spiritual jump-start or a practical way to break-through the status quo.

What’s different?

We often invest in learning what we come to know and believe. So, with an abundance of amazing teaching already available, this is not about more theology. The Promise is about how to practically apply it. This is approached through the testimonial lens of a life-lived, rather than through academic theory.

We are all at different places in our spiritual walk, so this type of development can’t be prescriptive. Whilst structured teaching, input and activities are provided, the programme creates a space for the wind of the Holy Spirit to move, through live prayer and encounter.  This caters perfectly for the unique needs every person will have and the diverse requirements of every group. No two sessions will be the same.

The programme content

Over the past ten-plus years, a biblically under-written framework has been created, which enables people to discover how to practically walk in the Spirit. This framework provides seven interconnecting key themes, that collectively, are the gateway to a life of victory.

When is it?

The first online programme will run Saturday 16th May 202 for 8 weeks. However, further sessions may follow, depending on demand.  If you would like more information you can visit www.thepromise.global, or to register your interest in any forthcoming group, please contact Kathryn Brook-Simpson at kathryn@fruitministries.com.

This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning’

Hebrews 10:25