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The Reverend John Murdoch

18th March 2020



My dear friends of St John’s Kirk and St Leonard’s in the Fields and indeed others visiting this website


With immense sadness, as you will have observed most probably in the newspapers and in the media, Church Services nationally are cancelled with immediate effect; the only caveat being the conduct of Weddings and Funerals. These will be by special arrangement with the relevant families and will involve a very minimal presence.


I do wish to reassure you that although there will be no Services of Worship in our Churches until further notice, the life of the Church will continue in prayer, faith, action and in attitude. Please be aware that the Reverend Alex Stewart and I will be available by telephone and by email should anyone wish to contact us at any time about any matter, however small.


My intention is to be able to provide an opportunity for Worship online for every Sunday Service. This will consist of a short act of devotion including prayer, reading and sermon. If those who are technically wise in such matters are able to include music, then that too will form part of this weekly worship.


Mothering Sunday in a few days’ time on the 22nd of March is always a special day and our Service will reflect our gratitude to our mothers, remembering the most noble mother of all, Mary, mother of Jesus.


With Palm Sunday on the 5th of April, Holy Week commences – there will be a brief service of Worship available for each day of Holy Week, culminating of course in the joy of Easter Day.Therein of course lies our hope and our victory. These days are testing times for us all, especially for the elderly and vulnerable and the lonely. Bon courage!


Be assured of the presence of Jesus Christ who stays with us, abides with us and hears our cries from the heart. God is our refuge and will never leave us nor forsake us. The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.


With my very best wishes and prayers.



Minister : Revd John Murdoch

Telephone: 01738 628378

Mobile: 07578 558978



Associate Minister : Revd Alex Stewart

Telephone : 01738 566675

Email :


COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Scottish Government now advises that people should minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations, and smaller gatherings.

The Church of Scotland has intimated that gatherings for worship should cease until further notice, with effect from Tuesday 17 March 2020. 

Sunday broadcasts of a weekly service take place on Radio 4, and also on Radio Scotland; other radio stations are available. 

 An exciting programme of concerts commencing on the 5th October 2019 running throughout autumn winter and early spring, showcasing the best of local music-making in a wonderful sanctuary-

Please come and join us and support the talented musicians

Full programme detailing events is on the concerts and music page

Ministers Welcome 

Reverend John Murdoch 

As Minister I want to invite you as you read these lines to come inside this very special Church and meet the Congregation of a Kirk which has immense significance historically and nationally. It is a Kirk at the heart of Perth, with a community of faith which offers Worship on Sunday mornings at 9:30am or on Wednesday afternoons at 1pm.

Here we worship and serve God within ancient walls which tell of God’s grace and care over centuries and also within the Parish and community surrounding this sacred and holy place of pilgrimage, peace and prayer. Many visit St John’s every day and last year over 10,000 people entered the Kirk from almost every part of the world. I invite you to be part of our Kirk life where I hope you will find an oasis for Christian nurture, friendship and worship in our midst.

St John’s is an ancient and sacred space which allows you to be still, to sing, to pray and to commune with God as His Living Word in Jesus Christ is proclaimed by Grace.

Please, do come and join us as we do our best to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

"Let no-one be a stranger within these walls"

We invite into these ancient walls all who search for God and who seek the transforming love of Jesus Christ in Sacraments, in Scripture and in fellowship – with silence, prayer and music to uplift.


St John's Kirk of Perth (Church of Scotland) is a charity registered in Scotland, no. SC017132.


Rev John A H Murdoch BA BD


St John's Kirk of Perth 


St John's Place 



PH1 5SZ 

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