40 years on

For 40 years Tayside Christian Fellowship has continued to welcome people of all ages and stages, whether they’ve never heard of Jesus or have been following him for decades.

In Acts 2:42-47 the Bible gives TCF a blueprint for church life.  It describes the priorities, practices and principles that shaped the church in the first century. TCF is committed to this same vision of church.

On Sundays as well as our family service and prayer meeting, TCF has a creche for per-school children, a thriving Sunday School for primary school aged children and an imaginative Youth Fellowship group for secondary school aged young people, often attending larger events in the area.  Our building is also used by a growing number of local Romanians for their own weekly family service.

During the week, there is a young adults’ group for school leavers up to those in their early 30s, a mother and toddlers group opens on a Monday for Perth residents and various Home Groups are held for Bible study.

 

A community of disciples

TCF has always maintained a commitment to be a relevant and contemporary community of disciples. This has led over the years to ministries in and around Perth and also abroad. 

For 20 years, the work of Prison Fellowship‘s weekly Bible class in Perth Prison continued until organisational changes within the prison service reluctantly meant this work had to stop. 

The commencement of Teen Ranch Scotland benefitted from the support of TCF.  It was an important experience for our young people to be directly involved in seeing God at work through this ministry.

Street Pastors was an initiative of churches in Perth which started around 20 years ago.  TCF patrols go out on Saturday nights between the hours of 10pm and 3am and interact with people.  Some just want to talk, others unburden their problems, and a number are clearly at risk to themselves.  During Covid restrictions on pubs and nightclubs, the Street Pastors remain committed and have been doing daytime patrols on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

Actively Working Abroad

Over the years, several people at TCF have been inspired to take up full time Christian ministry and the church through Christian organisations also supports ministries abroad. Here are just two examples. 

Janey, began her missionary work with Evans a children’s worker and teacher from Zambia and together they founded Mwana Ministries.  In 2009, the Lord had revealed to them both that ministering to children could be even more fruitful if they could put it on the TV.  That vision became a reality reaching thousands of children.  Today, that original vision just keeps growing and you can find out more on their website mwanaministries.org.

In India, our links began around 2006 when TCF agreed to give financial support to the work of Operation Mobilisation in India.  TCF linked up with the church in Lingarajapuram and the Good Shepard School in Bangalore.  Members of TCF were keen to develop personal contacts at the church and the school and so teams went out in 2008, 2011 and 2014.  Sadly, for political reasons it has not been possible to visit for some time now, but we continue to receive encouraging news, especially about our students.

 


 

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