Sunday 27 March 2022

Helen, our Church Secretary has intimated that she is stepping down to allow her to spend more time with her family, particularly her grandson! She will be greatly missed, particularly by me… So, we have a ‘situation vacant’…

Church Secretary – Bowden and Melrose Church

We have a vacancy for a part time secretary/administrator. 10-12 hours per week. £12.70 per hour. We would expect the successful candidate to be in sympathy with and supportive of the ethos of a faith-based organisation. The role entails the provision of administrative and communication support to our church community. Duties include bookkeeping, banking and managing the church diary. The ability to maintain confidentiality is essential. For further information please contact  Applications with the names of 2 referees by letter to Rev R Frew by Friday 8th April 2022. (, The Manse, Tweedmount Road, Melrose, TD6 9ST)

Sunday Worship

We meet for worship at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and at 11.00am in Melrose Church. Over the Sundays of Lent and Easter we will be focusing on different places in the story of Jesus. This Sunday it’s Jericho, remembered in the Parable of the Good Samaritan and the story of Zacchaeus. We’ll continue to pray for the dreadful situation in Ukraine. Melrose services are livestreamed, and you can join us on our church website or Facebook page or watch the recording thereafter.   The order of service is attached. A worship podcast will be posted on Facebook, Instagram and our website on Saturday evening.You can listen on 01896 808551.

Whilst signing in for Track and Trace is no longer required facemasks must be worn, unless exempt, and 1 metre distancing observed, 2 metres for those unmasked. You are asked to take a Lateral Flow Test twice weekly, ideally before meeting up with those from other households.

Fundraiser for Ukraine

There will be a Coffee Morning Fundraiser for Ukraine on Saturday 2nd April from 10-12noon in Bowden Village Hall, organised by the Hall Committee. Stalls include Cake and Candy, Cards and a Raffle. Donations welcome. (Baking for sale should be bagged with a list of ingredients).

Lent Study Group

The minister continues to lead a series of Lent studies based on the hymn ‘There is a green hill far away’ on Monday afternoons at 2.00pm in Melrose Church Hall. Each one stands alone. Come along when you can!

Monday 28 March – No other good enough

Monday 4 April – And we must love him too

Easter Celebration

The Guild is hosting an Easter Celebration and afternoon tea on Thursday 7 April at 2.30pm in Melrose Church Hall. All welcome.

St Cuthbert’s Way

The St Cuthbert’s Way Churches Together have produced a resource for those walking St Cuthbert’s Way – A Border Pilgrimage. Copies are available in both churches. Please take some for any friends or visitors who are coming to walk.


Thanks go to all those who purchased flowers from the Gattonside porch over the past few months. This has raised a grand total of £250 for the Church Flower Fund. The flowers were made available through Philiphaugh Estate Gardens, through Yvonne and Alan, and a big ‘thank you’ goes to them.

Coffee After Church

Teas and coffees are available after the Melrose service, in the Church Hall.

Choir Rehearsals Choir rehearsals have resumed on Sunday mornings at 10.00am. New members would be made very welcome