I begin with some very sad news. Jim Marshall, our Melrose Church organist for many years, died suddenly on Tuesday night. This has come as a great shock to everyone, especially since he was playing, as usual, on Sunday past. No arrangements have been finalised yet. Can I ask you to keep his wife Irene, his children and grandchildren in your prayers.
Palm 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 is Palm Sunday and so it’s Bethphage, the starting point of the procession. Melrose services are livestreamed, and you can join us on our church website or Facebook page or watch the recording thereafter. www.bowdenandmelrosechurch.org 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 face coverings will no longer be a legal requirement in places of worship from Monday 4 April the Scottish Government continues to strongly encourage the use of protective measures to reduce risk, including wearing face coverings where appropriate, to help keep each other safe. We continue to encourage 1 metre distancing, 2 metres for those unmasked.
Thursday 14 April, 7.00pm – Maundy Thursday Service in Melrose Church. (Live-streamed)
Friday 15 April, 7.00pm – Good Friday Service in Bowden Kirk.
Sunday 17 April, 7.30am – Early morning Easter worship on the saddle of the Eildons.
Sunday 17 April – Easter Day services. Celebration of the Lord’s Supper in Bowden, baptisms in Melrose.
If you would prefer not to climb up the Eildons on Easter morning, Dryburgh District Churches have sent an invitation to their 7.00am service in Dryburgh Abbey, where the offering will be for haemochromatosis.org.uk
Our next Messy Church is on Sunday 24 April at 3.00pm in Melrose Church Hall. Come along for songs and stories, crafts, games and food! All welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
Coffee After Church
Teas and coffees are available after the Melrose service, in the Church Hall.
Choir rehearsals have resumed on Sunday mornings at 10.00am. New members would be made very welcome.