Funeral Service – Jim Marshall
I can finally confirm that Jim Marshall’s funeral service will be on Monday 25 April at 2.00pm in Borders Crematorium. The cortege will leave Selkirk via Market Place at 1.30pm, pass Melrose Parish Church at 1.45pm and proceed onwards to the crematorium. This has been a most unsettling time for his family. Please remember them in your prayers.
Sunday 24 April
We meet for worship at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church. This Sunday our destination is the Emmaus Road. 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 are no longer be a legal requirement in places of worship 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.
Easter Messy Church
Easter Messy Church is on Sunday 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.
Abbey Consort are back in action – after a two-year gap – in Teviot Church, Hawick, on Saturday, 23rd April at 7.00 pm. The choir, accompanied by a chamber orchestra and directed by Jim Letham, is performing a wonderful programme of mostly Italian music, largely operatic in nature. Puccini (Messa di Gloria, Humming Chorus), Verdi (Anvil Chorus), Bizet (Pearl Fishers’ duet), Leoncavallo (Pagliacci) and Mascagni (Easter Hymn) rub shoulders with Handel (Alcina) and Sullivan (Gondoliers). All very tuneful and guaranteed to lift the spirits! Entry payable at the door; your presence would be greatly appreciated.
We have been asked to host an Acorn Roadshow on Friday 29th April, 7.30- 9.30pm in Melrose Church Hall. Led by Michael Harvey (Back to Church Sunday, Weekend of Invitation), ‘ACORN’ is a growing movement across Scotland’s congregations and church groups that enables us to gently share our faith amongst friends and family members. For more information and to book please go to https://ascend.churchofscotland.org.uk/events/acorn-spring-roadshow-by-faith-nurture-bowden-melrose-parish-church-hall/
The minister is looking for some volunteers to welcome people and to provide tea and coffee from 7.00pm.
Annual Stated Meeting
Sunday 1 May, 12noon The Annual Stated Meeting of the congregation will take place after worship in Melrose. The Treasurer and Fabric Convener will present their annual reports. Copies of the full accounts are available on request from the church office.
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.
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.