We meet for worship on Sunday 18 September at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church when we’ll be looking at the second of the Five Marks of Mission – to teach, baptise and nurture new believers. The Melrose service will be livestreamed, and you can watch on our church website or Facebook page or catch the recording thereafter. A worship podcast based on the service will be posted on Facebook and Instagram on Saturday evening. You can also listen on 01896 808551.
Messy Church is on Sunday afternoon, 3.00-5.00pm in Melrose Church and hall. Our theme is The Good Stranger. Stories, singing, crafts, games, food and lots of fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All welcome.
Service of Reflection
There will be an Ecumenical Service of Reflection on the life of Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday evening at 6.30pm in Melrose Parish Church led by Father Philip Blackledge, Rev Rosie Frew and musicians from each congregation. All welcome. This will be livestreamed.
The minister will be on holiday from Wednesday 21 September – Wednesday 6 October. Pastoral cover will be provided by Rev Sheila Moir. Members of the Kirk Session will be leading the worship next Sunday and Rev Sara Embleton on Sunday 2 October.
The choir rehearses at 9.45am on Sunday mornings in ‘the upper room’ in Melrose when anyone who enjoys singing will be made very welcome.
Leaflets for the Blythswood Care Shoebox appeal can be picked up in the church or can be downloaded from https://blythswood.org/shoeboxappeal/ Boxes can be returned during our Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 23 October or thereafter. The final collection date has not been confirmed yet.
Crossreach Christmas Catalogue
Crossreach is the social care arm of the Church of Scotland. You can support their valuable work by buying from their Christmas catalogue. https://shop.crossreach.org.uk/ There are a few copies available in both church buildings.
There will be a meeting for all those interested in getting involved in pastoral care on Thursday 13 October at 7.00pm in Melrose Church Hall.
We registered as an Eco Congregation just before lockdown….There will be a meeting for those interested in developing this on Thursday 20th October at 7.00pm in Melrose Church Hall.
REQUESTS FOR HELP…
DARNICK TODDLER GROUP
Darnick Toddler Group meets on Wednesday mornings in Darnick Village Hall. They are looking for some helpers to assist during their meetings, helping set up, make snacks etc. Interested? Please contact Laura Murray on firstname.lastname@example.org 07904164671
MEMBERS NEEDED FOR THE TRINITY CENTRE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
If you have an hour to spare four times a year, the TCMC could be the place for you whether you are a regular church attender or not. The Trinity Centre was originally established on the basis of encouraging youth projects and other groups to meet from both churches in the area and the local community, so you don’t need to belong to a church but maybe just wish to bring people together to enjoy the Trinity Centre space. There are no special skills required, just a bit of enthusiasm for the future and a desire to meet like-minded people. For further enquiries, please contact Liz on email@example.com or tel: 01896 209083.
Coffee After Church
Teas and coffees are available after the Melrose service in the Church Hall. All are welcome and if you would like to join the rota of helpers, please send a message to the office.
Bowden Flower Rota
Volunteers needed to add their names to the Bowden Flower Rota
You can read our latest Church Newsletter on our website – https://bowdenandmelrosechurch.org/magazines/
Our minister can be contacted on 01896 822217 or RFrew@churchofScotland.org.uk
The Church office contact details are 01896 823339 or firstname.lastname@example.org – Tracey is there on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 9.00am and 12 noon