Sunday 6 November 2022

We have a Family Service on Sunday at 10am in Melrose Church Hall. Family Services last 30 minutes and are very informal. All welcome.

Sunday worship

Rev Sara Embleton will be leading worship on Sunday 6 November at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church. The Melrose service will be livestreamed, and you can watch on our church website or Facebook page or catch the recording thereafter. The order of service is attached. A worship podcast based on the Family Service will be posted on Saturday evening on our website, Facebook page and Instagram.

Church Newsletter

The deadline for the Advent edition of the church newsletter is Sunday 6 November. All contributions to the church office by that date.


The Joint Meeting of the Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association and the Melrose Literary Society will be held in Marmions@The Wynd at 7.30 p.m. on 8th November. The guest speaker is Jessica Turner who will present an illustrated lecture – ‘Bamburgh Bones and St. Aidan’s Ossuary’. All are welcome. Free for members. £4 entry for visitors.

Open Door

Those who would like to help with the Open Door are asked to come to a Planning Meeting in Melrose Church Hall on Thursday 10 November at 10.00am. The first Open Door will be on Thursday 17 November, 10.00am-12noon, when the hall will be open for tea, coffee, company and chat.

Kirk Session

The Kirk Session meets on Thursday 10 November at 7.00pm in Melrose Church Hall.

Remembrance Services

Friday 11 November, 10.45am – Bowden War Memorial

Sunday 13 November, 9.30am – Gattonside War Memorial

10.45am – Melrose War Memorial

2.00pm – Newstead War Memorial

3.00pm – Darnick War Memorial

Book Sale in support of the HALO Trust, 19th November 2-4pm, Melrose Parish Church Hall

Melrose parishioner and retired Borders General Hospital doctor and writer, Oliver Eade, was so moved by a recent Southern Reporter article covering the dangerous mine-clearing work being carried out by the HALO Trust in Ukraine that he and five other Borders writers have decided to sell their books in aid of the HALO Trust ion Saturday 19th November, between 2 and 4 pm, in Melrose Parish Church Hall. Members of the public of all ages are welcome, and all proceeds from the sale will go towards helping HALO Trust as they attempt to restore some sort of normality for the lives of the people of Ukraine. Books for adults, young adults and young readers will be on sale and refreshments provided.

Church Choir

The choir rehearses each Sunday from 09.45 – 10.30am and would be delighted to have some additional singers join them on a regular basis, but to prepare for the Remembrance Sunday and Watchnight Services in the first instance. Might you be able to come along and offer vocal support, please? We are a friendly, welcoming group – rehearsals are very light-hearted (no requirement to read music), and are always rounded off with some light refreshments! There’s no need to let anyone know in advance – just turn up at 09.45 on any Sunday, starting on 30th October. It would be good to have you join us. Thank you. Jim Letham

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.