Sunday 12 March 2023

We meet for worship at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church. The services in Melrose are livestreamed and you can watch on our Facebook page or church website. A podcast based on the service will be posted on Saturday evening. You can listen to it on 01896 808551


Music for the Bowden Church Service – Sunday 12 March


1. A Lenten Meditation…….Colin Hand.
2. Erbarm dich mein, o herre Gott, BWV 721………..J.S.Bach.
3. A reflection on “An upper room” traditional folk melody…….
…..Graham S. Morrison.
Voluntary in D………William Boyce.
a) Larghetto.
b) Vivace for trumpet and eccho flute.


Lent Readings

A reading plan that takes you through each of the 4 Gospels during Lent. Here are the readings for this week with links to the passages for ease.

Monday 13 March – Mark 13-14

Tuesday 14 March – Mark 15-16

Wednesday 15 March – Luke 1-3

Thursday 16 March – Luke 4-6

Friday 17 March – Luke 7-9

Saturday 18 March – Luke 10-12

Sunday 19 March Take a break


Lent Study Group

This year our Lent Study Group will be exploring the topic ‘God Has No Favourites’. We’ll be meeting on Monday afternoons at 2.30pm in Melrose Church Hall. Each sessions stands alone so you don’t need to attend all of them. There will be a time to listen, a time to talk and a time to pray. All welcome.

Monday 13 March – Neither Jew Nor Gentile

Monday 20 March – Neither Male Nor Female

Monday 27 March – Neither Slave Nor Free


Bowden Community Café

This continues to meet on the third Wednesday of each month in Bowden Village Hall at 11am – the next is on 15th March 2023. All are very welcome.


Open Door

Come along to our weekly Open Door every Thursday, 10.00am-12noon, when the hall will be open for tea, coffee, company and chat. If you would like to join the rota of helpers there’s a sign-up sheet in the church kitchen. Thank you!


Messy Church

Our next Messy Church is on Sunday 26 March, 3.00-5.00pm in Melrose Church and Hall. We have a planning meeting on Friday 17 March at 4.00pm. Members of the congregation are most welcome to come along and see what Messy Church is all about.


Edinburgh Royal Choral Union

In our concert at Melrose Parish Church on Saturday 18 March at 6.00pm we in the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union are continuing our celebration of the seasons this year with winter music including Joseph Haydn’s depiction of winter, the fourth part of his oratorio The Seasons. We will also be singing Haydn’s Insanae et Vanae Curae as well asthe second performance of water psalms by Thomas LaVoy, commissioned in 2021 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the opening of Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh for worship. A New Song by Sir James MacMillan. Now sleeps the crimson petal by Paul Mealor

Conductor: Michael Bawtree

Organ: John Kitchen

Piano: Sam McLellan

Tickets – £15/£12 (£5 students) at the door or from Ticketsource – or via our website (


Eco congregation Reminder!

So what happens to the glass bottles I recycle? They are currently taken to a depot in Bonnyrig. Here they are washed and crushed. Then they can be made into items like loft insulation and new bottles. On another item Ruth is investigating a local place to recycle empty tablet blister packs. More information to follow after her research.


Galashiels Foodbank

With the cost of living crisis many are seeking help from the local Foodbank. Donations of food can be left at the pickup points in Galashiels at ASDA, M&S, Poundland, and Iceland, as well as Co-op stores in Melrose and Earlston. Money to buy perishable items can be donated at Thank you!


Church Choir

The choir rehearses on Sundays at 09.45am. Any additional members will be made very welcome. Thank you.


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.