Sunday 16 July 2023

We meet for worship on Sunday at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church. Over the next few weeks we’ll be going on our summer holidays, visiting the places behind Paul’s letters in the New Testament.

Sunday 16 July – Rome

Sunday 23 July – Corinth

Sunday 30 July – Galatia

Sunday 6 August – Ephesus

Sunday 13 August – Philippi

Sunday 20 August – Colossae

Sunday 27 August – Thessalonica

So, we’re off to Rome on Sunday. Melrose services are livestreamed, and you can watch on our Facebook page or church website. A podcast based on the service is posted on Saturday evening.

Church Office

Tracey will be on holiday for the next 2 weeks, returning to the office on Tuesday 1 August, so the church office will be closed until then. Rosie will be checking the emails etc.

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!

Bowden Community Café

This continues to meet on the third Wednesday of each month in Bowden Village Hall at 11am – the next is on 19thJuly 2023. All are very welcome.

Flower Festival, St Boswells Church

Saturday 22 July 10-4pm and Sunday 23 July 12noon – 4pm


Morning Coffee and Strawberry Afternoon Teas in St Boswells Church Hall

Saturday 22 July – 10am – 2pm Coffee & Biscuits

2-4pm Strawberry Teas


Sunday 23 July – 12noon – 2pm Coffee & Biscuits

2pm – 4pm Strawberry Teas

(Coffee & Biscuits £2, Strawberry Teas £4)

Please contact Marilyn McCall 01835 823070 or 07484 384387 for further information

Eco Congregation

We collect and recycle stamps (World Mission project to help establish tree nurseries in Central Africa), egg boxes (for the Galashiels Food Bank), specs (for re-use in the Philippines), plastic milk bottle tops (supporting cancer and palliative care charities). We also have collection boxes for batteries, blister packs and printer cartridges….

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!

Bowden & Melrose Parish Church Fete

Saturday 5 August in Bowden Village Hall 2 – 4pm

Entrance including HomeMade Teas – £3.00

All very welcome

Church Choir

Choir practices have stopped for the summer, resuming on Sunday 3 September.

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.