Sunday 30 July 2023

We meet for worship on Sunday at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church. There will be our monthly Celebration of the Lord’s Supper in Bowden. 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.

Over the summer we’re visiting the churches who were recipients of Paul’s letters in the New Testament. We began in Rome, last week we were in Corinth, this week we’re off to Galatia.

Sunday 6 August – Ephesus

Sunday 13 August – Philippi

Sunday 20 August – Colossae

Sunday 27 August – Thessalonica

Church Office

Tracey is currently on holiday, returning to the work on Tuesday 1 August, so the church office will be closed until then. Rosie will be checking the emails etc.

Bowden & Melrose Parish Church Fete

Come along and support our Church Fete on Saturday 5 August in Bowden Village Hall 2-4pm. There will be a variety of stalls along with afternoon tea. Entrance is £3.00. All very welcome.

Book Sale

Book sale by several Borders authors, including our own Oliver Eade and Haisley Moore, to raise money for a Kelso teen, George McIntosh, paralysed below the waist following surgery for a life-limiting spinal problem. His parents are in need of more than £8000 for structural alterations and equipment to allow him to live at home for his remaining days. Saturday 5 August, 10am-4pm, The Card Shop, 13 Horsemarket, Kelso.

Church Newsletter

Our Autumn Newsletter will be distributed towards the end of August. Please send any items for inclusion to Rosie or the Church Office by Monday 14 August. Thank you!

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 16th August 2023. All are very welcome.

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!

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.