Sunday 6 August 2023

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.


Sunday worship

We meet for worship on Sunday at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church. 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. So far we’ve been to Rome, Corinth and Galatia. This week we’re off to Ephesus.

Sunday 13 August – Philippi

Sunday 20 August – Colossae

Sunday 27 August – Thessalonica


Citation (for information)

The Presbytery Plans for the former Presbyteries of Duns and Melrose and Peebles have been approved. A Presbytery meeting has been called for Wednesday 16 August, online via Zoom, where concurrence of these sections of the Lothian and Borders Presbytery Plan will be received.


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!


Melrose in Bloom

Summer Garden Party – Sunday 20th August

2.30 – 4.30pm in Harmony Gardens Tickets £10

Contact: 01896 822321 or 823911


Messy Church Planning Meeting

If you would like to be involved with Messy Church we are having a planning meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 22 August in Melrose Church Hall to prepare for the session ahead. Messy Church is on the second Sunday of the month at 3.00pm. Sundays 10 September, 8 October, 12 November and 10 December.


Pilgrimage Taster Day

Lothian and Borders Presbytery is holding a Pilgrimage Taster Day on Saturday 26 August. Meeting in Melrose Church at 9.30am, walking St Cuthbert’s Way over the Eildons to Bowden Kirk, stopping for lunch in St Boswells Church, finishing at Maxton Church by 4.00pm. (Just over 10 miles.) It’s open to anyone. For more details and to sign up please contact Peter Wood

Walk this ancient path. Meet with other folk from our Presbytery. Reflect and pray together.


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.