Many thanks to all those who supported the Church Fete last Saturday in Bowden Village Hall. £1062 was raised in total, £176 for the Ukraine Appeal, the remainder for church funds.
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, Galatiaand Ephesus. This week we’re off to 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.
Our Autumn Newsletter will be distributed towards the end of August. Please send any items for inclusion to Rosie or the Church Office by Friday 18 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 PWood@churchofscotland.org.uk
Walk this ancient path. Meet with other folk from our Presbytery. Reflect and pray together.
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.
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 and printer cartridges…. PLEASE NOTE We are no longer collecting blister packs as there is no-one prepared to recycle them.
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 https://www.justgiving.com/galashielsfoodbank Thank you!
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.