Sunday 15 October 2023

We meet 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 worship podcast based on the service will be posted on Saturday evening on Facebook and Instagram.

Church Choir

The Melrose Church Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9.45am. It would be good to have a few additional singers join the choir – you will be made very welcome!

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.

Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal

Shoeboxes are to be collected from Melrose Rugby Club on Monday 23 October at 2.20pm. Please bring them to the church by next Sunday. Thank you!

Bowden Community Cafe

The Bowden Community Cafe meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am in Bowden Village Hall. The next Cafe is on 18th October. All very welcome.

Street Pastors

Street Pastors have been operating in a number of towns in the Borders since 2016. Following recent expressions of interest, we are holding an information evening on Friday 20th October at 7.00pm at St. Andrews Leckie Church Hall in Peebles, where we hope to be able to give you up to date information and answer questions etc. There will be a number of the team there to share their experiences with you as well. We would love to see you! We can also be contacted at 

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!


Join Christian Aid, Eco-congregations, the Guild and the Church of Scotland for a half day presbytery resourcing conference on Climate Justice and how your church can get involved. This will be an interactive and informative day where you will hear about the impacts of climate change locally and globally, and get resources and ideas as to how churches can respond. Join us in the Large Hall in Old Parish and St Paul’s, Galashiels from 10am – 1pm on Thursday 2nd November. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Borders Chamber Orchestra

The inaugural concert of the new Borders Chamber Orchestra will take place in Melrose Church on Saturday 4th November at 7pm. The programme is Mozart’s Impressario Overture, Haydn symphony 101, the Clock, and Beethoven Symphony No 7. There will be light refreshments. Free admission but retiring donations for Postnatal Depression Borders.

Advent Newsletter

Items for inclusion in the next edition of our church newsletter should be sent to Tracey in the Church Office by Monday 6 November 2023. Thank you.

Messy Church

Messy Church meets on the second Sunday of the month at 3.00pm in Melrose Church and Hall. Stories, games, crafts, singing, food and fun… Messy Church is for families however members of the congregation are most welcome to come along and watch or join in. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday 12 November – Remembrance Ramble

Sunday 10 December – Christmas Celebration

Worship and Fellowship at St John’s

We meet in St John’s Care Home for a short service of worship followed by afternoon tea on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.00pm. You are warmly invited to come along and share this time with the residents. Future dates are Tuesday 14 November and Tuesday 12 December.

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!

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 and printer cartridges…. PLEASE NOTE We are no longer collecting blister packs as there is no-one prepared to recycle them.