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.
We will have some Traidcraft Christmas cards on sale after worship in Melrose.
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 meets on Sunday 12 November at 3.00pm in Melrose Church and Hall for a Remembrance Ramble. The usual stories, games, crafts, singing, food and fun however please come prepared for a short walk. 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.
Saturday 11 November
Bowden War Memorial – Meet at 10.50am for Act of Remembrance and wreath laying.
Sunday 12 November
Bowden Kirk – Remembrance Service at 9.30am.
Gattonside War Memorial – Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at 9.30am
Melrose – Procession to the War Memorial for an Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at 10.45am followed by ecumenical service in Melrose Parish Church
Newstead War Memorial – Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at 2.00pm
Darnick – Remembrance Day Service in the Smith Memorial Hall at 3.00pm.
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.
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 15 November. All very welcome.
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!
Reminder – the Kirk Session meets on Thursday 16 November at 7.00pm in Melrose Church Hall.
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.
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.
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!
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.