Sunday 26 November 2023

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

We meet for worship on Sunday at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church when we will be Celebrating the Lord’s Supper. 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.


Christmas Cards

We will have some Traidcraft Christmas cards and Fairtrade decorations on sale after worship in Melrose.


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.


Handel’s Messiah – 26 November 2023

Sunday 26 November 2023 in Kelso Old Parish Church. Come and Sing at 2pm – Entry £8.00. Bring your own copy of the Messiah and a pencil or contact Marion if you need to borrow a copy. Contact: marion.dodd@me.com or 07484 809302. Come and Listen at 7pm – Entry by donation for Kelso Old & Sprouston. Local soloists and small orchestra conducted by Marion Dodd. All very welcome.


This Hope is For You

Copies of this booklet published by the Scottish Bible Society are available in both churches. It contains 4 weeks of daily readings and reflections on the Christmas Story, a story of hope. Ideally you start reading on Monday 4th or Monday 11th December. Please take one for your household and one to share.


Update from Al Shurooq School for Blind Children

We’ve just received a newsletter from the school with this statement – The war in Gaza Strip and the deterioration of conditions at all levels have made it impossible for most of our students to arrive at school during this most difficult period in our beloved homeland of Palestine. Our priority is to ensure their safety and to maintain their learning, which is why a special distance learning plan is being implemented through TEAMS. Our plan also includes the use of special Facebook groups to present videos, teaching materials, and worksheets. Please remember the school in your prayers.


Leprosy Mission Boxes

Many thanks to all of you who are continuing to support TLMS with your blue collecting boxes. A steady number have been handed in recently and Tracey lets me know the amount from each one so do include your name and tick the gift aid box if it’s appropriate and you are willing, then take an empty box from the Gattonside porch if you want to start again.

28 January 2024 will be World Leprosy Sunday and we will be welcoming Stuart McAra from the Stirling Office during the Service. Stuart has been to our Guild in recent years to talk about Anandaban so it will be a great chance to hear from him again.

Thankyou again, Sheila Millar.


Faith in Scotland’s Constitutional Future

The University of Glasgow’s “Faith in Scotland’s Constitutional Future” project will hold a regional event during the afternoon of Monday 4th December at Trinity Church (Church of Scotland), 60 High Street, Galashiels starting at 2 pm. Tea and coffee will be provided – admission free. Members and attenders at local churches of all denominations are very welcome to come.

The project is an ecumenical, non-partisan and politically neutral project exploring how folk in churches relate faith to constitutional questions in Scotland. The event will include video presentations from four Christians active in politics (two pro-Union and two pro-Independence), followed by discussion:

The Rev Dr Maggie McLennan, former Labour Councillor in Glasgow

Murdo Fraser MSP, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Stephen Noon, Director of Strategy for the Yes Scotland campaign (2014)

Kate Forbes MSP, Scottish National Party

As an officially sanctioned University of Glasgow research project, it is bound by a strict code of ethics regarding impartiality and accurate representation. As such, it is non-partisan, neutral and non-aligned on the question of Scotland’s constitutional future.

To register to attend: please send an email to Rev Matthew Ross: Matthew.Ross@glasgow.ac.uk


Messy Church

Messy Church meets on the second Sunday of the month at 3.00pm in Melrose Church and Hall. Our next meeting is a Christmas Celebration on Sunday 10 December. Party games, a Nativity Play, Christmas food and lots of 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.


Abbey Consort and Friends

Sunday 17th December at Kelso Old Parish Church at 3pm. Noel – a varied programme of seasonal music ranging from Buxtehude to Elgar and our very own musical director Jim Letham. Tickets £10.00 Children Free. Programmes by donation to Red Cross


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!


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 20 December. All very welcome.

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!


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. Our next service is on 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 https://www.justgiving.com/galashielsfoodbank 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.