Sunday 14 January 2024

We meet for worship on Sunday 14 January 2024 at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose. 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 the church’s Facebook and Instagram pages on Saturday evening. You can listen by phoning 01896 808551.


Messy Church

Messy Church meets on Sunday afternoon at 3.00pm in Melrose Church and Hall. We’ll be looking at the Parable of the Lost Sheep through story, song, craft, games 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.


Christmas Offerings

Thank you to those who gave so generously to our retiring offerings on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A total of £1474.46, including £50 from the proceeds of the sale of Christmas Cards, was received. The Leprosy Mission Scotland and Galashiels Food Bank, therefore, received a much appreciated cheque for £737.23 each. Thank you.


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.


Church Choir

Melrose Church Choir rehearsals resume on Sunday 14 January at 9.45am. It would be good to have a few additional singers join the choir – you will be made very welcome!


Faith in Scotland’s Constitutional Future (rescheduled event)

The University of Glasgow’s “Faith in Scotland’s Constitutional Future” project will hold a regional event during the afternoon of Monday 15th January 2024 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


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 17 January 2024. 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!


Borders Chamber Orchestra

The next concert of the Borders Chamber Orchestra is on Sat 17th March in our church. Some of you kindly helped with serving tea, coffee, soup, tea etc at our last one.

If any of you would like to help again, or for the first time, please e mail me direct on gillian_arbuckle@yahoo.co.uk
The orchestra provide all the food etc, we just need to serve it, man the door etc!
Thanks Gillian


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 13 February 2024.


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), small 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.