Sunday 28 January 2024

Sunday is World Leprosy Day. We meet for worship at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church. We will be welcoming Stuart McAra and Mhairi Dawson from Leprosy Mission Scotland to 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.


Church Choir

Melrose Church Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings from 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.


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!


Church Newsletter – Spring Edition

It seems no time since we were putting the Winter Newsletter together! Items for the Spring edition should be sent to the Minister or the Church Office by Monday 5 February. Thank you.


Messy Church

Messy Church meets on the second Sunday of the month at 3.00pm in Melrose Church and Hall. We use story, song, craft, games and fun to explore Bible stories. 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. Our next Messy Church is on Sunday 11 February 2024.


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.


World Day of Prayer

Melrose Church is hosting the annual World Day of Prayer Service for our area on Friday 1 March at 2.30pm. We’ve had our first planning meeting. The others are being held on Wednesdays 14 and 28 February at 10.30am in the Church Hall. If you would like to be involved please come along.


Borders Chamber Orchestra

The next concert of the Borders Chamber Orchestra is on Sat 17th February 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

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 21 February 2024. All very welcome.


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.