Sunday 18 February 2024

We meet for worship on Sunday 18 February 2024 at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church. The theme of our service on this first Sunday of Lent is Temptation. 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.


Susie Hazeldine, a member of this congregation (formerly an elder in Edinburgh: Murrayfield) has been asked to become an elder here. If anyone has any objections why she may not be admitted to that office, they must state their objection at the meeting of the Kirk Session in Melrose Church on Sunday 25 February at 10.45am; if no relevant objection regarding life or doctrine is made and substantiated, the Kirk Session will proceed with her admission. By order of the Kirk Session. William Windram, Session Clerk.

Church Choir

There is no Choir rehearsal this Sunday morning.

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

We will be Celebrating the Lord’s Supper next Sunday, 25 February, at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk, 11.00am in Melrose Church. All welcome

Lent Readings

Our readings for Lent are taken from Tom Wright’s book Lent and Easter for Everyone.

Jesus among the crowds         

Monday 19 February                    Jesus calls the disciples  (Matthew 4.18-25)            

Tuesday 20 February                    The healing of a paralysed man  (Mark 2.1-12)

Wednesday 21 February              Jairus’s daughter  (Luke 8.40-56)

Thursday 22 February                  The feeding of the five thousand  (Matthew 14.10,12-21)

Friday 23 February                        Bread from heaven  (John 6.14-35)

Saturday 24 February                   Jesus heals a blind beggar  (Mark 10.46-52)

Lent Study Group

Holy Trinity Church is holding a Lent Study Group in the Trinity Centre at 11.00am on Fridays from 23 February for five weeks. The focus will be on “Jesus the healer”, explaining the difference between curing and healing; the place of spirituality in a modern scientific world; working through some of the healing miracles of Jesus and learning from them. The Group will be co-led by Claire Nicholson, curate at Holy Trinity and a consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon. You are warmly invited to attend.

Borders Chamber Orchestra

‘Winter Concert’ on Saturday 17th February at 7pm in Melrose Church. Conductor – Alison Rushworth, Soloist – Claire Taylor (Soprano). Tickets £10, under 18s free. Light refreshments provided.

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!

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.

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. The final planning meeting is on Wednesdays 28 February at 2.30pm in the Church Hall.

Church Coffee Morning

The annual Church Coffee Morning in aid of our Special Projects will be held in Bowden Village Hall from 10-12noon on Saturday 2nd March. Help and donations gratefully received on the day or to Irene Armstrong (01835 823591).

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 on Sunday 10 March 2024 has a family theme as we celebrate Mothers’ Day.

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. The next service is on Tuesday 12 March 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 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.

Forthcoming events – Save the date!
Saturday 23rd March at 2.30pm in Bowden Kirk.
A concert by Octavoce. An acclaimed eight-part vocal ensemble based in Edinburgh.

Sunday 28th April at 3.00pm in Melrose Parish Church.
An organ recital by John Kitchen to mark completion of the work on the organ.
Further full details of both events will follow in due course.