Sunday 3 March 2024

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).


Sunday 3 March 2024

Worship will be conducted by Rev Sara Embleton. Our minister will be on holiday from 2-9 March 2024.


Lent Readings

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

Jesus among friends

Monday 4 March                                 The death of Lazarus  (John 11.1-16)

Tuesday 5 March                                 The resurrection and the life  (John 11.17-27)

Wednesday 6 March                            Jesus goes to the tomb  (John 11.28-37)

Thursday 7 March                               The raising of Lazarus  (John 11.38-46)

Friday 8 March                                    Love one another  (John 13.31-38)

Saturday 9 March                                Obeying and loving  (John 15.9-17)


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.


Church Choir

The Choir rehearses in Melrose Church on Sunday mornings at 9.45am. New members always 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!


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 March 2024. All very welcome.


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.


Kirk Session

The Kirk Session meets on Thursday 14 March at 7.00pm in the Church Hall.


Celebrate St Cuthbert’s Day

Celebrate St Cuthbert’s Day, Wednesday 20 March, with a guided walk around Old Melrose led by Dr Margaret Collin, followed by a short time of worship. Meet in Old Melrose Car Park for a 2pm start.


Concert in Bowden Kirk

Octavoce, an acclaimed eight-part vocal ensemble based in Edinburgh, will be giving a concert ‘Songs of Spring’ in Bowden Kirk on Saturday 23rd March at 2.30pm.  Tickets at the door £10.00. 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.


Forthcoming event – Save the date!
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.