Easter Sunday 2024

Reminder – There will be a performance of Bach’s St John Passion on Saturday 30 March at 2.00pm in Melrose Parish Church. Tickets £15; £10 (concessions); free (under 18s)

Easter Sunday – Sunday 31 March 2024

Easter Sunday also sees the start of British Summer Time, so the clocks go forward. An even earlier start for early morning worship!

7.30am – We begin our Easter celebrations with worship on the Saddle of the Eildons. This is always a very special time with a wonderful mix of old, young and dogs!

9.30am – Family worship in Bowden Kirk ending with a Celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

11.00am – Family worship in Melrose Church with Easter anthems from the Church Choir and some visiting musicians!

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.

Easter Readings

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

Easter week – Jesus in glory

Sunday 31 March                           The resurrection of Jesus  (Matthew 28.1-10)

Monday 1 April                               The Great Commission  (Matthew 28.16-20)

Tuesday 2 April                              Light out of darkness  (2 Corinthians 3.18; 4.1-6)

Wednesday 3 April                          God’s one and only son  (Hebrews 1.1-5)

Thursday 4 April                             Jesus as the truly human being  (Hebrews 2.5-9)

Friday 5 April                                 Jesus revealed  (Revelation 1.9-20)

Saturday 6 April                             The Word made flesh  (John 1.1-18)

Church Choir

The Choir rehearses in Melrose Church on Sunday mornings at 9.45am. New members always welcome! (No rehearsal this Sunday!)

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.

Study Leave/Holiday

The minister will be in Study Leave and holiday from Thursday 4 April until Thursday 18 April. Worship on Sundays 7 and 14 April will be conducted by Rev Sara Embleton. Pastoral cover is being provided by Rev Sheila Moir (Dryburgh Churches) and Rev Graeme Glover (Galashiels).

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!

Messy Church

Messy Church meets on the second Sunday of the month at 3.00pm in Melrose Church and Hall. We explore Bible stories with song, craft, games and fun. Messy Church is for all ages. Members of the congregation are most welcome to come along and watch or join in. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We’re taking a break in April. Our next Messy Church is on Sunday 12 May, the start of Christian Aid Week.

Worship and Fellowship at St John’s

We meet in St John’s Care Home on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.00pm for a short service of worship followed by afternoon tea. Our next service is on Tuesday 9 April. You are warmly invited to come along and share this time with the residents.

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 April 2024. All very welcome.

Old Melrose Guided Walks

A guided walk through 2000 years of history.  Tuesday afternoons – 2nd April, 7th May, 4th June, 2nd July, 6th August, 3rd September and 1st October.  Meet at Old Melrose Tearoom at 1.30pm. Adults £4, children free, dogs on lead at all times. Contact:  omwalks@gmail.com

Organ Recital

An organ recital by John Kitchen to mark completion of the work on the organ will be given on Sunday 28th April at 3.00pm in Melrose Parish Church.

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.