Sunday 2 June 2024

We meet for worship at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church when we will be looking at the  Call of Samuel and our call to follow Jesus. 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

No choir rehearsal this Sunday as Jim is playing the organ for the Bowden Service.


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!  


Kirk Session

The Kirk Session meets on Thursday 6 June at 7.00pm in Melrose Church Hall.


Musical Memories 

For people living with Dementia and their partners or carers.  In the Blue Room at Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels from 10.30 – 12.00 on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. Fun, lively sessions of singing in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.  Contact:  Prue Pullen – pruepullen@hotmail.com or phone 07806 619989 


Old Melrose Guided Walks

A guided walk through 2000 years of history.  Tuesday afternoons – 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


Messy Church

Messy Church meets on the second Sunday of the month at 3.00pm in Melrose Church and Hall. Our next meeting is on Sunday 9 June when we’ll be hosting our own Messy Olympics with stories, songs, craft, games, food and fun. Hopefully all outside in the sunshine! 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.  


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 11 June. You are warmly invited to come along and share this time with the residents.


Kirkin’ of the Melrosian

On Sunday 16 June we have the Kirkin’ of the Melrosian in Melrose Parish Church. At 10.45am the Melrosian will lay a wreath at the war memorial. This will be followed by worship at 11.00am.


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 19 June 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), 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 The Food Bank no longer needs egg boxes!


Letter of Thanks from Irene Marshall

I am writing to thank you for the excellent organ recital by John Kitchen which was held recently in memory of Jim. My family, friends and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

While I know Jim would not look for or expect that honour, he would have enjoyed and appreciated it too. He would have been delighted with the clarinet stop and the renovation of the organ. Playing that organ was a very big part of his life for 56 years!

Also a huge thank you to John and Elizabeth Wilson and to Jim Letham for all their hard work producing the books.

Yours sincerely.  Irene Marshall


Barcaple Summer Camp

Christian Summer Camp – 5th to 9th August 2024. A team of qualified instructors offering Paddle sports, mountain biking, rock climbing etc etc for young people aged 10 – 14 years. We are part of the Abernethy Trust, a Christian residential activity provider. Our centre is based in Dumfries and Galloway near Kirkcudbright and are starting a Christian Summer Camp this year.

Cost = £250 – discounts for siblings. We want it to be available to all and have an amount of money to assist with anyone who would struggle to afford this, just email the centre for more information

barcaple@abernethy.org.uk.       website – https://www.abernethy.org.uk/

Dave Crudgington, Centre Director

Tel:  01557 820261