Sunday 9 June 2024

We meet for worship on Sunday at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church when our theme from the life of Samuel will be Choices and Consequences – with a nod to the forthcoming General Election. 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

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.


Messy Church

Messy Church meets on Sunday afternoon at 3.00pm in Melrose Church and Hall for 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.  

Kirkin’ of the Melrosian

Next Sunday, 16 June, sees 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. Rev Sara Embleton will be leading worship in Bowden Kirk.


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!  


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.


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 – or phone 07806 619989 


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.


Old Melrose Guided Walks

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


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       website –

Dave Crudgington, Centre Director

Tel:  01557 820261


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), 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!