June / July 2024

We meet for worship on Sundays at 9.30am in Bowden Kirk and 11.00am in Melrose Church. Melrose services are livestreamed, and you can watch on our Facebook page or church website.


The minister will be on holiday from 24 June – 8 July. Worship will be led by Rev Sara Embleton. Pastoral cover will be provided by Rev Sheila Moir of Dryburgh Churches.


When people think of Presbytery they tend to think of occasional stuffy meetings or committees. Whilst it is true Presbytery has meetings, and yes, it does have committees, the best of Presbytery is actually the people who make it up.

Presbytery is a group of people drawn from a particular region who work together to build both God’s Kingdom and God’s people in that place. For us in the Presbytery of Lothian and Borders that is everyone from North Berwick to Berwick and Dunbar to West Linton. Statistically in 2022 there were 19923 church members across 97 congregations. Together we are Presbytery and together we serve God.

The Mission Committee thought that given we are fellow travellers, it would be good to spend some time travelling through God’s word together over a two-month period. The idea behind this is that the whole Presbytery look at the same scripture each day and pray the same words. Readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary.

For each day, read the passage, think about the passage, say the prayer and then consider what impact the passage might have on you. (Read/Think/Pray/Act)


  • Pause and be still before God
  • Read the passage,
  • Think about the passage,
  • Say the prayer
  • Listen for what God is calling us to do today


After the reading and thinking, we suggest everyone pray this prayer:

Dear God,

thank you for your Word,

may it speak to my heart this day.

Help me see your Kingdom

and through my actions, let your kingdom come.



Monday, July 1, 2024:                               2 Corinthians 8:16-24

Tuesday, July 2, 2024:                             2 Corinthians 9:1-5

Wednesday, July 3, 2024:                       Mark 9:14-29

Thursday, July 4, 2024:                           Corinthians 4:8-13

Friday, July 5, 2024:                                 2 Corinthians 10:7-11

Saturday, July 6, 2024:                            Matthew 8:18-22

Sunday, July 7, 2024:                                No readings, we worship with others in church

Monday, July 8, 2024:                              2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Tuesday, July 9, 2024:                             James 5:7-12

Wednesday, July 10, 2024:                     John 7:1-9

Thursday, July 11, 2024:                         Colossians 2:1-5

Friday, July 12, 2024:                              Colossians 4:2-18

Saturday, July 13, 2024:                         Luke 1:57-80

Sunday, July 14, 2024:                            No readings, we worship with others in church

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 Cafes are on 19 June and 17 July 2024. All very welcome.

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 – 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

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

Church Choir

The Choir is taking a break from rehearsals over the summer. Rehearsals will resume on Sunday 1 September.

Messy Church

Messy Church meets on Sunday afternoon at 3.00pm in Melrose Church and Hall. We’re having a break over the summer. The next Messy Church will be on Sunday 8 September.

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), and specs (for re-use in the Philippines). We also have collection boxes for batteries and printer cartridges…. PLEASE NOTE The Food Bank no longer needs egg boxes and the collection of plastic milk bottle tops has stopped. Many thanks for your support.