Sunday 9 May 2021

Today is polling day. This week’s reflection is a reminder of the privilege we have of living in a democracy and an encouragement to shape that democracy with our vote. You can listen to the reflection on Instagram and the church Facebook page. We have a technical problem with the link from Facebook to the… Continue reading Sunday 9 May 2021

Sunday 2 May 2021

Tuesday saw the centenary of the birth of Rev John Stott. He died 10 years ago. Whilst his day job, so to speak, was Rector of All Souls, Langham Place he had a world-wide influence as a preacher, speaker, theologian and author of more than 50 books. Indeed it has been said of him that… Continue reading Sunday 2 May 2021

Sunday 25 April 2021

It’s a beautiful day in the Scottish Borders…… Today is Earth Day with a focus on recovering from the effects of Covid-19 and repairing the damage we’ve done to our planet. The mid-week reflection posted on Tuesday evening on our website, Facebook and Instagram takes Earth Day as its inspiration. Sunday worship On Sunday we meet… Continue reading Sunday 25 April 2021

Sunday 18 April 2021

Since the unexpected snow of Saturday night we have enjoyed lovely spring sunshine and the good news that lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease. For me that means Christmas dinner (and presents) in the garden with my children tomorrow. I imagine many of you will be enjoying similar long awaited gatherings. Mid-week Reflection A mid-week… Continue reading Sunday 18 April 2021

Sunday 11 April 2021

I hope you have had time in this past week to celebrate resurrection. The many signs of new life to be seen and enjoyed in the world around us serve as tangible reminders. Many thanks to all those who brought spring flowers to transform the cross outside Melrose Church. It has been much commented upon.… Continue reading Sunday 11 April 2021

Holy Week and Easter

It was good to be back in our buildings on Sunday despite all the restrictions. Just a reminder of these – a maximum of 50 in attendance in Melrose, 20 at Bowden, with the requirement for distancing, face masks, hand sanitising, trace and protect, no singing etc. Looking ahead our future will be as a… Continue reading Holy Week and Easter

Sunday 28th March

Our new website was launched on Wednesday. We’ve had to change the domain name to www.bowdenandmelrosechurch.org  Please take a look. It has not been easy setting this up remotely – so many thanks to Niall at Macgowan Marketing who has had the patience of a saint! Helen and I are finding our way around it… Continue reading Sunday 28th March

Sunday 21st March

Further to the Scottish Government’s announcement last week allowing places of worship to reopen from 26th March, subject to continued improvement in the Covid-19 statistics, it is our intention to reopen our church buildings on Sunday 28 March. We will still be subject to the restrictions we were following before Christmas – a maximum of 50 in… Continue reading Sunday 21st March

Sunday 14th March

Further to the Scottish Government’s announcement earlier in the week allowing places of worship to reopen from 26th March, subject to continued improvement in the Covid-19 statistics, it is our intention to reopen our church buildings on Sunday 28 March.We will still be subject to the restrictions we were following before Christmas – a maximum of… Continue reading Sunday 14th March

Sunday 7th March

Today is the World Day of Prayer. You can join Scotland’s World Day of Prayer Zoom service from Edinburgh at 2pm. The link is –  Meeting ID: 8959 398 3883    Passcode: 901656    Or telephone: 0131 460 1196 Sunday worship  Our church buildings are currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions. As you are aware we are transitioning to a new website which is not proving straightforward… Continue reading Sunday 7th March