at this time of year we would hold a Harvest Thanksgiving service and a
Harvest Supper, and at both events we would be collecting goods and
raising money for local causes. In the world we currently live this has
not been possible. However this year we
are appealing to everyone to donate to our local foodbanks.
would like to involve the community as much as possible in these
services so if you have any suggestions or feedback, or would like to
participate in or offer pictures for future services please e-mail
This reflection was presented by Rev Pamela Strachan as part of the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale Zoom Communion Service held on Sunday 27th September. It's worthy of a wider audience so Pamela has kindly recorded it for use on our web site. You can also read a transcript of the reflection by clicking here.
Clydesdale and Peeblesshire Foodbanks
This year, for our harvest festival thanksgiving, we are asking people to donate to one (or both) of the two local foodbanks. The main hub for Clydesdale Foodbank is in Carluke and there are satellite sites in Lanark, Biggar, Douglas and Kirkmuirhill. Peebleshire, as the name implies, covers what was once the county of Peebleshire (now Tweeddale).
Referrals to foodbanks have increased throughout the country due to coronavirus and both foodbanks are heavily dependent on local donations. Please give generously.
From the Ashes We Shall Rise Again - Film from Beirut
Following on from our service of the 23rd August which was dedicated to the people of Lebanon, Rev. Pamela Strachan's fellow students at NEST (North East School of Theology) told her about this powerful film produced by Jhony Azeir. Please continue to include the people of Lebanon in your thoughts and prayers.
Christian Aid has an appeal running to raise money for the Lebanon crisis. Click here to visit their appeal site
Our service for Lebanon of the 23rd can be viewed in the Weekly Services page.
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief!
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief
For many, there’s still something of a taboo about death, dying and bereavement in Scotland. We have to face it when someone close to us dies and we’re grateful for funeral directors and clergy who steer us through the process.
However, I’ve been struck by how many people confide that they wish they’d given these matters much more thought in advance and had considered some end-of-life preparation well ahead of a loved one’s death - or even had some of these important conversations with family members beforehand. More
Donate to the Church
While church buildings are closed, the work of our churches continues. Services continue online, pastoral care and support is still provided and buildings and facilities still need to be serviced and maintained.
The Church of Scotland has set up a web page which allows you to contribute specifically to the local funds required for this work. If you would like to help out please go to the Donate to the Church page, click on Donate to a Congregation, type in the name of the congregation and proceed from there.
Carlops, Newlands and Kirkurd, and West Linton Church Newsletters
The current presbytery plan proposes that three churches in Upper Tweeddale (Skirling, Broughton and Tweedsmuir), will be linked in the fullness of time with the three churches in the West Linton group (West Linton, Carlops, and Newlands and Kirkurd).
There are still a few hurdles to be cleared before that comes into effect. However in anticipation of new relationships with our neighbours, and to help to find out more about the three churches in the West Linton area we have been publishing the latest editions of the Carlops Church newsletter, the Newlands and Kirkurd newsletter and the West Linton newsletter here and churches in the West Linton area will make our own Kirk Matters available to their community. More
Broughton Kirk at 10am
Tweedsmuir Kirk at 10am
Skirling Kirk at 11.30am
Stobo Kirk at 11.30am
08 November 2020
Coming Soon... Remembrance Sunday Sunday 08 November 2020