Parishes of Upper Tweed
4 congregations working as one
Am I Really Welcome at this Table?
On Tuesday 3rd September the first monthly meeting of Melrose and Peebles Presbytery was held at Broughton Church. It is tradition that this first meeting is held at the home church of the moderator and it is always preceded by a service provided by the local church. This service was organised by the Worship Workshop and included two dramatic presentations highlighting the role of the committee in the history of the church and the importance of being a church that is inclusive and open to change.

The video shown here is of a feature titled "Am I Really Welcome at this Table?" written and presented by the members of the Worship Workshop. You can see more of the service here:

1. Welcome
2. Hymn: All People that on Earth do Dwell
3. Prayer of Approach
4. Reading: Acts 6 v1-6
5. Some Committee Meetings Down the Ages
6. Prayer of Confession
7. Hymn: All are Welcome in this Place
8. Reading: Luke 14: v15-24
9. Am I Really Welcome at this Table?
10. Pause for Reflection
11. Holy Communion
12. Prayers of Intercession
13. Hymn: Christ's is the World in Which we Move
14. Blessing
New Kirk Matters Published
Kirk Matters Autumn 2019
The Autumn 2019 edition of the Church Magazine, Kirk Matters, has been published and by now should be in all households in the parish.

This edition contains a report on Geoffrey Matias's progress in Malawi and a report of the installation of the new Presbytery Moderator.
A Guild of Three Grandmothers

Guild Membership Card
by Janet Hunter - first published in Kirk Matters Autumn 2019

The 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War found all of us remembering those who had given their lives.  I was also remembering my grandmother whose name I inherited but never had the good fortune to meet.
Church notices for Sunday 22nd December 2019
 Christmas Week is upon us.. Please  join us for any or all of these events and services, you and your  family will be made very welcome
 Drumelzier Candlelit Carol Servive is this evening (Sunday 22nd December), starting at 6:30pm. A good way to start off the Christmas week festivities. You are reminded to take a torch as there are no street lights in Drumelzier.
On Christmas eve, Tuesday 24th there is the Tweedsmuir Candlelit  Carol Service, starting at 6:30pm. Again, bring a torch to get from the carpark to the church as there are no streetlights in Tweedsmuir.
The Christmas Day Service is in Stobo Kirk starting at 11am. Children (any anyone else so moved) are encouraged to bring a toy or two to show to the minister,  Rev John Smith who'll be leading the service.  
Services will be as normal next week in all the churches
 This year the retiral collections from the  Christmas services will be split between  support for our midwife student in Malawi. Geoffrey Matias and CrossReach which is the Church of Scotlandís social care council. In addition half of the money raised in Tweedsmuir will be used for the upkeep of Tweedsmuir Church.
Long Service Certificate Presented to John Burnett
It isn't often that someone can claim to have served the church as an elder for over 50 years. This year John Burnett completed his 50th year as an elder in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale and his 57th year as an elder within the Church of Scotland as a whole. In honour of that, and with thanks for his tireless contribution to the life of the church in Upper Tweeddale Rev John Smith, current locum minister for the parishes, presented a long service certificate to John at today's joint service in Tweedsmuir.
Sundae Sunday
On 16th June we held our second Sundae Sunday service in Tweedsmuir Village Hall. This joint service brought all four churches together in worship lead by Rev John Smith followed by ice cream and a myriad of toppings. The Sundae Service also provides an opportunity to add to the funds collected for Christian Aid this year.

A lot of work went into the provision and serving of the ice cream and the preparation of the hall, so a big thank you goes to Christine and Gavin, Isobel and Fiona, and indeed all others who helped out.

Fiona Burnett Installed as Presbytery Moderator
On Tuesday 25th June at Trinity Church in Galashiels, Fiona Burnett, an elder at Broughton Kirk, was installed as the new moderator of Melrose and Peebles Presbytery. She replaces Rev. Julie Rennick, minister of Earlston Kirk.

In her introduction Julie reflected on the joy of their time spent working together during the last year both during the visit of the young people from Lebanon and Malawi last August and during the trip to Lebanon two months ago. Fiona thanked Julie for all of her hard work during the year and pointed out that Julie's ability to chair meetings effortlessly and to say the right things at the right times made her a very hard act to follow.
Christian Aid Week
All the money is now counted  and between the car boot sale, teas, envelopes and Sundae Sunday we have sent £1,185.71 to Christian Aid. A big thank you to all who helped or contributed to this total. It will go to life changing use.
Our Locum Minister
Rev. John Smith
We are delighted to announce that Rev John Smith has agreed to be our new locum. John took up his duties as from Monday 8th April and can be contacted by phone at  07710 530 193 or email at

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