Parishes of Upper Tweed
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News from the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale
Church notices for Sunday 8th September 2019
Thank you to all who came to the Presbytery Communion Service on Tuesday. It was good to see all 4 parishes represented. There have been lots of messages of appreciation not only for the warmth of the welcome but also the content of the service.
 
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Broughton and Skirling churches  next Sunday,15th September at the normal service times.
 
Advance warning that the new session of the Guild starts on Wednesday  18th September. We welcome members old and new to join us in Broughton Village Hall at 2:30 pm. However, ahead of our first meeting, Guilds together in Tweeddale (new name for Melrose and Peebles Presbyterian Council) are having their Autumn meeting in Innerleithen Church on Tuesday 10th September at 2:30pm. Tom Burnham, representing the World Mission Council will be talking about the Guild project 'Empowering teenage mothers in Zambia'. If you would like to go to this meeting, please let either Pat (830366) or Fiona (830408) know.
 
On Friday 20th September David Binns will give an illustrated talk on his travels in Northern India followed by supper in Drumelzier Village Hall. The talk, entitled The Regal and The Remote, will begin at 7.00pm. Tickets £12.50 (children under 13 £8.00) to include two course supper and a glass of wine from birchall.oldmanse@gmail.com,tel 01899 830319; mob 07768 660670 or Ann Welsh, tel: 07901 688062.

A Guild of Three Grandmothers

Janet Ann Roan
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.

Janet Ann Roan was born in 1887 in the parish of Dunscore in Dumfriesshire.  Her Woman’s Guild membership card shows that she joined in 1899, only twelve years after its inception.  In 1904 she married my grandfather Andrew Hunter and they set up home in a shepherd’s cottage in the wilds of Eskdalemuir where she gave birth to seven children.  Tragically Janet died in the Spanish ‘flu epidemic of 1918 aged just forty years.

Following Janet’s death, my mother Margaret, at the age of fourteen, took on the task of bringing up this large family, the youngest being only fifteen months old at the time.   It wasn’t until 1929 that Margaret left the family home when she married my father.  I was born in 1933 and given my grandmother’s name.  A long time member of the Guild, my mother was active until her death at the age of ninety-four.

I am now eighty-six, a grandmother to seven and great grandmother to a further seven and am a proud member of The Upper Tweeddale Guild Along with others, I recently received the Long Service Certificate.

Three grandmothers over three generations have demonstrated their dedication and commitment to the Woman’s Guild, (now The Guild) for one hundred and twenty years, something of which I am extremely proud.  Janet Hunter


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.

Church notices for Sunday 4th August 2019
You are invited to the Community Coffee morning at Stobo Village Hall on Saturday 10th August from 10.30 to 12.00. All proceeds will go to the Peeblesshire Foodbank.
 
Talks are ongoing about the possible future relationships between Upper Tweeddale and its neighbouring congregations. As a result all elders in Upper Tweeddale are invited to a pot luck lunch in the MacFarlane Hall (behind Peebles Old Parish Church) at 1.30 PM on Sunday 25th August. This will be followed by a presentation and discussion about linking with the Old Parish Church and Eddleston. For further details and instructions about what to bring for the lunch please speak to your session clerk.
 
Fiona Burnett says thank you very much for all your kind messages and prayers. She's now back at home and trying to behave.

Church notices for Sunday 28th July 2019
It is with great sadness that we report that Digby Welch died on 23rd July. He had been Session Clerk at Tweedsmuir Kirk for several years and his warmth and friendship lit up our community. His funeral will be held this coming Friday (2nd August) at 3 PM in Tweedsmuir Kirk.
 
The Schoolhouse Garden in Skirling will be open this afternoon as part of the Scotland's Garden Scheme. All proceeds go to Skirling Village Hall and the three charities supported by SGS.
 
The next Skirling Lunch Club will be in Skirling Village Hall this Thursday 1st August at 12:00.
 

Church notices for Sunday 21st July 2019

Church notices for Sunday 14th July 2019
There will be no listening hour this Monday, 15th July.
 
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Steve Marr. The cremation will be held at the Borders Crematorium, Melrose at 1PM on Monday, 15th July.

Church notices for Sunday 7th July 2019
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Tweedsmuir and Stobo Churches on Sunday 14th July at the normal service times.
 
The Garden at The Old Manse in Drumelzier is open today from 2.00 to 5.00 for the first time for three years. There will be Cream Teas in the Village Hall and the usual Plant Stall of plants grown in the garden.  Entry is £4 with children free and dogs welcome on a lead.  Proceeds will be divided between Stobo and Drumelzier Church, the John Buchan Story in Peebles and Scotland's Gardens Scheme Charities.

Church notices for Sunday 30th June 2019
The Worship Workshop meets tonight (30th June) in Glenholm Cottage at 7:30pm. Everyone  is welcome to come along and join the discussion for worship in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale in the forthcoming months.
 
Broughton Primary School will be holding their end of term service in Broughton Church tomorrow, Monday 1st July, at 11am. If you are free, please come along to support them.
 
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Broughton and Skirling churches  next Sunday,7th July and in Tweedsmuir and Stobo Churches on Sunday 14th July  at the normal service times.
 
The Garden at The Old Manse in Drumelzier will be open next  Sunday, 7th July from 2.00 to 5.00 for the first time for three years. There will be Cream Teas in the Village Hall and the usual Plant Stall of plants grown in the garden.  Entry is £4 with children free and dogs welcome on a lead.  Proceeds will be divided between Stobo and Drumelzier Church, the John Buchan Story in Peebles and Scotland's Gardens Scheme Charities.
 
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 hank you to all who helped or contributed to this total, it will go to life changing use.

Church notices for Sunday 9th June 2019
Guild members please note, the Guild Summer Rally in Newlands Church is on Tuesday 11th June starting at 1pm with a picnic (bring your own sandwiches, tea and cakes will be provided). Transport will leave Broughton Village Hall carpark at 12:30 and if you would now like to go please contact Pat (830366) or Fiona (830408) so we can arrange spaces in cars.
 
Next Sunday (16th June)  we will be having a  Sundae Sunday Joint Service   in Tweedsmuir Hall at  11am. Once again  ice cream will feature and the offering will be going to Christian Aid. Please note that there will be no other services in any of the other churches that day.
 
Next Sunday (16th June) we will be presenting a Long Service Certificate to John Burnett at the Joint Service. John has been an elder for 57 years firstly in Banff and then Broughton. During that time he has been Sunday School Superintendent in both churches, Treasurer in Broughton and Parishes of Upper Tweeddale and a founding member of the Worship Workshop. We hope he is not retiring but has many more years of service to give. Please come along and join the celebration and if you see him before Sunday, please don't say anything as we'd like it to be a surprise.
 

Church notices for Sunday 2th June 2019
 Elders please note, the GKS  meets in Tweedsmuir Hall tomorrow, Monday 3rd June at 7:30pm. Minutes have been emailed. If you are not on email please make sure you collect the minutes from your email buddy.
 
Guild members please note, the Guild Summer Rally in Newlands Church is on Tuesday 11th June starting at 1pm with a picnic (bring your own sandwiches, tea and cakes will be provided). Transport will leave Broughton Village Hall carpark at 12:30 and if you would now like to go please contact Pat (830366) or Fiona (830408) so we can arrange spaces in cars.
 
Advance notice that we will  be holding another  Sundae Sunday Joint Service on Sunday 16th June in Tweedsmuir Hall at  11am. Once again  ice cream will feature and the offering will be going to Christian Aid. Please note that there will be no other services in any of the other churches that day.
 

Church notices for Sunday 19th May 2019
Thank you to all who supported the annual Christian Aid Car Boot Sale last Sunday. For once we were blessed with good weather which brought out the crowds, and made for a busy time in the hall selling teas. A final tally of the amount raised will be given next week
 
As you have probably realised, this is Chritian Aid Week. If you would like to donate to this very worthwhile charity, you will find envelopes in all the churches. Please take one for a friend or neighbour too. Please return them to the church, preferably next week.
 
The General Assembly started yesterday (Saturday, 18th May). This year there are some important  debates coming up which will very likely have a direct impact on our parishes. The 'Radical Action Plan' looks at the future shape of the church and the 'Special Commission Report' deals more with infrastructure. Both reports are online ( visit churchofscotland.org.uk), both quite long but worth having a look at as it will affect us. Please keep the commissioners and staff in your prayers as they deliberate on the future direction  of our church
 

Church notices for Sunday 12th May 2019
The annual Christian Aid Car Boot Sale will be held on Skirling Village Green this afternoon, 12th May, starting at 1:30pm. Come and spend all your 'pocket money', pick up some bargains, have an afternoon tea with home baking, catch up with friends and .…..help support a very worthwhile charity.
 
The General Assembly starts next Saturday, 18th May. This year there are some important  debates coming up which will very likely have a direct impact on our parishes. The 'Radical Action Plan' looks at the future shape of the church and the 'Special Commission Report' deals more with infrastructure. Both reports are online ( visit churchofscotland.org.uk), both quite long but worth having a look at as it will affect us. Please keep the commissioners and staff in your prayers as they prepare for next week.
 
 

Guild Outing to the Kelpies of Falkirk

The Restaurant at the Kelpies Visitor Centre
On 8th May a small group from Upper Tweeddale Guild braved the inclement weather and set off in three cars to visit the Kelpies in Falkirk. Despite the wet weather everyone enjoyed a fascinating talk about the Kelpies and how they came to be designed and constructed under the guidance of Scottish sculptor Andy Scott. On the way home they stopped off for a fine supper at the Craigie Hotel in Penicuik.



Church notices for Sunday 21st April 2019
Happy Easter to everyone. Thank you to all who supported the services during Holy Week, they were reasonably well attended and hopefully gave some meaning to events of Holy Week.
 
Just a reminder that the weekly listening hour at the Laurel Bank tearoom has resumed at 10:30am  on Mondays with our new locum John Smith.

Church notices for Sunday 14th April 2019
 Services for Holy Week

Monday      15th April,  Tweedsmuir Church
Tuesday      16th April    Drumelzier Church
Wednesday 17th April    Broughton Church
Thursday     18th April    Stobo Church
Friday          19th April   Skirling Church
 
All services will start at 7pm and should last no longer than 30 minutes.  This year we are following the events as told in St John's gospel starting at chapter 12.  Each service is stand alone but we encourage you to come to as many of the services as possible as we journey round the parishes, hearing afresh the Easter story.
 
On Easter morning, 21st April, there will be a service at 8am  in Glenholm Kirkyard followed by breakfast in Glenholm Cottage.  There will also be an egg hunt after the service so please encourage your friends, neighbours and visitors to join us in celebrating Christ risen. All churches will have Easter services at the normal times that day.
 
The weekly listening hour at the Laurel Bank tearoom has resumed at 10:30am  on Mondays with our new locum John Smith.  However, there will be no listening hour tomorrow due to John having a prior engagement. They will resume on Monday 22nd April.

Church notices for Sunday 7th April 2019
We are delighted to announce that Rev John Smith has agreed to be our new locum. John takes up his duties as from tomorrow and can be contacted by phone at  07710 530 193 or email at midmarjohn@gmail.com.
 
Thank you to all who have contributed to the donations been sent to Zomba Presbytery via Bob Milne. To date £457:50 has been sent and Bob reports that the money has been put to immediate use to help affected families. Longer term, we may be asked to help with support to families that have lost their maize crop and therefore their food supply but we will await further information from Bob.  In the meantime, please keep our friends in Zomba presbytery in your thoughts and prayers
 
Holy week is nearly upon us and, as usual we will be holding services in each of the churches throughout the week with our 'pilgrimage round the parishes', starting in Tweedsmuir church on Monday 15th April at 7pm. This year we will be following the story as told in John's gospel and we invite everyone to come to as many of the services as possible.
 
The weekly listening hour at the Laurel Bank tearoom will resume tomorrow at 10:30am with our new locum. Please note that the weekly sessions will now be on Monday until further notice. Please come along and say hello to John.

Holy Week Services
Monday 15th April - Walk in the Light - 7 to 7.30 pm at Tweedsmuir Church
Tuesday 16th April - The True Vine - 7 to 7.30 pm Drumelzier Church
Wednesday 17th April - The Hour is Coming - 7 to 7.30 pm Broughton Church
Maundy Thursday 18th April - Arresting Prayer - 7 to 7.30 pm Stobo Church
Good Friday 19th April - An Innocent Man - 7 to 7.30 pm Skirling Church

Easter Sunday 21st April - Love Wins - 8 am Glenholm Churchyard outdoor service with hidden eggs to hunt followed by breakfast in Glenholm cottage.

Easter services at usual times in all 4 churches.

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 midmarjohn@gmail.com.

Church notices for Sunday 31st March 2019
We are delighted to announce that Rev John Smith has agreed to be our new locum. John takes up his duties as from tomorrow and can be contacted by phone at  07710 530 193 or email at midmarjohn@gmail.com.
 
The Worship Workshop meets tonight , 31st March in Glenholm Cottage at 7pm. Everyone  is welcome to come along and join the discussion and plans for worship in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale in the forthcoming months.
 
The sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Broughton and Skirling churches next Sunday,7th April at the normal church times.
 
As many people know, Rex Bob Milne is at present volunteering at the Zomba Theological College, Malawi. Zomba Presbytery is partnered with our own Melrose and Peebles Presbytery. Southern Malawi has been affected by the recent Cyclone Idai and although not by the same scale as the damage caused in Mozambique, Bob has sent an urgent request for help for those affected in the Presbytery. There will therefore be a retiral offering after the services this morning for our sister Presbytery in Zomba. If you would like to follow his blog, click on the following address cofswmc.wordpress.com

Church notices for Sunday 24th March 2019
Thank you to all who supported the Guild Quiz night on Friday. It was very well attended and we managed to raise £437 which after expenses, will be sent to Guild Headquarters for Seema's project. This is helping to build a home for abandoned children in Pune, India.
 
This year the Lent Studies are on a series of films called The God Question. In six half hour episodes, world renowned contributors from both sides of the science/God debate unpack the evidence found in the Cosmos, Life and Evolution and the hidden depths of Mind and Consciousness. The films are very watchable and lead to some lively discussion. The third and final session will be on Thursday 28th March in Broughton Village Hall starting at 7:00pm.
 
The sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Broughton and Skirling churches on Sunday,7th April at the normal church times.
 
As many people know, Rex Bob Milne is at present volunteering at the Zomba Theological College, Malawi. Zomba Presbytery is partnered with our own Melrose and Peebles Presbytery. Southern Malawi has been affected by the recent Cyclone Idai and although not by the same scale as the damage caused in Mozambique, Bob has sent an urgent request for help for those affected in the Presbytery. There will therefore be a retiral offering after the services this morning for our sister Presbytery in Zomba. If you would like to follow his blog, click on the following address cofswmc.wordpress.com

Quiz Night
Parishes of Upper Tweed Guild Quiz Night
A big thank you to all who came along to support the Guild quiz night on Friday. It was wonderfully well attended and we managed to raise £437 which after expenses, will be sent to Guild Headquarters for Seema's project. This is helping to build a home for abandoned children in Pune, India.

Church notices for Sunday 17th March 2019
Please note that the Annual Stated Meeting for Skirling Church will be held after the service on Sunday 24th March.
 
This year the Lent Studies are on a series of films called The God Question. In six half hour episodes, world renowned contributors from both sides of the science/God debate unpack the evidence found in the Cosmos, Life and Evolution and the hidden depths of Mind and Consciousness. The films are very watchable and lead to some lively discussion. The next session will be on Thursday 21st March in Broughton Village Hall starting at 7:00pm.
 
The Guild AGM will take place on Wednesday 20th March at 2:30 in Broughton Village Hall, followed by Afternoon Tea. You are invited to come along and hear what we've been up to in the past year.
 
The Guild are organising a Quiz Night on Friday 22nd March in Broughton Village Hall starting at 7pm. This year the Guild Project we are supporting is raising money to help build a home for abandoned street children in Pune, India. The charge is £20  per table of 4 and includes a sandwich supper at half time. An extra 10 points will go to each table which has one or more person under 16.  Tables can be booked by contacting Fiona on 830408 or fiona@glenholm.co.uk. Come and join the fun! If you can't make up a team, come along on the night and we'll make a team for you.
 

Church notices for Sunday 10th March 2019
Please note that the Annual Stated Meeting for Broughton Church will be held after this service, and for Skirling Church on Sunday 24th March.
 
 This year the Lent Studies are going to be based  on a series of films called The God Question. In six half hour episodes, world renowned contributors from both sides of the science/God debate unpack the evidence found in the Cosmos, Life and Evolution and the hidden depths of Mind and Consciousness. The films are very watchable and should lead to some lively discussion. The first session will be on Thursday 14th March in Broughton Village Hall starting at 7:00pm.
 
The Guild AGM will take place on Wednesday 20th March at 2:30 in Broughton Village Hall, followed by Afternoon Tea. You are invited to come along and hear what we've been up to in the past year.
 
The Guild are organising a Quiz Night on Friday 22nd March in Broughton Village Hall starting at 7pm. This year the Guild Project we are supporting is raising money to help build a home for abandoned street children in Pune, India. The charge is £20  per table of 4 and includes a sandwich supper at half time. An extra 10 points will go to each table which has one or more person under 16.  Tables can be booked by contacting Fiona on 830408 or fiona@glenholm.co.uk. Come and join the fun! If you can't make up a team, come along on the night and we'll make a team for you.
 

Church notices for Sunday 3rd March 2019
Please note that the Annual Stated Meeting for Tweedsmuir Church will be held after this service, for Broughton church on Sunday 10th March and Skirling church on Sunday 17th March.
 
Thank you to all who came and supported the World Day of Prayer service on Friday. The sum of £105.90 will be sent to the organisers for the work in Slovenia.
 
The Worship Workshop will be meeting this evening (3rd March) in Skirling House at 7:30pm. Everyone  is welcome to come along and join in the discussion and plans for worship in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale in the forthcoming months.
 
Tomorrow evening, Monday 4th March, the Joint Kirk Session is inviting everyone in our congregations to an  'Invitation Sunday' presentation. More details as promised in the 'Window on the World' article and pancakes will feature in the evening. We've also invited our neighbours from Carlops, Newlands and West Linton churches to join us. Come along to what is sure to be an interesting and enjoyable evening starting at 7:30pm in Broughton Village Hall.
 
The Guild are organising a Quiz Night on Friday 22nd March in Broughton Village Hall starting at 7pm. This year the Guild Project we are supporting is raising money to help build a home for abandoned street children in Pune, India. The charge is £20  per table of 4 and includes a sandwich supper at half time. An extra 10 points will go to each table which has one or more person under 16.  Tables can be booked by contacting Fiona on 830408 or fiona@glenholm.co.uk. Come and join the fun!
 
The Treasurer's report for Broughton Church  is available for collection from the Church today. Please remember to bring it with you for the ABM next week.
 

Church notices for Sunday 24th February 2019
This year's World Day of Prayer service in Upper Tweeddale will be held on Friday 1st March starting at 2pm. This year the service has been put together by the women of Slovenia and after the service refreshments with a Slovenian theme will be served. Please come and join us for this service.
 
The sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Tweedsmuir and Stobo churches next Sunday,3rd March at the normal church times.
 
Please note that the Annual Stated Meeting for Tweedsmuir Church will be held on Sunday 3rd March and for Broughton church on Sunday 10th March, both after the normal services. Dates for Stobo and Skirling will be intimated as soon as I'm informed.
  
A date for your diary, on Monday 4th March the Joint Kirk Session is inviting everyone in our congregations to an  'Invitation Sunday' presentation. More details as promised in the 'Window on the World' article and pancakes will feature in the evening. We've also invited our neighbours from Carlops, Newlands and West Linton churches to join us. Come along to what is sure to be an interesting and enjoyable evening starting at 7:30pm in Broughton Village Hall.  

Church notices for Sunday 10th February 2019
The Guild meets on Wednesday 20th February in Broughton Village Hall starting at 2:30pm. This month, Rev Pamela Strachan will be talking about her recent study tour to Lebanon. We've invited Newlands Guild to join with us for the afternoon and we encourage anyone interested in hearing more about Lebanon to come along.

Church notices for Sunday 27th January 2019
The Worship Workshop will be meeting this evening (27th January) in Glenholm Cottage at 7:30pm. Everyone  is welcome to come along and join in the discussion and plans for worship in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale in the forthcoming months.
 
The following email has come in from Jo Glover,Practice Team Leader, Action For Children, Scottish Borders. She writes:-

A huge thank you to you for delivering the gifts and can you extend our heartfelt thanks to all the parishioners of the Churches of Upper Tweeddale again for their generosity and kindness in thinking of the Young Carers Service at Action for Children and for donating the lovely gifts as well as £735 in vouchers. We were able to drop off the vouchers and the gifts to 73 children/young people and families who were extremely grateful. Here are some of the things they said, some were captured before and some after Christmas:

• Thanks for the Boots gift voucher that was really nice of the lovely people who gave you them. Not used it yet,  I’ll probably buy some bath bombs and have a soak in the bath. Young person aged 15
• I was able to get some annuals from WH Smith so I gave my brother a book for his Christmas. Young person aged 10.
• Thanks for the Tesco vouchers, I hope you don’t mind I had to buy food for Christmas as I couldn’t afford Christmas dinner. Parent
• I loved getting the letter with a voucher in it, tell the people who donated them I said thanks. Young person aged 13
• I bought a jumper. Thanks to all the people who donated the vouchers, awesome! Young person aged 11
• I’m grateful for the presents, thanks a lot. Young person aged 12
• The gloves and scarf will be good for walking the dog. Young person aged 16   
• Thanks a lot. Lots of young people and parents said ‘thanks a lot’
 
Kind regards,  Jo

Church notices for Sunday 20th January 2019
The Cyrenians have sent us a thank you for the money we sent recently.  Liston Walker, their fundraising assistant writes "This Christmas Cyrenians made sure people in this part of the country had access to food, company and warmth in the following ways
-providing food for over 20,000 Christmas meals
-emergency food parcels to get people through the holiday
-500 Christmas hampers distributed to individuals in most need
-50 individuals experienced a family Christmas in our residential communities
From everyone here we thank you and wish you all the best for 2019.
 
Please note that the General Kirk Session has decided to cancel Haggis Sunday this year. It was felt that with us relying more on pulpit supply and the worship workshop to lead worship at this time, it was perhaps one event too many at the moment. We hope to resurrect it next year and apologies to all those who were looking forward to their haggis lunch.

Church notices for Sunday 13th January 2019
 The next meeting of the Guild will be held this Wednesday, 16th January at 2:30pm in Broughton Village Hall. The speaker this month will be Dr Tony Foley who will be talking about his life in Taiwan and we welcome new and old members to the first meeting of the new year.
 
CrossReach have sent us a thank you for the money we sent recently. Rebecca Tennant, the Community and Events Officer writes " Thank you so much for joining in and making a positive impact with us. Here at CrossReach, we deliver services in Jesus's name. Our services, covering the areas of Adult Care Services, Services to Older People and Children and Family Services are a vital support to many vulnerable people across Scotland. Your donation enables us to make immediate positive impacts on the lives of those we are working with."
 
Please note that the General Kirk Session has decided to cancel Haggis Sunday this year. It was felt that with us relying more on pulpit supply and the worship workshop to lead worship at this time, it was perhaps one event too many at the moment. We hope to resurrect it next year and apologies to all those who were looking forward to their haggis lunch.

Church notices for Sunday 6th January 2019
Elders please note that the General Kirk Session will meet in Broughton Church tomorrow (Monday 7th January) at 7:30pm.  As usual, anyone is welcome to attend.
 
The sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Tweedsmuir and Stobo churches next Sunday, 13th January at the normal church times.
 
The next meeting of the Guild will be held on Wednesday 16th Junuary at 2:30pm in Broughton Village Hall. The speaker this month will be Dr Yvonne Foley and we welcome new and old members to the first meeting of the new year.

Church notices for Sunday 30th December 2018
As usual, the people of Upper Tweeddale have excelled themselves in their Christmas donations at the various events in the past few weeks. We managed to raise £1325.18 which will be split between CrossReach and the Cyrenians. Thank you to all who contributed.
 
Elders please note that the General Kirk Session will meet in Broughton Church on Monday 7th January at 7:30pm. Minutes have been sent via email and email buddies should be delivering those to non email users.

Church notices for Sunday 16th December 2018
It's nearly Christmas so lots of things going on in the parishes.
 
On Thursday 20th December, you are invited to an evening of carol singing, mince pies, mulled wine and more in Skirling Village Hall from  6:30-8:30pm. A fun evening, not to be missed. Please note there will not be an advent discussion this week.
 
On Friday 21st December, join the school at their end of term service in Broughton Church starting at 9:30am. Come and support our local school community as they break up for the holidays.
 
On Sunday 23rd December, a traditional candlelit service of carols and readings will take place in Drumelzier church starting at 6:30pm to which you are all invited. Just the ticket to get you in the festive mood.  Please remember to bring a torch to light your way there and back to your car.
 
On Monday 24th December, join us in Tweedsmuir Church  for a Christmas eve service starting at 6:30pm. Come and hear the christmas story, sing carols and join in the excitement and anticipation of Christmas morning.  Again, please remember to bring a torch.
 
On Christmas day there will be a family service in Stobo Church starting at 11am and led by Rev Nancy Norman. Please bring your toys to show Nancy.  There will be carols aplenty to sing as we celebrate the happy morn, the birth of the Christ child.
 
This year all the collections from the Christmas services will be split between CrossReach, which is the Church of Scotland's social care council and Cyrenians, a Scottish charity helping the homeless and vulnerable in Edinburgh and South East Scotland.

Margaret Ellis
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Mrs Margaret Ellis on Wednesday 5th December. Margaret was an elder at Tweedsmuir for many years.

A private service and interment in Tweedsmuir cemetery will be held on Friday 14th December followed by a service of thanksgiving in Broughton church at 11:30 to which all are invited.

Mary Midgley
Mary Midgley's family is sad to announce that she died peacefully on 23 November 2018.  A service of thanksgiving is being held at Ettington Parish Church, Warwickshire on Wednesday 12 December 2018.  Mary was the last surviving child of Professor Thomas and Martha Elliott who built Broughton Place.
Christmas Craft Fair
Thank you to all who supported the Christmas Craft Fair on Friday 7th December and in particular supported the Guild raffle. We managed to raise £245 for Guild funds.
 
At the fair the Guild were also selling notelets depicting the cushion design which won 2nd prize in a national competition, thanks to the exceptional needlework of Janet Hunter. These are still on sale in packs of 6, priced £5. Please contact Fiona (830408) if you wish to purchase some. All proceeds are for Guild funds

Church notices for Sunday 9th December 2018
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Mrs Margaret Ellis on Wednesday 5th December. Margaret was an elder at Tweedsmuir for many years. A private service and interment in Tweedsmuir cemetery will be held on Friday 14th December followed by a service of thanksgiving in Broughton church at 11:30 to which all are invited.  
 
Due to family issues, Rev Ann Purdie has had to step down from the locumship in Upper Tweeeddale in the meantime. Please keep Ann and her family in your prayers during this difficult period. Whilst we have no locum, anyone requiring the services of a minster should contact our Interim Moderator, Rev Calum Macdougall on 01721 720568.
 
The advent discussion group will meet again on Thursday13th December at 7:30 in Skirling Village Hall. Copies of the book are available in each of the churches or by phoning John Burnett on 830303. This week we'll be looking at days1-4 of week 2, a time for patience  and welcome everyone interested to join us as we prepare for the Christmas season.
  
Christmas Craft Fair  Thank you to all who supported the evening and in particular supported the Guild raffle. We managed to raise £245 for Guild funds.
 
As reported earlier in the year, Upper Tweeddale Guild won 2nd prize in a national competition, thanks to the exceptional needlework of Janet Hunter. The picture has now been turned into notelets which are on sale in packs of 6, priced £5. Please contact Fiona (830408) if you wish to purchase some. All proceeds are for Guild funds
 
Gift Services are being held  today in each of our churches. This year we are again supporting two charities. Warm clothing and toys will go to Edinburgh The Old Kirk and Muirhouse to be distributed in the West Pilton area of Edinburgh. Gift vouchers are particularly appreciated for young people supported by the Borders Young Carers Trust which enable the young carers to choose their own gift.
 

Church notices for Sunday 2th December 2018
The Worship Workshop willl be meeting this evening (2nd December) in Skirling House at 7pm. Everyone  is welcome to come along and join in the discussion and plans for worship in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale in the forthcoming months.
 
The advent discussion group will meet again on Thursday 6th November at 7:30 in Skirling Village Hall. Copies of the book are available in each of the churches or by phoning John Burnett on 830303. This week we'll be looking at days 4-7 of week 1, a time for thanksgiving  and welcome everyone interested to join us as we prepare for the Christmas season.
 
Skirling Lunch Club Christmas Lunch – Thursday 6th December 12.30pm, Skirling Village Hall The Fifth Annual Christmas Lunch, home-cooked turkey with all the trimmings followed by Christmas Pudding or Trifle. Just £3.50 for adults, £2.00 for children under 11 years or donation. Good food, good fun, good value, let Sheila know if you plan to come along kirkbrae@btinternet.com or 01899 860 287.
  
Christmas Craft Fair – Friday 7th December 6.30 to 8.30pm Broughton Village Hall. The evening starts at 6pm with switching on of the Christmas Lights at the school, followed by the garage and then the village hall. Come along and browse the craft stalls, have a go at the tombola, enjoy a hot drink and visit Santa’s Grotto, The Guild will also be there with a hamper raffle. Entrance by donation.
  
Gift Services   will be held  in each of our churches next Sunday, December 9th. A chance to gift something to those who have little at Christmas. Gifts for all ages welcome, unwrapped please, Separate wrapping paper is a bonus. This year we are again supporting two charities. Warm clothing and toys will go to Edinburgh The Old Kirk and Muirhouse to be distributed in the ----West Pilton area of Edinburgh. Gift vouchers are particularly appreciated for young people supported by the Borders Young Carers Trust which enable the young carers to choose their own gift.

Church notices for Sunday 25th November 2018
The advent discussion group will be having its first meeting on Thursday 29th November at 7:30 in Skirliing Village Hall. This year we will be looking at Tom Wright's book Advent for Everyone, A journey with the Apostles. Copies of the book are available in each of the churches or by phoning John Burnett on 830303. We'll be discussing week 1 a time for thanksgiving  and welcome everyone interested to join us as we prepare for the Christmas season.
 
The  Biggar Singers Christmas Concert is on Saturday 1st December in St Mary's hall, North Back Road at 7.30pm.   Tickets £10 at the door, which includes wine and nibbles after the concert.
 
Christmas Craft Fair – Friday 7th December 6.30 to 8.30pm Broughton Village Hall. The evening starts at 6pm with switching on of the Christmas Lights at the school, followed by the garage and then the village hall. Come along and browse the craft stalls, have a go at the tombola, enjoy a hot drink and visit Santa’s Grotto, entrance by donation.
 
Skirling Lunch Club Christmas Lunch – Thursday 6th December 12.30pm, Skirling Village Hall The Fifth Annual Christmas Lunch, home-cooked Turkey with all the trimmings followed by Christmas Pudding or Trifle. Just £3.50 for adults, £2.00 for children under 11 years or donation.. Good food, good fun, good value, let Sheila know if you plan to come along kirkbrae@btinternet.com or 01899 860 287.
 
Gift Services   will be held  in each of our churches on Sunday December 9th. A chance to gift something to those who have little at Christmas. Gifts for all ages welcome, unwrapped please, Separate wrapping paper is a bonus. This year we are again supporting two charities. Warm clothing and toys will go to Edinburgh The Old Kirk and Muirhouse to be distributed in the ----West Pilton area of Edinburgh. Gift vouchers are particularly appreciated for young people supported by the Borders Young Carers Trust which enable the young carers to choose their own gift.
 
Rev Ann Purdie has been appointed our new locum as of 19th November and we are very grateful to her for agreeing to do this. Ann can be reached be phoning, 01899 880274, email revannpurdie@btopenworld.com
 
Please note that Holy Communion will be celebrated in Broughton and Skirling churches next Sunday (2nd December) at the usual service times.

Church notices for Sunday 18th November 2018
This afternoon (18th November) you are invited to a congregational lunch followed by a talk by Sir Hew Strachan on the 1st World War  in Drumelzier Village Hall. Lunch will be served at 1pm and at 3:30pm we will move to Drumelzier church for a Service of Remembrance.  
 
The Guild meets on Wednesday 21st November at 2:30 in Broughton Village Hall. This month our speaker will be Rev Ann Purdie and you will be made very welcome in joining  us for the afternoon. Members please remember to bring along items for the Christmas Craft fair hamper.
 
The advent discussion group will be having its first meeting on Thursday 28th November at 7:30 in Skirliing Village Hall. This year we will be looking at Tom Wright's book Advent for Everyone, A journey with the Apostles. Copies of the book are available in each of the churches or by phoning John Burnett on 830303. We'll be discussing week 1 a time for thanksgiving  and welcome everyone interested to join us as we prepare for the Christmas season.
 
 Advance notice of Biggar Singers Christmas Concert on Saturday 1st December in St Mary's Hall, North Back Road at 7.30pm.   Tickets £10 at the door, which includes wine and nibbles after the concert.
 
Congratulations to the now Rev Dr Tony Foley who gained his PhD this week from Aberdeen University. Also a sad farewell to Tony as he leaves us today to start a 9 month familiarisation period in Peebles Old Parish Church. This is following on from his acceptance as a church of Scotland minister. Tony, we thank you for the tremendous work you have undertaken as our locum in the past 18+ months and wish you God's blessings on your future work.----
 
Rev Ann Purdie has been appointed our new locum as of 19th November and we are very grateful to her for agreeing to do this. Ann we hope you find your time as our locum both a joy and a blessing.
 
 

Church Notices for Sunday 11th November

This afternoon, 11th November there is to be a short Act of Reconciliation and Thanksgiving for Peace at the site of First World War German Prisoner of War Camp on the Dawyck Estate. Please  meet at Stobo Village Hall at 2:30pm from where we will walk to the site.  Stout footwear should be worn. The ceremony at the site will last about 15 minutes and then all attending are invited to return to Stobo Village Hall where refreshments will be served.

 

Next Sunday (18th Nov) you are invited to a congregational lunch followed by a talk by Sir Hew Strachan on the 1st World War  n Drumelzier Village Hall. Lunch will be served at1pm and at 3:30pm we will move to Drumelzier church for a Service of Remembrance. Please invite your friends and neighbours to come along and please let your Session Clerk know who is coming for the catering.   

 

The next issue of Kirk Matters is planned to be ready for distribution by the beginning of December. The deadline for articles is Monday 19th November and should be sent to Fiona (fiona@glenholm.co.uk, tel 830408) as Isobel is on holiday.

 

Advance notice of Biggar Singers Christmas Concert is on Saturday 1st December in St Mary's Hall, North Back Road at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 at the door, which includes wine and nibbles after the     concert.

 

 And finally...Please keep Tony in your prayers this week. He is   defending his PhD thesis on Thursday.

 


Church notices for Sunday 4th November 2018
Elders please note that the GKS will meet tomorrow (Monday 5th November) in Skirling Village Hall at 7:30pm.
 
Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday  Services and Acts of Remembrance  will take place in all four churches at the usual times. In addition, the UK Government is inviting all congregations to join the nation in marking the end of the First World War by ringing church bells  at 12.30pm on Sunday 11 November to coincide with the nation’s tribute as thousands march past the Cenotaph in London.  
 
On Sunday afternoon, 11th November there is to be a short Act of Reconciliation and Thanksgiving for Peace at the site of First World War German Prisoner of War Camp on the Dawyck Estate. meet at Stobo Village Hall from where we will walk to the site. Stout footwear should be worn. The ceremony at the site will last about 15 minutes and then all attending are invited to return to Stobo Village Hall where refreshments will be served.
 
You are invited to a congregational lunch followed by a talk by Sir Hew Strachan on the 1st World War on Sunday 18th November in Drumelzier Village Hall. Lunch will be served at1pm and at 3:30pm we will move to Drumelzier church for a Service of Remembrance. Please invite your friends and neighbours to come along and please let your Session Clerk know who is coming for the catering.
 
The next issue of Kirk Matters is planned to be ready for distribution by the beginning of December. The deadline for articles is Monday 19th November and should be sent to Fiona ( fiona@glenholm.co.uk, tel 830408) as Isobel is on holiday.

Church notices for Sunday 28th October 2018
Betty and Jessie Eastland would like to convey their many sincere thanks for the cheque which they received last Sunday and which was a big surprise. They say "We hope you enjoyed the service with so many from the Upper Tweeddale congregations coming together making for great singing - wonderful!"
 
Pat Middlemas would like to thank everyone who came or donated to her annual coffee morning in aid of Macmillan on Friday.  She managed to raise the grand sum of £1031.80
 
The Worship Workshop meets tonight in Glenholm Cottage at 7:30pm. Everyone  is welcome to come along and join in the discussion and plans for worship in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale in the forthcoming months.
 
Elders please note that the next meeting of the GKS will be held in Skirling Village Hall on Monday 5th November starting at 7:30pm.
 
You are invited to a congregational lunch followed by a talk by Sir Hew Strachan on the 1st World War on Sunday 18th November in Drumelzier Village Hall. Lunch will be served at1pm and at 3:30pm we will move to Drumelzier church for a Service of Remembrance. Please invite your friends and neighbours to come along and please let your Session Clerk know who is coming for the catering.   
 
The next issue of Kirk Matters is planned to be ready for distribution by the beginning of December. The deadline for articles is Monday 19th November and should be sent to Fiona ( fiona@glenholm.co.uk, tel 830408) as Isobel is on holiday next month.
 
 
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Church notices for Sunday 7th October 2018
Thank you to all who supported the harvest supper last week. From the reports received, a good night was had by all and £326 has been sent to the RSABI.
 
You are invited to a talk entitled From Scotland to Jerusalem followed by Supper in Drumelzier Village Hall on Friday 19th October at 6:30pm. Tickets (adults £10, under 13's £8) can be obtained from either the Birchalls (830319) or Campbells (01721 760252).
 
On Sunday 21st October, there will be a joint service in Skirling Church at 11am followed by a lunch in Skirling Village hall. This is to celebrate the retirement of Betty and Jessie Eastland from active eldership in Skirling church after 42 years of service.  All are welcome to come and celebrate with us. Please note, there will be no services in the other churches.
 
You are invited to an afternoon conference  on the Middle East. followed by a service of prayer for peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine. This has been organised by the Presbytery at the request of the General Assembly to learn more about the church's involvement in the Middle East.  The date is Wednesday the 24th October, the venue is Innerleithen church and the  programme starts at 2:30pm.

Church notices for Sunday 30th September 2018
You are invited to a talk entitled From Scotland to Jerusalem followed by Supper in Drumelzier Village Hall on Friday 19th October at 6:30pm. Tickets (adults £10, under 13's £8) can be obtained from either the Birchalls (830319) or Campbells (01721 760252).
 
You are invited to an afternoon conference  on the Middle East. followed by a service of prayer for peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine. This has been organised by the Presbytery at the request of the General Assembly to learn more about the church's involvement in the Middle East. The speakers will be Rev Grant Barclay who spent many months in Israel making a film about the Balfour declaration, Rev Ian Cunningham, former Convener of World Mission Council and Val Brown from Christian Aid. The date is Wednesday the 24th October, the venue is Innerleithen church and the  programme starts at 2:30pm.

Harvest Supper

Tony Washing Up (The Proof!)
The Harvest Supper held on 29th September was a huge success. Musical entertainment was provided by John (accordion) and Rebecca (violin) from Biggar, playing together for the first time, and by Strumash, the excellent ukulele band from Peebles.

With quizes (relevent to the occasion) and a hearty supper provided by Bob and Isobel Hunter and Fiona Burnett there was food for mind and body, and the event raised £326 for the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institute.

Many thanks go to the wonderful musicians who gave their time to keep us all entertained, to Bob, Isobel and Fiona who spent hours in the kitchen preparing the food, to Tony Foley for compèring (and doing the washing up), to all who came along and made the evening a success, and especially to those who generously contributed the apples and plums from their gardens which were turned into apple and plum crumbles.

 
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Skirling Lunch Club
Thursday  03 October 2019