Parishes of Upper Tweed
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News from the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale
Church notices for Sunday 12th August 2018
It might be the middle of summer but we are already making plans for the autumn edition of Kirk Matters which is due out at the beginning of September. The deadline for articles to be sent to Isobel Hunter is Friday 17th August.
 
Our visitors from Malawi  arrived on Friday for what is going to be a full programme in the Presbytery.Sadly the visitors from Lebanon had to pull out at the last moment due to illness with the other person unwilling to make the long journey by herself. We are still hopeful that they might join later in the visit.  The first public event of the visit is a service of welcome followed by a fellowship supper in Earlston Church tonight (12th August) at  6pm. Everyone is welcome to come. If you would like or can offer transport, please contact Fiona (830408).
 
Geoffrey Matias, one of the vistors and whom the Presbytery has funded through a Midwifery course, will be with us in Skirling church on Sunday 26th August for a joint service with Skirling and Broughton.   His home church, Namadidi is partnered with Upper Tweeddale. After the service, there will be a simple soup and sandwich lunch served in Skirling Hall so you can meet Geoffrey and have a chat with him. Please note, there will be services in Tweedsmuir and Stobo that day but not in Broughton.
 
On Sunday evening 26th August, there will be a farewell service and party for our visitors before they return home the next day. This will be held in Innerleithen church at 6pm and will be your last chance to meet and hear from our visitors. Everyone is invited to attend what should be a very colourful occasion.

Church notices for Sunday 5th August 2018
It might be the middle of summer but we are already making plans for the autumn edition of Kirk Matters which is due out at the beginning of September. The deadline for articles to be sent to Isobel Hunter is Friday 17th August.
 
Our visitors from Malawi and Lebanon are due to arrive on Friday for what is going to be a full programme in the Presbytery The first public event of the visit is a service of welcome followed by a fellowship supper in Earlston Church on Sunday 12th August at  6pm. Everyone is welcome to come. If you would like or can offer transport, please contact Fiona (830408).
 
Geoffrey Matias, one of the vistors and whom the Presbytery has funded through a Midwifery course, will be with us in Skirling church on Sunday 26th August for a joint service with Skirling and Broughton.   His home church, Namadidi is partnered with Upper Tweeddale. After the service, there will be a simple soup and sandwich lunch served in Skirling Hall so you can meet Geoffrey and have a chat with him. Please not, there will be services in Tweedsmuir and Stobo that day but not in Broughton.
 
On Sunday evening 26th August, there will be a farewell service and party for our visitors before they return home the next day. This will be held in Innerleithen church at 6pm and will be your last chance to meet and hear from our visitors. Everyone is invited to attend what should be a very colourful ooccasion.

Church notices for Sunday 29th July 2018
The Worship Workshop will meet tonight (29th July) 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.
 
It might be the middle of summer but we are already making plans for the autumn edition of Kirk Matters which is due out at the beginning of September. The deadline for articles to be sent to Isobel Hunter is Friday 17th August.
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery  is progressing well. The first public event of the visit is a service of welcome followed by a fellowship supper in Earlston Church on Sunday 12th August at  6pm. Everyone is welcome to come. If you would like or can offer transport, please contact Fiona (830408). Geoffrey Matias, one of the vistors and whom the \presbytery has funded through a Midwifery course, will be with us in Skirling church on Sunday 26th August. His home church, Namadidi is partnered with Upper Tweeddale and we hope to organise a lunch for him after the service so everyone can come and meet him. More details to follow.

Church notices for Sunday 22nd July 2018
The Worship Workshop will meet next Sunday (29th July) 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.
 
It might be the middle of summer but we are already making plans for the autumn edition of Kirk Matters which is due out at the beginning of September. The deadline for articles to be sent to Isobel Hunter is Friday 17th August.
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery in August took a step forward this week with the Malawians finally getting their visas, the Lebanese having got them a few weeks ago. The first public event of the visit is a service of welcome followed by a fellowship supper in Earlston Church on Sunday 12th August at  6pm. If you are thinking of going and would like transport, please contact Fiona (830408). Geoffrey Matias, one of the vistors and whom the \presbytery has funded through a Midwifery course, will be with us in Skirling church on Sunday 26th August. His home church, Namadidi is partnered with Upper Tweeddale and we hope to organise a lunch for him after the service so everyone can come and meet him. More details to follow.
 

Church notices for Sunday 15th July 2018
The holiday season is upon us so not so many events to announce. If, whilst on holiday you happen to visit another church, we'd be interested to hear about your experience and anything you think we should be considering doing in our parishes.
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery in August is well under way. If you would like to get involved by either hosting one of the visitors or volunteering as a driver during the visit (10th - 27th August) please contact Fiona on 830408. Also if you have a redundant, but in good condition smartphone that you would be willing to donate to one of our visitors, Fiona would be pleased to receive it.

Church notices for Sunday 8th July 2018
The holiday season is upon us so not so many events to announce. If, whilst on holiday you happen to visit another church, we'd be interested to hear about your experience and anything you think we should be considering doing in our parishes.
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery in August is well under way. If you would like to get involved by either hosting one of the visitors or volunteering as a driver during the visit (10th - 27th August) please contact Fiona on 830408. Also if you have a redundant, but in good condition smartphone that you would be willing to donate to one of our visitors, Fiona would be pleased to receive it.
 

Church notices for Sunday 1st July 2018
The holiday season is upon us so not so many events to announce. If, whilst on holiday you happen to visit another church, we'd be interested to hear about your experience and anything you think we should be considering doing in our parishes.
 
There was a large turnout for the Presbytery meeting on Tuesday, thank you to all who helped in the logistics and refreshments. Apart from ourselves who were given permission to call before the Presbytery Plan was suspended and Carlops, Kirkurd & Newland and West Linton who have had an Interiom minister appointed for 2 years, every other vacant charge in the Presbytery has had the vacancy process suspended until decisions are made about a future Presbytery Plan. This could take a year or so to get a plan agreed worrying a lot of people,  we are all asked to pray for our sister congregations. Also if you have any ideas as to how you think the future shape of the Presbytery shoud be, speak to your Session Clerk who will forward on your ideas.
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery in August is well under way. If you would like to get involved by either hosting one of the visitors or volunteering as a driver during the visit (10th - 27th August) please contact Fiona on 830408. Also if you have a redundant, but in good condition smartphone that you would be willing to donate to one of our visitors, Fiona would be pleased to receive it.
 

Thanks from Lebanon

At the end of May at the service celebrating 50 years of women in ministry with the Church of Scotland the collection was given to Rev Rola Sleiman from the Presbytarian Church of Lebanon and Syria in Tripoli to use as she saw fit within her church.

That church is doing a lot of great work to help and support the Syrian refugee community in their area. We have received the following message from Rola:

"Hope you are doing well. I will attach to you pictures of the games we bought from the money that was offered to me during the evening service. I bought one babyfoot and a football Goal. I wish you extend my greetings and thankfulness to the church members and everyone who was generous in giving and offering.May God bless them all. Kids were really excited and happy"

The pictures are surely evidence of what a difference having access to games and sports equipment makes to the young refuguees in northern Lebanon.

Church notices for Sunday 24th June 2018
Congratulations to Janet Hunter who has won 2nd prize in the Guild Convener's challenge this year. The challenge was to design a cushion along the theme of  "One Journey, many roads" which is the Guild theme for the next 3 years. We  took the idea of the maps that we produced for the future focus course we did a few years ago and Janet produced a map of the Upper Tweed area. There were 27 cushions that made it through to the national final and the first prize went to Lewis with Edinburgh third. The cushions will be on display at the Guild Annual Gathering in Dundee on 1st September and plans are afoot to make sure Janet can attend. Later in the year we'll send it round the churches for you to have a look at it.
 
The Presbytery are having their June meeting in Broughton Church on Tuesday 26th June starting at 7pm. Once a year they visit one of he churches in the Presbytery and this is the turn of Broughton. Presbytery meetings are always open to anyone interested but this is a special invitation to one being held in our parishes. We're also being cited to attend as per the edict read out today. Refreshments will be served
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery in August is well under way. There is a meeting on Thursday 28th June from 6pm in Innerleithern church for anyone who would like to get involved in the visit. For more information contact Fiona on 830408. Please also pray for our Malawian visitors who are having their inverviews for visas on Monday.

Sundae Sunday

A Sundae Sunday sundae!
On Sunday 10th June about forty people from around the parishes gathered at Tweedsmuir Village Hall for a united Sundae Sunday service followed by ice cream and a wonderful range of sauces and toppings.

The focus of the service was on the plight of displaced people, a theme often repeated in the Bible (the reading was the story of Ruth) and sadly far too relevant today. According to UNHCR the world "is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record" with over 65 million people having been forced from their homes, over 22 million of whom are refugees, over half of whom are under 18 years old.

The service raised a further 305 to be added to the funds being sent to Christian Aid following Christian Aid Week and the Skirling Green car boot sale.

There were suggestions that ice cream should be a part of every service!

Polytunnel for Broughton Primary School

Clearing the Ground for the Broughton Primary School Polytunnel
On Tuesday 5th June a very small team of very small people ably assisted by Finlay Smith, Lynn Smith and Christine Parker made the first steps towards erecting a brand new polytunnel for Broughton Primary School. The Parishes of Upper Tweeddale have funded the purchase of this tunnel through last year's Harvest Supper and collections during Christmas services and other events.

This work cleared the ground ready for the polytunnel's installation. The polytunnel will make it possible to teach children at the school about horticulture and plant biology in a practical way.

Service of Celebration for 50 Years of Women in Ministry
Rev Rola Sleiman, Rev Rachel Dobie, Rev Nancy Norman, Very Rev Dr Sheilagh Kesting, Mrs Jane Gillham
To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the ordination of women as Ministers in the Church of Scotland Sunday 27th May saw a special and inspiring service in Drumelzier Church. The service was lead by the Very Rev  Dr Sheilagh Kestings, one of just four women to have held the post of Moderator of the General Assembly. She is also connected with Drumelzier Church in that her grand-father was a previous Minister of Drumelzier.

Dr Kesting had chosen four hymns written by Kathy Galloway, Bernadette Farrell, Shirley Erena Murray and June Boyce-Tillman. The singing was loud and beautiful bolstered by a congregation approaching fifty strong.

Prayers and readings were read by three women with connections to this part of Tweeddale: Rev Nancy Norman, Mrs Jane Gillham and Rev Rachel Dobie, and we were blessed with the presence of Rev Rola Sleiman from the Presbytarian Church of Lebanon and Syria who read the second reading

A retiring collection raised a fantastic 270 which has gone to Rev Sleiman's church in Tripoli where they are doing amazing work to help and support the Syrian refugee community in their area. 

Many thanks go to Ros Kerr and Jane Gillham who were responsible for the tea and cakes in Drumelzier Village Hall after the service, and to Julian Birchall for making it all happen.

Skirling Green Car Boot Sale for Christian Aid

Skirling Green Car Boot Sale
After a week of beautiful sunny weather, the clouds rolled across on Sunday but the rain stayed away and the change in the weather didn't deter the many visitors to the Skirling Green Car Boot Sale to raise money for Christian Aid.

There were more than 30 car boots surrounding the green and the tea room served nearly 170 teas. Many thanks go to the many willing volunteers who gave up their afternoon to help and to the many people who contributed to the amazing spread of refreshments served in Skirling Village Hall.

So much was raised that the money is still being counted but the figure will be published here when we have it to hand.

Lambing Service

Lambing Service - Tony and a couple of hecklers
The annual lambing service was held on Sunday 13th May at Broughton Kirk. Tony Foley lead the service highlighting the difficulties that farmers in Upper Tweeddale have been facing this year with the particularly severe late Winter weather. And he emphasized our appreciation for the amazing hard work that our farmers and shepherds put in with so little reward, and also the blessings that we all share of living and working in such a beautiful part of the world.

Two lambs kindly brought along by Lynn and Finlay Smith added their voices to the singing and the prayers but appeared to fall asleep during (and despite) Tony's thoughtful and entertaining sermon!

The service was well attended with people coming from as far as Peebles and even one from New Zealand! Together they contributed 150 to go to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI). After the service they all tucked into rereshments and some scrumptious cake provided by Ros Kerr.

Thanks go to everyone who came along to participate in such a special event in our calendar and who supported such a worthy cause.

Tweedsmuir Kirk Cushion Re-upholstered
Tweedsmuir Kirk's New Pulpit Cushion
The cushion in Tweedsmuir Kirk's has recently been re-upholstered and is now back in place in the pulpit awaiting the installation of a new Minister.

The cushion used to be very threadbare, was lumpy and torn with horse hair protruding. Maura Glatt, a member of the congregation, took on the challenge and skilfully reupholstered the  cushion in it's new plush cover, chosen to match the pulpit surround.

All Age Worship - Food for the Soul

Tony Welcomes Everyone
On Sunday 29th April we held the first of a series of monthly 'family' services in Broughton village's 'small hall'. These gatherings are designed for people of all ages and aim to contain something a little different from the regular Sunday morning services held in the four churches of Upper Tweeddale. This one had a lively mix of modern music accompanied by videos projected onto the big screen, Bible based stories and prayer followed by a pizza supper.

Fiona told the story of the Hidden Treasure in her own words, Peter read the story of the Good Samaritan from the Bible with projected words and pictures, and Tony lead a short discussion about the meaning behind the Good Samaritan, everyone having the opportinity to to get involved.

Pizza and salad and a variety of cakes were served immediately after the service. The next one is scheduled for Sunday 3rd June at 4:30. Whatever your background, wherever you are visiting from and regardless of whether you attend or have ever attended church in the past you will be made very welcome.

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Beetle and Pizza Drive

Beetle and Pizza Drive - April 2018
A whole host of weird and wonderful beetles appeared in Broughton village hall on Sunday evening (22nd April) where the young and young at heart gathered for a beetle drive in aid of the Guild's projects and activities.

Some  of those playing revealed a previously hidden talent for drawing beetles, others discovered an uncanny knack for throwing the right number on the dice at the right time, while the rest of us simply had great fun and tucked into the pizza and cakes.

Prizes were awarded to four talented artists for the best drawn beetles (not an easy one to judge!) while Mary Smith walked away with the prize for winning the competition as a whole amid much muttering about the laws of probability and weighted dice! There was a well supported raffle too and the whole thing raised over 150. Many thanks to all who came along and helped to make the evening such a success.

Easter Around the Parish

On a day for all seasons, Easter Sunday saw well attended services at all of the parishes churches. Starting in the snow at Glenholm with the annual mini-service in the cemetary followed by a breakfast of bacon rolls (and egg rolls too), hot cross buns in Glenholm Cottage, the sun later came out upon services in Broughton, Stobo and Skirling and Tweedsmuir. At the latter it was warm enough for coffee outside followed by Easter egg rolling.

 
Coming Soon...
Guild Meetings Resume - Broughton Village Hall
Wednesday  19 September 2018