Parishes of Upper Tweed
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News from the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale
New Kirk Matters Published
Kirk Matters Christmas 2023
The Christmas 2023 edition of the Church Magazine, Kirk Matters, has been delivered to houses around Upper Tweeddale.
If you haven't seen a copy then it is also published here for you to enjoy.
For news from our linked churches in the northern half of West Tweeddale you can find their newsletters published monthly on the Carlops newsletter page on the Carlops Church web site, the Newlands and Kirkurd news page on the Newlands and Kirkurd web site, or the West Linton news page on the St. Andrews West Linton Church web site.

Carlops, Newlands and Kirkurd, and West Linton Church Newsletters
Carlops
With the three churches in Upper Tweeddale (Skirling, Broughton and Tweedsmuir), now linked with the three churches in the West Linton group (St. Andrews West Linton, Carlops, and Kirkurd and Newlands) we are 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 are making our own Kirk Matters available to their community.
Their newsletters are published monthly and the previous copies are accessible via the Carlops newsletter page on the Carlops Church web site, the Newlands and Kirkurd news page on the Newlands and Kirkurd web site, or the West Linton news page on the St. Andrews West Linton Church web site.
News and newsletter pages for each church are also accessible through a panel to the right of the Kirk Matters page and also to the right of the News page.

Union of Broughton, Skirling and Tweedsmuir

On Monday 1st February 2023 the three parishes that made up Upper Tweeddale were formally united into one parish, the parish of Upper Tweeddale. Here is a film of the whole service led by Rev. Mark Nicholas (on behalf of the new Presbytery of Lothian and the Borders).


Broughton Services in the Village Hall
Starting on Sunday 8th January 2023, and continuing through the Winter months, church services scheduled to take place in Broughton Church will be held in Broughton Village Hall. Timings will be the same as normal (11.00am). As always everyone is very welcome to join us.
Services are preceded by coffee or tea and biscuits or cakes.

Music in the Sunday Service - 24th July
The full versions of the four pre-recorded pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 24th July are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 3 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    by Maranatha! Hymns
    from the album Celtic Hymns
    from the YouTube channel: IAM - ideasaboutmusic from Christopher Dawes
    by Cambridge Singers - Conductor: John Rutter
    from the album Sing, Ye Heavens - Hymns for All Time
    by The Path
    from the album The Path

Music in the Sunday Service - 22nd May
The full versions of all three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 22nd May are available through YouTube. They are listed here and you can click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 3 on Apple iTunes.
    by Saint Paul’s Parish Choir, Washington D.C.
    from the album Praise to the Holiest
    by the Alleluia, Choristers, FP Youth Singers, Te Deum, and Plymouth Choirs
    from the YouTube channel First-Plymouth Church Lincoln Nebraska
    by the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge
    from the album: Praise My Soul: Favourite Hymns from Jesus College Cambridge

Skirling Green Car Boot Sale for Christian Aid

Skirling Green Car Boot Sale 2022
Sunday 15th May saw the Skirling Green Car Boot sale held on Skirling Green for the first time in three years. Despite a few spits and spots of rain at the start, the afternoon improved and we were even blessed with some sunshine. And thanks to the dry weather there were many visitors who contributed to the fantastic total of over £1200 (stil being counted!) which will all go to Christian Aid.
Many thanks go to the organisers who put the event together, to the many willing volunteers who gave up their afternoon to help to everyone who contributed to the amazing spread of refreshments served in Skirling Village Hall, and of course to all who came along and made the event such a successful afternoon.
If you missed out there is another opportunity to support Christian Aid this coming Saturday (21st May) when there will be a coffee morning at Carlops Church from 10.30 until 12 noon. Everyone is welcome once again.



Job Opportunity
The Church of Scotland in West Tweeddale is looking for a part time assistant for their new Minister partly based in a central office in West Linton and partly working from home.
The main purpose of the job is to act as a focal point for acquiring, reviewing, and disseminating information throughout the linking of six congregations based in Broughton, Carlops, Kirkurd and Newlands, Skirling, Tweedsmuir and West Linton.
The job holder will be the main point of contact with the National Offices in Edinburgh, other external bodies, and the 6 Kirk Sessions, and will be responsible for maintaining a common directory and central resource hub for the group.
IT and administrative experience, communication skills, and a driving licence with access to a car are essential skills. Experience of Church of Scotland structures would be useful.
This is a new post and it is currently envisaged that it will involve 12 hours a week at the rate of £11 an hour with 72 hours paid holiday per annum.  It will initially be a one year fixed term contract.
Please apply to the Rev Dr Tony Foley by the 30th May.  Please provide an up to date CV and briefly explain why you are interested in the post. TFoley@churchofscotland.org.uk

Music in the Sunday Service - 1st May
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 1st May are available through YouTube. They are listed here and you can click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also but all four pieces on Apple iTunes.
    by Divine Worship (from their YouTube Channel)
    from the album The Worship Collection ( Vol-05)
    by St Michael's Singers
    from the album The Hymn Makers: There Is a Green Hill Far Away (A Selection of Easter Hymns)
    by Martin Ball, Integrity's Hosanna! Music
    from the album Come To The Throne
    by CN Productions
    from the album Beautiful Saviour (12 Instrumental Songs of Stuart Townend)

Music in the Sunday Service - 24th April
The full versions of one of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 24th April is available through YouTube. It is listed here. Click on the title to listen to it on YouTube.
1. Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
2. The Church is Wherever God's People are Praising
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Jonathan Teopilus
    from the YouTube channel: Jonathan Teopilus

West Tweeddale Parish Churches Open YouTube Channel
There is now a YouTube channel for "West Tweeddale Parish Churches". At present there are just a couple of videos on it but we will post pre-recorded version of each of the Holy Week services on this channel each night at about 6:30 PM.
If you search for "West Tweeddale" then the first couple of titles should be ours. You can also use Filters to select Channel under Type but you can also click here to go straight to the channel. If you have a Google account then you can also subscribe to the channel and this should mean that you will be notified when new videos are posted.

Music in the Sunday Service (10th April)
The full versions of two of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 10th April are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 2 on Apple iTunes.
    by Wells Cathedral Choir, Wells Cathedral School Brass Ensemble
    and Malcolm Archer, Rupert Gough
    from the album Favourite Hymns From Wells Cathedral
    by Choir of Jesus College Cambridge - director: Richard Pinel
    from the album Praise My Soul: Favourite Hymns from Jesus College Cambridge
3. Let Us Build a House
    recorded in Broughton Kirk
    September 2019

Music in the Sunday Service (3rd April)
The full versions of two of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 3rd April are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy them on Apple iTunes.
    by Fron Male Voice Choir
    from the album Voices Of The Valley: The Ultimate Collection
2. Amazing Grace
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by The London Fox Choir
    from the album: Pam Rhodes: Love So Amazing

Music in the Sunday Service (27th March)
The full versions of all three of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 27th March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2 and 3 on Apple iTunes.
    by the Choir and Congregation of First Plymouth Church accompanied by Organist Tom Trenney and the Plymouth Brass. Jeremy Bankson, Conductor.
    from the YouTube channel: First-Plymouth Church Lincoln Nebraska
    by Huddersfield Choral Society & Joseph Cullen
    from the album The Hymns Album
    by Graham Kendrick
    from the album: Very Best of Graham Kendrick

Music in the Sunday Service (20th March)
The full versions of all three of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 20th March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy all three pieces on Apple iTunes.
    by Bernadette Farrell
    from the album Christ Be Our Light
    by Robin Mark
    from the album Living the Adventure - Mandate 2007
    by the Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia
    conducted by John Rutter

Music in the Sunday Service (13th March)
The full versions of two of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 13th March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 3 on Apple iTunes.
1. Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
    played and sung by Ann Dawson
    by Graham Kendrick
    from the YouTube Channel: Divine Hymns
    from the album: The Worship Collection (Vol-09)
    by St Michael's Singers
    from the album: The Hymn Makers: Charles Wesley (Love Divine)

Music in the Sunday Service (6th March)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 6th March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2,3 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    by Cape Town Massed Choir and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
    directed by Colin Peckham
    from Cape Town City Hall on 15 Sept 2019
    by Graham Kendrick
    from the album: The Very Best of Graham Kendrick: Knowing You Jesus
    by The London Fox Choir
    from the album: Pam Rhodes: Love So Amazing
    by iSingWorship
    from the album Hymns One

World Day of Prayer 2022
This year's world day of prayer service will be held in Broughton Village Hall on Friday 4th March at 2:30 PM. Every year the service is prepared by a single country. This year however there are three countries involved: Northern Ireland, Wales and England. Refreshments will be served after the service and everyone is welcome.
Support for Ukraine
Ukraine Flag and Map
The prayer vigil for Ukraine in West Linton attracted over 100 people two weeks ago. Following on from the vigil a number of iniatives have occurred to help support refugees who are fleeing from the invasion and the countries where they are seeking refuge. The current focus is on sending money to the countries in Eastern Europe who are supporting the millions of refugees who have left Ukraine. But in addition the Government intends to establish a new ‘humanitarian support pathway’ which will enable Ukrainians who do not have family connections in the UK to be sponsored to come to the UK by local communities, charities, and businesses in the UK.
The UK Government will be announcing further details soon, but we know that the scheme is uncapped, that those who come under this scheme will be granted leave for an initial period of 12 months, and they will be able to work and access public services.
In Upper Tweeddale we are already exploring ways that the community can work together to support Ukrainian families escaping to the UK and have registered with Citizens UK to be informed when more information about the scheme is available. You can also register using the link below

But you can also help by sending money to a number of charitable appeals such as the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. The UK Government has committed to matching any DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) associated appeal, such as that of Red Cross, up to a maximum of £20 million.
The Church of Scotland is also working through its partner churches in the region and to find out just one of the ways that you can help, please read this letter from Susan Brown, comvenor of the  Faith Impact Forum.

Music in the Sunday Service (27th February)
The full versions of the first three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 27th February are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy all three pieces on Apple iTunes.
    by Divine Worship (from their YouTube Channel)
    from the album The Worship Collection ( Vol-05)
    The Orchestra Choir and Congregation of All Souls Church
    from the album: The Hymn Makers: Timothy Dudley-Smith
    by HeartCry Worship
    from the album HeartCry, Vol. 3: Here I Am to Worship

Music in the Sunday Service (20th February)
The full versions of the first three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 20th February are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 3 on Apple iTunes.
    by Wells Cathedral Choir, Wells Cathedral School Brass Ensemble
    and Malcolm Archer, Rupert Gough
    from the album Favourite Hymns From Wells Cathedral
    by the The Westminster Choir
    Garrett F. Martin, Organist and Director of Music
    from the YouTube Channel: Westminster Presbyterian Church • Buffalo
    by The Daily Service Singers
    from the album The Hymn Makers: Hymns of Discipleship
4. Let Us Build a House
    recorded in Broughton Kirk
    September 2019

Join the Lent conversation on Zoom

The Things He Did
The Zoom-based lent studies for West Tweeddale are continuing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our studies are intended to be grace spaces where you get an opportunity to explore not only the story of the crucifixion but also to talk your own understanding of the Christian faith in an unfiltered open context.
We are discussing The Things He Did on Tuesdays led by Yvonne Foley starting on 1st March and The Nail on Thursdays led by Tony Foley starting on 3rd March.
A third group which meets from 7PM to 8PM on Sunday evenings is using bible studies from the book "God With Us - Worship resources on the theme of refugees, migration and sanctuary" discussing refugees. This book is available from the Church of Scotland web site.
If you are interested, please get in touch with Tony or Yvonne Foley, or your Session Clerk and we will answer all of your questions and queries about times etc. and provide the Zoom links

The two Lent study books are The Nail - & The Things He Did. They are both by author Stephen Cottrell. Each book includes 6 stories told in the first person from the perspective of those who were there that week. You can check them out on Amazon. We will be hosting the studies / conversations on separate nights. Each study is built around one of the chapters of a book and lasts approximately 45mins. If you wish you are welcome to join us for one session just to sample what they are like. You can also drop in and out as your schedule allows or you can stick around for the ‘whole 9 yards’. These studies are designed with the hope that they will be of use to you. So why not give it a try.
The Things He Did -
The Nail –

Music in the Sunday Service (6th February)
The full versions of two of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 7th February are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 2 on Apple iTunes.
    by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square
    from the album America's Choir
    by St. Michael's Singers
    from the album The Best Hymns Album In The World… Ever!
3. Morning Has Broken
    played and sung by Anne Dawson

Music in the Sunday Service (30th January)
The full versions of all four pieces of the music included in the Sunday Service for the 30th January are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 1 on Apple iTunes.
    by Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Hereford Cathedral Choir and Worcester Cathedral Choir
    from the album: Blessed City: Hymns from Worcester
    by The Choir of St. Paul's Bloor Street, Toronto
    from the YouTube channel: StPaulsBloor
    by Huddersfield Choral Society · Joseph Cullen
    from the album The Hymns Album
    by Graham Kendrick
    from the album The Very Best of Graham Kendrick

Music in the Sunday Service (23rd January)
The full versions of all four pieces of the music included in the Sunday Service for the 23rd January are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 1 on Apple iTunes.
    by York Minster Choir
    organ, vocals: John Scott Whiteley
    conductor, vocals: Philip Moore
    author: George Herbert
    from the album Best-Loved Hymns from York Minster
    by Choir of St Saviour's Cathedral Goulburn and the Choir of Trinity College Melbourne
    organist Tom Baldwin
    director Chris Watson
    author: William Brian Foley
    from the YouTube channel: Barbara Griffin
    from the NAK concert in Cape Town
    author: Frances Haverga
    from the YouTube channel: Nivaldo Grulha
    by Matt Gooch, Craig Muirhead and Ellie N.
    author: Leith Fisher
    from the YouTube channel: Strathallan School

Music in the Sunday Service (16th January)
The full versions of all pieces of the music included in the Sunday Service for the 16th January are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy versions of pieces 1 and 2 on Apple iTunes.
    by Bernadette Farrell
    from the album Christ Be Our Light
    by Robin Mark
    from the album Living the Adventure - Mandate 2007
    from the YouTube channel: OpenmyeyesLord333

Music in the Sunday Service (9th January)
The full versions of all pieces of the music included in the Sunday Service for the 9th January are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy versions of all of the pieces on Apple iTunes.
    by the The Orchestra Choir and Congregation of All Souls Church
    from the album The Hymn Makers: Timothy Dudley-Smith (Tell Out, My Soul)
    by Quire Cleveland, conducted by Ross W. Duffin
    from the YouTube Channel: QuireCleveland
    by A.D. Miller and Commotio Chamber Choir
    from the album The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems
    by Chapel Royal Choir
    from the album: Make We Joy

Music in the Sunday Service (2nd January)
The full versions of all pieces of the music included in the Sunday Service for the 2nd January are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy versions of pieces 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 on Apple iTunes.
    by the George Fox University music department
    from the YouTube channel George Fox University
    by Quire Cleveland, conducted by Ross W. Duffin
    from the YouTube Channel: QuireCleveland
    by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    from the YouTube channel The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    by Órla Fallon
    from the album: Winter, Fire and Snow
    by Bing Crosby & David Bowie
    from the YouTube channel HolidayFavorites
    by The Suntrees Sky
    from the album Favorite Irish Christmas Carols (Instrumental Celtic Christmas Songs)

Music in the Sunday Service (26th December)
The full versions of all pieces of the music included in the Sunday Service for the 26th December are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2, 3, 4 and 5 on Apple iTunes.
    from the YouTube Channel: Emmaus Music
    by Maranatha! Hymns
    from the album Celtic Hymns
    by The Saint Michael's Singers and the Coventry Singers
    from the album The Best Christmas Carols Album In The World... Ever!
    by Wallingford Parish Church Choir
    from the album: The Hymns Album
    by Graham Kendrick
    from the album The Very Best of Graham Kendrick

Music in the Sunday Service (19th December)
The full versions of pieces 1, 3 and 4 of the music included in the Sunday Service for the 19th December are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube. Piece 2 was taken from the Church of Scotland's online music resource.
You can also buy piece 4 on Apple iTunes.
    by Susan White and Nick Springthorpe
    from the YouTube Channel: Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church
    by Scottish Festival Singers, Ian McCrorie (Conductor), John Langdon (Organ)
    from the Church of Scotland online music resource
    by 2 or More
    from the YouTube Channel Risen Music
    by Graham Kendrick
    from the album The Worship Library: Volume 2

Music in the Sunday Service - 12th December
The full versions of all of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 12th December are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2 and 3 on Apple iTunes.
    by Susan White and Nick Springthorpe
    from the YouTube Channel: Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church
    by the Choir of Chichester Cathedral
    from the album: 50 Classic Christmas Carols
    by Casey McKinley
    arranged Scot Crandal
    from the YouTube Channel Casey McKinley
    by Christian Aid Scotland Scratch Choir
    from the YouTube Channel: thisischristianaid

Music in the Sunday Service (5th December)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 5th December are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 1 on Apple iTunes.
    by Susan White and Nick Springthorpe
    from the YouTube Channel: Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church
2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    The Orchestra Choir and Congregation of All Souls Church
    from the album: The Hymn Makers: Timothy Dudley-Smith
    by Graham Kendrick
    from the album: Very Best of Graham Kendrick

Music in the Sunday Service (28th November)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 28th November are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 1 on Apple iTunes.
    by Lori True
    from the album Let This Be the Time: Songs of Transformation and Peace
    Sue McNary, mezzo-soprano soloist
    Dan Inglis, Director of Music
    First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, MA, US
    from the YouTube Channel: Dan Inglis
3. Spirit of the Living God
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Karen R. Nussbaum, soprano
    Brenna Boncosky, alto
    Bob Trautvetter, bass
    Dr. Phillip Kloeckner, Chicago Temple Organist
    Erik Nussbaum, Director of Music and the Arts
    from First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple

Music in the Sunday Service (21st November)
The full versions of all three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 21st November are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 3 on Apple iTunes.
    Laurie Struyk, piano
    Singing by the congregation of Grace Reformed Church (URCNA) Dunnville, Ontario
    from the YouTube Channel: URC Psalmody
    from the YouTube Channel: theG .co.uk.
    by the Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia
    conducted by John Rutter

Music in the Remembrance Sunday Service (14th November)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Remembrance Service for the 14th November are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 2 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    from the YouTube Channel: Westminster Covenanter
    by Érika Wood
    from the YouTube Channel: Forest Grove United Church
    from the YouTube Channel: Kirkton Church
    by The Hallé Choir
    with Rachel Nicholls
    conductor Sir Mark Elder
    from the album For the Fallen

Music in the Sunday Service (7th November)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 7th November are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 2 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    by Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Hereford Cathedral Choir and Worcester Cathedral Choir
    from the album: Blessed City: Hymns from Worcester
    by Bernadette Farrell
    from the album Christ Be Our Light
    by John Michael Talbot
    from the album The Troubadour Years

Music in the Sunday Service (31st October)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 31st October are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 2 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    by BYU Noteworthy (2016/17)
    from the album How Sweet the Sound: Songs of Inspiration
    from the YouTube Channel BYU Noteworthy
    by Nathan Pacheco
    from the album Higher
    by Billy Doze
    from the YouTube Channel: mrvideouploads1
    by The Mandate - Stuart Townend
    from the album O Church Arise (Live)

Induction of Rev. Tony Foley

On Monday 25th October Rev. Tony Foley was inducted as the new Minister of West Tweeddale into the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles. Here is a film of the whole service led by Rev. Victoria Linford (Moderator of the Presbytery) and the presentations that followed.


Music in the Sunday Service (24th October)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 24th October are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2, 3 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    from the YouTube Channel: UCG Atlanta
    by Casey McKinley
    arranged Scot Crandal
    from the YouTube Channel Casey McKinley
    by Graham Kendrick (featuring Nicki Rogers)
    from the album: Very Best of Graham Kendrick: Knowing You Jesus
    by Bob Dylan
    from the album Slow Train Coming

Music in the Sunday Service (17th October)
The full versions of all five pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 17th October are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 2, 4 and 5 on Apple iTunes and piece 1 on Amazon.
    by Maranatha! Hymns
    from the album Celtic Hymns
    by Robin Mark
    from the album Living the Adventure - Mandate 2007
    by Érika Wood
    from the YouTube Channel: Forest Grove United Church
    by Choir of King's College, Cambridge · Stephen Cleobury
    from the album Hymns from King's
    by Maranatha Music
    from the album Praise 8

Music in the Sunday Service (3rd October)
The full versions of two of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 3rd October are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2 and 3 on Apple iTunes and piece 1 on Amazon.
    by The Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral
    from the album Coronation Anthems & Hymns
    by A.D. Miller and Commotio Chamber Choir
    from the album The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems
    by the Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia
    conducted by John Rutter

Music in the Sunday Service (26th September)
The full versions of two of the three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 19th September are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 2 on Apple iTunes.
1. Will You Come and Follow Me
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    written by: John L. Bell
    from the YouTube Channel: Ruth Duck - Topic
    from the album Journeysongs Third Edition: Volume 24
    from the YouTube Channel: First-Plymouth Church Lincoln Nebraska

Music in the Sermon on the Mount Service (Part One)
The full versions of all pieces of music included in the Sunday Sermon on the Mount Service for the 19th September are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 2  on Apple iTunes.
    by John Michael Talbot
    from the album: Table of Plenty
    by Jim Hughes
    from the album Spark to a Flame
    from the YouTube Channel: Sunday 7pm Choir | Catholic and Christian Choral Music
    by Kate Pearson and Julie Morrice
    from the YouTube Channel: Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church
    by The Songs of Taize Session Singers
    from the YouTube Channel: Chet Valley Churches

Music in the Sunday Service (12th September)
The full versions of all three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 12th September are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 2  on Apple iTunes.
    by Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Hereford Cathedral Choir and Worcester Cathedral Choir
    from the album: Blessed City: Hymns from Worcester
    by Graham Kendrick
    from the album Spark to a Flame
    from the YouTube Channel: Clydebank SA Comms

Lectures from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut
On Tuesday 31st August and Thursday 2nd September Professor Peter Ford from the Near-East School of Theology – Beirut gave two excellent Zoom lectures looking at Christian – Muslim relations for participants largely from the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles. Both lectures were followed by Q & A sessions and they were recorded so that you can watch them here.The reading list that Peter refers to in his lectures can be accessed by clicking on More... below.
1. Do we worship the same God? Yes! . . . and No . . ..
The text of the chat (Q&A) was also recorded and you can view it by clicking here. The document that Peter shared during his lecture can be viewed here.
2. Are the barriers between us too high? No . . . but it takes some work . . ..
The text of the chat (Q&A) was also recorded and you can view it by clicking here. The document that Peter shared during his lecture can be viewed here.
These lectures have been supported by a donation of £300 from Melrose and Peebles Presbytery, towards the cost of running the generators at NEST for the lectures. If you would like to make a donation of support towards developing the partnership between Melrose and Peebles Presbytery and NEST please visit the NEST Partnership Just Giving page.

For the past twenty years, Peter Ford has taught Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya, then at Near East School of Theology since January 2013.
Along the way, he has published his PhD dissertation (a translation and analysis of 'Abqariyyat al-Masih) "The Genius of Christ" 

If you wish to read around the topics before the lectures Peter has sent us the following reading list to "[zero] in on readings that will hopefully be both informative and interesting, and perhaps prompting you to formulate a few questions to pose [...] during our sessions":
Session 1:
  • 1c: "The Problem of Muhammad," by Jacques Jomier (9 pages): The author was a Catholic scholar who was very involved with Christian-Muslim relations. In this chapter near the end of his book, How to Understand Islam, he reflects on whether or not Christians can refer to Muhammad as a "Prophet."
Session 2:

Music in the Sunday Service (29th August)
The full versions of all three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 29th August are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2  on Apple iTunes and piece 3 on Amazon.
    from the YouTube Channel: PipesFanatic
    by Jason Silver
    from the album Love the Psalms, Vol. 8
    by John F. Wade · Fred Kaan · Randall DeBruyn
    from the album Journeysongs Third Edition: Volume 28

Rev. Dr. Tony Foley Preaches as Sole Nominee
On 29th August the Rev. Dr. Tony Foley, preached as sole nominee for our six linked churches and the service held in Broughton was recorded. You can view it here.
The results of the vote were as follows:
FOR Electing The Reverend Dr Thomas Anthony Foley: 143 votes
AGAINST Electing The Reverend Dr Thomas Anthony Foley: 11 votes

Therefore, The Reverend Dr Thomas Anthony Foley has accordingly been elected and appointed as the new minister subject to the approval of Presbytery.


Music in the Sunday Service (22nd August)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 22nd August are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy them on Apple iTunes.
1. Morning Has Broken
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Spring Harvest
    from the album Hymn Anthems
    by Nathan Pacheco
    from the album Higher
    by The Worship Initiative
    from the album The Worship Initiative, Vol. 19 (Accompaniments)

Joint Communion Service at Old Newlands Church
On 22nd August we held a Communion Service in the graveyard area of Newlands Old Church. This was the first ever joint service of the new linking of West Tweeddale and involved the ministers from both original groups of parishes.
If you were unable to attend then you can view the service here and get a flavour of the joyous occasion that it was.

Music in the Sunday Service (15th August)
The full versions of all three of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 15th August are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy them on Apple iTunes.
    by the Cathedral Singers
    conductor John Bell
    from the album God Never Sleeps
    by Fron Male Voice Choir
    from the album Voices Of The Valley: The Ultimate Collection
    by St. Olaf Choir
    conductor: Anton Armstrong
    from the album Great Hymns of Faith, Vol. 1

Music in the Sunday Service (8th August)
The full versions of three of the four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 8th August are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the first three pieces on Apple iTunes.
    by Travis Cottrell
    from the album At the Foot of the Cross
    by Huddersfield Choral Society & Joseph Cullen
    from the album The Hymns Album
    by The London Fox Choir
    from the album Pam Rhodes: Love So Amazing
4. Will You Come and Follow Me
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    written by Graham Maule and John L. Bell

Service of Reflection for Lebanon One Year On
4th August marked the anniversary of the Beirut blast in Lebanon. As a mark of solidarity with our friends in that country, the World Mission committee of Melrose and Peebles presbytery have recorded this short service which was held in the garden of Innerleithen Church on the same day.
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You can also read about the catastrophic explosion on the BBC's web site (11th August 2020)

Music in the Sunday Service (1st August)
The full versions of four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 1st August are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 1 on Apple iTunes and pieces 3 and 5 on Amazon.
    by Choir of Jesus College Cambridge - director: Richard Pinel
    from the album Praise My Soul: Favourite Hymns from Jesus College Cambridge
2. Just As I Am
    recorded live in Skirling Church
    Hit Collective
    from the album: Celtic Songs of Praise
    by Karen R. Nussbaum, soprano
    Brenna Boncosky, alto
    Bob Trautvetter, bass
    Dr. Phillip Kloeckner, Chicago Temple Organist
    Erik Nussbaum, Director of Music and the Arts
    from First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple
    by Derek Fiechter and Brandon Fiechter
    from the album Celtic Hymn Collection

Music in the Sunday Service - 25th July
The full versions of the four pre-recorded pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 25th July are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 3 and 4 on Apple iTunes.
    by Maranatha! Hymns
    from the album Celtic Hymns
    from the YouTube channel: IAM - ideasaboutmusic from Christopher Dawes
    by Cambridge Singers - Conductor: John Rutter
    from the album Sing, Ye Heavens - Hymns for All Time
    by The Path
    from the album The Path

News from Stobo Kirk
Eddleston Voices
Our old friends at Stobo Kirk have a new News section within the site for their new linking with  Peebles Old and Eddleston, so you can find out the latest news from Stobo and Drumelzier and what's coming up by going to their news web page.
Along with their new colleagues in the other two churches they are currently organising a music and flower festival for April 2022. This will be in memory of Lorraine Mulholland who had been instrumental in the planning for the original festival which was scheduled for April 2020 but had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Upper Tweed Community Drivers
Upper Tweed Community Drivers
The Upper Tweed Community Drivers scheme has been relaunched. This is a hugely useful scheme provided by the communities of Broughton, Tweedsmuir, Skirling and Stobo. It organises subsidised transport to patients attending healthcare appointments, the transport being provided by volunteer drivers.
The scheme is available to any resident of Upper Tweeddale. Patients using the service are asked to make a donation which varies according to the length of the journey.
Volunteer drivers are needed for the scheme and becoming a volunteer driver is a great way to contribute to the Upper Tweed community without commitment.
To book a driver or to find out more contact the co-ordinator Ann Welsh by phoning 07707 998 044 or by e-mail: utcommunitydrivers@gmail.com. Please feel free to download and display this poster.

Music in the Sunday Service (18th July)
The full versions of the three pre-recorded pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 18th July are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the first two pieces on Apple iTunes.
    by Bernadette Farrell
    from the album Christ Be Our Light
    by Wallingford Parish Church Choir
    from the album: The Hymns Album
    by Jim and Jean Strathdee & friends
    from the YouTube Channel: James Bay United - Communication

Stitches for Survival
Stitches for Survival
If you knit, sew, stitch or craft will you help create a banner of climate messages to influence negotiators at COP26?
Use any green or blue fabric or thread. Make pieces 60 cm (24 ins) by 100 cm (40 ins). Make as many pieces as you wish.
1.5 miles long this will represent the 1.5°C target in the Paris agreement. After COP26 the banner will be repurposed to make blankets for refugee communities.
The contributions can be as simple or as artistic as can be 30 September closing date.
Expressions of interest to nan.buchan@hotmail.com or maryhmcelroy@outlook.com

Music in the Sunday Service (11th July)
The full versions of four of the six pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 11th July are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1, 4 and 6 on Apple iTunes.
    by Reading Phoenix Choir
    from the album Morning Song (Spirit of Iona)
2. Let Us Build a House
    recorded in Broughton Kirk (September 2019)
    Words and music Marty Haugen
3. Amazing Grace
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by John Michael Talbot
    from the album The Troubadour Years
    by Sharon Jackson recorded at Walsall Central Hall
    from the YouTube Channel: Rachel Parkinson
    by Yvonne Lyon (Satellite)
    from the album One Church, One Voice

Music in the Sunday Service (4th July)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 4th July are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 4 on Amazon.
    by Scot Crandal and the OCP Session Choir
    from the album NPM Showcase 2019
    by Knox United Church Calgary
    from the YouTube channel: KnoxCalgary
3. Will You Come and Follow Me
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Instrumental Christian Songs
    from the album Music Guitar

Donate to the Church
With limited numbers in the two of our churches that are currently open, we are facing a growing challenge to fund our services, pastoral care and support, and the maintenance of our buildings and facilities.
The Church of Scotland has 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.
If you buy from Amazon then another way of donating is through Amazon Smile. Skirling and Broughton are now registered with Amazon Smile so if you click on one of the links below and place an order then a commission will go to our churches.

Music in the Sunday Service (27th June)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 27th June are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 2 and 3 on iTunes. Pieces 1 and 4 are available on Amazon and Spotify.
    by The Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral
    from the album Coronation Anthems & Hymns
    by Nathan Pacheco
    from the album Higher
    by Nikita
    from the album Love Eternal
    by Nancy Webb and David Webb
    from the YouTube channel Webb Family Music

Looking for a New Minister
West Tweddale Parish Profile
We are excited to be seeking a new minister for our six churches.
The process is underway, and we are asking God for guidance to choose the right person.
Candidates will usually come across the vacancy through the Vacant Charges page on the Church of Scotland website. This will lead them to our Parish Profile, which is available here. The Parish Profile sets out the characteristics of our churches, points to where we want to go together and details the many qualities we would find desirable in our new minister.
General Vacancy info, including a description of the process, the details of the nominating committee and some progress updates is available on the Carlops church website here.

Music in the Sunday Service (20th June)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 20th June are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 3 on iTunes. Piece 4 is available on Amazon.
    by John Michael Talbot
    from the album The Troubadour Years
2. Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square
    from the album America's Choir
    by The O'Neill Brothers Group
    from the album Prayer & Devotion Hymns on Guitar

Music in the Sunday Service (13th June)
The full versions of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 13th June are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 4 on iTunes.
    by A.D. Miller and Commotio Chamber Choir
    from the album The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems
    from Dalgety Parish Church
    by Karen R. Nussbaum, soprano
    Brenna Boncosky, alto
    Bob Trautvetter, bass
    Dr. Phillip Kloeckner, Chicago Temple Organist
    Erik Nussbaum, Director of Music and the Arts
    from First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple
    by New Wine
    from the album Winds Of Glory (Instrumentals)

Music in the Sunday Service (6th June)
The full versions of two of all four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 6th June are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 4 on iTunes.
    by Cape Town Massed Choir and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
    directed by Colin Peckham
    from Cape Town City Hall on 15 Sept 2019
    by Reading Phoenix Choir
    from the album: Song of Iona (A Celtic Celebration)
    by The Mandate - Stuart Townend
    from the album O Church Arise (Live)
    by iSingWorship
    from the album Hymns One

Music in the Sunday Service (30th May)
The full versions of two of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 30th May are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 4 on iTunes.
    from Trinity Church, Gosforth
    from the YouTube channel: opatriamia
2. O Breath of God
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
3. Womb of Life
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by The Worship Zone
    from the album Hymns 5

Music in the Sunday Service (23rd May)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 23rd May are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube. Piece number 1 is available on the Church of Scotland's Church Hymnary pages.
You can also buy piece 4 on iTunes.
1. Like Fireworks in the Night
    by St Magnus Festival Chorus, Glenys Hughes (Conductor), Jean Leonard (Piano)
    author: Ian Masson Fraser
    by Robert Wicker
    from the YouTube Channel Robert Wicker
    author: Carl P. Daw
    from Emu Music
    © Trevor Hodge, 2009, CCLI Song Number: 5439290
    author: Elizabeth Ann Porter Head
    by Celtic Expressions Musicians
    from the album: Breath of Life: Celtic Expressions of Worship, Volume 3

Music in the Sunday Service (16th May)
The full versions of three of the four pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 16th May are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy all three of these pieces on iTunes.
    by A.D. Miller and Commotio Chamber Choir
    from the album The Oxford Book of Easy Flexible Anthems
2. Have You Heard The Raindrops?
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    author: Christian Strover
    by The London Fox Choir
    from the album: Pam Rhodes: Love So Amazing
    by John Keys
    from the album: Ultimate Hymn Organ Accompaniments, Vol. 22

Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid
The climate emergency is one of the greatest injustices we face. Together we stop this climate crisis.This year's Christian Aid week is focussing on the Climate Crisis. You can find out more about the appeal by visiting the Christian Aid web site.
Normally at this time of year a number of events raise money for Christian Aid, notably the Skirling Green car boot sale. Unfortunately this year these cannot take place but as always envelopes for donations have been distributed to all houses in our parishes. If you wish to donate please put your donation in the envelope and drop the envelope in at the Broughton Village Store, in Skirling Village Hall, at Skirling Church, or give it to any of the church elders in your area. 
Thank you for all of your generous donations.

Music in the Sunday Service (9th May)
The full versions of the third piece of music included in the Sunday Service for the 9th May is available through YouTube. It is listed here. Click on the title to listen.
You can also buy this piece on iTunes.
1. Here is the Place, Now is the Time
    organist Lesley Craise
    author: Shirley Erena Murray
2. Come and Find the Quiet Centre
    organist Lesley Craise
    author: Shirley Erena Murray
    by the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge
    from the album: Praise My Soul: Favourite Hymns from Jesus College Cambridge
4. Prelude in E Flat by J.S. Bach
    played Lesley Craise

Music in the Sunday Service (2nd May)
The full versions of all pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 2nd May are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the first three pieces on iTunes.
    by Jason Silver
    from the album Love the Psalms – Vol. 7
    by John Rutter, The Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia
    from the album Be Thou My Vision - Sacred Music
    by Graham Kendrick (featuring Nicki Rogers)
    from the album: Very Best of Graham Kendrick: Knowing You Jesus
    by The Sweet

Music in the Sunday Service (25th April)
The full versions of three of the four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 25th April are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 1 on iTunes.
    by The London Fox Choir
    from the album Pam Rhodes: Love So Amazing
    by Arion Male Voice Choir
    from the YouTube Channel: Fave Hymns
3. Crimond
    played by Lesley Craise
    by Sharon Jackson recorded at Walsall Central Hall
    from the YouTube Channel: Rachel Parkinson

Music in the Sunday Service (18th April)
The full versions of three of the four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 18th April are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 3 on iTunes.
    by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge
    from the album 100 Best British Classics
2. Will You Come and Follow Me ... ?
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    by Saint Michael's Singers
    from the album The Hymn Makers: Charles Wesley (Love Divine)
    from the YouTube Channel: Walk by Faith Music

Music in the Sunday Service (11th April)
The full versions of three of the four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 31st April are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy piece 2 on iTunes.
    from the YouTube Channel: drolas94
    by Nickel Creek
    from the album: Why Should the Fire Die?
3. The Church is Wherever God's People are Praising
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    from the YouTube Channel: First Pres Church - Bay City MI

Easter Egg Rolling at Tweedsmuir

Decorated Easter Eggs - Tweedsmuir 2021
The Easter tradition of rolling decorated boiled eggs down hills has been passed down through the generations with many remembering their granny boiled eggs in onion skins to get deep colours, drawing wax pictures or tying string around the eggs and waiting to see what creation would appear.  
Now you are able to buy special egg dyes, and use a variety of pens and paints - and apparently nail varnish - good luck trying to crack that egg!   The rolling of the egg is  symbolic of the rolling away of the rock from Jesus Christ's tomb before his resurrection. 
Tweedsmuir has kept up the tradition, decorating eggs during the Easter service and (before coffee and cake)  rolling the eggs down the steep slopes at the Kirk.   Under Covid restrictions, other hills have been sourced but the tradition  of decorating and rolling eggs continues through the generations. Happy Easter.
Christine Parker
Tweedsmuir Kirk

Music in the Sunday Service (28th March)
The full versions of all four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 28th March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy pieces 1 and 2 on iTunes.
    by Jubilate!
    from the album: Hymns of Our Faith, Vol. 4
    by the Choir of Wells Cathedral
    from the album: The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the North, Rejoice
    by the DYC Choir
    from the YouTube Channel: DYC Choir
    by Logos Symphony Orchestra
    at the Moody Church in Chicago, IL

Music in the Sunday Service (21st March)
The full versions of all four of the pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 21st March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
    from the YouTube Channel: spywi
    by Sojourn Music
    from the album: New Again
    by Steve Winwood
    from the YouTube Channel: Steve Winwood
    by Khrisha J Blackwell
    from the YouTube Channel: Khrisha J Blackwell

Vigil for Syria - 15th March 2021
Vigil for Syria
A vigil for Syria will be held on Monday 15th March at 5PM. This will mark ten years of the Syrian conflict as a public expression of solidarity with the Syrian people and Syrian refugees around the world.
The vigil is being organised by Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, Edinburgh City Mission and Mustard Seed Edinburgh, and it will last 40 minutes. Please register online if you wish to participate.
To view or download a flyer please click here.

Music in the Sunday Service (14th March)
The full versions of four of the five pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 14th March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
Pieces 1 and 4 are also available to buy on iTunes while piece 5 is available on Amazon.
    by The Psalms Sung
    from the YouTube Channel: The Psalms Sung
    by Community Congregational Church Virtual Choir
    from the YouTube Channel: CCC Church
3. I'll Hide God's Word Inside My Heart
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    Original version: Peter and Hanneke Jacobs
    by Wallingford Parish Church Choir
    from the album: The Hymns Album
    by Classical Praise Musicians
    from the album: You Are Crowned - Classical Praise Strings

Personal Memories of the Parishes of Upper Tweed

Minister's Walk at Stobo
by Jane Gilham, Session Clerk of Stobo Kirk
Personal Memories of the Parishes of Upper Tweed
Fellowship, Friendship, Fun and Food
On 4th June 2016, a group of around 20 or so members of the congregations of Parishes of Upper Tweeddale and their families and friends gathered at Tweedsmuir Kirk at the start of a 23 mile walk through the four parishes. The walk which had been organised to celebrate the retirement of Bob Milne, our minister, proved to be a celebration of our fellowship as a church community, as we enjoyed each other’s company and the wonderful hospitality our congregations have always offered, but it was also an appreciation of our churches and their places within the landscape.
Each church and church community has its very own character. Over the years I (and I am sure many others in our congregations) have come to appreciate and to love each one. Each church evokes different memories and now that the Parish of Stobo and Drumelzier is leaving the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale to join a new linking with Eddleston and Peebles Old, it seems like a good time to remember each parish as I recall our route from Tweedsmuir to Skirling in June 2016.
First Stop – Tweedsmuir Kirk. Bacon sandwiches in the village hall to set us up for the day.
Tweedsmuir Kirk holds the Church picnic in June each year. In the past, I recall that this was often held in the old school. This has now become the ‘café style’ service, which is remarkable for its ice cream with an amazing array of toppings. The Christmas Eve candlelit service in Tweedsmuir Kirk is a perfect start to the Christmas celebrations. When attending Sunday worship as a member of the worship workshop, I remember a very young Robert Parker, taking the offering. After the service coffee was always an opportunity to chat, I recall enjoying this so much that I would sometimes forget that I had to leave time to make the journey to Stobo.
Second Stop – Drumelzier Kirk. Lunch break in the Village Hall.
When I have managed to get to a service at Drumelzier Kirk before anyone else, I have always been struck by the complete silence in the building. The church is lovingly cared for by Julian and Rosalind Birchall, who in addition to doing regular cleaning and checking of the building, also prepare the church for the services. The annual lambing service has usually involved the inclusion of real or (cuddly) toy lambs. Another Christmas highlight in Parishes of Upper Tweed is the Candlelit service in Drumelzier Kirk.
Third Stop – Stobo Kirk. A rest in the porch before tackling the John Buchan Way.
When I moved to Peebles 13 years ago, it was the friendly atmosphere that I found in Stobo Kirk and particularly the encouragement and friendship I received from Rosemary Hall which helped me make the decision to join the congregation. Recently members of the congregation at Stobo have started a community coffee morning and this has created more opportunities to get to know people. Stobo Kirk has a long history reaching back to before the 12th century and I have the sense of being part of a congregation who have worshipped there for many hundreds of years. The Christmas Day services usually attract over 100 people including many young children and, as my own children are grown up now, it is lovely to see the youngsters arriving clutching their presents.
Fourth Stop – Broughton Kirk. Afternoon Tea at Pat Middlemas’s house.
To be honest we didn’t actually walk to Broughton Kirk as we felt that on a journey of 23 miles, this was a step too far. Instead, we stopped for a photo opportunity outside Broughton Old Parish Church on the Drove Road to Skirling.
Broughton Kirk is special to me because this is the church that I attended when we first moved to the area and my children went to Sunday school there. I remember being greeted by Mr Fox the first time I arrived at the door on a Sunday morning. I helped out with the Holiday Club in Broughton village hall (I think I had at least as much fun as the children) and the Cool Club in its very early days. I remember attending Watch Night services and the joint New Year Service including Souper Sunday and I have enjoyed its most recent version in the relaxed environment of the Village Hall.
Fifth Stop - Skirling Kirk. Supper in the Village Hall.
The congregation at Skirling Kirk have their pre-service socialising with coffee and cakes before the service takes place, so as a member of the worship workshop, I soon learned to arrive nice and early so I could take part in this. I also remember how Betty and Jessie Eastland would take such good care of me, the drinking water provided was always ‘luxury’ flavoured bottled water, none of your ordinary tap water!
I associate Skirling Kirk with the Christian Aid Car boot sale and teas in the Village Hall. This event gives everyone in our church community an opportunity to make some kind of contribution. Bringing your own car boot, helping on the Christian Aid stand, baking or serving refreshments in the village hall or just being there on the day – this is a real church and local community effort and a great way to raise money for Christian Aid too.
The Parish of Stobo and Drumelzier has now moved to a new linking with the Parishes of Eddleston and Peebles Old while the remainder of Parishes of Upper Tweed are also preparing to move to their own new linking. I am sure that there is much that we will all miss but there will also be new challenges and exciting opportunities. However, I am certain that we will manage to maintain some of our connections and shared experiences as we move to the next stage of our individual stories.

Citation to Attend Presbytery
FROM THE PRESBYTERY OF MELROSE AND PEEBLES
TO BROUGHTON, GLENHOLM AND KILBUCHO, SKIRLING, TWEEDSMUIR, CARLOPS, KIRKURD AND NEWLANDS AND WEST LINTON: ST ANDREW’S PARISH CHURCHES
CITATION TO ATTEND MEETING OF PRESBYTERY ON 23 MARCH 2021 BY ZOOM
TO BE READ TO THE CONGREGATIONS AT MORNING WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS 14 AND 21 MARCH 2021 OR OTHERWISE CIRCULATED TO OR MADE KNOWN TO THE CONGREGATIONS BEFORE THE PRESBYTERY MEETING ON 23 MARCH 2021.
At a special meeting of Presbytery to be held on Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 7pm by ZOOM, the Presbytery Planning Implementation Committee is expected to report that the Basis of Linking of Broughton, Glenholm and Kilbucho, Skirling, Tweedsmuir, Carlops, Kirkurd and Newlands and West Linton: St Andrew’s has received concurrence from the Presbytery Planning Task Group of the Church of Scotland. Assuming such concurrence has been received, Presbytery will also be invited to set a date from which the linking will take effect. An appeal against a decision of Presbytery to implement the Basis of Linking can only be raised during the Presbytery meeting, by a Kirk Session or member of the Presbytery, and only on certain procedural grounds.
The congregations are hereby cited to attend the above meeting of Presbytery for their own interest. This means that any member of one of the congregations may attend the meeting of Presbytery and may speak (but not vote) on the proposed Presbytery implementation of the Basis of Linking.
If you would like to attend, the ZOOM invitation link can be obtained from your Session Clerk or Interim Moderator. It would be helpful if the Session Clerk or Interim Moderator could let the Presbytery Clerk know the names of those planning to attend to ensure that the ZOOM system allows admittance to the meeting.
Rev Victoria Linford
Clerk to the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles
9 March 2021

Stobo and Drumelzier - A New Linking
Inside Stobo Kirk
On 2nd March 2021, the Parish of Stobo and Drumelzier left Parishes of Upper Tweeddale and became part of a new linking with Eddleston Church and Peebles Old. 

While we look forward to our new linking with anticipation and excitement, we are also sad to be leaving our friends in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale. 

Strong links have been built between our congregations over the past 30 or so years since the creation of the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale and it is hard to imagine that these links and the memories that accompany them will simply disappear.  We hope that as we move into the future, while our respective relationships may change, we will find new ways to create links between our congregations.


Music in the Sunday Service (7th March)
The full versions of five of the seven pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 7th March are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
    by Keith Lancaster & The Acappella Company
    from the album: Only God: A Cappella Worship
2. Listening to the Voices from Vanuatu
    played and sung by Anne Dawson
    Adapted from a hymn written by WDP Vanuatu
    Hit Collective
    from the album: Celtic Songs of Praise
    by Reading Phoenix Choir
    from the album: Song of Iona (A Celtic Celebration)
5. Let Us Build a House
    recorded in Broughton Kirk (September 2019)
    Words and music Marty Haugen
    by The Choir of the Abbey School, Tewkesbury
    by The Celtic Expressions
    from the album: Celtic Expressions - Instrumental Worship