Parish of Upper Tweeddale
3 congregations working as one
Worship Workshop
 

Worship Workshop

Our congregations are very supportive of our worship workshop which  is central in ensuring that worship  takes place in all 3 of our Upper Tweeddale churches each week and in the rest of our sister churches in West Tweeddale.

In the early 1980ís our then Minister the Rev. Ian Rennie realised that we would  have our Assistant Minister, Tom Howat, for only 5 years,  and that if we were to continue to have worship in each of our (at that time) four churches every Sunday, something had to be done.  Ian got together with a dozen or so committed members of the congregations and started the worship workshop.  The then twice monthly evening services in Drumelzier Kirk were used as the training ground and, when the parishes  lost the Assistant Minister in 1986, the worship workshop was up and running. The members were able to provide cover for the two churches each week where the Minister was not preaching.

This arrangement has been running without a break for nearly forty years with members  retiring  and new ones joining.  Our last original member, John Burnett an elder in Broughton Kirk, stepped down at the end of June 2017 to a well earned retirement.  The group meets regularly to support each other and to draw up the preaching schedule.   Both Rev Rachel Dobie and Rev Bob Milne advised and taught the members during their ministry with us.

Now that we are part of the linkage of West Tweeddale parishes our worship team has expanded to include worship leaders from Kirkurd and Newlands, St. Andrew's West Linton and Carlops. The current preaching rota for West Tweeddale as a whole can be accessed here.