Parishes of Upper Tweed
4 congregations working as one
Sunday Service - 2nd August
Order of Service
1 Introduction and Call (Linda Hill and Lesley Craise)
2 Reading: Psalm 145 v.8-9; 14-21 (Linda Hill and Lesley Craise)
3 Opening Prayer (Linda Hill)
4 Reading: Matthew ch.14 v.13-21 (Isobel Hunter)
5 Reflection (Linda Hill)
6 Prayer (Linda Hill and Lesley Craise)
7 Music: Mayenziwe Ntando Yakho (From Worship Workshop
Helping Schools Build Better Worship (
Project run by the Church of England)
8 Prayer (Linda Hill and Lesley Craise)
9 Music: Mayenziwe
Welcome to our service for Sunday 2nd August. Today's service is led by Linda Hill.

There are two readings today: Psalm 145 v.8-9; 14-21 and Matthew ch.14 v.13-21.

A transcript of today's service is also available and can be downloaded here. This includes responses used within the prayers but these responses are also shown on screen within the service videos highlighted in yellow so you can join in if you choose.

Some of the content of today's service was taken from the Wee Worship Book produced by the Wild Goose Resource Group.

We would like to involve the community as much as possible in these services so if you have any suggestions or feedback, or would like to participate in or offer pictures for future services please e-mail

All previous online services can be viewed through our Weekly Services page.
Music in the Sunday Service (2nd August)
The first piece of music included in the service for the 2nd August is from the Church of England's Worship Workshop site. This is a resource designed for use for worship in schools.
The full version of the second piece is available through YouTube. You can click on its title below to listen to it on YouTube. You can also buy the first piece through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.
1. Mayenziwe 'Ntando Yakho
    by Jakaranda
    from the album Hoya Ho! Botswana & Namibia 8-31.8.1993

Returning to Church ... Slowly
Skirling Pews
We are taking small steps back into worshipping in church in our parishes this Sunday. There will be a short socially distanced service, without hymn singing sadly, in Skirling and Stobo churches at the usual time for both of them of 11.30am.
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief!
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief
For many, there’s still something of a taboo about death, dying and bereavement in Scotland.  We have to face it when someone close to us dies and we’re grateful for funeral directors and clergy who steer us through the process.

However, I’ve been struck by how many people confide that they wish they’d given these matters much more thought in advance and had considered some end-of-life preparation  well ahead of a loved one’s death - or even had some of these important conversations with family members beforehand.   
Donate to the Church
While church buildings are closed, the work of our churches continues. Services continue online, pastoral care and support is still provided and buildings and facilities still need to be serviced and maintained.
The Church of Scotland has set up 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.
Thank you.

Carlops, Newlands and Kirkurd, and West Linton Church Newsletters
The current presbytery plan proposes that three churches in Upper Tweeddale (Skirling, Broughton and Tweedsmuir), will be linked in the fullness of time with the three churches in the West Linton group (West Linton, Carlops, and Newlands and Kirkurd).

There are still a few hurdles to be cleared before that comes into effect. However in anticipation of new relationships with our neighbours, and to help to find out more about the three churches in the West Linton area we have been 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 will make our own Kirk Matters available to their community.
Life and Work May 2020
Life and Work May 2020
During this challenging period, Life and Work (the Church of Scotland magazine) is committed to helping keep our Christian community connected. The magazine is printing as normal, but, aware that many subscribers will have their deliveries delayed, especially if they normally receive it through their church, they have given us permission to publish an online version through our web site.
Click here to view the May 2020 edition..

Introducing Our Locum - Rev. Pamela Strachan
At the beginning of May Rev. Pamela Strachan became our locum Minister taking over from Rev. John Smith.
In the last month you may have seen Pamela several times in our online services. Living at Glenhighton, she is a member of our community and was a member of our Worship Workshop prior to qualifying as an Ordained Local Minister.
By way of an introduction and to help us to learn a little more about our locum Minister, especially while we are unable to meet and chat with her in person, here is a short interview conducted by her husband Sir Hew Strachan.

  Broughton Kirk at 10am
Tweedsmuir Kirk at 10am
Skirling Kirk at 11.30am
Stobo Kirk at 11.30am
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