Parishes of Upper Tweed
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Meet Geoffrey Matias at Skirling Kirk

Geoffrey Matias
At 11.30 on Sunday 26th August at Skirling Kirk  there will be a joint service with Broughton Kirk when there will be an opportunity to meet Geoffrey Matias, one of a group of eight visitors from Malawi and Lebanon who are attending this year's National Youth Assembly as guests of the Presbytery. There is a baptism in Skirling on the same day so it should be a lively service.

Geoffrey has been funded through a midwifery course in his home country of Malawi by Melrose and Peebles Presbytery. Geoffrey's 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..

The whole group will be welcomed at the first public event of their visit which 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).
 
In addition on Sunday evening 26th August, there will be a farewell service and party for the 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.

Presbytery Visit from Young People of Malawi and Lebanon
On 10th August six young people from Malawi and two from Lebanon will be arriving for a two week visit to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery. During their stay they will be visiting congregations across the presbytery as well as spending a couple of nights at Lindisfarne. Six of them will also be attending the Church of Scotland National Youth Assembly at Gartmore.

In anticipation of their visit Levie Chafulumira (another young person trying to forge a carrier in video journalism) has produced this video introducing our Malawian visitors.

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Polytunnel for Broughton Primary School

Clearing the ground for the polytunnel at Broughton Primary School
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.
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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.
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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:
 
 
Sundae Sunday

Sundae Sunday
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.
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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.
 
 
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.
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Skirling Green Car Boot Sale for Christian Aid 2018

Scrumptious cakes in Skirling Village Hall
 
  Broughton Kirk at 10am
Tweedsmuir Kirk at 10am
Skirling Kirk at 11.30am
Stobo Kirk at 11.30am
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Guild Meetings Resume - Broughton Village Hall
Wednesday  19 September 2018
Weekly Listening Hour
Tuesdays 10:30
Laurel Bank
Broughton
 

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