Parishes of Upper Tweed
3 congregations working as one
 
Sunday Service - 19th September
Welcome to our service for Sunday 19th September. Today's service is a special one focussing on the Sermon on the Mount. It was produced by the Worship Workshop guided by Linda Hill. 
The Sermon on the Mount readings (Matthew ch. 5 v. 1 to ch. 7 v. 29) are taken from the Message.
All previous services are still available through  the Weekly Services page.
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 isobel@skirlinghouse.com
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.

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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.

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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.

 
 
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)
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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 1.5C 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

 
 
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.

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.

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

Coming Soon...
Carlops Church Musical Evening
Friday  01 October 2021

 

Coming Soon...
Carlops Church Musical Evening
Friday 01 October 2021