Parishes of Upper Tweed
4 congregations working as one
 
Sunday Service - 28th February
Welcome to our service for Sunday 28th February. Today's service is led by Rev. Calum MacDougall.

The reading today is Mark ch. 8 v.31-38.

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

You can view any of our previous online services by going to the Weekly Services page.
Music in the Sunday Service (28th February)
The full versions of all three pieces of music included in the Sunday Service for the 28th February are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the titles to listen to them on YouTube.
    by The Scottish Festival Singers
    from the album The Hymn Writers: Charles Wesley
    The Mayfield Salisbury Chamber Group
    Kate Pearson (Piano)
    by David Baroni
    from the album: A Quiet Place: Instrumental Hymns

 
 
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 2 MARCH 2021 BY ZOOM
TO BE READ TO THE CONGREGATIONS AT MORNING WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS 21 AND 28 FEBRUARY 2021 OR OTHERWISE CIRCULATED TO OR MADE KNOWN TO THE CONGREGATIONS BEFORE THE PRESBYTERY MEETING ON 2 MARCH 2021.
At the meeting of Presbytery on Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 7pm by ZOOM, the Presbytery Planning Implementation Committee will report on the outcome of the vote of the congregations of Broughton, Glenholm and Kilbucho, Skirling, Tweedsmuir, Carlops, Kirkurd and Newlands and West Linton: St Andrew’s on the proposed Basis of Linking of these congregations. Should the congregations vote in favour of the Basis of Linking, Presbytery will be invited to give its approval to the Basis of Linking. Should the congregations vote against the Basis of Linking, Presbytery will decide whether to approve the Basis of Linking in any event or to implement another course of action. An appeal against the decision of Presbytery 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 Presbytery’s consideration of the Basis of Linking.
If you would like to attend, the ZOOM invitation link can be obtained from the Presbytery Clerk or 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
19 February 2021
Please contact Isobel Hunter 01899 860274 if you would like to be forwarded the zoom link for the meeting.

World Day of Prayer 2021
WDP Art Work by Juliette Pita
The World Day of Prayer is scheduled for Friday 5th March. Each year the service is put together by a different countries. This year it is the turn of Vanuatu, a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
Unfortunately because of the current restrictions we're unable to hold the usual WDP service in Broughton Kirk this coming Friday but will be broadcasting a special WDP service next Sunday (7th March) as the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale online service. The service will be led by the members and friends of the Upper Tweeddale Guild.
If you would like to know more about the World Day of Prayer in Scotland please visit the WDP Scotland web site.
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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.
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New Kirk Matters Published
Kirk Matters Christmas 2020
The Christmas 2020 edition of the Church Magazine, Kirk Matters, has been published and should have arrived on most doormats in the area by now.

This edition contains full details of the programme of events coming up this Christmas. There's more happening than you would think so take a look inside and plan your festivities.
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Prayers for Lebanon
Rev Dr. Rima Nasrallah and Rev Pamela Strachan
The Presbytery World Mission Group have been exploring possible links with Lebanon for a few years. This came out of links that Earlston made with Tripoli and continued with Marina Altounian visiting in Augist 2018. Our locum minister, Rev Pamela Strachan, also went out in October 2018 for a 3 month study leave course at the Near East School of Theology (NEST) based in Beirut. We are making progress and hope to bring a report with recommendations to Presbytery in the near future.
As part of this process, the committee had a zoom call with Rev Dr Rima Nasrallah, a lecturer at NEST and also a pastor in a local church in Beirut. She and Pamela struck up a friendship when Pamela was at NEST. Rima was able to give us apersonal update on what the situation is in Lebanon, Beirut and NEST which was distressing in its detail. She described 3 crises. The first last year when political unrest led to the Government having to resign and a new one formed, then COVID hit an already fragile infrastructure. Finally the blast in the port area of Beirut in August which destroyed most of the port, killed and injured hundreds, made 1000's homeless and destroyed the stores of wheat which normally feeds the nation over the winter. With the world gripped in a pandemic and political storms waging in that part of the world, aid has been slow and the Lebanese people face an extremely difficult winter.
We in Melrose and Peebles Presbytery cannot hope to sort the problem but Rima asks that we as a Presbytery pray for our brothers and sisters in Lebanon. The fact that we are concerned and remember them in our prayers goes a long way to help people realise they have not been abandoned. If nothing else this pandemic has made us all realise how small the world really is and how interconnected we all are.
Some Possible Prayer Pointers:
  • The impact of rampant inflation and economic collapse resulting from years of corrupt and inept leadership at Government level.
  • The rise recently in Covid-19 cases burdening an already underfunded and over stretched health system
  • The ongoing aftermath of the August explosion in the Docks area of Beirut which resulted in over 200 deaths, 6,000 severe injuries and disabilities, and 300,000 homeless
Please share this request with your family and your church family and on behalf of the World Mission Committee, I pray you have a safe Christmas and look forward in hope to 2021.
Best wishes,
Fiona Burnett - Chair, Presbytery World Mission Committee
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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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Christmas Community Concerts
This is an extended compilation film from the three Christmas Community Concerts held in Skirling, Broughton and Tweedsmuir from 22nd December to the 24th December. the video clips were recorded at the Skirling and Broughton events and the stills used at the end of the film were taken at Tweedsmuir.
The readings from Luke's Gospel were recorded in advance and played through the sound system on each evening.

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