Parishes of Upper Tweed
4 congregations working as one
 
News from the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale
Church notices for Sunday 22nd April 2018
 Upper Tweeddale Guild is organising a Beetle and Pizza drive this evening (Sunday 22nd April) in Broughton Village Hall from 5-7pm. Don't worry, no beetles will be harmed or eaten in the process. Bring your friends and  family, however old or young, for a fun filled time to raise money for Guild funds and projects. Entry at the door (£5 for adults, children free)
 
You are invited to a  Family Service and Supper  on Sunday 29th April in Broughton Village Hall from 4:30pm. Songs, stories and food. Please tell all your friends and neighbours, especially if they have school age children but everyone of any age is welcome.
 
The annual Lambing Service will be held in Broughton church on Sunday 13th May at 5pm. This is a service to give thanks for the harvest of lambs which is vital for our rural community. Live lambs will be invited so please come and join them in our thanksgiving service..
 
Members of  Broughton Kirk and Skirling Kirk please note that their annual stated meeting will be held after each service on Sunday 13th May.   
 
 

Church notices for Sunday 15th April 2018
 Members of  Tweedsmuir Kirk and Stobo Kirk please note that their annual stated meetings will be held after each service this morning.  The stated meetings for the other churches will  be announced when dates are confirmed.
 
Elders please note that there will be a meeting of the  General Kirk Session  in Broughton Church on Thursday 19th April at 7pm.  
 
Upper Tweeddale Guild is organising a Beetle and Pizza drive on Sunday 22nd April in Broughton Village Hall from 5-7pm. Don't worry, no beetles will be harmed or eaten in the process. Bring your friends and  family, however old or young, for a fun filled time to raise money for Guild funds and projects. Entry at the door (£5 for adults, children free)
 
You are invited to a  Family Service and Supper  on Sunday 29th April in Broughton Village Hall from 4:30pm. Songs, stories and food. Please tell all your friends and neighbours, especially if they have school age children but everyone of any age is welcome.
 
The parishes have a   new website, same address, www.uppertweeddale.org.uk, but a different look. If you have the means, please visit and send any comments or suggestions to neil@glenholm.co.uk.
 

Church notices for Sunday 8th April 2018
 Members of Stobo Kirk please note that their annual stated meeting will be held after the service on Sunday 22nd April.  The stated meetings for the other churches will  be announced when dates are known.
 
Upper Tweeddale Guild is organising a Beetle and Pizza drive on Sunday 22nd April in Broughton Village Hall from 5-7pm. Don't worry, no beetles will be harmed or eaten in the process. Bring your friends and  family, however old or young, for a fun filled time to raise money for Guild funds and projects. Entry at the door (£5 for adults, children free)
 
You are invited to a  Family Service and Supper  on Sunday 29th April in Broughton Village Hall from 4:30pm. Songs, stories and food. Please tell all your friends and neighbours, especially if they have school age children but everyone of any age is welcome.
 
The parishes have a   new website, same address, www.uppertweeddale.org.uk, but a different look. If you have the means, please visit and send any comments or suggestions to neil@glenholm.co.uk.
 

Church notices for Sunday 1st April 2018
A big thank you to all who attended the various services this past week. All were well attended and the worship workshop team is very appreciative of the support that you give them. It makes all the planning and work worthwhile.
 
Members of Stobo Kirk please note that their annual stated meeting will be held after the service on Sunday 22nd April.  The stated meetings for the other churches will  be announced when dates are known.
 
Upper Tweeddale Guild is organising a Beetle and Pizza drive on Sunday 22nd April in Broughton Village Hall from 5-7pm. Don't worry, no beetles will be harmed or eaten in the process. Bring your friends and  family, however old or young, for a fun filled time to raise money for Guild funds and projects. Entry at the door (£5 for adults, children free)
 

Easter Around the Parish
On a day for all seasons, Easter Sunday saw well attended services at all of the parishes churches. Starting in the snow at Glenholm with the annual mini-service in the cemetary followed by a breakfast of bacon rolls (and egg rolls too), hot cross buns in Glenholm Cottage, the sun later came out upon services in Broughton, Stobo and Skirling and Tweedsmuir. At the latter it was warm enough for coffee outside followed by Easter egg rolling.

Church notices for Sunday 25th March 2018
There will be a service for each of the evenings of Holy week  and will take place in the  churches as detailed below.  The theme this year will be based on the Lent Studies book 'The Nail'. Each service will start at 7pm and, with the exception of Stobo, should last no more than  30 minutes. Please join us for as many or all of these services as we journey round the parishes on the way to the cross.
Monday 26th March Tweedsmuir church
Tuesday 27th March Drumelzier church
Wednesday 28th March Broughton church
Thursday 29th March  Stobo church ( Holy Communion)
Friday 30th March Skirling church
 
On Easter morning, there will be the usual early morning service, starting at 8am in Glenholm Kirkyard, followed by breakfast in Glenholm Cottage. There will also be an Easter egg hunt immediately after the service. Easter day services will then take place in all 4 churches at the normal times.
 

Church notices for Sunday 18th March 2018
 The last in this year's  Lent Studies  will be held in the small meeting room at the back of the big Hall in Broughton on Wednesday evening at 7pm. .  You will be made most welcome at this session, even if you haven't managed to get to one before.
 
The Guild AGM will take place in Broughton Village Hall on Wednesday 21st March at 2:30pm. This will be followed by Afternoon Tea. Members and friends are invited to come and join us for the last meeting of the session.
 
Services for each of the evenings of Holy week  will take place in the  churches as detailed below  and the theme will be based on the Lent Studies book 'The Nail'. Each service will start at 7pm and, with the exception of Stobo, should last no more than  30 minutes. Please join us for as many or all of these services as we journey round the parishes on the way to the cross.
Monday 26th March Tweedsmuir church
Tuesday 27th March Drumelzier church
Wednesday 28th March Broughton church
Thursday 29th March  Stobo church ( Holy Communion)
Friday 30th March Skirling church
 
On Easter morning, there will be the usual early morning service, starting at 8am in Glenholm Kirkyard, followed by breakfast in Glenholm Cottage. There will also be an Easter egg hunt immediately after the service. Easter day services will then take place in all 4 churches at the normal times.
 

Church notices for Sunday 11th March 2018
 Elders please note that the rescheduled  meeting of the General Kirk Session will be tomorrow, Monday12th March in Broughton Church at 6pm. Please note the change to our normal time.  If you wish to attand and are  not an elder, you will be made most welcome
 
Following the very successful advent studies on the book by Stephen Cottrel, 'Walking backwards to Christmas', for the Lent Studies we are looking at his other book, 'The Nail' which looks at the Easter story from a different  angle. We are meeting in the small meeting room at the back of the big Hall in Broughton, every Wednesday evening at 7pm. Books are available from any of the churches or call John Burnett (830303) to obtain a copy.  You will be made most welcome at any or all of the sessions, each of which covers a separate topic.
 
The Guild AGM will take place in Broughton Village Hall on Wednesday 21st March at 2:30pm. This will be followed by Afternoon Tea. Members and friends are invited to come and join us for the last meeting of the session.
 
 
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Church notices for Sunday 25th February 2018
The Worship Workshop will be meeting this evening at 7:30pm in Skirling House. Please feel free to join us if you are interested in discussing the worship within the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale.
 
 Following the very successful advent studies on the book by Stephen Cottrel, 'Walking backwards to Christmas', for the Lent Studies we are looking at his other book, 'The Nail' which looks at the Easter story from a different  angle. We are meeting in the small meeting room at the back of the big Hall in Broughton, every Wednesday evening at 7pm. Books are available from any of the churches or call John Burnett (830303) to obtain a copy.  You will be made most welcome at any or all of the sessions, each of which covers a separate topic.
 
  A service to celebrate the World Day of Prayer will be held in Broughton Church on Friday 2nd March at 2:30pm. The service this year has been compiled by the church in Surinam and refreshments with a Suranamese theme will be served after the service. All welcome.
 
Elders please note that the next meting of the General Kirk Session will be on Monday 5th March in Broughton Church at 7:30pm. If you wish to attand and are  not an elder, you will be made most welcome.
 

Church notices for Sunday 11th February 2018
The sacrement of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Tweedsmuir and Stobo Churches on Sunday 18th February and in Broughton and Skirling Churches on Sunday 25th February. All services at the normal times.
 
It seems that we have just left Christmas behind but Easter is early this year so Lent begins on Wednesday 14th February. Following the very successful advent studies on the book by Stephen Cottrel, 'Walking backwards to Christmas', for the Lent Studies we are going to look at his other book, 'The Nail' which looks at the Easter story from a different  angle. We will be meeting in the small meeting room at the back of the big Hall in Broughton, every Wednesday evening at 7pm starting on Wednesday 14th February. Books are available from any of the churches or call John Burnett (830303) to reserve a copy.  You will be made most welcome at any or all of the sessions.
 
An illustrated talk entitled On the Trail of Merlin in a Dark Age, The History behind the Legend will be given by Robin Crichton at Stobo Kirk at 7.30 on Saturday 17th February.  Entry is by donation and any funds raised will be given to Mary’s Meals
 
The next meeting of the Guild is on Wednesday 21st February in Broughton Village hall starting at 2:30pm. The speaker this month will be Mrs Isobel Hunter who will be telling us all about her recent visit to the Galapagos Islands. All welcome and please bring along any stamps you have collected over the Christmas period.
 
A date for your diary. A service to celebrate the World Day of Prayer will be held in Broughton Church on Friday 2nd March at 2:30pm. The service this year has been compiled by the church in Surinam and refreshment with a Suranamese theme will be served after the service. All welcome.
 

Church notices for Sunday 4th February 2018
The General Kirk Session will meet in Broughton Church tomorrow (5th February) at 7:30pm. You are very welcome to attend even if you are not an Elder.
 
Thank you to all who supported or participated in last week's Haggis Sunday A good time seems to have been had by all and we managed to send £279.70 to Edinburgh for the HIV Programme. What next, how about a Sundae Sunday in the summer?
 
We've also received  a letter of thank you from Jo Glover of the Scottish Borders Young Carers Service. She writes "There were a lovely range of gifts; 46 gift vouchers and £120 in cash which we converted to 12 vouchers = 58 vouchers totalling £875, a staggering amount. We were able to help 75 young people, some of whom we know would not get very much for Christmas. We are currently supporting around 80 young carers and their families"  
Some  of the  comments from the Carers
Thanks to all, this has been a godsend for me.’ Parent with 4 children, aged 9, 11, 15 and 16 who recently lost their dad to cancer.
Tell everybody thanks from me for my voucher, I had fun spending it in Boots, and I got lots of nice stuff and make up’ Young person aged 15
‘I can’t thank you enough, I am speechless, what lovely gifts’ Parent with 2 children aged 9 and 14.
 
It seems that we have just left Christmas behind but Easter is early this year so Lent begins on Wednesday 14th February. Following the very successful advent studies on the book by Stephen Cottrel, 'Walking backwards to Christmas', for the Lent Studies we are going to look at his other book, 'The Nail' which looks at the Easter story from a different  angle. We will be meeting in the small meeting room at the back of the big Hall in Broughton, every Wednesday evening at 7pm starting on Wednesday 14th February. Books are available from any of the churches or call John Burnett (830303) to reserve a copy.  You will be made most welcome at any or all of the sessions.
 
An illustrated talk entitled On the Trail of Merlin in a Dark Age, The History behind the Legend will be given by Robin Crichton at Stobo Kirk at 7.30 on Saturday 17th February.  Entry is by donation and any funds raised will be given to Mary’s Meals.----
 
The next meeting of the Guild is on Wednesday 21st February in Broughton Village hall starting at 2:30pm. The speaker this month will be Mrs Isobel Hunter who will be telling us all about her recent visit to the Galapagos Islands. All welcome and please bring along any stamps you have collected over the Christmas period.
 
A date for your diary. A service to celebrate the World Day of Prayer will be held in Broughton Church on Friday 2nd March at 2:30pm. The service this year has been compiled by the church in Surinam and refreshment with a Suranamese theme will be served after the service. All welcome.
 

Church notices for Sunday 28th January 2018
Please join us after this service for a Haggis lunch (alternative available for those who don't like haggis). All proceeds from today will go to the Church of Scotland's HIV Programme
 
The Worship Workshop meets this evening at 7pm at Glenholm Cottage. Please join us as we plan and discuss the worship in our churchwes within the parish
 
It seems that we have just left Christmas behind but Easter is early this year so Lent begins on Wednesday 14th February. Following the very successful advent studies on the book by Stephen Cotterel, 'Walking backwards to Christmas', for the Lent Studies we are going to look at his other book, 'The Nail' which looks at the Easter story from a different  angle. We will be meeting in the small meeting room at the back of the big Hall in Broughton, every Wednesday evening at 7pm starting on Wednesday 14th February. Books are available from any of the churches or call John Burnett (830303) to reserve a copy.  You will be made most welcome at any or all of the sessions.
 
An illustrated talk entitled On the Trail of Merlin in a Dark Age, The History behind the Legend will be given by Robin Crichton at Stobo Kirk at 7.30 on Saturday 17th February.  Entry is by donation and any funds raised will be given to Mary’s Meals.
 

Church notices for Sunday 21st January 2018
Next Sunday(28th January)  there will be a joint service in Broughton Village Hall  at 11am. Edicts have got in the way of having our normal Souper Sunday joint service so instead a ‘Haggis Sunday’ is being organised. Don’t worry if you don’t like haggis, there will be an alternative, There will no services in any of the other churches next week.
 
CHAS ( Children's Hospices across Scotland) has sent a letter thanking Parishes of Upper Tweeddale for our gift of £747 raised at the various Christmas services. They write "Thanks to supporters like you we made Christmas so very special for so many children across CHAS. There was much fun and excitement in the build-up to the big day, not least our fabulous Christmas parties complete with singing, games and special visitors such as the miniature ponies who came along with santa. Watching the children's faces light up when they saw them walk through the doors was incredible. For some families this will be the last year they have with their child, lets keep working together to make it the very best we can. Thank you again for being a special supporter and we look forward to sharing the imact your gift has made through 2018"
We also sent £500 to Broughton Primary School for the polytunnel project and look forward to hearing and seeing that develop.
 
 

Church notices for Sunday 14th January 2018
Just a reminder that next Sunday (21st January) our Interim moderator will hold congregation meetings  in each of the churches to appoint people to the nominating committee. These will be held either before the service (Tweedsmuir and Skirling ) or after (Broughton and Stobo).  Voting will happen  if more people are proposed than places available.  Broughton is appointing 4 to the committee with Skirling, Stobo and Tweedsmuir 3 each . If you wish to propose  someone, they do not need to be present on the day but please make sure they have agreed to be proposed and you have a seconder. Please also note that you can only propose someone or vote in the church you are a member of.
 
The next meeting of the Guild is on Wednesday 17th January at 2:30pm in Broughton Village hall. Our speaker this month is  Dr Yvonne Foley and all are welcome. Please remember to bring along any stamps you’ve collected over the Christmas period.
 
Advance notice that there will be a joint service in Broughton Village Hall om Sunday 28th January at 11am. Edicts have got in the way of having our normal Souper Sunday joint service so instead a ‘Haggis Sunday’ is being organised. Don’t worry if you don’t like haggis, there will be an alternative, There will no services in any of the other churches that day.
 

 
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Beetle Drive & Pizza - Broughton Hall
Sunday  22 April 2018