Parishes of Upper Tweed
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News from the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale
New Kirk Matters Published
Kirk Matters Easter 2020
The Easter 2020 edition of the Church Magazine, Kirk Matters, has been published and in normal circumstances would be dropping onto the doormats of  households in the parish. Sadly these are not normal times so we are postponing deliveries until we are all able to venture out again.

Many of the forthcoming events in this edition have been overtaken by the coronavirus but there are lots of interesting articles to read and a lovely letter from our outgoing locum John Smith. We'll miss you John and look forward to saying thank you properly when the world opens up once more.

Music in the Sunday Service
The full versions of the music included in the Sunday Service are all available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy all three albums through Amazon and the first and third pieces through Apple iTunes.
    by Brian Doerksen featuring Loralee Thiessen
    from the album Grateful
    by the Boston Byzantine Choir
    from the album Thy Passion: Byzantine Chant of Holy Week
3. Love is the Touch
    by Lori True
    from the album Let This be the Time: Songs of Transformation and Peace

Springfield Prayer Point (a message from Barrie Cash)
This is a message from Barrie Cash, a good friend to Upper Tweeddale and a frequent preacher in our churches:
"I am distancing and isolating at home as many of us are. Over 70 and having underlying health conditions we find it frustrating that we are not able to help and support other people as we would naturally do. For most of my adult life I have been a  Methodist minister and so believe that the one thing I can do is pray for other people and try and answer need in that way.
Some of us find it hard to pray, others find they don’t know how but there is nothing complicated. All we need to say is: “God help me” and we have begun.
If you want prayers said for you or any help with them then just get in touch. I live in the Terrace so know what its like round here and the great mix of people who live here.
You can email me with requests at: springfieldprayerpoint@gmail.com
The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give you peace"
 
Celebrating Local Churches Together with Music and Flowers Postponed
Sadly this event due to be held in April has also succombed to the restrictions on social contact as a result of the coronavirus. This event will now take place next year.probably on 24th and 25th April 2021.

Services During the Coronavirus Outbreak
With the coronavirus outbreak at the forefront of all our minds and out of concern for the health and welfare of the whole community the Church of Scotland has strongly advised that services in all churches are cancelled for the time being.

The churches in Upper Tweeddale (Broughton, Skirling, Tweedsmuir and Stobo) will remain open to all visitors at any time.

Full details of what the church is planning for the next few months while we are unable to gather will be published in the forthcoming edition of Kirk Matters. At this time we are asking everyone, wherever they are, if they can to stop for 5 minutes at 5:00 PM each day to join together (spiritually) in prayer for the local and wider community during this difficult time.

Here is a prayer from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Very Rev. Colin Sinclair:

Living God,
In our hour of need we turn again to you, for we have nowhere else to turn.
We put our faith in you, because you have proved your faithfulness time and again.
We reaffirm our love for you because you have never let us go.
We thank you that you are not distant from us.
 
but have drawn near, in your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
He has shared our life, tasted our death and defeated it;
He understands our worries and our fears.
Help us to respond as your children now.
 
We pray for this pandemic spreading across our world,
remembering all who have lost loved ones.
and praying for those seriously ill at this time.
We uphold the National Health Service.
as it responds to this added pressure on its already overstretched services.
We pray for doctors and nurses and all in the caring professions,
who work to help and support people as best they can.
 
We remember those working behind the scenes.
testing samples, confirming results, giving information to patients.
We uphold others trying to understand this virus better.
working to create an effective remedy.

We pray for our Governments in Westminster and Holyrood,
as they work with the best medical advice.
to guide us on how we should respond.
and what action we should take.
We pray that these guidelines might be taken seriously.
and that all would put them into action.
 
May this crisis bring out the best in us, not the worst.
Help us to live by faith and not by fear;
to build bridges not barriers,
and to resist all who would speak ill of any other group.
May we not forget our responsibility to one another,
not least to the vulnerable and voiceless in our communities.
 
Help us to find ways of keeping in touch and offering reassurance.
to those with underlying health issues;
for any who feel particularly vulnerable.
or in danger at present.
As the virus spreads.
we pray for the disruption it causes to normal life,
bringing new fears and anxieties:
 
We pray for those who have been laid off as their work disappears;
for financial hardship for individuals and businesses;
for the impact on the economy and pensions, when austerity has already left its mark.
We pray for those whose trips, both for business and pleasure, have been cancelled;
and others where events, long anticipated and planned for, have been postponed;
for those making contingency planning for home based work or child care or exams.
May our inconvenience not blind us to others’ loss.
 
We remember those who cannot visit loved ones in locked-down care homes;
for the elderly whose social contacts have been severely curtailed;
help us to find creative ways of keeping in touch,
of assuring them they are not forgotten or ignored.
May congregations find new ways of living though this time.
May we not forget our faith, but draw strength from it.
So may our worship be heartfelt,
our fellowship deepen.
and our service increase.
 
God of grace and God of mercy,
hear our prayers at this time.
Strengthen us, by your Spirit, so that:
we may carry on our lives as best as we are able,
looking out for others, showing love in action,
being faithful in prayer, and bringing encouragement, hope and peace;
always trusting in you. our Rock and our Redeemer.
These prayers we bring to you. in Jesus’ name. Amen.



Church notices for Sunday 15th March 2020
The Guild AGM is on Wednesday afternoon ( 18th  March) in Broughton Village Hall starting at 2:30pm. After the business, there will be an  afternoon tea. All welcome
 
Next week (22nd March) the services in Broughton and Skirling will be the last services as our locum for Rev John Smith. You will be greatly missed John and we hope you don't become a stranger to us as you take up other duties outside the parishes. It would be great if we could have bumper congregations  to  these services to say farewell to John.
 
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the decision to postpone the Guild Quiz until the autumn. Packing a lot of people into the small hall didn't seem the wisest course of action at this time.  It will just give Neil more time to compile some more fiendish questions!
 

Carlops, Newlands and Kirkurd, and West Linton Church Newsletters
Carlops
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 decided to publish 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.

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.

In the future the news and newsletter pages for each church will be accessible through a panel to the right of the Kirk Matters page and also to the right of the News page.

Quiz Night Postponed
Sadly because of the Coronavirus outbreak we have decided that it would not be wise to crowd 60 people into the small village hall so we have decided to postpone the quiz night scheduled for Friday 27th March to later in the year (perhaps early Autumn). We obviously apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Church notices for Sunday 8th March 2020
 Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the World day of Prayer service on Friday. A good turnout and a joyful service. We managed to raise over £100 to go towards projects in Zimbabwe.
 
 Calling all quiz addicts, the Guild are organising another Quiz evening  in Broughton Viullage Hall on Friday 27th March starting at 6:30pm. We're looking for tables of 4 and if you have a team member 15 or under, we'll give you a bonus 10 points. The charge will be £20 per table and includes refreshments which will be served at half time. There will also be a raffle. Proceeds are going towards the Guild projects. To reserve a table, please call Fiona on 830408.
 
Next week (15th March) in Tweedsmuir and Stobo  and the following week (22nd March) in Broughton and Skirling will be the last services as our locum for Rev John Smith. You will be greatly missed John and we hope you don't become a stranger to us as you take up other duties outside the parishes. It would be great if we could have bumper congregations  to all of these services to say farewell to John.
 

World Day of Prayer 2020

World Day of Prayer - March 2020 in Broughton Kirk
A joyful, colourful service was held on Friday 6th March as part of the 2020 World Day of Prayer. This year the focus was on Zimbabwe, the service containing contributions from Zimbabwe and a Zimbabwean hymn. A collection raised over £100 to go towards projects in Zimbabwe.
The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women calling for prayer and action for peace and justice.

Church notices for Sunday 9th February 2020
The Guild's Together in Tweeddale Annual Business meeting is being held in Innerleithen Church on Tuesday 11th February starting at 2:30pm. If you would like a lift to this please contact either Pat (830366) or Fiona (830408).
 
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Tweedsmuir and Stobo churches next Sunday (16th February) and Broughton and Skirling churches  the following week (23rd February).   
 
The next meeting of the Guild is on Wednesday 19th February in Broughton Village Hall, starting at 2:30pm.  This month we are pleased to welcome Isobel Hunter to talk about her recent visit to Israel/Palestine. All are welcome to come and join us
 

Church notices for Sunday 2th February 2020
A big thank you to everyone who contributed or attended the Haggis Sunday last week. From the feedback, it was an enjoyable occasion and well done to the 3 tables who got 10 out of 10 for the quiz! We managed to raise £360 which has been split between the Clydesdale and Tweeddale Foodbanks.  
 
The Guild's together in Tweeddale Annual Business meeting is being held in Innerleithen Church on Tuesday 11th February starting at 2:30pm. If you would like a lift to this please contact either Pat (830366) or Fiona (830408).
 
 
 
 

Church notices for Sunday 22nd December 2019
 Christmas Week is upon us.. Please  join us for any or all of these events and services, you and your  family will be made very welcome
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 Drumelzier Candlelit Carol Servive is this evening (Sunday 22nd December), starting at 6:30pm. A good way to start off the Christmas week festivities. You are reminded to take a torch as there are no street lights in Drumelzier.
 
On Christmas eve, Tuesday 24th there is the Tweedsmuir Candlelit  Carol Service, starting at 6:30pm. Again, bring a torch to get from the carpark to the church as there are no streetlights in Tweedsmuir.
 
The Christmas Day Service is in Stobo Kirk starting at 11am. Children (any anyone else so moved) are encouraged to bring a toy or two to show to the minister,  Rev John Smith who'll be leading the service.  
 
Services will be as normal next week in all the churches
 
 This year the retiral collections from the  Christmas services will be split between  support for our midwife student in Malawi. Geoffrey Matias and CrossReach which is the Church of Scotland’s social care council. In addition half of the money raised in Tweedsmuir will be used for the upkeep of Tweedsmuir Church.
 

Church notices for Sunday 8th December 2019
Thank you for all who supported the Guild table at the Craft fair on Friday. We managed to raise £217:30 towards Guild funds.
 
Some dates for your diaries leading up to Christmas week. Skirling Village and Upper Tweeddale Guild are inviting you to  Carols and Mince Pies in Skirling Village hall on Wednesday 18th December starting at 6:30pm
 
On Thursday 19th December, the school are having their Carol service in Broughton Church starting at 1:30pm. If you are able, please come along and support our local school.
 
Rev Tony Foley is being inducted to Dollar Church on Thursday 19th December at 7pm. It would be good if a crowd of us from Upper Tweeddale were able to go and support him in his new charge. If you would like to go and require transport, please let Fiona ( 830408) know.. If there are sufficient numbers, we may hire a minibus to help the transport logistics.
 

Church notices for Sunday 10th November 2019
Broughton Primary School will have an Act of Remembrance at 1.30pm on 11th November at the war memorial in Broughton.  You are invited to join them at this time.
 
Next Sunday, 17th November, there will be an evening Service of Remembrance in Drumelzier Church at 6:30pm.

Church notices for Sunday 27th October 2019
Pat Middlemas would like to give grateful thanks to all who supported her Macmillan coffee morning on Friday. She managed to raise £1108.80 which is an amazing amount in one morning.
 
Christmas may seem a long way off but preparations are in place for the Christmas edition of Kirk Matters. The deadline for articles is Monday 28th October and should be sent to Isobel Hunter (tel 860274).
 
Elders please note that the next meeting of the Joint Kirk Session is on Monday 4th November in Skirling Village Hall, starting at 7:30pm. Minutes have already been sent out for the October meeting.
 
Our locum Rev John Smith is on holiday from 1st October until 15th November. If you require the services of a minister in this period, please call Rev Stewart McPherson (01968 660221) in the first instance.  
 

Church notices for Sunday 20th October 2019
Christmas may seem a long way off but preparations are in place for the Christmas edition of Kirk Matters. The deadline for any articles is Monday 28th October and should be sent to Isobel Hunter (tel 860274).
 
Elders please note that the next meeting of the Joint Kirk Session is Monday 4th November in Skirling Village Hall, starting at 7:30pm. Minutes have already been sent out for the October meeting.
 
Our locum Rev John Smith is on holiday from 1st October until 15th November. If you require the services of a minister in this period, please call Rev Stewart McPherson (01968 660221) in the first instance.  
 

Church notices for Sunday 8th September 2019
Thank you to all who came to the Presbytery Communion Service on Tuesday. It was good to see all 4 parishes represented. There have been lots of messages of appreciation not only for the warmth of the welcome but also the content of the service.
 
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Broughton and Skirling churches  next Sunday,15th September at the normal service times.
 
Advance warning that the new session of the Guild starts on Wednesday  18th September. We welcome members old and new to join us in Broughton Village Hall at 2:30 pm. However, ahead of our first meeting, Guilds together in Tweeddale (new name for Melrose and Peebles Presbyterian Council) are having their Autumn meeting in Innerleithen Church on Tuesday 10th September at 2:30pm. Tom Burnham, representing the World Mission Council will be talking about the Guild project 'Empowering teenage mothers in Zambia'. If you would like to go to this meeting, please let either Pat (830366) or Fiona (830408) know.
 
On Friday 20th September David Binns will give an illustrated talk on his travels in Northern India followed by supper in Drumelzier Village Hall. The talk, entitled The Regal and The Remote, will begin at 7.00pm. Tickets £12.50 (children under 13 £8.00) to include two course supper and a glass of wine from birchall.oldmanse@gmail.com,tel 01899 830319; mob 07768 660670 or Ann Welsh, tel: 07901 688062.

A Guild of Three Grandmothers

Guild Membership Card
by Janet Hunter - first published in Kirk Matters Autumn 2019

The 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War found all of us remembering those who had given their lives.  I was also remembering my grandmother whose name I inherited but never had the good fortune to meet.

Janet Ann Roan was born in 1887 in the parish of Dunscore in Dumfriesshire.  Her Woman’s Guild membership card shows that she joined in 1899, only twelve years after its inception.  In 1904 she married my grandfather Andrew Hunter and they set up home in a shepherd’s cottage in the wilds of Eskdalemuir where she gave birth to seven children.  Tragically Janet died in the Spanish ‘flu epidemic of 1918 aged just forty years.

Following Janet’s death, my mother Margaret, at the age of fourteen, took on the task of bringing up this large family, the youngest being only fifteen months old at the time.   It wasn’t until 1929 that Margaret left the family home when she married my father.  I was born in 1933 and given my grandmother’s name.  A long time member of the Guild, my mother was active until her death at the age of ninety-four.

I am now eighty-six, a grandmother to seven and great grandmother to a further seven and am a proud member of The Upper Tweeddale Guild Along with others, I recently received the Long Service Certificate.

Three grandmothers over three generations have demonstrated their dedication and commitment to the Woman’s Guild, (now The Guild) for one hundred and twenty years, something of which I am extremely proud.  Janet Hunter


Church notices for Sunday 4th August 2019
You are invited to the Community Coffee morning at Stobo Village Hall on Saturday 10th August from 10.30 to 12.00. All proceeds will go to the Peeblesshire Foodbank.
 
Talks are ongoing about the possible future relationships between Upper Tweeddale and its neighbouring congregations. As a result all elders in Upper Tweeddale are invited to a pot luck lunch in the MacFarlane Hall (behind Peebles Old Parish Church) at 1.30 PM on Sunday 25th August. This will be followed by a presentation and discussion about linking with the Old Parish Church and Eddleston. For further details and instructions about what to bring for the lunch please speak to your session clerk.
 
Fiona Burnett says thank you very much for all your kind messages and prayers. She's now back at home and trying to behave.

Church notices for Sunday 28th July 2019
It is with great sadness that we report that Digby Welch died on 23rd July. He had been Session Clerk at Tweedsmuir Kirk for several years and his warmth and friendship lit up our community. His funeral will be held this coming Friday (2nd August) at 3 PM in Tweedsmuir Kirk.
 
The Schoolhouse Garden in Skirling will be open this afternoon as part of the Scotland's Garden Scheme. All proceeds go to Skirling Village Hall and the three charities supported by SGS.
 
The next Skirling Lunch Club will be in Skirling Village Hall this Thursday 1st August at 12:00.
 

Church notices for Sunday 21st July 2019

Church notices for Sunday 14th July 2019
There will be no listening hour this Monday, 15th July.
 
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Steve Marr. The cremation will be held at the Borders Crematorium, Melrose at 1PM on Monday, 15th July.

Church notices for Sunday 7th July 2019
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Tweedsmuir and Stobo Churches on Sunday 14th July at the normal service times.
 
The Garden at The Old Manse in Drumelzier is open today from 2.00 to 5.00 for the first time for three years. There will be Cream Teas in the Village Hall and the usual Plant Stall of plants grown in the garden.  Entry is £4 with children free and dogs welcome on a lead.  Proceeds will be divided between Stobo and Drumelzier Church, the John Buchan Story in Peebles and Scotland's Gardens Scheme Charities.

Church notices for Sunday 30th June 2019
The Worship Workshop meets tonight (30th June) in Glenholm Cottage at 7:30pm. Everyone  is welcome to come along and join the discussion for worship in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale in the forthcoming months.
 
Broughton Primary School will be holding their end of term service in Broughton Church tomorrow, Monday 1st July, at 11am. If you are free, please come along to support them.
 
The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Broughton and Skirling churches  next Sunday,7th July and in Tweedsmuir and Stobo Churches on Sunday 14th July  at the normal service times.
 
The Garden at The Old Manse in Drumelzier will be open next  Sunday, 7th July from 2.00 to 5.00 for the first time for three years. There will be Cream Teas in the Village Hall and the usual Plant Stall of plants grown in the garden.  Entry is £4 with children free and dogs welcome on a lead.  Proceeds will be divided between Stobo and Drumelzier Church, the John Buchan Story in Peebles and Scotland's Gardens Scheme Charities.
 
All the money is now counted  and between the car boot sale, teas, envelopes and Sundae Sunday we have sent £1,185.71 to Christian Aid. A big hank you to all who helped or contributed to this total, it will go to life changing use.

Church notices for Sunday 9th June 2019
Guild members please note, the Guild Summer Rally in Newlands Church is on Tuesday 11th June starting at 1pm with a picnic (bring your own sandwiches, tea and cakes will be provided). Transport will leave Broughton Village Hall carpark at 12:30 and if you would now like to go please contact Pat (830366) or Fiona (830408) so we can arrange spaces in cars.
 
Next Sunday (16th June)  we will be having a  Sundae Sunday Joint Service   in Tweedsmuir Hall at  11am. Once again  ice cream will feature and the offering will be going to Christian Aid. Please note that there will be no other services in any of the other churches that day.
 
Next Sunday (16th June) we will be presenting a Long Service Certificate to John Burnett at the Joint Service. John has been an elder for 57 years firstly in Banff and then Broughton. During that time he has been Sunday School Superintendent in both churches, Treasurer in Broughton and Parishes of Upper Tweeddale and a founding member of the Worship Workshop. We hope he is not retiring but has many more years of service to give. Please come along and join the celebration and if you see him before Sunday, please don't say anything as we'd like it to be a surprise.
 

Church notices for Sunday 2th June 2019
 Elders please note, the GKS  meets in Tweedsmuir Hall tomorrow, Monday 3rd June at 7:30pm. Minutes have been emailed. If you are not on email please make sure you collect the minutes from your email buddy.
 
Guild members please note, the Guild Summer Rally in Newlands Church is on Tuesday 11th June starting at 1pm with a picnic (bring your own sandwiches, tea and cakes will be provided). Transport will leave Broughton Village Hall carpark at 12:30 and if you would now like to go please contact Pat (830366) or Fiona (830408) so we can arrange spaces in cars.
 
Advance notice that we will  be holding another  Sundae Sunday Joint Service on Sunday 16th June in Tweedsmuir Hall at  11am. Once again  ice cream will feature and the offering will be going to Christian Aid. Please note that there will be no other services in any of the other churches that day.
 

Church notices for Sunday 19th May 2019
Thank you to all who supported the annual Christian Aid Car Boot Sale last Sunday. For once we were blessed with good weather which brought out the crowds, and made for a busy time in the hall selling teas. A final tally of the amount raised will be given next week
 
As you have probably realised, this is Chritian Aid Week. If you would like to donate to this very worthwhile charity, you will find envelopes in all the churches. Please take one for a friend or neighbour too. Please return them to the church, preferably next week.
 
The General Assembly started yesterday (Saturday, 18th May). This year there are some important  debates coming up which will very likely have a direct impact on our parishes. The 'Radical Action Plan' looks at the future shape of the church and the 'Special Commission Report' deals more with infrastructure. Both reports are online ( visit churchofscotland.org.uk), both quite long but worth having a look at as it will affect us. Please keep the commissioners and staff in your prayers as they deliberate on the future direction  of our church
 

Church notices for Sunday 12th May 2019
The annual Christian Aid Car Boot Sale will be held on Skirling Village Green this afternoon, 12th May, starting at 1:30pm. Come and spend all your 'pocket money', pick up some bargains, have an afternoon tea with home baking, catch up with friends and .…..help support a very worthwhile charity.
 
The General Assembly starts next Saturday, 18th May. This year there are some important  debates coming up which will very likely have a direct impact on our parishes. The 'Radical Action Plan' looks at the future shape of the church and the 'Special Commission Report' deals more with infrastructure. Both reports are online ( visit churchofscotland.org.uk), both quite long but worth having a look at as it will affect us. Please keep the commissioners and staff in your prayers as they prepare for next week.
 
 

Guild Outing to the Kelpies of Falkirk

The Restaurant at the Kelpies Visitor Centre
On 8th May a small group from Upper Tweeddale Guild braved the inclement weather and set off in three cars to visit the Kelpies in Falkirk. Despite the wet weather everyone enjoyed a fascinating talk about the Kelpies and how they came to be designed and constructed under the guidance of Scottish sculptor Andy Scott. On the way home they stopped off for a fine supper at the Craigie Hotel in Penicuik.



Church notices for Sunday 21st April 2019
Happy Easter to everyone. Thank you to all who supported the services during Holy Week, they were reasonably well attended and hopefully gave some meaning to events of Holy Week.
 
Just a reminder that the weekly listening hour at the Laurel Bank tearoom has resumed at 10:30am  on Mondays with our new locum John Smith.

Church notices for Sunday 14th April 2019
 Services for Holy Week

Monday      15th April,  Tweedsmuir Church
Tuesday      16th April    Drumelzier Church
Wednesday 17th April    Broughton Church
Thursday     18th April    Stobo Church
Friday          19th April   Skirling Church
 
All services will start at 7pm and should last no longer than 30 minutes.  This year we are following the events as told in St John's gospel starting at chapter 12.  Each service is stand alone but we encourage you to come to as many of the services as possible as we journey round the parishes, hearing afresh the Easter story.
 
On Easter morning, 21st April, there will be a service at 8am  in Glenholm Kirkyard followed by breakfast in Glenholm Cottage.  There will also be an egg hunt after the service so please encourage your friends, neighbours and visitors to join us in celebrating Christ risen. All churches will have Easter services at the normal times that day.
 
The weekly listening hour at the Laurel Bank tearoom has resumed at 10:30am  on Mondays with our new locum John Smith.  However, there will be no listening hour tomorrow due to John having a prior engagement. They will resume on Monday 22nd April.

Church notices for Sunday 7th April 2019
We are delighted to announce that Rev John Smith has agreed to be our new locum. John takes up his duties as from tomorrow and can be contacted by phone at  07710 530 193 or email at midmarjohn@gmail.com.
 
Thank you to all who have contributed to the donations been sent to Zomba Presbytery via Bob Milne. To date £457:50 has been sent and Bob reports that the money has been put to immediate use to help affected families. Longer term, we may be asked to help with support to families that have lost their maize crop and therefore their food supply but we will await further information from Bob.  In the meantime, please keep our friends in Zomba presbytery in your thoughts and prayers
 
Holy week is nearly upon us and, as usual we will be holding services in each of the churches throughout the week with our 'pilgrimage round the parishes', starting in Tweedsmuir church on Monday 15th April at 7pm. This year we will be following the story as told in John's gospel and we invite everyone to come to as many of the services as possible.
 
The weekly listening hour at the Laurel Bank tearoom will resume tomorrow at 10:30am with our new locum. Please note that the weekly sessions will now be on Monday until further notice. Please come along and say hello to John.

Holy Week Services
Monday 15th April - Walk in the Light - 7 to 7.30 pm at Tweedsmuir Church
Tuesday 16th April - The True Vine - 7 to 7.30 pm Drumelzier Church
Wednesday 17th April - The Hour is Coming - 7 to 7.30 pm Broughton Church
Maundy Thursday 18th April - Arresting Prayer - 7 to 7.30 pm Stobo Church
Good Friday 19th April - An Innocent Man - 7 to 7.30 pm Skirling Church

Easter Sunday 21st April - Love Wins - 8 am Glenholm Churchyard outdoor service with hidden eggs to hunt followed by breakfast in Glenholm cottage.

Easter services at usual times in all 4 churches.

Our Locum Minister
Rev. John Smith
We are delighted to announce that Rev John Smith has agreed to be our new locum. John took up his duties as from Monday 8th April and can be contacted by phone at  07710 530 193 or email at midmarjohn@gmail.com.