Parishes of Upper Tweed
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News from the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale
Introducing Our Locum - Rev. Pamela Strachan
At the beginning of May Rev. Pamela Strachan became our locum Minister taking over from Rev. John Smith.
In the last month you may have seen Pamela several times in our online services. Living at Glenhighton, she is a member of our community and was a member of our Worship Workshop prior to qualifying as an Ordained Local Minister.
By way of an introduction and to help us to learn a little more about our locum Minister, especially while we are unable to meet and chat with her in person, here is a short interview conducted by her husband Sir Hew Strachan.

Moderator Invites You to a Pentecost Service
Today's service for Sunday, 31st May is a special pentecost service led by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Martin Fair. The service can be accessed from the Church of Scotland web site and is available from 10.00 AM but will be available to view any time after that.
In the meantime here is the invitation to the service in the Moderator's own words:

Music in the Ascension Sunday Service
The full versions of the music included in the Ascension Sunday Service are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy all three pieces through Amazon and through Apple iTunes.
    by Travis Cottrell
    from the album At the Foot of the Cross
    by Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    from the album For Thy Pleasure
    by Karl Jenkins · London Symphony Orchestra · City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus · Simon Halsey · Rundfunkchor Berlin · Davy Spillane · Laurence Cottle
    from the album The Peacemakers

Music in the Sunday Service (17th May)
The full versions of the music included in the Sunday Service for 17th May are available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy More Than Hymns through Amazon and through Apple iTunes. String Heaven can be purchased from www.stringheaven.com.
    by The Choir of Wells Cathedral, Organist Rupert Gough
    from the album More Than Hymns
    by The Kings Chamber Orchestra
    from the album String Heaven

Music in the V.E. Day Service (10th May)
The full versions of the music included in the V.E. Day for 10th May are all available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the albums containing all three pieces through Amazon and the first two individual pieces through Apple iTunes.
    by Wallingford Parish Church Choir
    from the album The Hymns Album
    by Wild Goose Worship Group
    from the album There Is One Among Us: Shorter Songs for Worship by John L. Bell
    by The O'Neill Brothers Group
    from the album Prayer & Devotion Hymns on Guitar

V.E. Day from a book by Russell Miller

During the editing of the V.E. Day service sadly there wasn't room for this piece recorded by Col. Stephanie Jackman from the book V.E. Day: The People's Story by Russell Miller. But it seemed a shame to leave it unheard so here it is.

The V.E. Day Service is now available through the Weekly Services page.


Music in the Sunday Service (3rd May)
The full versions of the music included in the Sunday Service for 3rd May are all available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the albums containing all three pieces through Amazon and the individual pieces through Apple iTunes.
    by CN Productions
    from the album Beautiful Saviour (12 Instrumental Songs of Stuart Townend)
    by Saint Paul’s Parish Choir, Washington D.C.
    from the album Praise to the Holiest
    by Worship Without Words
    from the album Worship Without Words - Lord, You Have My Heart

The Road to Emmaus

This reflection on the Road to Emmaus was shared with us by Barrie Cash who is a good friend to Upper Tweeddale and often preaches for us.


Music in the Sunday Service (26th April)
The full versions of the music included in the Sunday Service for 26th April are all available through YouTube. They are listed here. Click on the title to listen to them on YouTube.
You can also buy the albums containing all three pieces through Amazon and the individual pieces through Apple iTunes.
    by Rick Wakeman
    originally from the album Morning Has Broken but also on the more recent Piano Portraits
    by the Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia
    conducted by John Rutter
    from the album Te Deum and Other Church Music
3. Now Thank We All Our God
    by Maranatha Instrumental
    from the album Colours

Walking with Stewart

'Walking' with Stewart is the latest of a series of reflections produced by Rev Stewart McPherson, Interim Minister of our neighbours in the linked churches of West Linton, Carlops, Newlands and Kirkurd.
Life and Work May 2020
Life and Work May 2020
During this challenging period, Life and Work (the Church of Scotland magazine) is committed to helping keep our Christian community connected. The magazine is printing as normal, but, aware that many subscribers will have their deliveries delayed, especially if they normally receive it through their church, they have given us permission to publish an online version through our web site.
Click here to view the May 2020 edition..

Music in the Easter Sunday Service
The full versions of the music included in the Easter 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 the albums containing all four pieces through Amazon and the individual pieces through Apple iTunes.
    by Annamária Kertész, Réka Szabó, Louis-Joseph Fournier, Jérôme Gueller
    from the album Taizé Instrumental 1
    by Huddersfield Choral Society · Joseph Cullen
    from the album The Hymns Album
3. Thine be the glory
    by Huddersfield Choral Society · Joseph Cullen
    from the album The Hymns Album
4. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today [Instrumental Version]
    by Johnny Markin
    from the album Instrumental Acoustic Hymns Project

Crosses for Easter

Cross for Easter
As Easter comes to a close I wanted to share some of the pictures of crosses that have been sent to me during the week and which regretably (for want of time) I have been unable to publish on the web site until now.

Easter is a special time and for me, being involved in putting together the Holy Week services has helped to compensate for the inability to gather in each of our five churches during Holy Week. Thank you to everyone for getting involved, for sending in pictures including the ones used here, to Anne Dawson for her wonderful musical contribution to Easter Sunday's service, and a big thank you to all of the members of the Worship Workshop (including honorary member Barrie Cash) for their thoughtful and thought provoking addresses and prayers during the course of the week.

I hope everyone continues to stay safe over the coming weeks as the world continues to tackle the pandemic. In the meantime please keep sending your pictures to neil@glenholm.co.uk so that, even if we can't get out and about, at least on Sundays we can have a glimpse of local life in God's world outside of our own houses and gardens.

Love,

Neil

An Update from NZ (from Pamela Strachan)
Pamela Strachan
Pamela Strachan (OLM at Peebles Old and resident of Upper Tweeddale) has written to us from New Zealand where she has been stranded thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. Here is her update.

It has been a very strange time with a ‘Lenten Lockdown’ that none of us could have anticipated. Having been asked to give a view of the virus from ‘Down Under’ I’m wondering whether my experience here is really very different from your own - apart from the weather, of course. When I left the UK in early March, NZ didn’t even appear on the global maps plotting the spread of coronavirus as there were only 5 cases recorded here at that time. It seemed one of the safest places in the world to be. For the first fortnight here that continued to be so - no-one hospitalised with the virus, free movement of people, international flights arriving daily. And suddenly that all changed. There was a dramatic increase in reported cases as more and more overseas travellers arrived and began to infect communities throughout the country.

The epidemiologists and medical advisers acted quickly and so did the government. PM Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation and a 4 stage Alert Level programme was introduced; there was no need to panic but the situation was grave and many people would die from this spreading virus without immediate action. The instructions were clear; the example of what had happened in Italy was a lesson to us all. Lombardy had been in lockdown but physical distancing was not enforced. Pubs and clubs and restaurants continued to have thousands mingling and transmitting the virus in northern Italy and the infection rate soared by the thousands. Lockdown plus social distancing was key and international travel one of the obvious methods of transmission.

On the whole, NZers are a law-abiding nation although reluctant to follow instructions if they don’t understand the reasoning. They’re resourceful and enterprising, known for their ingenuity with No.8 wire, blessed with a glorious climate and a naturally abundant supply of food. But now NZ is very much on the international tourist track and as vulnerable as any to the spread of Covid-19. The need for protective gloves and masks, for regular hand-washing and for remaining within your “bubble” as each household is termed, is reinforced daily. Testing and tracking transmission are essential. The supermarkets, thankfully, are well stocked and although there are sometimes long queues as customers patiently observe the 2m distancing rule, there are also local greengrocers and pharmacies open and there really is no problem getting essential supplies.

Meanwhile, the sun has continued to shine during the late summer. The clocks changed on Palm Sunday and the weather will be more unsettled as the days shorten and we move into autumn. I’m very fortunate staying close to Kohimarama Beach in Auckland where we can continue to take daily exercise but there is now a legal ban on swimming and all water activity. As long as social distancing is observed when taking daily exercise, the line is … be sensible, be responsible, wear your mask - and be kind.

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Sometimes we find that a crisis helps us think through problems in a new way, to ‘recalibrate our priorities’ which is what I know many of us will have been doing as we look out for one another in the community. It’s been heartening to see the response to online worship and other ways of communicating with each other as we all learn to observe physical distancing and adhere to new Covid-19 protocols. But there are undoubtedly strains on families as financial uncertainty looms, jobs and incomes are at risk and the economy slows. In addition, parents are providing home-schooling for their children which for some is yet another challenge. So we’re in for the ‘long haul’ we’ve been warned, although there is cautious optimism here in NZ as the infection curve appears to be flattening, confirming the wisdom of the early introduction of movement restrictions and Level 4 lockdown.

It has been very good to share with your online worship in the Upper Tweeddale parishes and to journey with you all through this Holy Week. This year, it is a particularly poignant journey as we adjust to life in ‘lockdown’. On Good Friday, the desolation of the Cross will have a new relevance for us all. Many are separated from their families and friends and facing a very uncertain future. Some are suffering from Coronavirus itself as is our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Others, with underlying health issues are acutely aware of their own vulnerability and all of us are particularly aware of elderly friends and family who are at particular risk.

But the message of Easter remains as thrilling as it is every year and I’m sure we will journey together with resilience and compassion as we journey with Jesus this Holy Week. I will not be with you at Easter, nor do I know with certainty when I will be back in Scotland. Meanwhile, I can share these lines with you.

This beautiful sonnet by Malcolm Guite invites us all to examine our own hearts as we accompanied our Lord to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and into Holy Week. How are we responding in this time of crisis? Concerned for our own and our immediate family’s welfare alone (‘self-interest, and fearful guardedness’) - or remaining open to Jesus and letting God’s love flood our lives and His will direct our every action?

Palm Sunday
Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,
The seething holy city of my heart,
The Saviour comes. But will I welcome him?
Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;
They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,
And think the battle won. Too soon they’ll find
The challenge, the reversal he is bringing
Changes their tune. I know what lies behind
The surface flourish that so quickly fades;
Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,
The hardness of the heart, its barricades,
And at the core, the dreadful emptiness
Of a perverted temple. Jesus, come
Break my resistance and make me your home.

Malcolm Guite

A crisis is also an opportunity. Maybe we have been able to use this Lenten tide in this way and my prayers are with you as we travel through Holy Week to Easter. I hope to be back among you all very soon.

With my love, pamela April 2020

Music in the Holy Week Services
The full version of the beautiful music included in the Holy Week Services  is available through YouTube. It is listed here. Click on the title to listen to it on YouTube.
You can buy the album containing this piece through Amazon and also through Apple iTunes.
    by Celtic Expressions Musicians
    from the album The Prince of Glory - Celtic Expressions of Worship Vol 4

A Letter From Calum MacDougall, Our Interim Moderator
Dear All,
As we enter the third week of 'lockdown' I wanted to be in touch to offer any help or support I might be able to give you within all the present constraints that are limiting our movement and contact. I am sure I speak for all of us when I say that we desperately miss being able to worship in church together Sunday by Sunday and at no time is this a greater miss than at this most poignant period in the Christian year. How we long to be physically together in worship once more.
Once again the Worship Workshop has proved to be one of the great blessings of our four parishes and we are so grateful to our worship leaders for providing us with online worship each Sunday while we remain restricted to our homes. The annual pilgrimage round the parishes during Holy Week is a greatly treasured feature of our shared life in Upper Tweeddale and though we are unable to have our normal Holy Week worship, the Worship Workshop is making the Holy Week pilgrimage possible, albeit a 'virtual' pilgrimage, by providing readings, prayers and reflections from today until Good Friday. All of our online worship is on our website at www.uppertweeddale.org.uk Please share this information as widely as you can.

Our journey through Holy Week presents opportunities for deep reflection and self-examination. As we walk with Jesus through those momentous days in which we can find ourselves experiencing such extremes of emotion we are especially aware that the current health crisis is testing the resilience and resolve of all of us. We worry about our physical and mental well-being and that of our loved ones, our friends and our neighbours. We are eager to serve and support one another, yet, much of the time, we wonder how best to do it. We miss daily interaction with friends as well as chance meetings with others we haven't seen for weeks, months or years and which bring such joy to our days. Many interests, hobbies and perhaps sports that are normally so much part of our lives have had to be put on hold, while we turn to other activities that our isolation allows.
For many of us our faith is proving to be a precious gift indeed as we try to adapt to our circumstances. For all the emotional extremes of Holy Week we are nevertheless aware that the despair, the confusion, the pain and the doubt, lead in the end to victory in the unbridled joy of Easter. On Sunday morning, virtually or among loved ones within our homes, we shall proclaim together CHRIST IS RISEN! There is no greater hope. There is no truth more profound. There is no answer to pain, fear and despair than that. Because Christ lives we live also.
If there is anything at all I can do for you, or even if you simply want to chat on the phone, please don't hesitate to call me, either on the landline (01899 830615) or on my mobile (07974031402) and, if you are able, please let me know of any member or parishioner who might appreciate a friendly phone call.
Stay safe one and all.
With every blessing,
Calum.

#EasterHope - An Easter Celebration Idea

Easter Cross Instructions
This is a great idea from Malcolm Jefferson's team at Peebles St. Andrews Leckie:
This Easter we would like to invite Christians across Peebles and the Borders (and even further afield!) to celebrate Easter by making and decorating a cross in their homes.
IWhile it is not possible to celebrate together physically this year we can still join together in spirit to focus on the hope of the cross and Christ’s death and resurrection for us! Individual households could make a simple cross with paper and pens to go in a window or something more elaborate made from wood or other materials that might stand in a front garden (see the attached example for instructions on how to make a cross from garden branches.)
These can be displayed and decorated over the Easter Weekend. We hope that whilst still adhering to social distancing guidelines our neighbours might be able to enjoy seeing this sign of Christian hope in windows and gardens around them. It would be great to share pictures on social media too if this is something you do, quote #Easterhope. He is risen!

Music in the Palm Sunday Service
The full versions of the music included in the Palm 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 the albums containing the first and third pieces through Amazon and the third piece through Apple iTunes.
    by The Scottish Festival Singers
    from the album Timeless Hymns, Vol. 4: Abide With Me
    from Hi-Fi Hymn Book which provides FREE downloads of pipe organ recordings of Christian hymns and service music
3. The Palms
    by Domenico Cipriani
    from the album Noi insieme - Canti e musiche per la festa del matrimonio

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"
 
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.
However hard copies of this edition are available from the Broughton Village Shop.
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.

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.



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 been 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 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.

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!
 

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.