Parishes of Upper Tweed
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News from the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale
Church notices for Sunday 16th September 2018
The first meeting of the Guild for this session will be this Wednesday, 19th September in Broughton Village Hall starting at 2:30pm. Our speaker will be Rev Tony Foley who will be introducing the new 3 year Guild Strategy 'One Journey, many Roads' All are welcome to join us, new members and visitors are especially invited.
 
Just a reminder that next Sunday (23rd September), Harvest Thanksgiving will be celebrated in Broughton and Skirling churches at the usual times and in Tweedsmuir and Stobo the following Sunday.  Donations of dried and tinned goods and toiletries welcomed. These will be taken to the Muirhouse Community Shop on Pennywell Road in Edinburgh. This shop serves the local communities of Muirhouse and West Pilton with whom the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale have long had a connection.
 
The annual Harvest Supper will take place in Broughton Village Hall on Saturday 29th September at 6pm.   Food, fun and music are on the menu so please encourage your friends and neighbours to join us to celebrate harvest home in our community. All proceeds will be going this year to the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

Concert Raises £2,150 for Parkinsons Charity
On Saturday 8th September a concert was held in memory of the life of Lord Stewartby in Broughton Village Hall. The concert was incredibly well attended and raised an amazing £2,150 for Parkinson's Charity. Many thanks to all who came along and contributed so generously.

A Lifetime of Service

Miss Jessie Eastland

As of the end of September Betty and Jessie Eastland are retiring as active elders in Skirling Kirk. They have however assured us that they still intend to be involved in the life of the Kirk and are keen to stay in touch with what is going on in the Parishes. The congregation in Skirling would expect and accept nothing less. Here are some of their recollections of their long involvement with Skirling and its church.

The sisters were both born in the village and attended Sunday school along with all the rest of the children, even those whose parents were not in church. Then when they were older it was Bible Class in the Church or in the Manse. Bible Class involved homework on that weekís text in a pink exercise book marked up each week by the Minister. Then they joined the church in their mid-teens again along with majority of the local children; they remember twelve teenagers joining one Sunday. Betty has seen ten ministers come and go in Skirling, initially Skirling Ministers, then linked with Broughton then in the 1970ís, as we are today, linked with Broughton, Stobo and Drumelzier and Tweedsmuir. Nine of those Ministers went into retirement from the charge.


One of the jobs that Betty and Jessie will be giving up after many years is cleaning the church, it is no surprise to learn that as young girls they used to help their mother to do the same thing. Jessie can remember dusting in the pulpit and pretending to be The Minister and getting a telling off from her mother for her boldness. A harder task that fell on the girls was to head up to the church at six in the morning with pails of water to fill the tank for the heating and with matches to light the fire in the boiler. Latterly a young David Clarkson helped carry the pails of water.

After their father died, when Jessie was just six years old, their mother had a job at Parkside in Broughton, the house that was on the site where the current manse now stands. It belonged to the Cameron family who owned and ran The Crook Inn at the time and apparently had a  wonderful garden  stretching right up the hill.  This garden provided  flowers for the church every week and Betty and Jessie used to collect them on a Friday afternoon when they got off the train from Peebles after school.   During the school holidays they would take the bus over to collect the flowers:  the regular double decker bus that ran  from  Peebles  to  Glasgow  and  could  get  you  back  from  Biggar at 10pm during the week and 11pm on a Saturday.

Betty and Jessie became elders in Skirling Kirk in 1976, around the  same  time  as  they  took  on  the  cleaning of the  building, they  served as  Presbytery  Elders  for twenty-two years and Betty  has  acted  as  Treasurer  for  18 years  and  Session Clerk  for 17 years, an incredible record of service.   They remember when  there  were  frequently  one  hundred  people  in  the  congregation and regularly fifty to sixty worshippers.  One thing they  felt  is  an  improvement  nowadays  is  the  friendly  chatter before the service whereas everyone used to sit on their own in silence and the odd whisper would earn you a reprimand, and that was before the service started.

Although Skirling Village looks much the same they have experienced  many  changes  here  too. There  used  to be two shops, a post office, a joiner and an electricianís workshop as well as a school, and there would be something on in the village hall almost every night. Badminton twice a week, dances, whist drives, and the hall was always open as a newspaper was  available in the  Reading  Room. At  that time  the  Hall  was the only building with a generator for electricity everyone else was still using paraffin lamps.  There were also a couple of houses in the village that took in holiday makers who used to flood down from Glasgow during fair fortnight.

It is unusual these days for people still to live so close to where they  were  born.    Betty  and Jessie  Eastland are  a  wonderful example of service to the church and to the community where Betty worked for 56 years in the office at Smail and Ewart, and of course at Gladstone and Core where Jessie was employed before taking the shop over and running it until last year. They certainly deserve  their  retirement  and  we wish them  good health that they may continue to enjoy life in Skirling Village
and worship in Skirling Kirk.

On Sunday 21st October there will be a joint service at Skirling followed by lunch in Skirling Village Hall so that we can thank Betty and Jessie property for their 'lifetime of service'.

(As told to Isobel Hunter - First published in the Autumn edition of Kirk Matters and also mentioned in Life and Work online)

Church notices for Sunday 9th September 2018
The Autumn Guild Rally is being held in Old St Paulís Church, Galashiels on Wednesday 12th September at 2:30pm. For those wishing to go, please contact Pat Middlemas (830366) or Fiona Burnett (830408)
 
The first meeting of the Guild for this session will be on Wednesday 19th September in Broughton Village Hall starting at 2:30pm. Our speaker will be Rev Tony Foley who will be introducing the new 3 year Guild Strategy 'One Journey, many Roads' All are welcome to join us, new members and visitors are especially invited.
 
The annual Harvest Supper will take place in Broughton Village Hall on Saturday 29th September at 6pm. This year, instead of asking for donations of baking, we would like donations of plums and apples BEFORE the day so we can transform them into crumbles. Please get them to Isobel (860274) or Fiona (830408). We can freeze them if necessary. UPDATE - We've had a huge response to this already so unless anyone has a suggestion as to what to do with excess apples and plums, we've got enough at the moment, thanks.

New Kirk Matters Published
Kirk Matters 2018
The Autumn 2018 edition of the Church Magazine, Kirk Matters, has been dropping onto Upper Tweeddale residents' mats this week.

100 years after the end of the first world war it features a three page article by Neil Morrison on the Robin Chapel, "a place of remembrance"..

It also recognises the "lifetime of service" given to Skirling and its church by Betty and Jessie Eastland who retire from their roles as Session Clerk and Treasurer of Skirling Kirk this Autumn.

Church notices for Sunday 2th September 2018
We have postponed the All age worship service this afternoon until further notice. Tony has a plan and will be sharing it with us soon so keep looking for further updates
 
Elders please note that the next meeting of the General Kirk Session will be in Drumelzier Hall tomorrow, 3rd September, at 7:30pm
 
On Saturday 8th September at 7.30pm in Broughton Village Hall  there will be a concert in memory of the life of Lord Stewartby. Young musicians from Live Music Now  will play Mozart, Schubert and Mahler. It is free entry, but donations are welcome for Parkinson's Charity. Please email if attending to stewartbyconcert@gmail.com
 
The Autumn Guild Rally is being held in Old St Paulís Church, Galashiels on Wednesday 12th September at 2:30pm. For those wishing to go, please contact Pat Middlemas (830366) or Fiona Burnett (830408)
 
The annual Harvest Supper will take place in Broughton Village Hall on Saturday 29th September at 6pm. This year, instead of asking for donations of baking, we would like donations of plums and apples BEFORE the day so we can transform them into crumbles. Please get them to Isobel (860274) or Fiona (830408) from today onwards We can freeze them if necessary.

Janet Hunter Comes 2nd in National Guild Convenor Challenge
Janet Hunter comes 2nd in guild convenor's challenge
On 1st September Janet Hunter was in Dundee to attend the Guild Annual Gathering where it was announced that her embroidered cushion came second in this year's national Guild Convenor's Challenge. The challenge was to embroider a cushion.on the theme of "One Journey Many Roads", that being the Guild's theme for the next three years.

The idea for the cushion design came from the free hand maps of the Parish that were produced when some members of our congregations undertook a Future Focus programme in 2016 and the initial design was drawn by Stella O'Brien, an elder in Biggar Kirk.

Presbytery Visit from Young People of Malawi and Lebanon

Our Malawian guests singing at Earlston Church
On 26th August the visit of an inspiring group of young people from Malawi and Lebanon to the Presbytery came to a fitting end with a party/service at Innerleithen Church. The many activities (social and serious) of the visit were encapsulated in two hours of food and friendship.

Fiona Burnett, convenor of the World Commission Committee of the Presbytery, conducted an interview with the group during which they gently laid down a challenge to us to listen more to young people, to embrace change so that the church can become more attractive to the young and to have more interactive services.

Centrepiece for the event was Geoffrey Matias's graduation. By coming on the visit he had missed his graduation ceremony in Malawi so the Presbytery conducted its own ceremony, presenting Geoffrey (dressed in gown and mortar board) with a certificate and stethoscope. 

The ceremony was followed by a beautiful rendition of the Malawian National Anthem and through the evening the church was filled with some fine singing, both of the hymns sung by the congregation but especially by the young Malawian group whose extraordinary rhythm and harmonies  brought smiles to everyone present.

And of course thanks were given to everyone who had been involved in such a fantastic two weeks. Through their visits to churches, schools, the National Youth Assembly and Lindisfarne these seven young people had touched hundreds of people and the smooth running of the visit had depended on the enthusiastic involvement of hosts, volunteer drivers, multitudes of bakers and sandwich makers, Ministers and not least the co-ordinating prowess of the World Mission Committee itself.

The pictures capture just some of the memories of the event.

Church notices for Sunday 26th August 2018
This evening, 26th August, there will be a farewell service and party for our visitors before they return home tomorrow. This will be held in Innerleithen church at 6pm and will be your last chance to meet and hear from our visitors. Everyone is invited to attend what should be a very colourful occasion.
 
Next Saturday 1st September, the Presbytery is inviting representatives from each congregation to meet in Innerleithen Church Hall at 10am for a discussion on the future shape of our church in the Presbytery. This is in light of falling minister numbers and the need to plan for the future. If you would like to go as part of the group from Parishes of Upper Tweeddale, please let Isobel Hunter(860274) know.
 
The first All age worship service of the new session  will be on Sunday 2nd September at 4:30pm in Broughton Village Hall, followed by pizza and chat. Please put it in your diary and bring your friends and neighbours to join us for an informal service.
 
Elders please note that the next meeting of the General Kirk Session  will be in Drumelzier Hall on Monday 3rd September at 7:30pm
 
The Autumn Guild Rally is being held in Old St Paulís Church, Galashiels on Wednesday 12th September at 2:30pm. For those wishing to go, please contact Pat Middlemas (830366) or Fiona Burnett (830408)

Church notices for Sunday 12th August 2018
It might be the middle of summer but we are already making plans for the autumn edition of Kirk Matters which is due out at the beginning of September. The deadline for articles to be sent to Isobel Hunter is Friday 17th August.
 
Our visitors from Malawi  arrived on Friday for what is going to be a full programme in the Presbytery.Sadly the visitors from Lebanon had to pull out at the last moment due to illness with the other person unwilling to make the long journey by herself. We are still hopeful that they might join later in the visit.  The first public event of the visit is a service of welcome followed by a fellowship supper in Earlston Church tonight (12th August) at  6pm. Everyone is welcome to come. If you would like or can offer transport, please contact Fiona (830408).
 
Geoffrey Matias, one of the vistors and whom the Presbytery has funded through a Midwifery course, will be with us in Skirling church on Sunday 26th August for a joint service with Skirling and Broughton.   His home church, Namadidi is partnered with Upper Tweeddale. After the service, there will be a simple soup and sandwich lunch served in Skirling Hall so you can meet Geoffrey and have a chat with him. Please note, there will be services in Tweedsmuir and Stobo that day but not in Broughton.
 
On Sunday evening 26th August, there will be a farewell service and party for our visitors before they return home the next day. This will be held in Innerleithen church at 6pm and will be your last chance to meet and hear from our visitors. Everyone is invited to attend what should be a very colourful occasion.

Church notices for Sunday 5th August 2018
It might be the middle of summer but we are already making plans for the autumn edition of Kirk Matters which is due out at the beginning of September. The deadline for articles to be sent to Isobel Hunter is Friday 17th August.
 
Our visitors from Malawi and Lebanon are due to arrive on Friday for what is going to be a full programme in the Presbytery The first public event of the visit is a service of welcome followed by a fellowship supper in Earlston Church on Sunday 12th August at  6pm. Everyone is welcome to come. If you would like or can offer transport, please contact Fiona (830408).
 
Geoffrey Matias, one of the vistors and whom the Presbytery has funded through a Midwifery course, will be with us in Skirling church on Sunday 26th August for a joint service with Skirling and Broughton.   His home church, Namadidi is partnered with Upper Tweeddale. After the service, there will be a simple soup and sandwich lunch served in Skirling Hall so you can meet Geoffrey and have a chat with him. Please not, there will be services in Tweedsmuir and Stobo that day but not in Broughton.
 
On Sunday evening 26th August, there will be a farewell service and party for our visitors before they return home the next day. This will be held in Innerleithen church at 6pm and will be your last chance to meet and hear from our visitors. Everyone is invited to attend what should be a very colourful ooccasion.

Church notices for Sunday 29th July 2018
The Worship Workshop will meet tonight (29th July) in Skirling House at 7pm.Everyone  is welcome to come along and join in the discussion and plans for worship in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale in the forthcoming months.
 
It might be the middle of summer but we are already making plans for the autumn edition of Kirk Matters which is due out at the beginning of September. The deadline for articles to be sent to Isobel Hunter is Friday 17th August.
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery  is progressing well. The first public event of the visit is a service of welcome followed by a fellowship supper in Earlston Church on Sunday 12th August at  6pm. Everyone is welcome to come. If you would like or can offer transport, please contact Fiona (830408). Geoffrey Matias, one of the vistors and whom the \presbytery has funded through a Midwifery course, will be with us in Skirling church on Sunday 26th August. His home church, Namadidi is partnered with Upper Tweeddale and we hope to organise a lunch for him after the service so everyone can come and meet him. More details to follow.

Church notices for Sunday 22nd July 2018
The Worship Workshop will meet next Sunday (29th July) in Skirling House at 7pm.Everyone  is welcome to come along and join in the discussion and plans for worship in the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale in the forthcoming months.
 
It might be the middle of summer but we are already making plans for the autumn edition of Kirk Matters which is due out at the beginning of September. The deadline for articles to be sent to Isobel Hunter is Friday 17th August.
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery in August took a step forward this week with the Malawians finally getting their visas, the Lebanese having got them a few weeks ago. The first public event of the visit is a service of welcome followed by a fellowship supper in Earlston Church on Sunday 12th August at  6pm. If you are thinking of going and would like transport, please contact Fiona (830408). Geoffrey Matias, one of the vistors and whom the \presbytery has funded through a Midwifery course, will be with us in Skirling church on Sunday 26th August. His home church, Namadidi is partnered with Upper Tweeddale and we hope to organise a lunch for him after the service so everyone can come and meet him. More details to follow.
 

Church notices for Sunday 15th July 2018
The holiday season is upon us so not so many events to announce. If, whilst on holiday you happen to visit another church, we'd be interested to hear about your experience and anything you think we should be considering doing in our parishes.
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery in August is well under way. If you would like to get involved by either hosting one of the visitors or volunteering as a driver during the visit (10th - 27th August) please contact Fiona on 830408. Also if you have a redundant, but in good condition smartphone that you would be willing to donate to one of our visitors, Fiona would be pleased to receive it.

Church notices for Sunday 8th July 2018
The holiday season is upon us so not so many events to announce. If, whilst on holiday you happen to visit another church, we'd be interested to hear about your experience and anything you think we should be considering doing in our parishes.
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery in August is well under way. If you would like to get involved by either hosting one of the visitors or volunteering as a driver during the visit (10th - 27th August) please contact Fiona on 830408. Also if you have a redundant, but in good condition smartphone that you would be willing to donate to one of our visitors, Fiona would be pleased to receive it.
 

Church notices for Sunday 1st July 2018
The holiday season is upon us so not so many events to announce. If, whilst on holiday you happen to visit another church, we'd be interested to hear about your experience and anything you think we should be considering doing in our parishes.
 
There was a large turnout for the Presbytery meeting on Tuesday, thank you to all who helped in the logistics and refreshments. Apart from ourselves who were given permission to call before the Presbytery Plan was suspended and Carlops, Kirkurd & Newland and West Linton who have had an Interiom minister appointed for 2 years, every other vacant charge in the Presbytery has had the vacancy process suspended until decisions are made about a future Presbytery Plan. This could take a year or so to get a plan agreed worrying a lot of people,  we are all asked to pray for our sister congregations. Also if you have any ideas as to how you think the future shape of the Presbytery shoud be, speak to your Session Clerk who will forward on your ideas.
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery in August is well under way. If you would like to get involved by either hosting one of the visitors or volunteering as a driver during the visit (10th - 27th August) please contact Fiona on 830408. Also if you have a redundant, but in good condition smartphone that you would be willing to donate to one of our visitors, Fiona would be pleased to receive it.
 

Thanks from Lebanon

At the end of May at the service celebrating 50 years of women in ministry with the Church of Scotland the collection was given to Rev Rola Sleiman from the Presbytarian Church of Lebanon and Syria in Tripoli to use as she saw fit within her church.

That church is doing a lot of great work to help and support the Syrian refugee community in their area. We have received the following message from Rola:

"Hope you are doing well. I will attach to you pictures of the games we bought from the money that was offered to me during the evening service. I bought one babyfoot and a football Goal. I wish you extend my greetings and thankfulness to the church members and everyone who was generous in giving and offering.May God bless them all. Kids were really excited and happy"

The pictures are surely evidence of what a difference having access to games and sports equipment makes to the young refuguees in northern Lebanon.

Church notices for Sunday 24th June 2018
Congratulations to Janet Hunter who has won 2nd prize in the Guild Convener's challenge this year. The challenge was to design a cushion along the theme of  "One Journey, many roads" which is the Guild theme for the next 3 years. We  took the idea of the maps that we produced for the future focus course we did a few years ago and Janet produced a map of the Upper Tweed area. There were 27 cushions that made it through to the national final and the first prize went to Lewis with Edinburgh third. The cushions will be on display at the Guild Annual Gathering in Dundee on 1st September and plans are afoot to make sure Janet can attend. Later in the year we'll send it round the churches for you to have a look at it.
 
The Presbytery are having their June meeting in Broughton Church on Tuesday 26th June starting at 7pm. Once a year they visit one of he churches in the Presbytery and this is the turn of Broughton. Presbytery meetings are always open to anyone interested but this is a special invitation to one being held in our parishes. We're also being cited to attend as per the edict read out today. Refreshments will be served
 
The planning for the visit of young adults from Lebanon and Malawi  to Melrose and Peebles Presbytery in August is well under way. There is a meeting on Thursday 28th June from 6pm in Innerleithern church for anyone who would like to get involved in the visit. For more information contact Fiona on 830408. Please also pray for our Malawian visitors who are having their inverviews for visas on Monday.

Sundae Sunday

A Sundae Sunday sundae!
On Sunday 10th June about forty people from around the parishes gathered at Tweedsmuir Village Hall for a united Sundae Sunday service followed by ice cream and a wonderful range of sauces and toppings.

The focus of the service was on the plight of displaced people, a theme often repeated in the Bible (the reading was the story of Ruth) and sadly far too relevant today. According to UNHCR the world "is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record" with over 65 million people having been forced from their homes, over 22 million of whom are refugees, over half of whom are under 18 years old.

The service raised a further £305 to be added to the funds being sent to Christian Aid following Christian Aid Week and the Skirling Green car boot sale.

There were suggestions that ice cream should be a part of every service!

Polytunnel for Broughton Primary School

So much space! Making way for the Broughton Primary School polytunnel
On Tuesday 5th June a very small team of very small people ably assisted by Finlay Smith, Lynn Smith and Christine Parker made the first steps towards erecting a brand new polytunnel for Broughton Primary School. The Parishes of Upper Tweeddale have funded the purchase of this tunnel through last year's Harvest Supper and collections during Christmas services and other events.

This work cleared the ground ready for the polytunnel's installation. The polytunnel will make it possible to teach children at the school about horticulture and plant biology in a practical way.

Service of Celebration for 50 Years of Women in Ministry
Rev Rola Sleiman, Rev Rachel Dobie, Rev Nancy Norman, Very Rev Dr Sheilagh Kesting, Mrs Jane Gillham
To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the ordination of women as Ministers in the Church of Scotland Sunday 27th May saw a special and inspiring service in Drumelzier Church. The service was lead by the Very Rev  Dr Sheilagh Kestings, one of just four women to have held the post of Moderator of the General Assembly. She is also connected with Drumelzier Church in that her grand-father was a previous Minister of Drumelzier.

Dr Kesting had chosen four hymns written by Kathy Galloway, Bernadette Farrell, Shirley Erena Murray and June Boyce-Tillman. The singing was loud and beautiful bolstered by a congregation approaching fifty strong.

Prayers and readings were read by three women with connections to this part of Tweeddale: Rev Nancy Norman, Mrs Jane Gillham and Rev Rachel Dobie, and we were blessed with the presence of Rev Rola Sleiman from the Presbytarian Church of Lebanon and Syria who read the second reading

A retiring collection raised a fantastic £270 which has gone to Rev Sleiman's church in Tripoli where they are doing amazing work to help and support the Syrian refugee community in their area. 

Many thanks go to Ros Kerr and Jane Gillham who were responsible for the tea and cakes in Drumelzier Village Hall after the service, and to Julian Birchall for making it all happen.

Skirling Green Car Boot Sale for Christian Aid

Plant Sale at the Skirling Green Car Boot Sale
After a week of beautiful sunny weather, the clouds rolled across on Sunday but the rain stayed away and the change in the weather didn't deter the many visitors to the Skirling Green Car Boot Sale to raise money for Christian Aid.

There were more than 30 car boots surrounding the green and the tea room served nearly 170 teas. Many thanks go to the many willing volunteers who gave up their afternoon to help and to the many people who contributed to the amazing spread of refreshments served in Skirling Village Hall.

So much was raised that the money is still being counted but the figure will be published here when we have it to hand.

Lambing Service

Lambing Service - our two newest parishioners
The annual lambing service was held on Sunday 13th May at Broughton Kirk. Tony Foley lead the service highlighting the difficulties that farmers in Upper Tweeddale have been facing this year with the particularly severe late Winter weather. And he emphasized our appreciation for the amazing hard work that our farmers and shepherds put in with so little reward, and also the blessings that we all share of living and working in such a beautiful part of the world.

Two lambs kindly brought along by Lynn and Finlay Smith added their voices to the singing and the prayers but appeared to fall asleep during (and despite) Tony's thoughtful and entertaining sermon!

The service was well attended with people coming from as far as Peebles and even one from New Zealand! Together they contributed £150 to go to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI). After the service they all tucked into rereshments and some scrumptious cake provided by Ros Kerr.

Thanks go to everyone who came along to participate in such a special event in our calendar and who supported such a worthy cause.

Tweedsmuir Kirk Cushion Re-upholstered
Tweedsmuir Kirk's New Pulpit Cushion
The cushion in Tweedsmuir Kirk's has recently been re-upholstered and is now back in place in the pulpit awaiting the installation of a new Minister.

The cushion used to be very threadbare, was lumpy and torn with horse hair protruding. Maura Glatt, a member of the congregation, took on the challenge and skilfully reupholstered the  cushion in it's new plush cover, chosen to match the pulpit surround.

All Age Worship - Food for the Soul

Tony Welcomes Everyone
On Sunday 29th April we held the first of a series of monthly 'family' services in Broughton village's 'small hall'. These gatherings are designed for people of all ages and aim to contain something a little different from the regular Sunday morning services held in the four churches of Upper Tweeddale. This one had a lively mix of modern music accompanied by videos projected onto the big screen, Bible based stories and prayer followed by a pizza supper.

Fiona told the story of the Hidden Treasure in her own words, Peter read the story of the Good Samaritan from the Bible with projected words and pictures, and Tony lead a short discussion about the meaning behind the Good Samaritan, everyone having the opportinity to to get involved.

Pizza and salad and a variety of cakes were served immediately after the service. The next one is scheduled for Sunday 3rd June at 4:30. Whatever your background, wherever you are visiting from and regardless of whether you attend or have ever attended church in the past you will be made very welcome.

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Beetle and Pizza Drive

Keeping the score at the Beetle Drive
A whole host of weird and wonderful beetles appeared in Broughton village hall on Sunday evening (22nd April) where the young and young at heart gathered for a beetle drive in aid of the Guild's projects and activities.

Some  of those playing revealed a previously hidden talent for drawing beetles, others discovered an uncanny knack for throwing the right number on the dice at the right time, while the rest of us simply had great fun and tucked into the pizza and cakes.

Prizes were awarded to four talented artists for the best drawn beetles (not an easy one to judge!) while Mary Smith walked away with the prize for winning the competition as a whole amid much muttering about the laws of probability and weighted dice! There was a well supported raffle too and the whole thing raised over £150. Many thanks to all who came along and helped to make the evening such a success.

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.

 
Coming Soon...
Joint Service followed by Lunch in Skirling
Sunday  21 October 2018