Parishes of Upper Tweed
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News from the Parishes of Upper Tweeddale
Church notices for Sunday 17th June 2018
The sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated in Tweedsmuir and Stobo Churches on Sunday 24th June. Both services at the normal times
 
The Sundae Sunday last week seems to have been a success and marked the end of the Christian Aid 'week' or in our case Month. A total of  1370.55 was sent from the Parishes and thank you to all who contributed to this total which included the Car boot sale, Sundae Sunday and envelope donations.
 
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.
 

Sundae Sunday

Sundae Sunday
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.

Church notices for Sunday 3rd June 2018
This afternoon (3rd June) is the next of our family services starting at 4:30pm in Broughton Village Hall. The theme this month is 'Joy and Happiness' so tell your friends and neighbours to come and join us for a service which includes songs, stories and then supper.
 
The General Kirk Session meets tomorrow (4th June) in Tweedsmuir Village Hall at 7:30pm. Elders please note that papers and agenda have been sent if you are on email or ready to be collected from your email buddy.
 
Next Sunday (10th June)  there will we a Joint Service in Tweedsmuir Village Hall on Sunday 10th June at 11am. This will be a Sundae Sunday service and yes ice cream will feature. The offering will be going to Christain Aid. Please note that there will be no other services in any of the other churches that day.  
 
Thanks to all who organised,  participated or attended the  special service last week to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the ordination of women in the Church of Scotland.  We managed to raise 270 to give to Rev Rola Sleiman, for the work in her church, Tripoli in northern Lebanon.
 
There is still time to donate to Christian Aid:  envelopes are still available in all the churches

Church notices for Sunday 27th May 2018
Thank you to all who supported the Christian Aid Car Boot Sale  last Sunday. The weather was kind for once which meant a very good turn-out. We managed to raise 859 so thank you to all who contributed in any way to make it a very successful afternoon. Envelopes are still available in all the churches if you wish to donate to Christian Aid,
 
Don't forget the  special service this afternoon  (27th May) to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the ordination of women in the Church of Scotland. This will be held in Drumelzier Church at 5pm, followed by refreshments in Drumelzier Village Hall. The Very Rev  Dr Sheilagh Kestings who was the first woman minister to be Moderator of the Church of Scotland  will be our guest preacher . She also has family connections ro Drumelzier where her  grandfather was the minister of Drumelzier church from 1917-27.  Among the other women taking part in the service is  Rev Rola Sleiman, the first woman to be ordained as a minister in the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon and she  will read a lesson . Her church of  Tripoli in the north of Lebanon has a lot of refugees in her congregation and  they also run a school for refugee children. The offering will be going to Rola's church. Car parking will be be in the glebe next to the church and this will be signposted.
 
The Guild Outing this year is to Houghton Hall near Carlisle on Thursday 31st May. We will be visiting the World in Miniature Museum, with time to look round the garden centre before High Tea in the restaurant. Cars will leave Broughton Village Hall carpark at 1:30pm, returning around 8pm. Total cost is 20 and if you would like to join us, please contact John Burnett (830303).
 
Sunday 3rd June is the next of our family services starting at 4:30pm in Broughton Village Hall. The theme this month is 'God has feelings too!' so tell your friends and neighbours to come and join us for a service which includes songs, stories and then supper.
 
Advance notice that their will we a Joint Service in Tweedsmuir Village hall on Sunday 10th June at 11am. This will be a Sundae Sunday service and yes ice cream will feature. The offering will be going to Christain Aid. Please note that there will be no other services in any of the other churches that day.----  
 
 
 

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

Enjoying Tea and Cakes in Skirling Village Hall
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.

Church notices for Sunday 20th May 2018
Thank you to all who supported the lambing service last week.  The service was well attended and the lambs were little stars. We managed to send 146 to the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institute.
 
Today is the end of Christian Aid week. Envelopes are available if you wish to make a donation. Please take one for a friend or neighbour if you can.
 
This afternoon (20th May) is the Christian Aid Carboot Sale on Skirling Green, starting at 2pm. The charge per car this year is 8 ( free if you are giving your proceeds to Christian Aid). Come with lots of money to spend on books, bric-a-brac, ice cream and of course the famous teas and home baking.
 
There will be a special service next  Sunday, 27th May to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the ordination of women in the Church of Scotland. This will be held in Drumelzier Church at 5pm, followed by refreshments in Drumelzier Village Hall. The Very Rev  Dr Sheilagh Kestings will be our guest preacher and we hope to invite other women ministers from around the Presbytery to take part.  Please put the date in your diary and come along to what should be a very special occasion.
 
 The Guild Outing this year is to Houghton Hall near Carlisle on Thursday 31st May. We will be visiting the World in Minature Museum, with time to look round the garden centre before High Tea in the restaurant. Cars will leave Broughton Village Hall carpark at 1:30pm, returning around 8pm. Total cost is 20 and if you would like to join us, please contact John Burnett (830303).
 
Sunday 3rd June is the next of our family services starting at 4:30pm in Broughton Village Hall. The theme this month is 'God' so tell your friends and neighbours to come and join us for a service which includes songs, stories and then supper.
 
 
 

Church notices for Sunday 13th May 2018
Members of Broughton and Skirling Churches please note that their annual stated meeting will be held today after each service. (13th May).
 
Elders please note that there is a Extraordinary Meeting of the General Kirk Session in Broughton Church on Friday 18th May at 7.30pm. This will be followed by a meeting of Broughton Kirk Session.
 
The annual Lambing Service will be held this evening  in Broughton Church  at 5pm. This is a service to give thanks for the lambs which are vital for our rural community. Live lambs will be invited so please come and join them in our thanksgiving service.
 
Today is the beginning of Christian Aid Week. Envelopes are available if you wish to make a donation. Please take one for a friend or neighbour if you can.
 
Next Sunday, 20th May, is the Christian Aid Carboot Sale on Skirling Green, starting at 2pm. The charge per car this year is 8 ( free if you are giving your proceeds to Christian Aid). If you can donate some  baking or are able to offer help, please contact Isobel on 860274.
 
There will be a special service on Sunday 27th May to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the ordination of women in the Church of Scotland. This will be held in Drumelzier Church at 5pm, followed by refreshments in Drumelzier Village Hall. The Very Rev  Dr Sheilagh Kestings will be our guest preacher and we hope to invite other women ministers from around the Presbytery to take part.  Please put the date in your diary and come along to what should be a very special occasion.
 
 The Guild Outing this year is to Houghton Hall near Carlisle on Thursday 31st May. We will be visiting the World in Minature Museum, with time to look round the garden centre before High Tea in the restaurant. Cars will leave Broughton Village Hall carpark at 1:30pm, returning around 8pm. Total cost is 20 and if you would like to join us, please contact John Burnett (830303).
 

Lambing Service

Upper Tweeddale Lambing Service
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.

Church notices for Sunday 6th May 2018
There is a lot going on at the moment in the Parishes so apologies if something is left out, it is not intentional.
 
Members of  Broughton  and Skirling Churches please note that their annual stated meeting will be held after each service next Sunday (13th May).
 
The annual Lambing Service will be held in Broughton Church on Sunday 13th May at 5pm. This is a service to give thanks for the lambs which are vital for our rural community. Live lambs will be invited so please come and join them in our thanksgiving service.
 
Sunday 20th May is the Christian Aid Carboot Sale on Skirling Green, starting at 2pm. The charge per car this year is 8 ( free if you are giving your proceeds to Christian Aid). If you can donate some  baking or are able to offer help, please contact Isobel on 860274.
 
There will be a special service on Sunday 27th May to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the ordination of women in the Church of Scotland. This will be held in Drumelzier Church at 5pm, followed by refreshments in Drumelzier Village Hall. The Very Rev  Dr Sheilagh Kestings will be our guest preacher and we hope to invite other women ministers from around the Presbytery to take part.  Please put the date in your diary and come along to what should be a very special occasion.
 
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meets in Edinburgh from Saturday 19th May till Friday 25th May. Please keep the staff and commissioners in your prayers as they debate the issues being placed before them this year. If you would like to follow any of the debates go to the Church of Scotland website (churchofscotland.org.uk) and follow the links to the General Assembly pages.

Church notices for Sunday 29th April 2018
Thank you to all  who attended or supported Upper Tweeddale Guild's Beetle and Pizza drive  last Sunday.  Judging by the noise and excitement, a good time was had by all. We managed to raise over 150 which will go towards the work and projects  of the Guild both in Upper Tweeddale and the wider world.
 
The first of our  Family Services with Supper is tonight (29th April) in Broughton Village Hall from 4:30pm.  Come join us for some songs, stories and soul-food(pizza and prayer).  Please come and support this all age service and don't forget to invite all your friends and neighbours to join us. .
 
The annual Lambing Service will be held in Broughton Church on Sunday 13th May at 5pm. This is a service to give thanks for the lambs which are vital for our rural community. Live lambs will be invited so please come and join them in our thanksgiving service..
 
Members of  Broughton  and Skirling Churches please note that their annual stated meeting will be held after each service on Sunday 13th May.   

All Age Worship - Food for the Soul

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

Beetle and Pizza Drive

Beetle and Pizza Drive - April 2018
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.

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

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

Easter Around the Parish

Coffee at Tweedsmuir - Easter 2018
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...
Harvest Supper
Saturday  22 September 2018