Bowden and Melrose Parish Church

Church Office, Weirhill, St Mary's Road, Melrose. TD6 9LJ
Telephone : 01896 823339 E-mail :
Scottish Charity No: SC006480

The United congregation of Bowden & Melrose was formed in 2007 and retains both its two places of worship.
A very warm welcome awaits all be it to our 9.30 am Sunday worship in Bowden Kirk or the 11.00 am service in the larger church in Melrose.
This is a Church of Scotland congregation within the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles and has very recently fallen vacant (6th May) following a long and successful ministry with the Rev Alistair Bennett.

Bowden Kirk
Melrose Church

Bowden Kirk

Melrose Church

During the vacancy the Interim Moderator is the Very Rev David Arnott and the Locum Minister is the Rev Bruce McNicol who will be offering pastrol care to the congregation and parish. The Parish Profile has been approved by the Kirk Session and can be viewed and downloaded by following this link.

While the congregation is vacant contact can be made as follows:
The Very Rev David Arnott can be contacted by phone or e-mail these being 01721 725979 &
The Rev Bruce McNicol can be contacted by phone or e-mail these being 01835 862991&
While the Rev Bruce McNicol is on holiday the Rev John Shields will provide pastoral care services up until the 16th September. The Rev John Shields can be contact by phone on 01573 229015 or by e-mail at
For the balance of September the Rev Marion Dodds will provide this pastrol cover and she can be contacted on 01896 822446 or by e-mail at

Following a congregational meeting on Sunday 5th June the Nomination Committee of thirteen was elected.
The members of the committee are:
  • Ewan Rintoul
  • Martin Baird
  • Irene Armstrong
  • Sheena Henderson
  • Hilary Thomson
  • Ann Wilkie
  • William Windram
  • John Henderson
  • Dr John gaddie
  • Elizabeth Fraser
  • Colin Armstrong
  • Dr Lyn Bryce
  • Dr Gillian Arbuckle
The Clerk to the Nominating Committee is:             Helen Chisholm

Sunday services are held at Bowden Church at 9.30 AM and at Melrose Church at 11.00 AM.

Although the churches website is always subject to review and updating we are keen to see further developments that tell more about the work of the congregation and our activities within the local communities. The website continues to offer all of the essential news and information along with sections on the churches history and past editions of the parish magazine. This data can be accessed via the navigation bar above or the links below.

The current magazine for the summer months is now available to download and view on line.

This current edition is packed with interesting and thought provoking articles. As well as the usual information on church activities and the listing of rotas we would highlight the following.

  • Letter from the Interim Moderator
  • Pastoral Care Group
  • Home Communion
  • The Bowden & Melrose Guild forward programme
  • Searching for St Aidan's first monastery

Alongside the two churches the town of Melrose has the Roman Catholic High Cross Church, and the Scottish Episcopal Church of Holy Trinity.

The Parish Church endeavours to provide a service to all the community, both member and non-member alike. The buildings are in almost daily use by the people of Melrose and in the following pages we provide information on the many ways in which the Parish Churches forms a vital part of the two Communities.

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