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 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&

To mark what was a very emotional but also happy farewell to Alistair and Judi Bennett we have posted a number of images from the service and reception of Sunday 1st May. Click on this link or the news tag to access this information.

Very shortly we will be loading the Parish Profile to the website and hope that this will be helpful in providing useful information for any Ministers who may have an interest in this vacancy. as well as a section with images from the last service conducted by Rev Alistair Bennett and the farewell reception held on 1st May 16.

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 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 spring 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.

  • The Session Clerk's letter - The farewell service and buffet lunch to mark Alistair's long service as Minister
  • Congregational support for the Ballater Floods
  • New Youth Club in Melrose

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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