Bowden and Melrose Parish Church

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

COVID-19 News, Reflections and Support Information

Church services in Melrose Parish Church have resumed and at Bowden kirk as of 8th November. There will be limits on the numbers who can attend this being 50 in Melrose and between 9 and 18 in Bowden.
Additionally all church meetings and events are still cancelled.
During this time we have found new ways of keeping in touch, supporting one another, and being good neighbours.

This page provides current reflections, prayers and helpful resources for our members and the wider community. This can be in the form of downloadable text, audio clips or video. There are also links below to older on-line material split between the Minister's Reflections and the Messy Church Powerpoints and Activities.

Sunday 17th January 2021 – Minister's Reflection.
Our church buildings are currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions. The theme for the service is taken from the hymn above, 'You warmly in your love enfold and keep us through life's wintry days'.

There are other worship opportunities on Sunday. On BBC 1 Scotland at 11.30am Reflections from the Quay will be presented by Rev Jane Denniston, Campsie Parish Church, and Father John Deighan, St Machan's, Lennoxtown. Songs of Praise is at 1.15pm. On BBC Scotland at 12 noon Sunday Mass comes from St Thomas the Apostle Parish Church in Neilston, led by Father Jonathan Whitworth.
New Every Sunday is on at 7.30am on Radio Scotland and Sunday Worship at 8.10am on Radio 4. Both will be available afterwards on BBC Sounds.
You are invited to join Christians around the country in prayer at 7.00pm.

Sunday 17th January 2021 – Moderator's Service.

The Moderator, Rt Rev Martin Fair, has curated a service. You may wish to join church folk from around Scotland in worship the YouTube link is live on Sunday morning.

Thursday 13th January 2021 – Minister's Mid week reflection.

Sunday 10th January 2021 – Moderator's Service Online.

Click on the image below to listen to the Sunday service.

Thursday 7th January 2021 – Minister's Mid week reflection.

Firstly, can we wish you a Happy New Year. Though we have a difficult start to that year in prospect. As you will be aware we have been asked to close our church buildings once again so we will be reverting to online and telephone worship until that situation changes. The church office will also be closed and Helen will be working from home. She can be contacted by email -

On the church Facebook page you will find a reflection for Epiphany entitled ‘Chalking the Door’. In time it will be posted on the church website.

In addition to the reflections and resources that are being provided on this website the following may also be useful links to a wide range of Church of Scotland on-line services.

Past Reflections and Messy Church resources in chronological order can be viewed and accessed by clicking on the new “ON – LINE” PAGES.

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