Melrose and Peebles Presbytery

Presbytery Clerk, The Manse, 20 Wedale View, Stow. TD1 2SJ
Telephone : 01578 730237
E-mail : MelrosePeebles@churchofscotland.org.uk


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Churches on line & within the Presbytery - Links and Resources

Presbytery Moderator The Moderator, Dr Fiona Burnett, has written the attached letter to all presbyters encouraging all to find and share new ways of supporting our church congregations in this unprecedented time. To download a copy of the letter click here.

The intention of this page is to provide easy access to links to services, reflections and resources that both presbyters, presbytery congregations and indeed anyone may use. This should help to enable Christian communities to continue in different way that best suit in these difficult times.

This is a learning experience for all not least the webmaster and any comments on what will be shown on this page will be gratefully received and acted upon if it is at all possible and within the technical skills of our systems and knowledge.

Links to online video and audio services
The Church of Scotland Worship Section - https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/services-online
This provides easy access to a large number of churches who are publically posting present and past services. It is split into regional lists and within the South region St Andrews Leckie is a participating congregation. Their services can be accesses via this LINK.

Sanctuary First is another great resource this having been the inspiration and work started by the Very Rev Albert Bogle. To access their website click on https://www.sanctuaryfirst.org.uk/

In response to Fiona's letter an almost immediate reply came from Rev Leslie Steele. To read the practical suggestions that he has made click on this link.

Locally Bowden and Melrose Church has expanded their website and Facebook presence in response to this new situation of social distancing and Rev Rosie Frew has given permission to let us link directly into their COVID-19 resources page where there are regular reflections and Messy Church PowerPoints and activity sheets.

The Parishes of Upper Tweeddale have also been active in putting together on line service and this can be watched by clicking on this link or the photo of Skirling Church.
The latest recorded on Sunday 29th March was recorded from various individuals sitting rooms thereby maintaining the social distancing we are all being encouraged to adhere to.

Maxton, Mertoun, Newtown and St Boswells Churches
Sunday Reflections can be accessed by



Rev Margaret Steele minister at Ashkirk and Selkirk churches has online worship every week. These can be accessed through the Selkirk Parish Church website or through the Ettrick and Yarrow Facebook page.

To access the Selkirk Parish Church website and the video clips click on this link.



Rev Marion Dodd, Interim Moderator at Earlston Parish Church have been making short 10 minute video message, loosely based on one of the texts for that week, but basically addressing what has been happening in the world that week, and there's always a wee song, or a well-known hymn for people to sing along to.

To access the Facebook page and the video clips click on this link.

St Andrews Leckie have also posted an online service and this will play via a YouTube link. Simply click on St Andrews Leckie.

In addition Malcolm Jefferson of St Andrews Leckie has suggested the following:
We've had an idea to help us celebrate and witness to our shared hope in the cross and resurrection of our Lord Jesus this Easter (whilst staying safe!).

It just involves encouraging Christians making and decorating a simple cross and displaying it either in a prominent window or in the garden, perhaps with a simple message pointing to our Easter hope. The vision is to have crosses appearing over the Easter weekend all over Peebles and beyond (and then perhaps reappearing on social media #Easterhope) as a visual celebration of and witness to our Risen Lord.

It would be great if you would encourage your congregations to join in, so that it became a Presbytery wide act of worship and witness. The attached document (click here) and the image to the right give the details and even a simple instruction sheet for making one for a home.

It is great that so many have engaged in the Easterhope amd to see more of the decorated Crosses from around the Presbytery access https://www.facebook.com/easterhope2020/.

Thanks to Rev Stewart McPherson we have the following MP4 video of the many Crosses that were place in and around the parishes in the NW corner of the Presbytery.


We are sure there are many other congregations in our Presbytery also undertaking similar imaginative things and if these congregations can communicate with the webmaster we will try to enlarge and enhance this resource.

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