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News from the Presbytery is shown in chronological order starting with the most recent item.

Induction and Ordination of Rev. Fraser Edwards Fraser Edwards
On the evening of February 17th 2021 Presbytery warmly welcomed Fraser Edwards to the fold in the first-ever induction and ordination of a Minister in our Presbytery by Zoom. The Moderator, Rev. Malcolm Jefferson, by prayer and the laying on of hands of the Presbytery, ordained Mr Edwards to the office of the Holy Ministry and inducted him to the pastoral charge of Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn, where the service took place. The event was widely reported by the local and national press as well as by the Church of Scotland itself.

John Henderson John Henderson
John Henderson, a long standing elder of Melrose Parish Church as well as their webmaster and Presbytery elder, sadly passed away on 15th February 2021. John was a very an active member of Presbytery for many years, as well as the creator of this extensive and hand-crafted Presbytery website. The depth and breadth of John's life and work is reflected in the warm tributes written by Andrew Henderson and published in both the local press, Walking was key to John's faith and national press John G Henderson, pioneer of Scottish long distance walking routes.

World Mission Group
The World Mission Group hosted an open meeting for congregational representatives on Sunday 1st March 2020 at Innerleithen Church. This meeting was chaired by Dr Fiona Burnett and considered all the latest activities between the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles and partners in the Zomba Presbytery. Consideration was give to this and wider links with congregations in Lebanon and how there might be future linking with churches in Syria. For a full report on the afternoon's meeting click on this link.

This is a Secure Website

Following the recent approval by Presbytery, this website has now been encrypted to make it both a secure website and also more visible within many of the search engines. This has been achieved by the introduction of a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
The SSLis a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a server and a client, typically a web server (website) and a browser, or a mail server and a mail client such as Outlook.
This means that in the address bar the web address will now be and a small padlock will be shown indicating that this is a safe and secure website. We have also displayed on the home page the above RapidSSL certificate so that visitors will instantly know that they are on a secure and encrypted website.

Mission and Service - Guide to Learning Opportunities Mission and Service Learning Opportunities

The Melrose and Peebles Presbytery Mission and Service Committee have just launched their "Guide to Learning Opportunities 2020 / 2023.
This is a very comprehensive guide running to 21 pages dealing with:-

  • Identifying Priorities
  • Stepping Stone to Ministry
  • Annual Conferences
  • Access to Resources
  • Notes for Kirk Sessions
  • Study Support
  • The Presbytery Worship Leaders' Scheme
  • Courses of Study

The complete document has a foreward written by the Presbytery Moderator and an Introduction from the Committee Convener.

To download a full copy click on the Guide to Learning Opportunites.

The Mission and Service Committee leaflet can also be downloaded by Clicking on this Link.

Walk with St Cuthbert Channelkirk and Lauder Church are again organising, for the fourth year, a Walk with St Cuthbert this being a 17 mile route from Channelkirk to Melrose. If will take place on Saturday 6th June and this is a sponsored walk where you can raise money for your own chosen charity.

It is believed that St Cuthbert was born and grew up in Channelkirk before entering the monastic community at Old Melrose. So this is countryside with long association with the Saint, as well as passing over some great open countryside.

This is a very well organised event with the opportunity to walk all or a part of the route. To be part of this you need to register via Border Events at where full details are available.

If you can put the date in the diary and come along and enjoy the fellowship of the other walkers and the chance to follow in the footstep of St Cuthbert.

Interim Moderator Training
The C of S Pastoral Support team have been asked to organise Interim Moderator training in Melrose and Pebbles Presbytery. This is being planned to take place at Innerleithen Church, Leithen Road, Innerleithen EH44 6HZ on Saturday 29th February 2020 between 10-4.
The training will be given by Rev Dr George J Whyte, Principal Clerk and he will cover all aspects of the role. There will be a light lunch provided. If you have anyone would like to attend (you must be a minister or elder member of Presbytery), can you please let Rev Victoria Linford, Clerk - Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles know as soon as possible to that she can forward names and email addresses on to the Pastoral Support Team. If we could have an initial response by 27th January to make sure that this will be feasible to run this training.

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Presbytery Plan Approved
Over the last 18 month the Presbytery Planning Task Group has been working hard with congregations within the Presbytery to draft and develop a new Presbytery Plan which reflects the Radical Action Plan approved by the General Assembly.

At a very well attended Presbytery Meeting on the 3rd December the final plan presented was approved with only one amendment. The amendment has no impact on the overall nature of the plan in terms of the move towards Clusters and the ministerial support for the congregations. The change is in term of moving some of the ministial vacancies in the approved plan from Unrestricted Tenure to Reviewable Tenure.

With the plan approved, and hopefully accepted by the C of S Ministries Council, the work will now transfer to the presbyteries Implementation Group to support church congregations though the transition required in implementing the Presbytery Plan.

Tearfund Christmas Concert
All are encouraged to come on Sunday 1st December to Old Parish & St Paul's Church Galashiels and tickets can be purchased from Jim Tennant or Tearfund.

The God Question - Wednesday 23rd October
The opportunity for Presbyters to learn more from the presentation on ‘The God Question’ should not be missed as this is the theme for our autumn conference.

Blanket Preaching - Sunday 28th July
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Photographs from St Mary's Kirkyard
This was an annual open air service held in the south west corner of the Presbytery. On the hill overlooking St Mary's Loch and on the site of an historic church.

Presbytery meeting 25th June 2019 The Presbytery meeting of Tuesday 25th June was held at Trinity Church, Galashiels and was this sessions Showcase event.

The meeting also saw the change of Moderator from Rev Julie Rennick, the minister from Earlston Parish Church to Dr Fiona Burnett. Fiona is Chair of the World Mission Group and an Elder at Broughton Church. Over the last year Fiona has been heavily involved in the organisaton of the visit of young persons from Malawi and Lebanon to the Presbytery and took part in the recent visit organised by Earlston Church to Lebanon.

The next business meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd September at 7.00 pm and this will be held at Broughton Church commencing with a service of Holy Communion.

World Mission get together Sunday 3rd February

The Presbytery World Mission Group needs presbyters help and ideas to put together the next Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) between Zomba Presbytery and our own Presbytery. This is the 3rd MoA so we'd like to build on all the work that has gone on between congregations to make this MoA more local as well as having a Presbytery wide element.

This follows last years successful visit by representitives from the Presbytery of Zomba and there is now a video of this successful visit that can be seen by following the link below.
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