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

Presbytery Worship Leaders
On Tuesday 4th December 2018 the Moderator presented certificates to seven individuals who had successfully completed the Presbytery Scheme for Worship Leaders and succeffully passed the assessment.

The Worship Leaders are from right to left
Fiona Burnett, Claire Guthrie, Isobel Hunter, Tim Linford, Kevin Scott, Peter Worthington and Caron Young

Bethlehem's Streets
As a follow on to the Presbytery's Middle East Conference Grant Barclay prepared a little clip about Bethlehem today for, perhaps, showing in worship during Advent.
It is just under 6 minutes long and it's available to view at if you scroll down to the "Additional Clips" section.

Library books Eddleston Parish Church - World War I 100 Year Commemoration

To mark this occasion they have presented a "Homecoming Exhibition" open to the public and called "THE CHANGING FACES OF RURAL SCOTLAND AFTER WORLD WAR ONE".

This exhibition examines the impact of World War One for the people of rural Scotland in the immediate post war years and provides an insight into the challenges they faced and the adjustments they had to make in a new time of peace, and how this has shaped the face of farming and the rural Scotland we see today.

Open daily from 11 am to 3 pm up until 30th November 2018.

Presbytery Autumn Conference - The Middle East
24th October 2018 held in Innerleithen Parish Church
This was attended by over 40 people and proved to be a most informative and also challenging event. The conference was chaired by Rev Miller Milloy and he introduce the three speakers who were

  • Rev Grant Barclay - Orchardhill Church, Giffnock
  • Rev Iain Cunningham - Kirkton Church, Carluke
  • Val Brown - Christian Aid - former Vice-Convener of World Mission Council
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Following the presentation there was a panel discussion moderated by Rev Calum MacDougall and including Fiona Burnett, Presbyteries World mission committee.
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For fuller details on the speakers and the conference clicking on this link.
Rev Grant Barclay, who had recently been in Israel, presented a part of a film that he made called "Between the Line" and this can be view in full by linking to and to view the full film us the password "btl201710".
The conference ended with a very moving "Service of Prayer for Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine".

Presbytery Planning Conference - Saturday 1 September 2018 held in Innerleithen Parish Church
The second Presbytery Planning Conference for Melrose and Peebles Presbytery took place on Saturday 1 September 2018 in Innerleithen Parish Church. Rev Jayne Scott, Secretary to the Ministries Council, and Mr Kenneth Fleming, Co-ordinator for New and Emerging Ministries, were the key speakers. They addressed the questions that were asked about Hub ministry and other imaginative possibilities as this conference looks to the future and re-structuring of our Presbytery Plan.

A total of between 70 and 75 persons attended this including representatives from every congregation within the Presbytery.

Below are images from the half day conference and it is hoped that a fuller report on the day's event will be posted shortly.
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Rev Jayne Scott - Secretary to the Ministries Council
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Mr Kenneth Fleming - Co-ordinator for New and Emerging Ministries

Presbytery hosts visit by representitives from the Presbytery of Zomba, Malawi.

Presbytery meeting 26th June 2018 With 6 Young People, 2 Men and 4 Women aged 20-26, having arrived safely in Scotland on Friday 10th August, the 10 year Presbytery Partnership moves into a new and exciting phase. This is the response visit to that made by Young People from here to Zomba a few years ago.
Our Young Guests are being hosted by local families within the Presbytery Area, from Earlston to West Linton and all parts in between.
A very full and varied programme has been arranged that will see the Young People visit Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island; take part in the Church of Scotlandís Youth Assembly at Gartmore House, Stirlingshire, as well as visiting two contrasting Churches in Moredun Parish Church, a Priority Area Congregation, and St Giles Cathedral, the High Kirk of Edinburgh. They will also visit the High Schools in Peebles, Penicuik and Earlston and engage with the Senior Pupils there interested in learning about life in Southern Africa.
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Photographs from Stow
One of the highlights is likely to be the Reception being hosted by the Scottish Borders Council in the Civic Offices on Thursday 23rd August.
A Bar-be-Que at Earlston Church on Thursday 16th August will give the Young Folk the opportunity to experience Al Fresco eating Scottish style!
A Farewell Service and Social is planned for Sunday 26th August in Innerleithen Church when it is hoped that part of the Video Diary of the visit will be ready to be viewed. The Young Folks fly home on Monday 27th with, we hope, very good memories of their time in Scotland and especially the Borders.

It is hoped that it will be possible in the next few days to add some additional photographs to this news story.

Presbytery Planning Conference on Saturday 1 September 2018 in Innerleithen Parish Church
The second Presbytery Planning Conference for Melrose and Peebles Presbytery will take place on Saturday 1 September 2018 in Innerleithen Parish Church. Tea and coffee will be served from 9.30am with the conference starting at 10.00am. Rev Jayne Scott, Secretary to the Ministries Council, and Mr Kenneth Fleming, Co-ordinator for New and Emerging Ministries, will be our speakers. They will address the questions that have been asked about Hub ministry and other imaginative possibilities as we look to the future and re-structure our Presbytery Plan.

Representatives from every congregation are encouraged to come along and take part.

There is no cost but to help us keep track of numbers and who is attending please register with Eventbrite using the link: -

Presbytery meeting 26th June 2018 The Presbytery meeting of Tuesday 26th June was held at Broughton Church in the west of the Presbytery area.

The meeting saw the change of Moderator from Prof Murray Campbell to the Rev Julie Rennick, the minister from Earlston Parish Church. It was then Julie's responsibility to chair the very full business agenda for the night, this being the last meeting before the summer break.

The next time the Presbytery meets will be on Tuesday 17th July when there will be a "Service of Introduction" at St Andrew's Church West Linton at 6.45 pm. This is to mark the appointment of the Rev Stewart McPhersonas Interim Minister.

The next business meeting will be on Tuesday 4th September at 7.00 pm and this will be held at Earlston Church commencing with a service of Holy Communion.

Walk with St Cuthbert Channelkirk and Lauder Church are organising, for the second year, a Walk with St Cuthbert this being a 17 mile route from Channelkirk to Melrose. If will take place on Saturday 9th 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.

Last year about 100 persons took part in this pilgrimage walk and it is hope that the numbers will be greater this June. This is also 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 and all the details regarding the event are on the Channelkirk and Lauder website and registration to take part in the walk is via Border Events at

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.

Street Pastors Although not a part of the Presbytery the Border Street Pastors are a group that the Presbytery are very interested in and very strongly support the work of this growing group.
Presbytery has received the lasted newsletter from the Borders Street Pastors Coordinator and we have decided that this should be available to not just our members but any who visit our website.
To open this newsletter click on this link.

Library books Presbytery set aside funds as a contribution to costs arising from our YOYP programme. Presbytery agreed also to seek funds from other sources. We made an application to the SBC Localities Fund for £3000. Decisions on which of the applications would be successful is to be by public ballot - not the usual panel of SBC Councillors and staff.
Please, would presbyters encourage as many of your congregation as possible to vote for our project. The more votes we can muster the greater the chance of success.
Scottish Borders Council will promote all the projects across all the areas through the SBC website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and press releases.
For more information on the projects and the voting opportunities link to:
Voting is open between the 1st and 28th February 2018.

Library books As part of the Presbyteries links with its partner Presbytery in Malawi there is a request for books to be sent to the Zomba Theological College. The titles that are being sought by the College are on the attached book list which can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

If you can supply or indeed would like to donate any of these books please either give them to any member of Melrose and Peebles Presbytery to pass onto the World Mission Group or contact Melrose & Peebles Presbytery by E-MAIL providing the book title/s and your name and contact details.

Presbytery Away Day The Presbytery held an Away Day on the 18th October 2017 at Tweed Horizons. The guest speaker was Rev. Prof. David Fergusson of New College, Edinburgh.
Prof. Fergusson presented two topic these being "Faith in Contemporary Scotland" and "What is it to be reformed". Following each presentation the delegates split into groups and then explored the topics and how these might impact on the congregations within the presbytery.
The photo is from the meeting room with the insert being of Prof. Fergusson.

Earlston Missionary Partners visit Earlston Parish was delighted to welcome to their congregation the Rev Rola Sleiman, their mission partner in Lebanon. The visit to Earlston was from Saturday 16 to Tuesday 19 September 2017. Apart from meeting the local congregation there was an invitiation to all Presbyters who would like to meet her to come to Earlston Manse on Monday evening the 18 September for an informal reception with light refreshments.
(L to R) Rev Julie Rennick, Rev Marci Glass (PCUSA), Prof Murray Campbell, Rev Rola Sleiman (NESSL)

Moderator at Carlops Meeting On Tuesday 5th September 17 the Presbytery met at Carlops Church at which point following a communion service the new Moderator for 2017/18 was installed. The Moderator, Prof. D Murray Campbell, is an Elder at Carlops Church and it is the custom to hold the Communion Service and first business meeting under the chairmanship of the new moderator in their home congregation.
The image is taken from within the church and once the business section had commenced.

Presbytery away day 17 Each year the Presbytery runs an Away Day and in 2017 this was held on Saturday 3 June in Trinity Church Galashiels. Although not all of the Prebyters were able to attend it proved to be a very enjoyable and successful day.
This was also an opportunity for the congregations in the presbytery to provide information on any interesting and /or successful examples of local mission that they had conducted.

Bowden & Melrose Induction The Induction service and social to mark the arrival of Rev Rosemary Frew as the new minister of the Bowden & Melrose Congregation took place on Thursday 30th March 2017. The induction service was held in the Melrose Church and was conducted by the Presbytery's Moderator, the Rev Margaret Steele.
Involved in the induction service were Very Rev David Arnott, Interim Moderator, Rev Margaret Steele, Rev Rosie Frew, Rev Dr Leon Keller who was the preacher, and Rev Victoria Linford, Clerk to the Presbytery. Followed the service there was a social when the parish hosted visitors from the Presbytery and from Kirkcaldy where Rosie Frew was previously a minister.

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