News from the Presbytery is shown in chronological order starting with the most recent item.
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 www.clchurch.org.uk
and registration to take part in the
walk is via Border Events at www.borderevents.com.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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)
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.
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
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.
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.