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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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