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Bowden and Melrose Parish Church

Church Office, Weirhill, St Mary's Road, Melrose. TD6 9LJ
Telephone : 01896 823339 E-mail : bowden.melrosepc@btinternet.com
Scottish Charity No: SC006480




The United congregation of Bowden & Melrose was formed in 2007 and retains both its two places of worship.
This is a Church of Scotland congregation within the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles.
A very warm welcome awaits all be it to our 9.30 am Sunday worship in Bowden Kirk or the 11.00 am service in the larger church in Melrose.

Bowden Kirk
Melrose Church

Bowden Kirk


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The Induction Service of the new parish minister, the Rev Rosemary Frew, took place on Thursday 30th March. Below is a photograph from the evening event and a short report on a very successful induction social that followed.

Left to right:
Very Rev David Arnott, Interim Moderator; Rev Margaret Steele , Moderator of Presbytery; Rev Rosie Frew; Rev Dr Leon Keller; Rev Victoria Linford, Clerk to the Presbytery

Thursday 30th March saw the induction of Rev. Rosemary Frew as our new minister by Rev. Margaret Steele, Moderator of Presbytery and Rev Victoria Linford, Clerk to Presbytery. The sermon was delivered by Rev. Dr. Leon Keller and over 30 members of the clergy, joined by 10 members of the Kirk Session, welcomed Rev Rosemary Frew to her new charge. This was followed by a short break, during which a finger buffet was served and people had the opportunity to mix and chat, especially as several members of Abbotshall Church, Kirkcaldy, were able to be present. During the social, the introduction to Rosie was made by four of her colleagues from Kirkcaldy in the format of a dramatic and entertaining musical item. Presentations were made to Rev Bruce McNicol (by Irene Armstrong) for his work as Locum Minister, Very Rev. David Arnott (by John Gaddie) as Interim Moderator and Ewan Rintoul (by William Windram) to mark his retirement after 37 years as Session Clerk. Mrs McNicol and Mrs Arnott received bouquets to acknowledge their support during the vacancy. Donald Gordon gave a very amusing and appropriate vote of thanks.
For more information regarding the parish's new minister the Rev Rosemary Frew please click on this link.

Additional photos from the Induction social have been loaded to the "News" section of the website.

The churches website is always subject to review and updating. We are therefore keen to see further developments that tell more about the work of the congregation and our activities within the local communities. Much of this can however be seen in the Parish Profile which was approved by the Kirk Session in 2016 and acted as the guiding document in the work of the Nomination Committee during our recent vacancy. This profile can be downloaded by following this link.

The website continues to offer all of the essential news and information along with sections on the churches history and past editions of the parish magazine. This data can be accessed via the navigation bar above or the links below.

The current magazine for the spring months and Easter is now available to download and view on line.

This current edition is packed with interesting and thought provoking articles. As well as the usual information on church activities and the listing of rotas we would highlight the following.

  • Letter from the Interim Moderator
  • Ewan Rintoul's retirement as Session Clerk
  • Lent 2017
  • Induction social

Alongside the two churches the town of Melrose has the Roman Catholic High Cross Church, and the Scottish Episcopal Church of Holy Trinity.

The Parish Church endeavours to provide a service to all the community, both member and non-member alike. The buildings are in almost daily use by the people of Melrose and in the following pages we provide information on the many ways in which the Parish Churches form a vital part within the two Communities.

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