News

Saturday 21st October - Understanding Vision Day

Thursday 9th November - In-service Activity Day

Saturday 16th September - Rural Ministries Conference

Sunday 7th May - Burns Sunday

Saturday 1st April - East Africa Emergency Appeal Coffee Morning

Friday 24th February - Sunday Club leaving party for the Marshals

Tuesday 28th February - Pancake day events

1st March to 5th April 2017 - Lent Study

Check out what we got up to at the Jungle Tales Activity Day

19th February 2017 - The Early Service with Ali Birkett

10th February 2017 - Jungle Tales Activity Day

Photos from our Pop up Nativity

Christmas Services 2016

Sunday 18th December 2016 - Pop up Nativity

Online Advent Calendar created by The Church of Scotland

July 2017 - Refuel 2017

Check out what everyone got up to at "Desert Detectives"

6th November - Service remembering those who have died

10th November - Desert Detectives

25th October - Primary Years Parenting Course

8th October - Dinosaur Detectives

16th October - Harvest Songs of Praise in Allanton

October to November - Parenting Courses

October 2016 - Harvest Services

13th September 2016 - Handling Anger in the Family Course

11th September 2016 - Longformacus Songs of Praise

6th September 2016 - Alpha Course

4th September 2016 - The Early Service

10th July 2016 - Summer Songs of Praise in the Lammermuirs

1st July 2016 - Marking The First Day of the Somme

26th June 2016 - Armed Forces Day Sunday Service

12th June 2016 - Street Party

12th June 2016 - Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations

10th May 2016 - Christian Aid Week 2016

28th Aug 2015 - Annual Review 2014 - 15

25th Aug 2015 - Space Academy update

30th Jun 2015 - Summer Holiday Club 2015

26th Apr 2015 - Gallipoli 100 Service

5th Mar 2015 - Ian White Concert

1st Mar 2015 - Read our March 2015 Newsletter

14th Feb 2014 -  Pancake Race

17th Dec 2014 - Forget-Me-Not-Cafe

10th Dec 2014 - American Familiarsation Placement

1st Nov 2014 - Read our November 2014 Newsletter

 

 


Undertanding Vision Day

Saturday 21st October

Gavinton Church Hall

 

‘Exploring a vision for our extended congregation’

10.00 hrs                     Gather for tea and coffee

10.30 hrs                     Session 1

13.00 hrs                     Lunch

13.30 hrs                     Session 2

16.00 hrs                     Close

To book your place email admin@dunsanddistrict.org.uk

Soup, tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Please bring your own sandwiches.

There is no charge for this event, but it would be helpful to know numbers for catering.


In-service Activity Day

Coming soon! Save the date: Thursday 9th November In-service Day running from 10 – 3pm in Duns Parish Church Hall for all primary age children, with more details coming soon...

 


Rural Ministries Conference

Duns Church Halls

Booking and more information here


Burns Sunday

 

Our service in Duns on Sunday 7th May will be themed as “Robert Burns Sunday” in celebration of the visit of Rabbie Burns to Duns Parish Church in May 1787, 230 years ago.  It was while worshiping in our church that our national poet garnered the idea of his poem ‘To a Louse’.

 


East Africa Emergency Appeal Coffee Morning

On 1st April a successful coffee morning was held in the parish church halls

With a great deal of support from many folks, the sum of £1000 was raised! This included the money from the soup lunch held the previous week. We also had many generous donations handed in.

A huge thank you to all who helped in any way.


Sunday Club leaving party for the Marshals

 

 

 

Great fun was had by all at Hurly Burly on Friday evening! We're going to miss you Hanneke and your lovely family!


Pancake Day Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Pancake Race details:

Races will start at 4.45 pm with races for different ages, young and old.

What to do:

1. Bring your own frying pan

2. Dress up in fancy dress, if you dare!

3. Turn up and register

4. Pay your entry fee

    50p for under 12’s £1.00 for over 12’s

Prizes for races and for fancy dress!

 


Lent Study

Fleeting Shadows

Every Wednesday

March 1st – April 5th

 

Church Hall Gavinton

2-3.30pm

 

All welcome

Refreshments will be served

Note: Wednesday 8th March will be at 2:30 - 4pm

 

Details can be obtained from

Christine Taylor

01361882994

christine2751@btinternet.com


 

Jungle Tales Activity Day

The Jungle Tales Activity Day proved so popular that the team were sorry not to be able to accommodate all those who wanted to come. The fun and fast moving programme, created and led by Mark Bruce of Berwickshire Christian Youth Trust, was thoroughly enjoyed by the 40 children who attended. Through active story telling the children explored two of the parables told by Jesus, took part in messy games, team challenges, craft activities and met some real live, but very friendly, jungle animals - a tortoise, a meer cat (not strictly jungle!), an armadillo and an albino python brought by Calum of Cool Creatures.

Here are some of the things we got up to...


The Early Service

19th February 2017

 

This week Ali Birkett is leading us at The Early Service. Ali has developed and runs Gateways, a fresh expression of church in the Hutton, Fishwick and Paxton Parishes so will be fascinating to hear but it would also be good to give support to TES our own more informal, modern service experiment.

 


Jungle Tales Activity Day


A few snapshots of our Pop up Nativity!

 


2016 CHRISTMAS SERVICES

         

 

 

YOU are invited to:

Wednesday 14th December

7.00 pm     Longformacus Lessons and Carols

 

Sunday 18th December        Advent Sunday

09.45 am   Gavinton Kirk                Family Advent Service

11.00 am   Duns                              All-age Advent Celebration

4.00 pm     Bonkyl Kirk                    Service of Lessons & Carols

 

Wednesday 21st December

7.00 pm - 8.00 pm                           Abbey St Bathans Old Kirk,  Mulled wine, mince pies & carols   

                 

Friday 23rd December

4.00 pm     Edrom Kirk                    Family Christingle Service

 

Christmas Eve   Saturday 24th December

6.30 pm     Duns                              Christingle Service

7.00 pm     Cranshaws Kirk              Carol Service

11.30 pm   Duns                              Watchnight Service

 

Christmas Day    Sunday 25th December

11.00 am   Duns           Christmas Day    United Family Service

 

New Year’s Day Sunday 1st January 2017

11.00 am   Duns           New Year United Family Service

 

Please note that there will be no services in any of the country churches on either Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

Everyone is encouraged to join together in Duns

 

Come and join us as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour

“O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!”

 


Pop up Nativity

Duns and District Parishes are holding a Pop-Up Nativity for the whole community on Sunday 18th December at 11 am in Duns Parish Church. Following a fun script from the Bible Society called ‘the Well Good News of Christmas’ it is an opportunity for anyone to come dressed up as your favourite nativity character and join in the story and well known carols. No rehearsals needed and all free. Mincepies and coffee/tea served after the service.

 


Refuel 2017

 

Something to look forward to ... dreaming about nice sunny weather and a summer festival!

Visit The Filling Station website for more information


Desert Detectives

Over 30 children joined us in Duns Parish Church Hall to become 'Desert Detectives' on the recent school in-service day. Lead by Mark Bruce of Berwickshire Chrisitian Youth Trust and our own team, the youngsters who ranged from P1-P7, enthusiastically took part in a fun, action-packed programme of active story-telling, songs, crafts, messiness and games. They dug up ancient artefacts buried in the sand which were sent, with the help of Kyle the camel, to the professor who explained their finds via video link. In this way they discovered how God rescued his people from Egypt under Moses, then through the coming of Jesus and how he still rescues today through the work of the Holy Spirit. As well as the children having fun it is hoped that the day was of support to parents and carers.

Following the day's success and positive feedback we will look to organise a similar day on the next school in-service day which is on Friday 10th February.

Here's a bit more of a taster...


Service remembering those who have died

 

A short reflective service will be held at 3pm in Duns Parish Church to remember those who have died. There will be some hymns, readings and prayers and an opportunity to reflect and remember our loved ones. Names will be read out of those whose funerals our ministers have led during the past year, but the service is open to anyone who has been bereaved at any time and wishes to come. If you wish to make sure a name is read out, please email assistant minister Hanneke Marshall (Hanneke.Marshall@churchofscotland.org.uk).

 


 

Desert Detectives


Primary Years Parenting Course

To give time for more parents or carers to sign up to the Primary Years course it is being postponed for another week. If enough sign up the first session will be Tuesday 1st November, from 1 to 3pm, in Duns Church Hall.

To book your place contact Beth on 07783 522766


Dinosaur Detectives

Cranshaws Village Hall, Saturday 8th October, 2.30pm

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre are coming to Cranshaws Village Hall to perform Dinosaur Detectives this coming Saturday afternoonin which dinosaur detectives search for clues revealing the fascination, fun and conflict surrounding the finds of the first dinosaur bones.  With stunning puppets and props, the play is a must for every child who has become interested in dinosaurs (nearly every child in my experience!).

The performance is suitable for ages 5+, but younger children who are able to sit quietly and watch will be more than welcome.

So get the half term holiday off to a great start and bring along your children and your grandchildren and enjoy the play with them on Saturday afternoon.  There will be no charge for entry, but we will be making a collection at the end of the performance to help fund future children’s theatre events locally.  We will even offer you a cup of tea and a biscuit whilst the children look at interesting artefacts after the show, such as dinosaur fossils and fossilised dinosaur poo!


Celebrate the harvest with us...


 

Time out for parents

 

 

 

We know that being a parent can be both rewarding and challenging. Our courses are here to support and help you build a strong and secure relationship with your child, whatever their age.

 

TIME OUT FOR PARENTS – THE EARLY YEARS – *FULLY BOOKED*

DATE:                   MONDAYS FROM 17TH OCTOBER 2016 for 6 weeks

VENUE:                ALLSORTS CHILDCARE, NEWTOWN ST, DUNS

TIME:                   7.30-9.30pm

COST:                   £10 including handbook, tea and tray bake

BOOKING:           KAREN LERPINIERE 07500917114

 

TIME OUT FOR PARENTS – THE PRIMARY YEARS - *STILL SPACES*

DATE:                   TUESDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2016 for 6 weeks

VENUE:                DUNS PARISH CHURCH HALL

TIME:                   1.00-3.00pm

COST:                   £10 including handbook, tea and tray bake

BOOKING:           BETH LANDON 07783522766

 

TIME OUT FOR PARENTS – THE TEENAGE YEARS - *STILL SPACES*

DATE:                     MONDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2016 for 7 weeks                  

VENUE:                  PRESTON VILLAGE HALL

TIME:                      7.30pm -9.30pm

COST:                     £10 including handbook, tea and tray bake

BOOKING:             DI MURRAY 0797810732

 

     Lammermuir Community Fund


Harvest Services

9th October

Edrom (9:45am),

Gavinton (9:45am)

Cranshaws (11:30am)

 

16th October

Bonkyl (9:45am)

Allanton Harvest Songs of Praise in Allanton Village Hall (6pm)

 

23rd October

Duns (11am)

 


Handing Anger in the Family - starts Tuesday 13th September

 


 

 

Longformacus Songs of Praise

 

Sunday 11th September

18.00 hrs

Lammermuir Heritage Centre, Longformacus Old Kirk 

Followed by refreshments

Everyone very welcome!


Alpha Course

Starts Tuesday 6th September 2016

All are welcome - please just turn up even if you haven't booked yet

Weekly on a Tuesday for 11 weeks

Gavinton Village Hall

12:30 til 2:30pm


 

The Early Service (TES)

Starts Sunday 4th September

 

 

An experiment in creating a relaxed worship setting

The brand new TES will be held in Duns Parish Church Hall from 9:30 til 10:30 am on first and thrid Sundays each month. All are very welcome!

 


Summer Songs of Praise in the Lammermuirs

Sunday 10th July

Abbey St Bathans

 An opportunity for the whole extended congregation, young and old, to relax and enjoy some time together. 

We hope to have … 

Bouncy Castle,Tug-of-war, Family Games 

3.00 pm       Walkers meet up for a wander up to Edin's Hall Broch 

5.00 pm       Family BBQ with fun and games 

6.30 pm       Songs of Praise in the Old Kirk

If you would like to attend please email admin@dunsanddistrict.org.uk to give us an idea of numbers - thanks!

 


Marking The First Day of the Somme - 1st July

At 07.30 hrs on 1st July 1916

whistles sounded along the

Western Front

as 11 British – French Divisions

began to advance

in what is still regarded as

the darkest day in British Military history

 

This Friday, 100 years later,

we will gather at 07.30 hrs

at Duns War Memorial

for a short Commemoration

of the First Day of the Somme

 

There will be a whistle blast at 07.30 hrs

to mirror that fateful moment

 

“We will remember them”


Armed Forces Day Sunday Service - 26th June

Sunday 26th June 2016

11.00  Duns Parish Church

Armed Forces Day Sunday Service

 

“The eve of the First day of the Somme”

 

The service will provide an opportunity to Reflect as well as to Remember, and to Recommit to avoid us ever Repeating.

 


Street Party - Sunday 12th June

 


 

Queens 90th Birthday Celebration - Sunday 12th June

 


Christian Aid Week 2016 - 15th-21st May

Christian Aid week

 

We're pleased to again be supporting Chistian Aid week. This year it's busier than ever in Duns and District Parishes.

Find out what's going on below.

Sunday 15th May  

Soup Lunch, Duns Parish Church Hall after the service.

1.30pm Short Sponsored walk round the Lake, Duns (sponsor sheets available from Shirley McColm or at the church)

6.30pm United Service at Duns Parish Church

Monday 16th May  

The ‘Trolley Dollies’ visiting Duns businesses  

10am  Turnbull Court coffee morning.

Tuesday 17th May  

12.30-2pm  Gavinton Church Hall, Soup lunch and short Christian Aid meditation

Wednesday 18th May 

2.30pm  Afternoon Tea at Mollans, Quixwood (directions available from Mary 840385)

Thursday 19th May  

12.30-2pm  Gavinton Church Hall, Soup lunch and short Christian Aid meditation     

Friday 20th May  

2-4pm  Garden Teas at Ann and John Davidsons, Humbleknowe, Duns

Saturday 21st May  

10am-12noon  Duns Parish Church Hall United Churches coffee morning (sales table, cake stall and raffle)  

 


28th August 2015 - Annual Review 2014 - 15

Download the Duns and District Parishes Annual Review to find out all that has happened through a busy year in the Parishes.

 View full report

 


 

25th August 2015 - Summer Holiday Club Update

Holiday club

'BLAST OFF' was the regular cry coming from Duns Parish Church from 11th-13th August as around 30 would-be astronauts enjoyed the 'Space Academy' Holiday Club. Over the 3 days the primary school aged children explored the Bible stories of Daniel and his friends trusting their God in the alien (to them) culture of Babylon and being saved from danger in miraculous ways, did spacey crafts, sang songs and took part in crazy team challenges as well as being entertained by Rev Cole Maynard and his talking puppets!

Duns parish church holiday club

 

'Spaceship Duns' was ably steered through by Captain Mark Bruce of BCYT with the help of the enthusiastic team. The club rounded off on Thursday with a barbecue and fun afternoon with bouncy castle, face painting and games for all families and friends. 

 

30th June 2015 - Summer Holiday Club 2015

Space academy

Every year for the past number of years we have run a Summer Holiday Club for primary school age children during the last week of the holidays. This year's Club is to be held from 11th - 13th August and will be using the Scripture Union material 'Space Academy'. This theme involves children as astronauts-in-training making amazing discoveries about God through the exploration of the early chapters of Daniel. This is done in creative ways through story-telling, games, craft and challenges which are fun and engaging for children of all ages and abilities. Each day the session will run from 10 am until 2 pm with a short break for lunch at midday - the children should bring their own packed lunch.

download holiday club brochure Download the Summer Holiday Club Flier

download holiday club brochure Download the booking form

Booking forms are available through the primary school and once completed should be returned to the post box in the school foyer before the holidays begin or Romanes Chemist thereafter. The cost of £5 per child for the 3 day club is payable on the first day. Family and friends are warmly invited to join their children for a BBQ and Fun Day with bouncy castle, face painting and games on the Thursday afternoon from 2- 4pm in the church car park. (Please note all children at the BBQ must be accompanied by a parent/adult)

For more information, call Sally on 01361 882147.

As usual this does not happen without a considerable team of helpers. If you would be interested in being part of that team

There is a meeting for the team and preparation of activities/crafts on Monday 3rd August in the Church Hall at 7pm.

All teens and adults who are interested in being part of the team are encouraged to attend.  

We need everything from musicians to artists, cooks to team leaders, noisy people to quiet people.

You don’t need to be able to help EVERY day to be of value!!

 


26th April 2015 - Gallipoli 100 Service

http://www.berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/local-news/all-local-news/service-to-be-held-in-duns-parish-church-1-3745054


 20th March 2015 -  Ian White Concert

This year we are pleased to welcome Ian White who is very well know to many of you.  Ian has played a hugely important role across Scotland and beyond with his worship leading and song writing.  All the way from the Psalms to his most recent album REACH ACROSS http://www.littlemistymusic.com

A concert with Ian White at Duns Parish Church on Friday 20th March at 7:00pm.  

Tickets £6:00 in advance from http://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/IanatDuns or £8:00 at the door.  Telephone Sales 0333 123 0880.  Refreshments will be served during the interval.

  


1st March 2015 - Read our March Newsletter

 March Newsletter


17th Feb 2015 -  Pancake Races and Supper

Shrove Tuesday 17th February 2015, Come and join the fun! You are invited to......Pancake Races followed by a Pancake Supper.  Registration starts at 4:15pm at the bottom of Murrays Street.

What to do: Turn up and register, pay your entry fee 50p for under 12's and £1:00 for over 12's, Bring your own frying pan, Dress up in fancy dress, if you dare!

Participants will race from the bottom of Murray Street up to the Market Cross.  Individual and Team entries welcome.  

Prizes for Races and for fancy dress.  Proceeds for Friends of the Knoll Hospital.

Pancake supper is 2 large filled pancakes..one savoury and one sweet £5:00 per person.  5:30pm Duns Church Hall.

 


 

17th Dec 2014 - Forget-Me-Not-Cafe

Plans are well under way for the creation of a Dementia Friendly Cafe in Duns.  It is likely that it will meet monthly in Duns Church Hall with the first meeting being on Thursday 22nd January 2.00 - 3.30 pm.  This initiative has been encouraged by Duns Rotary Club and Alzheimer's Scotland

 



10th Dec 2014 - American Familiarisation Programme


Rev Jeff Martin has now arrived in Berwickshire.  We have rented a property in Swinton for Jeff and his wife Lynn, and boys Asher and Declan.  Jeff will work with Stephen as Assistant Minister for the best part of a year. During this time Jeff, who is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of USA, will learn how the Kirk operates and will move towards being able to apply for his own charge towards the end of 2015.
We wish Jeff and the family every blessing during their time with us in Duns and District.
 


1st Nov 2014 - Read Our November 2014 Newsletter

Download our Winter 2014/15 newsletter from the link below. You will need the Adobe Acrobat viewer to read this file if you don't already have it installed.

 November 2014 to February 2015