Fellowship of Churches
Members of the Galashiels Fellowship of Churches
Our Church is represented on the Committee which meets roughly once a quarter for active discussion on the way forward ecumenically.
Joint services are sometimes offered during The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, sometimes at Pentecost. Each church takes it in turn to host the World Day of Prayer. Joint services have been held on Palm Sunday evening, and from Monday to Wednesday of Holy Week in the evening. A Big Sing with a choir including singers from all the churches has been held on the first Sunday of Advent.
The fellowship organises Songs of Praise at Christmas and on Good Friday at the foot of the travelator in Tesco.
During the Gala Week in June, the Kirking of the Braw Lad and Braw Lass takes place during the morning service in the church with which the principals have some connection. In 2015 and 2019, the ‘Kirking’ was held at Trinity. At the end of the week, there was a service in Gala Aisle, but it has now been discontinued. The Aisle is the ancient burial ground for the lairds of Gala and was formed in 1663 beside the original Parish Church, which was built in 1617 and demolished in 1813.
The Fellowship attends Freshers’ Week for the University Galashiels Campus and Borders College to inform students about the churches and their activities.
On Remembrance Sunday, the Galashiels War Memorial service is taken in turn by the Galashiels clergy and held at 12.30 p.m. round the impressive War Memorial in the centre of town.
We are pleased to be involved with the Galashiels Food Bank. Distribution is from St Peter’s Church. Volunteers man the mobile telephone for referrals which come from the statutory organisations, and then make up and share out food parcels accordingly.
Some of our members are Street Pastors, trained volunteers who patrol in teams, usually from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturday nights and especially busy days like Braw Lad’s Day, to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.