Those who help run the Sunday morning services at the Borders General Hospital have asked if we can gather a pool of volunteers from the Hawick area who would be able to be part of a rota (perhaps once every 2 months) to assist with the Sunday services. That would include helping patients where necessary get to the hospital chapel, being involved in the practical arrangements, and perhaps helping lead worship. A minimum of four people is necessary for a Sunday, but a larger number is needed to give a pool to draw from. The initial step for those interested in becoming involved would be an interview with the Chaplain – Rev Michael Scouler, whom we of course know well! For those who go on to make a regular commitment, PVG checks, etc would be required. If you are interested in considering this avenue of service please give your name to Rev Alistair Cook.
The Blood Transfusion Mobile Unit will be at Hawick High School on Sunday 8 April (10.15am/12.30pm and 2pm/3.45pm) and Monday 9 April (2.15pm/4pm and 5.15pm/7.15pm). New volunteers welcome – anyone in good health between their 17th and 66th birthdays.
Hobkirk and Southdean Guild will meet on Thursday 12 April at 7.30pm in Southdean Hall, when Christine Weigold will tell us about her trip to India with photographs.
The Minister expresses warm thanks for all the good wishes, cards and gifts he has received to mark his retirement today – each and every one has been greatly appreciated.
From Monday 2 April all pastoral requests should be referred to the Interim Moderator, Rev. Alistair Cook, Minister of Hawick: St. Mary’s and Old Parish with Hawick: Teviot and Roberton – 01450 378175.
On Sunday 8 April services will be conducted by the Rev Cook, and he invites elders from each congregation to meet him briefly after the services. To allow time for these meetings the services will be at 9.30am at Minto (to be followed by the Ruberslaw Kirk Session) and 11.15am at Hobkirk (to be followed by the Hobkirk and Southdean Kirk Session).
A fine turnout of 32 pilgrims braved the weather and enjoyed a short service amidst the snowflakes on top of Ruberslaw on Easter Sunday. A warming breakfast of porridge and bacon rolls was provided in the church hall afterwards. Thanks go to Douglas who was celebrating his last occasion of ministering at the top of the hill, to Maureen and Janice for providing the breakfast and to everyone who walked up the hill for making it such an enjoyable event!