Scottish Borders Council has agreed to the use of an area within Lauder Church for a small ‘Biblical Garden’ facing the Church Centre, similar to the popular ‘Garden for Reflection’ set in an area on the other side of the church. Work in creating and setting out the ‘Biblical Garden’ will be led by Lauder in Bloom. A ‘Biblical Garden’ provides for many of the flowers and shrubs mentioned in the Bible. While this leads to over 100 species a selection will be agreed upon for this small area. Donations following the funeral of Martin Bell, a long standing member of Lauder Church, will fund the ‘Biblical Garden’.
As many congregations and linkages across the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles begin to call a minister to each of the new, approved larger clusters of churches the calling of a Minister to the new charge that will be Channelkirk and Lauder with Earlston Church awaits completion of the Channelkirk and Lauder Kirk Session mediation programme currently underway with ‘Place for Hope’. It may be some time, therefore, before the new linkage will be free to call a Minister.
If the 2021 General Assembly approves, the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles may become part of a larger Presbytery for the South East of Scotland embracing the current Presbyteries of Edinburgh, West Lothian, East Lothian, Midlothian, Melrose and Peebles, Duns and Jedburgh. If approved this change could come about in 2023 as part of the Church of Scotland plan to reduce the number of Presbyteries across Scotland from the current forty-six to around 12.