- Hospitality on the 1st Sunday
- Sunday school on the 3rd Sunday
- All Services held at 10.30am unless otherwise stated
Services Diary 2020 / 2021
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|ALL SERVICES CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE|
|Sunday 5th April|
|Sunday 12th April|
|Sunday 19th April|
Christmas Eve Carol Service 2019
There was a packed church as usual for the annual Christmas Eve Carol Service. Once again the children had fun helping Marion tell the Nativity story by dressing up in suitable costumes – joined by a rather large donkey this year! Many thanks to all those who took part in the service.
Christingle Service 15th Dec 2019
We were delighted to welcome a number of families along to our Christingle Service on a beautiful December morning. The children helped to light our Advent candles then we learned that the idea of Christingles came from a Moravian Church in Germany in 1747. The minister, John de Watteville, gave children at the service a lighted candle with a red ribbon around it. This represented Jesus being the light of the world and the final prayer of that first service was “Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these children’s hearts, that theirs like Thine become”. The custom went around the world with the church. Missionaries brought the Moravian Church to England in the 1700s. Over the years the symbolism of the Christingle grew into what’s known as a Christingle today.
- The orange is round like the world.
- The candle stands tall and straight and gives light in the dark like the love of God.
- The red ribbon goes all around the ‘world’ and is a symbol of the blood Jesus shed when he died for us.
- The four sticks point in all directions and symbolise North, South, East and West – they also represent the four seasons.
- The fruit and nuts (or sometimes sweets!) represent the fruits of the earth, nurtured by the sunshine and the rain.
Easter Service April 2019
A beautiful sunny morning greeted us for our Easter Sunday Service. Our service was led by our locum Rev Marion Dodd with rousing music from the Jedburgh Instrumental Band. What a delight to welcome them and the families who joined us for this most joyful of services in the Christian year. Fabulous Easter bonnets were displayed by some the youngest in the congregation before they rushed off in search of the Easter eggs Val Hunter had hidden around the outside of the church.
Christmas Eve Carol Service 2018
Once again the church was packed for the Christmas Eve Carol Service. Families from all around the Oxnam Valley and beyond joined together in the candle light to hear the Christmas story and sing well loved carols. So wonderful to see all the children present taking an active part in the service either by dressing up to build the nativity tableau, reading or taking the collection.
Family Harvest Thanksgiving Service October 21st 2018
We were delighted that our locum minister the Rev Marion Dodd was able to be back with us again to take our Family Harvest Thanksgiving Service after her knee operation . As usual Beryl Barbour and her team had decorated the kirk beautifully with autumnal flower arrangements and donations of fruit and vegetables which were all distributed to members of the community after the service. To make it more suitable for those with younger children this was a shorter service and Marion made sure that all the children there took an active part in the service.
Pet Service July 29th 2018
We were delighted to welcome the Rev. Sandy Young from Kelso Old Parish Church to take our Pet Service at the end of July. Those who attended said it was a thoroughly enjoyable service and how much they had enjoyed meeting Sandy and his wife. We look forward to them visiting us again at Oxnam.
Easter Service March 2018
Although the weather this year meant there were not enough daffodils to make our usual daffodil cross it was a beautiful sunny morning for our Easter Service on April 1st. The service was led by the Rev. Marion Dodd and we enjoyed wonderful music as usual from the Jedburgh Silver Band. With the help of the children present Marion used appropriate items along with Bible verses hidden in eggs to remind us again of the Easter Story then the children were off with Val for the annual Easter egg hunt around the grounds.
Christmas Eve Carol Service 2017
The church was packed as usual for our Carol Service. It was a delight to have so many children dressed in nativity costumes performing a simple carol for us. Many thanks to them and their mums!
Easter Service March April 16th 2017
The sun shone for our Easter Service and there were still plenty of daffodils to make the daffodil cross celebrating our Lord Jesus Christ’s Resurrection.
Our locum minister Marion Dodd reminded us of how colours are used to represent different times in the Church year using flowers to illustrate this followed by a rousing chorus of “Who Put the Colours in the Rainbow”.
As well as hunting around the grounds for Easter eggs Val and Geraldine helped the children to plant sunflowers. Other children around Oxnam will also be encouraged to plant sunflowers and take part in our ‘Tallest Sunflower Competition” later in the year.
We were accompanied throughout by the wonderful Jedburgh Silver band.
Sunday 2nd April 2017
Sadly, this was the last Sunday for us with Colonel Colin Hogg as our Session Clerk. Ann Fraser presented him with a small gift from the elders to thank him for his wonderful service to Oxnam Kirk over the last 7 years as Session Clerk. We will certainly miss him. The post of session clerk will be taken over by Morag McKeand.
Remembrance Service Sunday November 6th 2016
As in the past the first wreaths laid were in remembrance of F/O Robert Bruce RAF and CQMS Thomas Hall KOSB. Heather Rhodes the sister of Robert Bruce laid the first wreath and Irene Dalton, niece of Thomas Hall the second wreath. The congregation then went outside to our 1st World War Memorial, led by the Reverend Marion Dodd and to the accompaniment of the Pipes played by Pipe Major Kevin Turnbull, to remember the twenty two from the Oxnam Valley who did not return. After a prayer from Marion, Colonel Hogg read out the names of the fallen and Anna Barbour sounded the Last Post. Rob Young laid the wreath which was followed by the Pipe Major playing The Flowers of the Forrest and the Two Minutes Silence. Reveille was then sounded by Anna.
We returned into the warmth of the Church with the pipes playing Blue Bonnets o`er the Border, the Regimental March of the King`s Own Scottish Borderers. Eleven of those named on our Memorial plaque lost their lives serving with the KOSB’s.
Marion led us as always in a most meaningful service with Peace being very much the theme. Not only did Marion recite Binyon’s famous lines “They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.” but also “Tell them of us and say, For their tomorrow we gave our today.” These lines were written by John Maxwell Edmonds in 1916 but perhaps better known as the Kohima epitaph.
Our service ended with singing all three verses of God Save The Queen.
Harvest Thanksgiving October 2016
What a joy to see the Kirk decorated with such wonderful examples of God’s bounty! The glowing colours of the flowers all around the kirk, the gifts of fruit and vegetables and, believe it or not, a basket of eggs accompanied by Moira’s hen Henrietta in a covered basket with a head-sized hole! The children in the congregation were thrilled to meet her and to take home a box of eggs to share with their families. Marion also told them about fava, the oldest cultivated bean in Britain, grown just down the road at Crailing and gave each a pod to take away.
Marion reminded us of all we have to be thankful for and encouraged us to remember, have compassion for and respond with generosity towards those across the world who struggle daily with hardships as they try to provide for their families.
This year members of the congregation also brought along gifts of non-perishable food stuffs for the Kelso Food Bank.
Easter Service March 2016
We had a lovely Easter service, accompanied by the Jedburgh Silver band, who got a rousing reception.
This is a photo of the beautiful cross that Moira made, and behind is our lovely new “pulpit fall”.
This was sewn by Mrs Shirley McKeand, & was kindly donated to the church by her. We all admired it and appreciate this gift to the church. Mrs McKeand was one of the needle workers for the Tapestry of Scotland. Our sincere thanks go to her for this beautiful addition to Oxnam church.
In response to the Church of Scotland’s “Let Us Build A House”campaign to aid the people of Nepal after the devastating earthquake of April 2015, members of congregation brought along jam jars of loose change collected during lent. The fantastic sum of £320 was raised to put towards this worthy project.
Christmas Eve Carol Service 2015
As always the kirk was packed for our annual carol service. Marion took us though the nativity story with the enthusiastic help of children from the congregation who dressed up appropriately. The collection at the carol service raised £524 for the Salvation Army.
Harvest Festival Service 2015
On Sunday 18 October we had our harvest festival service which was well attended , & the church was beautifully decorated by Beryl’s team of flower arrangers. It looked wonderful, with the autumn sunshine coming through the windows, Oxnam at its best.
Christmas Eve Carol Service 2014
The collection taken at the carol service on Christmas Eve came to £470. £235 for Macmillan centre & £235 to the Ebola Crisis.
Remembrance Service – 3rd November 2014
Two wreaths were laid in the church and 1 outside at the Memorial, with all the names read out by our session clerk, Lt Col Colin Hogg. Graham Kinghorn played the Last Post and piped us back into the church. Many thanks to him and to Colin for arranging this lovely tribute to those that were killed from the Oxnam Parish.
Harvest Festival 2014
This took place in a beautifully decorated church – thanks to Beryl and her team who gathered on Sat am. There were 3 christenings as well, so it was a busy service!
The Rev. Anna Rodwell’s Farewell Service. 27th April 2014
Once again, the church was well filled for this service, to say Goodbye to Anna, who has been our minister for 10 years, & latterly our Interim Moderator as well. Everyone who has been to Oxnam church, without exception, have enjoyed her preaching; the membership has increased by 25% and we have been blessed at Oxnam to have had her as our minister. The church has flourished and the whole community benefited from her presence in so many ways, as noted on our busy “events”page.
We again had 2 baptisms, a lovely service with Jamie MacKenzie playing the organ, who the led the choir in a rendition of “You raise me up” at the end of the service.
Coffee was served, with a special cake made by our elder, Francis Armstrong and
a presentation to Anna.
We send very best wishes to Anna in her new post at Kelso.
The Rev. Anna Rodwell took our Easter Service on April 20th, with music from the Jedburgh Silver Band. The daffodil cross, kindly decorated by some of the congregation at 8am that morning, greeted the congregation, which included two baptisms & quite a few visitors, so the church was almost full. We were pleased to welcome the Duke & Duchess of Roxburghe, with their house guests, to our service. The children had an Easter egg hunt in the church grounds and activities in the vestry, led by Val Hunter. Many thanks to those who got there early to decorate the cross, to the wonderful band, whose music has become a part of our Easter services and of course, to Anna, our minister, who always makes these occasions so special.
Christmas Eve Carol Service 2013
The amount collected at our Christmas Eve Carol Service for the Borders Childrens Charity was £400.
Celebration of Baptism Service – 16 September 2013
An excerpt taken from a letter received by Pete and Annabelle Scott following their son’s baptism in Oxnam Kirk:-
“It was rather a special service with all the other children there, not to mention the cake and drinks. Your Minister is wonderful, really involves the kids and yet is serious underneath and gets the message across that this was a meaningful occasion.”