Members of the Galashiels Fellowship of Churches
Trinity and Caddonfoot are represented on the Committee which meets roughly once a quarter for active discussion on the way forward ecumenically.
Joint services are offered during The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Each church takes it in turn to host the World Day of Prayer. Joint services are 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 is 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 2012 and 2014, the ‘Kirking’ was held at Caddonfoot, and in 2015 it was held at Trinity, both with a big turn out from the community. At the end of the week, there is a service in Gala Aisle, which is the 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.
On Remembrance Sunday, a War Memorial service is held at Caddonfoot immediately after morning service. The War Memorial stands in the grounds of the church. 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.
Trinity and Caddonfoot are pleased to be involved with the Galashiels Food Bank. Distribution is usually from Trinity vestibule and teams from each church take turns, a week at a time. They 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 a Friday and Saturday night, to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.