Parties and Get-togethers

A brief guide to social life at St John's

Social Groups

St John's has several social groups that meet on a regular (usually monthly) basis for purposes of fellowship, networking and the mutual pleasure of their members' company. Each devises its own programme of activities.

The groups are organised on a loosely geographical basis. The Hub is centrally based in Selkirk, the East and West Groups speak for themselves, and the Country Group (the largest) links the fairly large number of members of St John's who live outwith the town (some as far as 20 or more miles away).

  • The Hub meets monthly in Church House, and participates in a variety of activities, eg. a Burns Night, an evening at the annual Selkirk Opera show, a 'show and tell' where members bring items of personal significance and speak about them, &c. Contact Marnet Hargreave ( for more information.
  • The West Group makes monthly visits to local establishments noted for the quality of their lunches and afternoon teas. Contact Rosalie Saunders ( for more information.
  • The East Group meets more or less monthly for a cup of tea and a blether. Sadly, Peggy Cookman, who used to organise this, died after a stroke in August 2014, and no-one has yet taken over from her.
  • The Country Group meets monthly for a varied programme of visits to local attractions, talks, meals, games events, garden parties, and visits to each others' homes. Contact Heather Sceats ( for more information.


Party Time

At St John's we're always happy for an excuse to have a party, but there are some regular times in the year when we get together to celebrate. The main ones are:

  • St John's-tide. The feast of St John the Evangelist falls on December 27th and we usually arrange a St John's-tide party (often at lunch time after Sunday worship) in the period between Christmas and New Year.
  • Shrove Tuesday. The St John's pancake party in Church House on the day before the start of Lent is an established institution. Lots of self-catered good food (including pancakes, of course), wine, and usually a brain-teasing quiz.
  • Harvest Lunch. On the Sunday of our annual Harvest Festival and Gift Day service we go out en masse together to one of the numerous local restaurants to celebrate the end of summer with a slap-up meal.

In addition to these regular events we often arrange parties to mark special occasions. The Pentecost Party in 2010 was an outdoor event in the church grounds for all the family, which ended with the release of red and yellow helium balloons with a Pentecost greeting from St John's attached. Sadly, none of the cards was ever returned! And we naturally marked the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 with a party in Church House, with coloured bunting and photographic displays of life and people at St John's over the previous 60 years. In 2014 we had an old-fashioned church coach outing to Eyemouth, which everyone enjoyed. Upcoming events are signalled on our Facebook page,