To Other Sites

You might be interested in these.
Some are in the Selkirk area, some are church-related or linked to St John's, some will take you to charitable organisations; some are of general interest.

The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC)

St John's Selkirk belongs to the Scottish Episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Information about the SEC, its history, liturgy and activities can be found on its website.


The Diocese of Edinburgh

St John's Selkirk is part of the Diocese of Edinburgh, under the leadership of Bishop John Armes. The diocesan website has information about diocesan programmes and resources and a list of all the churches and their locations.


The Shared Ministry Network

The Shared Ministry Network links dioceses where collaborative ministry is promoted as part of the diocesan strategy, collaborative ministry churches, diocesan officers and others involved in development and support, and interested individuals throughout the UK.


Local Collaborative Ministry in the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles

Developments in collaborative ministry are going on in other parts of Scotland. This link will take you to information about what is happening in one of our most rural and sparsely populated dioceses.


Churches Together in Selkirk and the Valleys

Selkirk and the neighbouring valleys of the Ettrick and Yarrow waters have a flourishing and active ecumenical partnership, of which St John's is an enthusiastic member.



Rowland's is the Selkirk 'dry bar' for teenagers, set up by parents, professionals, and Churches Together, to provide an alcohol- and drug-free drop-in centre for the young people of Selkirk.

Rowland's occupies what used to be the hardware shop of Rowland Tait, a former member of St John's, and it was named in his memory. Its purchase was made possible by the generosity of the Tait family and donations from local people and businesses.


Fresh Start Borders

Fresh Start Borders (FSB) is a registered charity started in 2008 by members of Churches Together, including several from St John's. Its aim is to help homeless people and families in the Borders who are being rehoused, by providing a starter pack of basic household equipment (cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, bed linen, towels, cleaning equipment, etc) without which the provision of accommodation alone is unlikely to be successful. In the past year over 200 of these starter packs were supplied, and referrals from the Scottish Borders Council, housing associations, and other organisations continue to increase.

Many of the things in the starter packs are recycled household items donated by people who have surplus things in their homes, though some items, such as kettles and clock radios, have to be bought for health and safety reasons. FSB is operated by a team of volunteers from a warehouse on the Riverside industrial estate in Selkirk.


Selkirk FairTrade

In February 2012 Selkirk was awarded FairTrade Town status, the outcome of months of hard work and numerous exciting events. The Selkirk FairTrade Committee includes people from several of our churches, one of which is St John's. We have a FairTrade stall in church after Sunday services about once a month.


Window of Time

The Church Army's Grafted project, based in Newcastleton in the Borders, runs drop-in centres in Hawick and Galashiels as part of its Window of Time programme offering support/rehabilitation to people aged 18+ who are facing issues of addiction, mental health, low aspirations, offending, poor life and social skills, learning disabilities and emotional/behavioural difficulties. Members of St John's work as volunteers at the Galashiels centre.