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Network Seminar – 8th September


This year’s Local Networks Seminar, which will be held at Bridge of Allan Parish Church where we held the Annual Gathering earlier this year.

Here is the Programme for the local networks seminar 2012.

All the networks have been invited by email, if you are not the network contact and would like to attend please contact Margaret Warnock. Two representatives from each network will be entitled to have their travelling expenses refunded.



Recycle left-over balls of wool

Are you a knitter? Would you like to knit teddies for children in hospital in Malawi?

Each teddy will be placed in a draw string bag, which is sewn using colourful materials, and which also contains small articles such as a toothbrush and paste or a pencil and notebook. Teddy knitters do not need to provide the cloth draw string bags since there are volunteers who have offered to do this sewing if necessary.

The bags with the teddies etc. will be dispatched to children in hospital in Malawi by the charity The Raven Trust

Here is the pattern for the teddies if anyone is interested in ‘having a go’.




























This is an Esk & Tweed Network initiative. If you would like to participate and are not a member of the Esk & Tweed network please contact us and we will put you in touch with the Esk & Tweed Network Co-ordinator.

Message for Esk & Tweed network congregations:  If you complete any teddies please contact your church Eco Team leader who will contact the Esk and Tweed Network Co-ordinator and arrange to have them picked up.

Many thanks to anyone who ‘has a go’!

Carlops Church and Community have supported the Raven Trust Charity over the last few years by donations of cotton clothing for children and adults and by fundraising. If you would like to hear more about its work it may be possible to arrange for a visit by someone involved.

Here is some information about the Raven Trust which was taken from the Charity’s website:

Why The Raven Trust?

There’s a story in the Old Testament where ‘The ravens brought (Elijah) bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening and he drank from the brook’ (1 Kings 17 v 6).
The ravens (- intelligent scavengers!) supplied all that Elijah needed at that time. This is a story about God’s loving provision in creation, pointing forward ultimately to his coming to Earth as Jesus to set things to rights. Following the example of these humble creatures, The Raven Trust aims to do a similar job for needy people in Malawi. It’s also a focal point for people who want do something practical to help, and it supports those working in development and Christian mission.

What we do

Over the past few years we have researched, dispatched and funded many full container loads plus several part container loads to Africa with an estimated value well in excess of £1,000,000.
We have undertaken building and maintenance projects at Mission Hospitals and rebuilt a hospital boat for Lake Malawi, written and published distant learning material on Tool Maintenance and also published our ‘Newslink’ newsletter for a network of supporters and relevant organisations.
Some of the provisions we have sent out recently include:

  • Medical Supplies (basic hospital disposables such as gloves, bandages, dressings, needles & syringes etc. Also equipment such as Ultra-scan machines, operating tables, infusions pumps, x-ray equipment, operating instruments, ECG machines & patient monitors)
  • Books and Videos (medical, educational, secular and theological)
  • Tools and Equipment (carpentry tools, saw bench and planers, metal working tools, computers, printers, cables & monitors etc)
  • Clothing (knitted goods for babies, blankets, cotton sheets, clothing etc)
  • Toiletries (soap, talc, shampoo & disposable razors)
  • Other items include mattresses, footballs, netballs, sports equipment, football strips, stationery, lecturing equipment, a ships engine and children’s playgroup toys.

The work is funded by donations and gifts from individuals, Church congregations etc. The work is not currently underwritten by any organisation or Church. It is faith at work. The Raven Trust undertakes to provide the legal framework to enable us to receive grants and process tax relief on funds. Each container currently costs about 10,000 GBP to transport to Northern Malawi plus UK costs. We find that finance becomes available as goods arrive on the doorstep and the final funds arrive in the post as the final load arrives!

New Worship Material by Carlops Parish Church

Every year since it was established in 2006, the Eco Group at Carlops Parish Church has designed and delivered an “Eco-service” on a theme chosen by its members.

These services have been created by a small team chosen by the group – different people participating each year – and then delivered by two or three of that team.

These are now available for download from the Church website:



The Launch of the Esk and Tweed Network of Churches

Representatives of eight churches, situated in the Esk and Tweed area, met in Carlops Church on Monday 26th March for the launch of the new Eco-Congregation Esk and Tweed Network. Speakers from Carlops, Eddleston, Lyne and Manor, Peebles Old, Penicuik North, Penicuik Sacred Heart and the parishes of Upper Tweeddale, gave short presentations describing the ‘Eco’ activities of their churches.

Claudia Beamish (see photo), MSP for the South of Scotland and Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, then cut a cake to celebrate the event and, after   refreshments and a chance to exchange ideas, the guest speaker was introduced.

Ewan Aitken is Secretary of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland and Chairman of Eco-Congregation Scotland. He gave a most inspiring talk about the effect that churches, working with their communities, can have in helping to spread the message of the need to live a more sustainable lifestyle. He praised what was already being done and urged those present to carry the work forward by sharing ideas and activities.

It was agreed that the next meeting would be hosted by Peebles Old Parish Church and would be held in October.

Anyone interested in learning more about Eco-Congregation Scotland or the Esk and Tweed Network can visit

Esk & Tweed Network inaugural meeting 26th March

The new Esk & Tweed Network will be launched on 26th March at 7:30pm in Carlops Parish Church. An invitation is extended to members from all Eco-Congregation churches and to those who are interested in learning more about the Eco-Congregation movement.

Nan buchan is delighted to welcome Ewan Aitken, chairperson of Eco-Congregation Scotland, as the guest speaker.

Nan Buchan: “Those who have heard Ewan will know how inspirational he is as a speaker. We also hope that we will hear a short statement (lasting no more than a few minutes) from each attending church describing its location, size and perhaps an Eco activity. A break for refreshments, giving time to ‘chat’, will be included in the programme.”

Read more about the meeting by clicking on the link: Network introduction

Check out the Esk & Tweed page for Network updates:

Directions for Carlops Parish Church can be found here: