Welcome to the website of Victoria LinfordStow St Mary of Wedale and Heriot Church of Scotland.

This is a small, rural parish consisting of the villages of Stow, Fountainhall and Heriot and associated farming lands. The parish is part of the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles.

Our aim is to make known God's love in Jesus Christ, throughout our parish and beyond.

With two church buildings to choose from, there’s a place in Stow and Heriot Church for everyone.  Whether you live in the parish, or are visiting on holiday, or would simply like to find out more about our church, we hope you enjoy these pages and will come and see us.  

If you have any questions, please do get in touch.


   Rev Victoria Linford



 The Kirk Session has developed a new plan for the next few months as we move out of lockdown.  Many of you are naturally keen to re-open our buildings as soon as possible, but as an act of compassion for our members, friends and community, we wish to re-open only when we can comply with all Church of Scotland requirements in order to keep people safe.  For the mission of the church and to care for those who are unable to come to our church buildings, we foresee that our church life going forward will involve a mixture of activities online and within our buildings.

In outline, here is our plan (which is subject to Presbytery approval, and to ongoing Church of Scotland and Government advice):

- worship resources will continue to be placed each week on our website - go to “This Week’s Service” or visit our Facebook Page;

- from September, the Minister will host a new fortnightly Zoom Gathering - a time for fellowship/discussion;

- we hope that from September, we will be also able to have Sunday services in Heriot Church (9.45am) and Stow Church (11.15am) - these may be shorter than before and not in the previous format, with physical distancing and other precautions to keep everyone safe;

- also from September, we hope to have morning prayers on Wednesdays at 9.30am in Stow Church and 10.30am in Heriot Church.

More details will appear soon here and on our notice boards.  

In the meantime, do keep in touch, and we look forward to seeing you all soon, whether online or face to face!