Weekly News Letter - 16th December 2018


St James



              Sunday 16 December 2018

                              The Third Sunday of Advent

                              “Bear fruits worthy of repentance” Luke 3.8


8.00 am                      Holy Communion (BCP)

Presiding:                 Stroma McDermott

Preaching                 Stroma McDermott


9.30 am                     Parish Communion

Presiding:                 Brendan Giblin

Preaching:                Stroma McDermott

Assisting:                  Lorna Johnson

          Hymns:                     31, 27, 32, Hark, What a Sound

                                           Anthem: This is the Record of John - Gibbons

                                   Voluntary: Num Komm der Heiden Heiland – J S Bach                                        


          11.00 am                      Service of Service 

           Leading:                    Val Lumsden


          6.30 pm                        Evensong (BCP)

           Leading                      Marilyn Smith

           Preaching:                  Lorna Johnson

           Hymns:                       27, 30, 24, Psalm 50 vv 1-6

                                              Voluntary: Prelude on ‘Veni Emmanuel’ - Rawsthorne


A very warm welcome to everyone

If you are new to St James’ we would like to get to know you. Please fill in a contact card, which you will find in the back of the pews, and hand to one of the people leading the Service. Large print service books and gluten free wafers are available.


Diary for the Week



  17 December

 10.00 am

Deighton Gates School Carol Service – St James

  12 noon

Love Lunch - Centre


  18 December


  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  2.00 pm

Church on the Corner – Holy Communion


  19 December

  9.45 am

Mothers’ Union Corporate Communion – St James


  20 December


  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  9.30 am

Coffee Morning - Centre

  2.00 pm

St James’ School Christingle Service – St James

21 December


  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  6.30 pm

Choir Practice – St James


  22 December




  23 December

  The Fourth Sunday of Advent

  8.00 am

Holy Communion (BCP)

  10.00 am

Nativity Family Communion

  6.30 pm

Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight


Planned Giving – We are very grateful to all those who give so generously, both in time and finance, to help us carry out our mission here in Wetherby. If anyone, who is not currently doing so, would like to assist us plan our finances by giving via standing order or envelope, then please contact the Parish Office 01937 583074 or email stjames@dsl.pipex.com

You can now give by text to St James’. Text STJW11 £10 to 70070 to donate to St James’, Wetherby and make a difference today. JustTextGiving by Vodafone. 


Suggestions for Prayer

There are 1.2 million chronically lonely people in the UK in need of support. Some will be homeless, while others, for whatever reason, have lost touch with family and friends. Pray that many will be able to make contact with organisations, such as the Samaritans, and those who are trained to over advice and practical help. Pray too for the numbers of young people who experience loneliness.

People in North Barleyfields Road Area: Barleyfields, Maple Drive, Poplar Avenue, Oakwood Road, Coxwold Hill, Coxwold View.

Wetherby Churches pray for:  St Joseph’s Roman Catholic church. 


Service of Service today at 11.00am- most of the service will take place outside our church as acts of service and at 12.15pm we will meet in the Church Centre for a simple lunch. Everyone can take part. Thank you. Val


Community Carol Sing: Good News we will be community singing at the Co-op on Thursday 20 December at 7:30pmfollowed by a quick festive sniff at the pub afterwards. The gospel choir will be heading us up, but as big an angelic choir as possible would be fab! So, Esther ladies and Curry men, please join us! Many thanks. Fiona Jones and Stroma


Nativity Service on Sunday 23 December at 10am– Calling Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels and kings – our Nativity Service needs you! If your children would like to be part of this simple, but wonderful service, please speak to/contact Ruth Graham or Sue Davies. A rehearsal is today between 10-11am in the Church Centre. Costumes provided! Ruth Graham 07766 554182.


Christingles– This year we will be making the Christingles on Sunday 23December at 2pm in the Centre Coffee Lounge. Anyone wishing to help is very welcome. The Christingle Serviceswill be held on Monday 24December at 4.00pm and 6.00pm.Thank you. Mary Hare 01937 585158


The Remembrance Treewas illuminated on Advent Sundayand will remain lit untilEpiphany, 6 January. If you would like to dedicate a light, please pick up a form from the back of church or from the Parish Office. Thank you. Val Lumsden


Christmas Day Lunch from 12 noon to 3pm. Churches Together will be serving a traditional Christmas Lunch at St James’ Church Centre. Tickets cost £5.00 per person and are available from the Parish Office. For more information, please contact Nic & Sally Sheppard 01937 919158 or the Parish Office 01937 583074.


The plans are going well for the Churches Together Christmas Day Lunch, thanks to the kindness and generosity of many. However, we might need a couple more drivers to provide transport for those who need it to the lunch at midday and/or home afterwards at approximately 2.45pm. If you might be able to help, please contact Emma Beddow 01937 520248 or 07803 785419.


Friends of Wetherby Parish Church Music - Jack & The Beanstalk - Pantomime – Thursday 3 January 2019at Harrogate Theatre for their matinee performance. The coach will leave the Cluster of Nuts carpark at 1pm. There are still a few tickets left for members of the congregation and we would ask for a contribution of £15 pp, this includes the theatre ticket and the coach. Please contact Simon Cooper on janandsi@hotmail.co.uk  or 01937 529195 or 07855 411205.


Quiz – The quiz for December is called ‘It’s Christmas’. The quiz costs £1.00 and all proceeds go to support the mission of the Church.  Thank you. Susan Armstrong 520763


The St James’ Email Prayer Chain– for email prayer chain requests, please email rosierooke@btinternet.comor telephone 01937 580673



Tel: 01937 583074 email: stjames@dsl.pipex.com