Weekly News Letter - 23rd December 2018


St James



                        Sunday 23 December 2018

                               The Fourth Sunday of Advent

                                   “He shall be the one of peace” Micah 5.5


8.00 am                      Holy Communion (BCP)

Presiding:                 Uell Kennedy

Preaching                 Uell Kennedy


10.00 am                     Family Communion & Nativity

Presiding:                 Brendan Giblin

Assisting:                  Stroma McDermott

          Hymns:                     Come and Join the Celebration, Silent Night, 37, See Him

                                         Lying on a Bed of Straw

                                          Anthem: Angelus ad Virginem - Carter

                                          Voluntary: Wachet Auf – J S Bach    


          6.30 pm                        Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight

           Leading:                    Brendan Giblin                   


Wishing everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas


Sunday 30 December 2018

The First Sunday of Christmas

          “Clothe yourselves with compassion” Colossians 3.12


8.00 am                      Holy Communion (BCP)

Presiding:                 Brendan Giblin

Preaching                 Brendan Giblin


10.00 am                    Family Parish Communion

Presiding:                Brendan Giblin

Preaching:               Brendan Giblin

Assisting:                 Lorna Johnson

Hymns:                    36, The First Nowell, Good King Wenceslas, See, Amid the Winter’s Snow

 Voluntary: Final (Symphonie I) - Vierne


Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year

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



  24 December

  2.00 pm

Crib Service

  4.00 pm

Christingle Service

  6.00 pm

Christingle Service

  11.30 pm

Midnight Communion by Candlelight


  25 December


  9.15 am

Holy Communion (BCP)

  10.00 am

Family Christmas Communion

  12 noon

Churches Together  Christmas Day Lunch – Centre


  26 December


Bank Holiday

No Holy Communion


  27 December



No Morning Prayer

28 December



No Morning Prayer


  29 December




  30 December

  The First Sunday of  Christmas

  8.00 am

Holy Communion (BCP)

  10.00 am

Family Communion


  31 December

  10.20 am

Funeral – Mr Stephen Maude – Lawnswood Crematorium





  1 January


New Year’s Day – Bank Holiday


  2 January

  9.15 am

Wetherby Churches Together Prayer Group – Methodist Church

  9.45 am

Holy Communion – St James


  3 January

  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  9.30 am

Coffee Morning – Centre

  11.30 am

Funeral – Mrs Teresa Beasley – St James

  7.30 am

Worship Group – St James


  4 January

  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  6.00 pm

Choir Practice – St James



  5 January




  6 January

  The Epiphany

  8.00 am

Holy Communion (BCP)

  9.30 am

Parish Communion

  11.00 am

Worship @ 11.00

  6.30 pm

Evensong (BCP)


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

Heavenly Father, during this Christmas week, please help us to share with others the grace and truth of the Christmas message. We pray for all involved in the Christmas services, from those whose privilege it is to lead worship, preach, provide music and those whose task will be to ensure that the stranger is warmly welcomed. Comfort those who, for whatever reason, will be unable to be involved in the Christmas worship, especially those away from home or whose work does not allow them the opportunity.

People living in Wetherby and district or visiting.

Wetherby churches pray for: God’s blessing on all who will be attending the different Christmas services.


Christingles– Today we will be making the Christinglesat 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


Love Lunch – We would like to say a ‘big thank you’ to all the ladies who prepare, cook and serve for Love Lunch fortnightly throughout the year. This is a wonderful service and greatly appreciated by many. Brendan


Bible Notes– Anyone who normally collects Bible Notes from Audrey Spivey, please contact the Parish Office or Val Lumsden, who will ensure these notes are delivered to you. Thank you.


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


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. 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.


The Alpha Course is coming to Town!Monday evenings in the Church Centre, 7.00pm to 9.15pm. It begins on Monday 14 Januaryto Monday 11March(excluding 18 February, half term). For more information or to book a place, please contact Val Lumsden 07984 074710 email valandjimlumsden@gmail.com


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 Parish Officewill be closed from 25 December until 1 January 2019 inclusive. We reopen on Wednesday 2 January at 9.00am.


Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year


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