Weekly News Letter - 2nd December 2018


St James



       Sunday 2 December 2018

                                       Advent Sunday

                        “Your redemption is drawing near” Luke 21.28



8.00 am                      Holy Communion (BCP)

Presiding:                   Brendan Giblin

Preaching                   Brendan Giblin


9.30 am                     Parish Communion

Presiding:                  Stroma McDermott

Preaching:                 Brendan Giblin

Assisting:                   Marilyn Smith

          Hymns:                      26, Longing for Light, 470, 28

                                           Anthem: E’en So, Lord Jesus - Manz

                                           Voluntary: Toccata on ‘Veni Emmanuel’ - Carter    

          11.00 am                    Worship @ 11 – Holy Communion

           Presiding:                  Stroma McDermott

           Preaching:                 Brendan Giblin

           Assisting:                  Val Lumsden


           2.00 pm                      Holy Baptism– George Alfie Karl Readman


           6.30 pm                      Advent Carol Service

           Leading                       Brendan Giblin                                                                                      



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



  3 December

  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  12.30 pm

Pastoral Care Lunch - Centre


  4 December


  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  2.00 pm

Church on the Corner – Holy Communion

  6.30 pm

Wetherby District Guides Carol Service – St James

  7.30 pm

Novel Conversations – Curate’s Office


  5 December


  9.15 am

WCT Prayer Group – Methodist Church

  9.45 am

Holy Communion – Curate’s Office

  12 Noon

Thanksgiving Service – Mrs Christine Brent – St James

  2.00 pm

Mothers’ Union Christmas Social - Centre

  6.15 pm

Gospel Choir Practice

  7.30 pm

Called to Prayer – St James


  6 December


  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  9.30 am

Coffee Morning - Centre

  7.30 pm

Music Group – St James

7 December


  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  6.30 pm

Choir Practice – St James


  8 December


  9.30 am

Friends Christmas Coffee Morning – Centre

  2.00 pm

Christmas Crackers – St James Crypt


  9 December

  Second Sunday of Advent

  8.00 am

Holy Communion (BCP)

  9.30 am

Parish Communion

  11.00 am

Family Service

  6.00 pm

Youth Group

  6.30 pm




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

Today is observed as the ‘International Day of Prayer for the Abolition of Slavery’, when we can raise the awareness and pray for the atrocities of modern slavery, so that people’s dignity and human rights are restored. Attention is drawn to child labour, forced marriages and child soldiers. It is estimated that 46 million people worldwide are subject to some form of slavery.

Today Wetherby churches are invited to pray for those struggling with Mental Health issues.      


Today Martin Houseis holding its Santa Run in Wetherby.We have been advised that there may be some minor disruption and diversions for traffic. Everyone should still be able to get to Church. Brendan


Christmas Crackers on Saturday 8 December from 2pm to 4pm. An Afternoon of Christmas crafts in the Crypt for primary school aged children. For more information, please pick up a leaflet at the back of the Church. We need volunteers to set up and at the event. 


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


Friends of Wetherby Parish Church Music

Coffee Morning with Carols on Saturday 8 December at 9.30am. This traditional event will be held in the Church Centre, festive music will be sung by the Church and Gospel choirs. Mince pies, coffee and mulled wine will be served.

Jack & The Beanstalk - Pantomime – Thursday 3 January 2019 at 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 078554 411205.


Charity Carol Service on Monday 10 December at 7.30pm at St James’ Church – This year’s chosen charity is St Gemma’s Hospice. Tickets are £5.00 and are available from Jean Heaton, Sheila Guest or the Parish Office. Thank you. Jean Heaton 07866 366314.


Community Christmas Celebration Service – A short service for all ages and abilities, followed by refreshments on Thursday 13 December at 1.45pmat St James’ Church. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please speak to Val Lumsden on 01937 584760


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. Rehearsals will be on Sundays 9 and 16 December 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. Thank you. Mary Hare 01937 585158


Remembrance Tree– will be illuminated on Advent Sunday, 2 December, and remain lit until Epiphany, 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. 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, which cost £5.00 per person, are now available from the Parish Office. For more information, please contact Nic & Sally Sheppard 01937 919158 or the Parish Office 01937 583074.


Book Club – Novel Conversations – Tuesday 4 December at 7.30pmin the Curate’s Office. We are discussing ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion. All are very welcome. Thank you. Dave and Sandra York 01937 579596


Follow The Star– Archbishops Justin & John have produced a guide for the Christmas season. £5 buys ‘Follow The Star’ guide and a Christmas box, courtesy of the charity In2Out, for a young person spending Christmas in Wetherby YOI. The guides can be found at the back of church. Thank you. Brendan


Thank youto everyone who supported the Macmillan Stall at the Christmas Fair. The tombola raised £77.00. Derek Brown



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