Weekly News Letter - 9th December 2018


St James



              Sunday 9 December 2018

                           The Second Sunday of Advent

                   “The crooked shall be made straight and the rough ways

                                             made smooth” Luke 3.5        


8.00 am                      Holy Communion (BCP)

Presiding:                 Brendan Giblin

Preaching                 Brendan Giblin


9.30 am                     Parish Communion

Presiding:                 Stroma McDermott

Preaching:                Marilyn Smith

Assisting:                  Val Lumsden

          Hymns:                     24, 30, Christ is Surely Coming, 484

                                            Anthem: A Tender Shoot - Goldschmidt

                                            Voluntary: Prelude & Fugue in E Minor - Bruhns


          11.00 am                      Family Service

           Leading:                     Brendan Giblin

           Preaching:                  Stroma McDermott


          6.30 pm                        Refresh

           Leading                      Val Lumsden



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



  10 December

  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  7.30 pm

Charity Carol Service – St James


  11 December


  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  2.00 pm

Church on the Corner – Service of Carols with St James School Choir


  12 December


  9.30 am

Crossley Street School Christmas Service – St James

  9.45 am

Holy Communion – Curate’s Office

  1.15 pm

Funeral – Mrs Linda Mills - St James

  7.30 pm

Gospel Choir Practice – St James


  13 December


  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  9.30 am

Coffee Morning - Centre

  1.30 pm

Time for Tots - Centre

  1.45 pm

Community Christmas Service – St James

14 December


  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  11.40 am

Funeral – Mr Raymond Goulsbra – Stonefall Crematorium

  6.30 pm

Choir Practice – St James


  15 December

  7.30 pm

Choral Society Concert– St James


  16 December

  Third Sunday of Advent

  8.00 am

Holy Communion (BCP)

  9.30 am

Parish Communion

  11.00 am

Service of Services

  6.00 pm

Youth Group

  6.30 pm

Evening Prayer (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

As we approach Christmas there will be significant spending both in shops and online, so pray that many will be able to resist the building-up of large debts. We pray too for families affected by gambling and that steps will be taken to reduce the habits of half a million children who, each week, gamble online. Remember too the many families who suffer as a result of the increase of their debts.

People in Linton Lane area of Wetherby: Linton Lane, Linton Hills Road, Avon Garth, The Ridge, Sickling Hall Road, Wetherby Golf Club.

Wetherby Churches give thanks for Declaration of Human Rights.


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. Thank you. Val Lumsden 584760


Wetherby Choral Society will be performing Handel’s Messiah on Saturday 15 Decemberat 7.30pm at St James’ Church. Tickets are £17 from John and Marion Davies.


Service of Service on Sunday 16 December at 11.00am“for the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve …” Do come and join us for a service with a difference – 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. Contributions of mince pies/Christmas biscuits would be gratefully received, please let Jackie know on 01937 584115 or add your name to the list at the back of Church. Thank you. Val


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– was 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. 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.


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 078554 411205.


Used Postage Stampsfor Christian Aid– Thank you to everyone who has donated their used postage stamps. There is a box on the windowsill in the porch of the Church Centre where they can be left. Many thanks. Mary Hare


Pilgrims Return– I would like to thank all those who remembered us while we were on our pilgrimage in Israel and who prayed for us as we travelled around the country. In the New Year, we shall present a social evening to share our experiences. Derek Taylor


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


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