31st December 2017 Pew Sheet

St James



Sunday 31 December 2017

The First Sunday of Christmas

     “All who heard it were amazed at 

what the shepherds told them” Luke2.18



8.00 am                    Holy Communion (BCP)

Presiding:               Brendan Giblin

Preaching               Brendan Giblin


10.00 am                Family Parish Communion

Presiding:               Brendan Giblin

Preaching:              David York

Assisting:               Val Lumsden

Hymns:                  39, The First Nowell, Good King Wenceslas Looked Out, See, Amid the Winter’s         Snow        

              Voluntary: In Dir ist Freude – J S Bach


Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and 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. A hearing loop is installed in this church and large print service books and gluten free wafers are available.

 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.



Diary for the Week



  1 January

Bank Holiday

New Year’s Day


  2 January

  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  2.00 pm

Church on the Corner – New Year Service

  7.30 pm

Novel Conversations Book Club – Curate’s Office


  3 January

  9.15 am

Wetherby Churches Together Prayer Group – Methodist Church

  9:45 am

Holy Communion – St James

  2.00 pm

Mothers’ Union - Centre


  4 January

  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  9.30 am

Coffee Morning – Centre

  7.30 pm

Worship Group – St James


  9.15 am

Morning Prayer – St James

  6.30 pm

Choir Practice


  6 January




  7 January

 The Baptism of Christ


  8.00 am

Holy Communion (BCP)

  9.30 am

Parish Communion

  11.00 am

Worship @ 11.00

  6.00 pm

Youth Group – Centre

  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


Suggestions for Prayers

As we give thanks for God’s blessings in 2017 and for the will and strength received to face life’s various difficulties, let us commit our lives afresh to Jesus as Lord and Saviour as we enter 2018.  Pray that we may achieve the potential that God has for us through the renewal of our faith, the strengthening of our commitment to prayer, deeper confidence in the Bible and faithfulness in worship. What a fantastic year this could be.

People in the Westgate Area of Wetherby:  Westgate, Cooper Lane, Crossley Street, St James’ Street, Church Street, Bank Street, Wharfedale Lawns, Castlegate, Scott Lane, Scott Mews, Doctors’ Surgery, Cinema, the three churches, Margins (Baptist church), Wharfedale House, Wetherby Manor.

This week Churches in Wetherby Pray for:  The Baptist Church and the ministry through Margins.


Book Club – Novel Conversations – Tuesday 2 January at 7.30pm in the Curate’s Office. We will be discussing ‘Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby. All are welcome. Thank you. Dave and Sandra York 01937 579596


2017 Remembrance Tree – In the Church grounds. The tree will be illuminated from Advent Sunday until 6 January 2018. Dedicate a light and remember someone special at this time. Thank you. Val Lumsden


Quiz – The January quiz, ‘Television, is available at the back of Church and costs £1.00. All proceeds go to support the mission of the Church. Thank you. Susan Armstrong 520763


Used Christmas Card Fronts are wanted for next year’s ‘Shoe Box Appeal’ (Operation Christmas Child). Please put the fronts (only) in the box at the back of church or speak to Sarah Sharp. Thank you.


Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer will be held on Monday 8 January at 2pm in the Church Centre, when we pray for our link diocese in Lesotho (South Africa), Etche (Nigeria), Ogbomoso (Nigeria), Kibungo (Rwanda) and Hanuato’o (Soloman Islands).


Also Mothers’ Union welcomes everyone to our annual Commitment & Communion Service to be held in Church at 2pm on Wednesday 10 January, followed by light refreshments afterwards in the Church Centre. Thank you. Chris Maloney


Fancy a Happy New You in 2018? Then join the Happiness Lab! Starting on Tuesday 9 January at The Swan and Talbot at 7.30pm. The Happiness Lab uncovers the eight secrets psychologist, medics and faith leaders believe make us happy. The lab will run for four weeks with lots of interaction and time for some experiments and a pint! If you would like to have fun and get your ‘happy on’, speak to Stroma McDermott or David York.


St James’ Bereavement Support Coffee Morning on Saturday 20 January, 10 to 11.30am, in the Church Centre. A time to meet those others who have been bereaved, to talk and to listen. Please do come along for a cup of tea or coffee, delicious refreshments and a chat. RSVP to the Parish Office 01937 583074


Hosts/Leaders for 2018 Lent Home Groups – We are currently starting to think about the Lent Home Groups for 2018 and we are now looking for people who would be willing to host, lead or host and lead a group. If you are able to help by either hosting or leading a group, please speak to either Marilyn Smith or David Bewell, or add your name to the list at the back of Church. Thank you. David Bewell


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



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





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