Weekly News Letter - Sunday 28th November 2021

St James

AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone


We will broadcast worship live on Facebook or Youtube.  St James Facebook link    St James YouTube page

Giving to Support the Work of St James' Church – No collection is taken during our services, but a plate is left by the door for your offering in support of the mission and ministry of this Church. If you prefer to set up a bank transfer, please use these account details: St James' Church PCC sort code 558111 Account No 03510409. If you wish to have your donation Gift Aided, please complete the Gift Aid form or contact Jill Rose 01937 586640. Thank you. Brendan

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This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. Please join us as we begin the countdown to Christmas. As the nights grow darker, we look towards the dawn of our coming King. We wait in joyful expectation for God's kingdom to come on earth as it is heaven.

Sunday 28th November - Advent Sunday - "The Lord is our righteousness" Jeremiah 33.16 

8.00am Holy Communion BCP 

9.30am Parish Communion

11.30am Worship @ 11 with Holy Communion and Sunday Club  This service will also be live-streamed to Facebook and YouTube  St James Facebook link    St James YouTube page

6.30pm Advent Carol Service 

It is good to see more people attending church.  Just a gentle reminder that, in order to keep each other safe, we are asking all adults (unless you have a medical exemption) to wear a mask or a face-covering whilst in church please. 

Hand-sanitiser is available, and its use encouraged on entry into the building and before receiving Holy Communion.  The pews on the north side of the church are for those who prefer to be socially-distanced, 'space-cards' are available for anyone who wants to preserve space next to them.

Please do not attend church if you have tested positive for Covid, or have symptoms of Covid. Should anyone test positive after attending church, please could you inform the Parish Office 01937 583074, or Vicarage 01937 520951.

These difficult times are not without their challenges and dangers.  As a church we are committed to keeping everyone as safe as we can and, as a church community, we are prepared to go the extra mile in order to do so.

We thank everyone for your understanding and co-operation at this time. 

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Refreshments after Worship
Please fo join us in the Church Centre Coffee Lounge for refreshments after the morning service.  All are most welcome.  

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Remembrance Tree 
The tree will be illuminated on Advent Sunday 28th November, and will remain lit until Epiphany 6th 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.   
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Advent Carol Service Sunday 28th November at 6.30pm  
Please join us for our annual Avent Carol Service.  Refreshments will be served in the Church Centre after the Service, all are welcome.

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Activism against Gender-Based Violence - from 25th November to 10th December 
Mothers' Union members across the world are joining the 16 days of 'Activism against Gender-Based Violence'. One in three women worldwide have experienced domestic or sexual abuse. As part of this, MU members will keep a three minute silence at 1.03pm on Saturday 27 November to raise awareness of this abuse. Please join them and pray for all victims. Thank you. 

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St James' Christmas Fair - Saturday 4th December 9.30am to 1pm in the Church Centre
There will be refreshments, a raffle, tombola, children's games and a 'mince pie competition'. Donations of cakes, raffle prizes and unwanted gifts, etc, would be most welcome.  Please do come along and support the Fair, there will be fun for all the family!

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Service of Service Sunday 5th December at 11am - "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 church as acts of service: carol singing, litter picking, advent deliveries, it will be great fun and, at 12 noon, we will gather in the Church Centre for a simple lunch. Everyone can take part and are welcome. Thank you. 
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Friends of Wetherby Chuch Music Coffee Morning Saturday 11th December from 9.30am 
In the Church Centre, please do join us.  
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Toy Appeal Service Sunday 12th December at 11am 
Toys, gift vouchers, gifts for children and teenagers are all needed for the parish of St James', Seacroft, where they will be used to bring some Christmas joy to needy families.  If you would like to support this appeal, please bring unwrapped toys, gift vouchers, cosmetics, to any Church service on Sunday 12th December. Thank you.
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Charity Carol Service - Monday 13th December at 7.30pm in St James' Church 
The chosen charity to benefit is Mind, a very worthy charity and one who's services are in great demand at the moment. Tickets are £5.00 (including refreshments) and are available from Jean Heaton tel: 07866 366314 or from the Parish Office.  Please come and join us at this popular event and support Mind.

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Calling all budding child actors - Would you like to take part in this year's Nativity play on Sunday 19th December at 10.00am.  If so, please come along to the Church Centre on Sunday 28th November at 11.00am. There will be a further rehearsal on Sunday 12th December at 10.15am, in order that you can then go to the Toy Service at 11.00am in Church. Many thanks. 
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Church on the Corner - 2pm Every Tuesday
It was lovely to restart this service last week.  We will meet in St James' church until restrictions have been sufficiently lifted to enable services to return to Hallfield Lane. Services last about 40 minutes and all are welcome.

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Love Lunch - Every other Monday
Join us in the Coffee Lounge to share food and enjoy fellowship on every other Monday anytime between 12 noon and 2pm (last orders 1.30pm), where you will receive a warm welcome. 

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Thursday Coffee Mornings 
Thursday Coffee Mornings - 9.30am to 11.30am in the Church Centre Coffee Lounge.    
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Morning Prayer - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am
Reverend Janet Cox kindly hosts Morning Prayer on weekdays (apart from Thursdays) at 9am.  A time to listen to God's word, worship and pray for the needs of the world.

Evening Prayer on Thursdays @ 6pm via Zoom
Derek and Lorna Taylor will be hosting short informal prayers on Thursday evenings at 6pm. 

The link for both Morning and Evening Prayer is: Zoom Prayer  Meeting ID: 716 3190 4008  Password: 8QcDqV
All are very welcome.  

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St James Prayer Chain:
'be constant in prayer'. The work of the prayer chain continues, so if you would like prayer for anything or anyone (but please ask them first) please email me at rosemaryrooke83@gmail.com or telephone: 01937 580673, the prayers will only be seen by the prayer team.  Rosie Rooke, Prayer Chain Coordinator

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Wetherby and District Foodbank
Thank you to everyone who has given to the Food Bank. Donations of food can be left in church 10.00 - 11.00am Monday to Friday.  Food parcels can be collected from the distribution centre at Barleyfields from 10-11am on Tuesdays and Fridays.  A delivery service will continue for those who find it difficult to travel to Wetherby.

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Daily Hope phone line
DailyHope, a free national telephone line, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of the phone.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind; to provide comfort and spiritual nourishment to the most isolated in our society.

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Amazon Smile
Thank you to all who have registered with Amazon Smile to support St James.  If you shop with Amazon please do consider making us your registered charity.  Shop on Amazon Smile at Amazon Smile St James and Amazon donates to St James Wetherby, at no cost to you.  

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Financial Support - "God loves cheerful givers" 2 Cor 9.7
We are extremely grateful to everyone who supports St James' financially.

This support enables us to be at the heart of the community sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.  As part of a diocesan family of churches we also support less well resourced parishes in other parts of the diocese.  Since lockdown, as collections during services have been limited, we have suffered a significant drop in our income.  Unless this income is recovered the things we can do as a church will be severely curtailed.

I would like to ask everyone to consider two things.

1)  If you are not doing so already, please consider setting up a standing order through your bank. (Thank you to those who, since lockdown, have already made this transition.) This is the easiest way to give, and it is Covid- secure. The form for giving and Gift Aid is here:  Regular Giving Form 

Our bank details are:  Wetherby Parochial Church Council account at NatWest Bank PLC  Sort Code: 55-81-11  Account No: 04416775 

2)   If you are able to, please consider increasing your giving. Like everyone else each year inflation means that our costs increase. If it is a while since you increased your regular giving please consider doing so. Or perhaps you might be able to consider a one-off gift to St James', in which case you could support a specific area of church life, Worship, Mission or Fabric?

If you require any further information please contact our Stewardship Officer, Jill Rose 01937 586 640. All information is treated in the strictest confidence.

My old vicar used suggest to people that they give as much as makes them joyful. I thought that was a rather good way of putting it. As St Paul says, "God loves cheerful giver". 2 Cor 9.7

Thank you for all your support. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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Tel: 01937 583074 

email: stjames.wetherby@gmail.com

www.stjameswetherby.org.uk

https://www.facebook.com/stjameswetherby 


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