Weekly News Letter - 8th April 2021

St James

AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

The church is open for individual private prayer 10.00 -11.00am Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

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

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Alleluia!  Christ is risen

He is risen indeed.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

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It was truly wonderful to be able to gather in person in church, as well as on-line, to worship on Easter Day.  I would like to say a big thank to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.                              

One of the things that struck me, and this is true whether we were able to worship in church or at home, is that even though our circumstances are much changed - there is so much we cannot do and precautions we rightly need to be careful around - the amazing truth of Easter remains the same. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Into a dark and decaying world a new day has dawned. The promise, and process, of the transformation of the world, and our lives, has begun, and because of Christ's victory over sin and death this is irreversible.

Should we be hopeful? How can we not be?

Alleluia!   Christ is risen

He is risen indeed.   Alleluia! Alleluia!

May you know the light and warmth of the dawn of Easter.     

Brendan

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In this update…

  • This Sunday's Worship - in person and on-line
  • Friends of Wetherby Church Music AGM
  • Annual Meetings - time to elect Churchwardens and PCC members
  • Riding Lights Breaking Day
  • Church Open
  • Morning Prayer and Prayer on an Evening
  • Food Bank
  • Daily Hope
  • Amazon Smile
  • Financial Support

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The Second Sunday of Easter 11th April - Happy are those who have not seen but believe.  Please join us in-person or on-line to worship together. We love Doubting Thomas because he dared to articulate our questions - 'How can this be?' On Sunday we engage with his journey from doubt to belief. 

8.00am Holy Communion BCP 

9.30am Parish Communion - Booking required (please see below)

11.00am Worship @11.00 - Booking required (please see below).  This serrvice will also be live-streamed to Facebook and YouTube

St James Facebook link    St James YouTube page

 

For the 9.30am and 11am services will be essential.  Booking through Eventbrite is really easy and quick.  Please use the link: Eventbrite link

It is free and easy to book via Eventbrite. If there are no tickets left for your size bubble please do book the next size available bubble. One ticket is issued for each reservation no matter what the size of the bubble -so don't be put off if you have booked a bubble of 2-4 places you will only have one ticket.

There are a limited number of tickets available for those who would prefer to book by phone. Please phone the Parish Office 01937 583074 between 9.00am and noon on Thursdays, or our Churchwarden Jean Heaton 07866 366 314 outside of this time.

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Friends of Wetherby Church Music AGM 5pm on Sunday 11th April
The Friends of Wetherby Church Music are generous supporters of all the musical worship across the church. What they have been able to do this year in terms of fundraising for obvious reasons has been limited - to say the least!  Nevertheless they have been exceptionally generous in their financial support of St James' worship. At a time when our finances are extremely pressed we are most grateful.

All are welcome to attend, make suggestions, and join in.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4831303277?pwd=azM2Z1BOcHo2YXJXeHp5Q05xQ0s2QT09

Meeting ID: 483 130 3277  Passcode: 219674

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St James' Wetherby with Linton Annual Meetings 7.30pm Thursday 29th April via Zoom

Our last annual meeting was in November, so this time there is a short year to report on. There are Churchwardens and PCC members to elect, and it is a time to review the 'year' just gone, and to look ahead. We are all looking ahead.  All are very welcome. Please come along.

Please follow this link: Annual Parochial Church Meeting Zoom link

Meeting ID: 879 9300 7646  Passcode: 318528

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Riding Lights 
Many of you will remember the superb plays Riding Lights have put on at St James'.  'Breaking Day' is their new production available to watch at home

https://ridinglights.org/breaking-day/  

It is £10.78 per household and available until 15 April. Check it out!

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St James' Open for Private Prayer

St James' is open for individual private prayer 10.00 - 11.00am Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

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Morning Prayer 9am & Informal Prayer 6pm via Zoom - Monday to Friday

In addition to Morning Prayer the Reverend Janet Cox will host a short (ten minutes) pause for prayer at 6pm each week day evening. The link for both Morning Prayer and Evening Pause is: Zoom Prayer  Meeting ID: 716 3190 4008  Password: 8QcDqV

All are very welcome

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Food Bank

Thank you to everyone who has given to the Food Bank. With children home from school there is pressing need for food. Donations of food can be left in church 10.00 - 11.00am Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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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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