Weekly News Letter - 10th January 2021

St James

AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

Reluctantly we have decided to suspend in person public worship on Sundays.  The church will remain open for individual private prayer 10.00 -11.00am Tuesday and Thursdays.  We will broadcast worship from St James' at 10.00am each Sunday morning.  Please do join us live on Facebook or Youtube.

St James Facebook link    St James YouTube page

As you will appreciate this was difficult decision, as I say, reluctantly taken.  I am convinced, however, that at this time of national emergency, it is the right decision for us to gather online to worship.  We will continually monitor the situation and review this decision.

Just when we cannot gather (ironically) we celebrate the gathering of strangers, Magi, Wise Men, travelling from a distance to worship the child Jesus.  It is a picture of God's welcome and mercy including those who come from afar.  What is foreign and incomprehensible is included, literally welcomed into God's home.  The arms of the baby Jesus longing to be picked up grow into the arms of Jesus the man who embraced the world on the cross.

Even though our worship and fellowship is not in person, may we know the warmth of God's welcome for ourselves, and even online welcome those who are far off.
With my prayers,  
Brendan
 

In this update…

  • This Sunday's Worship
  • Lent Course
  • Christmas Services
  • Church Open
  • Morning Prayer and Prayer on an Evening
  • Amazon Smile
  • Financial Support

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Sunday 10th January - The Baptism of Christ

10.00am Sunday Worship (live on Facebook and YouTube)

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Lent 2021
Lent begins Wednesday 17 February, and it looks like it is going to be a Lockdown Lent.  One of the ways of making the most of Lent, which is traditionally a time of reassessment and drawing closer to God, is by doing a Lent Group. 

This year, for obvious reasons, our Lent Course will be via Zoom.  Although Zoom has its limitations for this sort of thing, my experience is that it can be a surprisingly fruitful way of getting together.  Help to use the technology is available.  Please do ask, we would be glad to help.

Our course this year will be exploring topics around the Diocesan Rhythm of Life.  Which patterns of life can we adopt that are sustaining and life-giving?  The five sessions are:

Week 1: Living: Celebrate & Create

Week 2: Loving: Rest and reflect

Week 3: Loving: Encourage and share

Week 4: Learning

Week 5: Pray

I do hope you will be able to join us.  Groups will meet at different times in the week.  We'll publish these soon.

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Christmas Services
Thank you to the musicians, tech. people, flower people, sidespeople, and many more who worked to make Christmas special, in spite of all the strangeness, at St James' this year.

Some one asked me how many people viewed our Christingle services. When I looked I was amazed to see that, taking figures from Facebook and Youtube together, 897 people viewed the service. These viewing figures were dwarfed by our most popular service, Carols by Candlelight, watched 2,000 people.

Let's continue to pray that the light of Christ may shine and be seen in Wetherby and beyond.

Thank you again to everyone involved.

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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 continue to 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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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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