Weekly News Letter - 17th June 2021

St James


A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

The church is open for individual private prayer 10.00 -11.00am Monday to Friday.  

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


No Change

Monday's announcement of the delay of easing lockdown was hardly unexpected. But even if our heads could see the logic of the pause, our hearts still felt disappointment. Precious progress has been lost.  Let's pray we can get back on track.

For St James' this means that some of the loosening of restrictions will have to wait at least a month. Some of the things planned will have to be put on hold until we can do them safely.  Patience is a virtue; one hard to learn.

I am grateful to Debra Wostenholme, our Parish Administrator, into whose capable hands I am handing over these weekly updates. Do please email Debra anything (within reason!) you would like to be shared.

Thank you.

With every blessing,



In this update…

  • This Sunday's Worship - in person and on-line - No booking required
  • Church on the Corner - Every Tuesday at 2pm
  • Wednesday Toddlers
  • Children's, Young People's and Family Worker - update
  • Children's, Young People's and Family Worker - advert
  • Church Open - every weekday 10-11am
  • Morning Prayer and Thursday Evening Prayer 
  • Food Bank
  • Daily Hope
  • Amazon Smile
  • Financial Support


Sunday 20th June - Fathers' Day - The Third Sunday of Trinity - "Who is this that even the wind and the waves obay him?"  Mark 4 35-41

To whom, if not Jesus, do we turn when the storms of life threaten to overwhelm us?  But what do we do if we find him asleep, and seemingly, not as interested in the storm that rages as we are?  Where is Jesus in the storms of your life?

8.00am Holy Communion BCP 

9.30am Parish Communion

11.00am Worship @11.00  - This service will also be live-streamed to Facebook and YouTube  St James Facebook link    St James YouTube page

Please join us in-person or on-line to worship together.  Booking is no longer required for any of our services. Contact details for track and trace will still need to given or the QR code used, and social-distancing, mask wearing and the usual precautions will be adhered to. 


Church on the Corner - 2.00pm 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.


Wednesday Toddlers 10.00 - 11.30 Wednesdays in Term-time
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Children's, Young People's and Family Worker - Thank you

In recent donations we have raised an an amazing £11,034.61. Thank you so much to everyone who has generously supported this. This brings our total in the Mission Fund to £36,437.42 towards our target of £45,000 (three years of costs).

The £11,034.61 consists of: £9,284.61 in donations from individuals and £1,750 in Gift Aid

The PCC regard appointing a  Children's, Young People's and Family Worker as vital to the health of the church and the growth of the Kingdom of God.  Your prayers and support for this are greatly valued.

Although we are still short of our target, the support so far gives us confidence to seek to recruit for September.  Perhaps God may be calling you or someone you know to this exciting role? Please find the advert below.

Thank you to all whose generosity has got us this far. There is still a bit more to do…

We have a shortfall in our funding of £8,562.58. If you have not yet given, might you be able to support this project with either a one-off donation or a regular pledge, say over three years? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

You may give by BACS:- Wetherby Parochial Church Council, NatWest Bank

Account No. 04416775 Sort Code 55-81-11 Ref Youth Worker

Or by cheque made payable to Wetherby PCC.  Please mark you donation Youth Worker.  C/O Parish Office, Church Street, Wetherby, LS22 6LP

If you would like to know more about this project please do get in touch with me.  Thank you so much.


01937 520951


Children's, Young People's and Family Worker 
St James' Wetherby with Linton seeks to appoint a Children's, Young People's and Family Worker 
to support, resource and expand the children's, youth and family provision of St James' Church and to enable the church to reach out into the community with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Experience of working with young people is essential.

24 hours per week, Salary £22,000 FTE (£13,200 actual) plus pension contribution

For further details please call the Priest in Charge: Brendan Giblin 01937 520951, for an application pack please email: stjames.wetherby@gmail.com

Closing date for applications: 9.00am Thursday 1 July

Interviews: the evening of Monday 12 July

The post holder is required to be a communicant member of the Church of England or a full member of a church within Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

This post is exempt under paragraph 3 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010. The PCC of Wetherby with Linton supports and promotes the aims of the Church of England. 


Church Open for Private Prayer

St James' continues to be open for individual private prayer 10.00 - 11.00am Monday - Friday.  

A very be thank you to all the Welcomers who give up their time to make this happen.  


Morning Prayer - Monday to Friday 9am and Prayers on Thursday evenings @ 6pm via Zoom 

Reverend Janet Cox kindly hosts Morning Prayer each weekday at 9am.  A time to listen to God's word, worship and pray for the needs of the world.

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


Food Bank

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.

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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.


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.  


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.

Tel: 01937 583074 

email: stjames.wetherby@gmail.com