Weekly News Letter - 15th March 2020

St James





A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

Sunday 15 March 2020
The Third Sunday of Lent
"Those who drink of the water I give them will never by thirsty" John 4.14


8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
Presiding: Brendan Giblin
Preaching: Brendan Giblin

9.30am Parish Communion
Presiding: Brendan Giblin
Preaching: Brendan Giblin
Assisting: David York
Hymns: 172, As the Deer Pants for the Water, 162, 336
Anthem:Take Up My Cross - Corp
Volountary: Fugue in G Minor - J S Bach

11.00am Worship @ 11 - Holy Communion
Presiding: Brendan Giblin
Preaching: Brendan Giblin

6.30pm Evensong (BCP)
Leading: Derek Taylor

Preaching: Lorna Taylor
Hymns: 112, 122, 160, Psalm 40 vv1-13 (Chant Stainer)
Anthem: Thou Art the Way-Steel. Voluntary: Fantasia & Fugue G - J S Bach


Diary for the Week

Monday 16 March
9.15am Morning Prayer - St James

Tuesday 17 March
9.15am Morning Prayer - St James
2.00pm Church on the Corner - Holy Communion

Wednesday 18 March
9.30am Wednesday Toddlers - Centre
9.45am Mothers' Union Corporate Communion - St James

Thursday 19 March
9.15am Morning Prayer - St James
9.30am Coffee Morning - Centre
12 noon Lent Meditations - St James
12.30pm Lent Lunch - Centre
7.30pm Worship Group - St James

Friday 20 March
9.15am Morning Prayer - St James
4.45pm Man with a Pan - Centre
6.30pm Choir Practice - St James

Saturday 21 March 

Sunday 22 March
Mothering Sunday
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
9.30am Parish Communion
11.00am Family Service
6.30pm Refresh

Sarah Sharp – It is with much sadness that I announce that Sarah Sharp, our Young People’s and Community Outreach Worker, will be leaving us at the end of the month. Sarah’s creative and dedicated work with the young people has been greatly appreciated. We thank Sarah for all her work and wish her, and her family, every blessing as she goes to work at her local vets. Brendan

Suggestions for Prayer Pray for the many people throughout the UK who, for whatever reasons, are homeless and for God’s blessing on the work of Crisis, Shelter and the ministry of Street Angels.Pray for people in the Nidd Approach area of Wetherby: Nidd Approach, Rye Garth, Ouse Drive, Swale Drive, Don Avenue, Derwent Drive, Calder Close and Ure Grove.Churches in Wetherby this week pray for: Those struggling with poverty and hunger and the work of CAP (Christians Against Poverty) and the Foodbanks. 


It’s that simple.  It can be inconvenient completing white Gift Aid envelopes on a Sunday morning - would it not be simpler to be able to use envelopes imprinted with an identifying number instead of writing your full name and address?  You can, using St James’ Yellow Envelopes.
Put your donation in the envelope, put the envelope on the offertory plate and the Gift Aid Recorder will identify your donation from the unique number and claim the tax. It’s that simple.
The value of Gift Aid donations at St James’ is falling, but cash donations are increasing.
If you pay UK income tax and do not wish to commit to a standing order or you often use the white envelopes, please speak to our friendly Gift Aid Recorder, Jill Rose (07761982630 or mail: jilly.rose@gmail.com) who can provide you with a batch of numbered yellow envelopes. Simple

The St James’ Email Prayer Chain – for email prayer chain requests, please email Rosie Rooke mail@rosierooke.plus.com or telephone 01937 580673.
Thursday Meditations and Soup Lunches – The meditations will explore creation and our place in it. Please do come along – noon to 12.20pm in Church:
19 March saying yes to plant life – Genesis 1.11-12
26 March saying yes to animal life – Genesis 1.24-25
2 April saying yes to human life – Genesis 1.26-27
Thank you. Brendan
Easter Eggstra – An afternoon of ‘all things Easter’ crafts & activities for           primary school children on Saturday 28 March from 2-4pm in Church. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited, so please contact Sarah Sharp (sarahsharp.stjames@gmail.com) or 07500 262306 to book a place. There will be a small charge of £3 per child. Volunteers are needed to help on the day, please see Sarah or sign the sheet at the back of Church. Donations of Cadbury Mini Eggs, foil wrapped mini eggs & decorative Easter chicks would be appreciated too, there is a box at the back of Church! Thank you. Sarah Sharp

Coronavirus (COVID-19) We have been advised to offer Communion in one kind only to all communicants, ie, the consecrated bread/wafer

  • Suspend handshaking or other direct physical contact during the sharing of the peace
  • Suspend direct physical contact as part of a blessing or ‘laying on of hands’
  • Please do make use of the hand sanitizer before entering church. We are in a changing situation and will continue to follow advice to keep our community as safe as possible.

Easter Dawn Service on Sunday 12 April at 6.00am followed by breakfast in the Church Centre. To give us an approximate number of people we have to cater for, please could you sign the list at the back of church if you would like to attend. If you would like to take part in the service by doing a reading, please indicate on the sheet. We also need some helpers to set up on Saturday evening at 4pm and to help clear away after breakfast, so again please indicate on the list. Any queries, please ask Marilyn Smith or Jean Heaton. Thank you. Marilyn

Bell Ringing for 75th anniversary of VE Day (Friday 8 May, less than 9 weeks away). Wetherby Town Council has asked whether we can ring at 11am on 8 May. This is a huge ask for us! I have four learners making progress, but need more. If you have EVER wondered about trying bell ringing, please contact Peter Cox 01937 584453. Teaching Sessions can be arranged to suit you. If we don’t try, we cannot meet the challenge. Thank you. Peter Cox
Mothering Sunday – I am delighted that next Sunday, 22 March, Mothering Sunday, Bishop Helen-Ann will be our preacher at our 9.30am and 11.00am Services. Brendan



Tel: 01937 583074 

email: stjames.wetherby@gmail.com