Weekly News Letter - 15th November 2020

St James

AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

In the midst of rising numbers of covid cases locally, this week's promising news of a coming vaccine was very good to hear.  We will get through this, and in the meantime we adapt as best we can to keep people safe.

A prayer for these times

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

If there is anything anyone needs please do let me know.

With every blessing,

Brendan

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The Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting    

Let's raise a glass, and put our hands together for our Churchwardens and PCC members who do so much to ensure our church is well run. As a church community we owe these people a big debt of thanks for all their work.

Because of the pandemic our annual meetings were postponed from April and will take place on 7.30pm on Thursday 19th November.  The main purpose of the meetings is to elect Churchwardens and PCC representatives, to look back on the past year and forward to coming year. Obviously, in these uncertain times, this will be slightly different to usual - everyone will have to supply their own refreshment. But, please do come along and take part at this important time for St James' Church.

All are very welcome. Details of the Zoom link and papers for the meetings can be found on our The PCC page.

So that we could start promptly at 7.30pm please join the meeting at 7.20pm.

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Worship - 10am Sundays 15th November    

We hope you will join us for worship this Sunday.  In the midst of this difficult time our reading for Sunday has challenged me about spiritual capital - about the richness of the Christian tradition, and the great gift of God's love for us in Jesus Christ.

10.00am Morning Worship will be broadcast from Church on our  Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Sadly a congregation is not permitted

We do hope that you will join us from home to share, and pass on, the hope and light of Christ.

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Zoom Coffee
We can't meet physically for coffee but we can meet virtually.  After the Sunday Service - about 10.45am the Reverend Janet Cox will host our virtual coffee.  It is a really good opportunity to see people - those you know and perhaps those you can get to know.  This is a great way of strengthening the community of the church in these lonely times.

All are very welcome.  Join Zoom Coffee Meeting ID: 776 8065 3677  Passcode: 9PYfgq

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Worship - 10am Sundays 22nd and 29th November    

10.00am Morning Worship will be broadcast from Church on our  Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Sadly a congregation in not permitted

We do hope that you will join us from home to share, and pass on, the hope and light of Christ.

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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 9.00am via Zoom

This is a great way to start the day, listening to God's word and praying for his world.  Join Zoom Meeting: Morning Prayer  Meeting ID: 716 3190 4008  Password: 8QcDqV

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Toy Collection   Sunday 13th December 
Restrictions permitting, we are planning on holding our annual Toy Service.  The toys collected will be distributed by our sister church of St James' in Seacroft.  Each year we have done this your generosity has been greatly appreciated by families, I am sure this year the toys will be especially appreciated.

If you would like to support this please bring along new, unwrapped toys or gifts to St James'.  If you can't attend on the day, gifts can be left in the church porch 10.00 - 11.00am Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Every year gifts for teenagers are particularly appreciated.

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Archbishops' Call to Prayer

 

The Archbishops, along with leaders of other churches, have called for this month to be a month of prayer for our nation.  We are asked to pray at 6.00pm each evening.

Concise resources are on the Church of England website which you can accessed here.  Church of England website   These short resources can be used to pray alone or with your household.

If you would like to pray with others from St James', the Reverend Janet Cox, is hosting 10 minutes prayer every evening at 6.00pm.  You can access this via this Zoom link Evening Prayer   Meeting ID: 716 3190 4008  Password: 8QcDqV

We hope you will join with Christians up and down our land praying for our nation.  As the Archbishops' write, "we know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and whose steadfast love endures forever".

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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 not been possible, 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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Food Bank - Food needed

Many thanks to everryone who has kindly donated items to the Food Bank, this is a great help as there is a growing need for food.  Please do continue to support this. 

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