Weekly News Letter - 16th July 2021

St James


A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

The church is open for individual private prayer 10.00 -12noon Monday to Friday.  

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


St James' Day

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Please join us on Sunday when we will be celebrating St James' Day.  We will be giving thanks for the life of our church and renewing our commitment to be Christ's servants here in Wetherby. St James (apostle and patron saint of pilgrims) discovered the hard way that following Christ is a call to radical service. We thank God for all who serve him and his church in ways that are often unseen, and even undervalued. On the foundation of such service Christ builds his kingdom. 

I am delighted that we will be joined by Judy and Paul Hooper at our 10.30am Family Communion in the Churchyard. Paul, former Archdeacon of Leeds and no stranger to Wetherby, will be our preacher. We look forward to what Paul has to share with us.

For after the service everyone is warmly invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Tetley Land (the field behind the Parish Office). It will be a great chance to meet new friends and catch up with people. All are most welcome. The weather forecast could not be any better!

Monday 19 July

We are all wondering what the relaxing of restrictions will mean for church life. The Government has said that we are moving from the imposition of rules to the exercise of personal and corporate responsibility. At the same time, we see the rise in infections and hear the concern of many experts about the effects this will have. As a church, we are committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible, and, as best we can, protecting those who are vulnerable. Please bear with us as we digest the advice of the government and Church of England and work out how to proceed.

With every blessing….



In this update…

  • This Sunday's Worship - in person and on-line - No booking required
  • Memorial Service for Jack and Ivy Dunn
  • Lammas Day Service
  • Church on the Corner - Every Tuesday at 2pm
  • Wednesday Toddlers
  • Church Open - every weekday 10-11am
  • Morning Prayer and Thursday Evening Prayer 
  • British Sign Language
  • Digital Mission Fund
  • Food Bank
  • Daily Hope
  • Amazon Smile
  • Financial Support


Sunday 18th July - St James' Day - "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many" Matthew 20:28 

8.00am Holy Communion BCP 

10.30am Family Communion - 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.  Contact details for track and trace will need to given or the QR code used, and social-distancing, mask wearing and the usual precautions will be adhered to.  
Church Family Communion at 10:30am and our preacher will be the Venerable Paul Hooper, who before his retirement, served as Archdeacon of Leeds. After the Service there will be a BBQ together.  


Memorial Service for Jack and Ivy Dunn  
Very sadly, Jack and Ivy both died last year. Jack and Ivy were wonderful members of our congregation at St James for many years. Their family warmly invite friends from St James to attend a Memorial Service for Jack and Ivy at 11:00am on Wednesday 21 July at St James' Church.

Lammas Day Service Sunday 1 August at Ripon Cathedral 3.30pm
A celebration of our beautiful county on Yorkshire Day. This service celebrates the vital role farming has in our lives. The preacher is The Rt Reverend Dr John Thomson, Bishop of Selby. If you would like to attend, please rsvp to judithbustard@riponcathedral.org.uk by 9 July.


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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Church Open for Private Prayer

The Church is now open every morning between 10am and 12noon.  Parishioners and visitors really appeciate being able to visit the church.  If anyone has a couple of hours a month to spare to join our Welcoming team and help with this please let us know by contacting the Parish Office.  

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


British Sign Language
If anyone is proficient at British Sign Language, please could they have a word with Bob Greene as we are looking to support one of our services.


Digital Mission Fund

Many people kindly and generously supported the Digital Mission Fund. This has enabled us to invest in the equipment we need to share the Good News of Jesus widely. During lockdown, digitally sharing worship was the only option available to us. As we have moved out of lockdown, we have been able to continue to digitally share our worship with those who, for whatever reason, cannot be with us physically. Thank you for all your support in this. 

You may be interested to see how the fund is being utilised - please see below. There are several aspects of digital mission which will call upon the remaining funds in future months - for example there are further upgrades of sound equipment, more investment in our website, a possible new sound desk as well as ongoing costs to support. 

Thank you for enabling us to step up and reach out in our digital age.

Wetherby St James - Digital Mission Fund: 23.06.21


Donations: £8,371.00      Gift Aid: £1,834.00      Total Income: £10,205.00


Consumables: - Live streaming and music licences etc £627.35   - Website development £375.00   - Software £345.70

sub-total   £1,348.05

Expendables: - Trunking and cables etc £556.33

Equipment: - PC £1,486.76   - Monitors £408.28   - Streaming deck £329.98   - Headphones and microphones £237.45   - Camera £449.00   - Wifi points £900.00   - Small equipment items £126.97

sub-total                              £3,938.44

Total expenditure                 £5,842.82

Remaining funds available  £4,362.18


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