Weekly News Letter - 17th January 2021

St James


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


Misfits and awkward people are everywhere. What has led me to state the obvious? Well, memories of Rievaulx Abbey, a place, when able, I visit two or three times a year.  Also Tuesday 12th January was St Aelred's day - the day when the life of the abbey's most illustrious abbot is celebrated.

Anyone who has been to Rievaulx cannot but be impressed by the beauty of its setting and the grandeur of its buildings. Even though it is just ruins, still its scale shouts out. Indeed, in its day, it was one of the great religious institutions of, not just Britain, but of Northern Europe.

Many factors led to its success, not least the shrewdness and diplomacy of its third Abbot, Aelred. Having served in the Scottish court Aelred was a skilled diplomat; a mover and shaker, and a deal maker. Undoubtably the monastery grew because of Aelred's wisdom. Fascinatingly it grew also because Aelred was able to integrate into his abbey misfits from other monasteries. Those who had failed elsewhere were given a fresh start. Above all, Aelred was gentle and kind, this was the hallmark of his community. 

This is a time when we all need to be gentle and kind towards each other. The pressures of this season are immense and take their toll. But none of us is a misfit in God's family, we all have our place. Indeed God's church only properly flourishes when it includes those who have been excluded elsewhere.

As soon as it is possible we'll have a trip to Rievaulx.

Here's the prayer for Aelred's day.

Almighty God,
who endowed Aelred the abbot
with the gift of Christian friendship
and the wisdom to lead others in the way of holiness:
grant to your people that same spirit of mutual affection,
so that, in loving one another,
we may know the love of Christ
and rejoice in the eternal possession of your supreme goodness;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


In this update…

  • This Sunday's Worship
  • Zoom Coffee
  • Kid's Service
  • Lent Groups
  • Church Open
  • Morning Prayer and Prayer on an Evening
  • Food Bank
  • Daily Hope
  • Amazon Smile
  • Financial Support


Sunday 17th January - "Come and see"

10.00am Sunday Worship (live on Facebook and YouTube)

"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Said Nathaniel, only to be enthralled by Jesus on meeting him. Join with sceptics in seeing what the fuss over Jesus is all about.

In our worship David York will be preaching for us. Also we will be hearing from a teacher about how schools are handling the challenges of this time, and how we can pray for those in education.

Please do join us for worship on Sunday. Even though we are in our own homes we can still worship together. Indeed it is vital that we do. All are most welcome on Facebook or Youtube. St James Facebook link    St James YouTube page


Zoom Coffee - after Church on Sunday

It is nice to see people, even it is only in 2D! 

Do please join us for Zoom Coffee immediately after our worship on Sunday. Stay as long or as short a time as you like (if you are shy like me it will be a relief to know that you can leave any time). Usually we say hello then break into two sessions of ten minutes chat. On Sunday those who want will be able to join a "room" and grill the preacher - David. But if you just want to chat that is fine, there will be other rooms too!

Your face may make all the difference to another person's day (this isn't hyperbole).

Please follow the link below to join us. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/184242660    Meeting ID: 184 242 660


Kid's Service

Josh Taylor's fabulous Kids' Service is back!  Thank you Josh for the super service last week. Lively, fun-packed services are available on Youtube each Sunday.


Lent Groups 2021 - a great time to meet together and dig deeper

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. 

The times of the weekly sessions beginning w/c 22 February are below: 

Mondays        7:30pm hosted by Janet Cox 

Tuesdays       7:15pm hosted by Lorna Taylor 

Wednesdays  2:30pm hosted by Derek Taylor
                       7:30pm hosted by David York
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         7:30pm hosted by Steve and Maria Taylor

Thursdays      7:30pm hosted by Val Lumsden

To sign-up for a group please contact Marilyn Smith maralsmith@virginmedia.com or 01937 583410

This year, for obvious reasons, our Lent Course will be via Zoom.  Zoom is dead easy to use.  Although it 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.

This year we will be exploring topics around the Rhythm of Life.  How can we grown patterns of life that are sustaingin and life-giving?  

I do hope you will be able to join us, all are welcome.



St James' Open for Private Prayer

St James' is open for individual private prayer 10.00 - 11.00am Tuesdays and Thursdays.


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


Food Bank

Thank you to everyone who has given to the Food Bank. With children home from school there is pressing need for food. Donations of food can be left in church 10.00 - 11.00am Tuesdays and Thursdays.


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