Weekly News Letter - 21st March 2021

St James

AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

 Reluctantly we have suspended in person public worship on Sundays.  The church will remain open for individual private prayer 10.00 -11.00am Tuesdays 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

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Lent

National Day of Reflection

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"Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted." Matthew 5.4

The Prime Minister, and the leaders of other political parties, have backed the charity Marie Currie's call for a National Day of Reflection next Tuesday (23 March). That day will mark the anniversary of the imposition of the lockdown. At that time there were 335 deaths linked to Coronavirus in the UK. On 16th March the figure of those who died with Covid-19 on their death certificate stood at 146,487 people - mums, dads, uncles, aunties, grandfathers, grandmothers and friends. Each person special to their families and known to God.

There will be a national minute's silence at noon, just before which the bells of St James' will toll. The church will be open for individual private prayer between 10.00am and noon. There will also be the opportunity to remember someone who has died from Covid-19 by tying a yellow ribbon to the church gates as an act of remembrance.

In the face of overwhelming loss often the only possible, and appropriate, response is silence. St Paul encourages us to "weep with those who weep" (Romans 12.15). Paul also talks about how the God who in Jesus…

"consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God".  (2 Corinthians 1.4)

Our ministry as Christians to those who mourn should not be underestimated. Sitting with someone in silence, when we simply don't know what to say, may actually be the way the grieving find the consolation that is their's in Christ.

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With every blessing,

Brendan

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In this update…

  • This Sunday's Worship
  • Zoom Coffee
  • Holy Week @ St James
  • Resuming in-person worship Easter Day
  • Easter @ St James
  • Kid's Service
  • Oberammagau 2022
  • Church Open
  • Morning Prayer and Prayer on an Evening
  • Food Bank
  • Daily Hope
  • Amazon Smile
  • Financial Support

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Sunday 21st March - The Fifth Sunday of Lent

10.00am Sunday Worship (live on Facebook and YouTube)

Please join us for our worship on Sunday as, in our journey through the wilderness of Lent, our eyes are turned towards the way Jesus takes to the cross. 

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

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Zoom Coffee - after Church on Sunday

It is nice to see people, even if it's only virtually!  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.  Your face may make all the difference to another person's day (this isn't hyperbole).

Please follow the link to join us. Zoom link - coffee after church on Sunday   Meeting ID: 184 242 660

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Holy Week @ St James

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Lent Groups continue to meet

Maundy Thursday 7.30pm - Gathering by the Fire - Facebook live from the Vicarage

Good Friday 10.00am to 3pm - The Way of the Cross - Journey to Golgotha.  Drop in to the churchyard where there will be a self-led trail with words and art to contemplate Jesus' journey to the cross.  The church will be open for private prayer and meditation.

Good Friday 7.30pm - Gathering by the Fire - Facebook live from the Vicarage

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Resuming In-person Worship Easter Day

"I was glad when they said unto me, "let us go to the house of the Lord."" (Psalm 122 v1)

We are delighted that we are resuming in-person worship on Easter Day. We continue to be committed to worshipping as safely as possible. For the time being there will be social distancing, and mask wearing.  Sadly, but understandably, singing is not permitted.  Indeed since we were last in church the government's regulations with regard to singing have been considerably tightened.  Singing is restricted to just one person (rather than a choir or worship group).  Nevertheless we will have music and we will rejoice as we gather, physically and on-line, to worship God.

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6.30am Easter Gathering by the Fire - Worship in the churchyard to greet Easter Day and renew our baptismal vows.

8.00am Easter Holy Communion BCP - A quiet traditional service to celebrate Easter.

9.30am Easter Parish Communion - A joyous traditional celebration of Easter.

11.00am Easter Worship @11.00 Holy Communion followed by Easter Egg Hunt (for children!) in the churchyard - A joyous informal celebration of Easter.

For the 9.30am and 11.00am booking will be essential. Bookings will open on 25th March.

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Kid's Service

Josh Taylor's fabulous Kids' Service continues and is greatly appreciated.  Lively, fun-packed services are available on Youtube each Sunday.  St James YouTube page 

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Oberammergau 2022

Some of us were hoping to go to Oberammergau last year to see the famous Passion Play that is performed by locals every 10 years.  Sadly it was postponed until 2022, but this Ash Wednesday the decree went out that all the men in the village taking part should stop having their hair cut in preparation.  Peter and I transferred our booking to a group from York who will be going on 18th May 2022. 

The Revd Sue Rushton is leading the group and is very experienced.  She has indicated that any others from Wetherby who would like to join us would be warmly welcomed.   If you would like more details, please contact Janet & Peter Cox on 01937 584453 or peter_janet_cox@hotmail.com

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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 9am & Informal Prayer 6pm via Zoom - Monday to Friday

In addition to Morning Prayer the Reverend Janet Cox will 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

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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