Weekly News Letter - 22nd December 2019

St James



Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

Sunday 22 December 2019
The Fourth Sunday of Advent

"They shall name him Emmanuel - which means God is with us" Matthew 1.23


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

10.00am Nativity and Family Communion
Presiding: Brendan Giblin
Assisting: Marilyn Smith
Hymns: Come & Join the Celebration, While Shepherds Watched, O Come, All Ye Faithful, See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw
Anthem: Christmas Lullaby - Rutter
Voluntary: Wachet Auf - J S Bach

6.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight


Diary for the Week

Monday 23 December
9.15am Morning Prayer - St James

Tuesday 24 December - Christmas Eve
2.00pm Crib Service
4.00pm Christingle Service
6.00pm Christingle Service
11.30pm Midnight Communion by Candlelight

Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Family Christmas Communion
12 noon Christmas Day Lunch - Methodist Church

Thursday 26 December
Bank Holiday

Friday 27 December
Centre Closed

Saturday 28 December

Sunday 29 December
The First Sunday of Christmas

8.00am  Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Family Communion

Your Church Needs Support 
Funds to support the ministry and outreach of St James’, and the upkeep and repair of our building.  Please help us plan by joining our planned standing order or envelope giving schemes. For further information, please contact Jill Rose 01937 586640 email jilly.rose@gmail.com
St James’ can receive more with no extra cost to you:

Gift Aid it 
If you are a UK tax payer every £1 you give could be worth £1.25 to St James’


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Suggestions for Prayer
Christmas reminds us of Jesus’ promise when he said “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”  Lord, teach and guide us to follow you daily and reflect your love and compassion, being always prepared to share your truth when opportunities arise. 
People on the Ainsty Road Area:  Ainsty Road, Ainsty Crescent, Ainsty Drive, Ainsty Garth, Ainsty View, Beechwood Rise, Linden Way.
Wetherby churches will pray for all those attending the different Christmas services.

50 Years Together! After the Nativity Service today, please join Marilyn and Alan for fizz and cake in celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary last Friday. Thank you. Alan Smith
Busy Christmas – A huge thank you to everyone who has been working so hard to make Christmas special at St James’. The choir, the young people, the flower arrangers, mince-pie and mulled wine makers, the Parish Office and so many more people. Thank you. Brendan
Carol Singing on Tuesday 24 December at 10.30am, Horsefair – Please do join Churches Together to bring Christmas joy to our town. Everyone, regardless of singing ability, is most welcome. Brendan
Helping Refugees - How can we help those who live in our community and are seeking asylum? City of Sanctuary is a national organisation which seeks to help people who have become refugees. Sara Trewitt, Regional Co-ordinator for Yorkshire and Humberside, is speaking in the Main Hall, Church Centre, on Thursday 9 January at 2pm to advise us how we might try to help.
All are welcome. Brendan
December Quiz – The December Quiz is entitled ‘Christmas’ and costs £1.00. All money raised goes towards Church Funds. Thank you. Sue Taylor
Christingles – We will be preparing the Christingle oranges in the Church Centre on Monday 23 December at 6pm. This is a popular service, we have a lot of oranges to prepare, so would be grateful for your support. Please let me know if you can help. Many thanks. Bev Lyn 07879 332963.
Pantomime (Snow White) - Friday 27 December at 2pm – HarrogateTheatre. The Friends pay for tickets for all musicians and the coach, as a thank you for their time and commitment. The coach will leave the Cluster of Nuts carpark at 1pm. There are still tickets available, which are now offered to members of the congregation. A contribution of £15 pp is requested from non-musicians, this includes the theatre ticket and coach. If you would like to join us, please contact Simon Cooper on janandsi@hotmail.co.uk or 01937 529195 or 07855 411205. Thank you. Jan and Simon Cooper
Christmas Day Lunch at the Methodist Church Hall 12 noon. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Parish Office or at the Wednesday & Saturday Coffee Mornings at the Methodist Church. For further details or information, please contact John McCarthy 07773 115217.
Postage Stamps – Please save all used postage stamps. There is a collecting box on the windowsill in the Church Centre for your stamps and proceeds go to Christian Aid. Thank you. Mary Hare
The St James’ Email Prayer Chain – for email prayer chain requests, please email Rosie Rooke mail@rosierooke.plus.com or telephone 01937 580673
Please note the Parish Office will be open on Monday 23 December, but closed on Christmas Eve and reopens on Monday 6 January 2020.

Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas.


Tel: 01937 583074 

email: stjames.wetherby@gmail.com