Weekly News Letter - 24th January 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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This week I will be watching the inauguration of Joe Biden.  I will join with the huge collective sigh of relief that Donald Trump will have left the White House.

The overrun of the Capitol Building by Trump's supporters was a frightening scene.  It must have terrifying for those who had cower for their lives behind upturned desks and hastily locked doors.  Fortunately no one of any stature supported the insurrection.  Had they done so the outcome could have been very different.  History, we know, turns on the decisions of individual people.  Of course Holocaust Memorial Day (please see the event below) is a salient reminder the consequences of what happens when good people choose to be silent.

Doing the right thing matters, no matter who we are.

"Let us not grow weary in doing what is right" St Paul urges the people of the church in Galatia (Galatians 6.9).  It is a fair assumption that Paul said this precisely because his people were growing tired of doing the right thing.  The Psalms also are full of similar weariness.  Tiredness expressed as "what's the point of doing the right thing when those who do evil grow rich and have all the fun?".  The point of doing the right thing is that it does matter.  Doing the right thing makes a difference.  It may not make us rich in the sight of people, but it does make us rich in the sight of God.

During these dark and difficult days of the pandemic there is much weariness.  Many of us are grappling with the loneliness of isolation, others the monotony of working from home.  Key workers are wrestling with the challenges of going to work and facing increased risk of infection.  We all have heard how those at the frontline of health service are exhausted after all these months of physical and emotional pressure.

But now, even though we are weary, is the time to continue to do what is right.  As individuals we can, and do make a difference.  One of the biggest ways we can make a difference is through being kind to one another.

Indeed it has been heartening to hear of kindness - words of gratitude, cards written, cakes baked - been shown to key workers.  This is wonderful.  Perhaps there is a way for us to show our appreciation of those on the frontline?  Even though we may be weary, let's continue to do what is right.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name's sake.

Amen.

Brendan

 

In this update…

  • This Sunday's Worship
  • Zoom Coffee
  • Kid's Service
  • Holocaust Memorial Day Leeds Event
  • Churches Together In Wetherby Service of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • Lent Groups
  • Church Open
  • Morning Prayer and Prayer on an Evening
  • Food Bank
  • Daily Hope
  • Amazon Smile
  • Financial Support

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Sunday 24th January - "He turns water into wine"

10.00am Sunday Worship (live on Facebook and YouTube)

This was the first of Jesus' signs (miracles) John tells us.  In other words the miracle of water becoming wine tells us exactly who Jesus is.  It is amazing, shocking even, that Jesus chooses this to be the hallmark of his ministry.

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

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

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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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Holocaust Memorial Day
Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance of six million Jewish men, women and children murdered in the Holocaust, and millions more people killed under German Nazi persecution, and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

As difficult and as painful as this is, we must not forget and should continue to strife to understand the events of the Holocaust.

On Sunday at 2.00pm there will be a free virtual event hosted by Leeds Town Hall.  The link to the event is below.

https://www.leedstownhall.co.uk/whats-on/online-event/holocaust-memorial-day-2021/7449

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Churches Together in Wetherby Service of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 

Please do join us for a short service with our fellow Christians from other churches across Wetherby to pray for Christian Unity.  The theme of the service is "Abiding in Christ".
7.30pm Thursday 21 January 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82579435985?pwd=NFozM0s0eDVySzNvSnBsYTRtZHB6QT09

Meeting ID: 825 7943 5985
Passcode: 318987

All are most welcome.

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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
                      7:30pm hosted by Val Lumsden

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

Thursdays      7:30pm hosted by Marilyn Smith

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 sustaining and life-giving?  

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

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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 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

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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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