Weekly News Letter - 25th October 2020

St James


A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone


I hope you are well.  If half-term means anything to you I hope that you enjoy a restorative change of pace.  For everyone, as the clocks go back, there is an extra hour in bed on Sunday. 

Unsurprisingly Covid -19 blew our plans for our Annual Meeting in April completely out of the water.  We have rearranged the meeting for 19.30 on Thursday 19th November.  Sadly, but again unsurprisingly, we still cannot meet for this in person.  Legislation has been passed to enable the meeting to take place virtually.  We will be meeting via Zoom.

The Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting are important meetings, to which all are welcome.  Churchwardens and PCC members will be elected and we will hear of the past year and our plans for the year ahead.

All are welcome, please do come. Zoom details below: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84032444574?pwd=cFQ5R0dEZDl2NVA3TVF3c2xtSW1pUT09

Meeting ID: 840 3244 4574   Passcode: 924182


Whether in Church or at home please join us for worship this Sunday.  You are most welcome.

Worship - Sunday 25th October   

8.00am BCP Holy Communion in Church 

9.30am Parish Communion in Church 

11.00am Morning Worship in Church and live on Facebook and posted on YouTube later.  Something for all ages.  

For the 9.30am and 11am services booking is essential please see our Daily & Sunday Services page for details


Service of Light - 6.30pm Sunday 1st November
We will be holding our annual Service of Light this year.  Of course numbers will be rather limited.  If you would like to attend please book using Eventbtite:


The service will be streamed live to Facebook and Youtube, so it is possible for those who wish to attend but cannot to see the service.

If you would like anyone special to be remembered during the service please contact Alison in the Parish Office stjames.wetherby@gmail.com or 01937 583074 by Thursday 29th October.


No Trick Just Treat
There is a lovely irony that each year the church is absolutely packed on Halloween.  No Trick Just Treat is a great event where we have fun, eat too many sweets (not to mention hot dogs), and celebrate that the light of God is greater than any of our fears.

This year No Trick Just Treat is going online.  Watch out on our Facebook page for further details and a fun packed evening of craft, songs, bible stories and games! Coming to you on Saturday 31 October.


St James' Open for Private Prayer

St James' is open for individual private prayer 10.00 -11.00am  Monday - Thursday.


Morning Prayer 9.00am via Zoom

This is a great way to start the day, listening to God's word and praying for his world.  Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71631904008?pwd=enl5VjdLZ3JtUlFaY2NQYUl5WEZDUT09

Meeting ID: 716 3190 4008  Password: 8QcDqV


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 not been possible, 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.


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.  


Food Bank - Food needed

Many thanks to everryone who has kindly donated items to the Food Bank, this is a great help as there is a growing need for food.  Please do continue to support this. 

Tel: 01937 583074 

email: stjames.wetherby@gmail.com