Weekly News Letter - 26th May 2021

St James

AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

The church is open for individual private prayer 10.00 -11.00am Monday to Friday.  

We will broadcast worship live on Facebook or Youtube.  St James Facebook link    St James YouTube page

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It was lovely see so many of you at all our services for Pentecost on Sunday.

I'll be more circumspect about joking about showers in future. Rain was not forecast, but managed to fall upon us at 11.00…we just about survived. Church buildings are quite useful things.

A big thank you to all who make all our services happen, especially those who work behind the scenes to provide a welcoming, warm and dry building. We do not take such useful things for granted.

I'm glad to see that it looks like the weather will be picking up for half-term.

With every blessing,

Brendan

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In this update…

  • This Sunday's Worship - in person and on-line - No booking required
  • Church on the Corner - restarting Tuesday 8th June
  • Wednesday Toddlers
  • Children's, Young People's and Family Worker
  • Try Praying
  • Church Open - every weekday 10-11am
  • Morning Prayer and Thursday Evening Prayer 
  • Food Bank
  • Daily Hope
  • Amazon Smile
  • Financial Support

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Trinity Sunday - 30th May - "For God so loved the world…" John 3.16 God's love cannot be contained, it overflows into our world.  Come and hear of God's transforming love.

Trinity 1 - Sunday 6 June - "Where are you?"… not the vicar asking why we haven't seen you at church, but God asking why we are hiding from him. How do we cope with our shame when all we want to do is to run away?

Please join us in-person or on-line to worship together.  Booking is no longer required for any of our services. Contact details for track and trace will still need to given or the QR code used, and social-distancing, mask wearing and the usual precautions will be adhered to. 

8.00am Holy Communion BCP 

9.30am Parish Communion

11.00am Worship @11.00  - This service will also be live-streamed to Facebook and YouTube  St James Facebook link    St James YouTube page

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Church on the Corner - 2.00pm Every Tuesday from 8 June
We are delighted to say that services for Church on The Corner will be resuming 2.00pm Tuesday 8 June in St James'.  We will meet in church until restrictions have been sufficiently lifted to enable services to return to Hallfield Lane. Services last about 40 minutes and all are welcome.

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Wednesday Toddlers 10.00 - 11.30 Wednesdays in Term-time (not 2nd June)
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Children's, Young People's and Family Worker
Please help us to invest in the future?

Recognising that this role is vital for our outreach and health as a church, the PCC would like to appoint a new part-time Children's, Young People's and Family Worker.

Can you help us with this vital appointment please?  Would you be able to support this project with either a one-off donation or a regular pledge, say over three years please? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

You may give by BACS:- Wetherby Parochial Church Council, NatWest Bank

Account No. 04416775 Sort Code 55-81-11 Ref Youth Worker

Or by cheque made payable to Wetherby PCC.  Please mark you donation Youth Worker.  C/O Parish Office, Church Street, Wetherby, LS22 6LP

If you would like to know more about this project please do get in touch with me.

Thank you.

With every blessing,

Brendan

01937 520951

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Try Praying
At the back of church there are some excellent booklets that encourage us to 'Try Praying'.  The booklet, to be read over a week, contains seven accounts of how prayer has changed people. It's fascinating, intriguing, and an invitation to explore more.

Please take a booklet, use it, or pass it on to a friend. 

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Church Open for Private Prayer

St James' continues to be open for individual private prayer 10.00 - 11.00am Monday - Friday.  

A very be thank you to all the Welcomers who give up their time to make this happen.  

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Morning Prayer - Monday to Friday 9am and Prayers on Thursday evenings @ 6pm via Zoom 

Reverend Janet Cox kindly hosts Morning Prayer each weekday at 9am.  A time to listen to God's word, worship and pray for the needs of the world.

Derek and Lorna Taylor will be hosting short informal prayers on Thursday evenings at 6pm.

The link for both Morning and Evening Prayer 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. Donations of food can be left in church 10.00 - 11.00am Monday to Friday.

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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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Tel: 01937 583074 

email: stjames.wetherby@gmail.com

www.stjameswetherby.org.uk

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