Weekly News Letter - 31st March 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

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

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Holy Week

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We hope you are well and will be able to join us either in-person or on-line as we walk the way of Jesus this Holy Week and into Easter.

The events of this week speak more eloquently than I ever could about why we are here.  As Charles Wesley put it in his wonderful hymn 'And can it be' :

And can it be that I should gain
An int'rest in the Saviour's blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
'Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?

This wonder stands at the heart of our faith. The crucified and risen Jesus is our hope.

Please do encourage family, friends and neighbours to join you as we gather to worship in person and on-line.

With every blessing for a very special Easter,

Brendan

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In this update…

  • Holy Week
  • Easter Day Worship
  • In-person worship after Easter Day - booking essential for 9.30 and 11.00 services
  • Zoom Coffee
  • Kid's Service
  • Annual Meetings - time to elect Churchwardens and PCC members
  • Riding Lights Breaking Day
  • Church Open
  • Morning Prayer and Prayer on an Evening
  • Food Bank
  • Daily Hope
  • Amazon Smile
  • Financial Support

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Holy Week @ St James' Wetherby with Linton

Maundy Thursday 7.30pm - Gathering by the Fire - live-streamed to Facebook and YouTube 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 - At the Foot of the Cross - A meditative service of readings and organ music for Good Friday - live-streamed to Facebook and YouTube

St James Facebook link    St James YouTube page

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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 is essential. You can book now!  Booking through Eventbrite is really easy and quick.  Please use the link: Eventbrite link

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In person worship after Easter Day

For the 9.30am and 11am services will be essential.  Booking through Eventbrite is really easy and quick.  Please use the link: Eventbrite link

It is free and easy to book via Eventbrite. If there are no tickets left for your size bubble please do book the next size available bubble. One ticket is issued for each reservation no matter what the size of the bubble -so don't be put off if you have booked a bubble of 2-4 places you will only have one ticket.

There are a limited number of tickets available for those who would prefer to book by phone. Please phone the Parish Office 01937 583074 between 9.00am and noon on Thursdays, or our Churchwarden Jean Heaton 07866 366 314 outside of this time.

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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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Kid's Service - Thank you Josh
What a fantastic job Josh has done producing a Family Service each week. This has been a lot of work, and Josh has done it brilliantly, as well as faithfully. This has been just thing we have needed for this season. There has been so much fun, reminding us all that following Jesus is an exciting adventure. Again as we look to move forward into a new season this service draws to close. Thank you so much Josh for all these fantastic services.

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St James' Wetherby with Linton Annual Parochial Church Meeting 7.30pm Thursday 29th April via Zoom

Our last annual meeting was in November, so this time there is a short year to report on. There are Churchwardens and PCC members to elect, and it is a time to review the 'year' just gone, and to look ahead. We are all looking ahead.  All are very welcome. Please come along.

Please follow this link: Annual Parochial Church Meeting Zoom link

Meeting ID: 879 9300 7646  Passcode: 318528

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Riding Lights 
Many of you will remember the superb plays Riding Lights have put on at St James'.  'Breaking Day' is their new production available to watch at home

https://ridinglights.org/breaking-day/  

It is £10.78 per household and available until 15 April. Check it out!

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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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Tel: 01937 583074 

email: stjames.wetherby@gmail.com

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