Weekly News Letter - 5th 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

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

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No need to book

These are strange times, and sometimes the strangeness becomes normal.  For the past months, unless you are an early-riser and attend the 8.00am, you have had to book a seat in church.  I'm glad to say that, because it now seems safe to do so, booking is no longer required for any of our services. 

With numbers of people attending spread over three services, all our services have spare capacity, and the space we need to socially distance.  Contact details for track and trace will still need to be given, and social-distancing, mask wearing and the usual precautions will be adhered to.

Churchwardens
On Thursday 29th April, at the annual meeting, we thanked Jean Heaton for six years faithful service as Churchwarden.  Jean has always been there when we have needed her, and has been generous with her administrative and organisational talents which have benefited St James enormously. We very much hope that we shall continue to benefit from these gifts. Thank you Jean for your dedication to St James'.

Bob Greene and Emma Beddoe were elected churchwardens for the coming year. I thank Bob and Emma for being willing to serve in this way. Please hold Bob and Emma in your prayers, and offer them any practical support you can.

With every blessing

Brendan

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In this update…

  • This Sunday's Worship - in person and on-line - No booking required
  • Ascension Day Worship in the Churchyard - Thursday 13th May 7pm
  • Christian Aid Week
  • Try Praying
  • Thy Kingdom Come 
  • Church Open
  • Morning Prayer and Prayer on an Evening
  • Food Bank
  • Daily Hope
  • Amazon Smile
  • Financial Support

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter 9th May - 'You did not choose me but I chose you'.  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, 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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Ascension Day Worship in Churchyard 7.00pm Thursday 13 May

We thought we would try something different this year and celebrate Christ's Ascension outside.  We will still need to maintain social-distancing and mask wearing, but being outside will mean that we can sing.

Do join us as we worship our risen, ascended and glorified Lord, the One who fills the skies.

If you could pray for fine weather that would be appreciated, otherwise we will be back in church!

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Christian Aid Week 10 - 16 May
Christian aid works among the world's poorest people. At the best of times these peoples are the the most vulnerable. In a global pandemic they are the hardest hit by disease.

Because of the pandemic the usual door-to-door collection has been suspended. Churches Together in Wetherby has set up a webpage www.ctiw.org/caw2021 and the e-envelope page at https://tinyurl.com/35k24w95 through which we can make donations.  Alternatively donation can be made via phone 020 7523 2269.

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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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Thy Kingdom Come (Thursday 13 May)  - Pentecost (Sunday 23 May)
The season between Ascension Day and Pentecost has always been a time of prayer, of seeking God and the transformative power of his Holy Spirit.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, joined by leaders of other denominations, invite us to pray for the coming of God's Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, and for five people we know to come to know Jesus and his love for themselves.

Prayer cards and journals will be in church. Please pick these up.

Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Meeting

7.30 - 8.30 pm Wednesday 19 May, St James' Church

Please join us as we pray for more people to discover the love of Jesus for themselves and to grow in knowing him.  https://www.thykingdomcome.global

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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. 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 

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