Weekly News Letter - 6th December 2020

St James

AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

This week's news of the approval of the first Covid vaccine is very good news indeed.  We are entering what we might realistically think of as the beginning of the end of this time.  Obviously there still are difficult months ahead of us; we will have to live with restrictions, and care and consideration, in order to keep one another as safe as possible, but although the end is not in sight, at least the beginning of the end is.

On Sunday we resume public worship in St James' church.  We will have: 8.00 Holy Communion BCP (no booking required - just an alarm clock) and 10.00 Parish Communion (booking required).

We are delighted that the Bishop of Leeds, the Right Reverend Nick Baines will be with us as our preacher at the 10.00 service.  Bishop Nick is a fantastic communicator, and over the pandemic has been remarkably insightful, helpful and grounded in his encouragement. It will be a privilege to have him with us.  This service will be live-streamed to Facebook and Youtube.

The Advent blessing seems particularly apposite at this time as the darkness looks a bit less impenetrable. May…..

Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you,

scatter the darkness from before your path,
and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory;
and the blessing God Almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you always. Amen.

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Worship - Sunday 6th December - The Second Sunday of Advent   

8.00 am Holy Communion BCP

10.00am Parish Communion - (Booking required) There will be something for all ages.

Or live on Facebook and YouTube St James Facebook page  St James YouTube channel

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

Booking for 10.00am Parish Communion:- 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.  Please book now using the below links: Eventbrite LinkBooking opens on Wednesday mornings and closed at 11.00am on Friday.

We will be holding back a number of tickets for those who prefer to book by phone.  If you would like to book by phone please contact the Parish Office 01937 583074 between 9.00am - 11.00am Thursday and Friday.

If you miss the deadline for booking, or need to change a booking after the deadline, please contact our Churchwarden Jean Heaton 07866 366314.  Eventbrite will say "Event Closed", but there may still be spaces, please persevere (Jesus told a story about this!).

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Zoom Coffee
We can't meet physically for coffee but we can meet virtually.  After the Sunday Service - about 10.45am the Reverend Janet Cox will host our virtual coffee.  It is a really good opportunity to see people - those you know and perhaps those you can get to know.  This is a great way of strengthening the community of the church in these lonely times.

All are very welcome.  Join Zoom Coffee Meeting ID: 776 8065 3677  Passcode: 9PYfgq

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Digital Mission Appeal

We have had a fantastic response to the appeal.  So many thanks to everyone who has supported this.  The support we have received has given us the confidence to invest in the equipment that enables us to reach out beyond the walls of the church building.  Thank you.

Thank you to all who have so generously given.  Please find how you support this project here: Digital Mission Leaflet.pdf  

Please mark all donations Digital Mission Appeal

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Advent Prayers 

Short, simple, profound Advent prayers can be downloaded here: Advent 2020 - A4 .pdf 

Find five minutes, pray them alone or with you household, enter into the joy of waiting for the coming hope of Christ.

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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 & Evening Prayer 6pm via Zoom

Informal prayer via zoom.  In addition to Morning Prayer, and following on from the Arhbishops' month of prayer for our nation the Reverrend 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 Prayer is: Zoom Prayer  Meeting ID: 716 3190 4008  Password: 8QcDqV

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Remembrance Tree - Light up the world
Each Advent we look to the coming Light.  Boy, do we need light now.

Once again be a Remembrance Tree in the Church Grounds, which will be illuminated on Advent Sunday, the 29 November, and remain lit until Epiphany, the 6 January. Dedicating a light on the tree will provide an opportunity to remember someone special at this time.  As in previous years, your name, and the names of those you wish to be remembered, will also be listed in the Memorial Book in Church.

If you would like to dedicate a light please contact Val Lumsden valandjimlumsden@gmail.com  or 01937 584760

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Toy Service - Sunday 13th December 10am
The toys collected will be distributed by our sister church of St James' in Seacroft.  Each year we have done this your generosity has been greatly appreciated by families, I am sure this year the toys will be especially appreciated.

If you would like to support this please bring along new, unwrapped toys or gifts to St James'.  If you can't attend on the day, gifts can be left in the church porch 10.00 - 11.00am Tuesday and Thursday.  Every year gifts for teenagers are particularly appreciated.

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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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Food Bank - Food needed

The Food Bank has asked that we convey thanks to everyone who has contributed to it.  Thank you.  This is a very good cause to support as it helps the most vulnerable. There remains need for this help. Non-perishable food can be left in the church porch. Thank 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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