Weekly News Letter - 8th March 2020

St James




A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

Sunday 8 March 2020
The Second Sunday of Lent
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son" John 3.16


8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
Presiding: Brendan Giblin
Preaching: Brendan Giblin

9.30am Parish Communion
Presiding: Brendan Giblin
Preaching: Jonathan Gough
Assisting: Marilyn Smith
Hymns: 331 (omit*), 133 (omit*), 263, Blessed Assurance
Anthem: God so Loved the World - Stainer
Volountary: Toccata in B Minor - Gigout

11.00am Worship @ 11.00
Leading: Val Lumsden
Preaching: Jonathan Gough

6.30pm Wind Down Worship
Leading: Brendan Giblin

Preaching: Elaine Hainsworth

We are delighted to welcome our Archdeacon, The Venerable Jonathan Gough, to our 9.30am and 11am services this morning.

Diary for the Week

Monday 9 March
9.15am Morning Prayer - St James
12 noon Love Lunch - Centre
7.30pm Lent Lecture - Wetherby Methodist Church

Tuesday 10 March
9.15am Morning Prayer - St James
2.00pm Church on the Corner - Service of the Word

Wednesday 11 March
9.30am Wednesday Toddlers - Centre
9.45am Holy Communion - St James
7.30pm Gospel Choir - St James

Thursday 12 March
9.15am Morning Prayer - St James
9.30am Coffee Morning - Centre
12 noon Lent Meditations - St James
12.30pm Lent Lunch - Centre
7.30pm Worship Group - St James

Friday 13 March
4.45pm Man with a Pan - Centre
6.30pm Choir Practice - St James

Saturday 14 March 

Sunday 15 March
The Third Sunday of Lent
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
9.30am Parish Communion
11.00am Worship @ 11 - Holy Communion
6.30pm Evensong (BCP)

Sarah Sharp – It is with much sadness that I announce that Sarah Sharp, our Young People’s and Community Outreach Worker, will be leaving us at the end of the month. Sarah’s creative and dedicated work with the young people has been greatly appreciated. We thank Sarah for all her work and wish her, and her family, every blessing as she goes to work at her local vets. Brendan

Suggestions for Prayer: Pray for the many victims of Coronavirus, especially those who mourn the loss of loved ones. Pray too for the many medical teams who serve those who have been affected by the virus and that the number of cases will decrease considerably. Pray too for the people in the Deighton Bar area of Wetherby: Orchard View, South View, Dearne Croft, Esk Gardens, Dove Close, Loxley Grove.This week Churches in Wetherby pray for: Wetherby and Collingham Methodist Churches.

It’s that simple.  It can be inconvenient completing white Gift Aid envelopes on a Sunday morning - would it not be simpler to be able to use envelopes imprinted with an identifying number instead of writing your full name and address?  You can, using St James’ Yellow Envelopes.
Put your donation in the envelope, put the envelope on the offertory plate and the Gift Aid Recorder will identify your donation from the unique number and claim the tax. It’s that simple.
The value of Gift Aid donations at St James’ is falling, but cash donations are increasing.
If you pay UK income tax and do not wish to commit to a standing order or you often use the white envelopes, please speak to our friendly Gift Aid Recorder, Jill Rose (07761982630 or mail: jilly.rose@gmail.com) who can provide you with a batch of numbered yellow envelopes. Simple

Peter and Janet Cox are away this weekend at Bowden Hall, near Gloucester, leading a residential Marriage Encounter Weekend. Please pray for all those on the Weekend, as Peter and Janet, and the three other team couples, share the ups and downs of their lives. Thank you. Peter Cox
Lent Lecture – ‘Climate Change and the Church’ on Monday 9 March at 7.30pm at Wetherby Methodist Church. The most important issue facing the planet? Please do join us for this year’s annual Lent Lecture given by Jemima Parker, the Diocesan Environmental Officer. All welcome. Brendan
Lent - Each Thursday during Lent, following the midday meditations in Church, we will be serving a simple soup lunch in the Church Centre. If you can help by either making a pan of soup, or helping to serve, please fill in the list at the back of Church. Thank you. Shirley Fawcett
Thursday Meditations and Soup Lunches – The meditations will explore creation and our place in it. Pleases do come along – noon to 12.20pm in Church:
12 March saying yes to water – Genesis 1.9-10, 20a
19 March saying yes to plant life – Genesis 1.11-12
26 March saying yes to animal life – Genesis 1.24-25
2 April saying yes to human life – Genesis 1.26-27
Thank you. Brendan

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice from the Church of England’s Adviser on Health Issues “Although there is not currently Government advice suggesting churches should suspend the use of the Common Cup, parishioners with coughs and sneezes should be encouraged to receive Communion in one kind only and to refrain from handshaking during The Peace. We also advise against the practice of ‘intinction’, when the consecrated bread is dipped into the wine, as this could represents an infection transmission route”. Should anyone have any questions about this, please do have a chat with Brendan.
Bell Ringing for 75th anniversary of VE Day (Friday 8 May, less than 9 weeks away). Wetherby Town Council has asked whether we can ring at 11am on 8 May. This is a huge ask for us! I have four learners making progress, but need more. If you have EVER wondered about trying bell ringing, please contact Peter Cox 01937 584453. Teaching Sessions can be arranged to suit you. If we don’t try, we cannot meet the challenge. Thank you. Peter Cox
Compassion Trip to the Philippines 18-27 June 2020 – Some at St James’ sponsor children through Compassion in the Philippines. In June Compassion is organising a life-changing trip to experience their work in the Philippines. Please follow this link to find out more https://challenges.compassionuk.org/trip/1058/philippines-overseas-challenge If interested please do have a word. More than happy to help with the challenges! Brendan

The St James’ Email Prayer Chain – for email prayer chain requests, please
email Rosie Rooke mail@rosierooke.plus.com or telephone 01937 580673.


Tel: 01937 583074 

email: stjames.wetherby@gmail.com