Weekly News Letter - 8th November 2020

St James

AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

A Very Warm Welcome to Everyone

This second lockdown is a hugely challenging time.  As people often remark, "at least going into the March lockdown we had good weather, this time the days are both colder and darker". It seems to mark the beginning a long and forbidding winter. It will be difficult.

As Christians we are called to be people of hope and light. This seems a very high, almost impossible, calling at this time. But it is what we are called to, not because we have the answers, let alone a quick fix, but because there is hope in Jesus Christ who is the Light of the world.
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At the Service of Light on Sunday evening we remembered those we love but see no more. The light of the candles we lit was flickering and transient, but pointed to the greater Light, the Light of Jesus Christ, through whom we have life (John 1.4). Our Christian hope is built not on what we can see over the immediate horizon, but upon the death and resurrection of Jesus.

St Paul in Romans 8 speaks of the God whose love for us is so vast that does not spare his only son for our sakes, and despite the threats we face, from whose love we cannot be separated. Read Romans 8.31-39. It is this love, shown in our very fragility, the love of God in Christ Jesus, that means we can be people of hope and light.

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The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written an excellent letter to the nation which we attach: 20201104 Joint letter ABC ABY to the nation[1].pdf 

The Archbishops are calling on Christians to pray at 6.00pm each evening of this month.  Resources are to be published soon. In the meantime join in saying the Lord's prayer at this time each evening.  If it helps to focus you, light a candle to remind yourself of the greater Light.

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Worship - Sunday 8th  November - Remembrance Sunday   

11.30am Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration with Act of Remembrance broadcast from Church on St James'  Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Sadly we are not allowed a congregation in church at this time.  

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The Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting    

Unsurprisingly Covid -19 blew our plans for our Annual Meeting in April completely out of the water.  We have rearranged the meeting for 19.30 on Thursday 19th November.  Sadly, but again unsurprisingly, we still cannot meet for this in person.  Legislation has been passed to enable the meeting to take place virtually.  We will be meeting via Zoom.

The Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting are important meetings, to which all are welcome.  Churchwardens and PCC members will be elected and we will hear of the past year and our plans for the year ahead.

All are welcome, please do come. Zoom details below: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84032444574?pwd=cFQ5R0dEZDl2NVA3TVF3c2xtSW1pUT09

Meeting ID: 840 3244 4574   Passcode: 924182

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Worship - Sundays 15th, 22nd and 29th November    

10.00am Morning Worship will be broadcast from Church on our  Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Sadly a congregation in not permitted

We do hope that you will join us from home to share, and pass on, the hope and light 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 9.00am via Zoom

This is a great way to start the day, listening to God's word and praying for his world.  Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71631904008?pwd=enl5VjdLZ3JtUlFaY2NQYUl5WEZDUT09

Meeting ID: 716 3190 4008  Password: 8QcDqV

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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 not been possible, 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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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

Many thanks to everryone who has kindly donated items to the Food Bank, this is a great help as there is a growing need for food.  Please do continue to support this. 
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