Weekly News Letter - Sunday 28th August 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 -12noon Monday to Friday.  

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

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Sunday 29th August - The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity - "Be doers of the word" James 1:22 

8.00am Holy Communion BCP 

9.30am Parish Communion 

11am Worship - This service will also be live-streamed to Facebook and YouTube  St James Facebook link    St James YouTube page

Please join us in-person or on-line to worship together.  Contact details are no longer needed but the QR code can still be used used.  

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Refreshments after Worship at 9.30am and 11am 
Meeting and sharing with each other is such an important part of church life.  We are delighted that coffee (and tea) after the 9.30am and 11.00am services will be resuming next Sunday, 5 September. Do please stay and join us for refreshments and fellowship.

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Thursday Coffee Mornings in August 
Thursday Coffee Mornings in August are back again - 9.30am to 11.30am in the Church Centre Coffee Lounge.  All proceeds in aid of the Children's Young People's and Family Worker Appeal. 

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Vicarage Late Summer Garden Party - Saturday 4th September
Vicarage Late Summer Garden Party is back!  All are warmly invited to The Vigarage, 3 Lazenby Drive, Wetherby on Saturday 4th September 2-4pm.  There will be tea, cakes, tombola and other goodies.  Please do come along, no tickets required.  

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Love Lunch - Monday 6th September
Join us in the Coffee Lounge to share food and enjoy fellowship on Monday 6 September and thereafter every other Monday anytime between 12 noon and 2pm (last orders 1.30pm), where you will receive a warm welcome. 

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Church Fete - Saturday 11th September
The belates Church Fete will take place on Saturday 11th September 10am to 2pm.  are you able to help with:- setting up, refreshments, raffle, barbeque or tombola?  There are a number of jobs we need help with, please contact Jean Heaton jean.heaton@virgin.net tel 07866 366314 or Sur Taylor suetaylor509@gmail.com tel 01937 522553.  Many thanks 

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Alpha @ St James
Monday Evenings from 27 September to 22 November – 7pm-9.15pm – To book a place and for more information please contact Val Lumsden tel 01937 584760 or 07984 074710 email valandjimlumsden@gmail.com. Thank you. 

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Wetherby Arts Festival - Friday 3rd September to Sunday 5th September
Please join us for three days of entertainment on the Tetley Field (behind Church Centre). Further details www.wetherbyfestival.co.uk.

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Confirmation Sunday 21st November
We are delighted Bishop Helen-Ann will be coming to St James' to Confirm people on Sunday 21 November. Confirmation is an important milestone in our journey of faith, an opportunity for us to say 'yes' to all God offers us in Jesus. If you are interested, or would just like to know more, please do call 01937 520951 or email brendan.giblin@leeds.anglican.org

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Greening the heart of Wetherby - an invitation
Following the G7 Summit in June and ahead of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in November, climate change is seldom out of the news. We would like to invite you to a community event in the heart of Wetherby 7.00 for 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 September at St James' Church. We are bringing together all interested parties in Wetherby and Boston Spa under the banner 'Greening for Heart of Wetherby'. St James has received funding from the BEIS/Defra Regional Energy Communities Fund. This is enabling us to undertake a feasibility study of buildings in and around the church. Come, hear and question our initial plans to become carbon neutral by 2030. There will be plenty of time for questions and interaction. We hope you can join us. 

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Transforing lives through the power of Prayer
Wetherby Baptist Church is hosting the visit of a mobile prayer ministry team from 5-9 September 2021. Based around the town centre and Margins Bookshop in Church Street, the team will be available to pray with anyone who would like prayer for themselves, or a relative or friend. On Sunday 5 September there will be a 'prayer walk' around the town, starting from Margins at 4pm. For more information, please contact Chris Bishop on 01937 520424 or emailing prayer@wetherbybaptist,org.uk.

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Church on the Corner - 2pm Every Tuesday
It was lovely to restart this service last week.  We will meet in St James' church until restrictions have been sufficiently lifted to enable services to return to Hallfield Lane. Services last about 40 minutes and all are welcome.

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Church Open for Private Prayer
The Church is now open every morning between 10am and 12noon.  Parishioners and visitors really appeciate being able to visit the church.  If anyone has a couple of hours a month to spare to join our Welcoming team and help with this please let us know by contacting the Parish Office.  

A very be thank you to all the Welcomers who give up their time to make this happen.  
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Morning Prayer - Monday to Friday 9am and Prayers on Thursday evenings @ 6pm via Zoom 

No morning prayer on 30th August due to Bank Holiday.  Reverend Janet Cox kindly hosts Morning Prayer each weekday at 9am.  A time to listen to God's word, worship and pray for the needs of the world.

There will be no Prayers on Thursday evenings in August.

The link for both Morning and Evening Prayer is: Zoom Prayer  Meeting ID: 716 3190 4008  Password: 8QcDqV

All are very welcome

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Parish Support Accountant Vacancy 
Please click on link below for details: https://pathways.churchofengland.org/job/pathways/2588/parish-support-accountant  Annette Blackburn, People & Engagement Administrator

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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 Monday to Friday.

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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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