Sunday, December 16: Advent 3

10.30am at Deighton Gates School

This week it's third Advent candle day! David will be leading our service and Sally will be speaking, based around Luke 3:7-18.

Do come along - everyone is welcome!

Last week we saw the BMS film, 'Life's first cry', about pre- and post-natal hygiene education in Afghanistan. It may sound boring, but has saved the life of many babies, and given joy to their parents.

If you missed it, or want to view the video again, click on the picture.

If you would like to make a donation to the appeal, please hand it to Les, or any member of the leadership team.

Wetherby Gift Appeal

The Gift Appeal, which ends on Sunday, sees a number of changes this year. The Salvation Army have invited individuals and organisations to make specific requests for known needs. These have been transferred to Angel tags which will be hung on one of four Christmas trees at Margins, Wetherby Methodist and Collingham Methodist and The Gourmet café. Church members and the public are invited to take a tag, buy the item, and return it to one of the churches or to Margins.

In addition, people are invited to contribute 'little extras', such as chocolates, nice biscuits, toiletries and the like.

The gifts will be packed up and delivered to the relevant families just before Christmas.

Please help if you can, and respond enthusiastically when a donor appears in Margins with a large box... (space has been cleared to store gifts temporarily).

Want a knitted angel?

10am - 2pm, Saturday, December 22 at Margins

In keeping with our tradition of being the church that likes to give things away, we will be offering our knitted Christmas Angels to people on the Saturday before Christmas. Each angel has a seasonal Bible verse attached.

We currently have around 85 angels to hand out (and more are in the pipeline), so if you can come along to help distribute them to passers-by, that would be great.

Rest assured the real ones don't look as scary as the photo suggests!

Thanks for delivering the Christmas Cards

From Sunday, December 9, at any time you like!

Thank you to everyone who took some packs of cards to deliver this week. I'm delighted to say they were all taken and will soon be gracing the elegant mantlepieces in north-east Wetherby.

Each card contains a message of good news, and details of all the church services over the Christmas period. Not only that, but it also demonstrates that the churches are alive and well.
(Click on the card for a preview)

Wetherby Town Carol Concert

7.30pm, Wednesday, December 19, outside the Town Hall

Once again, Wetherby Business Association (with a little help from Churches Together) are inviting townsfold to gather to sing carols, enjoy mulled wine and mince pies, and listen to a short talk from Lt Yvonne West.

It would be good to have a fair number of church people there, even if it's only to support the singing...


Christmas Eve Carols in Horsefair

10.30am, Monday, December 24, in Horsefair

Once again, Churches Together is organising Christmas carols and readings in the Horsefair Centre on Christmas Eve. This is a great opportunity to remind last-minute shoppers what the season is really all about.

The thing is, we do need some singers and readers, so please do make an effort to turn up and fill the centre with the joyful words and sounds of the Christmas story, and demonstrate that there are many people in our town who believe that Jesus is Lord and Saviour.

Dates for your diary...

To get advanced warning of other church and Churches Together events, keep a close eye on our church calendar - and avoid those embarrassing clashes of dates!

Other news and events

Christmas Day Lunch

12noon to 3pm, Christmas Day at St James Church Centre

Christmas Day can be tough for people who live alone or are struggling to get through a difficult time. This year Churches Together in Wetherby plan to provide lunch and entertainment for guests in a warm and friendly environment on Christmas Day.

Will you be an Angel?

To make it happen we need the support of volunteers from around the churches, both to prepare for the lunch beforehand and on the day itself, including transporting guests and serving the meal. Can you help?

You can also help by printing out the poster (click on the image on the right to download it) and displaying copies, and advertising the sale of tickets (£5) in your neighbourhood. Better still, think who you might invite to go along and let them know about it, or buy two tickets and come with them.

If you can help or want to know more, please get in touch with Nic & Sally Sheppard on 01937 919158 (

Churches Together Prayers for the Community

9.15-10.00am on Wednesday January 2
in the Quiet Room at Wetherby Methodist Church

This is a great opportunity to meet with other Christians from around the town to pray for our community, and to enjoy a coffee and fellowship afterwards in the coffee lounge. These monthly meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month.

The Beacon

This is a monthly programme broadcast every fourth Sunday in the month at 8.00am on Tempo FM 107.4, Wetherby's own community radio station. It's presented by Eric Ovenden, and aims to spread the Christian message to everyone in the Wetherby area.

Eric is keen to set up a Listeners' Panel to give him feedback and ideas for the programme. If you think you might be interested, give him a call on 01423 869841.