Next Sunday - January 21

10.30am at Deighton Gates School

This service is part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and we are delighted to welcome Revd Brendan Giblin from St James' Church as our preacher this morning. His topic is 'You have kept the good wine until now' and the readings are Genesis 14:17-20 and John 2:1-11.

Everyone is very welcome to join us for this service.

(Chris is speaking at the Methodist Church.)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Do join us for any of the events listed below to help us celebrate all that we hold in common across the denominations.

Thursday, January 18

  • 7.30pm United service at Wetherby Methodist Church

Saturday, January 20

  • 8.30am Men's Breakfast in St Joseph's Church Hall

  • 10.00am Prayer Walk around the churches (not just for men!)
    Meet at St Joseph's Church to walk round to our churches and pray for each one. We will also be including the Collingham churches in our tour (travelling by car, not walking!). It's anticipated that we will finish no latter than 12 noon, but people are free to join or leave the walk as they wish.

Sunday, January 21

  • Pulpit Swap (some churches, including ours, when Revd Brendan Giblin will be here)

Churches Together AGM

7.30pm, Thursday January 25 at Wetherby Methodist Church

The Annual General Meeting of Churches Together in Wetherby, Linton & Collingham (to give it its full title) is open to all members of our churches. It's a good opportunity to find out what's been happening over the past year, to meet others over coffee, and to elect the officers for a further year.

Please do encourage one another to attend!

The Compassion Experience

10am-4pm, Saturday, January 20
12 noon-4pm Sunday, January 21
at St Aiden's School, Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, HG2 8JR

Most of you will know that Compassion is an international Christian holistic child development organisation with over six decades of experience. Through its Child Sponsorship Programme, more than 1.8 million children are currently being released from poverty.

The Compassion Experience is a mobile, immersive multi-media facility offering a unique journey into the lives of children living in poverty. You'll be able to step inside the real stories of two Compassion-supported children, Shamim and Sameson, as they journey from poverty to hope.

Have a look at the video, then go to the web site for more details and to book a place.

TWAM - Tools with a Mission

10am-4pm, Saturday, February 24 at St James' Church Rooms (aka Scout Hut)

Got any old tools you're no longer using?

Tools with a Mission (TWAM) recycle tools into trade kits which are sent to countries in the developing world for 'livelihood creation'. They send out around 300 tonnes of tools every year.

Churches Together is holding a collection of tools on 24 February. If you have any tools you no longer need, or surplus to requirements after a generous Christmas present, then your support of this appeal would be very much appreciated.

We are looking for tools suitable for builders, carpenters, electricians, and gardening tools, and also sewing machines and haberdashery.

Don't wait until the end of February, though - start delving into your sheds, lofts and garages now - thank you!

For more information, see the TWAM website.

Dates for your diary...

Churches Together Prayers for the Community

9.15-10.00am on Wednesday February 7
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.

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

Lent Lectures 2018

Two excellent talks for Lent

On Monday 19th February, at St James' Church, Mrs Margaret Sentamu, wife of the Archbishop of York, will be speaking about her life and work in a talk entitled 'Palace Intrigue'.

The following week, Monday, 26th February, at Wetherby Methodist Church, Dr Mike Stockton, Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine at St. Gemma's Hospice will talk on 'What is a good death?', which will explore the issues which we face in death.

Both talks start at 7.30pm and will allow time for questions. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served. Click on the poster to view or download it.

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.