This Sunday, February 24

10.30am at Deighton Gates School

Alastair is leading our service this Sunday, and Chris will be speaking. The readings are Psalm 40:1-10 and Ephesians 1:3-10.

Do come along - everyone is warmly welcome.


Your invitation to "A Day of Pilgrimage"

Saturday February 23, 6.30pm in St James Church Centre

In November last year, a party from Wetherby went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led by Very Revd Derek Taylor. This event is being organised in reponse to a number of requests to share their experiences with others.

The evening will try to recreate a typical day of the pilgrimage and will include songs, Scripture, photographs and recollections from those who went on the trip, and will include a Middle Eastern meal.

The cost will be £10, and advanced booking is essential. For tickets, we have a few in Margins, or call the Parish Office (stjames@dsl.pipex.com; 01937 583074) or speak to Derek or any of the 'pilgrims'. Any surplus will be sent to the Jeel al Amal Boys’ Home, Bethany.


Men's Prayer Breakfast

8:00am, Saturday, March 2, starting at Margins

All men are welcome to join us early on Saturday to pray for whatever God lays on our hearts and minds. At around 8.30am we will adjourn to the North Street Deli for stimulating conversation and a delicious breakfast (or vice versa).

Please let David know if you intend to be there. His number is 07872 040230.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Giveaway

Tuesday March 5, 10am - noon at Margins

Lent is fast approaching, and we are planning to repeat our big Giveaway event once again. We shall be cooking (or warming up) delicious pancakes in Margins and handing them out to anyone we can persuade to take one - you know the drill by now. It's always great fun, and people are grateful, if a little mystified about why we do it...

To achieve our objectives we need three things: pancakes (home-made or shop bought), tasty embellishments for same (sugar, lemon, Golden Syrup, Nutella(!), etc., and most importantly, people to cook, serve and welcome passers-by.

Please let Chris or Pat know if you can help.


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

Churches Together Prayers for the Community

9.15-10.00am on Wednesday March 6
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.


World Day of Prayer

Come - Everything is ready!

12.30pm, Friday March 1 at Wetherby Methodist Church

Everything is ready and the invitation is for everyone – men, women and children of all ages to join this Day of Prayer prepared by the Women of Slovenia, one of the smallest and youngest countries in Europe.

This year the event will begin with a faith lunch at 12.30pm and then proceed to the service at 1.30pm. Come to one or both parts.

Please come and join in the great wave of prayer, which will encircle the globe.

For more details, click on the image to view or download the poster.


Better Wetherby Partnership - Open Meeting

7 - 9pm, Wednesday March 6 at Wetherby Methodist Church

The Better Wetherby Partnership is a partnership between nine local organisations concerned with the quality of life and environment in Wetherby and the surrounding area. Their aim is to ensure that new housing development respects the community-led sense of place we currently enjoy, whilst contributing positively towards the local economy, character and scale of our attractive market town.

This public meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the Partnership and the challenging issues facing our community relating to the provision of new housing, including affordable housing.

For more details, please have a look at the event flyer.


Lent Lectures: "Faith in Film"

7.30pm, Mondays 18 & 25 March at Wetherby Methodist Church

Organised jointly by Wetherby Methodist Church and St James' Church, this year's talks will be given by Revd Stephen Brown.

Stephen Brown is an Anglican priest who is also is a teacher, journalist and broadcaster specialising in film studies as a means of understanding ourselves, and our faith, more deeply. Stephen is also Church Times Film Correspondent.

The lectures will explore what divides us as people and what unites us, through movies like Notting Hill and The King’s Speech.

Everyone is welcome, from any church or none. Refreshments will be served.

(Click on the image to view or download the poster.)


Riding Lights: The Narrow Road

7.30pm, Friday April 12 at St James' Parish Church

Don't miss this production from the internationally renowned Riding Lights Theatre Company.

This presentation combines drama and worship as we follow the extraordinary journey of Jesus through a world of miracles and madness, violence and liberation. We walk the path to the cross and follow the participants into the challenge of life beyond the crucifixion, prompting us to reconsider our own faith.

This event is jointly hosted by St James Church and Wetherby Methodist Church. Tickets, price £8 are available from both churches.

(Click on the image to view or download the flyer for more information.)


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.