This Sunday's service - November 26

10.30am in Deighton Gates School

Clare will be leading this service, and Sally will be preaching on the topic of 'The coming King'.

Everyone is welcome to come along and we hope you will be able to join us.

Please remember that there is NO service on December 3. That's when we'll be helping out at the School Christmas Fair (see below).

School Christmas Fair

12 - 2.30pm on December 3 at Deighton Gates School

There is no morning service on this date, but we offer our service to help out the school

As is our custom, we'll be welcoming people to the fair and inviting them to purchase raffle tickets. Not only that, we'll also be offering our popular 'Get in the Picture', where children and families can dress up and be photographed in a nativity scene.

We do need as much help as we can get, so if you are able to come along, even if it's only for a short while, please let Chris know - he will be most encouraged!

Christmas Gift Appeal

Now until December 15

In partnership with Wetherby Salvation Army Community Church, we are once again organising an appeal for gifts for children and young people who might otherwise have very little to celebrate this Christmas.

Full details are available on the Christmas Gift Appeal pages.

Religion & Violence

7.30pm, Wednesday, November 22, at St James' Church

The relationship between religion and violence has entered public consciousness in recent years, following the rise of extremist movements within several religious groups.

In this Pre-Advent talk, Bishop Nick Baines will be addressing some of the main issues raised by this development.

Everyone will be welcomed at this event.

Christmas Lights Switch-on

6-8pm, Thursday, November 23, at Margins

This is the official date for launching Wetherby's Christmas illuminations, although most of them seem to have been on for quite a while already.

Nonetheless, we are planning to have our own little light party by opening Margins and offering passers-by biscuits and a Christmas booklet.

We've got the booklets, but now we need the biscuits! If you can make a batch and bring them to Margins on or before the event, that would be great. Alternatively, please get them to Pat beforehand.

The is always a fun event with a good atmosphere, so do come along, even if it's only for a short time.

Stop Modern Slavery

7pm, Thursday, November 23, at Wetherby Methodist Church

Modern slavery isn't something we like to think about, even though it may be happening in our community.

The Salvation Army is holding an information evening about the problem, what can be done to help the victims of this often horrific crime, and how you can get involved. Everyone is welcome.

If you would like to know more, please click on the image (right) contact Lt. Yvonne West on 07703 046254, or email her at

Fancy a scone?

10.30 - 11.30 every Friday in term time at Springwater School, Starbeck

Who doesn't like a scone, a nice cup of tea and a sit-down?

All three are on offer every Friday. So why go to Starbeck? Springwater School is where Flora now goes.On Fridays the Sixth Form runs a café at that is open to the public to provide work experience for the students - they serve tables and add up the costs of teas and coffees. Sally says the scones are very good...

Why not pop along one day and encourage them in their work?

Dates for your diary...

Churches Together Prayers for the Community

9.15-10.00am on Wednesday December 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.

Churches Together Christmas Day Lunch

12noon to 3.30pm, Christmas Day at Wetherby Methodist Church Hall

Churches Together will be serving a traditional Christmas Dinner, particularly for those who might otherwise be spending Christmas alone.

There'll be a warm welcome, friendly faces, a lovely turkey meal with all the trimmings, plus quizzes and carols. The cost is £5. Transport can be provided if required.

If you would like a ticket, or know someone who might, or just need more information, contact John (01937 584657) or Lesley (01937 587265).

Town Carols

7.30pm, Wednesday December 20 outside the Town Hall

Organised by Wetherby Business Association, this annual event is always an enjoyable - if sometimes chilly - occasion.

Featuring the Wetherby Silver Band, mulled wine and mince pies, it would be good if as many as possible came along to help swell the joy - and volume! - of the carol singing.

Carols in Horsefair

10.30am, Saturday December 23, in the Horsefair Centre

Christmas Eve comes a day early this year!

Traditionally, Churches Together have organised a programme of carols and readings to remind shoppers of the 'reason for the season' on Christmas Eve, but that falls on a Sunday this year, which poses difficulties. Hence the time-shift.

We do hope plenty of people will turn up to sing heartily and retell the Christmas Story - it's a great witness to the love of God in sending His Son to earth for our salvation. Do make a date to join us.

We usually give away biscuits, mince pies and chocolate coins to passers-by, so if you can contribute any suitable comestibles, that would be great, too.

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

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.