This Sunday's service (September 24)

10.30am in Deighton Gates School

This week is our Harvest Celebration. It will be led by David, and Les will be speaking.

As always, everyone is warmly encouraged to join us.

There will be a very brief Church Members' meeting after the service to resolve a minor administrative issue.

September 29 - October 1
at churches across the UK

The National Prayer Weekend is an initiative to encourage people to ask their local churches to pray for them and their communities. In these disturbing times, there should be plenty to pray about!

In Wetherby, prayer request cards will be available in Margins, in most churches, and at coffee mornings and other activities for people to write their requests. Then we shall pray, using the cards, at the Sunday morning service on October 1 and thereafter.

Do encourage everyone you know to complete one or more cards (there are plenty!), and maybe even to attend the service.

Prayer changes things!

Prayer Encounter

8.45 (prompt!) - 9.15am, Saturday, September 30 at Margins

This weekend is National Prayer Weekend, and we'll be joining with thousands of other churches celebrating this opportunity to pray for their communities.

Praying together is - or certainly should be - and important aspect of the life of our church, as we bring our concerns to God and listen for his response and leading.

Do come along if you can. A possible incentive (not that you need one, of course), is that coffee and doughnuts are served afterwards for those who would like them.

Church Family Sunday Lunch

After morning service, Sunday, October 8 at Jean and Les' house

We'll be holding another of our occasional Sunday Lunches, open to anyone in the church family who wants to come along.

We'll have a guest at the lunch: Glyn Jones, who is also our speaker at the morning service. Glyn is the Regional Director (North) for Daylight Christian Prison Trust - and also known to many of us from his time working at the YOI in Wetherby.

Jean will, no doubt, ask for the usual contributions to the communal table nearer the time, but keep the date in mind.

Praying for the Wetherby & District Foodbank

Wetherby and District Foodbank are looking for people to pray regularly for the charity. If you are interested please contact Claire at, or telephone her on 07947 059720.

For more information about the Foodbank, go to the web site.

Dates for your diary...

African Harvest Supper

6.45 for 7pm, Friday, September 22 at Wetherby Methodist Church Hall

A evening of fun activities and wonderful food, all with an African feel.

Music will be supplied by Drumsagogo and the Worship Band. The event is in aid of the Ngong Christian Library and the Bible Society

Tickets are £7.50, with children under 12 free. They are available from Joseph Kwallah (07928 727452,, Donald Milne, or Alan Bell at the Methodist Church.

An Evening with Eddie Gray

7.30pm, Friday, September 29 at Wetherby Sports Association

Come and hear the footballing legend! Eddie Gray was one of the most talented players in the Leeds United team in the 60s and 70s, and later became the club's manager.

Proceeds from this event will go towards the travel expenses of the young people from St James and Wetherby Methodist Churches who are taking part in the Nepal Project.

Tickets are £15, or £10 for under-18s, and include a steak pie supper. They can be obtained from:
   - Wetherby Sports Association: 01937 585699;
   - St James’ Parish Office: 01937 583074
   - Val Lumsden: 01937 584760

Churches Together Prayers for the Community

9.15-10.00am on Wednesday October 4
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.

Prisons Week Service

6 for 6.30pm, Thursday, October 12 at HMYOI, Wetherby

The guest speaker this year's Prisons Week service is Chaz Homewood from the Lighthouse in Rotherham, who has a great story to tell.

The Lighthouse offers short-term accommodation, care and support in a structured environment through a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

The service is open to all, but security restrictions apply, so please email The Chaplaincy Team at YOI, or Andrew Marshall to register your interest in attending and get more details.

Spring Harvest comes to... Harrogate!

Harrogate Conference Centre

April 3 - 7, 2018, Harrogate Convention Centre

Yes, Spring Harvest is no longer confined to Butlins-by-the-sea. You will be able to experience all the usual SH activities a mere bus ride from home! (Although there is an indoor camping option, too!)

Take a look at the video...

From the Big Start all age worship celebration to the After Hours entertainment, and first-class children's and youth programmes, there's something for everyone.

The theme of the week is 'Only the Brave - Determined Discipleship'. It's based on James' epistle and will explore what it is to live a life of determined discipleship and give a rallying cry to join the everyday adventure that lies ahead. We are discipled to make disciples. We get one chance at this life – let’s live it.

Booking is now open, and there's a generous early-bird discount if you're quick enough:
Adult: £99; Child 6-14: £79; Child 2-5: £59; under 2: free.
Full price for adults and children will be £139 and £119 respectively.

For more information and to book, visit the Spring Harvest web site.

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2018

Monday, November 26 to Monday, December 3, 2018

Very Revd Derek Taylor says, "I am hoping to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018. The pilgrimage is being organised by McCabe Pilgrimages, a Christian travel company, with whom we have travelled on four of our five visits to Israel and thoroughly recommend them."

If you are (or might be) interested in going or finding out more, please contact Derek on 01937 918534, or email him.

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.