This Sunday - December 17

10.30am at Deighton Gates School

Alastair will be leading this services, with Arthur speaking.

Everyone is very welcome to join us.

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.

Knitted Angels Giveway

10am onwards, Saturday, December 16 at Margins

If you haven't seen the rather spectacular display of over 100 knitted angels in the Margins window, you've only got until Saturday to admire it. All the angels were knitted by Pat, Eryl, Claire (plus couple done by a member of the Leadership Team!).

And it will soon be time to give them all away!

Each angel comes with a suitable greeting and text, and we shall be handing them out to willing recipients as a free Christmas gift next Saturday.

If you feel able to help us do that, or just join in the festive fun, please come along at any time, 10-2pm and help to spread the joy.

Annual appearance on Tempo FM

12.30pm, Sunday, December 17 at Tempo FM studio

Following the conclusion of the Wetherby & District Toy Appeal, we have been invited to Tempo FM to report on the results. This inevitably leads to our singing 'O little town of Wetherby', for which we would benefit from a decent group of singers.

Please make a note and resolve to support David & Lynne's sterling work.

Wetherby Christmas Lights Switch-on

Although it was a couple of weeks ago now, here's confirmation that Margins was open for the town Christmas Lights Switch-on. We gave away delicious home-made biscuits and copies of the 'Journey to Bethlehem' booklet.

Ted offered an excellent festive welcome to passers-by, and was ably assisted by a couple of visiting grandsons; (the invisible one did the washing up inside, where it was warmer).

Dates for your diary...

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.

Churches Together Prayers for the Community

9.15-10.00am on Wednesday January 3
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

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.