Sunday, November 18

10.30am at Deighton Gates School

Our service will be led by David, with Arthur speaking.

Do come along - as always, all are welcome!

The service will be followed by a Church Members' Meeting (see below)


Church Members' Meeting

After morning service, Sunday November 18

This is when we gather to discuss the work and witness of the church and hear news of members and friends.

Anyone who attends our church is warmly invited to come along.


Wetherby Christmas Lights Switch-on

6 - 8pm, Thursday, November 22

We plan to open Margins during the evening, and it would be good to have a few people to welcome visitors. Our friends at Bottle and Bean (next door to Margins) will be holding a 'food event', they say, so we won't be all alone.

We usually hand out biscuits to passers-by, which means, of course, that we need people to make some! If you could 'Bake a Batch' (or two!), that would be great. Please let Pat know what you can do - thanks.

We'll also be handing out Christmas books to the children, so we could do with plenty of help during the evening - come down and enjoy the fun... and possibly the food next-door.


Prayer Encounter

8.45 (prompt!) - 9.15am, Saturday, November 24 at Margins

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

Do join us if you possibly 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.


Red Wednesday prayer service for persecuted Christians:
Stand up for faith and freedom on November 28!

10am, Wednesday November 28 at St Joseph's Church

Red Wednesday aims to draw attention to all those who suffer for their faith, and to encourage Christians to shine a light on the discrimination and violence faced by millions of Christians and those of other religious minorities around the world today.

As part of Red Wednesday, we are holding a short, ecumenical prayer service at St Joseph's, which is open to all.

In addition, we are inviting everyone to use this prayer at some time during the day:

Our Father in heaven, we pray that you will shine your light in the dark places of despair.
Christ Jesus, light of the world, strengthen all suffering Christians who put their trust in you.
Every morning we see your goodness and your mercies which will never come to an end.
Christ Jesus you are the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Give hope to all who place their trust in you.
Amen.

The organisers, Aid to the Church in Need (acnuk.org) and Christian Solidarity Worldwide (csw.org.uk), are encouraging churches and other buildings to be floodlit in red, and for individuals to wear red on the day.

Click on the image to read or download the poster.


Deighton Gates School Christmas Fair

12 - 2:30pm, Sunday, December 2

As is our custom, we will not be holding our usual morning service on this date, but helping the school at their Annual Christmas Fair. Our service will be manifest in service (as you might say).

By popular demand (it says here), we will be doing 'Get in the Picture' and we'll need some helpers for that, and no doubt we'll be invited to act as welcomers on the door, and sell raffle tickets at the same time.

Please make a note of the date and be there if you possibly can.


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 December 5
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.


Wetherby Town Carol Concert

7.30pm, Wednesday, December 19, outside the Town Hall

We don't have too many details about this yet, although the date, time and venue are probably all you need.

It would be good to have a fair number of church people there, even if it's only to support the singing...


Christmas Day Lunch

12noon to 3pm, Christmas Day at St James Church Centre

Christmas Day can be tough for people who live alone or are struggling to get through a difficult time. This year Churches Together in Wetherby plan to provide lunch and entertainment for guests in a warm and friendly environment on Christmas Day.

Will you be an Angel?

To make it happen we need the support of volunteers from around the churches, both to prepare for the lunch beforehand and on the day itself, including transporting guests and serving the meal. Can you help?

You can also help by printing out the poster (click on the image on the right to download it) and displaying copies, and advertising the sale of tickets (£5) in your neighbourhood. Better still, think who you might invite to go along and let them know about it, or buy two tickets and come with them.

If you can help or want to know more, please get in touch with Nic & Sally Sheppard on 01937 919158 (nic.sheppard@churcharmy.me.uk), or drop in at The Curate's Office (next to St James' Church Centre) on Saturday 17 November between 10am and 12noon.


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.