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Alpha Course begins...
7:00-9.15pm, Mondays January 23—March 20 in St James' Church Centre
The Alpha Course is a safe space where you can ask some of the big questions of life. Whether you are new to church, or have been part of church for many years, the course is an opportunity to engage with the important issues of life and faith, in a relaxed, non-threatening manner. Everyone is welcome.
There are eight thought-provoking sessions. For more information or to book a place, please contact Val Lumsden, 07984 074710, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Parish Office on 01937 583074.
Energy Saving Fair: "Getting through the Energy Crisis"
Saturday January 28th, 10am to 2pm, Wetherby Town Hall
Our local Green Group – Boston Spa, Wetherby & Villages Green Group – are organising an Energy Saving Fair: "Getting through the Energy Crisis" on the date shown. Admission is free.
The focus of the event is to raise awareness of the measures people can take to conserve energy and reduce their bills. There will be a number of displays with presentations on a range of issues on saving energy, retrofitting insulation, installing low carbon solar and heat pumps, renewable energy and latest grant funding. There will be tips, practical advice, a public forum for anyone to raise questions, children's activities and warm refreshments.
Churches Together Community Prayers
9:00am on the first Wednesday of every month, in Margins Bookshop, Church Street
Meeting in Margins Bookshop, everyone is invited to join us in prayer for about half an hour to lift up to the Lord our community and its people, churches, businesses, activities. And no doubt we shall be praying for other things that are on our hearts, too.
Do come along if you can... everyone is welcome.
World Day of Prayer 2023
1:30pm on Friday March 3 at Collingham Methodist Church
This event is being hosted by St Oswald's, Collingham and Collingham Methodist Church. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
More detalls to follow, but get the date in your diaries now.
Would You be an Angel?
Over 170 church volunteers are Festival Angels enjoying serving young people and staff at the Leeds Festival at Bramham Park each August Bank Holiday.
Providing hot drinks and a welcome space, reuniting folk with lost property and generally being around as a helping and caring hand are just some of the ways in which Festival Angels serve the festival.
Our volunteers are aged from 18 to over 80, and are both very useful and particularly popular with the festival goers.
Better Wetherby January Newsletter
The latest edition of BW News is packed full of updated information about, among other things, advances with the Racecourse Approach development; Maltkiln,a proposed huge housing development, near Cattal, and Lidl's planning application for the Mercure Hotel site.
Do have a read, and take some action if you feel strongly about any of the developments.
Click on the image on the right to read or download the newsletter.
Let's make Wetherby a Toilet Twinned Town!
It is a shocking and sobering fact that two billion people in some of the poorest countries of the world do not have somewhere safe to go to the toilet. As a result, people become sick through sanitation-related diseases which means they cannot work or farm their land. Moreover, according to the UN, almost 1000 children die every day from preventable diseases linked to dirty water and poor sanitation. This is an appalling and totally unacceptable situation.
But you can do something about it...
For just £60 you can twin your loo with one is a poorer country—and even get a stylish certificate to put up in the smallest room. More details are given in this sheet or you can visit the Toilet Twinning website; (Toilet Twinning is part of Tearfund). Do please consider doing this if you haven't already twinned your porcelain.
As well as individual private toilets, we'd also really like to make Wetherby a Toilet Twinned Town, by twinning loos in places like schools, churches, pubs and restaurants.
Could you help? Just encourage the managers or owners of your favourite places to twin their facilities, and then let us know. Full details are on the sheet.
How YOU can help Ukrainian Refugees
All of us have been moved by the plight of the people of Ukraine, and want to do something to help.
One way to do this is to welcome Ukrainian family or individual into your home (see below).
However, If you cannot house a refugee, you may like to volunteer as part of a welcoming team to provide practical help and emotional support for those fleeing the horrors of war. Offering practical help to settle families will not only benefit those in desperate need but will also strengthen our community by creating new bonds and shared experiences.
If you can help with befriending and everyday activities like filling forms, shopping and banking, help speaking English, inviting for a walk, coffee or meal, or using the bus, we would love to hear from you. Younger people are particularly welcome.
Want to know more? The St Vincent de Paul Society are coordinating local arrangements. For further information or offers of help, please contact Don Grey on 07759 044263 or Ana Hodkinson on 07964 185050.
If you would like to welcome a family or individual into your home, you need to apply via the official Government scheme: Homes for Ukraine Local Sponsorship scheme at homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/. Advice when making an application is available locally, including help to identify suitable refugees. Help is also available to settle and support people when they arrive.
Wednesday mornings, 9:30—11:00am in St James' Church Centre
The group, which is jointly run by St James Church and Wetherby Baptist, runs during school term time. If you've got toddlers to look after, why not come along and try it?
For more information, see the Wednesday Toddlers webpage.