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Prisons Week 2021 - please pray
10-16 October 2021
Unfortunately, there won't be a Prisons Week at the YOI this year, but one is planned for 2022.
Andy Rowe, Managing Chaplain at the YOI, writes:
"I know that many people keep all of our staff, young people, and others who work within the criminal justice system, in your thoughts and prayers and these are very much appreciated.
On Tuesday October 12th, from 7pm to 8:30pm, there is an opportunity to join online reflections on the theme of Respair, chaired by Rt Rev'd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop for Prisons, and with a diverse panel of contributors. This will include a chance to ask questions via online chat.
Click here for more details, and to book to get the meeting link.
Alpha Course — in person!
7.00—9.15pm beginning Monday 27 September at St James Church Centre, Church Lane, Wetherby LS22 6LP
This popular course is a great introduction to the Christian faith, and is open to anyone who is exploring important issues of life and faith and wants to learn more about Jesus Christ. No matter whether you are new to church, or have been part of church for many years, you will be very welcome.
The course runs for eight sessions until November 22, but not in half-term week (25-Oct).
For more information click on the image on the right. To book a place please contact Val Lumsden on 07984 074710 or via email.
Big Leeds Chat coming to Wetherby
Thursday October 21, 11am—3pm, in Wetherby Town Hall
This is an opportunity to meet directly with the people who make decisions about our local health and care provision. They want to listen to your experiences in this area: what you think is good, and what could be improved.
Make your voice heard!
For more information, click on the image on the left, or go to www.bigleedschat.co.uk.
Baby loss remembrance and support service
3.30pm on October 24, in Bradford Cathedral
Saying Goodbye, (part of the Mariposa Trust) are returning to Bradford in October with a service for anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in early years, or who has been affected by family members or friends' loss.
The Mariposa Trust’s core objective is to support people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in infancy. It was founded in 2012, by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who saw a critical lack of support for people like them, who had gone through baby loss. With over 258,000 babies being lost yearly in the UK alone, the charity offers not only a comprehensive package of befriending and support but also national baby loss remembrance services (called Saying Goodbye Services), for people to join together and remember the children they had lost. Over 130 services have taken place at Cathedrals and Minsters across the UK, US, and France, and 2021 will see 15 services across England, Wales, and Scotland, Covid-19 permitting.
Wharfedale House needs you
Wharfedale House is a Leonard Cheshire Residential Home in Wetherby and is seeking volunteers to provide activities for its residents, who all have physical disabilities.
They are looking for people who are friendly, have good communication skills, and are reliable, organised and enthusiastic. Volunteers would normally be able to give a few hours each week.
For more information, click on the image on the right, or contact email@example.com, or call her on 07562 157889.
Wednesday mornings, 9:30—11:00am in St James' Church Centre
The group, which is jointly run by St James Church and Wetherby Baptist, is up and running for the autumn term.. If you've got toddlers to look after, why not come along and try it?
For more information, see the Wednesday Toddlers webpage.
Better Wetherby August Newsletter
This month's news from the Better Wetherby group is available to read and/or download. It contains updates to all the work that BW are doing on behalf of our community.
Click on the image left to read or download the newsletter.
Tempo FM 'Thought for the Day'
Thursday afternoons at 1.15pm on 107.4FM
Live, phoned-in 'Thoughts' are resuming on Tempo FM, following the studio's re-opening after lockdown.
These are delivered by an enthusiastic group of people from the churches in the area, during John Leetch's 'A Light Lunch' programme, at about 1:15pm, so do please listen if you can.
Some recent recordings from the 'lockdown' era, are available here here.
West Yorkshire Churches Together
The latest edition (Summer 2021) of the West Yorkshire Churches Together Newsletter is available for you to read/download.
Simply click on the image on the right.
Bible Trek with the Bible Society
The Bible Society is launching a new series of video journeys around key Biblical sites, led by Dr Andrew Ollerton.
The first of these is an Easter journey around Jerusalem, and is divided into eleven short videos which are being released between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. If you want to see where it all happened, this should be a real help. Other journeys will visit Galilee, Ephesus and other locations - and even show the toilet on which the Apostle Paul sat... probably. Discover the sites where famous Bible events took place, from Hezekiah’s Tunnel to the home town of Jesus. With added historical notes and reflections, experience Bible stories and see why they matter today.
Waste no time, but use the button below to find out more. Bon voyage!
Prayer for the Nation
6:00pm Monday to Friday evenings via Zoom
Following on from the Archbishops' Call to Prayer in November, Revd Janet Cox is hosting 10 minute prayer time on Zoom. every weekday evening at 6:00pm. Anyone who would like to join in is warmly welcome.
Please join the Meeting via this link just before 6:00pm.
Community Care Volunteers
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response in the Wetherby Ward
One of the encouraging things about the current Covid-19 pandemic is that many people are volunteering their services to help those who are in need.
It is important that this co-ordinated wisely, both to protect those in need and those that volunteer. Our three ward councillors (Cllrs. Alan Lamb, Norma Harrington and Linda Richards) have drawn attention to the dedicated volunteer network that has been established by Leeds City Council.
Please note that volunteers should be healthy and low risk.
There are two tiers of volunteers:
Volunteers who have a current DBS and would be willing to volunteer to carry out non-personal care tasks to assist people with care and support needs. Such tasks might include: shopping, collecting prescriptions, preparing a meal, assistance with laundry, just checking/reassurance by visit or phone call, sitting with someone for a while. This list is not exhaustive. We would support volunteers with training where appropriate and they would be issued with an identification badge.
People looking out for their neighbours who may be in some way or another vulnerable but not in receipt of formal care whether self-funded or state supported. This might be about supporting people who choose to self-isolate. It will also include the deployment of volunteer community leaders to support community cohesion related activities.
If you would like to volunteer, please sign up at www.doinggoodleeds.org.uk.