| SERVICE TIMES | | CHURCH SERVICES THIS WEEK | | CONTACTS | | EVENTS |
the website of
Churches Together in Wetherby & District
Wetherby Arts Festival
Friday September 30 to Sunday October 9 at various venues
The Festival is back with a full programme, with something for everyone of every age. You can read/download the Festival brochure to find out what's on.
Tickets can be bought online, or from the Box Office in the Town Hall between 10:00 & 12:00 Monday to Saturday inclusive, up to Friday 7th October.
Prisons Week 2022—What are you grateful for?
A week of prayer, 9—15 October
For nearly 50 years, Prisons Week has encouraged Christians everywhere to pray for prisoners and their families, victims of crime and their communities and those working or volunteering in the criminal justice system.
Please pray each day during Prisons Week, using the leaflet here, but also ask yourself if there is one thing that you as an individual, or as a church, can do to help any of the people for whom you are praying.
For more information (and a video!), see the Prisons Week website.
Choral Evensong with Bradford Cathedral Choir
4:30pm, Sunday, October 23, at All Saints Church, Spofforth, HG3 1AF
The Choristers and Lay Clerks of Bradford Cathedral Choir will be singing a service of Choral Evensong according to the Book of Common Prayer.
This is likely to be a very popular event, so please reserve your seats via the Eventbrite website. Admission is free, but donations will be welcomed at the end of the service.
For further information, click on the image, or contact Revd. Barbara Ryan on 01937 590377
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.
Better Wetherby July Newsletter
The latest edition of BW News includes a statement from the group about the proposed development by Lidl of the Mercure Hotel site.
It also gives details of concerns over potential air and noise pollution for residents of the proposed Swinnow Park (Racecourse Approach) development.
Better Wetherby are also looking for a Treasurer.
Click on the image on the right to read or download the newsletter.
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.
West Yorkshire Churches Together
The latest edition (Advent 2021) of the West Yorkshire Churches Together Newsletter, which has news of the new Ecumenical Officer for the Leeds Diocese and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022, is available for you to read/download.
Simply click on the image on the right.
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 currently closed for the summer holiday, and will restart on September 14. If you've got toddlers to look after, why not come along and try it?
For more information, see the Wednesday Toddlers webpage.