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EU Referendum debate

2.30pm, Thursday, May 12 in St James' Rooms

Speakers Fabian Hamilton, Labour MP for Leeds North East (Remain) and Richard Doyle from the Leave campaign will debate the pros and cons of this very important issue.

The event is organised by Wetherby U3A Current Affairs Group, and they have kindly offered an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend. There will be a charge of £1 to cover room hire and refreshments.

To help you to be even better informed, the cross-denominational JPIT (Joint Public Issues Team) have produced a resource called "Think, Pray, Vote". This includes a 27-page document and other materials suitable for personal or group studies on the EU Referendum choices - it's well worth reading before June 23.

Christian Aid Week is almost here...

May 15 - 21, across the UK

Christian Aid Week is the largest act of Christian witness in the UK - will you be part of it?
Even if you're not able to do the house-to-house collection, there's still plenty of opportunities to support this excellent work. For example:

Become a collector!

If you can spare an hour or so to deliver some envelopes on a road near you and then collect them a few days later, that would be a great boost to our efforts to support some of the neediest people in the world. Contact Chris Bishop (01937 520424, chrisbishop@ntlworld.com) and volunteer to join our team!

Help on our market stall

9.30am - 2.30pm, Thursday, May 12th in the market

We need plants and cakes to sell on the stall, to add to the Fairtrade goodies we already have. If you can supply some, or can help man the stall on the day, please get in touch with Sandra Ellen on 01937 585036, srmesh@aol.com) and offer your services - she'd love to hear from you.

Flooding in Bangladesh:
read Morsheda's story..

Support our Coffee Mornings

9.30-12.30pm, Saturday, May 14 at Wetherby Methodist Church

9.30-12.30pm, Saturday, May 21 at St James' Church Centre

There will be all sorts of goodies on sale, as well as excellent coffee, tea, cake and biscuits.


Please pray for the work of Christian Aid, for the volunteers helping to raise money, and for those who will benefit from our efforts.


Make a donation via the envelope through your door (and please GiftAid it if you can), or visit Christian Aid's Donation page. Please be as generous as you can.

Combating radicalisation

7.30pm, Monday, May 23 at Wetherby Methodist Church

Imams are facing death threats from Islamic State, growing Islamophobia and a new generation of Muslims who congregate, not in mosques, but online.

Iman Qari Asim MBE, from the Makkah Masjid mosque in Leeds, will talk about the work his mosque is doing to integrate the Muslim community in UK society and combat radicalization. This is a great opportunity to hear from someone closely engaged with these issues.

The meeting has been organised in partnership with Wetherby U3A's Current Affairs Group.

Alpha in Wetherby

Life is worth exploring

7 - 9.15pm, Mondays, starting on April 18 to June 20 at St James Church Centre

The Alpha Course is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, non-threatening manner over eight thought-provoking weekly sessions. (No meetings on May 2 and 30, which are bank holidays.)

Each session begins with a meal shared together, then a short talk looking at an aspect of the Christian faith. This is followed by discussion, when guests can ask questions and contribute their opinion. Alpha is open to everyone, and there is no charge, although guests may wish to make a contribution toward the food. Alpha is supported by all the main Christian denominations.

To book a place, or for more information, please contact Val Lumsden on 584760 or the Parish Office: 583074.

Churches Together Prayer Group

9.15am, Wednesday, June 1 in the Upper Room at Wetherby Methodist Church, Bank Street

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.

In2Out - supporting young offenders

At our AGM last month, we heard about In2Out, a charity based on the YOI in Wetherby, which stands alongside young people, helping them straighten out their often chaotic lives and avoid reoffending.

Many of these youngsters have had a disadvantaged start in life: the majority have little or no contact with their fathers, and many suffer from learning and mental health issues.

In2Out, which is a community chaplaincy, helps to find suitable participants accommodation, employment and education and, if appropriate, a church. It supports the young people once they are 'outside' through a network of 30 volunteers spread across the north of England.

One important condition is that participants must acknowledge that they need to change and need help to do so. On average only 20% of In2Out's participants re-offend, which compares favourably to the national re-offending rate of 70%.

Please visit In2Out's web site for more information on how you and your church can support this hugely worthwhile and inspiring charity through prayer, volunteering and giving.

BAQOUN - Palestinian Christian Dance Troupe

7pm, June 23rd at Christ Church, Harrogate

This talented group from Bethlehem are visiting the UK from 16-27 June for a programme of events hosted by the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

The events combine dance, food, movement, celebration and drama as the young people share their stories about life in Palestine today.

They are performing in several places around the area, but the Harrogate one is the closest to us. Entry is by ticket, priced at £10, which includes a light Palestinian-style supper. For tickets amd further information (including other dates and venues) visit www.baqoun.org.

The organisers of this event would welcome donation and sponsorship. If you can help, visit the web site.

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