What's coming up over the next few weeks?

Sunday morning worship

10:30am on April 2 - Palm Sunday

Claire and Arthur are organising this service, and Arthur will be speaking on 'Giving our best despite our feelings', which continues our series on Romans 12: 'A Living Sacrifice'.

As always, everyone is warmly welcome to join us at this or, of course, any of our services.


Thanks to everyone who helped make the Ceilidh a great success, and to all those who attended. We had an excellent time.

A selection of images from the evening will show up here soon!

YBA Lent Reflections

The Yorkshire Baptist Association are providing weekly reflections from different people on how they meet Jesus in their daily lives.

The fourth reflection, “Meeting Jesus in the outdoors”, Roy Searle reflects on finding God as he has walked, biked, and sailed around the UK. Roy is Baptist Union Northern Pioneer Coordinator, Baptist tutor at Cranmer Hall, Durham, and leader, Northumbria Community.

Previous reflections are still available here:

Lent Lectures

7.30pm on Mondays, March 20, 27 and April 3 at Wetherby Methodist Church

This year's Lent Lectures, organised jointly by Wetherby Methodist and St James' Churches, are about exploring Christian faith in relation to important contemporary issues. The talks are:

  • 20 March: John Battle - Faith and Politics
  • 27 March: Prof. Sue Proctor - Faith and Safeguarding
  • 3 April: Dr Richard Vautrey - Faith and Medicine

All three speakers are well-qualified to inform and stimulate our thinking about how faith relates to these important areas of life.

Refreshments will be served, we are promised, and further details are available from the poster. (Click on the image)

Men's Prayer Breakfast

8am, Saturday April 1, beginning at Margins Bookshop

Get ready for Easter with our customary Saturday morning prayer time for men.

As always, all men are welcome to join us early on Saturday to pray for whatever God lays on our hearts and minds. At around 8.30am we will adjourn to the North Street Deli for a delicious breakfast to set us up for the rest of the day.

It would be helpful to the Deli if you would let David (07872 040230) know in advance if you're planning to join us, but if you forget, just come along anyway.

Prayer Encounter

8.30 for 8.45am, Saturday, April 8 in Margins

Prayer is a great way to start the weekend (or most things, come to that), so please join us for a prompt start at 8.45am. We aim to finish at 9.15am with doughnuts and coffee for those who wish to partake.

"I, Daniel Blake": film and discussion

2.30pm, Sunday April 9 (Palm Sunday), in Wetherby Methodist Church

We have organised a showing of this award-winning and thought-provoking film by Ken Loach, which tells the story of two people caught up in the compexities of our welfare system.

After the film, refreshments will be served, followed by discussions on the issues raised. Entrance is free, but donations to Church Action on Poverty would be welcome.

Please note that this film is rated 15, meaning that it is not suitable for anyone aged 14 and under. It also contains strong language.

Although this film may - and possible should - disturb us, we must not shy away from issues it raises about fairness in our society.

Click on the image to download the poster

Baptist National Assembly in Harrogate

10:30 to 20:30 on May 13, at the Harrogate International Centre

There is unlikely to be another Baptist Assembly this near home for many years, so don't miss this opportunity. Registration is now open, but it will be easier to make a block booking, so please let Chris know by March 12 if you would like to go. Tickets cost £30 for the day.

The next day by kind permission of the HIC, there will be a communion service for delegates and local churches, and we will be attending this as our morning service. More details will follow.

To whet your appetite, there's a video featuring one of the speakers and you can also see the outline programme.

Church Scientific Café Evenings

7:30-9.30pm, March 27 at Blenheim Baptist Church, LS2 9AW (parking around LS7 1LW)

This is a new initiative in which Sally is involved. Aimed primarily at science and engineering students and post-grads, these events emphasise that being a scientist isn't incompatible with being a Christian.

Church Scientific café evening features new talks by Leeds-based scientists sharing their exploration of Christian perspectives on their research. After each talk there will be time for discussion around tables over coffee (free!), before we share questions and ideas with the speaker and each other.

Subsequent café events will be on Mondays 24 Apr and 22 May. For more information, visit the Church Scientific website.

Dates for your diary...

Churches Together Prayers for the Community

9.15-10.00am on Wednesday April 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.

Lent/Easter events - advance notice

April 9: Showing of film 'I, Daniel Blake' at Methodist Church. More details

April 14: Good Friday Walk of Witness through town centre

April 15 (Easter Saturday): Easter Egg distribution at Margins

April 16 (Easter Sunday): Easter Breakfast with communion

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

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.