is a simple act of worship and prayers for the Church, the world and those in need and takes place every weekday, Monday - Saturday, from 9am for 25 mins in the Side Chapel. Do join us.
Here are the latest prayer points for InterAct.
On Wednesday mornings from 9-10am, at the back of Church, serving drinks and biscuits/buns. We will need volunteers to serve the refreshments and to act as hosts, offering a ‘listening ear’.
interACT CHURCHES AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
Please pray for the three regular groups that meet each week. Monday - Youth Club, Wednesday - Drama Club, Thursday - Craft Club. Please give thanks for the successful bid applications allowing short term projects to continue this next year and build on the good work and relationships made so far.
Please pray that God would make the funds available to interACT to provide the project with longer term stability.
As we enter the season of Advent, you are all invited to join a series of four home groups. We will look at times in our lives where a door opens and lets Christ in, catching the sense of expectancy which not only comes at the season of Advent but throughout the year. We will follow material from a York Course. Why not take this opportunity to explore in a relaxed and friendly setting how Christ can meet and surprise you? There are sign up sheets at the back of Church. For more details speak to Sue Sanderson.
The magazine is on sale at £1. If you would like the next 6 issues posted to you please complete an application form. We are not able to offer to deliver the magazine for free. Our new editor is Richard White and he can be contacted here.
PRAYERS AT STAINBECK
Thursday evenings at 7:30pm, a welcome is given to all to gather at Stainbeck URC for half-an-hour to pray, sing, read, speak, listen and keep silence together. A number of different people lead this time, when the service follows a varied pattern from set liturgies (including some from Iona and Taizé) to more informal worship styles. Communion is celebrated, usually on the fourth Thursday of each month.
Every first Thursday, prayers focus on the community and are shared with other local churches.
CHAPEL ALLERTON YOUTH PROJECT NEWS
We are excited to welcome Liam Collins to join the CAYP team, as he works with us on placement while studying to be a youth worker. From October the youth project will be expanding to work with some KS2 children (9-11s), so we're looking for some people to join the team with a focus on this age group.
Please speak to Helen Copeland or contact Hannah Dey
DO YOU FIND IT HARD TO READ THE BIBLE?
Bible notes with suggestions for a short passage to be read every day, background notes and some inspiring thoughts can be very helpful. We have one example for you to look at: Fresh from the Word. One book to cover the whole year. Order your copy from the back of Church.
There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the Ministry of The Rt Revd John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds at 3pm on Sunday 5th January 2014 in Ripon Cathedral. ALL ARE WELCOME. Refreshments from 2pm. Bishop John retires at the end of this year.
CARING FOR LIFE CHRISTMAS FAYRE
Is being held on Saturday 7th December from 11am-4pm at Cragg House Farm, Cookridge. Great opportunity to buy gifts, fresh farm produce and plants. Visit the new nurseries. Bookings are being taken in the Granary, if you want a meal. If you need more details, contact Audrey Reed.
Planned Giving Scheme Envelopes for 2014. These will be available in church from SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER for all existing members. Anyone wishing to join the scheme gifting by envelopes or bank standing order should contact Martin Smith in Church or by email. It is quite essential that we add to the 150 households already in the scheme.
On Tuesday 28th January, 7.30-9.30pm, their will be an event to celebrate the work of InterACT and, in particular, the work of the volunteers that have given their time over the years. Details of the event to follow but please put it in your diaries now.
A CELEBRATION FOR EVERYONE
Save the Date - Saturday 15th March from 4pm.
Is anyone willing to knit some “small characters” to go into “story bags” for St. Matthew’s School? Patterns and designs will be supplied! Intrigued? Have a word with Tessa Holmes, who will be happy to enlighten you.
JUNIOR AND ADULT CONFIRMATION
Courses will be starting in the new year for both adults and youngsters wishing to be confirmed. Further details will be announced. If you are interested please have a word with any of the staff team.
ROOF & DRIVE APPEAL
Until the end of December, all donations made via the NEW SMALLER GIFT AID PEW ENVELOPES will go to this appeal, which has raised over £7000.
TO ROBE OR NOT
Thank you to all those who completed the questionnaire. A large majority were in favour (71-robed, 17-unrobed, 4-no preference) of retaining the robes for Eucharistic Assistants. The PCC endorsed this at their meeting last week. Therefore robes will continue to be worn.
DO YOU ENJOY TALKING TO PEOPLE?
We are looking for adults to join our Pastoral Visiting Team. This involves being willing to visit people who are perhaps housebound, ill or lonely. Do you think that this may suit you? It doesn't involve giving too much of your time and can make a great difference to someone's life. If you would like to know more please contact Gill Deighton.
JOINING THE PLANNED GIVING SCHEME
if you are not already in the planned giving scheme, will you please consider joining today by filling in the purple pledge cards situated in the pews – and placing them in the offertory plate during the service, or giving to a warden or staff team member.
CITY PRAYER LUNCHES @3 Albion Place, Leeds
at 12:30 on the Last Thursday of Each Month, For Christians working in the Leeds Business Community. Taking time out of the working day to pray and read the bible is never easy but always worth it. Doing it on your own is perhaps even harder. Over the last few months a regular prayer lunch has begun in the middle of the Leeds business district and it’s proving to be a really encouraging point in the month. For more details please contact: Rev Rob Hinton 07540 448337.
PRAYERS FOR THE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
Gordon Henderson is compiling a monthly prayer sheet which is on the reverse of the weekly lectionary sheets at the back of Church. Please take and use! And if you have suggestions for prayer topics please email Gordon
TEDDY PRAISE (term time only)
is a short informal service for pre-school children and their carers and takes place every Wednesday in term time at 10.30am. As the carers need to supervise their children, we have a small number of helpers who come in to serve tea, coffee and biscuits on a rota basis but really need a few more If you are free on a Wednesday morning and would like to be part of the Teddy Praise team, please contact either Alison Eden or Sheelagh Spinks in Church.
If you would like to order Iby's book ‘The woman without a number’, you can ask Iby via email.
UNWANTED GOLD OR SILVER
Lying in a jewellery box etc, would you consider donating it to St. Matthew’s Church? Revd Sue Rusholme will collect and take it to sell. The price of precious metals is holding it’s own at the moment. Please pop your contribution in an envelope and leave in the box provided. It will be emptied regularly. Thank you.
DRIVEWAY AND GUTTERS
Donations towards the cost of these essential repairs can be made on the collection plate, in the special envelopes available on the pews in Church. If you are a tax payer please use the Gift Aid version of the envelope.
Plenty of different ways to help St. Matthew's and your community.
CAN YOU HELP WITH ADMINISTRATION?
We are seeking someone who will take on some of the administrative work of this Church. This would enable the Church to be run more efficiently. We are hoping that someone can offer 3 or 4 hours a week (perhaps a morning or afternoon) as a gift to the Church. We are not able at this time to offer this as a salaried position. We need someone who is computer literate and probably has some background in administration. As this is a new post it will evolve with time depending on the skills and experience of the administrator, but initial work could include updating data bases, dealing with correspondence by letter, email and phone, producing rotas, keeping the Church diary etc. Initially the administrator will work with the vicar. Please contact David Robinson for details.
For our monthly communion service at 2pm on Wednesdays. It is a service which is greatly appreciated by those who are elderly and often housebound, to be able to come to their church and receive communion. However we are short of drivers. If you can help please contact Carol Blackburn.
SCHOOL COMING INTO CHURCH
St. Matthew’s school regularly come into Church for services and events. Would you be able to be a host/welcomer alongside the staff team? Please get in touch if you can help.
CUBS AND SCOUTS
at 7th North Leeds (St. Matthew’s Chapel Allerton) Scout Group.
Currently there are over 70 young people in three sections involved in Scouting at St. Matthew’s - Beavers (aged 6-8yrs); Cubs (aged 8 -10½yrs); Scouts (aged 10½ - 14yrs)
Scouts of whatever age are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities to help them to find out about the world in which they live, encourage them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit, and to help them develop their creative talents. They also have opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes as they become older.
If you’ve ever thought about making a difference for the young people in Chapel Allerton or giving something back to your local community, now is the time to take up the challenge and join the adventure of Scouting at St. Matthew’s.
Our Scout group needs your help now, as a Cub Scout Leader or as a Scout Leader to assist the Leadership team in the continued delivery of exciting events and activities. Whatever time you can give, we will value your experience, talents and involvement.
For further details please contact Doug Pollock Group Scout Leader.
Charity is a local charity set to provide services to vulnerable Refugees and Asylum Seekers. A drop in centre is run twice a week at St. Aidans Church Hall Roundhay Road, where hot meals, food parcels, toiletries, clothing and advice is provided free of charge. There has been an unprecedented demand for their services with over 100 attending. The charity is totally reliant on donations. Please put items into the yellow box at the back of Church.
SUNDAY MENA LUNCHES
New volunteers needed. About 30 people enjoy a three course meal, which is much appreciated particularly by those who live alone. Volunteers help once every three months from 12.30 - 3pm serving food or in the kitchen. Please contact The Vicar.
BEEHIVE - OPENING TIMES - Opening times are at present:- Wednesday 1 - 4pm, Thursday 10am - 1pm, Friday 10am - 1pm and Saturday 10am - 1pm. If you, or someone you know can help run the shop, do unpacking and pricing or even join the committee, please contact The Beehive
ACORN CHRISTIAN BOOKS
is an independent shop in Headingley selling books, Bibles and resources. If they don't stock what you are looking for, they are happy to order for you. 1 Monkbridge Road, Leeds, LS6 4DX. 0113 2758233. Open Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5.30pm. Easy to find, easy parking.
STRUGGLING WITH DEBT?
Free debt counselling for everyone from an award winning charity. This service has recently expanded to cover our area, with sponsorship from Chapel A Baptist Church. If you know anyone who would benefit from this expert service, please ask them to call free on 0800 328 0006.
KEEP IN TOUCH
with all that is going on at St. Matthew’s and our linked Churches, by:
(1) subscribing to the magazine - to be sent out to you by post. Please complete the form by the magazines at the back of Church and return to the vicarage with cash or cheque.
(2) Receiving the pew sheet each week by email – simply send an email to David Robinson with the subject ‘notice sheet by email’ or simply re-visit this page regularly.
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To submit a notice, please contact the Vicar.