Keep an eye out on social media for changing messages….

On 7th January the PCC had a lengthy ‘virtual meeting’, and having taken into account:-

– the heightened risks associated with the new and more contagious strain of the virus,

– the safety of those who regularly worship with us (many of whom are from within one of the more vulnerable categories),

– the well being of those who generously volunteer to assist with our opening and the welcoming of others (a number of whom have indicated their own heightened concern and cautiousness.

We made the difficult decision to suspend all public worship / private prayer in our church building at this time. See the posters below about how you can still worship with us.  This was reconsidered at a meeting of the PCC on January 27th 2021 and so will continue for the time being until rates in Leeds fall.

St James’ Church is a community of Christian faith where together
we seek to be people of prayer, faith and compassion.
We do so trusting in the God we have come to know in Jesus Christ,
and whose love is faithful in all times and all circumstances.
“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”
(Psalm 46)

With Love & Prayers – Rev’d Carolyn

Help if you have to stay at home:– If you are, or someone you know is self-isolating and you / they do not have friends or family who live locally who can help, you can get help from Voluntary Action Leeds If you need help phone 0113 378 1877

If you wish to become a Volunteer wish Voluntary Action Leeds – to assist in our community. You can register on line or phone to speak with someone. By registering LCC have systems to ensure that volunteering is done as safely as possible – both for the volunteer and those receiving help. For more information email info@val.org.uk or call 0113 297 7920
You can find out more on Leeds City Council website following links under ‘Coronavirus: Find out what you need to know….’

2. HELP FOR OUR FOODBANKS & PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM:-
Through our church and school we have traditionally been generous in supporting our local foodbank and those who rely upon it. For some, this is more vital than ever. This foodbank (run from St Richard’s, Seacroft) is still functioning, as well as there being further systems in place to help the most vulnerable at other times. Obviously this good work still needs to be resourced. As we no longer have an open church building to act as a ‘drop off ‘ point for any food donations, if you would like to ‘drop off’ some food (after your own shopping or during a ‘daily exercise route’) at my address, then please contact me (on 0113 264 2685) to make an arrangement. I will ensure that any food donations received, reached their intended destination. Thank you – Rev’d Carolyn