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PLEASE LET US KNOW

if you are aware of anyone from Church who is poorly, or become housebound or in need of some support, and especially those in hospital, and if you yourselves are going to hospital, so that the Pastoral Visiting Team can arrange for someone to visit. Please contact any of the staff team.

UKRAINE CRISIS

WE PRAY for the people of Ukraine.

CAFOD has established an appeal to support them at this critical time.

Donations may be made here.

UKRAINE CRISIS HELP VIA WHATSAPP

In an effort to bring locals together (church and non-church, intentionally agnostic) for ‘Homes for Ukraine’, a new community WhatsApp group has been created to share information, stories and encouragement. Group rules: 1) Be nice 2) No politics/religion." Feel free to join or not join

UKRAINE CRISIS

The Church of England has produced a toolkit for parishes responding to the Ukraine crisis, it has lots of good information which might be of interest.

PARISH OFFICE

Open for wedding enquiries on the first Tuesday of the month from 6.30 to 7.30pm.

(Please use Meeting Room Entrance).

Please phone Sue Rusholme on 0113 808 5798 or drop her an email.

SCRAMBLERS

has recommenced for children aged 3-6 during the 10am Communion Service

on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

TEDDY PRAISE

a short informal pram service for pre-school children and their parents/carers, followed by craft/play and refreshments. We are always pleased to welcome new families. In the meeting room at 10am every Wednesday in term time.

LOOSE WOMEN

Meet on the second Wednesday in the month, usually at 7.30pm in the Meeting Room. For information and to be added to the WhatsApp group, please email your name and mobile number.

CHILDREN'S SOCIETY BOXES

If you have a box at home ready for emptying, please bring it to church or contact Helen Copeland to arrange collection. Helen is now the Children's Society contact for St. Matthew's.

COMMUNITY CAFÉ

Open every Wednesday from 9am.

TEDDY PRAISE

a short informal pram service for pre-school children and their parents/carers, followed by craft/play and refreshments. We are always pleased to welcome new families. In the meeting room at 10am every Wednesday in term time.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

Sunday 15th - Saturday 21st May. Fighting Poverty and Injustice worldwide. We need a couple more volunteers to join the rest of us in delivering St. Matthew's Church's share of envelopes to local addresses. The envelopes do not need collecting at a later time. If you could spare an hour helping us deliver please contact Doug Pollock.

CHRISTIAN AID BIG BREAKFAST

Saturday 21st May 10am -12 at The Methodist Centre, Town Street, Chapel Allerton LS7 4NB. All are welcome!

 

SNICKET SQUAD

Meeting again to litterpick on Saturday 28th May. Meet outside Church at 9.30am.  Please join our WhatsApp group for last minute updates and to ensure we have equipment for you. Text LITTER to 07999 699200 (Sorry over 16s only unless by arrangement).

AFTERNOON TEA

Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of HM The Queen on Saturday 4th June 2 -5pm in Church.

Coffee, tea and cake on request. Booking essential for full Afternoon Tea. Please book in Church by 22nd May.

ST. MATTHEW'S ECO TEAM

We are currently exploring how as a Church we can respond to the climate crisis, how we might become an Eco Church and how we might extend this and become an Eco congregation. Our next meeting will be Tuesday 7th June at 7.30pm in the Community Room. Please prayerfully consider if this is a group you could be part of.

LOOSE WOMEN

Wednesday 8th June: Tropic Skincare. Both 7.30pm in the meeting room. New members always welcome. Wednesday 7th December: Les Miserables at The Grand. There are still a few tickets left for this, please see Tina for more details.

ECO TOP TIPS

When you have finished with spray cleaning bottles, rinse them thoroughly and then make a herb infused 'tea' to spray away plant pests. Fresh or dry chamomile, rosemary, chives, garlic, lavender and dill all work. Garlic will also tackle plant mould.

If you buy compost, make sure it says it is peat free.

ST. VINCENT'S CENTRE, LEEDS

are on the lookout for donations of football boots to begin a team with some locally housed refugees and asylum seekers. If you have any spare, please consider donating your disused football boots to them so they can start this initiative in order to get refugees and asylum seekers, out, active and integrated into Leeds life!  Open 10am-4pm Mon-Sat Curtis Building, 4 Berking Ave, Leeds LS9 9LF Tel. 0113 248 4126 

CHAPEL ALLERTON METHODIST CHURCH LUNCH CLUB

has restarted - New members and volunteers welcome.  Booking is essential.  The 2 course lunch costs £5, and is served at 12.30pm.  Transport can be arranged if needed. Please visit their website.

InterACT GRANT
We're very thankful that InterACT has been given a grant from Leeds Community Foundation of £30,000 over two years to invest strategically in building resilience. This is a key time for InterACT as we review our role in a changed world and with changes in our trustee team. Let's together take advantage of this grant to dream and plan for our future.

HELPERS NEEDED

for care of the lawns and gardening at St. Matthew's. Predominant activities are grass cutting Spring/Summer & leaf-clearing in Autumn organised by rota but there are opportunities for other gardening tasks through the year to maintain the beautiful space around the church for all to enjoy. Currently there is a small group of us (6) but if you might be able to help for an couple hours per month please contact Doug Pollock.

WYDAN LENT APPEAL

View or download our latest Newsletter from the base of our Home Page
WYDAN have had the facilities of another house since mid-July and have organised a team of volunteers providing food shopping and limited support to the guests (Destitute Asylum Seekers) in Harehills.Four guests per house are supported on a rota basis approximately once per month by four teams (one of which is a combined team from St. Matthew’s & Chapel Allerton Methodist churches) backed by WYDAN. As the guests are living independently, the support consists of providing shopping on a given week (two visits) and providing bus fares & some spending money. A friendly face and listening ear are also important! If you are interested in helping in this way please contact Doug PollockIn the meantime if you would like to contribute financially, payment can be made online here.

PAFRAS DONATIONS

The charity supporting destitute asylum seekers in Leeds are needing donations of:- Preserved foods - tins (tomatoes, pulses, veg, fruit and fish), rice, cereal, snacks, tea and coffee, Toiletries - shower gel, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, razors… 
Please deposit these items in the green box inside front door at St. Matthew's Church
Donating money - more details here
Clothing - drop off any weekday between 10am and 4pm at St Vincent’s Support Centre, 4 Berking Avenue, Leeds,  LS9 9LF  Tel. 0113 248 4126
Any queries please contact Doug Pollock. Many thanks for your help.

 

HELPERS NEEDED

for care of the lawns and gardening at St. Matthew's.  Predominant activities are grass cutting Spring/Summer and leaf-clearing in Autumn organised by rota but there are opportunities for other gardening tasks through the year to maintain the beautiful space around the Church for all to enjoy. Currently there is a small group of us (6) but if you might be able to help for a couple hours per month please contact Doug Pollock.
 

SUPPORTING GOOD MENTAL HEALTH

A booklet produced by the Church of England. You can read thirteen daily reflections written by Professor Chris Cook and accompanied by "have a go" habits developed by Ruth Rice.
The effects of mental health problems are huge. Nearly nine out of ten people with mental health problems have been affected by stigma and discrimination. Given the challenging times we are living in with coronavirus, the reflections in this booklet were updated and new resources written in March 2020. They seek to provide hope, reassurance and comfort. If you want to speak to someone, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website, which has lots of helpful resources and contacts. Visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk

OXFAM'S MOORTOWN SHOP

is currently looking for some fantastic new volunteers to join a great team. "Ideally, you’ll be able to provide 4-8 hours a week; but we're very flexible to people’s situations and exiting commitments!
Right now, we’ve got volunteer roles from Monday through Saturday, such as: 
Till Operator, Donation and Pricing Volunteer, Online Shop Volunteer, Books & Music, Social Media, Shift Leader. Interested? Click here and type in Moortown. We’d love to hear from you!"
 

PLANNED GIVING

If you would like to contribute to the upkeep of our beautiful building and make it a place for worship, meetings, drama and music. Please help by making a regular payment to our scheme this is to help with our charitable giving and payment of the various bills we have to pay to keep this building in good working order, for all that seek to find God and also help our local community and those less fortunate.

Please use the attached form by clicking the donate button this will take you to our donation form which you can then fill in. And if you are a UK tax payer please consider gift aiding your contribution this will not affect your pocket, but the Tax Man will give us .25p for every £1.00 you give us. Thank you in advance and remember click donate.

THRIVE
Thrive Leeds are thankful for £10,000 Lottery grant towards establishing a youth base at Stainbeck URC. Fundraising efforts continue for premises to support youth outreach into this part of our parish. For details of Thrive activities, please see our latest newsletter here.  Please continue to pray for this important outreach.

We have a fantastic group of young people who gather on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and are looking to grow the team as we meet again after lockdown. Could you help by...
- welcoming and showing an interest?
- preparing and sharing snacks?
- joining in discussions about faith and life?
- showing young people they are valued?

Totally Tuesday is for 9-12s and meets from 7-8pm.

WOW is for those 13+ and meets from 8-9pm on Wednesdays.

Thank you for the support that you give Thrive - we really appreciate you and how you encourage us!

A couple of ways that you can continue to support us:
By praying - let us know if you would like to join the Thrive prayer WhatsApp group.
By nominating us for the Co-op Community Fund - we are excited that Thrive Leeds have been chosen as one of the local causes for the Co-op Community Fund this year! The money raised will go towards exploring youth work in Meanwood (including the area in St. Matthew's' Parish) - empowering young people to take the lead and shape how things develop, as we build on our current work. If you are a Co-op member, you could nominate ThriveLeeds as your favoured charity. You can do this on the app or by ringing 0800 0686 727. If you're not a member yet, please become one and then nominate us! Check this out.

View or download our latest Newsletter from the base of our Home Page

Contact Hannah Dey or your church's Thrive Trustee (Helen Copeland)

if you would like to explore this opportunity. See our Annual Report.

InterACT

We believe communities are important: they give us belonging, human contact and shape our identity. And we believe that we all have something to learn from one another. Getting to know one another is a pretty important part of community, so when we began as a project around 15 years ago, we were all about meeting other people - mainly through creative arts activities. Since then, we've expanded what we do a little, reflecting the needs and passions of our local area. However, the vision remains to bring people together from across the various neighbourhoods that make up and connect to Meanwood, so that we all have opportunity to share in what it offers, what we can learn from one another, and what we can give. As a partnership of 5 local churches, we seek spiritual wellbeing and fullness of life for all. And because we work alongside other agencies in the area, we are able to signpost people to other services where needed.  Our Official Vision Statement:
Hearing Christ’s call to unity and recognising that we are stronger together than we are apart, the Partnership seeks to:
 Work together to demonstrate God's love in word and actions
 Serve and witness in Meanwood and beyond.
 Work with other agencies in reaching out to our local communities.

Visit InterACT website

                           

ROGER QUICK "Entertaining Saints"

Some of us remember that Revd. Roger Quick was curate of St. Matthew’s from 1996-2000.  Since 2013 he has been Chaplain to St George’s Crypt, the homeless charity in Leeds which St. Matthew’s has supported for many years.  Roger has written a book about life in the Crypt, called Entertaining Saints.  He describes every day as being a mixture of laughter and tears.  The new Archbishop of York has written the foreword, in which he describes Roger’s book as “Vivid and engaging”. Copies are available in paperback from publisher Darton, Longman and Todd ISBN 0232534896: or from St George’s Crypt Charity Shop on Street Lane. The illustrations are by the Leeds-based artist Si Smith. Roger also has "Sheltering Saints" book available ISBN 9781913657680.

HOME SCHOOLING (from Libby Kennedy)

If you, or anyone you know needs advice on home schooling primary school aged children, please get in touch. I can offer assessments, catch-up lessons, materials to work from, teaching tips for parents or just a chat for reassurance and ideas. Please contact Libby Kennedy.

DAILY HOPE

The Church of England has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes. ‘Daily Hope’ offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.

FOODBANK

Donations are still much needed. At the moment they are short of the following: - Tinned fruit, tinned tomatoes, tinned fish, jam/marmalade etc., tea, coffee, milk and fruit juice. Or why not consider a standing order this Lent. Financial donations can be made here.

IBY KNILL

If you would like to order Iby's book ‘The Woman with Nine Lives’ or her first book, now in it's tenth reprint, 'The Woman Without a Number', please search for Iby's publisher's website.

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.

 

EVENTS

If you would like to hear about upcoming social events at St. Matthew's (including Loose Women and Men on the Loose), please send your contact details to eventsatStMatthews@yahoo.com to be put on the mailing list. Thanks, Tina.
 

To submit a notice please contact:

Revd. Simon Jones, Vicar, St. Matthew’s Church, Chapel Allerton

(by Tuesday evenings for the Bulletin on the following Sunday).
 
Email: revsijones@outlook.com
Mobile: 07484 635886

 

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