MORNING PRAYER
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.

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. Contact any of the staff team or Gill Deighton or Lynda Robinson.

PRAYERS FOR InterACT CHURCHES AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP Here are the latest prayer points for InterAct.

JUNIOR CHURCH & SCRAMBLERS

For children aged 3 -11. Held in the meeting room (leave Church during the first hymn) on the first Sunday of each month
(except January and August). There will also be a Scramblers ‘Light’, aimed at 3-6 year olds, on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays.

CHILDREN'S SOCIETY
Children's Society collection boxes need to be emptied in February.  If you have one please bring it to church and if you would like one for regular saving, please ask me: Jenny Smith. Thank you.

60 THIS YEAR?
It has come to our attention that several members of the congregation reach their sixtieth birthday in 2018. We are planning to hold a big party in June (date to be confirmed) at St. Matthews, everyone will be invited. If you are sixty next year and want to celebrate with us please contact: Susan Robinson at revdavidrobinson@talktalk.net or
Rosie Oliver

WELL DONE AND THANK YOU
to Doug Pollock, Jennie and Andy Firth and everyone who helped from St. Matthew’s and the Methodist Church and friends, with THE NIGHT SHELTER for destitute asylum seekers.

A BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
We are delighted that the Chancellor has granted us a Faculty for our new Community Room, kitchen, glass doors and repair to the internal walls.
Thank you for all your fundraising, donations and loans. We need some £30,000 to start the work, either in donations or loans.

All monies donated by Gift Aid envelopes in the pews will be directed to A Building for the Future appeal fund.  If you would like to donate through banker's standing order or BACS directly to our special account then please complete one of the special ‘My/Our contribution to BfF’ response forms.  Any non-gift aided donations from non-tax payers should be made in your own clearly marked envelope. Further information from Martin Smith.

PLANNED GIVING
Planned Giving Scheme Envelopes for 2018.  These will are available now for all existing members.  Anyone wishing to join the scheme by gifting through the envelopes or bank standing order should contact Tim Chappell  in Church. It is quite essential that we add to the 133 households already in the scheme. Already during 2017 we have 'lost' 7 households, and over £3000 in scheme donations.

YOUTH ALPHA
From
Sunday 7th January until April, local churches are hosting a youth Alpha to give young people the opportunity to explore life and faith. Meeting on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm at Stainbeck Church. Please pray for us, tell young people who might be interested and look out for fliers at the back of Church. We are looking for support with cooking on these evenings. Please contact Hannah Dey

LENT SOUP EVENING
on
Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm at Stainbeck Church to include Churches Together AGM and a taste from Leeds Poverty Truth Commission- ‘We all have a story'. Please sign up at the back of Church for catering purposes.

CAKE SUNDAY (Hurray)
First Sunday is Cake Sunday! Cake stall in the meeting room after the Service Sunday 4th March. All proceeds to Building for the Future. All donations gratefully received. Thank you. 

WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Women's World Day of Prayer -prepared by women of Suriname and will be hosted by Stainbeck URC and led by St. Matthew's on
Friday 2nd March at 2:30 pm. Any one interested in taking part in the service or wanting further details please contact Sue Sanderson.

EVENINGS OF SIN with Al McFadyen
Wednesdays 7th and 14th March. This Lent spend an evening or two in the meeting room talking about sin...! Al, a member of St. Matthew's congregation, is an academic theologian who writes about Christian understanding of humanity, including sin. What is sin? Why have Christians spent so much time talking about it? Do we find it an embarrassing or unhelpful word to use? The evenings start at 7:30 & will include a mixture of input, discussion & refreshments. All welcome. Details from Sue Sanderson

ST. PATRICK'S DAY SAFARI SUPPER
for BfF Funds -
Saturday 17th March - Price £15 pp - 3 Course meal finishing at the meeting room for desserts followed  by Quiz, Bingo, Raffle etc. (Donations of raffle prizes gratefully accepted) Contact John & Anne Greenwood on 01132 666875 to secure your place by the end of February latest - Limited to 24 places.

ELECTORAL ROLL REVISION
The Electoral Roll will be revised from 25th February to 25th March in time for the Annual Meeting on
Sunday 22nd April. Please check the Roll at the back of Church for any amendments needed and if you consider yourself to be a member of this Church and are not already on the Roll please complete an electoral form and place in the box provided.

CONFIRMATION
for adults and juniors (school year 7 and above). Are you ready to confirm your faith before God and his Church? The confirmation service will be at St Martin’s on
Sunday 1st July. For the junior course please contact Rosie Oliver or for the adult course, David Robinson 2683072 for more information.

COBER HILL WEEKEND 2018
Now we are actually in 2018, please book for what promises to be a great weekend with our friends from the Methodist Church, getting to know one another better and exploring our mission for the future together. Full details, brochure and booking forms are all on display - or speak to Tessa Holmes, who will enthuse you! (Cober Hill is near Scarborough and we're going from
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th October 2018)

BIBLE READING NOTES
A good way of getting into the habit of reading and meditating on the Bible is to use some bible reading notes. We have a group subscription to Bible Reading Fellowship. There are example copies at the back of Church and please sign up if you would like to try them. Further details from Tim Chappell.

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.

A BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
Our fundraising campaign to secure the extra £50,000 we need to provide our new community meeting room, kitchen facilities, new glass doors and renovate the tired plaster work in Church. We already have £100,000 in the fund. Please take an information leaflet and donation form. If you have an idea for a fundraising event please contact
Tina Rowe or Bronwen Fisher

POSADA
From Advent Sunday to Christmas Eve, a knitted nativity set of Mary, Joseph and the faithful donkey visit a different family or place every night. The night Mary and Joseph 'stay' provides a great opportunity to make room in your heart for the Saviour’s day, to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. On your own, with family and/or invited guests. As they arrive you can say a prayer and light a candle to welcome the Holy Family. Did you take part last year? Please let me know about your experience. If you would like to take part this year the rota is now at the back of Church.
Contact Sue Rusholme.

Following the launch of our 'A Building for the Future ' Appeal (BfF), at Songs of Praise on 24 September, all monies donated by the occasional white pew Gift Aid envelopes will be directed to the appeal fund until further notice.  If you would like to donate through banker's standing order or BACS directly to our special account then please complete one of the special ‘My/Our contribution to BfF’ response forms.  Any non-gift aided donations from non-tax payers should be made in your own clearly marked envelope.  MANY THANKS! Further information from Martin Smith.

MEETING ROOM BOOKINGS
We'd like to build up a small group of people who would meet with those booking the Meeting Room to open and close, as they are available. Gill Taylor will send out a group email and whoever is available can take on that booking. Please have a word with either Gill Taylor or the Vicar for more information.

WOW
Is a weekly youth group for 13 -18 year olds run by the
Chapel Allerton Youth Project. A group of up to 30 young people meet each week to build friendships together, explore faith and engage creatively in prayer. Each Wow session is split into two sections with free time with games, sports, snacks and chat followed by small group time for discussion and looking at the Bible and space for prayer. Over a half term the group also takes part in a prayer night and a social event. Currently we have two small groups, which often split into two to enable discussion and sharing. In time we’d like to create more small groups as our leaders team grows.

100 PLUS
We need to raise an extra £100 a week to cover our present shortfall.
If you are already in the planned giving scheme please consider giving an extra £1 per week.
If you are not a member, please join and consider giving at least £5 per week, depending on your circumstances.
Forms are available at the back of Church or from Martin Smith.

By the combination of new members, and present members giving slightly more, we hope to reach our target by the end of the year.
More information about our finances can be obtained from: Martin Smith, Chair of the Finance Committee.

BARN CRAFT
A free and informal craft and social group. Our aim is to promote well being and to walk alongside those who are struggling with mental health issues, depression, anxiety, loneliness etc. Through making new friends, learning new skills and boosting self-esteem. Meanwood Valley Urban Farm on Friday mornings from 10am-12noon. Details from
Kate Slater or on Facebook.

PAFRAS
We continue to support Asylum Seekers through our gifts of food for PAFRAS – thank you for your donations of food.

MEANWOOD VALLEY FARM The Barn Coffee Shop
The Coffee Shop is a Christian Social Enterprise aimed at serving and giving to the community. For more information, please
check our website

THE COMMUNITY CAFE
is open every Wednesday morning in term time, 9 -10.15am.

COFFEE ROTA
The new coffee rota is now out. Please let me know if you haven't received a copy by email. If you would like to join the coffee crew please
contact Tina Rowe. New volunteers always appreciated!

CAKE SUNDAY
is the
first Sunday of every month – come and buy some excellent cakes after the 10am service in the meeting room.

Is your Latin a bit rusty?
Would you like to know what the Choir are singing even when you can’t make it to Church? Or, would you simply like to stay in touch?
No problem! The Choir has a
Facebook page and Twitter @saintmattschoir ! where they regularly post anthem translations, music lists, details of forthcoming events and choral services, and videos of the most successful anthems.
So, if you answered yes to any of the above questions, make sure you like The Choir’s FB page and follow them on Twitter!

MAKE IT! - FREE CRAFT SESSIONS
at Stainbeck Church every Thursday 12.30 - 2.30 run through
InterACT.
Spend time with others as you continue your own craft interest. Learn or share new skills - we’re prepared to give almost anything a go, from woodburning to knitting, sewing, clay, soap-making, textiles, rag rugs and jewellery. 
Stainbeck Church’s Community Cafe overlaps with the group (the cafe runs 11am-2pm), so it’s easy to buy refreshments while you craft. For more details
contact Vanessa

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 visit Iby's publisher's website, where you should be able to order your signed copy and avoid postage costs. Iby is happy to do this in person by the way or visit Iby's website.

ST. MATTHEW'S CHOIR
If you are interested in joining the choir, please speak to our Director of Music, Aljoša Škorja, either after the service or by
email Aljoša is always very pleased to receive enquiries from potential members of the choir, both adults and children.

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.

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.

LUNCH CLUB for Older People
Every Tuesday from 12.30 - 2pm at The Methodist Centre, Town Street. Cost is £4. Transport can be provided. Phone 268 2513 or 266 1502 for more information and to book.


Plenty of different ways to help St. Matthew's and your community.

InterACT – can you help?
We need help for the activities listed below. Can you give some time to support them? Some are one-off events, others need a more regular commitment. Please use the sign-up sheets at the back of Church to register an interest, and Ness will be in touch.

Play and Learn (PALs): Group for parents and carers with their children, aged 0-5years. Volunteers needed to do one or more of the following: prep snacks, set up and pack down, chat to families/ support play, welcome people at the door. Sessions 10-12 on Friday mornings in school term time. Set up 30 mins either side of this. Meanwood Community Centre.

Monday Night Youth Club: “Traditional” youth club for children aged 9-16, school term only. Volunteers would need to be able to commit to at least every other week. Activities include crafts, sports, board games and tuck shop.
Monday Nights in term time, 6.45-9.15pm, inclusive of setting up and packing down.
Stainbeck Church.

MESSY CHURCH
is reaching out to many families with little previous contact with the church. Can you help, especially with washing up bi-monthly at Stainbeck Church? Contact
Helen Greenwood

VAT RECLAIM
As a charity we are able to reclaim VAT on certain building works and this already amounts to some £11,000. Can you help us to make the claim? Please
contact John Greenwood

LIFTS TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS
We have two people who are willing to offer lifts to Church for the 10am services on Sunday. In order to get a rota together we need some more volunteers so that no-one has to do it more than about once a month. If you can help or if you would appreciate a lift to Church or know someone who would, please
contact Adele Lees who is co-ordinating the rota. Thank you.

WELCOMERS (Sidespeople)
We need some more volunteers to join the rota for welcoming people into church at the 10am main services. This is an important job to make people feel welcome and at home.

WELCOMING SCHOOL INTO CHURCH
The School come into Church for assemblies and we have a small team of ‘welcomers’. Can you help? Please
contact Carol Blackburn.

COMMUNITY CAFE HELPERS
Our Community Cafe on Wednesday mornings 9 -10.15am (in term time) is appreciated by all-age groups from babies to seniors. It is a time to chat and enjoy excellent food, a time to make new friends. We are looking to increase our team of volunteers to serve food and to be available to befriend. Would you be willing? Please contact Joyce and Ray Bowen.


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.

PAFRAS
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. Thank you for your continuing gifts of food and toiletries in support of asylum seekers. Please place any gifts in the boxes at the back of Church by the font.

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

CHAPEL ALLERTON YOUTH PROJECT
Come and join the cell group team! On Wednesday evenings in term time a great bunch of young people from across our local churches gather at the Methodist Centre to explore faith, hang out and generally have a good time! We're looking for adults to come alongside them and support them in small groups as they chat and think about faith. If you'd like to find out more, contact Hannah Dey hannah.dey@chapela.org.uk or Ben Cordy ben.cordy@chapela.org.uk


PAFRAS
Thank you for your continuing gifts of food and toiletries in support of asylum seekers. Please put any gifts in the box at the back of Church by the font.

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 receiving the notice sheet each week by email – (this is a shorter version of this page) simply send an email to
David Robinson with the subject ‘notice sheet by email’
To receive the quarterly Newsletter by email please put "Newsletter" as the subject.

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.

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contact the Vicar

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