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.

A BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
is 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 over £100,000 in the fund. Please take an information leaflet and donation form.

THE £50 CHALLENGE – as well as needing individual donations we are issuing the challenge for everyone to think of a way of raising £50 by the end of January. It could be holding a coffee morning, having a baking competition, a sponsored sleep over..... If you have an idea for a fundraising event please chalk it up on our events board in Church.

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.

ST. MATTHEW’S SCHOOL OPEN MORNING
Wednesday 22nd November 9.15 - 11am for prospective parents. If you know anybody thinking about St. Matthew’s for their child this is a good opportunity to see the school at work.

OUR JOURNEY THROUGH ADVENT
Moments of peace and quiet reflection are hard to come by in December. #GodWithUs:Your Christmas Journey is a small booklet designed to be carried around and used wherever we are in the Advent and Christmas period. There is one reflection for each week of Advent - beginning on
Sunday 26th November, and then one each day from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day. In Advent we think about Prayer – listening, waiting, watching and welcoming. Please take a copy if you can use it yourself, or can give it to a friend. Or try the reflections on computer, tablet or iphone at www.soulfood.me

CALLING ALL CHILDREN AGED 3-11 YEARS
Do you want to take part in the Crib and Christingle service on Christmas Eve at 6pm? You would need to attend a rehearsal on
Sunday 17th December at 10am. Please contact Susan Robinson now on 0113 2683072 or revdavidrobinson@talktalk.net if you wish to take part.

ADVANCE NOTICE:
Planned Giving Scheme Envelopes for 2018.  These will be available in Church from
Sunday 3rd December for all existing members.  Anyone wishing to join the scheme gifting by 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.

NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS
The Choir (with Extra Choir!) are planning a very special service this year. Please help us spread the word: there are flyers at the back of Church, for you to take to your favourite cafés, clubs and pubs, and don’t forget to invite your friends! See you on
Saturday 23rd December at 7pm. 

"COMPANIONS ON A JOURNEY"
A weekend with our Methodist friends at Cober Hill, near Scarborough Friday 26th – Sunday 28th October 2018. We are launching “Cober Hill 4”! Although this is not until NEXT year, we are giving plenty of notice as this will be a very special joint-weekend away with our friends from Chapel Allerton Methodist Church. Please see the display in the North aisle, pick up a brochure and get your booking-form/deposit in as early as possible, to avoid disappointment. Please see Tessa Holmes for more details.

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

MEETING ROOM BOOKINGS
PCC have agreed to charge a £10 booking fee for one-off bookings for the meeting room. This £10 is re-imbursement for someone to meet with the applicant and fill in the booking form, and then to open and close the Meeting Room on the day of the booking. We want to build up a small group of people being willing to do this, 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.

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.

HOSTING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2 HOST UK is a charity whose mission is to give a welcome to international students in British homes for friendship and cultural exchange. Our students are both curious and fascinated by our traditions and happy to fully participate in everyday life. If you have a curiosity about exotic places, or desire to improve a second language, or want your children to encounter those of other cultures and countries, we can offer all of this. Our international students bring something really special to such a visit and experiences become treasured memories for all and forever.
Whilst we operate all year round Christmas or New Year is an especially valuable time to enjoy welcoming guests into your home.
Consider what faces the international student this Christmas; a lonely hall of residence compounded with the uncertainty of their welcome from a Brexiting Britain. They may also be from a country experiencing conflict or natural disaster and if none of this applies, then they are invariably far from home, family and loved ones. Hospitality can be offered for one day (daytime only), three days and two nights at the weekend, or at New Year, or four days and three nights during the Christmas festive period.
The choice is yours. And remember...your offer can be made at any time of the year. If you should like to know more please look at our website: www.host.org Or email: info@hostuk.org Or telephone : 020 7739 6292

INTERWOVEN HISTORIES
is a two-year project addressing the histories of migrant workers in Leeds. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, the program aims to make visible the important contributions that migrant workers have made to the textiles and clothing industries of Leeds. We are in search of people who used to work in the textile and tailoring industry or their descendants, who would be willing to contribute to the project. My name is Sofia Tsimini, I am a postgraduate student at the University of Leeds. Contact 0113 343 2718.

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.

To submit a notice, please
contact the Vicar

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