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18th October 2020

Your weekly newsletter from Yeadon Methodist Church

Dear friends

The other week I visited Leeds City Art Gallery for the first time – it’s something I’ve been meaning to do for ages. The gallery has partially reopened with paintings and wooden sculptures on display plus the wonderful tiled café! I wanted to see the painting pictured below, The Shadow of Death by William Holman Hunt. It depicts Jesus the carpenter in his workshop with Mary looking at the magi’s gifts which she’s kept in a chest but startled by Jesus’ shadow foretelling his crucifixion. In the one scene you have Jesus the man, his birth and his death and also a lot of detail to look out for. I shared the picture via Zoom with the Friday prayer meeting and wrote the accompanying prayer. 

How does the painting speak to you and what prayer does it prompt?


I look to Jesus:

help me to enjoy the work I have to do

and help me to embrace life.

I look to Mary:

help me to value what is precious

and help me to face darkness.

I look to the Psalmist:

‘Even the darkness will not be dark to you;

the night will shine like the day,

for darkness is as light to you.’

(Psalm 139 v.12, NIV)

Roger Pratt would like to thank friends who sent cards, & gifts, & those who rang on the occasion of his birthday. Also thank you to all who enquired about his recent fall & day in hospital.

From Cayte Norman: "Thank you to everyone who called - in person or on the phone on my birthday . It is much appreciated , having that bit of contact in the present circumstances . Cayte"

And Barbara Westerman would like to thank everyone who sent flowers & cards on her birthday last week.

The Women's Fellowship meeting this Tuesday (20th) at 2.15pm will be welcoming Alison Wort, who will be talking about  The Hope Donkey Sanctuary

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Happy Birthday to Noreen Myers who celebrates on Tuesday the 20th Oct & on Thursday 22nd Congratulations to Viv & Wayne Bednall on their 15th Wedding Anniversary.
We hope you all enjoy your special days.

Drawing Good News

The Bible seemed so dull and black and the gap between people and the Bible seemed to be growing. So Annie Vallotton, a Swiss-born artist, asked herself “If I really believe that love and hope is in the Bible, what should I do?” She soon had the answer to her own question. She was invited to provide the 500 illustrations needed for the Good News Bible. Wherever the new, lively, everyday version was read, Annie’s pictures would be studied too.

Her line-drawings may look simple and unelaborate, but she drew them with great care. Annie made about eighty preliminary sketches for every drawing, and she herself acted out many of the poses in front of the mirror in order to get them just right. She said that she aimed her drawings at “the child-like part that remains in each adult”. She tells the story of a child who had to give the Scripture reading in church. Instead of prefacing it with words such as ‘Here beginneth the lesson’, she said ‘I have a lovely story for you today – it’s from…’

Taken from The Everyday Book by Mary Batchelor, a unique collection of stories, themes and quotations – 366 stories. This one is for the 12th October. (Supplied by Jean Richardson).

We are sorry to learn of the death of Marjory, who for many years worshipped with us regularly & helped with many different Church activities. She was particularly involved with our young people's groups & was always willing to help out in the kitchen. Marjory died at home on Wednesday 14th October, where she has been lovingly cared for by her husband, Doug & daughter Gale, since becoming ill in 2012. We hold Doug & Gale in our prayers as they mourn the loss of a much loved wife & mum.

Harvest Donations

Thank you to everyone who donated to this year's Harvest Appeal. We were not able to collect tins and dry goods as we usually do to send to Caring For Life, so the Church Council decided that any money donations would be shared equally between "All We Can" and "Caring For Life". Donations amounted to £376.50 and Church Council agreed to add £123.50 to this figure, making a total of £500.

"All We Can" and "Caring For Life" will therefore receive £250 each.

And finally ... with COVID-19 travel constraints drastically changing my usual working patterns, I've updated by travel guide shelf:

Keeping in touch

This newsletter is published every Sunday. Please help us to reach as many people as possible by forwarding this copy to anyone you think might like to read it.

We're aware that not everyone has internet access and so John, Kath, Chris & Norman are very kindly hand-delivering copies where that's the case. If that's you - or you know someone who would appreciate a paper copy - please let Joan Wilkinson know.

And if you'd like to contribute something - either email me at or call me on 07810 327310.

Yeadon Methodist Church

Chapel Hill, Yeadon
United Kingdom


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