Category Archives: Church Building

Sheep on the ceiling

Many of you will have noticed how poor the acoustics are in the cafe. The reverberation off all the hard surfaces can make it hard work trying to listen to someone when a lot of conversations are going on, particularly tiring when you are trying to relax over a fantastic three course Rainbow Junktion bistro meal. So we are pleased to announce that we have stuck some sheep on the ceiling to improve the acoustics. Well, not sheep exactly, but sheeps wool that has been made into special acoustic tiles by the Woolly Shepherd. Here is a photo, we hope that you find that the sheep are doing a good job and we would value your feedback.

Snowy All Hallows

We had a little bit of snow this week. Let us hope that the roof doesn’t leak when it melts!

Under One Roof

“Under One Roof” is the new title for our fund raising efforts for the regeneration of All Hallows building, community work, and most urgently the ROOF needed, for all our actions to take place in the safe and warm!

We are asking everyone for a very special effort, from April 2017 to April 2018, in fundraising, prayer, and work.  It’ll take longer than that to complete, but to prove to outside funders that we are a vibrant, sustainable community, able to put in the effort ourselves first, we want to show an exciting programme of fundraising and community building in this year in particular.

Dates for your Diary, some wonderful Sundays coming up:

April 15th:   Easter Sunday

Sunday 23rd April: Church Annual General Meeting during morning service. This is a great time for catching up with all that has gone on in the past year, as we listen to stories from the various groups and activities connected with the church, and pray for the future.

Sunday 30th April: Service of inspiration and commitment to our building, to launch “Under One Roof”

Sunday 7th May: our new PCC takes a special time out for lunch together after church, to get to know one another and envision the future.

So before we jump in, a time for some thought, reflection and prayer, during Lent.

WHAT DOES THE PHRASE ‘UNDER ONE ROOF’ CONJURE UP FOR YOU?  For some answers from PCC, see at the end of this email, but think of your own before you peep!!

Can you think of any stories from the Bible in which roofs feature?  A few below to start us off, but I’m sure there are more!

How could you use these for your own prayer? how could you share them with others in discussion? How can these scriptures ‘get wings’ and help recreate not just our building, but our community and relationships?

Two stories really speak to me:

Abraham and the angels Genesis 18

Read what happened when Abraham was willing to take in three complete strangers under the roof of his tent.  Many centuries later the icon painter Rublev painted this scene, in a way which depicted the strangers as the three persons of the trinity. How does this change our thoughts on the story?  See the icon in All Hallows, to the right of our altar, under the stained glass window.

As the writer of the book of Hebrews said, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so, some have entertained angels unawares” Hebrews 13:2

Peter and Cornelius:  Acts 10

Two men praying separately, at least one of them on a roof top; one a very Jewish Christian, one a pious Roman gentile. It’s an extraordinary story of cherished world view and prejudice being turned inside out, and the whole Christian enterprise being transformed forever in an inclusive direction: truly a parable for All Hallows as we pioneer hospitality, diversity and inter faith community.  But the household of Cornelius needed a large building, with a good roof, to give hospitality to this shocking new revival, and totally unexpected outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the excluded gentile population.

You might also like to have a look at these:

Genesis 19:8 Lot, in Sodom, had his guests “under the protection of my roof

Joshua 2:6 Rahab uses the roof as a hiding place for the spies

2 Kings 4:8-10 the Schunamite woman builds a spare room on her roof, so as to be able to give hospitality and understanding to the travelling prophet

Building Projects:

1 Kings: 5 onwards, and elsewhere – the building of Solomon’s temple: all the craftspeople, benefactors and above all workpeople, who enabled it to happen.

Nehemiah: the renovation of the walls of Jerusalem, achieved by joint communal effort, against much opposition

Ezra: the renovation of the temple itself, again with great opposition

Isaiah 54: 2-3 and here’s a promise:

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back;
lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
 your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.”

What does “Under One Roof” conjure for YOU?  Here’s some starter words from PCC:

      shelter         united     together      safe    

buckets       family       community

    inclusion      building      safety 

lengthen the stays; brace the tent pegs; prepare for the storm

      sanctuary      opportunity       conflict

different kinds of people           a variety of activity 

    a safe place         conflict         getting along in a crowd

people NOT like us          people LIKE us

           sharing        abundance

 

Pippa Woodhams

Church closure

No we are not closing! Well, only for a week from 21st to 25th July while we have major work done on the entrance porch. The steel roof beams are being reinforced, sandblasted, painted and a new ceiling installed. We will then be able to decorate the entrance over the summer. Once the work is finished we hope that we will be able to ring the bell again!

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If you would like to make any contributions towards the work please see Jan, Paul or Richard.

The Consecration of the Parish Church of All Hallows Leeds, February 10th, 1974

Below is an extract from the service brochure used at the service for “The Consecration of the Parish Church of All Hallows Leeds, February 10th, 1974”  plus a scan of the whole brochure.

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE PARISH
The Parish of All Hallows emerged, like so many others in our big cities, towards the end of the Victorian age, when the church was trying to keep pace with the rapid rise in population of those years. In 1876 a small mission hut was established on Hartwell Road. Soon a new church was planned with the first incumbent, the Reverend Martyn Allnutt, taking personal charge of all building work. The work was completed in 1886 when the first church was consecrated.

During the Edwardian era the life of the district and of its church reached a high peak, with 800 children in Sunday School, 50 men in the Bible Class and a Company of the Church Lads‘ Brigade proudly making its contributions during the first world war.

After the war the wealthy families gradually moved away, but the church continued a faithful witness with outstanding examples of christian faith and charity in each generation.

During the past decade the old Victorian housing has slowly been cleared. New housing has started to take its place and the whole area is scheduled for high density rehousing as the old comes down.

On April 29th, 1970, the old church was devastated by fire. Worship continued in the rather cramped conditions of the Parish Hall and latterly in our neighbouring parish church of St. Augustine, Wrangthorn. We pray that the new church will be the start of a new era for the whole district after the years of demoralisation and decay. At our consecration service we welcome many members of Wrangthorn Church, a sign of our growing unity with our neighbours.

Consecration of All Hallows

DANCE – AND SO MUCH MORE! – @ ALL HALLOWS

Terrarium at All Hallows                                                                       

Saturday August 10th saw an exciting evening of brilliant contemporary dance, visual art and fantastic break dancing.

First up was ‘Terrarium’ with Simon Birch Dance, fresh from their successful tour including the City of London Festival and the SALT festival in Cornwall. Debbi Purtill and James Southward performed the powerful and moving to John Hughes’ specially-composed soundtrack played through eight ‘Ambisonic’ speakers and the effect was breath-taking.

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In an extended interval the audience had the chance to view an exhibition of beautiful visual art by Sheffield artist Trish O’Shea and local artist Nick Greenhall.

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To cap the evening off, break dance group Shaolin Shadow gave a magnificent display of break dancing followed by a ‘dance battle’ – inviting some local lads to join in and show off their skills too.

 

Quite apart from being a scintillating  evening’s entertainment, the event raised over £700 towards our plans to repair and renovate the church roof – but even more wonderful than that was the atmosphere of excitement, togetherness and sheer delight in  the variety of creativity that was so generously on offer. Many thanks to the artistic contributors and to all whose efforts (box office, bar, food, raffle) made the evening so lovely and so memorable.

Love to all, Steve

A Fundraising evening for All Hallows! Saturday August 10th 7pm

TERRARIUM

  • A great chance to see Contemporary dance piece ‘Terrarium’ which toured North York Moors National Park last year and this year tours London and Cornwall;
  • PLUS: TWO break-dance crews including our own Crucial Crew who practice at All Hallows every week;
  • PLUS: Music, visual art exhibits (Some for sale)  and refreshments  & raffle tickets (all for sale! )
  • PLUS: BAR!

Tickets £6 on the door (children & students half price) or book online at:

http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Leeds/All-Hallows-Church/All-Hallows-Church-Fundraiser/11926174/

Please come and support All Hallows’ ministry among the people of this parish and wider afield,

Steve Smith, vicar

Work morning and barbeque

dusterOur next work morning at church is going to be on Saturday 20th July from 8am. There are lots of small and big jobs for us to get on with – cleaning, painting, tidying, gardening, chatting, planning, eating and drinking, etc.

We plan to have a barbeque at lunch time and Burj has offered to help organise this. He is already talking about marinading things so it should be excellent! The barbeque will be open to anyone, you don’t have to have helped out in the morning but contributions towards the barbeque would be welcome.

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So dig out those work clothes, dusters, brushes and trowels and come and join us for a fun morning and a lunchtime feast!

The 3-peaks (well ok, one-and-a-bit peaks actually) Walk!

 

THE 3-PEAKS WALK … A REFLECTION

This is a view of Pen-y-Ghent, the first of the mountains on the 3-peaks walk. It’s an imposing mountain set against a clear sky – it’s rather more than imposing when you’re near the top, in dark cloud, lashed by rain and all you can see most of the time are the boots of the person in front! Anyway, confessions first – Pen-y-Ghent was the only one of the three peaks I managed. By the time Burj, Sarah, Andrea, Amy & Daniel  (the serious 3-peakers!) and I got to the famous Burger van at Ribble Head, I knew I had gone as far as I was going to go that day. I was, after all, under strict orders from Simon NOT to overdo it!

Looking back, it was a day to raise the spirits – the weather (after the thankfully short-lived torrential bit at the top of Pen-y Ghent it actually got quite summery!); the views – including of clouds beneath you as you climb and the magic of catching a glimpse of sunlight striking a hillside on the other side of the valley when all around you is wreathed in shadow; the  sight of all the different groups walking for a variety of causes – the youngsters walking to raise money in memory of a young lady who had died; another group walking in aid of a Crohns disease charity – plus many more walkers besides, and of a wide range of ages.

For me, though, there are three things that will remain long in my memory of the day, all of which I think speak of God in some way or other:

Firstly being on a particularly steep, slippery and distinctly dodgy bit of Pen-y-Ghent in cold, driving rain, wondering quite where this was leading – and then noticing out of the corner of my eye the figure of Burj a couple of steps beneath me, arms outstretched, Condor-like, ready to grab me in case I slipped and fell.

Secondly the way the different aspects of planning and preparation by All Hallows’ people all came together: overall organisation, flag-making, food-making or buying and sharing at various points along the way; sponsor-form creating & copying & distributing, lifts, timings, communications, and of course donating –  each little bit of the whole playing its part in making the day the truly memorable experience it was. The sentiment was kind of echoed by one of the group who said, “Every walk, however long or short, is done one step at a time”. Or as we say, some things are greater than the sum of their parts.

All this also served to remind me that working together, doing stuff like this is not only good for us, physically, emotionally and socially; it’s good for the church (a rain-proof building more fit for use by the community as well as for worship is that bit nearer) and is also such brilliant fun, something we need to bear in mind as being an important part of our life together.

Rev Steve's FeetAnd the third thing that will stay with me always is the really wonderful feeling of being in touch with the Creation – ok, sometimes a Creation that was a bit wetter or steeper or boggier than some of us bargained for, but awesome nonetheless to feel and know ourselves part of it, and it of us.

Walk, walk, walk!

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Saturday June 15th sees the day of our sponsored assault on the 3-Peak area of the Yorkshire Dales. After all the training comes the real thing! Burj and some others are aiming to do all three, Some are aiming at two, Rev Steve is aiming at one and hopefully has some support to help him over it, and those who are perhaps a “little over the hill” or are a bit too small for the Peaks are doing a shorter walk in the valley along with providing transport, support, food and water.

There are two main aims for this day, though I am sure some people may have more! The first is to have a lot of fun and fellowship together in beautiful surroundings. The second is to raise some money to help towards the repair of the roof.

All Hallows has a beautiful roof inside but sadly, the roof outside is not so good. Initially we need to replace the gulleys which are not deep enough to cope with the heavy rains that we have had in the last few years but they also leak, thus the frequent use of buckets around the church. Eventually we want to replace the whole roof and insulate the roof at the same time. This will cost considerably more and we are currently working on how we will raise this money.

So, if you would like to help us at All Hallows’ raise money to repair and then replace the roof do please sponsor our walk (click on the boots on the left) or give a donation (click on the drip on the left). You can sponsor us online or download, print out and use the sponsor form.

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