Youth Group Update Aug 2023 – Camps, Confirmations and Celebrations

Youth Group Update Aug 2023 – Camps, Confirmations and Celebrations

This term we explored what it means to live the lifestyle of a Christian, of worship, prayer, and serving in preparation for four of our members taking the step to be confirmed. The confirmation service was a wonderful celebration of faith at St Chad’s, with Bishop Arun coming to lead the service.

St Chad’s was also able to host the first year 6 residential camp for Leeds and Bradford! This is a one-night residential open to churches across Leeds and Bradford to bring their year 6s as we aim to explore the adventure of what it means to move up to year 7, facing fears, and learning to adapt to new opportunities, all rooted in the teaching of Jesus. We had lots of fun and games and travelled up to Bramhope Scout Camp as part of that adventure.

Also for the first time, we were able to take some of our youth to a Ventures Summer Camp. This was a week-long camp in the lake district, full of activities, teaching and worship, our youth really enjoyed the week as we explored who God is as well as climbing and other activities and we hope to take even more next year!


This has been a fantastic year and we are really looking forward to the new term starting up. Please pray for us to keep growing as a group and that we keep learning more about our amazing God with this amazing team at St Chad’s.

A Right Royal Knees-Up!

A Right Royal Knees-Up!

Amy Graham looks back on the fun had at the St Chad’s Coronation Party.

On Monday 8th May, we hosted an incredible Coronation Party and welcomed all members of the community. Despite the damp weather, everyone embraced the spirit of the event to celebrate the new King. The whole event had a Union Jack theme with red, blue and white bunting and flags galore, setting the tone of a celebration. 

The small hall was set up with children’s crafts put on by the Bagnall family, with a small team of face painting, badge making and a very successful tombola. 

Outside there was the very popular BBQ with Annie and her team preparing burgers (from Headingley butchers), sausages, veggie sausages and samosas. There was an ice-cream stall, freshly made crepes and a well staffed and stocked bar, including beer, wine, ‘Pimms’ and homemade lemonade. 

The rain finally stopped to enjoy the fantastic 3 piece trio playing traditional swing jazz music. Over on the field, St Chads Scouts had set up camp activities for older children, including making S’mores (melting marshmallows sandwiched in biscuits) and there was a bell tent for crafts. Hannah and Jo helped to supervise the donkey rides up to the church. 

Inside, the main hall  was set up like a cafe with a range of delicious cakes for sale, helped along by members of our youth group. We had the pleasure of listening to Michael on his wind up ‘music box’ (which is called a Pell Organ) playing various tunes on request. There was a cut-out King Charles III and framed members of the Royal family to pop your head into! 

The event was rounded off with Clare Pascoe singing the national anthem with a resounding applause. 

The team of organisers are very grateful to all the volunteers (both before, during and after the event), St Chads Scouts and all the cake and tombola donations. We estimate that there were around 100+ volunteers  on the day that all contributed to the event’s success making around £2000; a fantastic amount, despite the poor weather. 

Just goes to show, come rain or shine we know how to bring the community together for a national event and celebration! It was a fabulous afternoon with a great turn out. Huge ‘thank you’ again to everyone who supported the event. 

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

Come and explore the nooks and crannies of this Grade II listed Gothic revival style building and astonish at what it has to offer. The church received a commendation in the Leeds Architects Awards in 2012 and has been awarded Eco Congregation status. From its spectacular East window to its Harrison organ come and marvel within this wonderful space.

Organ recitals will take place on each open day between 2.45pm and 3.15pm, there will be various exhibits as well as activities for children. Refreshments will be available and there is disabled access.

Open days are Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th September and Saturday 18th & Sunday 19thSeptember – times 2pm to 4pm each day.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Auction of Promises 2019

Auction of Promises 2019

On the evening of Friday 26 April we are holding an AUCTION OF PROMISES to raise money towards refurbishing the kitchen in the Parish Centre. This is where people bid for the time, skills or opportunities offered by others in an auction.

Firstly we are asking everyone to think of something, or several things, which you could offer as a ‘promise’ which others may like to bid on. A few ideas are… a home made cheese cake, loaves of bread, dinner for 6, family history research, a personalised poem, gardening, car washing, dog walking, ironing, a horse ride, keep fit classes, motor bike ride, bell ringing for an occasion, computer lessons.

It must be something which you can provide and which you are prepared to cover the cost or expense of providing—you may therefore wish to state any restrictions of time or value so it is clear to those bidding.

So what hobbies, skills or interests do you have? What service or time could you offer that someone else might wish to bid on? An offer slip is provided opposite for you to complete to the box at the back of church. Alternatively you can offer on line,, e-mail your offer to the Parish Centre
( or get in touch by telephone (0113 2307665).

Please could we receive all offers by Friday 12 April so that a catalogue can be produced and made available before the auction itself. You can still be involved by offering a ‘promise’ or by placing a proxy bid against one of the items in the catalogue (forms will be provided when the catalogue is published, and made available online)

Secondly we need your support on the night to bid on the promises being offered in the auction. A catalogue of what is on offer will be available from April 14, 2019 at the back of church, in the Parish Centre and on the Parish Centre website
(www.stchadsparishcentre,org) so you can choose your lots. The Auction will take place in the Parish Centre. The bar will be open from 7pm and a hot pay as you feel supper will be available. Bidding will commence at 8pm. We will accept cards, cash and cheques as payment for your bids.

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