Archive for January, 2012

Congratulations! It’s a team!

After several years of work behind the scenes the Diocese has created a new Team Parish joining St Aidan’s and All Souls’ churches to create the parish of “Leeds: All Souls and St Aidan”.

All Souls’ Church (, also known as the Hook Memorial Church, is a Grade II* listed building near Leeds University with a multi-national congregation and a warm, inclusive Anglo-Catholic liturgy and welcome.

The Debre Sibhat Medhanialem (Ethiopian Orthodox) Church meets at All Souls’ on Sunday afternoons.

On a practical level many things will remain the same: To contact St Aidan’s clergy phone 0113 248 6992/0113 267 5893 or email

To contact All Souls’ clergy phone 0113 216 2674 or email

Good news if you are planning your wedding! If you live in St. Aidan’s parish you now “qualify” to be married at All Souls’ church and vice versa.

Beyond these practicalities what is the point of the Team? Our prayer is that, moving away from the traditional “one church-one vicar” model, we will learn to work together—priests and people—and so be better able to serve the people of Leeds in our area. We ask for your prayers in the process!

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