St. Matthew's Church. Wood Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, United Kingdom LS7 3QF

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Teddy Praise

Held during Term Time in St. Matthew's Church Meeting Room - Wednesday's 10am - 11.30am

All pre-school children are welcome. Songs, stories, and crafts to a theme. Tea, coffee, juice and                      biscuits. Come on kids bring your parents/grandparents or carers ALL are welcome.         

For more information contact Tina Rowe

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).

Power Up
Is our new group for young people aged 9 years at the Gather Together service.  Our aim is to help our young people explore questions of faith and connect and grow in their relationship with God. For more information please contact Sarah here

 

Loose Women

Informal get-togethers for women who value company and a little breathing space from daily life at the same time. Theatre trips, meals out, guest speakers, jewellery parties and more. A warm welcome awaits for all women of any age - any faith or none.
Second Wednesdays 7.30pm usually in the Meeting Room.

contact Tina Rowe


Men on the Loose

(Mainly) for men
As above - less jewellery.

Chapel Allerton Fellowship
For men and women of all ages and religious persuasions. We meet together fortnightly in the winter months and invite 
speakers to entertain and enlighten us on a vast diversity of subjects in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Thursdays at 8pm, October to March, in the Methodist Centre, Town Street.

MENA Lunches
The opportunity to join one of the driving, cooking, serving, food donation, prize giving and washing up teams for the MENA lunches. The lunches are organised for the elderly and take place on the third Sunday of each month at Stainbeck URC.


Lending Library
Around 40 titles available to borrow from the back of Church free of charge.

Parish Office
We meet to produce the pew sheets, notices, posters, flyers and anything else that we may need to print.

Church Flowers
If you enjoy flower arranging then why not join the team and make the Church look beautiful each week? The flowers in Church are arranged by an ever increasing band of volunteers of all backgrounds.

Church Grounds
If gardening is your thing, why not put your skills to good use by helping to keep the Church grounds neat and attractive. If you would like to help please contact Gordon Henderson.

Bellringing
We welcome people from about 12 years upwards. As well as practice on a Friday, we ring on Sunday mornings, at some weddings and at special events. Old hands and complete novices are equally welcome. Practice on Friday at 7.30pm in the Tower. Please contact Pete Oldfield.

Coffee Makers
We provide tea and coffee after every 10am service in the meeting room. Would you be prepared to make the coffee four times a year? Please
contact Tina Rowe

Transport to Church
We need people to join the team to take others who may be elderly or infirm to Church so that everyone who wishes to attend can do so. If you can help or if you need help, please contact Carol Blackburn.

Bereavement Support
After the funeral of anyone in the parish, the next of kin is contacted by one of our bereavement visitors who offer the support of a friendly visit.
Gill Deighton

Holiday Club 

CHILDREN’S SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB
The Holiday Club is in planning for 2020

InterACT

Although the Parish of St. Matthew’s is Chapel Allerton, two areas within it are more likely to be identified by locals as Meanwood. To help us engage more effectively with these neighbourhoods, we are part of a partnership of churches working together with a focus on Meanwood as a whole. This partnership forms an independent charity called InterACT, and we are proud to have been part of it from the very beginning.

Meanwood is a mixed community, with residents, workers and visitors from many different social, economic and cultural backgrounds. This can sometimes mean its different neighbourhoods feel a million miles apart.

The aim of InterACT is to part of building a more united Meanwood, by creating opportunities for people in and around the area to come together, get to know one another, overcome prejudices and work together for the good of the whole community.

We run a wide variety of activities for all ages, some on a weekly basis and some as one-off special events. They are great for meeting new people or providing space for regular contact with old friends.

We also seek to help individuals develop skills and confidence, all of which plays a part in building our community. For example, we support volunteering, produce resources for parents and encourage people to try new things.

You can find out more on the InterACT website, www.interact.uk.net or through social media: interactmeanwood (Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn) and interactleeds (Twitter)

 

InterACT Church and Community Partnership

www.interact.uk.net

07961 535 767

YOUNG PEOPLE

We do some of our youth work in partnership with the other local churches, under the management of Chapel Allerton Youth Project: working with young people across three churches and the community in a growing project that inspires, releases and gives opportunities to share our faith in Jesus. 


Hannah Dey is the youth worker for this project - do get in touch if you'd like to find out more about any of the groups.

Totally Tuesday
is a club for young people in school years 6, 7 and 8 at the Methodist Centre, Town Street. It meets from 6.30 - 8pm  during term-time - here's what we get up to:
Games, craft, activities, discussions, socials and snacks. We encourage young people to get involved in leadership and shape the work we do.

WOW Youth Group
happens on Wednesday evenings in term-time at the Methodist Centre 7.30 - 9.15pm. It's open to school years 9+ and there are a range of activities to get involved in:
Pool, table football, table tennis, sports, craft, discussions, tuck shop and lots more! 
This group is increasingly managed by our peer leadership team - young people who are involved in making decisions about the group and helping to run it. 

Youth Cells
There are currently three cells groups running - the latest one was launched in September 2010. Cell groups are open to young people in school years 8 and over and meet all over Chapel Allerton in people's homes - contact Hannah Dey if you're interested in becoming part of one.

Cell groups offer space to explore Christian faith together in a fun and enjoyable way and the chance to get involved in leading. We spend our sessions playing games, watching DVD clips, discussing the bible, praying and eating biscuits and cakes.


Once a term the youth cells gather together to celebrate, play games and other activities and to share a meal and every year we have a weekend away together. 
The youth cells are also part of the Leeds Youth Cell Network.

The youth cells currently available meet during term-time on:
Wednesdays 7 - 8.30pm 
Thursdays 7.30 - 9pm and 7 - 8.30pm


Scouts (7th North Leeds Scout Troop)

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, participating

fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.

The Beaver Scout Section is for young people, aged between 6 and 8

years meeting on a Wednesday (term Time) 6.15 - 7.15pm, St Matthew's Church Meeting Room.

The Cub Scout Section is for young people aged 8 - 10½ years

usually. They meet on a Wednesday (term Time) 6.30 - 8pm, St.

Matthew's School Hall.

The Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.

We meet on a Thursday (term Time) 7.30 - 9pm, St. Matthew's School Hall.

Please contact Doug Pollock

Music

Visit the Choir Facebook page for details of our current music list. 

Children's Music and Drama group see SMASH If you are interested please contact Romy here.

 

Hand Bells
St. Matthew’s has an accomplished hand bell ringing group which takes on raw recruits and aims for enjoyment and excellence.
We practice on Tuesday 8 - 10pm in the Meeting Room.

Please contact Romy Ashton
or see Handbells on Facebook

Churches Together in Chapel Allerton and Meanwood

St. Matthew's Church; Chapel Allerton Methodist Church; Holy Trinity Meanwood; Stainbeck United Reformed Church; Meanwood Valley Baptist Church; The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church; now joined with St. Paul's in the Parish of St. John Mary Vianney and Chapel Allerton Baptist Church and Meanwood Methodist Church.

Our purpose is to unite in acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour according to the Scriptures, and in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit ourselves to seek a deepening of our communion with Christ and one another in the Church.


Our Aims are principally to explore the Christian faith together, to develop mutual relationships, to seek a common mind and to make decisions together.
(Taken from extracts of our constitution).

Our regular events have evolved over time and continue to develop.

We will be holding a Soup Evening for Lent with guest speakers

and we are looking forward to Festival Hymns in the Street as part of
Chapel Allerton Arts Festival.

Hymns in the Street 2020 will be on
Sunday 6th September

COMMUNITY

St. Matthew's is part of the Church of England, belonging within The Diocese of Leeds.

Chapel Allerton, north of Leeds, West Yorkshire, is an active, lively, community which, despite it's growth over the years, has not lost its village feel.


St. Matthew's, along with our neighbouring Churches meet regularly to plan joint events, shared worship, activities and resources.
We are also exploring our links and making new friends within other faith groups.

Chapel Allerton has a thriving annual Arts Festival, which all the Churches become involved with; we have a wonderful Library, a great arts venue and bar - Seven Arts
, a good selection of shops and so many pubs, bars and restaurants, you wouldn't know where to go first!

In 1880 The Chapel Allerton Conservative Club, now known as Chapel Allerton Snooker and Social Club opened it's doors and is still going strong hidden away behind the Methodist Hall. It's a private but friendly club with some great snooker tables; We have Chapel Allerton Tennis & Squash Club, Scott Hall Sports Centre, a park with a bowling club, tennis courts and a children's playground; round the corner from the park, you'll find the allotments and a little further down still is Gledhow Valley Woods, a beautiful strip of woodland with bluebells, shady woodland walks and a lake.