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Please visit our Home page for our latest news about Services.

Keep in touch - we will continue to produce our weekly bulletin (an abridged version of this page) available by ‘joining our mailing list’ from the link in the header above. Hard copies available.

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OUR WEBSITE IS CONSTANTLY DEVELOPING -

If you have any suggestions for improving it, please contact either Fred Rowland or David Keighley.

PLEASE LET US KNOW

if you are aware of anyone from Church who is poorly, or become housebound or in need of some support, and especially those in hospital, and if you yourselves are going to hospital, so that the Pastoral Visiting Team can arrange for someone to visit. Please contact any of the staff team.

Help us to help Others by donating to the running of St Matthew's Church Chapel Allerton THANK YOU!

Donate Here Thank You In Advance

 

UKRAINE CRISIS

 

WE PRAY for the people of Ukraine.

CAFOD has established an appeal to support them at this critical time.

Donations may be made here.

UKRAINE CRISIS

The Church of England has produced a toolkit for parishes responding to the Ukraine crisis, it has lots of good information which might be of interest.

SCRAMBLERS

takes place for children aged 3-6 during the 10am Communion Service

usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month. See Homepage

TEDDY PRAISE

a short informal pram service for pre-school children and their parents/carers, followed by craft/play and refreshments. We are always pleased to welcome new families. In the meeting room at 10am every Wednesday in term time.

WHERE DO YOU FIT IN?

Please don’t forget to pray for our vision here at St Matthew’s and for God to show you where you might join in with what we are trying to achieve with a renewed commitment, rebuilt church and restored lives. Check out our vision board in church and complete one of our ‘Where do you fit in?’ forms and we can get in touch and get you involved.

HOUSE GROUPS

This year St Matthew’s Church is looking to expand the number of House Groups that it has. House Groups are where up to 12 people meet to explore a deeper relationship with God. Their time together comprises sharing both the joys and challenges of life and thinking about where God might be at work in these different situations, praying together and exploring the Bible together, asking all those questions you don’t get a chance to ask anywhere else. Being a member of a House Group is one of St Matthew’s five renewed commitments that make up a foundational part of our overall vision for our church and any and everyone is welcome. If you would like to join a House Group then please either add your details to the sign-up sheets in church or email Simon

MUSIC @ ST MATTHEW'S

St Matthew’s enjoys a rich and varied musical tradition. Why not become a part of it? If you play an instrument, you could join our Music Group; if you’re an enthusiastic singer but unable to commit on a weekly basis, you could join our Family Service Singers; if you have some singing experience and can sing with our St Matthew’s Choir – why not consider joining them! Or, if you’re an experienced singer with strong reading abilities – you could join our Extra Choir and sing with us at major festivals. For more information, speak to Josh, Nick or Ellen after the service.

APRIL ECO TIP from A Rocha UK

Fit more active travel into your day and daily routine. Re-evaluate your journeys: explore walking or cycling options, or modify your route to include some form of active travel, i.e. disembark a stop early and complete the remaining part of your journey on foot, indulge in a leisurely stroll, or opt for a bike ride along a cyclist-friendly route. Consider connecting with your local Ramblers, such as St. Matthew's Walking Group or a cycling group for shared experiences. Use the extra steps or the changed travel arrangements as a prompt to pray for God’s creation, nature’s preservation and the reduction in fossil fuel usage. For more eco-tips, sign up to A Rocha UK’s Wild Christian email.

COMMUNITY CAFÉ/WARM SPACE

Don’t forget our Community Café is open every Wednesday 9am -1pm and also serves delicious soup lunches. Please come along and why not bring a friend too

QUARTERLY SHARED PRAYER EVENING

will be held at Chapel Allerton Methodist Church on Wednesday 17th April at 7pm. Come and join us in this ‘sacred space’ of prayerful reflection together for an hour, whether you prefer to pray quietly on your own or pray with others. All are welcome.

MENS'S BREAKFAST

It's the 3rd Saturday of the month on Saturday 20th April, so come along to meet friends from Cornerstone Baptist Church 8 -10am at Toby Carvery (Queens Arms).

ST MATTHEW'S WALKING GROUP

invite you to a 5.1 mile ramble in and around Meanwood. Much of the route will be on ‘made’ pathways but some sections may be slippery/muddy/uneven so walking shoes/boots advised. Please meet in the car park of The Beck and Call pub, on Stainbeck Road, LS7 2NP, on Saturday 20th April to start the ramble at 10am. Car parking is available as we’ll be returning for lunch (optional) from 12.45 pm. Menu details available
Please contact Nick Flood by Wednesday 17th April if you wish to participate and if eating advise him of your menu choice for the lunch pre-order.

SNICKET SQUAD LITTERPICKING

on Saturday 27th April.  Meet outside St Matthew’s at 9.30am. Text 07999 699200 to let us know you're helping (we'll get more grabbers) or to join the WhatsApp group to keep updated of  changes (due to weather etc.) and suggest sites for future pickings. Not suitable for young children. Finishing with a visit to a cafe.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
Our APCM will be taking place on Sunday 28th April after our main Sunday service (approx. 11:30am).
This is a very important meeting in the life of our church. It is a time when we review all that has happened in the past year and look forward to the year ahead. It is an opportunity to ask questions of the leadership team and raise issues to do with the life and mission of the church.
At the APCM we also elect Church Wardens, new PCC members and Deaney Synod Representatives.
Please can you all consider making this a priority in your calendar and participating in this meeting.

ELECTORAL ROLL
Prior to our APCM we also revise our Electoral Roll.
It is your parish church’s register of electors. In the same way that being on the civic Electoral Roll allows you to vote in parliamentary and local elections and referenda, joining the Church Electoral Roll means that you can vote on Church matters, attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, and stand for election to the PCC. Being on the Electoral Roll does not make you a “member” of the Church; simply regarding St Matthew’s as your spiritual home does that. You can be a full and active member of our church without joining the Roll and being on it does not entail signing up to any additional commitments. However, it does help the Church show its strength, and representation on the governing bodies of the church depends on the number on the Electoral Roll
If you are not already on our Electoral Roll, please do consider joining and participating in our APCM.

CEMETERY TIDY UP SESSIONPlease come along to support the group of local residents who tidy the Cemetery.  Saturday 11th May, anytime from 10 and to finish around 12.  Please bring your gloves and any useful tools for cutting back, digging and raking. Also, please have a think and share your ideas as to how we can enhance the area for the enjoyment of all.

LOOSE WOMEN

Meet on the second Wednesday of the month, usually at 7.30pm in the Meeting Room. New members always welcome. Dates for 2024 are as follows: 14th February - Ash Wednesday Service, 13th March -  Coppafeel Mont Blanc Talk, 10th April - Knit and Natter, 8th May - "Come from Away" Theatre trip, 12th June - Hand Bells, 10th July - Banner Craft, 11th September - Book Night, 9th October - Mini First Aid, 13th November - Wreath making, 11th December - Fuddle, 8th January 2025 - Meal out.

PAFRAS URGENT APPEAL

Thank you for your support last year! Unfortunately, they are again struggling to provide enough food for the Asylum Seekers and Refugees who need their help at the moment. If you can help, there are three main items of food you can donate - bottles of cooking oil, packets of pasta & tins of baked beans. Please leave in the green PAFRAS box just inside the main church entrance or take directly to the PAFRAS Office, Unit 24 of Unity One business centre, 26 Roundhay Road, LS7 1AB. Many thanks, Doug Pollock
Any further questions, feel free drop an email to chris@pafras.org.uk or call 0113 262 2163

COMMUNITY CAFÉ

Our Community Café is becoming increasingly popular as a Welcome Space here in Chapel Allerton. People are beating the winter blues and making new friends and enjoying lovely soup lunches. Because of this we need more helpers to help serve in our café and also to come along and befriend newcomers and offer hospitality and conversation. If you are interested, please come along to the café any Wednesday and meet the team.

WYDAN NIGHT SHELTER

Please consider supporting WYDAN's Night Shelter, either behind the scenes (please contact Doug Pollock to find out more) or financially WYDAN's work financially (payment can be made online here)

View or download the latest Newsletter from the base of our Home Page

SCOUTING FOR VOLUNTEERS

7th St. Matthew’s Scout Group needs Section Helpers, Assistant Leaders and Leaders! Are you interested in working with and supporting our young people. If you can give an hour a month, a week or more please get in touch for more information at: falcon.stmatthewsbeavers@gmail.com

LEEDS NORTH WEST FOODBANK 

TEABAGS We would like to take a more targeted approach to our giving to the foodbank. During April we encourage you to donate small packets of teabags (max 40 bags in the original sealed box please as larger boxes cannot be distributed). Thank you in advance. Let’s show the foodbank we care about the people they support and help them to provide what’s really needed. Any questions speak to Helen Jones or Audrey Reed. Thank you! Alternatively, please continue your support by going to trusselltrust.org/petition

COFFEE ROTA

Thanks to all those who help serve refreshments after the Sunday service. It would be great to have more volunteers on the rota. If you can help, please let us know. Thanks, The Coffee Crew.

BELL RINGERS

The team are looking for new members. Have you got what it takes? Ringing is for anyone aged between 10 and 80 – all you need is to be able to climb a few steps to the ringing room and be able to stand and raise your arms aloft. Initial training would be at your convenience, secondary training would be on Friday evenings. Ringing before Sunday morning 10am service is desirable once trained. If interested - please contact Peter Oldfield, Tower Captain, or pop up when you hear us ringing.

PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers)

THANK YOU MESSAGE –  More and more people seeking asylum are accessing PAFRAS for food and toiletries. We distribute around 80 food parcels a week - almost entirely made up out of donations from our supporters. Destitution has a devastating impact on physical and mental health and our work focuses on supporting people into safer and more stable situations. We couldn't provide our vital services without the support of our fabulous donors and supporters - we are incredibly grateful to you for your support. Thanks again for your donations and your continued support.  Read their latest newsletter.

CHAPEL ALLERTON METHODIST CHURCH LUNCH CLUB

New members and volunteers welcome.  Booking is essential.  The 2 course lunch costs £5, and is served at 12.30pm.  Transport can be arranged if needed. Please visit their website.

GENEROUS LIVING AND PLANNED GIVING

If you would like to contribute to the upkeep of our beautiful building and make it a place for worship, meetings, drama and music. Please help by making a regular payment to our scheme this is to help with our charitable giving and payment of the various bills we have to pay to keep this building in good working order, for all that seek to find God and also help our local community and those less fortunate.

Please use the attached form by clicking the donate button this will take you to our donation form which you can then fill in. And if you are a UK tax payer please consider gift aiding your contribution this will not affect your pocket, but the Tax Man will give us .25p for every £1.00 you give us. Thank you in advance and remember click donate.

THRIVE
Thrive Leeds are thankful for £10,000 Lottery grant towards establishing a youth base at Stainbeck URC. Fundraising efforts continue for premises to support youth outreach into this part of our parish. For details of Thrive activities, please see our latest newsletter here.  Please continue to pray for this important outreach.

We have a fantastic group of young people who gather on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and are looking to grow the team as we meet again after lockdown. Could you help by...
- welcoming and showing an interest?
- preparing and sharing snacks?
- joining in discussions about faith and life?
- showing young people they are valued?

Totally Tuesday is for 9-12s and meets from 7-8pm.

WOW is for those 13+ and meets from 8-9pm on Wednesdays.

Thank you for the support that you give Thrive - we really appreciate you and how you encourage us!

A couple of ways that you can continue to support us:
By praying - let us know if you would like to join the Thrive prayer WhatsApp group.
By nominating us for the Co-op Community Fund - we are excited that Thrive Leeds have been chosen as one of the local causes for the Co-op Community Fund this year! The money raised will go towards exploring youth work in Meanwood (including the area in St. Matthew's' Parish) - empowering young people to take the lead and shape how things develop, as we build on our current work. If you are a Co-op member, you could nominate ThriveLeeds as your favoured charity. You can do this on the app or by ringing 0800 0686 727. If you're not a member yet, please become one and then nominate us! Check this out.

View or download our latest Newsletter from the base of our Home Page

Contact Hannah Dey or your church's Thrive Trustee (Helen Copeland)

if you would like to explore this opportunity. See our Annual Report.

InterACT

We believe communities are important: they give us belonging, human contact and shape our identity. And we believe that we all have something to learn from one another. Getting to know one another is a pretty important part of community, so when we began as a project around 15 years ago, we were all about meeting other people - mainly through creative arts activities. Since then, we've expanded what we do a little, reflecting the needs and passions of our local area. However, the vision remains to bring people together from across the various neighbourhoods that make up and connect to Meanwood, so that we all have opportunity to share in what it offers, what we can learn from one another, and what we can give. As a partnership of 5 local churches, we seek spiritual wellbeing and fullness of life for all. And because we work alongside other agencies in the area, we are able to signpost people to other services where needed.  Our Official Vision Statement:
Hearing Christ’s call to unity and recognising that we are stronger together than we are apart, the Partnership seeks to:
 Work together to demonstrate God's love in word and actions
 Serve and witness in Meanwood and beyond.
 Work with other agencies in reaching out to our local communities.

Visit InterACT website

SUPPORTING GOOD MENTAL HEALTH

A booklet produced by the Church of England. You can read thirteen daily reflections written by Professor Chris Cook and accompanied by "have a go" habits developed by Ruth Rice.
The effects of mental health problems are huge. Nearly nine out of ten people with mental health problems have been affected by stigma and discrimination. Given the challenging times we are living in with coronavirus, the reflections in this booklet were updated and new resources written in March 2020. They seek to provide hope, reassurance and comfort. If you want to speak to someone, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website, which has lots of helpful resources and contacts. Visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk

                           

ROGER QUICK "Entertaining Saints"

Some of us remember that Revd. Roger Quick was curate of St. Matthew’s from 1996-2000.  Since 2013 he has been Chaplain to St George’s Crypt, the homeless charity in Leeds which St. Matthew’s has supported for many years.  Roger has written a book about life in the Crypt, called Entertaining Saints.  He describes every day as being a mixture of laughter and tears.  The new Archbishop of York has written the foreword, in which he describes Roger’s book as “Vivid and engaging”. Copies are available in paperback from publisher Darton, Longman and Todd ISBN 0232534896: or from St George’s Crypt Charity Shop on Street Lane. The illustrations are by the Leeds-based artist Si Smith. Roger also has "Sheltering Saints" book available ISBN 9781913657680.

HOME SCHOOLING (from Libby Kennedy)

If you, or anyone you know needs advice on home schooling primary school aged children, please get in touch. I can offer assessments, catch-up lessons, materials to work from, teaching tips for parents or just a chat for reassurance and ideas. Please contact Libby Kennedy.

DAILY HOPE

The Church of England has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes. ‘Daily Hope’ offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.

IBY KNILL

If you would like to order either book ‘The Woman with Nine Lives’ or 'The Woman Without a Number', by our much loved and dear departed friend, Iby Knill, please search for Iby's publisher's website.

STRUGGLING WITH DEBT?

Free debt counselling for everyone from an award winning charity. This service has recently expanded to cover our area, with sponsorship from Chapel A Baptist Church. If you know anyone who would benefit from this expert service, please ask them to call free on 0800 328 0006.

 

EVENTS

If you would like to hear about upcoming social events at St. Matthew's (including Loose Women and Men on the Loose), please send your contact details to eventsatStMatthews@yahoo.com to be put on the mailing list. Thanks, Tina.
 

To submit a notice please contact:

Revd. Simon Jones, Vicar, St. Matthew’s Church, Chapel Allerton

(by Tuesday evenings for the Bulletin on the following Sunday).
 
Email: revsijones@outlook.com
Mobile: 07484 635886

 

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