Here is All Saints congregation at Pentecost 2019. It is drawn from Little Horton in Bradford and beyond – Malawi, India, Pakistan, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Malawi,Kenya, Egypt, Iran…
Rev. Canon Stephen Treasure has been vicar since 1998.
Average Sunday attendance is 33 adults and 14 children.
The Sunday Service is normally at 11.15 a.m. but we currently alternate with St Oswald’s at 10.30. It lasts about one hour, and includes Holy Communion with hymns on the organ.
Finances in crisis
In September we had paid only £4500 of our Share to the Diocese of £14320, leaving £7,200 in the current account for reserves.
After receiving a letter to parishes from the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, and holding discussions with Becky Nicholson, Lead Stewardship Officer for the Diocese of Leeds, we decided to make a special Harvest Festival appeal. We explained to the congregation that £7000 needed to be raised by the end of the year if we were to meet their debts, including the Parish Share.
In response an asylum seeker from the congregation immediately gave £100. The PCC from our sister church of St Oswald’s voted to give All Saints £2000 as an outright gift. Other donations and small contributions also continued to be sent through.
Following this demonstration of generosity I suggested to the church that we should aim to have all the debts paid by 31st December. The congregation responded with a resounding chorus of ‘Yes’, and ‘By God’s grace we will’. By 31st December 2020 we raised £10,250.
Where did it all come from? Gifts, donations, unexpected gifts from outside our parish (including those who read our story on the Diocesan website), HMRC payments, funds diverted from other sources – a mass of different ways; but they all came from our gracious God.
My firm belief is that a Church never runs out of money, it only runs out of people and when the people know there is a need, they will respond out of their poverty.
Everyone in All Saints is known and missed if they are not present. Newcomers often comment on the closeness and friendship.
The Church is disabled friendly and has level access entrance from Little Horton Green round to Little Horton Lane entrance. Both toilets are disabled friendly.