About Leeds Minster
Welcome to St Peter-at-Leeds, the Minster Church to a vibrant and enterprising city, set by the river on an ancient and holy Christian site where prayer and worship have been offered to God for over twelve hundred years.
The present building was erected in 1841 to express the grace and compassion of God at a time when the surrounding area was a huddled mass of squalid housing and money was scarce. At the heart of this church the loving prayers of devoted people sustained the life of a growing city, and the dedication of accomplished musicians reflected both the majesty and mystery of God.
Today, the surrounding area is being re-born with the imaginative restoration of decayed buildings and new initiatives to attract the ever-growing numbers of visitors.
“We seek to proclaim the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ in all that we say and do."
- By offering up the very best of Christian worship and putting God first in our life of discipleship.
- By celebrating the English Sacred Choral Tradition as one of the key features of how we seek to structure our approach to worship within the mainstream of the ongoing Anglican tradition.
- By committing ourselves to building relationships, becoming a visible community, and being a valued part of the Body of Christ at the heart of the City.
- By offering a generous welcome and gracious hospitality to everyone.
- By seeking to serve our local community and the wider City both through our life of prayer and also in practical outreach and pastoral care.
- By offering a varied ministry for people of all ages and all walks of life.
We hope that you will visit us and enjoy the spectacle of the Minster, and rest for a while in the stillness of this unique house of prayer.
Ancient minsters were places of prayer, hospitality mission and service to their surrounding communities. Now, as we prepare to become a Minster ourselves it is good to ask ourselves what these values might mean to us today. This is what the values mean to me.
PRAYER - I hope that Leeds Minster will be a place of prayer. Like the monks and priests of old our clergy too gather daily for prayer, and the invitation is open to everyone! We read short passages from the bible, and remember those we know who are suffering or have requested our prayer. We pray for our church and for our suffering world. Morning prayers are at 9.45 and are more informal. Evensong is held on most evenings during choir term time. I find it is a wonderful way to refocus my energy upon God after a busy day.
HOSPITALITY - The monks of old offered refreshment and a welcome to all who came through the doors of their minster. Like the monks I long for us to offer a loving welcome.Thanks to the goodness of many volunteers we are able to open our doors daily, Like the Benedictines of old we might aim to treat all who come through our doors as if they were Christ himself, visiting in disguise.
SERVICE - minsters served their surrounding areas, and I too long to be of service to our city. The most obvious way we can do this at present are through hosting large events such as services and concerts and praying for the city, yet if we keep our ears open, perhaps God may be about to reveal new ways that we can be of service to the city of Leeds.
MISSION - Ancient minsters acted as mission bases for the surrounding area, and, like them, I'd love to spread the gospel hope to those who feel that they are living in despair. There are many ways of doing mission. As we listen to the needs of the city around us and the gentle voice of God he will show us how to reach out beyond the walls of our church.