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Minster Anniversaries


On Sunday 5th September 2022 we celebrated two very important anniversaries – and what better way than with cake!

Christians have been worshipping on the site of Leeds Minster for well over a thousand years, but this week marked 181 years since the current building was consecrated in 1841, rebuilt to meet the specification of its visionary Vicar, Dr Hook, and known widely as Leeds Parish Church. It was then the largest new church to be built in England since St Paul’s Cathedral, and could officially accommodate 1600 people, although reports suggest 2500 may have crammed in on occasion. Its internal layout was then almost unique but set the pattern for the majority of churches that have been built since. Dr Hook’s blueprint of a church where beautiful and uplifting worship open to anyone regardless of background or means, and allied to practical service to the city and community, remains our inspiration. Find out more…

Sunday also marked the 10th anniversary of the day when Leeds Parish Church became Leeds Minster, in recognition of its wider role as the Civic church in Leeds. We are proud to host major services for Civic bodies and to mark special occasions in the City’s or Nation’s life with worship and music. We look forward to celebrating on Saturday, with Christians from all over Leeds, the arrival of newly-consecrated Bishop Arun Arora to serve as Bishop of Kirkstall.

Sunday’s service marked a welcome return to Choral services after the summer break and we were thrilled to welcome a large congregation. Cutting the cake afterwards were (l to r) Ven. Paddy Benson, Kay Brown and Rev’d Mary Bradley.