We have a unique opportunity for budding photographers to develop their skills under the guidance of a professional. Before, during and after our development work in Church and with the Link, we have a professional photographer taking a full record for display, publication and archives.
It has been agreed as part of the commission that tutoring will be given for a small number of volunteer amateurs who would like to develop their skills. There will be some coaching and photographing during the next couple of months, occasionally during the works-phase, then again a comprehensive set of pictures next spring and summer.
If you’ve got your own camera and would be interested, please contact Derek Twine (email@example.com).
I recently spent 2 weeks in Kabale, SW Uganda visiting friends from Kent who have founded a charity ‘Alongside Africa’ which is focused on turning around the lives of street children of all ages.I took out with me dozens of pairs of pants for boys and girls, donated very kindly by All Saints. The charity currently supports about 50 ex-street children who are now able to attend school (mainly through UK sponsors giving £25 a month per child). There is a drop-in centre open daily giving a safe space where they can go in the holidays to be fed and cared for as well as being the first place of contact for other street children to begin to move back into receiving care and support. When I arrived it was during the school holidays and 30-40 children were at the drop in each day. Term then restarted and pants were being gratefully distributed as children returned to their boarding schools!
For teenagers there is a recently opened Halfway House where at the moment 18 boys and girls live, learning to adjust to life off the streets. They learn basic life skills and share in the duties of cooking, cleaning and gardening as well as receiving some basic education. Placements in a hairdressing salon and sewing/craft skills are provided for the girls and car maintenance experience for the boys. Its challenging for these teenagers to choose to come off glue-sniffing and shoplifting as a way of life and accept some discipline and order into their previously chaotic lives. While I was there one boy left as he wanted to make his own choices and continue glue-sniffing and another joined an old friend not at the centre and committed a robbery. The police caught him and he spent 3 weeks in prison but has now been released and returned to the Halfway House – hopefully a wiser lad. On a positive note, others are making good progress and one lad of 16 after his first night there said, ‘ I have never slept on a mattress – it is heaven!’
I was awed and inspired at all one couple in their mid-50’s have already done in a few years, with the help of some very skilled dedicated local Ugandans and it was a privilege to be a tiny part of their work for a short time. Thank you again for all who supported this project in any way.
Following our successful Round 2 pass and delivery funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), All Saints Ilkley is recruiting a Heritage Manager to help deliver our detailed Heritage Development Plan. The role is to support the heritage interpretation and activity plan of this thriving and historic asset: Roman Fort, Saxon Crosses, Roman Altars, medieval building, Victorian extensions, 21st Century community activity, educational programme and amazing volunteers.
The post-holder will work with a wide project team including our architect, heritage lighting consultant and heritage interpretation consultant. There will be community engagement, and volunteer interaction.
The post is 0.4 FTE for 3 years 9 months based on £23k pro-rata. The closing date is 20th July 2018. For full details about the role, please click here. Please click here to apply. If you would like any further information, please contact our Development Coordinator, Derek Twine, via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All primary school children are welcome to join us at St John’s Church, Bolling Road for the annual summer holiday King’s Club! It’s a fantastic week where children can make new friends, learn more about the bible and have lots of fun! The club will run from Monday 13th August – Friday 17th August, 10am – 12noon. If you would like your child to come along, please fill out the registration form here.
Our mission focus for this month is the Matugga Revival Centre, a charity we have close links with that supports children and their education in Uganda. Please pray for the continued success of the charity. Our representative for the Revival Centre, says, “There are not many things in our lives where we can say that we have made a lasting difference to those less fortunate than ourselves – I can assure you that we really are making a difference to the lives of so many children and adults in Matugga.”
On Bank Holiday Monday the annual Ilkley Trail Race was held. Almost £2000 was taken! Thank you to all who supported this event as much of the money will go to supporting the work of the Matugga Revival Centre.
On Sunday 10th June at 10.30am (as the 9.15 service ends) the whole congregation is invited to explore ways in which we can stay connected. There will be an opportunity to connect, or re-connect, to Church Suite to ensure that we are using your personal data in line with new legislation, to explore the different mid-week groups on offer at All Saints – and there are so many – and to sign up for any one of them. There will be refreshments, worship, a time to mingle and chat, discover what happens in Saints and a time to ask questions. This a chance to come together before our move out of Church as development plans come to life.
Come join us at the annual Ilkley trail race on Monday, May 28th. All are welcome to help out, take part or support those running.
On Sunday 20th May 2018 we announced that Revd. Mike Coe had been appointed as Incumbent of All Saints Ilkley. We were delighted to be able to make the announcement and we are really looking forward to welcoming Mike, and his wife Lisa, to All Saints and the town. Please pray for the couple as they prepare for their move and pray also for their current church community in this time of change.
To view the full press release, please click here.
Join us in a wave of prayer from Thursday 10th – Sunday 20th May. We have several events coming up to celebrate the week.
Thursday 10th May
3.45pm – Family Prayer Walk and Scavenger Hunt. Meet at Church House for snack tea before we set off.
7.30pm – Prayer Run. Meet at Darwin Gardens.
Sunday 13th May
3pm – Thy Kingdom Come celebration at Bradford Cathedral. Lawrence and team will be supporting the children’s work at this event.
Throughout the 10 days of prayer, we will be offering prayer booklets which you can collect at the back of the Church. If you would like to pray as a family, please pick up one of our ‘take away prayer packs’.