As many will be aware, every year Abbey Runners organise a 10 mile road race that affects roads around the church. In the past Church Lane has been closed and access to the church has been achieved via Back Church Lane.
This year it’s different.
As Abbey Runners are now based out of Holt Park Active rather than the War Memorial, the start has relocated to Adel St John Primary School, and the race will start on Long Causeway, head along Back Church Lane before turning right towards Eccup along Church Lane. This means that the Stables Car Park, and parking along Back Church Lane will be inaccessible. Competitors will be parking on Bedquilts playing field and the senior race starts at 0930. Expect some congestion and delays! More details here
Adel Church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist – our patron saint. Therefore we celebrate his Saint’s Day with a number of activities to bring the parish together for a bit of a party and celebration.
A small but talented trio of young folk musicians from Roots Alive, a Leeds ArtForms band, performed an accomplished set of folk and other tunes while we enjoyed the evening barbecue on Saturday.
The full Roots Alive group number about 15 and are available to hire for Weddings, Ceilidhs and Barn Dances via firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura and Zoe – regulars at the Third Sunday Band at church – with school and band friend Rachel are raising funds for the Roots Alive band to go on a musical exchange visit to Durban, South Africa in 2016.
They entertained us with a variety of instruments including flutes, clarinet, penny whistle, piano accordion, banjo, and ukulele and performed arrangements of:
Anthony Ryan and Red Haired Boy
Clouds Chasing the Moon
Bridge of Athlone
Bagpipers Tune and Tam Lim
Watching the Wheat
Hunting the Hare
Rabbi David’s Nigun
Song of the Fèis
The Banks of the Tyne
Pibddawns Wrecsam and Polka Llewlyn Alaw
Thank you to everyone who supported them as they raised nearly £200.
An excerpt of Highland Cake from their forthcoming album can be found here
Our small group for people new to faith or just wondering about what Christian faith might mean to them. Over 7 weeks, using the Lord’s Prayer as our theme, we will use input from video and audio clips to explore what it might mean to encounter God and to experience His love for ourselves.
Why might I want to go to Pilgrim?
Watch our YouTube clip to find out what other people think about the course.
We’re meeting at The Stables on Sunday evenings, 7.30-9.00pm June 7th to July 19th. Coffee and eats from 7.15pm. Come to as many sessions as you can, but don’t worry if you have to miss one, or need to turn up later than planned.
How do I sign up?
It would be great if you could let us know if you plan to come – we can make sure there’s enough to eat for one thing!
From 1089, monks from York, cared for the old Saxon Adel Church and appointed the Rectors until 1536. Norman monks built the present church in the mid 12th c.
Medieval music and a trail is planned round the Archer carving, Font, Sanctuary Ring and Adel History Window.
We have St George & the Dragon in stained glass, the Lepers’ Window, and in the churchyard, the Norman stone coffins and querns.
There will be refreshments, and activities in the Stables, for all ages. Other points of interest are the millstones near the main gate, the mounting blocks, and the medieval stile on Church Lane and Corpseway footpath across the farm field. Close by, on Back Church Lane, York Gate Garden, with a great collection of mill stones, is on an ancient farm site. People could visit both Adel Church and York Gate.
The Parochial Church Council is effectively the executive committee of the parish and consists of the ministry team, church wardens and representatives of the laity (non-ordained) parishioners.
The council is legally responsible for the financial affairs of the church parish and the maintenance of its assets, such as churches and church halls, and promoting the mission of the church.
As the church is a charity by statute, it also has responsibilities to the charity commission.
Every year, soon after Easter, there is a public open meeting for members of the parish. Offices of the church are voted on, including appointing church wardens, PCC members, PCC secretary and treasurer.
‘Beating the Bounds’ was started in the 8th century when parishioners checked the boundaries on Rogation Sunday, and asked for God’s blessing on the fields for a good harvest. Before the days of accurate maps, they took younger members of the parish with them to learn the boundaries.
The 15 mile 2015 Walk clashed with the 30th Anniversary of the Leeds Half-Marathon with over 9000 people running on 10th May! Weather was perfect for walkers and runners. At Adel, of the 34 people (& 3 dogs) who took part in the Boundary Walk, 25 of us, including seven year old Henry, his parents and older sister, Sophie, completed the 15 mile walk. Henry is the youngest person to complete the Adel Boundary Walk. We were very pleased to have our two, energetic councillors, newly-elected Cllr. Caroline Anderson, and Cllr. Barry Anderson walking with us.
The Ring Road was closed because of the Leeds Run. So instead of crossing the Ring Road to follow the old boundary path past Valley Farm, we walked the short distance along the Ring Road to the cricket ground steps and back up to the boundary path along Smithy Lane. Also because of ‘Essential Safety Work’, we walked along the north side of the reservoir to Eccup, then rejoined the boundary path.
Those of us who enjoyed a picnic lunch in Golden Acre Park, in the sun, completed the walk in record time, arriving back at the Stables at 3.45pm. The Pub group, who had Sunday Lunch at the New Inn, Eccup returned at 4.10pm.
The Boundary Walk Tea at the Stables was much appreciated by all. Many thanks to Edith, Margaret, Joan and helpers. The next Adel Boundary Walk will start at 9am on Sunday1st May 2016 which is the May Bank Holiday weekend. Make a note of this date and join us!Continue reading Beating the Bounds 2015 – Report→
The church was recently contacted by Les Owen who prepared some drawings of the church at the age of 18 as part of his architectural studies. He has kindly given his permission for them to be reproduced here.