ABY visit to Cheadle Hulme Nov 2013


undefinedArchbishop of York John Sentamu is pictured visiting All Saints, Cheadle Hulme � to mark the culmination of a year of celebrations for the church's 150th anniversary. Archbishop John asked for all the young people to gather at the front of the church where he encouraged them to be as "living stones and vine branches".

The church was packed for the visit, which took place on Sunday 17 November. The Archbishop presided at holy communion and mingled with parishioners after the service.

Vicar Janet Bacon said: “The visit was a wonderful way to end our year of celebrations. We are most grateful to Archbishop John and his wife Margaret for being with us. It was an inspirational day."

All Saints Church was built and opened in 1863. Throughout 2013 several special events were held to mark the anniversary – including the making of three framed commemorative quilts which depict various scenes from the parish’s history, and depictions of various buildings, past vicars and historic events.

The parish also had made a new altar frontal, depicting Bible verses and scenes of nature through the seasons.  The Bishop of Chester, Peter Forster, visited All Saints last May to dedicate the altar frontal.

During the year there was a concert featuring a piece of music composed to celebrate the anniversary. The work, by Simon Wood, is called ‘The Tone Poem’. 

The parish also held an anniversary party for children – themed on ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by Christian author CS Lewis.

Picture of the Archbishop's visit - by Peter Bacon