On Sunday 21 September, Bishop Nick will be helping the Church of the Epiphany in Gipton celebrate the completion of their Grade-1-listed building’s restoration project.
Priest-in-Charge, Canon Kathryn Fitzsimons, says, “The new windows let in so much light, and they also remind those worshipping inside that we must look out to the world around us. Epiphany, which is in one of the more deprived estates in Leeds, does that in many ways - not least by being an outlet for the Leeds (East) Foodbank through which we’ve provided food for over 250 meals in our community in the last four months. And our own Mustardseed café also offers food and friendship on a regular basis to local residents.”
The £500,000 restoration project, which has mostly been funded by English Heritage, has restored the church’s windows and roof. Reader Jan Ali, says, “It’s been a long five-year process but it’s given the church a whole new feel both inside and out. And we’re very glad that, with windows that no longer rattle in the wind and insulation in the roof, our church will be warmer this winter.”
On Sunday, as well as presiding and preach at the 10am Eucharist, Bishop Nick will offer thanksgiving for the completion of the building project and bless the ministry of church members in the community.