Works begin at Holy Trinity Church to breathe new life into the heart of Leeds
04 JUL 2019
Allchurches Trust has given £19,000 towards major building work at Holy Trinity Church, a much-loved landmark on Boar Lane, right at the heart of the vibrant city of Leeds.
Dating back to Georgian times, Holy Trinity has a long tradition of support for music and the homeless in Leeds city centre. Sadly, its spiritual presence has faded over the past decade, with almost all religious activity ceasing last summer.
Peter Mojsa, Allchurches Trust grants officer, said: ‘If there is no worship going on in the church building, one might ask why go to the trouble of bringing it back to life?
“But where there is hope, need, and a strong plan, there also needs to be support. We are pleased we can help to transform this significant landmark into a reborn church, with a weekday ministry that fits in with the busy lives of people today. I look forward to seeing the new Holy Trinity Church in 2020, filled with the workers and shoppers of Leeds!”
With Trinity Shopping Centre right next door, more than 60,000 people pass the church’s door every day and some 80,000 people work within ten minutes’ walk; this makes Holy Trinity an ideal place to offer regular weekday ministry, reaching out and welcoming those who live, work and shop in the city centre of Leeds.
Funding from Allchurches will help to clean years of pollution from the church’s exterior, improve access and undertake works to create a flexible and welcoming space in the main church with improved flow and connection to the adjacent café.
The Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Leeds, Revd Canon Sam Corley, pictured here with Peter Mojsa from Allchurches, said: “This project will breathe new life into the building so that it continues to be a landmark in the centre of Leeds which speaks about its heritage and the continuing story of how the Christian faith meets people, wherever and whoever they are.
“The simple, straightforward application process and the Trust’s speedy response to applicants was much appreciated and I am so grateful to Allchurches for showing such faith in our project.”
Peter Mojsa and Revd Canon Sam Corley