About 18 members and friends of AIG gathered together on a wintery evening to enjoy a very warm welcome from the Vicar, Mother Clair Jaquiss, and members of the congregation of All saints Church, Hale Barns. We were greeted with hot drinks, biscuits and cake before going into the Church to hear Mother Clair talk about its history, practices and features of interest. It is the Parish Church of All Saints and Ringway and was opened in 1967, replacing a former black and white wooden church. Despite a rather austere exterior, it is light and modern inside, with rich purple furnishings, stained glass windows designed by a Japanese artist and representing the four seasons (which, alas, we could not appreciate fully in the dark) and a beautiful wooden ceiling set with numerous lights. The Church follows the Liberal Catholic tradition and is supported by the donations of people who come to the Church. Various practices and traditions were explained to us and we saw the rich red vestments worn by the vicar at this time of year. After her talk, there were many questions and we all enjoyed a most interesting and informative evening. Our thanks to Mother Clair and her congregants for their hospitality and for giving up their time to make us so welcome.
(Hon. Sec., Altrincham Interfaith Group)