Welcome to Åh!
For many years we have been a diocesan focused on youth activities and church courses. Everything from confirmation camp to conferences for church staff. This bussiness continues, but now we want to welcome companies, organizations and individuals outside the church.
Our philosophy is thoughtfulness – a desire to care, which is lacking in today’s society. A relaxed and restful atmosphere. Åh is not primarily for those who want to party. If you want peace and quiet, then Åh is perfect.
The history about Åh…
In 1877 the property was purchased by the family Zachau. The family, who owned the Uddevalla match factory, used the farm as their summer retreat. In the context of the economic crisis in the early 30’s, the family was forced to sell Åh Estate.
On May 5, 1937 Pastor Gunnar Rudborg purchased on his own initiative the Estate, but behind him stood a group of priests from Gothenburg who formed “Åh Foundation Church youth”. These priests along with some laymen also formed Board. They saw the need among the young people, to be able to gather on joint courses and camps with a Christian foundation.
The vision, which is still the same, is marked by optimism and confidence in the future of the Church. They wanted to emphasize the simplicity, the warm and personal relationship to God.
Åh was filled with young people from the very beginning. The work was done in the “free church” house. No funding came from the parishes, pastorate or diocese. They survived on donations.
In 1939 the foundation stone was laid for Åh Church. It was completed and inaugurated Midsummer 1940th. Approximately five hundred youths came to the opening worship service. 1958, Åh Stiftsgård. The diocese of Gothenburg realized the needs of financial help and went in and supported the work of Åh.
Years have passed and width of the work has been great. Old buildings have been renovated and new ones have been added. Everything to make Åh a modern and attractive facility for as many people as possible.
To expand the business, we market nowadays Åh under the name Åh Stifts- and Konferensgård. To Åh you can come to relax, if you want you can participate in the daily prayer, weekly Mass or Communion Service Sunday. Corporate guests for a conference, catechist for longer or shorter confirmation readings, university groups for any study days in residential form. Åh Stifts- and Konferensgård also have a large selection of courses, conferences and retreats to offer.
At the first youth course on Åh 1938, the idea of a private chapel or church was born. The first evening, when Dean Olle Nystedt held evening prayers on the mountain to the lake, he ended by saying: “this rock we call church hill. We want to work to build a church here. “Then a girl came up and stuck something in his hand. It was a fiver. He held it up and said: “This is an endowment for the church.” Before the evening was over, there were 1 100 SEK donated!
There were different ways to raise money for the church. Olle Nystedt said to Gunnar Rudborg (who bought Åh) when they were swimming in the sea by Saxenhof: ” will you bet 5OSEK to build the church, if I dive in with cigar and come up with it still burning?” He did so and won, but he did get burned quite doing this as he turned inward glow!
In 1939 the foundation stone of Åh Church was laid, and it was completed and inaugurated Midsummer 1940th The architect was Anders Funk.
The church pews has its special history. There was no money to buy them, so donations were needed. There was a proposal that youth circles and individuals could donate money to the pews. The shorter benches cost 40 SEK each and the long benches cost 75 SEK each. On the back of each bench you can see who donated money.
In 1943 came the Norwegian artist Emanuel Vigeland to Åh, with a canvas to rolled up under his arm. It was the work of art that is the altarpiece in Åh Church. Unlike other altarpieces imagine this board is not Christ on the cross, but the parable of the prodigal son returning home. The Board’s motives represent it as Åh wants to convey to the people who come to the Estate: healing and restoration from the Father himself. When Vigeland spread it out on the floor board in front of the choir, he was asked why he had made the prodigal son so horrible. He replied: “”The Prodigal Son, I am. If I did not get to come the way I am, I would never come. ”
In 1955 the church was reopened, after renovations. There was a builder Henning Nilsson who commissioned this. Part of the renovation was a colored window glass to the left of the altar.
In the spring of 2001 it was time for the most recent renovation. The chancel organ was enlarged and moved it down from the stands to the choir. A new vestry was built and also a children’s room that is much appreciated by all families! Window wall was restored according to the original drawing and a handicap ramp built. Architect this time was Magnus Wångblad.
Welcome to us!