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Praise God for Syria

Its amazing people and its amazing food 🙂


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Live At All Hallows this Autumn

We have a very exciting series of gigs being hosted at All Hallows this autumn with food being provided beforehand by the TRJFP@AH Rainbow Bistro.

The series kicks off on 21st October with “Breaking the Spell of Loneliness” – an intriguing gig with Ewan McLennan and George Monbiot. George is a well known journalist for the Guardian who had an idea – this has developed into a series of songs written by Ewan. The gig will involve George speaking about the topics and telling the stories with Ewan performing the songs. We are expecting this event to be a sellout so book quickly for the gig and separately for the bistro beforehand.

We see the return of “old favourites” O’Hooley and Tidow a week later on 28th October. They have performed three times before and are back again – they either love the venue or the food or both! They will be promoting their new album “Shadows”. Book here for the gig and here for the bistro.

martyn-joseph-1bAnd to conclude, the great Martyn Joseph is coming back a year after his first gig for LAAH. Martyn joined us in the kitchen last year before performing a brilliant gig to a packed audience. He will be supported by the exciting Antje Duvekot. This is bound to be a sellout so book those tickets! Here for the gig and here for the bistro.

If you intend to come for the bistro please make sure you book your place separately – food is provided by The Real Junk Food Project at All Hallows and is available on a Pay As You Feel basis.

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Rev Stanley Baxter

We are very sad to announce that Stanley Baxter died yesterday. Stanley was wife of Elizabeth, and vicar of All Hallows in the 19990s. Since then, for the last twenty plus years, they have pioneered and run Holy Rood House a centre for theology, health and pastoral care.

Much will be written about Stanley. He last came to us for Heston’s welcome, but I knew him from intermittent visits to the house for retreat, inspiration to start a career in art therapy, and for a radically inclusive vision of the church, healing and mental health. When I visited recently, Stan was still in action, teaching passionately his lifetime convictions from the Bible. These Bible studies have been recorded, and will eventually be available as booklets. As always, he was keen to hear news of All Hallows, and we owe him a debt of huge gratitude and thankfulness for the foundations he laid for us. Last year he was at Greenbelt!Stanley will be sadly missed. Please pray for his family, and all at Holy Rood.

His funeral will be on September 5th, of which details later.

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Unity shenanigans

Praise God for a wonderful weekend. Saturday was Hyde Park Unity Day, and we teamed up with Christian and Muslim friends to host a stall…

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We had HUNDREDS of visitors, and invited them to do three things:

1. Taste some food that is found in Bible and/or Quran (grapes, figs, dates, pomegranate, olives, bread and olive oil)

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2. Make a mark on our ‘arty heart’. See how many languages you can spot- and keep an eye out for little baby Willow’s footprints!

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3. Go do a Random Act of Kindness, and then come back and tell us about it. We wrote them up (there were hundreds!) on colourful cards, to make kindness bunting.

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It was a super day, full of generosity and joy. And the Unity continued into Sunday! We had a picnic Eucharist with St Michael’s and St Chad’s and friends from Revive. But not before clearing a big field of litter, and putting huge smiles on the Unity Day organisers’ faces 🙂

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Praise God and THANK YOU and a big hurray!

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Breaking down brexit- smile by smile, meal by meal

Do everything readily and cheerfully, joyful bearers of God’s light-giving Way. Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. (Philippians 2:14-16)

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Islamaphobia – MEND Conference Friday 10 June 2016

Islamaphobia MEND 10 June 2016

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Garden (work) Party and BBQ

After church on Sunday we had a garden work party and bring-and-share barbeque. Besides some fantastic food we managed to get quite a lot of tidying up done in the garden. Well done everyone!

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Leeds mosques come to All Hallows for Ramadan

This year some Leeds mosques are coming to All Hallows on the first day of Ramadan for a cross-cultural encounter.

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Revd Heston Groenewald says, “Our local mosques are taking a big step and coming to All Hallows on the first day of Ramadan (10 June), for a day-long encounter of cross-cultural and faith-inspired dialogue, to tackle Islamophobia and to create space for friendships to form and flourish. And at the end of the day, we’ll be breaking the Ramadan fast together with a wonderful Syrian meal.

“Everyone is welcome – it will be a great opportunity to learn how to understand and love our Muslim neighbours better – and they in turn would love to meet some Christian neighbours.

“We’ll be sharing stories, building friendships and, for the first time in a church (we think), MEND (Muslim engagement and development) will give their landmark presentation on ‘Islamophobia, its causes and cures’. It’s a unique opportunity to discover the main causes of Islamophobia, and, crucially, what we can do to eradicate it.

“Then at sunset, the Leeds Syrian Community will prepare an iftar meal to break the fast, and they’d love to share food and fun with all who fancy it. Again, it’s a big deal that they’re holding this in church. And they’re doing it every Friday and every Saturday in All Hallows for the whole month of Ramadan.

“Please come and share your life and faith – it’s an amazing opportunity to serve these dear embattled brothers and sisters, and to ‘have the grace to let them be our servants too’ – and eat their delicious Syrian cooking!”

The day is jointly organised by The Headingley Team of Churches, Leeds Grand Mosque, Makkah Mosque, Leeds Muslim Youth Forum and MEND.


Islamophobia Exhibition (from 12 noon all day)

Real Junk Food lunch & coffee (12-4pm)

Film screening: I Am (3pm)

‘Islamophobia: Causes and Cures’ presentation (6.30pm)

‘Walk in my shoes’- Intentional cross-cultural conversations (2pm, 5pm, 8pm)

Breaking fast together (sunset – 9.30pm)

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Are you wanting to get fit (or fitter)?

Need to lose a bit of weight but have fun at the same time?

Then why not come along to our all new Zumba classes? Zumba is the orginal dance fitness class and it is suitable for anyone and everyone.

The Zumba classes start on Monday 16th May from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at All Hallows. Why not give it a go?


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Rainbow reflections at Rosebank

freedom day SA


Your vicar got to do a lovely thing this morning – I led school assembly at Rosebank Primary, with Dr Taher from Leeds Grand Mosque. On the day my home country South Africa celebrates the end of apartheid, we talked about ending modern ‘apartheid’ between our (and other) faiths and cultures. We celebrated that God has made us all different and amazing – and that our differences can enrich each other’s lives. The children all left the assembly hall shouting ‘You’re amazing!’ at each other and their teachers 🙂 Praise God!

LGM gathering

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