This Sunday we received a most wonderful present from our Muslim friends. The beautiful calligraphy above says All Hallows’ Church. It is rainbow coloured and has received much admiration already. People have commented on the colours, the shape (a tear) and that it looks like music – all of which we think fits All Hallows so well! We plan to put it in pride of place on the back wall of our worship space so that we see it as we go back out into the world.
What do you think of it?
November is Islamophobia Awareness Month.
Are you aware of Islamophobia in your community? Help MEND your community!
Thursday 3rd November @ 10am – 4pm Syrian Kitchen in the café, and Islam exhibition in the church at All Hallows
Sunday 13th November @ 4pm Afternoon Tea and ‘Islamophobia: Causes and Cures’ at St Michael’s Headingley
Today the Guardian published a series of articles about welcoming refugees – and TRJFP@AH was included!
Read the article here!
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.
And 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.
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 www.holyroodhouse.org.uk 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.
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…
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)
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!
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.
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 🙂
Praise God and THANK YOU and a big hurray!
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)
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!