Every year, 15th May marks International Conscientious Objection day – a day to celebrate those who have and those who continue to resist war, especially by refusing to be part of military structures.
100 years ago The Great War was raging in Europe – we now know it as the First World War – and those who objected to the war and refused to be conscripted could be imprisoned, many ended up doing hard labour in Dartmoor prison, civilian ‘work of national importance’ or conscripted into the Non-Combatant Corps. Some volunteered to serve in the Friends Ambulance Unit or other medical organisations but if they were drafted into the army (some by force) they could face a court martial and even be shot. Many famous people were conscientious objectors but for a long time their stories were suppressed as the government thought that conscientious objection would weaken the war effort. There are some links at the bottom of this blog to some resources about conscientious objectors.
Whatever your views are about the armed forces, Conscientious Objectors have played a major role in the protest against war and the campaign for peace. On our website we have the International Prayer for Peace, a prayer that we long to see answered:
Lead us from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love,
from war to peace,
Let peace fill our hearts,
our world, our universe.
Let us dream together, pray together, work together
to build one world of peace and justice for all.
Palm Sunday 9 April
10:30am Palm Sunday service (Zechariah 9:9-12, Mark 11:1-10)
12 noon Lunch at All Hallows. Please RSVP to Heston and please bring £3/£5 if you can, for lunch which Emily will prepare for us.
1/1.30pm Visit to the Hope Pastures donkey sanctuary
Maundy Thursday 13 April
From 6pm Seder Meal / Eucharist and Footwashing. With the wonderful David Winston (exciting!) making sure we don’t forget the Jewishness of this evening. Please RSVP to Heston and please bring £3/£5 if you can, for dinner which Emily will prepare for us.
Good Friday 14 April
11am Hot Cross Buns
12-3pm Worship in church, Getting out onto the streets, closing worship at Hyde Park Methodist Church
Easter Saturday 15 April
12noon Barbecue in vicarage/church garden. Please RSVP to Heston
Easter Sunday 16 April – Christ is Risen Alleluia!
6am Easter Vigil and cooked breakfast at St Michael’s Headingley. With Dote on the trumpet!
10.30am All age Easter worship at All Hallows
2pm ‘Anastasis’ (Resurrection) at Left Bank, Cardigan Road
We hosted our second ever All Hallows’ party and sleep over on sat 5th Nov. Syrian and local friends joined us for games, candy floss, Minion and Tangled films and pizza!
A personal highlight was seeing the young people organise and run the games, including a hilarious game of cooperative musical chairs where all 15 of the children piled on top of a very worried looking chair. Looking forward to next year already. Next time with ear plugs.
On Sunday morning we were joined for morning worship by friends from St Chad’s and St Michael’s, Headingley and we affirmed the following together:
We believe in a bright and amazing God,
who decorates the universe with bright light,
twinkling stars and brilliant colours,
again and again and again;
who has been to the depths of despair on our behalf;
who has risen in splendour and majesty.
We believe that Jesus is the light of the world;
that God believes in us, and trusts us,
even though we make the same mistakes
over and over again.
We commit ourselves to Jesus,
to one another as brothers and sisters,
and to the Maker’s wonderful way in the world.
God said: Let there be light. May we be the light of the world. Amen!
A huge thank you to all who made the weekend possible but especially to Heston and Lydia for all the hard work that they put in. They must be in need of another holiday now!
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.
From bath bombs to cushions there’s something from everyone. No experience necessary!
Tuesday 16th August 11am-1pm: Transform a pillow case into an Eco Shopping Bag
Thursday 18th August 6pm-8pm: Cushion Making
Tuesday 23rd August 11am-1pm: Bath bombs
Thursday 25th August 6pm-8pm: Bunting Making
All workshops will be at All Hallows Church and will cost between £10-£15 (with a 20% off concession price). Book your tickets now. All funds are going towards Tidal‘s summer fundraising drive, aiming to raise £1500 by the end of September.
And, on a Tuesday, if you are feeling a little hungry after your creative burst why not sneak a crafty bite to eat in the cafe?
This was All Hallows last night as we rehearsed and recorded the Unofficial Anthem for #TeamRefugees “The World Is Our Song” written and led by Beccy Owen. You can download the song from Beccy’s Bandcamp site and all profits go to PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers)