Yesterday Heston and Lydia received the “Improving Community Relations Prize 2018” on behalf of All Hallows from the Leeds Muslim Youth Forum at their Eid Celebrations.
Below is a photo of the award and the text from the presentation.
Improving Community Relations Award
Awarded by Zahra Nasir from Leeds Muslim Youth Forum at an Eid Celebration 23 June 2018
Places of faith are increasingly under scrutiny as religion becomes something blamed for many of the ills in society.
However our next winner is a faith leader who is committed to building rapport will all communities and a real example to faith leaders from the Muslim community.
For many years his establishment has been a sanctuary for people experiencing injustice. Upset by the way in which many of our fellow human beings have been treated, and by the way in which they have not been offered hospitality and support when they have needed it, they play a significant part in seeking justice for people coming to the UK hoping for asylum and who then found themselves held in detention centres.
They have provided support in all sorts of ways to people seeking safety – in doing so learning that journeying together is the best way to share God’s love in this situation and that one person cannot do it alone.
With others in the Hyde Park area, they work for justice, reconciliation and to inspire hope – working with people coming from a variety of backgrounds, ages and lifestyles, and celebrating the diversity in our communities.
For living up to the values captured in their strap line of “Loving, Living and Learning”, the winner of the Improving Community Relations Award is…
Reverend Heston and All Hallows Church
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Sunday 16th JulyThere will be no service at 10:30am at All Hallows as we will be joining with St Chad’s Church, Far Headingley and St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Headingley.
Meet 10am at St Chad’s, we will then be heading out onto Beckett Park for open air worship.
Some lifts will be available, please contact Heston.
We are having a work morning to continue clearing out rubbish, tidy up and clean the church. Tasks will include:
– re-organising the basement
– finishing tidying the chapel after the “free shop”
– transporting rubbish to the tip
– clearing the back yard
– picking fruit
– cleaning the BBQs
– having a BBQ
– plus many other jobs
Do come along and join us for as little or as long as you wish and if you are able to bring something for the BBQ that would be appreciated.
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.
Subversive Peacemakers: War Resistance 1914–1918: An Anglican Perspective by Clive Barrett (I have a copy of this if anyone wants to borrow it – Paul)
On Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem (not Bethlehem!) on a donkey. What does a donkey look like? Well, we went to find out at our nearest donkey sanctuary at Hope Pastures.
Is that a donkey?
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 are delighted to be able to host Sacred Wing again this Advent as they perform Mozart’s Requiem followed by carol singing and mince pies. Sunday 18th December at 7:30pm
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!