Category Archives: Food

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!

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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Maunday Thursday / Passover Meal

Maundy Thursday was an amazing evening of Jewishness, Jesus and Junk Food!

Our Jewish friend David Winston (with Heston as his sidekick) led us through a Passover meal; the ancient liturgy and symbols helped us to understand more deeply the ‘past’ of our Christian faith, and also the ‘present’ message of freedom and hope it offers in our modern world. This was especially poignant with our night shelter guests (fleeing homes in danger, longing for freedom and fullness of life) sharing the meal with us.

Then we had a wonderful (partly-kosher!) dinner courtesy of our Junk Food Café; our imam friend Adam taught us about wudhu (ritual washing before Muslim worship); and then David R-H led us reading John 13, saying our prayers and washing each other’s feet.

It was a very special and moving night. Jan said it was a deeply profound inter-faith experience and encounter; David Winston said it was like a big multi-culture-and-faith group hug 🙂

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Where’s Wally – Sadaqa Day

In this great action shot from Makkah Mosque yesterday… You get 10 points each for finding:

  • Amanda
  • Andrea
  • Chris
  • Emma
  • Mandy
  • Sarah
  • Sheraz
  • and 50 points if you can spot Thor!

sadaqa day

Sadaqa Day 2016

Our Muslim sisters and brothers would like our help feeding hungry people… Anyone up for a Palm Sunday procession to Makkah Masjid??

sadaqa day 2016

On the 7th day of Night Shelter week…

After one last joyful evening and morning together, we said a sad farewell to our guests, praised God for a GOOD week, and went off to rest 🙂

rest!

Night Shelter day 6

This morning’s Eucharist was a moving symbol of the reality we’ve been sharing all week – the kingdom of heaven is a great big party! And also a reminder that the party isn’t complete until love joy and justice ‘kiss’ and fill the earth…

eucharist

Night Shelter night 5

These photos give a little glimpse of the wonderful welcome joy and generosity (and amazing FOOD!) that Leeds Grand Mosque shared with us last night. Praise God and thanks be to all of these dear brothers and sisters  🙂

LGM feast

Night Shelter night 4

What are we trying to prove with all these night shelter shenanigans??

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Thanks be to God for another brilliant evening of meeting and eating. Super tasty pasta carbonara thanks to Lorea and Chris, and homemade choc-chip cookies courtesy of Sheraz and Raadhiyah. Mostly Raadhiyah 🙂

Night Shelter night 3

Another cheery evening of food and fun and friendship-building! Big thanks to Janet from St Michael’s Headingley who cooked us supper, to Sally from Leeds Vineyard Church for serving up and washing up supper, and to Simon from Hyde Park Methodist Church who did the overnight shift…