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The unofficial #TeamRefugees Olympic anthem

This evening we are recording the unofficial #TeamRefugees Olympic anthem at All Hallows. We are packed out with people who have the most amazing voices singing as one!

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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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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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Saltaire on Saturday

Today All Hallows and friends descended on Saltaire to celebrate Rosa’s birthday (Happy Birthday Rosa!) Some of us cycled, some took the train, some took their car and two crazy people ran (Heston and Dote). A fantastic day out which I hope everyone enjoyed and despite the threat of rain we did rather well with the weather until about 5pm on the way home when the heavens opened.

A huge thank you to Hannah (and Burj) for organising the day, and to Rosa for having such a great birthday idea. And to the technical experts who kept the bikes rolling!

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All Hallows’ birthday weekend!

The first of November, All Saints, All Souls or All Hallows – and the weekend that we take as our patronal day, or if you like, our birthday!

And what a birthday weekend we had!

It started on Friday with Pumpkin Pie at the cafe. Then on Saturday late afternoon we decorated the church, prepared food and set up all manner of crazy things for us to do in the evening.

The evening consisted of fantastic pizza, more pumpkin pie and other food prepared by Simon and a load of young helpers. In the church we had a “marquee” where apple bobbing and other strange things happened. Loads of giant Lego bricks (otherwise known as cardboard boxes) where used to build castles and trains.

Eventually everyone settled down to watch “The Lego Movie”, an awesome theological treatise on the purpose of life!

Finally to bed. Some softies went home (including the author) but many more adventurous types spent the night in the “marquee” or huddled around cuddly toys and boxes. I understand that some sleep was had but judging by what I saw in the morning, not a lot!

Then Super Simon and his crew rustled up a cooked breakfast which revived us all. Thank you Simon!

So to the service and the sermon. Who knew that the Lego Movie was such a source of awesome theology? Well, obviously, Heston did! And so we discovered that we are all awesome, we are all saints, we are “the most talented, most interesting, most extraordinary” people in the universe and we are “capable of amazing things”. The Lego Movie says so, and so does God! He has called us to join Him in being “Master Builders” of His new kingdom here on Earth.

Communion was a little different in that we all crowded into the “marquee” and we reminded each other that we are all saints.

After the service there was more awesome food and then it was time to clear up. I’ve never seen so many cheerful “clearer uppers”, a huge thank you to all of you who made clearing up such fun.

And then, all the saints, all the master builders went home to catch up on their sleep in readiness for their role in the next week of helping to build God’s Kingdom.

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You are invited to the All Hallows’ Birthday Party!

All Hallows Day is our church’s birthday, so here’s a little treat on us.
Please come help us celebrate!
Visit our cool ‘Junk Food’ Café on Friday 30th for pumpkin pie
(open every Tuesday and Friday for meals, coffee, wi-fi etc)
On All Hallows Eve (31st)we remember that life can be full of darkness and despair,
but God invites us to ‘light up’ the world with love, joy, hope and generosity.

Saturday evening
5pm – setting up for the party
7pm Pizza and games
9pm Movie time

Sunday
9:30am Cooked breakfast
10:30 Celebrating the Feast of Life
12:30 Shared Lunch

Halloween
With love and prayers from all at All Hallows X

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Church Camping weekend – July 2015

A huge thanks to everyone who came to Kettlewell for a great weekend of river walks, yabby/ crayfish hunting, Thor cuddling and rock and roll dancing!

Personal highlights were playing dizzy sticks with the kids, the communal BBQ, trying to erect our brand new church gazebo in a minor tornado and waking up to our 8 year old and 4 year old playing a coal related adjective game! Randomly wonderful!

Hannah

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Church Walk – 20th June 2015

This Saturday we had a circular walk starting at the fantastic Buffer’s Cafe in Storiths.

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I think the Buffer’s Cafe was used as a base because of the fantastic train set and because at least two of our youngsters are train buffs!

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Ceilidh

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Just to prove that there is more dancing on offer than just Break Dancing we also had a welcoming Ceilidh at Heston’s licensing.

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Live At All Hallows’ – Jim Boyes with Belinda O’Hooley

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Sensations of a Wound depicts the story of a Yorkshire soldier caught up in the First World War.

Robert Riby Boyes’ First World War experience took him a long way from home. He travelled from Scarborough to the Western Front in France; from the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium to a cattle truck in the South of France; from the mountains of Italy in winter to the Front in Northern France and further still……
Jim Boyes, a member of critically acclaimed a cappella trio Coope Boyes and Simpson, is Robert’s grandson. He remembers how his grandfather, who was known as ‘Croppie’ in the family, never talked about his wartime experiences.
It was only when Jim began writing songs and researching First World War history that a fuller picture of his grandfather’s past emerged. While preparing for a performance for Flemish organisation Peace Concerts Passendale, Jim discovered the long journey of Private Boyes of the 23rd Middlesex regiment.
Bringing together ‘Croppie’ Boyes’ first-hand accounts, Jim Boyes’ original songs and Belinda O’Hooley’s subtle piano accompaniments, Sensations of a Wound is an original and moving story of a Yorkshire soldier far from home caught up in the enormity of the First World War.

Tickets will be on sale online and via Jumbo, £10 in advance and £12 on the door.

After the resounding success at our November O’Hooley & Tidow gig, we’re pleased to announce that The Real Junk Food Project @ All Hallows (as seen on the BBC’s Songs of Praise) are opening their Cafe especially for us before Sensations of a Wound on 20th February.

The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into delicious, nutritious meals for visitors on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis.

Between 6pm and 8pm you will be able to enjoy a lovely main meal and/or a scrummy dessert before the gig (doors 745pm); plus there will be a pop-up LAAH bar in the Cafe area so you can accompany your meal with a drink should you wish. For more information see their website and please do consider liking their Facebook page.

Doors for the gig itself will open at 7:45pm as usual, along with the full Live At All Hallows bar including local craft ale…. but we hope you might fancy making it a full night out by joining us for a meal beforehand?

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