G is a volunteer at our Rainbow Junktion Cafe. G was two working days away from making a fresh claim when she was detained by the Home Office and sent to a detention centre. They plan to deport her on Tuesday 22nd May. However, G was only given ‘removal directions’ on Friday 18th May, in clear contradiction to the policy that states that 72 hours’ notice must be given (including at least 2 working days).
Please read and sign the petition below, if you are able, and help us to stop G’s deportation and make the government’s “system” at least work according to it’s own policies.
What do you get if you invite Christians, Muslims, Jews, local people of faith and no faith to a Big Lunch / Sadaqa Day event on a snowy Sunday afternoon in March?
Well, it’s snow joke but it was fun, educational, emotional and very warm!
A Sadaqa Day is a Muslim day of social action and this time we were honoured to be able to host the event at All Hallows sharing food, getting to know each other better and hearing about some of the issues that our brothers and sisters experience as our Muslim neighbours. Adam shared with us the craziness of certain hateful people and Shahab’s brilliant response of “Love A Muslim Day” on April 3rd.
We also heard from Leeds No Borders about their work with refugees and asylum seekers, how we might help and we wrote to our MPs in support of the fasting “prisoners” at Yarl’s Wood detention centre.
Kate shares with us about the work of Leeds No Borders
Adam talks about “Love a Muslim Day” on April 3rd #LoveAMuslimDay
A little bit of Craftivism!
Despite the snow and ice there was a great turn out and we all made new friends. A great afternoon!
At the Bistro night on 2 February there will be two events going on to which you are invited. Alice Trull will hold a drop off point for clothes for refugees in Calais. There is a list here of the items she would like on the facebook event. https://www.facebook.com/events/159813944667544/ Please bring what you can.
This is going on at the same time as the event raising money for Christian Aid and All Hallows’ Church Roof. This is a clothes swap or SWISH so if you are having a clear out this January, please bring your preloved clothes and go home with lots of new ones to love! https://www.facebook.com/events/1002475066551322/
Fabulous filling food, helping refugees and new clothes for ourselves at the same time as raising vital funds! Please come along and like and SHARE the FB events.
Like all good stories about refugees, some of the bits get muddled and we have to work things out and put them in the right order! On Christmas Eve the refugee family met the youngest member of the All Hallows community, baby Maeve. Here they all are under the Christmas tree.
There is no rest for the Refugee Family even though Christmas Day has been and gone! Whilst many of us can sit back and relax or go for gentle walks (or runs!) to work off the excesses, the Refugee Family have moved on again, this time to the home of Marcus and Kyle. If you look carefully at the last picture it looks like the shepherds are gossiping away about the visiting Wise Men!
Christmas day and the Refugee Family have made it safe and sound back to All Hallows’ in time for the Christmas service. Yesterday Heston talked about how God works in the chaos of our lives, well, we had plenty of chaos this morning with chocolates flying through the air, Emily and a million volunteers preparing Christmas dinner for 120+ people, a film crew and two fire crews. Maybe the million volunteers is a bit of an exaggeration but there were lots of amazing volunteers!
So Christmas Day has arrived but the Christmas season hasn’t finished so the Refugee Family will be visiting a few more homes yet.
The holy family have been sharing the stable with their Happyland (ask a parent of young children) equivalents for the past few days. I’ve been pondering how to explain the Christmas story to someone who has never heard it before and is experiencing Christmas for the first time. I’ve been using the nativity set and the Jesus bible Storybook to introduce my 2 year old to the story. He definitely understands that Christmas means parties, Santa and presents but I’m hoping he has also begun to understand that whilst these things are very nice, we are really celebrating something even more special, the birth of baby Jesus.
Holy family and friends cosy and warm in the Fishwicks’ strawbale home despite frosty chill outside.
They are on the move again and meeting new friends. Throughout Advent this knitted Holy Family and “friends” will be travelling around the Leeds area seeking refuge in the homes of anyone who cares to look after them for a night or two. This gives us a chance to think about what it means to be a refugee and also to reflect on those special refugees of 2000 years ago.
Their first stop this Advent was with Jan, brother otter, sister penguin and other friends.