Category Archives: Asylum

Refugee Week

This week is Refugee Week, the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

The theme of this year’s festival is “You, me and those who came before” and we are invited to find out more about the lives of refugees – and those who welcomed them – through the generations.

There are lots of events happening throughout the week and you can find out more here.

Do you have ancestors who were refugees or welcomed refugees? Do you know their stories? Why not find out more?

The trials of being a Refugee Family

The Refugee Family and friends spent the evening on the doorstep waiting for a lift to their next destination. Fortunately it was reasonably warm and it didn’t rain much but their lift never materialised as their next host ran out of time chasing around preparing for Christmas! Several hours later the family managed to wake the Inn Keeper who had fallen asleep in front of the TV watching a worthy program about racism and he grudgingly let them back in to stay the night.

Refugee family – catchup

One of the problems with continuously moving from one place to another is that you can easily lose track of events. Refugees and asylum seekers are often picked up on inconsistencies in their stories when they are interviewed but if you slept in a different place every night you would have difficulty keeping track!

And so it is with our refugee family, we now have evidence of where they were last weekend, possibly Saturday night. Let’s hope that the Home Office don’t catch up with them and ask any difficult questions. (I’m sure that they won’t forget staying with Edie and Maeve even if they don’t remember which night it was!)

Refugee family revisit Chapel Allerton

Refugee family on the move again

One of the problems of being a refugee is that you never know if you are going to be able to put your head down in the same place two nights running. Our refugee family spent a night in Meanwood…

… and then found themselves in York

Sometimes a refugee or asylum seeker may be a bit more fortunate (!) and find a scheme like the WYDAN night shelter where they know that they might be able to have 7 nights in one place, or they might be accepted on Grace Hosting and find themselves welcomed into someone’s home for a period of time but they are still not in their own space and they still do not have any control over their future in the same way that we do.

As we approach Christmas and we remember how Jesus was a refugee from Herod let us remember those caught up as refugees and asylum seekers and let us try and find more ways to welcome and support them.

Refugee family spotted in Chapel Allerton!

It is often the case with refugee families that they disappear off the radar for a time and then appear in unexpected places. Who would have thought that the refugee family would turn up in Chapel Allerton! But they have made it to Pippa and Jackie’s. The kings are still on the way, across earth and fire……

Refugee Family visit Shire Oak Primary

Today the knitted Nativity visited Shire Oak School in Headingley. In assembly they helped the children think about all those who are travelling at this time of year.

Dear God, as we travel through Advent towards Christmas, we think of everyone travelling

  • to loved ones
  • to safety
  • for work
  • to help others.
  • Be with them, and us, in all our journeys.
  • Amen
  • Refugee Family – Advent 2018

    They are off again! The Refugee Family are seeking shelter again this Advent around the homes of the All Hallows’ folk.

    This Advent, may God bless us with
    the humility of the shepherds,
    the perseverance of the wise men,
    the joy of the angels,
    the faith of Mary and Joseph,
    and the peace of the Christ child.

    Fundraising Dinner in Support of Asylum Seekers

    Please join us on Sunday 9th Dec from 18.30, when the Rainbow Junktion Community Cafe will be hosting a solidarity dinner to raise money for asylum seekers, with support from local choirs, Harmony and Gay Abandon.

    The event will include a 3 course vegan meal as well as an evening of entertainment, including stand up from Leeds finest comedian and compere extraordinaire, Rosie Dent-Spargo, the musical stylings of Crake’s Rowan Sandle, as well as a few numbers from the Harmony choir themselves.

    There will be a raffle towards the end of the night with prizes inc. match day tickets for Bradford FC, vouchers for Go Karting, Laser Quest, Bramley Baths & Jump Inc. Trampoline Park. We have cinema tickets, sweets hampers, meals for two at some of the best restaurants in the city, & beautiful creations from artists, both local & further afield.

    Dessert will be served before 21:30, so if you need to dash off don’t worry, but you can also stick around to enjoy the entertainment.

    There will be a bar to buy alcohol (beer, red & white wine; from which the profits will go to the fundraiser), and/ or BYOB.

    The event requires a suggested donation of £15 for the food and entertainment on the night (£10 unwaged & students). A number of free places have also been reserved for asylum seekers.

    The event is cash only and the nearest cash machine is a 10 min or so walk so don’t forget to bring money on the night.

    All profits from the event will go towards supporting asylum seekers in our community and will be divided between the Harmony choir and a national asylum charity to support the wonderful work they both do.

    This event is open to everyone so please share with your friends and encourage them to come along.

    Please reserve your tickets here:

    For those cannot attend but would like to support:

    Please consider donating to the raffle, all proceeds of which will go to the fundraiser. Suggested items are alcohol, confectionery, home decor etc, but anything will be very gratefully received. Please email if you have anything you would like to donate.

    You can also donate money directly to the fundraiser by sending any amount through Paypal. We will use this to stock the bar, with all money made from drink sales + anything extra being redirected back into the fundraiser. Please send these donations to with a clear description, such as ‘Asylum Fundraiser’.

    Thank you so much for any support you are able to give – it is very much appreciated.

    More details at

    Today’s service – Sunday 21st October 2018

    It was absolutely wonderful, even beautiful, to have Andrew Mustapha back with us this morning. It was so moving to hear him read from 1 Corinthians 13 about love, and to hear him describe his experience in detention. Heston was also brilliant at sharing with us how God’s love is about taking us from slavery and captivity to that place of promise where we as individuals, created in God’s image, can become whole by sharing and being interdependent in the community of God’s people, that between us we have the gifts that make a body work and be at peace.

    Today we shared together:

    We believe in a bright and amazing God
    who has been to the depths of despair on our behalf;
    who has risen in splendor and majesty;
    who decorates the universe with bright lights,
    twinkling stars and brilliant colours,
    again and again and again.

    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,
    ton one another as brothers and sisters,
    and to the Maker’s good plans for the world.

    God said: Let there be light.
    May we be the light of the world.