Category Archives: Asylum

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:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9NVzMafKvhOL8PRYeKPZB0Jd-wAG88G30EVaMdRcizDKaEg/viewform?usp=sf_link

    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 laurenmcdonald2032@gmail.com 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 glenjan@gmail.com 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/349944782269070/

    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.
    Amen!

    Stop the deportation of Andrew Mustapha

    A much loved member of our congregation is currently in detention and scheduled to be deported on Tuesday. Do please read all about him and consider signing the petition to stop him being deported. More information at:

    https://m.facebook.com/Stop-the-deportation-of-Andrew-Mustapha-327445478043985/

    Stop G’s deportation

    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.

    https://www.change.org/p/sajid-javid-mp-stop-the-imminent-deportation-of-g-release-her-from-detention

    Hyde Park Big Lunch / Sadaqa Day

    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

    Kate shares with us about the work of Leeds No Borders

    Adam talks about "Love a Muslim Day" on April 3rd

    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!

    Fancy a swish and a dish?

    Clothes Swap

    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.

    Refugee Family 4a

    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.

    Refugee Family 6

    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!