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.
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:
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.