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Hello all you lovely people! Praise God and thank you all for a hopeful uplifting time this morning ❤🍁🍯🍋🍓🙏☺
I lift you high in praise, O my God,Psalm 145
and I’ll bless your name into eternity!
God is magnificent; she can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to her greatness!
As promised, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Josh Peckett. Josh will join us as curate upon ordination in July, and share his time between All Hallows and St Michael’s and St Chad’s.
Please pray for Josh over the coming months – and please prepare to give him a huge warm All Hallows welcome! Here he is in his own words….
I’m Josh and I am delighted to introduce myself as your new curate from next summer. I must confess I always find it a daunting exercise to write about myself in this way, but here goes!
I originally come from Leeds and have lived in different parts of the city and surrounding country for much of my life. So, it is a great pleasure to be able to return to the Diocese of Leeds to serve as curate.
I am currently training for ministry at Westcott House theological college in Cambridge, after years of discerning belief and a calling to the priesthood. The journey has taken me from an irreligious background to a living faith and the riches of the Church of England. I first began questioning what I believed at secondary school. This continued for several years and I found that no matter how hard I tried to disbelieve, I felt an unmovable rock at my core that kept saying to me that I believe in God. I had a sense of increasingly being pulled towards the Church and I knew I wanted to be confirmed. Shortly afterwards I started going to the local parish church.
I read Classics at Durham University, which was a period of growth and exploration for me, in terms of study, making friends, vocation and faith. I met lots of people and made some close friendships which I have maintained ever since, and those friends remain sources of support, encouragement and joy to me. After graduating from university, I spent a year working at an Anglican church in Belgium. When I returned home, I was asked to work for the Communications Team of the Diocese in Europe. It involved a fair bit of redesigning websites and managing social media output, which very much appealed to my creative side. I am a big history enthusiast and love reading the works of Terry Pratchett. But quite often, in normal times, you can find me in the pub with a pint.
As I write this, I am aware that this is a difficult time for everyone living in West Yorkshire and other parts of the North. The last seven months have been incredibly challenging and painful for many of us, and there is a lot of uncertainty about the future. There is great strength and consolation to be drawn from our faith lived in community. It is that community, both in its joys and trials, that I look forward to joining and walking with you on our Christian journey together. Be assured of my prayers for you over the coming months, and I ask that you pray for me as I begin my final year of training and prepare for ordination.
We are looking to recruit an assistant manager for our community cafe, Rainbow Junktion. Please find details below:
Emily and the Rainbow Junktion team are responding incredibly well to a difficult situation. Here’s an update on their work. See at the end for what you can do to help them!
What are they doing
They are serving takeaway food every Monday and Thursday lunchtimes. They have a shop on Monday, Thursday and Friday lunchtimes. They are doing a small number of food deliveries to self-isolating individuals and families. They are acting as a food hub for Hyde Park/Headingley and Woodhouse/Little London wards.
How many people are they supporting
They are giving out 100 or more food parcels per week and on average in April 154 plates of food per day.
Some funding has been lost as there are no bistros, much lower daily donations as people are struggling more financially and they can’t run the half marathon which was a big fundraiser last year.
Some funding has been gained from Leeds Community Foundation, the Council and more individual donations (thank you if that is you!)
Food supplies have changed considerably in this time with some shops and projects have much less and some new supplies have come in. It is quite feast and famine!
Safety provisions for staff and volunteers
The team are taking lots of precautions:
- Serving from the door so only volunteers are in the building
- Volunteers advised to stay home if they have any symptoms
- Doors propped open so no one touches them
- Strict rules on gloves, masks and social distancing
Conclusion, Emily writes:
· The last few weeks have been a steep learning curve but I think we have reacted quickly and well to the crisis. We have definitely got into a rhythm and we are really proud of the work we are doing.
· It is hard to predict how long this will last or how things will change in the coming weeks but I think we are well prepared and flexible enough to continue as we are doing for the foreseeable future.
How you can help
- Donating financially: a/c sort code 40-52-40, a/c number 00031454
Find out about adding Gift Aid, and Paypal donations here
- Pray for safety for them all
- Donating items: If you are walking past on your daily exercise and want to drop some items in the café, useful things are tinned tomatoes, tinned beans, oil, Tupperware pots, shopping bags and baby wipes. Please don’t put yourselves at risk or make unnecessary journeys for this.
Thanks to Anna Bland for this update.
As a scattered community in isolation we wish you all a very Happy Easter and may the Risen Christ bring you His new life and joy in this time of darkness.
This week we were thrilled that our local councillors gave All Hallows and Rainbow Junktion a Community Heroes Award for building community and loving neighbours. Which is also a wonderful witness to the wider nation- as Brexit seemingly invites/enables so much division suspicion xenophobia etc.
Other wonderful organisations to receive this award included ARARA, the Cardigan Centre, Headingley Development Trust, Headingley LitFest, HEART, Leeds CC Cleaner Neighbourhoods Team, North Hyde Park Residents Association, our local Police & PCSOs, Sankar Group, Shire Oak Primary School, South Headingley Community Association, Spring Bank Primary School, Leeds University Union, Zero Carbon Headingley, Caring Together, Woodhouse Ridge Action Group … and there were more. A huge thank you to Councillors Al Garthwaite, Neil Walshaw & Jonathan Pryor.
Let us all work towards that more beautiful community that our hearts desire!
Do you need something to cheer you up?
Are you suffering from a “Blue Christmas”?
Then why not come along to “We Shall Overcome” with Joe Solo and the Commoners Choir in a special Christmas event raising food, funds, and stocks of warm clothes to help folks hit hardest by austerity?
It’s Donate As You Can to enter: suggested solidarity price £10-14 BUT!
• if you can’t afford this that’s ok
• if you can afford this or can afford to donate a higher entry fee please do.
The next amazing Rainbow Junktion Bistro will be on Friday 22nd November at 7pm. They will be joined by BIG AL’S BIG CHOIR to bring some funk to your foodie delights! They’re even bring a live band with them!
You can read more on their website where there is a link to book tickets.
There is far too much poverty around us. Here is the latest newsletter from Church Action on Poverty.
Rainbow Junktion is going to be on telly!
Born Famous is a series about celebrities’ children visiting the neighbourhoods where their parents grew up. And so, last summer, Scary Spice Mel B’s daughter Phoenix spent a week in Hyde Park- wandering the streets, meeting locals, volunteering at Rainbow Junktion and Coffee on the Crescent, having fun at Unity Day, etc etc.
The first episode is tonight, Monday 5th August on Channel 4 at 10pm. Phoenix’s episode is on Monday 12 August at 10pm on Channel 4. Should be fun- here’s the trailer: