Category Archives: Community

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/

Pilgrimage time

Our Muslim friends and neighbours have just started the holy month / season for Hajj (pilgrimages to Mecca.) This includes Eid ul-Adha, a special celebration of the faith of Ibrahim who we call Abraham and whose life we also celebrate – along with Sarah of course! Let us pray for peace for all that travel and who seek for the God of Abraham.

Community Free Shop Part 2

Our Community “Free Shop” was open for one last day on Monday and it was reported in the Yorkshire Evening Post

Over the four days that the shop was open we cleared nearly 5 tonnes of “stuff” left by students as they moved out of their homes.

Heston said: “We’ve had mountains of clothes, pots, pans, plates, crockery and cutlery. These have been massively appreciated by the asylum seekers and refugee folks who aren’t given the means of having the daily, useful things like that. To see them coming in and taking things with massive smiles on their faces is really lovely. It’s really amazing what’s been left behind.” Amongst all of the stuff we have also had a bike, microwaves and TVs as well as a three-piece sofa.

Read more at: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/recycling-project-helps-leeds-uni-students-give-to-community-1-9233737

Improving Community Relations Prize

Yesterday Heston and Lydia received the “Improving Community Relations Prize 2018” on behalf of All Hallows from the Leeds Muslim Youth Forum at their Eid Celebrations.

Below is a photo of the award and the text from the presentation.

Improving Community Relations Award

Awarded by Zahra Nasir from Leeds Muslim Youth Forum at an Eid Celebration 23 June 2018

Places of faith are increasingly under scrutiny as religion becomes something blamed for many of the ills in society.

However our next winner is a faith leader who is committed to building rapport will all communities and a real example to faith leaders from the Muslim community.

For many years his establishment has been a sanctuary for people experiencing injustice. Upset by the way in which many of our fellow human beings have been treated, and by the way in which they have not been offered hospitality and support when they have needed it, they play a significant part in seeking justice for people coming to the UK hoping for asylum and who then found themselves held in detention centres.

They have provided support in all sorts of ways to people seeking safety – in doing so learning that journeying together is the best way to share God’s love in this situation and that one person cannot do it alone.

With others in the Hyde Park area, they work for justice, reconciliation and to inspire hope – working with people coming from a variety of backgrounds, ages and lifestyles, and celebrating the diversity in our communities.

For living up to the values captured in their strap line of “Loving, Living and Learning”, the winner of the Improving Community Relations Award is…

Reverend Heston and All Hallows Church

June Project 2018

This week the June Project Leeds have been doing some pretty amazing things in and around the Hyde Park area.

To find out more about these wonderful people and what they have been up to visit their web page or their FaceBook page

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!

A very special visit

A couple of weeks ago the Year 8 girls of Sheffield Girls High School came to Leeds to visit a synagogue and All Hallows’ Church. Inspired by their visit they decided to have a logo competition to creat a logo that captured the inclusive nature of All Hallows’ Church. Below is the amazing competition winning logo created by Hannah.The girls have also been fundraising for us by making and selling cakes. Thank you to all of the amazing girls!

One World Week 2017

This coming week, 22nd-29th October, is One World Week. The theme this year is “Good Neighbours – My World Depends on Us” and explores how we can become good neighbours locally and globally. Why not have a look at their website and the resources they have made available to help us discover more about being good neighbours.

Compost to compost

This evening we took delivery of a fantastic Ridan food composter which we are going to use to compost all the wasted and left over food from the cafe.

A huge thank you to Mark Warner (centre) for making our dreams come true, and to Richard and Heston for helping to unload and install the composter. Mark runs Plate2Plate Compost – he collects food waste from his local community, composts it and sells it locally which helps to reduce the amount of waste that is transported around. It also raises awareness of how much we do waste and the real cost, or benefit, of this waste.

Some of the compost will go to Mark as payment for transporting the composter for us and some of it will be used for growing plants in the church garden.

 

Who will you be known as?

‘You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
make the community livable again.’
Isaiah 58:12 The Message version

I love this version of Isaiah 58:12, it is so “Permaculture” but also speaks so much about what I think our faith is about. The whole of Isaiah 58 speaks of how we should live – the kind of “fasting” we should exercise, we are called to “loose the chains of injustice, untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke”.

If we were to change the word fasting to “voting” then perhaps this would give us an indication of some of the things we should be taking into consideration when we choose who to vote for in this coming election. Which party or parties are going to work towards these things, towards justice, a loosening of burdens and release from oppression, who is going to promote sharing food with the hungry, sheltering the homeless and clothing the naked. Which party is going to help us restore, rebuild and renovate so that our communities are “livable again”?

Permaculture is based on the ethics “Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share”. As I have said here before, for me, these fit so well with my Christian faith and I use them to help me make every day decisions like “what do I buy (or not)” and “who do I vote for”. In these coming elections let us try to steer clear of the media hype, the fear mongering and name calling and let us apply our understanding of our faith to making a decision who to vote for.

If you would like to meet for a conversation around this topic over the next few weeks do let me know.

Paul Magnall