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Thought for the Day : Friday 12 February

Thought for the Day by Richard Barton (All Hallows’)

Finding God in Headingly and Hyde Park: Love (as evidenced by the Rainbow Junktion Café)!

So Sunday is St Valentine’s Day, patron saint of lovers and the shops are full of pink and red cards with their sentiments from the sappy sentimental to the sordid innuendo! St Valentine was a priest in the third century in Rome and ministered to persecuted Christians.  We are also led to believe that he illegally married men to their sweethearts to enable them to evade conscription into the Roman army, earning his reputation as the lover’s friend.

The Bible, especially the New Testament is obsessed with love, and Jesus also has a lot to say about it, and it gets complicated with different kinds of love and how love behaves or rather how we need to behave if we are filled with love. But luckily for us, Jesus condenses into a very simple instruction. We need to love one another, as he loved us. In other words to love totally, utterly and with sacrifice. Easier said than done of course.

But here is a suggestion. In Hyde Park as pretty much everyone will know, at All Hallows’ Church we have the Rainbow Junktion Café which takes food some of which would be thrown away by supermarkets and other shops and provides hot meals (to take away at the moment) and other food and essential supplies, pay as you feel (or as you are able), three days a week for people who are struggling to buy food, due to poverty or loss of income from the pandemic or other reasons; in the midst of our otherwise wealthy city. Here I would suggest is real love. So maybe ditch the pink and red cards this year and head over to the RJC with a donation of food or supplies (see the wish list!) and/or make a donation of money [for details see www.rainbowjunktion.org.uk] and share the love!

Clare Lawson – obituary

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Celebrations and Introductions

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,
and I’ll bless your name into eternity!
God is magnificent; she can never be praised enough.

There are no boundaries to her greatness!

Psalm 145

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….

Hello everyone,

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.

– Josh

Job advert – Rainbow Junktion Assistant Manager

We are looking to recruit an assistant manager for our community cafe, Rainbow Junktion. Please find details below:

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Rainbow Junktion update

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!

Socially-distanced queue at the café this week

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.

Funding

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

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.

Happy Easter from everyone at All Hallows’

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.

Community Heroes

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 LitFestHEART, 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 SchoolLeeds University UnionZero 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!

“We Shall Overcome!”

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.

#leedscofeadvent

Rainbow Junktion Bistro with Big Al’s Big Choir

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.

Church Action on Poverty

There is far too much poverty around us. Here is the latest newsletter from Church Action on Poverty.