Category Archives: Community

Forsythia with a history

Many years ago Jean took a cutting from a forsythia bush in the old vicarage garden and it is now flourishing in this location!

The old vicarage was recently demolished and is being redeveloped by St George’s Crypt into 14 self- contained flats.

Culture Cooks

All Hallows’ Church and Rainbow Junktion are hosting a series of “Culture Cooks” events and the first one was by the Chinese Society of Leeds University Union on Tuesday 26th February.

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This week we had an Indian Culture Cooks prepared by the Leeds Indian Student Association. Further Culture Cook events are happening over the next three Tuesdays.

 

Visit My Mosque

This Sunday is Visit my Mosque Sunday, a national initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain encouraging 250+ mosques across the UK to hold open days to welcome in their neighbours from all faiths and none and building bridges across communities. In Leeds we are invited to the following Mosques:

This is a great opportunity to find out more about our neighbours and their faith. If you are visiting a Mosque we are asked to respect their culture and faith by dressing accordingly ie long trousers or long skirt and women to wear a head covering.

Leeds, our city

This is Leeds

Christmas Day Lunch 2018

Tickets for our Christmas Day lunch are now available, further details are on the Rainbow Junktion Facebook page and tickets are available from the EventBrite page.

Please note that this event is a ticket only event. As always we will be using food saved from landfill and be serving on a Pay-As-You-Feel basis (suggested minimum donation is £5 as we are raising money to keep the community cafe all year round) and everybody is welcome.

Lunch will be served after the Church service (10:30am) and you are welcome to join us for the service as well. Vegan and gluten free options will be available but please let us know about any allergies.

Everybody is welcome, regardless of faith or ability to pay. This Christmas Day let’s have a wonderful time together celebrating our differences whilst breaking bread together. Please tell anyone who may be alone or unable to make themselves lunch this Christmas to come along because no one should be hungry on Christmas day.

If you book a ticket and find that you are unable to come please cancel the ticket via EventBrite so that you can free up your space for someone else.

Knit and Natter

Do you like knitting?
Or nattering?
Or do you want to learn? To knit and / or to natter!
Rainbow Junktion have a new group meeting on the first Friday of the month between 11pm and 1pm.

Further details here!

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