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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.
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.
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!
We are very sad to announce that Stanley Baxter died yesterday. Stanley was wife of Elizabeth, and vicar of All Hallows in the 19990s. Since then, for the last twenty plus years, they have pioneered and run Holy Rood House www.holyroodhouse.org.uk a centre for theology, health and pastoral care.
Much will be written about Stanley. He last came to us for Heston’s welcome, but I knew him from intermittent visits to the house for retreat, inspiration to start a career in art therapy, and for a radically inclusive vision of the church, healing and mental health. When I visited recently, Stan was still in action, teaching passionately his lifetime convictions from the Bible. These Bible studies have been recorded, and will eventually be available as booklets. As always, he was keen to hear news of All Hallows, and we owe him a debt of huge gratitude and thankfulness for the foundations he laid for us. Last year he was at Greenbelt!Stanley will be sadly missed. Please pray for his family, and all at Holy Rood.
His funeral will be on September 5th, of which details later.
Santa’s little helper (aka Nick) has been caught decorating the tree in the memorial garden again this year. Thank you Nick for the pleasure you bring and for helping us to remember the loved ones no longer with us.
The first of November, All Saints, All Souls or All Hallows – and the weekend that we take as our patronal day, or if you like, our birthday!
And what a birthday weekend we had!
It started on Friday with Pumpkin Pie at the cafe. Then on Saturday late afternoon we decorated the church, prepared food and set up all manner of crazy things for us to do in the evening.
The evening consisted of fantastic pizza, more pumpkin pie and other food prepared by Simon and a load of young helpers. In the church we had a “marquee” where apple bobbing and other strange things happened. Loads of giant Lego bricks (otherwise known as cardboard boxes) where used to build castles and trains.
Eventually everyone settled down to watch “The Lego Movie”, an awesome theological treatise on the purpose of life!
Finally to bed. Some softies went home (including the author) but many more adventurous types spent the night in the “marquee” or huddled around cuddly toys and boxes. I understand that some sleep was had but judging by what I saw in the morning, not a lot!
Then Super Simon and his crew rustled up a cooked breakfast which revived us all. Thank you Simon!
So to the service and the sermon. Who knew that the Lego Movie was such a source of awesome theology? Well, obviously, Heston did! And so we discovered that we are all awesome, we are all saints, we are “the most talented, most interesting, most extraordinary” people in the universe and we are “capable of amazing things”. The Lego Movie says so, and so does God! He has called us to join Him in being “Master Builders” of His new kingdom here on Earth.
Communion was a little different in that we all crowded into the “marquee” and we reminded each other that we are all saints.
After the service there was more awesome food and then it was time to clear up. I’ve never seen so many cheerful “clearer uppers”, a huge thank you to all of you who made clearing up such fun.
And then, all the saints, all the master builders went home to catch up on their sleep in readiness for their role in the next week of helping to build God’s Kingdom.
A huge thanks to everyone who came to Kettlewell for a great weekend of river walks, yabby/ crayfish hunting, Thor cuddling and rock and roll dancing!
Personal highlights were playing dizzy sticks with the kids, the communal BBQ, trying to erect our brand new church gazebo in a minor tornado and waking up to our 8 year old and 4 year old playing a coal related adjective game! Randomly wonderful!
Back in March a rose was planted in the memorial garden in memory of Andrew Shackleton. Here is a photo of the wonderful flowers it is producing.
Mabel’s funeral Service will be at 1:00pm on Friday 20th June with Rev David Randolph Horn presiding, possibly accompanied by other clergy who knew Mabel.
There will be a “get together” afterwards at All Hallows’.
Further details will be made available as plans develop. Do please pass on an invitation to others who knew Mabel.