Category Archives: Events

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.

Fundraising Dinner in Support of Asylum Seekers

Please join us on Sunday 9th Dec from 18.30, when the Rainbow Junktion Community Cafe will be hosting a solidarity dinner to raise money for asylum seekers, with support from local choirs, Harmony and Gay Abandon.

The event will include a 3 course vegan meal as well as an evening of entertainment, including stand up from Leeds finest comedian and compere extraordinaire, Rosie Dent-Spargo, the musical stylings of Crake’s Rowan Sandle, as well as a few numbers from the Harmony choir themselves.

There will be a raffle towards the end of the night with prizes inc. match day tickets for Bradford FC, vouchers for Go Karting, Laser Quest, Bramley Baths & Jump Inc. Trampoline Park. We have cinema tickets, sweets hampers, meals for two at some of the best restaurants in the city, & beautiful creations from artists, both local & further afield.

Dessert will be served before 21:30, so if you need to dash off don’t worry, but you can also stick around to enjoy the entertainment.

There will be a bar to buy alcohol (beer, red & white wine; from which the profits will go to the fundraiser), and/ or BYOB.

The event requires a suggested donation of £15 for the food and entertainment on the night (£10 unwaged & students). A number of free places have also been reserved for asylum seekers.

The event is cash only and the nearest cash machine is a 10 min or so walk so don’t forget to bring money on the night.

All profits from the event will go towards supporting asylum seekers in our community and will be divided between the Harmony choir and a national asylum charity to support the wonderful work they both do.

This event is open to everyone so please share with your friends and encourage them to come along.

Please reserve your tickets here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9NVzMafKvhOL8PRYeKPZB0Jd-wAG88G30EVaMdRcizDKaEg/viewform?usp=sf_link

For those cannot attend but would like to support:

Please consider donating to the raffle, all proceeds of which will go to the fundraiser. Suggested items are alcohol, confectionery, home decor etc, but anything will be very gratefully received. Please email laurenmcdonald2032@gmail.com if you have anything you would like to donate.

You can also donate money directly to the fundraiser by sending any amount through Paypal. We will use this to stock the bar, with all money made from drink sales + anything extra being redirected back into the fundraiser. Please send these donations to glenjan@gmail.com with a clear description, such as ‘Asylum Fundraiser’.

Thank you so much for any support you are able to give – it is very much appreciated.

More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/349944782269070/

‘Tis the season to REMEMBER.

Last night we had all sorts of ‘fun’ with death, with the help of this beautiful ofrenda.

This gift from Mexico is with us all week! And will be the focus of our worship next Sunday morning – so please bring a photo or special memento of someone important to you who has died to place onto the ofrenda in celebration and remembrance of them. We are also hosting St Michael’s and St Chad’s to mark our ‘church birthday’ (or patronal festival) of All Hallows’ so do please bring some food to share with them over lunch if you are able.

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!

Remembrance is not enough

A special service of more than just Remembrance on the eve of the centenary of the ‘War to end all wars’ is taking place on Saturday 10th November 2:30pm – 3:30pm at Mill Hill Chapel in City Square, Leeds. The guest speaker at this service will the Anglican theologian Andrew Shanks.

The Justice & Peace Commission are working with the Leeds Pax Christi Group to put on this event and prepare a special liturgy booklet that is being shared across parishes in the Leeds Diocese.

The point about remembering the past is to make sure we do better in the future!

Penthos Requiem

Next Saturday 27th October at 6pm sees the first performance of the Penthos Requiem at St Michael’s Church by the St Peter’s Singers. Written by Matthew Oglesby and Hannah Stone, Penthos is conceived as a meditation on conflict and reconciliation in the form of a Requiem. Penthos is a significant contribution to the City’s commemorations for the centenary of the Armistice that ended the Great War (1914-1918), urging communal reflection on the persistence of war in our own times.

Tickets are free but there will be a collection to support refugees in Leeds.

The performance will also include “Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst” (“How desolate lies the city”) by Rudolf Mauersberger and Beethoven’s “Mass in C”

Visit to Armley Mills 29 July 2018

Last Sunday a large group of us went to Armley Mills Industrial Museum to visit a beautiful felting exhibition organised by Linda and others from across the region. The museum is an impressive array of 19th-century industrial history, and we also saw some awesome miniature steam toys and nostalgic Meccano collections. All fun, although one small person was less than fascinated…

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Pride Sunday 5th August 2018

Sunday 5th August is Leeds Pride Sunday #LeedsPride. We will be meeting at church as usual at 10.30am and then, for those who want to join us, we will be heading down into the city. There is a marching space booked for ‘Faiths at Pride’ and we also have an invitation to march with the Green Party crowd!

More information about what is happening can be found on the Leeds Pride Sunday 2018 Facebook page.

Theatre of the Oppressed workshop

While some were camping others were exploring issues of power using image theatre and forum theatre in a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop organised by GeorgeF and Reboot the Roots. How do you change oppression by protest, humour, cooperation, and imagination? More workshops to come.

Jan Betts

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