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Homeless Sunday 2020

Sunday 11th October is Homeless Sunday 2020 and we are encouraged to take time to reflect upon homelessness and the issues surrounding homelessness in the UK. In particular on how Covid-19 has impacted those experiencing homelessness and the services they rely upon.

Compared to the general public, people sleeping rough…

  • are almost 17 times more likely to be a victim of violence
  • die 30 years younger on average
  • The average life expectancy for men sleeping rough is 47 and 43 for women

When growing up…

  • 2/3 of people who sleep rough experienced violence between parents/carers
  • Just under 60% had a parent/carer with a drug or alcohol problem
  • About half have been sexually and/or physically abused
  • 1/3 have been bullied or have been suspended or expelled from school
  • 25% have been taken into the care of a council as a child or young person
  • A quarter were brought up in a workless household living on welfare benefits
  • 15% reported that they often did not have enough to eat each day

Before viewing the statistics below, it is important to recognise that official figures often significantly underestimate the number of people sleeping rough. For example, the latest government figures state that around 4,300 people are sleeping rough on any given night, but since the lockdown began more than 14,500 people who were at risk or living on the streets were moved into emergency accommodation.

A prayer for Homeless Sunday

Heavenly Father – Thank you for who you are and for giving us hope. Also, we thank you for everyone who is here commemorating Homeless Sunday, but help us not to forget that people are homeless every day across our nation.

We pray for those sleeping under bridges, on park benches, in doorways or bus stations.

For those who can only find shelter for the night but must wander in the daytime.

For families broken because they could not afford to pay the rent.

For those who have no relatives or friends who can take them in.

For those who have no place to keep possessions.

For those who are afraid and feel hopeless.

For all people affected by homelessness, we pray that you will help us to provide shelter, security, comfort and hope.

Jesus, help us to see your face in the eyes of every homeless person we meet so that we may be empowered through word and deed, and through all the means we have, to bring justice and peace in their time of need. Stir our hearts to move more deeply in our walk with you, so that we can be active to share your love with our neighbours and the community.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

There will be a service reflecting and remembering the homeless community in the city of Leeds and wider at this difficult and challenging time, coordinated by Lighthouse, St George’s Crypt and Unity in Poverty Action (UPA) on Sunday 11th October from 1 to 1:30pm. This will be live streamed on Lighthouse facebook page – further details at https://www.facebook.com/events/658004548453226/

Little Voices: Big Difference

A Day with John Bell of the Iona Community on Saturday 4th April from 10:15am to 4:30pm at Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, LS18 5HD

John Bell is a Scottish hymn-writer, broadcaster and former student activist whose main concern is the renewal of worship at the grass roots level.

Find out how song and Bible stories can inspire you to feel empowered to make a difference in the world!

This day is free to attend but registration is essential as numbers are limited. A voluntary collection will be taken at some point during the day.

Please bring some food to share with others at lunchtime. Tea, coffee and water will be provided and there will be a cafe open at which food and drinks can be purchased.

Climate Change: heartache and hope

A service bringing together Christians from across Leeds to reflect, lament and take action in care of the planet in the face of a climate crisis is taking place at St George’s Church on Monday 30th March at 6:30pm. There will be space to lament what we are losing, prayers for the future and workshops to engage in actions alongside others.

Arrive from 6.15pm to grab a cuppa. The service, which will include break out time for workshops, will start at 6.30pm and finish by 8.30pm. Please book here.

There will be workshops on:

  • Local church responses – exploring what local churches can do
  • Civil disobedience – exploring how we can get involved in direct action
  • Craftivism -exploring how we can use positive and encouraging forms of activism to make a change
  • Advocacy – exploring how we can make our voice heard to those in power
  • A quiet reflective space instead of a workshop

Carbon Conversations Taster Session

The Leeds Faith for Climate Action Group are running a Carbon Conversations Taster Session. If you are concerned about your own personal carbon footprint but find it difficult to make a change then why not come along to the Leeds Church Institute on Tuesday 25th February at 6:30pm. Please book by emailing events@leedschurchinstitute.org

Climate and Travel

Leeds Methodist Mission and is hosting an evening of learning and reflection on Thursday 27th February about how we can all make more sustainable travel choices.

From our daily commute to our summer holiday, we all make choices about how we travel and this has an impact on the planet.

We are invited to an evening discussing the challenges and joys of trying to make more sustainable, carbon light choices. Everyone is welcome, whether you fly weekly or haven’t flown for 10 years.

As part of our everyday activism events we always take some small positive actions to encourage systemic change and this will be no different.

There will be food from 6pm and content from 6.30pm, finishing by 8.30pm. Please book here.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

Get Ready for Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 16-23) and Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb. 17)

“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

This Sunday – Picnic in Beckett Park

This Sunday (7th July) we are taking the normal shared lunch after church outdoors to the Beckett Park Picnic in the Park. Its a lovely chance to enjoy the outdoors, listen to music from Bassa Bassa band and hang out with some of our St Chad’s and St Michael’s neighbours. There will be activities for younger kids (organised by South Parade Baptist Church) plus wide games.

So why not bring a picnic and something to sit on and join us between 1pm and 5pm at Beckett Park. We will try to arrange lifts from All Hallows for those that need them (let us know if you can offer a lift). and if you fancy baking a cake for the cake stall then the organisers would *love* that and it will raise funds for local community activities.

Everyone is welcome!

Ceilidh for Nicaragua

On Saturday 15th June at 7pm we are hosting a

Ceilidh for Nicaragua

With the Captain Bullhead Ceilidh Band “playing music you want to dance to and showing you how to dance to it – even if you’ve never done it before in your life!”

Entry £6 / £4 concessions
Food and bar available
Children welcome
All funds go to support Community Projects
in La Concha, Nicaragua

leeds.laconcha@yahoo.co.uk 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceilidh-for-nicaragua-tickets-62885703833

Bengali Bistro and toilet “christening”!

In celebration and thanksgiving for All Hallows’ bright shiny new toilets (hurray!), we’re christening them with a curry night of delicious Bengali food on Friday 19th April (non-spicy option also available) and fundraising for our friends in La Concha, Nicaragua at the same time.

All Hallows has a long standing link with La Concha, a beautiful area of Nicaragua near the Masaya volcano. Many families there don’t have basic sanitation. Leeds Central America Solidarity group works with the Nicaraguan Community Movement to provide families with the materials for building a latrine and support to do so. Nicaragua has had a very tough time recently and as always, it’s the poorest who are hit hardest. Having adequate toilet facilities can literally be a matter of life and death – it’s not just important for the family themselves, but for the whole community.

Come and support our community cafe by having a delicious 3 course pay-as-you-feel dinner. Proceeds will be split 50/50 between the latrines and the Rainbow Junktion cafe.

Vegan and gluten free options will be available but please let us know if you have any allergies.

Tickets are free to book and then you pay what you feel the evening was worth on the night. If you book and then can’t make it please cancel your ticket as these nights are usually fully booked.