Next Sunday 15th January we are co-hosting the Leeds Muslim Youth Group’s Interfaith Conference. It is free! Sign Up NOW! (www.tinyurl.com/faithconference2016).
With All Hallows Church, Leeds, Emmanuel Centre University Of Leeds, Leeds Minster , Near Neighbours West Yorkshire, Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds, TRJFP at All Hallows’
A chance to share in God’s abundance as we eat a Christmas meal cooked up by chefs of all faiths and nations using food that has been rejected by our crazy food system and we share with many who would otherwise be alone or hungry at this time of feasting.
TRJFP is not the only project locally fighting food waste. TRJFP@AH isn’t open Saturdays (yet!) but FoodCycle is. They have a different approach to TRJFP@AH but they still aim to use what would otherwise be wasted food to feed hungry bellies.
We hosted our second ever All Hallows’ party and sleep over on sat 5th Nov. Syrian and local friends joined us for games, candy floss, Minion and Tangled films and pizza!
A personal highlight was seeing the young people organise and run the games, including a hilarious game of cooperative musical chairs where all 15 of the children piled on top of a very worried looking chair. Looking forward to next year already. Next time with ear plugs.
On Sunday morning we were joined for morning worship by friends from St Chad’s and St Michael’s, Headingley and we affirmed the following together:
We believe in a bright and amazing God,
who decorates the universe with bright light,
twinkling stars and brilliant colours,
again and again and again;
who has been to the depths of despair on our behalf;
who has risen in splendour and majesty.
We believe that Jesus is the light of the world;
that God believes in us, and trusts us,
even though we make the same mistakes
over and over again.
We commit ourselves to Jesus,
to one another as brothers and sisters,
and to the Maker’s wonderful way in the world.
God said: Let there be light. May we be the light of the world. Amen!
A huge thank you to all who made the weekend possible but especially to Heston and Lydia for all the hard work that they put in. They must be in need of another holiday now!
Today the Guardian published a series of articles about welcoming refugees – and TRJFP@AH was included!
Read the article here!
We have a very exciting series of gigs being hosted at All Hallows this autumn with food being provided beforehand by the TRJFP@AH Rainbow Bistro.
The series kicks off on 21st October with “Breaking the Spell of Loneliness” – an intriguing gig with Ewan McLennan and George Monbiot. George is a well known journalist for the Guardian who had an idea – this has developed into a series of songs written by Ewan. The gig will involve George speaking about the topics and telling the stories with Ewan performing the songs. We are expecting this event to be a sellout so book quickly for the gig and separately for the bistro beforehand.
We see the return of “old favourites” O’Hooley and Tidow a week later on 28th October. They have performed three times before and are back again – they either love the venue or the food or both! They will be promoting their new album “Shadows”. Book here for the gig and here for the bistro.
And to conclude, the great Martyn Joseph is coming back a year after his first gig for LAAH. Martyn joined us in the kitchen last year before performing a brilliant gig to a packed audience. He will be supported by the exciting Antje Duvekot. This is bound to be a sellout so book those tickets! Here for the gig and here for the bistro.
If you intend to come for the bistro please make sure you book your place separately – food is provided by The Real Junk Food Project at All Hallows and is available on a Pay As You Feel basis.
Praise God for a wonderful weekend. Saturday was Hyde Park Unity Day, and we teamed up with Christian and Muslim friends to host a stall…
We had HUNDREDS of visitors, and invited them to do three things:
1. Taste some food that is found in Bible and/or Quran (grapes, figs, dates, pomegranate, olives, bread and olive oil)
2. Make a mark on our ‘arty heart’. See how many languages you can spot- and keep an eye out for little baby Willow’s footprints!
3. Go do a Random Act of Kindness, and then come back and tell us about it. We wrote them up (there were hundreds!) on colourful cards, to make kindness bunting.
It was a super day, full of generosity and joy. And the Unity continued into Sunday! We had a picnic Eucharist with St Michael’s and St Chad’s and friends from Revive. But not before clearing a big field of litter, and putting huge smiles on the Unity Day organisers’ faces 🙂
Praise God and THANK YOU and a big hurray!
After church on Sunday we had a garden work party and bring-and-share barbeque. Besides some fantastic food we managed to get quite a lot of tidying up done in the garden. Well done everyone!
Maundy Thursday was an amazing evening of Jewishness, Jesus and Junk Food!
Our Jewish friend David Winston (with Heston as his sidekick) led us through a Passover meal; the ancient liturgy and symbols helped us to understand more deeply the ‘past’ of our Christian faith, and also the ‘present’ message of freedom and hope it offers in our modern world. This was especially poignant with our night shelter guests (fleeing homes in danger, longing for freedom and fullness of life) sharing the meal with us.
Then we had a wonderful (partly-kosher!) dinner courtesy of our Junk Food Café; our imam friend Adam taught us about wudhu (ritual washing before Muslim worship); and then David R-H led us reading John 13, saying our prayers and washing each other’s feet.
It was a very special and moving night. Jan said it was a deeply profound inter-faith experience and encounter; David Winston said it was like a big multi-culture-and-faith group hug 🙂