What do you get if you invite Christians, Muslims, Jews, local people of faith and no faith to a Big Lunch / Sadaqa Day event on a snowy Sunday afternoon in March?
Well, it’s snow joke but it was fun, educational, emotional and very warm!
A Sadaqa Day is a Muslim day of social action and this time we were honoured to be able to host the event at All Hallows sharing food, getting to know each other better and hearing about some of the issues that our brothers and sisters experience as our Muslim neighbours. Adam shared with us the craziness of certain hateful people and Shahab’s brilliant response of “Love A Muslim Day” on April 3rd.
We also heard from Leeds No Borders about their work with refugees and asylum seekers, how we might help and we wrote to our MPs in support of the fasting “prisoners” at Yarl’s Wood detention centre.
Kate shares with us about the work of Leeds No Borders
Adam talks about “Love a Muslim Day” on April 3rd #LoveAMuslimDay
A little bit of Craftivism!
Despite the snow and ice there was a great turn out and we all made new friends. A great afternoon!
Sunday’s service was all age worship for the start of Lent. We went ‘into the desert’ where Jesus (and many of God’s people) have been tried and tested, and have grown in faith. We explored the desert (the sandpit!), we made space for quiet and contemplation, we made unleavened bread (pancakes), and we made prayer chains to help us give these 40 days of Lent to God.
Click on any picture to start the slide show. Also see Part 1
At the Bistro night on 2 February there will be two events going on to which you are invited. Alice Trull will hold a drop off point for clothes for refugees in Calais. There is a list here of the items she would like on the facebook event. https://www.facebook.com/events/159813944667544/ Please bring what you can.
This is going on at the same time as the event raising money for Christian Aid and All Hallows’ Church Roof. This is a clothes swap or SWISH so if you are having a clear out this January, please bring your preloved clothes and go home with lots of new ones to love! https://www.facebook.com/events/1002475066551322/
Fabulous filling food, helping refugees and new clothes for ourselves at the same time as raising vital funds! Please come along and like and SHARE the FB events.
Gabriel and Gabriella make their announcement to Mary
Joe and Mary
Boo … hissssss … it’s King Herod
The Donkey complains about the baby in his food
The Wise Persons
A little Star
The Big Book of Stars told them of a new king
The gifts are delivered
King Herod – makes up!
Take a well deserved bow
Did you know that Widow Swankey and King Herod used to play together as children, along with Widow Swankey’s sister Mabel (or was that Cabel)?
Or did you know that the donkey got really upset because those humans, Mary and Joseph, didn’t seem to care that there was a baby in his food?
Or that one of the Wise Men thought that a cloud looked like a sheep with no legs and no head?!
Well, this year’s nativity taught us a lot of new things and was fantastic fun. Oh no it wasn’t! Oh yes it was!
Rosa, one of the young people in Kid’s Church wrote and directed the amazing Pantivity, or was a Natomine, and had us rolling around with laughter. The children were absolutely fantastic, the adults didn’t do to badly either and the donkey made a complete ass of himself!
All Hallows’ PCC – not getting much work done as it is Heston’s birthday tomorrow!
As part of our Creatide 3 service we also shared this light hearted (but still serious) prayer!
The Terra Preta Prayer
Our Carbon who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name
By kingdom come, thy will be done, IN the Earth to make it Heaven.
It will give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our atmospheric trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against the Kyoto protocols
And lead us not into fossil fuel temptation, but deliver us from it’s evil
low as we walk through the valley of the shadow of Global Warming,
I will feel no evil, your Bio-fuels and fertile microbes will comfort me,
For thine is the fungal kingdom,
and the microbe power,
and the Sequestration Glory,
For ever and ever (well at least 2000 years)
This Sunday we even had rainbow biscuits! Thanks Paul and Margaret!
All Hallows youth took the canal by storm last Sunday as part of our bi monthly youth group!
The rain held off long enough for a picnic and water fight by the canal before we ate ice creams and played card games at Hannah’s place. Paint balling and Go Ape were mentioned as future desired venues for youth trips. Help!
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