The Electoral Roll is a sort of official membership of an Anglican church, it is the register of people qualified to attend and vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) where elections take place for the Parochial Church Council (PCC – the main decision making body of the parish church) and our representatives on Deanery Synod (the next level up in Church of England decision making). Our next APCM will be held on Sunday April 28th.
Why revise it?
Every six years we are required by the Church of England to “start again”, that is, delete everyone from the Electoral Roll and ask people to sign up again.
How do I join?
It is easy to sign up for the Electoral Roll, simply read and fill in the Electoral Roll Form, put it in an envelope (used/recycled is fine), label it as ‘Electoral Roll 2019’ and hand it to Heston, Lydia, Paul Magnall, Michael Lewis, Andrea Hill, Jan Betts or Rachel Parkes or post it through the vicarage door.
If you would like to know more then do please ask one of the above people. Printed copies are available at the church.
This morning, before our church service started, one of our fellowship was taken ill. Within five minutes of phoning, an ambulance had arrived and our sick friend was being cared for.
Our undervalued paramedics, doctors, nurses and all who manage to make the NHS work so well despite being used as a political and financial football deserve our thanks and support. So, thank you, all of you! Thank you for caring.
The refurbishment work on the toilets starts on Monday and will last for about three weeks. We are really, really, really looking forwards to the work being completed! During the work there will be temporary portaloos outside to provide additional facilities though we hope that at least one toilet will be available inside at all times. I hope you will all bear with us while this work is in progress.
Farewell to this ……
And if you would like to contribute towards the refurbishment or towards the roof replacement fund please click here
Our Muslim friends and neighbours have just started the holy month / season for Hajj (pilgrimages to Mecca.) This includes Eid ul-Adha, a special celebration of the faith of Ibrahim who we call Abraham and whose life we also celebrate – along with Sarah of course! Let us pray for peace for all that travel and who seek for the God of Abraham.
Last Saturday Leeds was visited by members of the English Defence League, a far-right group who are racist and fascist. A rally and march protesting against what the EDL stands for was organised. In several conversations before the events we asked why is it that we always seem to put our energies into being anti something instead of pro something and so it was great to see so many people out on the streets of Leeds celebrating that, in the words of the great Jo Cox “we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”
Against hate – FOR HOPE.
Against fascism – FOR FREEDOM.
Against EDL – FOR EVERYONE!
‘Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.’ — 1 Corinthians 13
Here are some photos from the event and a video of Heston speaking on the Town Hall steps with our great friend Adam Aslam
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…
Those of you who live locally may have noticed the barriers and signs going up around the old All Hallows’ vicarage during the last few weeks and you may have wondered what is happening.
The old vicarage is owned by St George’s Crypt and has been run as a “wet house” for many years with the aim of “encouraging them to cut down on alcohol consumption and gain control of their lives, whilst improving their physical and emotional well-being.” They now plan to redevelop the site to provide flats as part of their support for helping to get people back onto their feet. The old vicarage is due to be demolished in the near future. It will be sad to see it go!
If you have any memories of the old All Hallows’ vicarage when it still owned by the church do please share them with us.
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!