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Thought for the Day – We need your feedback!

Each week, from Monday to Friday, people from All Hallows, St Chads and St Michaels share a Thought for the Day as a moment of pause and reflection.  The team of 20+ people would love to get your honest feedback on the Thought for the Day so that we can decide whether to continue into Advent and 2021.  

Please click on the link below and let us know what you think:

https://forms.gle/LRBo4ufrnNaCmt6f9

Please don’t hold back with any positives or negatives – all feedback will help us work out whether this is worth investing our time and energies in going forward.  Sometimes things are useful for a season while others are worth keeping for the longer term.  Thank you for helping us to work this out.  We’d be grateful for your feedback by 5 November 2020 so we can make plans!

With every blessing,

The Thought for the Day Team at All Hallows, St Chads and St Michaels

Celebrations and Introductions

Hello all you lovely people! Praise God and thank you all for a hopeful uplifting time this morning ❤🍁🍯🍋🍓🙏☺

I lift you high in praise, O my God,
and I’ll bless your name into eternity!
God is magnificent; she can never be praised enough.

There are no boundaries to her greatness!

Psalm 145

As promised, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Josh Peckett. Josh will join us as curate upon ordination in July, and share his time between All Hallows and St Michael’s and St Chad’s.

Please pray for Josh over the coming months – and please prepare to give him a huge warm All Hallows welcome! Here he is in his own words….

Hello everyone,

I’m Josh and I am delighted to introduce myself as your new curate from next summer. I must confess I always find it a daunting exercise to write about myself in this way, but here goes!

I originally come from Leeds and have lived in different parts of the city and surrounding country for much of my life. So, it is a great pleasure to be able to return to the Diocese of Leeds to serve as curate.

I am currently training for ministry at Westcott House theological college in Cambridge, after years of discerning belief and a calling to the priesthood. The journey has taken me from an irreligious background to a living faith and the riches of the Church of England. I first began questioning what I believed at secondary school. This continued for several years and I found that no matter how hard I tried to disbelieve, I felt an unmovable rock at my core that kept saying to me that I believe in God. I had a sense of increasingly being pulled towards the Church and I knew I wanted to be confirmed. Shortly afterwards I started going to the local parish church.

I read Classics at Durham University, which was a period of growth and exploration for me, in terms of study, making friends, vocation and faith. I met lots of people and made some close friendships which I have maintained ever since, and those friends remain sources of support, encouragement and joy to me. After graduating from university, I spent a year working at an Anglican church in Belgium. When I returned home, I was asked to work for the Communications Team of the Diocese in Europe. It involved a fair bit of redesigning websites and managing social media output, which very much appealed to my creative side. I am a big history enthusiast and love reading the works of Terry Pratchett. But quite often, in normal times, you can find me in the pub with a pint.

As I write this, I am aware that this is a difficult time for everyone living in West Yorkshire and other parts of the North. The last seven months have been incredibly challenging and painful for many of us, and there is a lot of uncertainty about the future. There is great strength and consolation to be drawn from our faith lived in community. It is that community, both in its joys and trials, that I look forward to joining and walking with you on our Christian journey together. Be assured of my prayers for you over the coming months, and I ask that you pray for me as I begin my final year of training and prepare for ordination.

– Josh

Wednesday worship

Please find below the liturgy that we will be using for our Wednesday evening worship for the next few weeks. Do join us if you can on Facebook Live at 7pm on Wednesday evenings.

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Closures

In line with other churches throughout the UK All Hallows will not be holding services in the church building for the foreseeable future. Most events in the building have been cancelled.

Rainbow Junktion will continue to operate by preparing and distributing meals for those in need but food will only be available on a “take out” or delivery basis.

Heston has become a virtual vicar, he will continue to be available via phone, email, video link and possibly even tin cans and string if necessary! We are all encouraged to light a candle and pray together at 7pm each evening in an act of prayer solidarity. If you wouldd like some online prompting / guidance as you pray, here are a few good websites and apps:

  • Pray as you go – Jesuit daily prayer with readings and music and short reflection. Takes about 10 minutes.
  • Time to Pray – CofE daily prayer which is very easy and calming.
  • #livelent – daily action, prayer and bible reading for Lent – with ideas for individuals and family.
  • Headspace – 10 minutes daily silence/ meditation
  • Facebook – we will blast the All Hallows Facebook page with hopeful positive beautiful wise wonderful things in the days and weeks ahead.

Here is the Prayer for a Pandemic we prayed last Sunday:
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.
Amen.

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE – 13 March 2020

If you have a new cough OR high temperature — irrespective of whether you have travelled or not…

CORONA VIRUS HELP TOOL

Guidelines

  • Do NOT shake hands with or embrace other people – avoiding physical contact reduces the risk of transmitting the virus
  • We recommend that anyone who is elderly (age 80 and over), anyone who is frail and those with known medical conditions like lung, kidney and heart conditions stay at home to minimise the risk of catching the virus. Phone or text someone in the congregation to let us know and we will remember you in our meeting
  • Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before and after meeting with people. See this video for guidance.

Community Heroes

This week we were thrilled that our local councillors gave All Hallows and Rainbow Junktion a Community Heroes Award for building community and loving neighbours. Which is also a wonderful witness to the wider nation- as Brexit seemingly invites/enables so much division suspicion xenophobia etc.

Other wonderful organisations to receive this award included ARARA, the Cardigan Centre, Headingley Development Trust, Headingley LitFestHEART, Leeds CC Cleaner Neighbourhoods Team, North Hyde Park Residents Association, our local Police & PCSOs, Sankar Group, Shire Oak Primary School, South Headingley Community Association, Spring Bank Primary SchoolLeeds University UnionZero Carbon Headingley, Caring Together, Woodhouse Ridge Action Group … and there were more. A huge thank you to Councillors Al Garthwaite, Neil Walshaw & Jonathan Pryor.

Let us all work towards that more beautiful community that our hearts desire!

“Daylight Saving Time” ends

“Daylight Saving Time” ends this weekend which means that the clocks get turned back an hour on Sunday morning very early. If you forget to turn your clocks back then you will turn up to church an hour early!

Workers at Stonehenge busy moving stones back one hour.

Revision of Electoral Roll 2019

What is the Electoral Roll?

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.

Thank God for the NHS

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.

December at All Hallows’