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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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