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!
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!
All Hallows Church will be CLOSED for essential maintenance work from Monday 7th November to Thursday 10th November inclusive.
We will re-open on Friday 11th November but there will be no cafe that day however the RAINBOW BISTRO will be OPEN in the evening from 7.30pm till 9.30pm.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Since setting up the Traidcraft stall in Summer 2015 members of All Hallows have spent almost £2,000 and by doing so have generated over £250 income for the church.
Not only have we bought lovely goods which have done all sorts of good (good working conditions; good wages; good relationships), but it is allowing All Hallows to continue to do good too – win win, so keep shopping at the Traidcraft stall, every Sunday after the service 🙂