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



  • 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’

Toilet Refurbishment – at last!

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

Pilgrimage time

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.

Anti-hate or Pro-love?

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.

‘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

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Improving Community Relations Prize

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…

Reverend Heston and All Hallows Church