Jo Cox anniversary
It’s a year since Jo Cox, MP for Batley was struck down suddenly and brutally by a Nazi sympathiser. Her husband Brendan Cox has invited the nation to celebrate her life by organising events that bring us together and celebrate diversity. All Saints School has invited the Church to join them to organise a big street party on Saturday 17th June 2-4 p.m. on Kennion Street and the Church and its grounds.
The need for such a community event is all the greater following the massacre in Manchester, and All Saints is well placed in a Muslim community to build bridges of friendship in Bradford.
The programme for the afternoon includes entertainer Harry Kingham and colleague, School Choir, Cheerleaders and Talent Show; stalls include plants, music, cakes, bric-a-brac, books, tombola, face painting. There are trips up the tower with stunning views across the city; a fire engine has been invited and the Lord Mayor hopes to put in an appearance. Refreshments are in Church, provided by us. All profits will be divided according to who runs the stall. Unfortunately it’s Ramadan, so lots of Muslims won’t be eating.
We thank All Saints School for their organisation and for being such a great partner. Together we work towards the Bible’s ‘Do good to all, especially to the household of God’ and ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’; surely whatever brings us together opens the door to love.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited all Christians to spend the ten days between Ascension Day and Pentecost praying to grow in confidence as witnesses to Christ. Hundreds of thousands have already committed to be involved.
In St Oswald’s and All Saints we will set aside times to pray – at St Oswald’s – with one another and with God in prayer: –
Thursday 25th May 10.30 a.m.
Tuesday 30th May 12.15 p.m.
Wednesday 31st May 6.30 p.m.
Thursday 1st June 12.15 p.m.
Friday 2nd June 12.15 p.m.
Saturday 3rd June 11.45 a.m.
Derek and Helen with Reuben and Matilda will be moving to Bradford from Durham at the end of his theological training subject to house purchase. Derek will be ordained deacon at Bradford Cathedral on Saturday 1st July at 3 p.m. He used to work for ‘e:merge’ with young people in Bradford, as well as running the youth group jointly with Helen at Holy Trinity Idle; they are delighted to be in inner-city Bradford.
Carol leaves All Saints and Bradford to take up the post of Deputy Warden at Parcevall Hall from 5th June. Carol first came to All Saints in August 2010, was confirmed and immediately began to take a leading role, at first in Deanery Synod and PCC, then running Inn Churches one year, then starting ‘Three Cups of Tea’, then training as a Reader in the Church of England, licensed last October. Her health was poor and she has carried a heavy responsibility for her parents, all with good grace. We shall miss her!
St Oswald’s Coffee Morning on 3rd June will be in aid of St Stephen’s ‘Warm the Heart’ campaign to raise £60,000 towards a new heating system.
All fathers are invited to Church on June 18th, Fathers’ Day, when there will be a small gift for each father – of any age. Fathers’ Day is a festival I have resisted for years, because it was invented by the advertising market, but since it’s here let’s celebrate the contribution fathers make.