Religion

St Paul

Image of sanctuary windowSt Paul's is the Church of England parish church, and is a pleasant enough Victorian stone building, fitting in both location and size. It has some fetching stained glass, and furniture by Robert Thompson.

Holy Communion is on Sun at 08:00. There is an hour long Parish Communion on Sun at 10:00, except for the third Sun of the month, when there is a non-Eucharist themed service.

See A Church Near You for more information.

I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate. His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.
   -Song of Solomon 8:2-3

Methodist Church

Even the Methodists celebrate the pomegranate. See Lenten and Easter Symbols

Shadwell also has Methodist Church in traditional plain chapel style, with a Sunday morning congregation of about 30 people.

Sunday School runs in conjunction with the morning service.

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,
Look upon a little child;
Pity my simplicity,
Suffer me to come to Thee.
   -Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1742

A friendly get-together for coffee takes place after every morning service, and a service of Holy Communion is held once a month.

See Shadwell Methodist Church for more information.

Synagogues

There are many synagogues near Shadwell, including the United Hebrew Congregation Shadwell Lane (excellent website).

And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, ...
   -Exodus 28:33

The nearest Reform synagogue is Sinai Synagogue on Roman Avenue.

Catholic

Pomegranate from the Clerestory Window of St Pius V Catholic Church, Saint Louis

There is no obviously convenient Catholic Church serving Shadwell.

Adherents might consider The Immaculate Heart Of Mary on Harrogate Road.

In Eastern cultures, the many-seeded pomegranate was regarded as a fertility symbol. Nevertheless, 400 pomegranates adorned the two pillars in front of the temple (2 Chr. 4:13). Pomegranates alternated with bells on the robe of the high priest (Ex. 39:24). The Israelites did not refrain from using the pomegranate symbol, even though pagans in nearby Syria worshiped a god named Rimmon, meaning "Pomegranate" (2 Kgs. 5:18; Strong’s Concordance, 7417, 7416).
   -Did the Catholic Church Have Its Origin in Paganism?

Mosques

There are several mosques in Leeds, with at least two in LS17.

  • Baab-ul-ilm Muslim Community of Metro Leeds on Shadwell Lane, run by the Pakistani community
  • Iqra Centre in Moortown, run by the UK Islamic Mission

Other mosques nearby are

  • Shah Jalal Mosque in Harehills, run by the Bangladesh Islamic Society
  • Markazi Jamia Masjid Bilal in Harehills, housing the Muslim Cultural Society and run by the Pakistani community
  • The Mosque in Scott Hall

 

He is the One who established gardens, trellised and untrellised, and palm trees, and crops with different tastes, and olives, and pomegranate - fruits that are similar, yet dissimilar.
   -Qur'an 6:141
Which of your Lord's marvels can you deny? In them are fruits, date palms, and pomegranate.
   -Qur'an 55:67-68

Gurudwaras

There are several Sikh temples in Leeds. Notable are The Sikh Temple in Chapletown, and Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji in Potternewton Mansion.

To get kernel, pomegranate is to be broken;
Similarly to correct senseless people, sword has to be taken up.
   -Bhai Gurdas Var-34 pauri-13