Welcome to Enews+ for September 6

The latest resources, important information and more.
In This Edition
  • From the Desk of the Diocesan Secretary
  • New from the Diocese
  1. Children, Young People and Families Team News
  2. Rhythm of Life
  3. Diocesan Generosity Week
  4. The Diocese and the Environment
  5. Safeguarding in the Diocese
  • Resources
  • Vacancies
  • Other Useful Links and Information
From the Desk of the Diocesan Secretary
Dear all,
Welcome to the very first edition of Enews+.
We felt it right to launch a new diocesan communication at a point in the year when everything feels new and organised. Pencils are sharpened, rubbers cleaned, trigonometry sets bought and schools shoes shined. Today’s Enews+ is a little like a back-to-school communication and it is our hope that it helps rather than overburdens. 
We are very aware of the volume of communications in our lives. Messages land 24/7 and it can feel overwhelming. I know the diocese, in its desire to share resources, provide information or seek your views, can sometimes fall into the “more is less” category.
To this end, we aim to send you a monthly digital newsletter that contains key messages all in one place. This builds on the approach taken with the COVID-19 bulletins and will replace some of the other communications you receive. On the first Monday of every month you can expect Enews+ as a single email, with a wealth of information to be digested at your leisure and referred back to as needed.
It will take us a bit of time to get this right, so please provide us with constructive feedback. We want to know if we are covering the right stuff, in the right detail and at the right time. Comments can be sent to communications@leeds.anglican.org
For this issue I wanted to flag two key things. Firstly to say that whilst the specific COVID bulletins have stopped due to the fact we seem to have reached a settled position, the support we provide has not. If you need any help with COVID-related questions then please email us at covid-19help@leeds.anglican.org. Secondly I wanted to commend Generosity Week to you. Generosity is an important part of our discipleship and it is our hope that the resources and support helps with conversations about it.
We hope the information below is helpful!
With every blessing
New from the Diocese
Children, Young People and Families Team News
The Children, Young People and Families Team support parishes as they seek to develop and extend their mission and ministry with children, young people and their families. The team are based in the diocesan offices but operate across the whole diocese; for more information or if you have specific requests, please contact them via childrenyouth@leeds.anglican.org
The team are pleased to share details of training and events for this half term:
  • September 18 Working with Children and Young People Saturday session 1: This is the first of six sessions of the Working with Children and Young People course; a nine-topic course, designed to give participants a grasp of the various aspects of working with those under 18 in a Christian/church context.
  • There are two sessions looking at seasonal resources: September 21 Resourcing Autumn for children and October 20 Resourcing Christmas for All Ages  
  • September 30 Building a Team: an evening of tips and encouragement for those working as part of (or looking to start) a team for ministry with children and young people.
  • October 5 Engaging with Christening Families: A workshop looking at the mission opportunities for parishes engaging with families who bring children for baptism; part of the Children, Young People and Families Missional Toolkit training
We have some exciting plans for the Rhythm of Life this autumn and going forward. If you haven't been to one of our sessions yet, it would be great to see you at the next “Get Started” session. If you have been engaging with the Rhythm of Life for a while now, please do join together with others at the upcoming "How is it Going?" session

We have produced a Rhythm of Life Creationtide course for parishes that can serve as a stepping stone for further engagement with these initiatives. We will also be writing an Advent 2021 course and Lent 2022 course, so do keep your eyes peeled for more information on these later in the year. 

Plus, don't forget to spread the word to others in your congregation! 

For more information about the Rhythm of Life, please visit: learning.leeds.anglican.org/rol
The Diocese of Leeds is pleased to announce it will be holding its first ever Diocesan Generosity Week this September. From September 26 to October 3, churches and individuals are encouraged to explore God’s generosity through eight days of service and worship materials. 

The many resources available have been written by the experts in the National Giving Team, and they can be adapted for use by churches to suit different context and needs. All the materials are undated so can be used to hold a generosity week whenever suits a church best.

For members of our worshipping community and beyond, the diocese will be broadcasting a range of Facebook Live events, webinars, and social media posts to enable folk to join in across the diocese.

For more details please click here.
The Diocese and the environment
Celebrating Creationtide: September 1 - October 4
The Season of Creation or Creationtide is a relatively new addition to the church year, dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. A wide range of off the shelf worship material are available on the Church of England website here and Diocesan website here. This year as global attention builds towards the COP26 International Climate Change talks in November every church is being encouraged to hold a Climate Sunday during Creationtide.

We invite you to look at the newly published toolkit for churches on how to start the journey to be carbon net zero. Alongside this step by step guide are case studies from churches that are underway with the six steps to zero.
This toolkit is part of the diocesan Saving Creation: Strategic action to combat climate change, our strategy to follow the lead of the national church by aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030 as an act of love for our neighbours.
Safeguarding in the Diocese
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team have released their latest newsletter for Autumn 2021. It can be found here. Contents include:
  • Information on training
  • An update on Safe Spaces
  • An update on safer recruitment
  • Changes to DBS certificates and the Update Service
  • Information on Safeguarding Sunday
  • A PCR2 update
  • Information about safeguarding dashboards
A new resource pack to help churches better support people with disabilities has recently been produced by the diocese and churches across the British Isles. Called ‘A Welcoming Church’, it has been produced by the Diocese of Leeds in collaboration with Dublin and Glendalough Youth Officer Susie Keegan, and The Church of Ireland Youth Department. Read more here.
Living in Love and Faith, The Church of England’s landmark set of resources on questions of identity and which draws together the Bible, theology, science and history with powerful real-life stories has now been published. The product of three years’ work includes a 480-page book, a series of films and podcasts, a course and an online library of other publications. Find more here
During the Covid 19 crisis, we’ve had to adjust to very different rhythms. As Christians, we believe Jesus should be at the heart of our rhythms of life, whatever our circumstances. Find out more here about the ‘Rhythm of Life’, including what will be happening this autumn and beyond.
The latest edition of the Prayer Diary is now online to download.There are fresh prayers for Sudan as well as prayers for Tanzania. Download prayers here.
For information, resources and more, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
We are looking for someone to join our Children, Young People and Families Team to champion promoting and resourcing mission and ministry with Children aged 0-12, working 21 hours per week. For more details click here.
The Diocese of Leeds is seeking to appoint a Parish Support Accountant, who will play a vital role in supporting our parishes with financial matters. The Parish Support Accountant has the primary responsibility for delivering financial support to parishes and other similar organisations, to assist and support them in maintaining and improving their finance functions. For more details click here.
Other Useful Links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact our advisers on:
safeguarding@leeds.anglican.org or call 0113 353 0257 
Carla Darbyshire - Safeguarding Team Leader
Jenny Leccardi - Safeguarding Adviser
Narinder Lyon - Safeguarding Adviser
Nikki Rose - Assistant Safeguarding Adviser
Moves and Appointments

Revd David Robinson has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Philip Greenhalgh has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Jenny Kimber has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Karen Campbell has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd John Walker has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Tim Thomas as Assistant Area Dean of the Inner Bradford Deanery (Bradford EA)

Revd Matthew Broughton as Vicar of St Giles, Bramhope (Leeds EA)

The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
Contact us with your news
Please contact the Communications Team with your news so we can share it with the wider diocese. Our regular Enews is published twice a month. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org  
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