Welcome to the Enews for December 8

The latest resources, news and more.
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A headteacher at one of our primary schools has been named Headteacher of the Year in the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards. Helen Stott of Allerton CE Primary has been a Headteacher at Allerton CE Primary, Leeds since 2006 and which was re-launched in 2007. Find out more here
In response to the cost of living crisis, churches across our diocese have begun to open their doors to the public as Warm Spaces. One of those churches, doing their best to support people struggling with their rising bills this winter, is St Paul’s Ireland Wood who have set up a weekly space on a Monday teatime called Warm Welcome. Find out more here
The Rt Revd Stephen Race has been consecrated as the new Bishop of Beverley. Bishop Stephen said: “It's my hope that those who look to the Bishop of Beverley for pastoral and sacramental support may continue to be a vibrant presence within the Church in order that all people may have the opportunity to hear and respond to the transformational love of Jesus Christ." Find out more here
The new Rector of Leeds City Parish, the Revd Canon Paul Maybury, has been officially welcomed to the city at an Inauguration Service held at Leeds Minster (on Sunday, December 4). The sermon was given and the service led by the recently installed Bishop of Kirkstall, the Rt Revd Arun Arora. Find out more here
What it means to be a disciple in today’s world is the focus of our newly published Rhythm of Life 2023 Lent course. Consisting of five sessions, the course includes a mixture of online materials and videos, which are designed to be used by parishes. Find out more here
The Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Leeds took part in a Global Day of Action this past weekend across the diocese. On Saturday, November 26, a Global Day of Action called for an end to the violence and abuse suffered by one in three women across the world. Find out more here
Christmas trees filled Halifax Minster, as its annual festival attracted hundreds of visitors through its doors. The Christmas Tree Festival at the Minster, which took place last weekend for its sixth year, is firmly fixed in the calendar of the town and the borough of Calderdale. Find out more here
The Revd Canon Dr Mark Powley, currently the Principal at St Hild College, has been appointed as the Archbishop’s Mission Enabler for the North. This is a new role which will focus on revitalising parishes and planting new churches across the Northern Province. Find out more here
Primary school children form across the Leeds area have been learning more about the Christmas story this Advent. Some 600 primary school children went to see thee St George’s Leeds nativity, ‘The House of God’s Promise’, on Friday, November 25. The children came from six schools, and attended across three performances during the day. Find out more here
Hundreds of turkey sandwiches were served with tea, coffee and mulled wine to visitors who flocked to the Ripon Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair. The popular event raised a huge £38,500 towards the music, heritage conservation and education programme at the Cathedral and featured a hundred stalls of seasonal gifts and food. Find out more here
St James’ Manston have been celebrating the start of Advent by sharing collective worship with the local primary school. As part of the service the children, from Manston St James’ Primary Academy, helped decorate the church by contributing to the Advent wreath in the church. Find out more here
Across the diocese and beyond over 300 people used daily prayer bulletins to cover COP27 in prayer. One major outcome from the international climate talks held in Egypt was the establishment of a “Loss and Damage Fund”, which will help to pay for protection of the most vulnerable countries already suffering climate breakdown impacts, such as drought, floods and storms. Find out more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning
Thursday, December 8 at 7.30pm
In the business leading up to Christmas, you are invited to find some peace and stillness. With the help of Scripture and other sources of inspiration, we journey deeper into advent. This session offers an opportunity to reflect, pray and discover the practice of Christian meditation. To receive the Zoom link, please email charlie.scott@leeds.anglican.org
A new online self-paced course for people who are learning to live with dementia, for those sharing the journey with them, and for church communities looking to provide appropriate care and support. More information and immediate self-enrolment is available here.
Starting in 2023
Starting on Monday, January 9
The course is open to anyone who has a heart for caring for people. This is your last chance to take this course prior to next year’s Lay Pastoral Minister applications closing. It is a great course for a whole prayer ministry or visiting team to attend together. Find out more here
Starting on Wednesday, January 11
A course designed to help Christians feel more confident about sharing their own personal faith story without feeling uncertain about what they believe, or anxious about difficult questions. A great way to get your church talking about their faith. This course is open to clergy and laity. Find out more here
Tuesday, January 17 at 7.30pm
A chance to find out more about the Rhythm of Life initiative and have your questions answered. Hosted by Bishop Tony Robinson and the Rhythm of Life Steering Group. To register your interest and to receive the Zoom meeting link, please email RoL@leeds.anglican.org
Starting on Thursday, January 19
A Diocesan Lay Pathway for lay people who are unable to commit to becoming Licensed Lay Ministers but still feel called to a preaching ministry on an occasional basis. Please note that applications for this course must be received by 12 noon on Wednesday, December 21. Find out more here
Starting on Monday, January 23 at 2.30pm
This new enquirers’ course is open to anyone who seeks a deeper engagement with the person of Christ. This course is a new model of relational and experiential Enquirer’s Course by Sam Wells. Find out more here
Wednesday, January 25 at 9am
A day course at the Trinity Centre in Bingley to explore how to make our churches more inclusive to members of all communities. This course is open to both clergy and laity. Find out more here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Sunday, December 11 at 3.30pm
A fun and interactive service for all ages. Exploring the meaning of Christmas through song, film and making Christingles. Followed by cake and refreshments. Reserve a spot here
Sunday, December 11 at 3.30pm
Yorkshire Cricket is hosting a Christmas celebration, which will include carols, readings and an interview with our own Bishop of Kirkstall, Arun Arora. Find out more here
Friday, December 16 at 7pm
One of Wakefield Cathedral's flagship festive events of the year, Carols by Candlelight returns for 2022, a fabulous evening of carols and Christmas music with Wakefield Cathedral Choir. Reserve a spot here
Saturday, December 17 at 7.30pm
An evening of traditional music at Ripon Cathedral featuring local bands and schools. Find out more here about this event and others at the cathedral.
Candles in the Dark
Sunday, February 5 at 6pm
A celebration of worship, inspiration and encouragement at Bradford Cathedral. An evening for anyone who wants to see their church growing. It will be organised by the diocesan Leading your Church into Growth team and will feature guest speaker, Sophie Jelley, the Bishop of Doncaster.
Discover resources from the Church of England to invite your community back to church this Christmas. The services and events will be specific to your community, but here you will find signposts to the national branding, reflections and more that will help you to invite people into your church – both online and onsite.
A new 2023 Rhythm of Life Lent Course has been created for churches across our diocese. The Rhythm of Life is an initiative that offers an opportunity for Christians to re-align and keep Christ at the centre of our daily lives. Discover the materials for the Lent course here on the Digital Learning Platform
The Digital Learning Platform is a place where you can discover, resources, events and online courses to enable you to dig deeper as a disciple of Jesus. It includes a number of learning areas. Why not check it out here?
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.
Sudan Link Calendars for 2023 are now available from Dale Barton, Sudan Working Group Secretary, at sudanlinkcontact@gmail.com. Donations of £2.50 to the Diocesan Board of Finance are invited to cover costs of production and postage.
Leeds Diocesan News continues to be produced in digital form, containing important news and views from across the Diocese of Leeds. Download and view the latest December edition here.
In response to the cost of living crisis, churches across our diocese have begun to open their doors to the public as Warm Spaces. One of those churches is St Paul’s Ireland Wood who have set up a weekly space on a Monday teatime called Warm Welcome. Watch the video here
Halifax Minster's annual Christmas Tree Festival took place for the first weekend of December. The Minster is filled with over 30 trees, sponsored and decorated by families and organisations from across the town. Watch the video here
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
An exciting opportunity has arisen as All Saints are looking to recruit someone to the post of Children’s and Youth Ministry Leader who will both oversee their current ministries to the next generation and their families, and provide strategic vision for future opportunities. Find out more about this role here
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 - Safeguarding Adviser
Moves and Appointments
Revd Canon Amos Kasibante has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds  
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
Contact us with your news
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