Welcome to the Enews for March 3

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News
Solidarity with our Ukrainian sisters and brothers was on full display at a recent Vigil for Peace in Ukraine held in Bradford. The Vigil, hosted by Bradford Cathedral, was attended by some 400 people, and was organised after the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine to bring together people from across the city of all faiths and none. Read more here
The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds has written an immediate response to the unfolding situation in Ukraine, following its invasion by Russian military forces. The article on the Diocese of Leeds website is published on Bishop Nick’s blog and a version has also appeared online in the Yorkshire Post. Read more here
The Ven Bill Braviner has been installed as the new Archdeacon for Halifax. At a service presided over by the Bishop of Leeds, Archdeacon Bill made his Declaration of Assent and swore oaths of allegiance before a congregation of family, friends and clergy at Wakefield Cathedral. Read more here
A new member of our clergy features in a BBC current affairs series that looks at the changing face of England’s national identity. Revd Leah Thompson, curate at Holy Trinity parish church, Idle featured in a regional episode of the new show We Are England, that was broadcast on Wednesday, February 23. Read more here
The Diocese of Leeds is honoured to be in the top ten charities to work for in the country, according to the Best Companies league tables. The league tables, announced at the Best Companies Live event, placed the diocese at number seven in the charity sector. Read more here
A new youth group at St Chad’s Church Far Headingley is celebrating half a year of existence with an exciting programme of activities this Spring. Formed in September 2021, the youth group began life with an Alpha Course. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, with some young people deciding to be baptised and confirmed in their faith. Read more here
A new app is bringing prayer to the streets of Huddersfield this Lent. Pray HD is the initiative of Hope Huddersfield, a group of churches including Anglicans. The aim is that during Lent the whole of Huddersfield and the surrounding villages will literally be covered in prayer. Read more here
The first episode of Jane McDonald’s new series 'My Yorkshire' saw the Wakefield born singer and TV presenter making a visit to Wakefield Cathedral and the Chantry Chapel. Airing on Sunday, February 20 the opening episode took in the sights of Jane’s hometown of Wakefield, including the cathedral. Read more here
One of our churches in the Ripon area has been able to show off its new facilities recently by hosting some 150 ultra marathon runners. The parish of Fewston and Blubberhouses have been investing in their church, with new under-pew heaters, an organ renovation, repaired windows and roof, a new kitchenette, and new toilets. Read more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning
Accepting Applications for Lay Ministry Pathways now
The latest deadline for all lay ministry pathways (LLM, LPM, LWL) is 12 noon on Tuesday, May 31 to allow for the necessary interviews and safeguarding checks to take place. Further information for the Licensed Lay Ministry Pathway may be found here, for the Lay Pastoral Minister Pathway may be found here and for the Lay Worship Leader Pathway may be found here.
Thursday, March 3 at 7pm
An online Lent course that can serve as a stepping stone for further engagement with the Rhythm of Life. This online diocesan-wide Lent course is for those unable to find a local course and it will be led by Hayley Cabbett-Matthews (author of the course and Director of Lay Training). Find out more here
March 5th, 26th and April 2nd, 9th
The bishops in the Diocese of Leeds invite you, during Lent, to come together for retreat days throughout the Diocese. This is an opportunity for reflection, prayer, learning and sharing with others, whilst engaging with the diocesan Rhythm of Life initiative. Everyone is welcome and more can be found here.
Monday, March 7 at 7.30pm
Whether you have always worshipped outdoors, or have discovered new ways of being church during the pandemic - you are welcome to a conversation about what has been helpful, what to avoid and what we might do next. Email jude.smith@leeds.anglican.org for the link.
Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm
There are 36 new build housing developments in and around Leeds and many more in other parts of the diocese. This Zoom gathering will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging with new housing developments in parishes. Find out more and book a place here
Friday, March 18 at 9am
A one-day workshop, led by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Champions, which will provide an opportunity to learn more about the pastoral care of people with mental health problems. Taking place at Church House, Leeds. Cost for the day is £56 and ticket sales end on Monday, March 14. Find out more here
Thursday, March 24 at 5pm
A webinar offering practical suggestions on how your church can have a good UN World Environment Day (5th June). What kind of service could you have? What liturgy is available? What hymns and songs could you draw on for your worship? What about a church picnic or a joint activity to care for creation? Find out more here
Tuesday, March 29 at 9.30am
Exploring the options available for churches looking to run hybrid worship and events from a place of worship, whether you are starting out or looking to improve what you already have. Come along to this in person event at Church House in the centre of Leeds. Find out more here
Tuesday, April 5 at 4pm
Following the publication of the Saving Creation: Six Steps to Carbon Net Zero Church Toolkit, this webinar is designed to help you get started on the journey to becoming a carbon net zero church. Find out more here
Thursday, April 7 at 10am
Mission and ministry across post-industrial Yorkshire is the focus of an up and coming event for church leaders. Taking place at Wakefield Cathedral, the day will include input from a number of speakers, including the Revd Jude Smith, the Revd Canon Peter Farley-Moore and the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson. Find out more here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Saturday, March 5 at 10am
The Bradford Faith Trail offers a unique opportunity to discover a little bit about Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian (Roman Catholic and Church of England) faith buildings, about the faiths within and how they link into Bradford’s local community culture and faith heritage. Find out more and book here
Spirit in Mind courses and workshops
Spirit in Mind, in partnership, is organising the following events. Click the links for more details:
Faith Leadership Workshop, Al Hikmah Centre (Batley), March 14th, 9.30 - 4pm
Understanding Islam & Muslim Culture (Wakefield), March 23rd, 9.30 - 4pm
Mental Health First Aid course, Dewsbury Minster, March 28th - 29th
Friday, March 18 - Thursday, March 24
St Mary’s Barnsley is celebrating 200 years since it was rebuilt in its current form, and as part of the festivities they are hosting a ‘Weddings Through the Ages’ festival. The festival will explore the history of marriage at the church over the centuries. Find out more here
Saturday, March 24 at 10am
If you have a heart to see people reached with the Good News of Jesus Christ, then you’re invited to attend this event and discover how you can train as a Church Army Evangelist. It will take place at the Wilson Carlile Centre, Sheffield. Find out more here
Service of remembrance for John Oliver
Sunday, April 3 at 2.30pm
A service to remember the former Archdeacon of Leeds John Oliver’s life and ministry will be held at Leeds Minster on Sunday, April 3 at 2.30pm. It will be led by Bishop John Packer. Anne and the family invite all those who knew and worked with John to this service.
Performance of 'Messiah' at St Mark's Harrogate
Sunday, April 17 at 6pm
St Mark's are pleased to present 'Messiah' for their Easter Evening Praise. Their regular choir members will be joined by an augmented group of singers, many from within the congregation. Choir and soloists, will be accompanied by an experienced and professional group of instrumentalists making this a most wonderful and spiritual end to Easter. 
Thursday, April 28 at 6.30pm
Follow Me 7, a series of inspirational teaching sessions exploring faith and discipleship, and held at Wakefield Cathedral, continues with Fr Luigi Gioia, a freelance writer and speaker in theology and spirituality. Find out more here
Resources
The Rhythm of Life is offering a Lent course for parishes to run locally. With a Lenten focus, each weekly session will concentrate on one of the seven Rhythm of Life areas. It can be delivered in parishes/cathedrals on Zoom or face-to-face (using the available leaders guide, and video/audio clips). As an alternative to parish-based courses, individuals can join a diocesan-run Zoom-based option. Find out more here.
This Lent the Church of England are calling us to reflect on the injustices of the world and ask what God is calling us to do about them. #LiveLent: Embracing Justice is the Church of England’s theme for Lent 2022 and a variety of resources have been created for churches to use. Find out more and access the resources here.
A new podcast has been produced by the Diocese of Leeds Lay Training Team called 'Pastoral Training Courses – Participant Interviews'. Lay Training Officer Mandy chats to four people who have taken part in some of our pastoral training courses. She asks about their experiences, what they have gained by doing them, and what they would say to anyone considering coming along in the future. Click here for more
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.
The Diocese of Leeds is pleased to share its toolkit for churches as part of its strategy for achieving carbon net zero by 2030: Saving Creation. The toolkit invites churches to start on the pathway to carbon net zero by taking six steps towards the goal. Access it 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
Media
The Ven Bill Braviner, former Incumbent of St Peter Stockton-on-Tees and St John Elton, has been installed as the new Archdeacon for Halifax. Here is a short message from Bill, thanking everyone for their welcome and prayers, and looking forward to starting a new ministry in the Diocese of Leeds. 
Mission and ministry across post-industrial Yorkshire is the focus of an up and coming event for church leaders. Watch this video featuring Revd Jude Smith and the Dean of Wakefield, who share what the event is all about.
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Vacancies
Are you an experienced youth pastor with a passion for Jesus and a heart for young people who seeks to see them encounter God and grow in relationship with Him. This is a key appointment within the team at St Mark's as they seek to disciple the next generation. Find out more here
Pudsey Community Project are looking for a responsible person to oversee and manage Pudsey Community Project’s range of work and plan for future development. Find out more here
A new and exciting opportunity for a creative, mission-minded minister. A re-imagined and exciting post of Mission Enabler and Team Vicar has been created, with a particular desire to see new worshipping communities planted in North Harrogate. Find out more 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 - Assistant Safeguarding Adviser

Moves and Appointments
Revd Kathy Couchman has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds
Revd Keith Perkinton has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds
Revd Kevin Goodman has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds 
Revd Canon Jan Kearton has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds 
Revd Liam Beadle, currently serving as Interim Priest in Charge at St Chad’s Toller Lane, is to continue in this interim role for a further three years.
Revd Canon Keith Farrow has been appointed as Vicar of West Barnsley Benefice (Wakefield EA)
The Bishop of Leeds is pleased to announce the following appointments:  
The Revd Bill Braviner - Honorary Canon of Bradford Cathedral
Mr Cal Bailey – Honorary Lay Canon of Bradford Cathedral
Miss Furaha Mussanzi – Ecumenical Canon of Bradford Cathedral 
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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