Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 21 January

The latest resources, news and more.
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News
New Church of England guidance for Lent, Holy Week and Easter has been issued this week and contains details on Ash Wednesday, Chrism Services and how palm crosses may be distributed safely. The full advice including guidance on gatherings, worship and singing can found via our COVID-19 website section. Read more here
An online-only version of our parish magazine insert has now been launched on the diocesan website. The COVID-19 pandemic halted the sending out of printed versions of the Leeds Diocesan News, which were traditionally distributed to all parishes for physical inclusion in church magazines. Read more here
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been hearing about emotional wellbeing support for UK-wide frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, provided by North Yorkshire-based Just ‘B’, from one of our clergy. Read more here
In ordinary years, Yorkshire’s farming community would be celebrating Plough Sunday at Ripon Cathedral, but with the traditional service unable to take place, Bishop Helen-Ann, Bishop of Ripon, made a short video to mark the important event. Read more here
Renewable energy is go at some of our countryside churches, thanks to a new grant. The United Benefice of Bishop Thornton, Burnt Yates, Markington, Ripley, and South Stainley, in partnership with Markington CE Primary and Nursery School, has been awarded a grant of some £40,000 from the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF). Read more here
One of our churches in the Ripon area has recently added another environmental award to their collection. St Mary the Virgin in Ingleton, at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, earned their Silver Eco Church Award at the end of 2020. Read more here
Scargill House is sadly not able to welcome you in person at the moment, but they’ve created an exciting online programme to help you through the latest lockdown. With retreats, a virtual pilgrimage, sessions on mindfulness, enneagram and quiet days, there’s something for everyone to dip in to. For more information on how to join in, visit their website.
Events and Training
A standalone course that can serve as a stepping stone for further engagement with the Rhythm of Life. There will be six sessions, with online materials, for use with Zoom. A leader's guide will be available.

Sessions will provide an opportunity to engage with the seven Rhythm of Life areas for deepening commitment. Each session will be 90 minutes in length and the framework will consist of video clips, Bible passages, discussion questions, break out groups for discussion and prayer.

The course is designed to be run in parishes, cathedrals etc. by locally-appointed leaders. In addition to these locally run courses, there will be a diocesan-wide course offered on Wednesdays at 7.30pm from 24th February.

An optional online session to assist course leaders will be held on Monday 1st February at 7.30pm. To register your interest and receive the Zoom link, please email RoL@leeds.anglican.org.
The relationship between evangelism and social action goes back a long way and often draws sharp distinctions between areas of the churches’ mission. Join us on Thursday, January 28 for a webinar as we explore how a holistic view of mission can help the church be good news to our communities. Find out more and how to book here
Exploring Faith - Bradford Cathedral
From Thursday, January 28 at 7pm Bradford Cathedral is hosting an online course for those looking to explore the Christian faith, possibly for the first time, but it could also be useful as a refresher for others. It is based on a national resource, the START course. To register your interest, or to find out more, please email info@bradfordcathedral.org 
The Stewardship and Income Generation team is introducing monthly grant surgeries. These will be held on the first Thursday of each month at 12 noon and 6pm, to talk about available grants and discuss the application process. Links for the surgeries will be published in Money For Mission and their first surgery will be on Thursday 4th February. Find out more here
From February 22 to March 7 it is Fairtrade Fortnight. This year they are asking 5 - 25 year olds to share their vision of the world they want for farmers and workers worldwide, and the planet we share. Share your artwork, poem, prose or film for a chance for your work to be exhibited in the online Youth Exhibition. Find out more here
Taking place over Zoom in February and March, these sessions are a chance to find out more about the Rhythm of Life initiative and have your questions answered. Starting on Tuesday, February 23 four sessions for different areas of the diocese will be taking place. Find out more here and what you need to do to register your interest.
On Thursday, March 4 an online session, which provides an opportunity for those engaging with the Rhythm of Life to share their experiences, will be taking place. It will be hosted by Bishop of Wakefield Tony Robinson and the Rhythm of Life Steering Group. It's a chance to find out how others are getting on, to discuss your own commitments and consider what might come next. Find out more here
Resources
A new series of video challenges from our Children, Young People and Families Team is aiming to help people keep their Faith at Home. The 12 videos will be released over the coming weeks, with a new message or story to engage with each time. The videos are designed to be used by individuals and churches, at toddler groups, Messy Churches, Sunday gatherings, food banks, midweek groups and anywhere else that you can use them. Find out more here
Following the successful pilot material for Advent; the Children, Young People and Families and Education teams are again working collaboratively to produce complementary Rhythm of Life resources for use by churches, families and schools during Lent. More information will be available soon.
A new collection of poems Can You Be the Air? by David Buck. David has worked as a hospice chaplain in Leeds since 2012 and has been Vice President of the Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains for 6 years. Reflecting David’s work and experiences in hospices and palliative care, this collection is about life and living at the end of life. To order a copy of Can You Be the Air? (£9.95 + p&p) please email kingsfoldpublications@gmail.com.
For those interested in digital, the Church of England Digital Team have released their most recent blog, providing a 2021 social media calendar for churches to use. At the beginning of a new year, you are likely to be thinking about ways to bring a fresh approach to your church's social media channels. But, where do you start? Follow this link to read the rest of heir helpful blog.
Living in Love and Faith (LLF), 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, led by the Bishop of Coventry, includes a 480-page book, a series of films and podcasts, a course and an online library of other publications. Find out 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’, a new diocesan venture.
As the country continues to react to the coronavirus, government guidance on what we can and can't do in places of worship continues to change on a regular basis. To keep updated on the most recent guidance from the government and the Church of England, make sure to regularly visit our COVID-19 website section. Find out more 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.
Media
At the start of 2021, parishioners are invited to join and take part in a number of supportive online communities set up by the Diocese of Leeds. Hosted on Facebook, these groups and pages have been created to offer a safe space to share tips, good news and ideas. Watch the video here.
In ordinary years, Yorkshire’s farming community would be celebrating Plough Sunday at Ripon Cathedral, but with the traditional service unable to take place, Bishop Helen-Ann, Bishop of Ripon, has made a short video to mark the important event. Watch it here.
 ...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Vacancies
We are looking for someone to join our mission to re-energise and revitalise our churches. The Diocese of Leeds has been awarded funding for a Director of Church Revitalisation, who will drive forward our vision of confident Christians who are growing churches, transforming communities and helping share the Good News of Jesus Christ. For more details of this role and how to apply click here
Holy Trinity Huddersfield is a growing, all-age, Anglican Church. Their vision is “to make committed followers of Jesus, and to share his transforming love”. They are seeking a gifted and skilled person with a passion for and proven professional experience in administration to fulfil the role of a Church Administrator. For more details of this role and how to apply click here
Immanuel College are looking for an inspirational Headteacher to join their vibrant and bustling school. They would like a strong leader and team player who will build on the existing strengths of the school and support them on the next steps of our journey. For more details of this role and how to apply click here
Would you like to make a positive contribution to benefit older people? Spiritual well-being – distinct from religious affiliation or belief – is a universal need and a cornerstone of MHA’s positive approach to ageing and they aim to provide the highest quality care and support for older people of all faiths and beliefs. For more details of this role and how to apply click here
Useful links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact: 
Carla Darbyshire 07399 809732 or
Jenny Leccardi 07872 005189 or
Narinder Lyon 07872 005309
Moves and Appointments

Revd Canon Kathia Shoesmith to be Vicar of Bradshaw and Holmfield and Mission Support Officer to the Calderdale Deaneries of the Huddersfield Episcopal Area (1.0) and Area Dean of the Brighouse and Elland Deanery, remaining also as Area Dean of the Halifax and Calder Valley Deanery.

The Rt Revd Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds, is pleased to announce the appointment of The Revd Canon John Carter as Canon Emeritus of Ripon Cathedral.

The Revd Margaret Fossey 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 
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