Welcome to the Enews for March 31

The latest resources, news and more.
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The Diocese of Leeds has shared resources to help our parishes respond to the crisis in Ukraine, hosting a well-attended webinar to support people all across our region. The webinar was hosted by the Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Toby Howarth, and featured a briefing on the current situation from the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines. Read more here
Students in Leeds are encountering the Christian faith through a newly planted student congregation. Church at Hyde Park Corner, run from St Augustine’s Wrangthorn in the heart of the Leeds student area, was launched in September 2021 after a Church of England grant was gifted. Read more here
The Archbishop of York joined with worshippers at Christ Church Sowerby Bridge during a year in which they are celebrating 200 years of a spiritual and physical presence in the town. He was joined by the newly appointed Archdeacon of Halifax and representatives from churches in the “Halifax and Calder Valley” deanery. Read more here
Martin House Children’s Hospice will benefit from the energetic efforts of Revd Paul Harford and his wife Sarah, who are taking on the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money to support its valuable work. Revd Paul is vicar of Bishop Thornton, Burnt Yates, Markington, Ripley, and South Stainley and they will be part of a small group that will climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon – the tallest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales, with a combined height of over 11,000 feet - within 24 hours. Read more here
The Energy Footprinting Tool for Church Buildings is now open for 2021 data collection. The tool allows churches to work out their CO2 emissions for the year, which is an important part of helping churches to reach carbon net zero by 2030, as part of diocesan and national plans. Read more here
Bishop Helen-Ann joined with Ripon Runners last week, collectively running the distance from Ripon to Kyiv to help raise awareness and funds to support refugees fleeing from Ukraine. "Throughout the week members of the club ran for Ukraine, completing 1365 miles collectively," said the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Helen-Ann Hartley. Read more here
Three new Honorary Canons have been installed at Bradford Cathedral. The Venerable Bill Braviner, Archdeacon of Halifax, has been made Honorary Canon, while Cal Bailey has been made Honorary Lay Canon. Furaha Mussanzi was made Ecumenical Canon.
St Mark’s Longwood have been blessing dogs, hamsters and more at a recent pet blessing service. The Revd Simon Crook, Vicar of the parish, said: “We had a great Pet Blessing Service with many new people coming to church to express how much their pets meant to them, and to hear God's blessing spoken. Read more here
A series of conversations are underway at Huddersfield Parish Church, offering people in the local community the opportunity during Lent to engage with topics of great importance. The final conversation will be taking place on Tuesday, April 5 and will be about Poverty and Justice. Read more here
Bev Playle is our new joint Huddersfield area Environment Champion, working to help our churches become greener and better care for God’s creation. We’ve asked Bev to say a few words about herself. 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.
Our stewardship team are visiting towns all over the diocese to talk about giving this spring and summer. Covering topics such as giving reviews, online and contactless giving, grants, treasurer support and the PGS, these full day events will be of interest to Clergy and church leaders. Booking is now open, so secure your place by clicking the link here.
April 2nd and 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.
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
Wednesday, April 6 at 7pm on Zoom
An hour exploring the missional training and resources the team offer to support parishes to engage, nurture and disciple children, young people and families and grow leaders. This is an ideal session for parishes thinking about starting or reconnecting with children, young people and families after the pandemic. Find out more here
Thursday, April 7 at 10am
Mission and ministry across post-industrial Yorkshire is the focus of an upcoming 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
Thursday, April 21 at 10am
In this online webinar, you’ll learn: how to create a welcoming Facebook page, what content is worth sharing, how to create engaged communities via groups, how to reach people in your community and tips for planning and scheduling content. Find out more here
Wednesday, May 11 at 7pm
Starting up Youth Work is a conversation for those who are exploring, or even just wondering about, what their church might offer specifically to young people. Find out more here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Service of peace for Ukraine
Friday. April 1 at 11.30am - 1pm
Keighley Parish is opening the Parish church on the green for people to come and express their solidarity with the Ukrainian people through a short time of prayer and reflection. There will be an opportunity for people to make a donation to the Ukrainian crisis by giving £1 for a sunflower that will be placed in the church as a symbol of solidarity.
United in Prayer for Ukraine
Sunday. April 3
On Sunday, April 3 2022, churches and Christians from across the UK and Ireland will come together in an act of witness to pray and light candles for Ukraine, for an end to the conflict, and for all those affected by the terrible impact of war. Resources to support this can be found here
Saturday. April 2
The Bradford Faith Trail offers a unique opportunity to discover a little bit about Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and Christian faith buildings, about the faiths within and how they link into Bradford’s local community culture and faith heritage. To find out more - and to book - please visit bradfordcathedral.org/visit/faith-trail
Friday, April 8 at 9.30am
The event includes prayer, business coaching, a guest speaker, and doing your next quarterly plan. Lunch and refreshments are provided. It is for Business Owners at any size business or aspiring Business Owners who are either Exploring faith and spirituality OR who are already Christians. Read more here
Saturday, April 9 at 10am - 4pm
At Ripon Cathedral over 70 independent stallholders selling fabulous gardening goods, homewares and delicious local food will be exhibiting at the fair. It is set to be a fantastic day for all the family with plenty of activities to occupy the children and live music from Knot Another Choir. Read more here
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. Choir and soloists, will be accompanied by an experienced and professional group of instrumentalists making this a wonderful and spiritual end to Easter. 
Wednesday, April 20 at 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Following the webinar organised by the Diocese of Leeds, Wellsprings Together are gathering churches that are now involved or plan to be involved in taking in Ukrainian refugees for churches to share learning and receive support.
It will be an informal time together with the chance to ask questions, learn from one another and hear example of best practice along with direction of support in your area. Find out more here
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
The brutal conflict in Ukraine has triggered the largest war-related migration of people since the Balkan War of the 1990s. The Church of England has published this 'toolkit' of resources for parishes seeking to help refugees and evacuees from Ukraine. The diocese also has a page of resources, prayers and more, which can be found 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.
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
Grants are now available for Christian Books from Speaking Volumes. Grants can be up to £500 for any library whether it’s in a school, prison, hospice or church. Applications close on Saturday, April 30. To find out more, please visit the Speaking Volumes website.
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.
Students in Leeds are encountering the Christian Faith through a newly planted student congregation. Here is Cam from Church at Hyde Park Corner sharing more about who they are and what they've been up to! Watch the video here
How can we help accommodate people with hidden disabilities at church? Katherine-Alice, our Disability Officer, talks through some of the ways we can do this, along with the support available. Watch the video here
Helen Jackson, licenced as an LLM in the Diocese of Leeds in 2019, speaks about the joys and wonderful opportunity that LLM training and ministry offer. Watch the video here
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
The Diocese of Leeds is looking for an Administrator to work with the Finance and Property departments. The successful candidate will work as part of a team and assist the Head of Property and they will also provide support to the Chief Financial Officer in running the overall department. Find out more here
Administrator - United Benefice of the Washburn and Mid Wharfe
The United Benefice of the Washburn and Mid Wharfe, comprising four parishes and six churches, is seeking a part time Benefice Administrator to work from home, approximately 24 hours per month. For more details and a Job Description, please contact 07986 454 433
St. Mark’s in Harrogate are seeking an experienced Children & Family Ministry Leader with a passion for Jesus and a heart for children, to see them encounter, love and follow Him. 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 Chris Sayburn to be Interim Associate Priest at Burley St Matthias (Leeds EA).
Revd Richard Seed has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds.
Revd David Mouncer has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds.
Revd Janet Sargent has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds.
Revd Ian Sparks to be Incumbent (0.5) of Luddenden with Luddenden Foot whilst remaining as Priest in Charge (0.5) of Greetland & West Vale (Huddersfield EA).
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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