Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 3 December

The latest resources, news and more.
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Our three cathedrals are celebrating after the publication of new national data showing that cathedrals across the country are going from strength to strength. In 2019, 1.3 million people attended services at cathedrals across the country, with midweek service attendance continuing to grow. Read more here
This year the Church of England is looking to ‘rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep’ in its annual Christmas campaign. ‘Comfort and Joy’ aims to enable us to both reconnect with the rich and joyous traditions of the past and to offer God’s consoling love in the present. Read more here
Wakefield Cathedral has launched its new Strategic Vision, which is rooted in its core values of joyfulness, generosity and inclusiveness. Firm in Hope details the cathedral’s commitment to be a place that is safe and welcoming, life-giving and inspiring. Read more here
Churches across the diocese have been awarded some £1 million from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund to help preserve our heritage buildings during the pandemic. The Culture Recovery Fund totals £1.57bn, with around £200m dedicated to heritage. Read more here
Fountains Church Bradford have taken the next step in their journey by gaining access to their building as work continues to progress. The church is based in Bradford’s Glydegate Square complex, a building that was once home to several nightclubs, but had stood empty for some time. Read more here
It won’t be a ‘silent night’ in Keighley this Advent season, thanks to nativity storyboards set up by the church. The Revd Graham Potter, part of the Team Ministry in Keighley, has set up eight boards across the town to form a treasure hunt for people to follow. Read more here
A stunning stained glass window in one of our churches is featured on one of the Royal Mail’s new Christmas stamps. This year’s £1.70 stamp features a section of the South Transept window at Otley All Saints’ Parish Church. The window at All Saints’ was installed in 1862 and shows the Nativity on the lower tier and the Crucifixion on the upper tier. Read more here
Across Our Region
Churches in Leeds are getting ready for Christmas, with Advent activities including Drive-In services. Wortley and Farnley Parish have teamed up with St Luke's Holbeck to organise two Family Drive-In Carol Services on Sunday, December 20 to bring some much needed comfort and joy. Read more here
A new card game produced by one of our churches is going to help refugees and asylum seekers expand their vocabulary, make friends and develop their emotional wellbeing when they arrive in the UK. Shine Words, from Shine West Bowling, has been produced in partnership with local families and schools in the area, and is made up of 105 illustrated cards labelled in eight different languages.  Read more here
One of our churches has won a national award for being the best maintained church in the UK. The team that looks after Christ Church Sowerby Bridge has won the 2020 Nayler Award for the UK’s best maintained church, presented by the National Churches Trust. Read more here
Bradford Cathedral will be helping to bring comfort and joy to those living in the city, and further afield, as it launches its Advent and Christmas programme including services, events, and a daily video every day in December, as part of its online #BradventCalendar. Read more here
A Covid safe trail to enable families to celebrate Christmas this year has been set up by one of our vicars in Hudderfield. Many of our plans for Christmas will be different this year. Concerts and services have had to be cancelled and even schools can’t invite parents to nativity plays. Read more here
Events and Training
An opportunity at 7pm today to seek advice, support, and a friendly face for any disability or additional needs matters on Zoom. We recognise the last few months have been stressful, but perhaps more so for disabled people, or those who support people with disabilities, so if you want to join for a virtual cup of tea to talk anything over, this is your chance. Find out more here
The Introduction to Theology 12 session course offers an opportunity to reflect upon the Christian faith and deepen your own personal journey. This course will run across three study days online, with a Sunday study day (9.00am-4.00pm) each month from January to March 2021. Find out more here
A collection of advent resources and ideas can now be found on a designated part of our website. Our Advent 2020 section will also include a collection of Christmas music from some of our churches and offer a gallery of nativity scenes sent in from people across the diocese. If you have a resource or nativity scene to send in, please email communications@leeds.anglican.org. Find out more here
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 by more than 40 people, led by the Bishop of Coventry, Living in Love and Faith includes a 480-page book, a series of films and podcasts, a course and an online library of other publications, in what is thought to be the most extensive work in this area by any faith group in the world. Find out more here
Go Chatter have just released our collection of Christmas resources to serve churches this Christmas. They've got a large collection of videos — some free, some paid — with licences to use in online and offline services and events, as well as a range of customisable videos for churches to use to advertise their services and events. Find out more here.
A selection of Advent and Christmas resources, produced by our Children, Young People and Families Team, is now available. We are all seeking ways to create new memories and make this Christmas
special, despite it seeming to be very different this year. Here are a few helpful ways how.
Resources to encourage children, young people and families to join the Rhythm of Life adventure this advent have been launched. The initiative aims to promote healthy habits, such as praying, encouraging, sharing, reflecting, celebrating, resting and creating to help us flourish. Find out more by accessing the web page here.
Further Christmas resources for children and young people can be found here.
Parish Buying have launched their new Contactless Giving Kits. They are a complete all-in-one solution for giving contactlessly to church. Previously, churches were required to source their tablet, contactless device and stand and wires all separately but now they can purchase the whole thing in one go. The solutions can be viewed on Parish Buying here.
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.
 ...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Here is our Disability Advisor, Katherine-Alice, telling us all about a new disability strategy to help us be more accessible, inclusive and diverse. Watch the video here and read the new strategy document here.
How's your hope? St George's, Leeds are excited to share Christmas Hope with you all from 4 December. This creative collaboration brings together music, spoken word and the wonderful city of Leeds to share the hope, light and joy of Christmas. Watch the trailer here.
‘Mr Emporium’s Gift Shop’ is a uniquely scripted filmed production of the Christian Nativity story, produced by St George's Church in Leeds. Designed to be used by churches and schools across our diocese, watch the promo video here.
Unfortunately, Christmas is going to be very different in 2020. But how can we still make the most of it? Robin, alongside members of the LYCiG team, explore those very questions, offering some tops tips as part of a Zoom webinar. Watch it here.
Fountains Church Bradford is a new City Centre Resource Church in the Bradford Episcopal Area of the Diocese of Leeds. Joining their small team you will work with their volunteer team and Social Enterprise Director to take on all aspects of food production and delivery from Fountains from their new kitchen. For more details of this role click here
St Hild College is seeking to appoint a Communications and Project Manager, which is a part-time position with flexible hours and location, including home-based working. This new, exciting role has been created to drive forward communications for the college and progress key development projects - working as part of a highly collaborative team. For more details of this role click here
St George's is looking for an experienced bookkeeper to manage the day to day finances of St George's Church and St George's Centre, Leeds by carrying out all associated tasks including: processing receipts, payments, invoices and payroll, maintaining accurate records, preparation of accounting information for periodic year-end & management accounts. For more details of this role 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 Chris Barnes has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Canon Joyce Jones to be Associate Priest (SSM) in the Benefice of High Hoyland, Clayton West and Scissett (Huddersfield EA)

The Revd Andrew Heslop to be Chaplain at Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Revd Chris Baxfield to be Associate Vicar of Greengates, Idle and Wrose (Bradford EA)

Revd Michelle Petch to be Vicar of St Matthew, Rastrick (LEP) and St John Rastrick (Huddersfield EA)

Revd Joanna Fielding to be Associate Priest (SSM) in the Benefice of Marsden and Slaithwaite with East Scammonden (Huddersfield EA)

Revd Tony Whatmough 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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