Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 17 December

The latest resources, news and more.
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A joint project to boost high quality education in rural settings has been launched by the Church of England, education charity Teach First and the Chartered College of Teaching. The new Rural Teaching Partnership will run in ten pilot regions across England including the Diocese of Leeds. Read more here
A steering group to help people across the diocese engage with Living in Love and Faith resources has now been established. Guided by the Bishop of Ripon, its members are the Archdeacon of Bradford, diocesan board member Marilyn Banister, diocesan Officer for Disability and Inclusion, Katherine-Alice Grasham, Sarah Hobbs, of the Ripon Cathedral community and Bradford curate, Derek Jones. Read more here
To bring comfort and joy this Christmas, Christian leaders in Wakefield are sending 65,000 cards to households across the city in a unique initiative. Designed with a Covid theme, the card is part of a larger multi-channel communication designed to lift the spirits of those in the city. Read more here
Supporting your local church is going to get easier, as the Diocese of Leeds is taking part in a national pilot scheme for online giving. The scheme is looking to pioneer a new way of engaging with the Parish Giving Scheme, which launched in our diocese last year, by offering new ways to set up regular giving online. Read more here
Across Our Region
Volunteers from St Stephen’s church, Bowling, are celebrating after winning the Marsh Church and Community Heroes Awards 2020. The first prize of £1,000 was presented at the National Churches Trust’s Local Treasures event, held on Friday 11 December 2020. Read more here
One of our parishes in Wakefield has come up with a creative new way of sharing the life of their churches with people in the area. The Parish of Sandal Magna have recently installed a new digital noticeboard, with the aim of promoting all the different things happening at the church. Read more here
Harrogate will be lit up this season with hope and joy, thanks to new trails from churches in the area. #thelightshines is a new project from churches in Harrogate looking to flood the town with light, hope and love, by encouraging everyone to decorate one of their windows and display them in the dark nights of Advent. Read more here
Amidst the darkness of Covid and the long winter nights, St Paul's Church in Morley are bringing light to their town this Christmas. Light in the Darkness is the name of their new campaign, encouraging everyone to display extra outdoor lights throughout the winter months as a way of bringing hope and the message of Jesus. Read more here
The Parish of Bardsey with East Keswick has been awarded a Lord Mayor’s Certificate of Appreciation, as recognition for their community engagement with St Aidan’s FoodShare. The Leeds parish have supported St Aiden’s ministry to work with the hungry and homeless by regularly delivering food. Read more here
A Bradford charity based at one of our churches is looking to spread festive cheer to those who need it with ‘Christmas in a Box’. Shine, based at St Stephen’s West Bowling, have put together a selection of Christmas craft and cooking activities to help get people excited about the season. Read more here
St George’s Crypt have launched a new video looking at the great work they are doing this Christmas. The Crypt, which has been celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, is sharing their plans for the season, which include wholesome warm meals, clean clothes and, most importantly, making sure no one feels isolated this Christmas. Read more here
Events and Training
Join Bradford Cathedral at 4pm on Christmas Eve for a special online crib service, premiering on YouTube and Facebook. Filmed in Bradford Cathedral's beautiful outdoor crib, the short service will include readings, music, a talk, a blessing and more.
Christmas is different at Ripon Cathedral this year because of COVID-19 but there are still plenty of familiar services and new experiences to enjoy. To help people get into the spirit of Christmas, there will be four services of lessons and carols at 5.30pm on December 19, 20, 23 and 24. The service on December 23 will be live streamed on YouTube. Find out more here
Wakefield Cathedral's Crib Service will be online this year. Taking place at 11am on Wednesday, December 23, participants are encouraged to dress up and decorate their Zoom backgrounds. To book your place and find out more follow the link 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 special Christmas film featuring various groups from the City of Bradford has now been launched. It features a host of individuals, groups and places including: the Rt Revd Toby Howarth (Bishop of Bradford), City of Bradford Brass Band, Bradford Cathedral Choir, Doreen Lee (Lord Mayor of Bradford), the Khidmat Centre, a Persian asylum seeker from the Sharakat Project, Churches Together in Burley-in-Wharfedale and a farming family on Addingham Moorside. Each part can be downloaded to be used in your local church service. 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, 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
Encourage online giving in your church this Christmas by customising this video, produced by the Church of England Giving Team. Access to the video generator can be found on A Church Near You. The original video can also be found here on Vimeo.
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
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.
A special Christmas film featuring various groups, individuals and places from the City of Bradford. Watch the video here.
Here are some of our staff from the Diocese, performing an original version of O Little Town of Bethlehem. Watch the video 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. 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 video here.
 ...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Following the retirement of the current headteacher, governors and trustees seek to appoint an energetic and highly motivated senior leader for the above position. For more details of this role click here
An opportunity has arisen to lead St Matthew's CE (VC) Primary School on its continuing journey. For more details of this role and how to apply click here
Calverley is a thriving commuter village on the outskirts of Leeds, a single church benefice with an active congregation of all ages. They need a vicar who will help them to emerge from 2020 and reconnect with people, to continue to grow the church in numbers and in depth of discipleship, in person and online. For more details of this role click here
The parish is looking for an incumbent who will provide inspirational leadership, who will encourage and support people to grow in discipleship, and who will respond creatively to the challenges of rural ministry. 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 Jim Taylor to become Priest in Charge of St Cuthbert’s Wrose and Parish Priest of St John’s Greengates.

Revd Kathy Couchman has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds.

Revd Suzy (Suzanne) McCarter to be Incumbent of Killinghall, Hampsthwaite and Birstwith (Ripon EA).

Revd Bob Bailey to be Team Rector at Allerton Bywater, Kippax and Swillington (Leeds EA).

Revd Kathy Couchman appointed as House for Duty Priest at Fountains Benefice (Ripon EA).
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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