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News
Elections for General Synod are taking place this year, and the diocese is asking: could you stand? The nomination period to stand is now open and closes on Wednesday, September 8. General Synod is the legislative body of the Church of England and, together with the Westminster Parliament, is one of the only bodies in the land entitled to make national law for England. Read more here
Generosity Week is coming to the Diocese of Leeds this autumn, helping us all to celebrate the generous love of God. Running from September 26 through to October 3, churches are invited to hold services, run group sessions, broadcast podcasts, and distribute readings on the theme of generosity to their communities. Read more here
Young singers are invited to join a Summer Singing Course for eight to 18-year-olds at Rishworth School, near Halifax. This non-residential course runs from Monday, August 23 to Thursday, August 28, and is being organised by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). Read more here
Living in Love and Faith is about honest conversations within the breadth of Anglican opinions and understanding, writes Area Dean of Huddersfield, Revd Rachel Firth. She has just run an LLF course at parish level and has written a personal reflection on engaging with this exciting process of discussion and debate. Read more here
Keighley Shared Church has been transformed into a vaccination clinic as part of the drive to take the Covid vaccine to the community and to connect with so-called "hard to reach" people. The Modality Group that operates a number of doctor’s surgeries in the town provided the vaccinating team and the town centre church has seen a steady flow of people come for vaccinations. Read more here
People from across the town of Horsforth gathered in the grounds of St James’ Woodside on Sunday, July 25, to enjoy a cream tea and the Horsforth Civic Service. The event, held outdoors on the Feast of St James’ included the opening of The Horsforth Shed, a community workshop created in the disused and re-purposed former Scout Hut. Read more here
Rudi Leavor, Chair of Bradford Reform Synagogue, has passed away, and the Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, and the Rt Revd Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford, have offered a statement which can be read here.
A city centre church is hoping to launch a brand-new wrestling school to help both kids and adults in Bradford. Fountains Church held a wrestling ‘take over’ weekend to raise funds for the project alongside telling the good news of Jesus’ victory at the cross. Read more here
A former Police Inspector has been made rector of Thornton-in-Craven, Marton and Broughton. Revd Robert Findlow was inducted by the Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven, Jonathan Gough at a service led by the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines on the first day church congregations were allowed to sing again after a year and a half. Read more here
Churches across the diocese are showing their concern for others and God’s creation by using the Energy Footprinting Tool (EFT) to inform their action on climate change. The EFT enables churches to track the carbon emissions for their church, as the Church of England works towards becoming carbon net zero over the next nine years. Read more here
The bellringers of Holy Trinity Skipton are celebrating the centenary of the recasting of the bells this year with a summer-long Festival of Bells. A special Festival Service was held on Sunday, July 18 with the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley presiding and preaching. Read more here
Mark Waddington, the Director of Wellsprings Together, is moving on from his role and the Rt Revd Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford has thanked him with the following tribute:

“Following discussions at Diocesan Synod last year, the trustees of Wellsprings Together have been working to refine our vision, putting at the heart of our work the resourcing of parishes for their community engagement in social action. 

“Mark Waddington, as the founding Director for Wellsprings Together, has led the joint venture with the Church Urban Fund through a challenging period as we launched in 2019 and broadened our reach across the Diocese. With a new staffing structure in place, Mark has just moved on from his role at Wellsprings and the Diocese of Leeds. 

"As Chair of Wellsprings, I write on behalf of all the trustees in expressing our huge appreciation for both the work that Mark has done and the way in which he has done it. We wish Mark well and thank him for the blessing he has been to our Diocesan team and to many, many others.” 

A version of this story is now available on our website.
Living and Learning Online
As part of a mini-series (Climate Change – Theology, Ministry and Action), this session is intended to help resource this in our theological thinking, in our worship and preaching, and in our action. Taking place on Tuesday, September 7 at 4pm it is designed for Clergy and Readers, but open to anyone in church leadership. Find out more here
On Tuesday, September 14 we are inviting youth leaders, children leaders and parents to explore what Minecraft is and how it can be utilised for faith exploration. Starting at 7.30pm it will be hosted by the Children, Young People and Families Team and led by Ben Jones from Missional Generation. Find out more here
On Thursday, September 16 at 7pm a fun and interactive 90 minute online course to learn about the diversity in spiritual and learning styles so that we can help everyone to access worship in ways that work for them. Booking is essential and can be done here.
The Sanctuary Mental Health Course, running over eight evenings from Tuesday, September 28 2021, offers communities a base of shared knowledge and the opportunity to discover a common language for talking about mental health. Find out more here
Leeds School of Theology have three courses stating soon: Foundations in Christian Theology, Mission, Theology & Ministry for the Margins and Justice, Peace & Reconciliation. All three are open to all and available on Zoom. The next intake is in September/October. Find out more here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Queens' College Chapel Choir in the Diocese of Leeds
Head to Bradford Cathedral for 1pm on Wednesday, August 11 to enjoy the fine music-making of Queens' College Chapel Choir. They will be giving a 45 minute concert, followed by an optional 30 minute outreach talk to encourage and inform young people about the benefits of and routes into Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Click here to book a ticket. The choir will then be heading to St Chad's Toller Lane, BD8 9DE, to sing at their evening Mass.
A costumed programme at Fewston St Michael and St Lawrence with the words and music which kept the spirit of Britain alive in World War Two, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the British Legion. It will be taking place on Saturday, August 14 from 3.30pm. Find out more here
An out-of-this-world experience is heading to Wakefield Cathedral this summer, giving opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about the planet, have fun and think of the actions individuals can take against climate change. Gaia, a touring artwork by artist Luke Jerram, is a 7-metre replica of Earth. Find out more here
A stunning collection of 50 wedding gowns and accessories is being exhibited in Ripon Cathedral until September 19 (extended date from August 21) for visitors to come along and enjoy. Find out more here
All Hallow's Church in Kirkburton are hosting a Heritage Day on Saturday, September 11 from 10am to 4pm. It will include a host of activities including information about the Burial Ground Project, tours of the bell tower, a photo-quiz, live music and the chance to adopt-a-grave. Find out more here
Resources
A new resource pack to help churches better support people with disabilities has recently been produced by the diocese and churches across the British Isles. Called ‘A Welcoming Church’, it has been produced by the Diocese of Leeds in collaboration with Dublin and Glendalough Youth Officer Susie Keegan, and The Church of Ireland Youth Department. Read more 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
Church Army, via their research unit, are investigating how attenders in the Church of England have experienced church during the recent coronavirus lockdowns. Initial data collection for this research is being carried out via a ten-minute survey which is open to all worshippers in the Church of England. You can find out more about this research project here, or you can complete the survey directly here.
The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants between £250 and £3,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours. Grants have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging social interaction and social action. 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.
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
Generosity week is coming to the Diocese of Leeds from September 26 through to October 3.
During this week we invite you to hold services, run group sessions, broadcast podcasts and distribute readings on the theme of generosity to your community. Find out more, including how to book on to a choice of webinars, by going to our Generosity Week page, and watch the video here.
The Ecclesiological Society, in partnership with the Leeds Civic Trust, are pleased to announce the launch of an important conference in Leeds Minster on Saturday, September 11, celebrating the building’s unique and influential heritage. Organisers have been working hard to ensure attendance at the conference is available either ‘live’, in the Minster, or via Zoom, and are proud to present an all-day programme of six speakers who will talk on various themes from the Minster’s multifaceted history. Watch the video and learn more here.
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Vacancies
The new archdeacon will play a significant part in developing and implementing our diocesan vision, working closely with the Bishop of Huddersfield to shape ministry and mission in the archdeaconry, and with the Bishop of Leeds' Staff across the diocese. For more details click here.
St George’s Leeds is a large, lively, city-centre resource church and currently has an exciting opportunity for a Children’s Worker. The Children’s Worker will oversee and develop St George’s ministry with 0-11s, helping to deliver St George’s vision to children and families. For more details click here.
Huddersfield Parish Church requires a part-time Office/Finance Administrator. Duties will include: administration of church office, communication with the public and others, book-keeping & accounts, banking, payroll and gift aid administration. For more details click 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 Canon Stephen Treasure to be Canon Emeritus of Bradford Cathedral
Revd Canon Dr James Theodosius to be Area Dean of the Skipton Deanery
Revd Canon Marion Russell to be Asst Area Dean of the Skipton Deanery
Revd David Bartlett to be Asst Area Dean of the Richmond Deanery
Revd Stephen Hanscombe to be Asst Area Dean of the Wensley Deanery
Revd Canon Ian Greenhalgh to be Interim Area Dean of the Bowland and Ewecross Deanery
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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