Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 4 February

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News
Parishes have shown remarkable creativity, love and generosity through a time of unprecedented changes and challenges explains Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines in a thank you message to the diocese. In a special video now on our YouTube channel, Bishop Nick warmly thanks everyone from our clergy, lay leaders, church officers and beyond for maintaining giving and demonstrating a grace which reflects the generous grace of God whom we serve. Read more here
Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell are encouraging people of all backgrounds to set aside time each day for prayer – if possible stopping wherever they are at 6pm each evening. It follows their call last week for people to pause, ‘reflect on the enormity of this pandemic’ and pray for the nation and all those affected. Read more here
Our three cathedrals have worked together to mark two major milestones, Holocaust Memorial Day, and 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in the UK, with two collaborative videos. Read more here
The national Step Forward event, held annually for 18 - 30 year olds in the Anglican Church, is taking place on Saturday, March 13 over Zoom. It is a great opportunity for those exploring the possibility of ordination, no matter how faint that possibility might feel at the moment. Read more here
The first in a series of online interviews, exploring the relationship between Christianity and work, took place earlier this month. People from across the diocese gathered on Zoom to hear from Mark McAllister (pictured) who is currently the Chair of Office for Nuclear Regulation and has worked in the international oil industry since 1979. Mark is also a Christian and spoke about how he has lived out his faith whilst having a successful career in engineering. Read more here
Fountains Church Bradford have shared an update about the ‘big dreams’ they have for their church in the city, with the completion of phase one of the work.Their new auditorium space has been completed, while the exterior of the church has been cleaned up, with a new sign fitted. Read more here
Pilot courses on Living in Love and Faith, The Church of England’s landmark set of resources on questions of identity, relationships, sexuality and marriage, will be run by each of our three cathedrals from next month. Read more here
Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley joined hundreds of farmers in a month-long sponsored run throughout January that has raised £44,745 for rural charities across the UK and overseas. The Run 1000 campaign saw farmers and other people in agriculture each donate £20 and record the distance they ran or walked during January. Read more here
The tradition of blessing homes with Epiphany chalk has been shared with local funeral homes by the Wakefield Area’s Fr David Teasdel. The chalk is used to bless homes in Epiphanytide (the period between 6 January and Candlemas) and many churches would distribute chalk to their parishioners for use in their own homes. Read more here
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.
Gift Aid provides a significant additional source of funding for most churches, but there are real dangers if churches try to stretch the benefits too far. This course - which is split into two parts - will look at Gift Aid in detail and examine all the requirements that it imposes as well as identifying ways in which churches can maximise their use of it. Find out more here
Members of our Stewardship & DAC teams, in collaboration with Ecclesiastical Insurance, will host a series of lunchtime webinars on 10th & 24th  and March 17th, offering advice on how to maintain your church building & churchyard, develop a maintenance plan, source grant funding, permissions for church building works and Health & Safety. 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
On Sunday 14th February Bradford Cathedral will be re-releasing their pre-recorded service for Racial Justice Sunday, with perspectives, prayers, music and Bible readings, including a short address by Bishop Nick. 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 on from the pilot resources produced for Advent; the Children, Young People and Families and Education teams are again collaborating to produce resources for Lent for which link to the Rhythm of Life adventure and look at some key points in Jesus life, starting with his baptism. The Lent material for parishes is designed to be used be children, young people and their families each week during Lent, with a final session for Easter. The resources can be accessed directly online and, in addition, for each week there is a downloadable sheet which can be shared if that is more helpful. The link to the material can be found here.
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.
Scargill House in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales is sadly not able to welcome people 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. Watch the video here.
Make #SlaveFree Normal is a six-part series from IJM UK that will explore issues around forced labour slavery and how we, as consumers, have the power to shape a better world. Learn more and watch the video 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.
Wakefield Cathedral is at the beginning of a new phase in mission and ministry, following the launch of its new Strategic Vision. The Dean and Chapter seek to appoint a new Director of Music (DoM) who will be able to consolidate the choir following a period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and enable it to move confidently into the future, striving for the highest possible standards of music and worship. For more details of this role and how to apply click here.
An inspirational Headteacher is sought to join this vibrant and bustling school. The school is looking for a strong leader and team player to build on existing strengths of the school and support it on the next steps of its journey. 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

The Revd Paul Tudge 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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