Welcome to the Enews for December 9

The latest resources, news and more.
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Holy Trinity Boar Lane in Leeds has shown itself open for business recently, by hosting the Leeds Teaching Trust Christian Network carol service. The service was led by volunteers from the network, and organised by Dr Karen Flood, who set up the now registered network as a way of uniting both medical and non-medical Christian staff across the trust. Read more here
“Every person matters, as we are made in the image of God”, Bishop Nick has written powerfully about the tragic deaths in the Channel of those trying to reach the UK. Please find his script for Thought For The Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, broadcast on Thursday, November 25 here.
More than 70 new arrivals from Hong Kong have been warmly welcomed to our diocese at a special event at a Leeds church. Families and individuals who have settled in Leeds attended St Barnabas’ Church in Alwoodley, despite freezing temperatures and high winds. Read more here
Students of different faiths in Leeds have been helping break out of ‘faith bubbles’ thanks to the work of one of our churches. A few years ago, a Jewish student in the city remarked to some Christian and Muslim colleagues in a coffee shop in Leeds that ‘We Jewish students live in a faith bubble.’ Read more here
One of our vicars from Harrogate has been part of a synoptic showdown, as part of leading academic research into the gospels. The Revd Alan Garrow, Vicar at St Peter’s Harrogate, is a leading proponent of a new theory about the relationship between the gospel writers Matthew and Luke, the Matthean Posteriority Hypothesis. Read more here
Ripon Cathedral has been awarded £60,800 of National Lottery funding to launch a digital volunteering initiative and break down barriers to heritage. The funding is part of The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, which aims to raise digital skills and confidence across the whole UK heritage sector. Read more here
Don’t Fuss, Love God, Don’t Fuss is the name of a newly published book written by Ruth Bamforth, a member of the Parish of Bardsey with East Keswick. Available from Waterstone and online booksellers, Don’t Fuss, Love God, Don’t Fuss is a compilation of edited sermons from Ruth’s late father, Revd Stuart Bamforth, who served as a priest for 52 years in Yorkshire. Read more here
This year Christian Aid are focussing on families in South Sudan, specifically mothers that are faced with impossible choices – whether to give their children dirty water or none at all. The Christmas season is full of choices that we make. Providing a borehole for a community of families and mothers to be able to give their children clean water, better health, is one choice we all can make this Christmas. Read more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning Online
Thursday, December 9 at 7pm
A 90 minute course on Zoom to help you learn about disabilities and how we can all be more inclusive in our churches. The session will look at definitions and models of disability, theology, practical tips, and how to help people with invisible disabilities. Find out more here
Sunday, January 9 2022
Ever wondered what theology means and how to study it? This introductory course may well be for you. Topics covered include: understanding the Bible, study skills, your own faith journey and exploring prayer and worship. Whether you are just dipping your toe in the water or considering further training…why not join us? The next time this runs is from the beginning of January in Bingley. Find out more here
Tuesday, January 18 2022 at 10am
This Book Club chooses both fiction and non-fiction books, both accounts and personal stories, and touches on themes of wide concern: air pollution, over-population, deforestation, sustainable green cities, organic farming, rural life and isolation and coastal erosion; our programmes gradually offer a fuller picture, problems fall into place and a sense of fellowship emerges. Find out more here
Wednesday, January 26 2022 at 12pm
Churches up and down the diocese are reporting a drop in income over the last two years. To help give you some income generation inspiration we are planning this brand new webinar with topics included such as digital giving, grants, discipleship and Generosity Week. Find out more here
Thursday, February 10 2022 at 10am
If you’re interested in engaging with, nurturing and growing disciples with children, young people and families and empowering them to become leaders, this Zoom session could be for you. To book a place, please contact childrenyouth@leeds.anglican.org. 
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Advent events across the diocese
Advent is well underway across our diocese and the doors are open for safe social gathering in our many and varied places of worship.

Children and families are taking part in Nativity performances in our schools and churches and ever-popular Christingle services will once again prove to be hits with young and old.

Our three cathedrals are ready for the annual influx of guests at carol services and choir concerts and everywhere our clergy and lay leaders are reaching out, quite literally, into the public square with drive-in carol singing in car parks and other locations.

To find out what’s going on, or to add your own Advent and Christmas events, please visit our special Advent website section here or email communications@leeds.anglican.org.
Churches reacting to COP26 has seen Bishop Toby, Bishop of Bradford, inviting teenagers to advise him on a response, as part of a joint Vocations-Youth resource put together to promote the place of young people in shaping the church. The resource, Calling for Change, consists of games, a video and discussion, and can be found here.
'At the heart of Christmas' is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021. Local churches all over the country will be welcoming their communities to celebrate and share the good news of Christ’s birth with special services and events, supported by a wide range of national resources and support found 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
The Rhythm of Life is offering two courses for parishes to run locally, one centred on Creationtide and the other called "Finding your Rhythm". Each contains six or seven sessions and serves as a stepping stone for further engagement with the Rhythm of Life. Find all the resources and details here.
Leeds Diocesan News continues to be produced in digital form, containing important news and views from across the Diocese of Leeds. Download and view the latest December edition 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.
Churches across our diocese are ready to welcome people this Advent and Christmas. The diocese of Leeds has produced a short Advent and Christmas video to be shared by parishes this December. Watch it here
Join us on the journey to become a carbon net zero church. We invite you to start on this pathway by using the new Churches Toolkit. Watch our new video here, introducing the toolkit for churches that forms part of a strategy for achieving carbon net zero by 2030.
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
This fluid and diverse congregation seeks an Organist and Assistant Choir Director. They want to explore new ways to expand their robed choir by cherishing their inheritance of traditional choral music and exploring new music and ways of worship. Find out more here
Her Majesty’s Duchy of Lancaster and the people of this new and exciting Benefice are looking for a Rector who is prayerful, loving and mission minded. Find out more here
HM/YOI Deerbolt and HMP/YOI Kirklevington Grange are looking to recruit a new Ordained Anglican Chaplain to provide for the religious care of prisoners and staff in the Anglican faith tradition and appropriate pastoral care for all irrespective of faith or tradition. 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 Alison Cozens to be Rector of the Benefice of East Dere Street (Ripon EA)
Revd Stephen McCaulay to be Vicar (0.6) of the Benefice of Kirby on the Moor and Cundall with Norton le Clay and Skelton cum Newby (Ripon EA)
Revd Charlene Smith to be Priest Vicar at Wakefield Cathedral
Revd Jemma Sander-Heys to be Vicar of Oakworth (0.5) (Bradford EA) 
Rt Revd (Harold William) Bill Godfrey, formerly Bishop of Peru, to be Honorary Assistant Bishop 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
Please contact the Communications Team with your news for future editions. The Enews is published twice a month. The next edition will be sent out on December 23. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org  
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