Welcome to the Enews for November 10

The latest resources, news and more.
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Churches across our diocese remain at the centre of community life, as shown by their role in honouring selfless courage and sacrifice in the lead up to Remembrance Day. St Bartholomew’s Arkendale for example have created a stunning display as part of their act of remembrance, making use of new LED lighting to illuminate the church in red. Find out more here
After a series of difficult Christmases, Churches across the diocese are encouraged to welcome people back to services and events this Advent, as part of the Church of England’s annual Christmas campaign. It aims to support, equip and inspire churches to invite as many people as possible to church this December. Find out more here
The stunning ‘Gaia’ earth installation was unveiled at Holy Trinity Boar Lane, Leeds on Monday evening by the Bishop of Kirkstall, the Rt Revd Arun Arora. ‘Gaia’ is an illuminated, 6 metre in diameter, super-accurate replica of our planet, created by artist Luke Jerram using detailed NASA imaging of the Earth’s surface. Find out more here
Ripon Cathedral have recently played host to an 'Eco Church' exhibition put together by the Eco Action Group based at the cathedral. The aim of the exhibition is to explain to people what 'Eco Church' is and to raise awareness of the Church of England's strategy to achieve Net Zero Carbon in its buildings by 2030. Find out more here
Skipton Library is hosting a display about the great work of the Towards Carbon Neutral Churches in Craven group this November. The group of five churches comprises Burton in Lonsdale, Carleton, Draughton, Embsay with Eastby and Holy Trinity Skipton. Find out more here
Alison Askew, a retired priest living in Ripon, has written a short book for Advent. It contains several reflections, a series of meditations and suggestions for reflection, prayer or discussion. All the royalties from the sale of the book are being donated to Friends of the Holy Land, providing food, medicine and education for the most vulnerable Christians in the Holy land. Find out more here
Images of angels in a new art exhibition at St Peter’s Harrogate are prompting thought and reflection. The latest of its Come to Know exhibitions takes its title – A Little Lower - from these verses: What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honour. Find out more here
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Living and Learning
Monday, November 14 at 7pm
An online two-session introductory course which explores how to have a nurturing and spiritually encouraging conversation with someone. This is for anyone but especially those involved in pastoral care. Find out more here
Finding and Working with Interns
Wednesday, November 16 at 7.30pm
What does it look like to invest in an intern over a year? What would the church need to commit to? How do we find interns? Come and find out about the Diocesan Internship programme, how we can support you with finding and recruiting potential interns and hear from those who are currently doing it. To join online email
Sunday, November 19 at 10.30am
An opportunity for all Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers) to develop an understanding of, and build confidence in, funeral ministry. This is an event at St Philip's Church, Scholes for any Licensed Lay Ministers who may be called upon to take funerals or are simply interested in exploring funeral ministry. Find out more here
Monday, November 21 at 9am
An opportunity to learn more about pastoral care of people with mental health problems. This course will take place at Church House in Leeds and is open to anyone wishing to become a Mental Health First Aid Champion. Find out more here
Tuesday, November 29 at 7.30pm
Tuesday, January 17 at 7.30pm
A chance to find out more about the Rhythm of Life initiative and have your questions answered. Hosted by Bishop Tony Robinson and the Rhythm of Life Steering Group. To register your interest and to receive the Zoom meeting link, please email RoL@leeds.anglican.org
Thursday, December 8 at 7.30pm
In the business leading up to Christmas, you are invited to find some peace and stillness. With the help of Scripture and other sources of inspiration, we journey deeper into advent. This session offers an opportunity to reflect, pray and discover the practice of Christian meditation. To receive the Zoom link, please email charlie.scott@leeds.anglican.org
A new online self-paced course for people who are learning to live with dementia, for those sharing the journey with them, and for church communities looking to provide appropriate care and support. More information and immediate self-enrolment is available here.
St Hild College is offering three online Short Courses in Spring 2023 to help build faith, grow the church and care for creation. Short Courses take place on Thursday evenings. The three courses are: Faith & the Environment (5 weeks, starting 5th Jan); Introduction to Greek (10 weeks, starting 5th Jan); Introduction to Church Planting (5 weeks, starting 9th Feb). Find out more here 
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Tuesday, November 15 at 7pm
The singing of VOCES8 brings a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning. VOCES8 and Bradford Cathedral Choir perform together in concert. Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start, with a performance time of 75-minutes plus interval. Book a place here
Freedom Night
Wednesday, November 16 at 6pm
Today there are 40 million people in slavery worldwide. International Justice Mission are hosting an event exploring how we can make a difference as Freedom Partners and Freedom Churches. Come to Karious Church, Harrogate for a meal and discussion. To book and for more information email colin.ashurst@gmail.com
Thursday, November 17 at 7.30pm
The next decade will be critical for action on the climate crisis as it drives and exacerbates poverty. The church must call for climate justice now and into the future. In collaboration with the Gaia installation at Holy Trinity Boar Lane, we'll reflect on the beauty and fragility of creation and grapple with the challenges of poverty and the climate crisis. Find out more here
Saturday, November 19 at 10am
Rev’d Roy Searle will be the next speaker at the Harrogate School of Theology and Mission. The title of the lecture will be: ‘Wisdom from the past, illumine our path for today': how St Benedict and Celtic spirituality is inspirational for these changing world times. Book a place here
Joy to the World
Friday, December 2 at 7.30pm
The Women's Ministry Team at St Mark's in Harrogate are hosting a special Christmas event for women, celebrating the birth of the baby who came to save us. The evening will include wine, worship, seasonal crafts and contemplation.
Candles in the Dark
Sunday, February 5 at 6pm
A celebration of worship, inspiration and encouragement at Bradford Cathedral. An evening for anyone who wants to see their church growing. It will be organised by the diocesan Leading your Church into Growth team and will feature guest speaker, Sophie Jelley, the Bishop of Doncaster.
Discover resources from the Church of England to invite your community back to church this Christmas. The services and events will be specific to your community, but here you will find signposts to the national branding, reflections and more that will help you to invite people into your church – both online and onsite.
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.
Global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is imperative and yet individual nations can find it hard to commit to the polices required. Each year COP27 international climate change talks try to bring about this collaboration to protect God’s earth. Join others across the diocese in praying daily for the COP27 talks taking place from 6th-18th November in Egypt. Sign up to receive our daily prayer bulletin.
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.
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
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 November edition here.
Simply put, Parish Share enables us to do the stuff of the kingdom of God. In this short video, we seek to introduce and explain what Parish Share is and why it exists. Watch the video here
St Catherine's Church in Wakefield seeks to be a place at the centre of its community, expressing God's love in a number of practical ways. However, due to the cost-of-living crisis St Catherine's has seen an increase in demand for their services, a demand they are struggling to keep up withWatch the video here
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
The role involves working as part of the Lay Training Team to widen access and participation for all. The successful candidate would help:
  • resource congregations and individuals to grow in discipleship as confident Christians, growing Churches, transforming communities.
  • plan and deliver training and development for a range of lay ministries with particular responsibility for widening access and participation through contextual courses as well as the environment.
  • support participants pastorally in their learning and development.
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 - Safeguarding Adviser
Moves and Appointments
 Revd Dr Terry Buckingham has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds
Revd Mark Evans has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds 
Revd Tim Stevens has been appointed as Area Dean of Barnsley (Wakefield EA)
Revd Lynn Thorius 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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