Welcome to the Enews for January 6

The latest resources, news and more.
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News
Revd Jon Swales, Team Vicar at St George’s Church Leeds, has been recognised in the 2021 New Year’s Honours. Founder of Lighthouse West Yorkshire, Jon has been awarded an MBE for services to the city, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here
The light of the presence of God, who comes among us in Jesus, is not going to be put out or extinguished by the circumstances of the world explains Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines in his Christmas message to the Diocese of Leeds. Read the script or watch the reflection here
Wakefield Cathedral’s new youth choir has soared through its first Advent and Christmas and taken part in some 30 services. The youngest cohort of singers form Byrd Song, a new generation of choristers aged six to eight, and Ed Jones, the cathedral’s director of music said how singing is the “most natural way to make music”. Read more here
A series of evocative and thought provoking meditations based on the events of Jesus’ last week of earthly life, make up a newly published book by a member of our clergy. ‘The People of the Passion’ is written by the Revd Alison Askew and is available to buy from Amazon and the Ripon Cathedral bookshop. Read more here
St Cuthbert’s Church in Colburn has received a helping hand from the Prince’s Trust Team programme, who sent a group of young people from Catterick to revamp the churchyard. Keen to create a community garden, Revd Andrew Cromarty explains how it all came about. Read more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning Online
The Diocese of Leeds is planning to run digital training in 2022. We believe digital will play an important role in the life and mission of the church moving forward, and wish to equip and support our churches in this area. Please fill out our survey here to help us determine the digital training and support that would most benefit our churches and parishes.
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
Thursday, January 27 2022 at 7.30pm
Have you considered using some of the many online opportunities to grow your faith? This short presentation, using zoom, will demonstrate just how easy online learning can be and show you how to browse the many courses and one-off events on offer on the Diocese of Leeds Digital Learning Platform. Find out more here
Thursday, January 27 2022 at 7.30pm
Following the publication of the Saving Creation: Six Steps to Carbon Net Zero Church Toolkit, this webinar will include a scriptural reflection to help us understand the gospel response to climate change. Attendees will then look at the practical steps that a church can take to work towards becoming carbon net zero. 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
Events across the diocese
Friday, January 7 to Saturday, January 8
An interactive workshop designed for Christian leaders – whether ordained, lay, or active and experienced members of a local church. Participants will be equipped to engage with scientific issues in the day-to-day life of their ministry context. Find out more here
Sunday, January 9 at 4.30pm
Wakefield Cathedral's Assistant Director of Music, James Bowstead plays Messiaen's 'La Nativite de Seigneur', a wonderful piece for organ in nine movements. No booking is required and the event is free of charge.
Friday, January 28 to Monday, January 31
Attendees will explore what Rohr sees as the most pressing issue of our age, a “crises of meaning … so many people have lost heart today feeling both confused and powerless – many have lost any over-arching meaning [to life]”. Find out more about the retreat here
Saturday, January 29 2022 at 10am
Hosted by the Harrogate School of Theology & Mission, Bishop Toby will reflect on his experience in Bradford and more widely, sharing biblical and other theological resources that he's picked up along the way, including ways in which friendships and engagements with Muslim communities have enriched his own faith. Find out more here
Sunday, February 20 to Friday, February 25
A conference open to anyone that is interested in the work of Christian Aid. There will be a mix of great sessions including some led by the Christian Aid Zimbabwe team, as that will be their focus country for Christian Aid week 2022. Find out more here
Sunday, February 27 at 3.30pm
The Collation and Installation of the Revd Bill Braviner as Archdeacon of Halifax will take place at Wakefield Cathedral on Sunday, February 27 at 3.30pm. You may read more about Revd Bill here.
Resources
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.
Media
The Rt Revd Nick Baines delivers a Christmas message to the Diocese of Leeds. Watch it here
Enjoy again the wonder of the Nativity story this Christmas. Presented by Church of England primary schools across our diocese. Watch it here
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Vacancies
Following the move of their existing MD to a new region and their Community Choir MD retiring during Covid the United Benefice of Thornhill and Whitley Lower are looking to recruit an experienced organist and choir leader as their permanent Director of Music.
The Rector of Leeds Minster will be a key figure in leading the mission of the Church of England in one of England's largest cities. The person appointed will have a remarkable combination of gifts, experience and potential. 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 Maureen Browell has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds.
Revd Andreas Wenzel has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds.
Revd Terry Drummond has been granted Permission to Officiate as a Deacon 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 January 20. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org  
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