Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 18 February

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The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written of their shock at a spate of media attacks on the Church of England in an explanatory article for last week's Spectator magazine. Read the article and what they have said here.
Bishop Helen-Ann has offered a reflection on how we advance into the future, with an Ash Wednesday message. Writing in the Yorkshire Post, Bishop Helen-Ann talks of the strangeness of Ash Wednesday in the current circumstances, and how we might respond to them this Lent. Read it here
Love and harmony were broadcast from one of our cathedrals this Valentine’s Day, with Songs of Praise coming from Ripon Cathedral. The BBC programme featured Sean Fletcher hearing reflections on Lent at the cathedral, while Katie Piper met a Leeds Christian who donated a kidney to a stranger. Read more here
A church in the Huddersfield area has provided £5,000 worth of supermarket vouchers to a primary school after a fundraising campaign prompted by publicity over inadequate food parcels for children on free school meals. Read more here
This month some 100 people participated in an online event to explore the recently released GRA:CE report by THEOS and the Church Urban Fund which explored the relationship between social action and evangelism, finding a strong connection between growth, social action and discipleship. Read more here
Our cathedrals marked Racial Justice Sunday with the re-release programme of perspectives, prayers, music and Bible readings on the theme of racial justice, that was launched last September. The programme, led by Bradford Cathedral, draws together material that has been significant since the 2020 summer of protest. Read more here
A hundred and ninety years of faith, family and community has been celebrated at St Stephen's Church, Lindley with the creation of a video. The church in Huddersfield marked this special anniversary initially with a physical gathering in September 2020, attended by the Bishop of Huddersfield, Jonathan Gibbs. Read more here
A fond tribute to Peter and Dhoe Craig-Wild, a well-known clergy couple from our region, has just been published by one of our former clergy. A close friend for 35 years, Canon John Holmes has written a memoir of the much-missed husband and wife who served in different parishes during their ministry. Read more here
Churches in the Ripon area have been helping people in Nidderdale, with a foodbank service based in Pateley Bridge. St Cuthbert’s Pateley Bridge have been providing the service to all who need it in the area, and has now expanded it to the neighbouring parish of Dacre with Hartwith and Darley with Thornthwaite. Read more here
One of our priests from the Ripon area has appeared in a news report on what churches are doing to tackle climate change, and if we are doing enough. Revd Ruth Newton, Parish Priest of St John’s Sharrow, appeared in the BBC report talking to young Christians about whether the church was doing enough to combat the climate crisis. Read more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning Online
A standalone course that can serve as a stepping stone for further engagement with the Rhythm of Life. There are six sessions, with online materials, for use with Zoom. A leader's guide is available.

Sessions will provide an opportunity to engage with the seven Rhythm of Life areas for deepening commitment. Each session is 90 minutes in length and the framework consists 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 is a diocesan-wide course offered on Wednesdays at 7.30pm from 24th February.
Two opportunities on the 9th and 10th March for church Toddler Leaders (and others who care for pre-school families) to Meet-up with one another on Zoom. If that is you, come along to be encouraged, re-inspired and share how you have reached and supported families during this challenging time. Find further details in the links above and email anne.carter@leeds.anglican.org to book a place.
Members of our Stewardship & DAC teams, in collaboration with Ecclesiastical Insurance, will host the next in their series of lunchtime Zoom training sessions on 24th February and 17th March, 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
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.
Want to explore further a vocation to a Lay or Ordained Ministry? This free online Webinar is a great opportunity to explore different vocational pathways and to talk to people who have pursued them. Two sessions are taking place online on Wednesday, March 3 at 2.30pm and Thursday, March 4 at 7.00pm.
On Thursday, March 4 an online session, which provides an opportunity for those engaging with the Rhythm of Life to share their experiences, is 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
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
The Diocese is hosting a "A Journey Through Lent" in the coming weeks, offering people the opportunity to join for Midday Prayer and Lenten Reflections. The opportunity is open to all, with Zoom sessions taking place every Friday at 12:00, with the first session taking place tomorrow and running through to the final session on Friday, March 26. Find out more here
Join the team at Bradford Cathedral on Sunday, March 7 at 9am for a very special online breakfast to mark this year's Fairtrade Fortnight. Visit the cathedral website to find out where you can get your Fairtrade or locally-sourced breakfast items, then get ready to join in on the big breakfast over Zoom. Don't forget your #BreakfastSelfie! Find out more here
Find out how you can be a changemaker in 2021 and hear directly from Christian Aid's partners in Kenya who are making lasting change. Real people, real change. Join Christian Aid from Monday, February 22 to Friday 26 for their online conference. Find out more here on their website
Diocesan Re-Envisioning Day for Licenced Lay Ministers / Readers 
Saturday, March 27 is a date for the diary for any Licenced Lay Ministers/Readers in the Diocese of Leeds. Taking place over Zoom from 10am to 1pm, more details of this event are to follow.
Spring Harvest Home is back for 2021, taking place from Sunday, April 4 to Thursday, April 8. This year, they're taking the event online, through their brand new streaming platform both live and on demand. The team is working hard to make sure Spring Harvest Home 21 is an unforgettable and unrivalled experience for all ages. Find out more here
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Across one of the 5 areas : Bradford - Huddersfield - Leeds - Ripon - Wakefield
Generosity is at the heart of our faith, we believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. The ministry and mission of The Church of England is largely funded through the incredible generosity of those who give to it. Here you will find a wide variety of resources, guidance and inspiration for encouraging giving to your church and for growing generosity within your church.
The Children, Young People and Families and Education teams are collaborating to produce resources for Lent, 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 link to the material can be found here.
Following the success of 'Mr Emporium's Gift Shop' nativity video, St George's Leeds are producing a sequel for Easter. This time they will unpack the story of Easter through 'Mr Emporium's Easter Experiments'. The free resource for schools and churches will be available on Monday, March 22. If you would like to express an interest please follow this link to complete an online form.
Dignity Through Education is an association set up by a group of people in Bilton, Harrogate. It aims to give financial assistance to the children of some of the poorest people in Sri Lanka. These people are tea plantation workers. They live and work in some of the harshest conditions
imaginable. The association aims to offer small bursaries to the children of tea plantation workers who have achieved a place at university. Find out more here
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.
Brian Beresford, who leads the music for All-age Worship at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Skipton, has produced a CD called 'I Am' to be used for children's work across the diocese. It includes a song based on the 'I Am' sayings of Jesus and other pieces of reflective music. For more information and to listen to some of the tracks, please follow this link.
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.
Generosity is at the heart of our faith, we believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. The ministry and mission of The Church of England is largely funded through the incredible generosity of those who give to it. This short video explains how to create the right environment to give and how to cultivate a generous culture. Watch the recording here.
Some 100 people participated in an online event to explore the recently released GRA:CE report by THEOS and the Church Urban Fund, which explored the relationship between social action and evangelism, finding a strong connection between growth, social action and discipleship. Watch the recording here.
Scargill House in the 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.
 ...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Stewardship Officer (Fixed Term) - Diocese of Leeds
The Diocese of Leeds has been awarded partial funding for the post by the Church of England Giving Advisor Fund for a period of five years, to 2026. We are looking for someone to join our team to help grow generous, financially sustainable churches. For more details of this role and how to apply click here.
St George's are seeking to employ a team vicar with responsibility for the Holy Trinity Boar Lane weekday church plant in Leeds City Centre. For more details of this role and how to apply click here.
 St Mary’s Church are seeking someone to initiate projects that will draw families into the church community, develop children’s spirituality through different expressions of Sunday School and help build commitment and discipleship amongst the families already engaged in Church. 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 cathedral has secured a grant from the 'Church Commissioners’ Cathedrals Sustainability Fund' to support this new post. 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 Charlie Annis has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

The Revd Joan Roper has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

The Rt Revd Nicholas Baines is pleased to announce the appointment of The Revd Kerry Tankard, Chair of Yorkshire West Methodist District as Honorary Ecumenical Canon of Bradford Cathedral
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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