Welcome to the Enews for March 2

The latest resources, news and more.
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The Church of England is providing a range of resources to help churches and parishes to mark the Coronation of King Charles III, an historic moment in the life of our nation. It includes a Book of Daily Prayer, liturgical resources, social media graphics and more. Read more here
Services have taken place across the diocese marking the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as people continue to pray for peace and justice in the region. At lunchtime at Holy Trinity Boar Lane in Leeds people from across the city gathered to pray, reflect and light candles. Read more here
One year on from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, has written powerfully reflecting on the last year and the path ahead. Writing in the Yorkshire Post, Bishop Nick looks at how we reached the point we are at now, and where we might go from here, and calls for realistic thinking about the uncertain future we all face. Read more here
Two people from the Diocese of Leeds were part of a meeting of Anglicans from around the world when they took part in the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) in Ghana last week. Canon Jane Evans, a member of General Synod for the Diocese of Leeds, was elected as the Church of England’s lay representative to the ACC. Read more here
Digital giving has got another boost in our diocese, thanks to a recent clinic offered to help churches make the most of the opportunities offered. The digital clinic was the first of its kind, and offered opportunity for churches to seek help and advice with how to get started with digital giving, or how to improve the digital giving offer that they already have. Read more here
This year, those involved with children and youth ministry across the diocese are invited to TEND, one-day conferences designed to thank, encourage and equip. Attendees will have the option to book onto one of three dates, each hosted at one of our three cathedrals in Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield. Read more here
The Church Organiser, a free room and events management tool which integrates with A Church Near You, is soon to be launched. Come along to one of two free training events at Church House on Friday, April 28 to help your church get set up and learn how it can help. Bring your own laptop and join with others as you are guided through The Church Organiser with practical tips and guidance. Find out more and book a place here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning
Saturday, March 4 at 10am
Our established Discovery Course aims to help you discover how and where God is calling you to serve others. It will be held at The Trinity Centre, John Escritt Road, Bingley, BD16 2ST. Find out more and reserve a place here
Tuesday, March 7 at 7pm
A starting or gathering point for people exploring new youth work in their parish. Over the course of an hour long online session, the Children, Young People and Families Team want to hear about your journey, share some stories, help you make some plans and invite you to commit to continue planning. Find out more here
20th, 21st and 27th March
The ‘Being With’ course is excellent for enquirers. Over ten weeks the course focuses on the experience of being in community as we explore Christian faith together. A ‘taster’ three session course is planned for March 2023, so you can see how the course runs and whether it will suit your context. Find out more here
A time to pause and reflect on the rhythms of our lives. Each retreat will be led/hosted by one of our Area Bishops or Cathedral Deans. Further details and booking information can be found here.

Bradford: Saturday, March 11 at Bradford Cathedral
Huddersfield and Wakefield: Saturday, March 11 at College of the Resurrection
Ripon: Saturday, March 11 at Ripon Cathedral
Leeds: Saturday, March 25 at St Paul's, Ireland Wood
Tuesday, March 28 at 7.30pm
You're invited to find some peace and stillness. With the help of Scripture, we journey deeper into Lent. This online 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
If you wish to apply for the Occasional Preachers, Lay Pastoral Ministry and Lay Worship Leaders Courses for the 2023-24 academic year, please ensure that you speak to your incumbent, as you will need their support for your application. More information on the range of ministry pathways we offer can be found here.
Starting Thursday, April 20 at 6.30pm
St Hild are offering a 10-week Online Short Course on Christian Doctrine for the summer term. This course is a great taster for those who are possibly interested in further theological study. Here is the Eventbrite page where individuals can sign up. St Hild's newest Postgraduate Prospectus is available to download on their website here.
Autumn 2023 at the Mirfield Centre
Ever wondered what theology means and how to study it? Need some guidance on how to dig a bit deeper? This introductory course may well be for you. This course is also required before you can apply to train as a Licensed Lay Minister. Find out more here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Sunday, March 5 at 9am
Bradford Cathedral's annual Fairtrade Fortnight breakfast returns in aid of Transform Trade. Enjoy a range of Fairtrade and locally sourced produce as well as getting the chance to discover more about the benefits of Fairtrade. The Fairtrade stall will also be open for you to buy a range of items. More details found here.
Wednesday, March 8 at 7:45pm
Gather Leeds and Leeds Church Institute are inviting you to an evening on zoom with Christians from Leeds. Attendees will listen, talk, think, and pray about our shared calling to the City. The focus will be on wellbeing, both our own and that of our neighbours and our communities, in this time of public and private crisis. Find out more here
Wednesday, March 8 from 12.15pm
The Really Friendly Music Lunch is a programme of free concerts combined with free food and hot drinks taking place over lunchtimes from Wednesday, March 1 to Wednesday, April 5. Join some really friendly people for soup, live music, sandwiches, hot drinks and inspiration! All are welcome. Find out more here
Parcevall Hall have a number of retreats coming up, including:
  • Friday, March 10 - Sunday, March 12: Teaching spiritual practices. Led by Dr Rupert Sheldrake. £226 per person
  • Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26: Heart & Soul Singing Retreat. Led by Keely Hodgson. £200 per person
  • Monday, April 3 - Quiet Day. Led by Revd Canon Andrew Tawn. Freewill offering

Find a list of all the retreats at Parcevall Hall coming up in 2023 here. To book, please contact the Hall at admin@parcevallhall.org.uk or phone on 01756 720213.
Saturday, March 11 at 10.30am
A day for anyone aged 18 to 30 considering ministry in the Church of England. There will be: time for worship, prayer and Bible study; an opportunity to find out what being ordained is really like; space to look at your own experience and what God might be calling you to; the chance to discover how the selection process and ordination training programmes work. Find out more here
Saturday, March 11 at 10.30am
One of our Ripon area churches is looking to reduce their emissions and keep people warm, and is sharing their findings with the diocese. St Mary’s Embsay with Eastby is organising an open morning for visitors from other churches across the diocese. Find out more here
St Cuthbert’s lecture, Bolton Priory
Saturday, March 18 at 4.30pm
This year’s St Cuthbert’s lecture is taken by Peter Oborne who is speaking on “The Fate of Abraham: Why the West is Wrong About Islam." Peter Oborne will argue that the West has deliberately misrepresented Islam and will explain the myths and fabrications that have contributed to views that Islam is trying to overturn our liberal values. 
Easter Celebration - Hope Huddersfield
Sunday, April 2 at 7pm
Hope Huddersfield are hosting an Easter Celebration at Huddersfield Town Hall. They will welcome J John and Gaz Thompson as special guests. This will be evangelistic in focus and a perfect opportunity to invite friends, family and neighbours to hear the good news. 
This Lent we're all invited to explore how we can live well with the mess of everyday life. Dust and Glory, the Church of England's Lent Campaign, encourages us to take a fresh look at the frustrations and failings that every day brings and seek to learn from them and grow closer to God. Find out more here
A new 2023 Rhythm of Life Lent Course has been created for churches across our diocese. The Rhythm of Life is an initiative that offers an opportunity for Christians to re-align and keep Christ at the centre of our daily lives. Discover the materials for the Lent course here on the Digital Learning Platform.
Journeys is new resource from The Clewer Initiative designed to equip and inspire people in the fight against modern slavery. Journeys consists of five mini films and two accompanying resources – one for Lent and one that is suitable for anyone, at any time of year. Find out more here
The Church Army Lent Resource has been designed to give you, your small group or your church space and time each day throughout Lent to listen to God, reflect on the Bible, and see how and where you can listen to His leading in your actions and attitudes. Find out more 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 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.
Dates for 2023
Diocese of Leeds Synod:
  • Saturday, March 18
  • Saturday, July 15
  • Saturday, October 14

Church of England General Synod:
  • Friday, July 7 - Tuesday, July 11
  • Monday, November 13 - Wednesday, November 15

#DustAndGlory: A Lent journey of faith, failure and forgiveness: Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, February 22) to Easter Day (Sunday, April 9)

Rhythm of Life Lent Course: Resources available here 

Step Forward Conference: Saturday, March 11

Coronation of King Charles III: Saturday, May 6

Thy Kingdom Come: Thursday, May 18 - Sunday, May 28

World Environment Day: Monday, June 5

Ordination of Priests: Saturday, June 24 or Sunday, June 25

Ordination of Deacons: Saturday, July 1 at Bradford Cathedral

Creationtide: Friday, September 1 - Wednesday, October, 4

Diocese of Leeds Generosity Week: Sunday, September 24 - Sunday, October 1

COP 28: Thursday 30 November - Tuesday 12th December
New arrivals from Hong Kong continue to be supported and welcomed by St Barnabas’ Church in Alwoodley. St Barnabas have been working alongside Faith Action to reach out to those moving from Hong Kong, by providing weekly English classes. Watch the video here
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Are you passionate about students and student mission? Would you like to work in a Resource Church team in the vibrant city of Leeds? St George's are looking for a Student Pastor to join our Ministry Team to lead and develop ministry to undergraduate students. Find out more about this role here
The United Parish of Hampsthwaite and Killinghall are seeking a parish organist and choir leader. Approximately 12 hours a month paid by the hour. Find out more about this role here
This post will form a key part of the operations and administration team at Bradford Cathedral, helping to ensure that their governance and administration is streamlined, efficient and effective. Find out more about this role 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 - Safeguarding Adviser
Moves and Appointments
Revd Claire Renshaw to be Canon Pastor at Ripon Cathedral
Revd Cyndy Sheard to be Associate Priest of Cleckheaton (Huddersfield EA)
Contact us with your news
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