Welcome to the Enews for March 16

The latest resources, news and more.
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The newly announced next Bishop of Huddersfield, the Revd Canon Smitha Prasadam, spent a busy first day in the diocese on Wednesday, March 8. The announcement of Revd Smitha as the new bishop took place at the Jo Cox More in Common Centre at the University of Huddersfield, where she was introduced to the region by the Bishop of Leeds. Read more here
Our diocesan interns spent some time learning about why and how we care for God’s creation. The interns gathered at St Mark’s Harrogate on Monday, March 6, to hear from Jemima Parker, Diocesan Environment Officer, learning about how the Church can respond to the climate crisis. Read more here
Thursday, March 23 marks three years since the first national lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, as part of a wider national remembrance, Bradford Cathedral will be holding a day of reflection. On that Thursday, visitors to the Cathedral will be able to come to the West End to light a candle, and to leave thoughts, reflections, memories or prayers on one of the ‘trees of remembrance’. Read more here
People from across Halifax gathered to celebrate the life of Alice Mahon, former MP for Halifax, who died recently. The service was held at Halifax Minster, and attended by some 250 people, including senior political figures. Speakers included Jeremy Corbyn MP; Carol Turner, Vice-Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; and Holly Lynch MP, current MP for Halifax. Read more here
In response to the cost of living crisis, churches across our diocese have opened their doors to the public as Warm Spaces. One of those churches, doing their best to support people struggling with their rising bills this winter, is St Agnes’ in Burmantofts. Starting in January, the congregation at St Agnes’ opened the doors of their recently refurbished church hall. Read more here
John Bell of the Iona Community headed south to lead a day of joyful singing for more than a hundred keen voices at St Alkelda’s, Giggleswick. Folk from Revd Julie Clarkson's three parishes of Giggleswick, Rathmell with Wigglesworth and Settle, were joined by friends from other local churches and farther afield for "The Big Sing". Read more here
The Trustees of St Hild College are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Daniel McGinnis as the next Principal of St Hild College. Daniel is currently Vice Principal for St Hild Sheffield, and will take up the role after Mark Powley’s departure at Easter. Before joining St Hild, Daniel led a team in planting a church in Sheffield and launched the Leeds School of Theology. Read more here
Churches across the diocese have been taking advantage of new ways to raise funds, thanks to the successful rollout of the Digital Giving Project. The Project brought some 80 contactless giving devices into the diocese, given for free and allocated to churches who went through the application process. Read more here
Mothering Sunday is coming up, and the Mothers’ Union are asking people to support the perseverance of mothers, grandmothers, aunts and other important female caregivers across the world. On the day MU members will contribute to services by preparing flowers, leading prayers, helping with activities for children and providing other resources. Read more here
World Book Day isn’t just for schools, as the parish of Kildwick, Cononley and Bradley found out this last week. Various books about theology, prayer, vocation and more were available for parishioners to take for free from each of the three churches. Read more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning
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
Tuesday, March 21 from 10am until 4pm
The Stewardship team are hosting a Digital Clinic at the Wakefield Episcopal Area office in Thornes Park. Attend in person or via Zoom. Seek advice on buying a contactless device for your church, how to set one up or discuss issues with a current device. Clinics will run on an appointment only basis. Email resourcingparishes@leeds.anglican.org or call 07376 525684 to book.
Saturday, March 25 at 9.30am
A time to pause and reflect on the rhythms of our lives. It will take place at St Paul's Ireland Wood. A retreat hosted by our Leeds Area Bishop, the Rt Revd Arun Arora. To book your place, please email natalya.heap@leeds.anglican.org
Saturday, March 25 at 10am
Our established Discovery Course aims to help you discover how and where God is calling you to serve others. It will take place at The Trinity Centre in Bingley. Find out more here
Monday, March 27 at 1pm
Join this Zoom meeting to discover the new suite of free PGS resources you can adapt and download to help launch and promote giving through the PGS across your community. It will be hosted by your Diocesan PGS Representative Janet. Visit this link to book your place at the PGS webinar.
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
Parcevall Hall have a number of retreats coming up, including:
  • 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.
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. 
Tuesday, April 4 at 7.30pm
Ian Birkinshaw plays ‘John Mark’ who relates the extraordinary story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This vivid gospel narrative is underscored throughout by music which captures the shifting mood of the crowds. It will be held at St Paul's Church, Ireland Wood. Book a place here
Friday, April 28 at 9.15am or 1.15pm
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 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
Saturday, April 29 at 9.30am
Join Revd John Bavington, vicar of Great Horton and Lidget Green, for a day of exploring the Bible. Attendees will take a deep dive into scripture, learning how it points to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Book a place here
Pilgrimage at Ripon Cathedral
Saturday, May 13 at 10am
A welcome with light refreshments will be followed by a pilgrimage around the cathedral including a visit to the beautiful and moving crypt. The pilgrimage morning will finish with a Eucharist at 12 noon, leaving the remainder of the day free for you to wander around the cathedral at your leisure and visit the rest of the city. Contact the cathedral office on 01765 603462 if you wish to book.
Thursday, February 29 - Thursday, March 7 2024
An eight day Pilgrimage with the Revd Mike Green, Vicar of St Andrew’s Kildwick, St John’s Cononley and St Mary’s Bradley, to the Holy Land is being arranged in February and March 2024. Find all the details and how to reserve a place here.
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
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
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
#DustAndGlory: A Lent journey of faith, failure and forgiveness: Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, February 22) to Easter Day (Sunday, April 9)

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
The Revd Canon Smitha Prasadam will take up the role of Bishop of Huddersfield, Downing Street announced last week. Watch a video message from Smitha here, speaking from The Piece Hall in Halifax.
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
An exciting opportunity for a new, visionary worker to come and develop children and youth work for the future. Could you encourage and enable St Peter's children, young people and the wider church to play their full part in their mission of following Jesus, making disciples and serving others? Find out more about this role here
Friends of Parcevall Hall - Secretary 
The Friends of Parcevall Hall are looking for a secretary for their Committee - to take minutes, and, with the chair, draw up agendas and follow up matters arising. The quarterly commitment would involve three afternoon meetings a year, plus the Annual General Meeting. If interested please contact the Chair, Susan Davies susandavies367@gmail.com 
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
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 Andrew Clarke to be Associate Priest of St Michael and All Angels Cottingley (Bradford EA)
Revd Jay Hewitt to be Interim Priest in Charge of Staincliffe and Carlinghow (Huddersfield EA)
Revd Melusi Sibanda to be Incumbent of Heckmondwike and Liversedge (Huddersfield EA)
Revd Canon Angela Dick has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds
Revd Jack Parkes has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds
Revd Heinz Töller has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds
Contact us with your news
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