Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 18 March

The latest resources, news and more.
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News
New grants to boost mission in our communities by improving our church buildings have been announced by the diocese. The five-year Church Buildings Grants scheme is backed by a number of restricted funds, which are available exclusively for this purpose. Read more here
Experiences of parish worship during the pandemic and how we may emerge with sustained engagement and fresh learning were the main topics at the March online Synod. Diocesan Secretary Jonathan Wood gave a presentation on how our churches and worshippers have addressed the challenges of the last 12 months. Read more here
Be freshly faithful and use insights gained during the pandemic to build worship as we work confidently towards a shared future, Bishop Nick has urged Synod. In his Presidential Address, Bishop Nick firstly referenced the travails of Jonah, Moses and Jeremiah as examples of how journeys are always accompanied by God. Read more here
The diocese is delighted to welcome Revd Jude Smith as its first Director of Church Revitalisation. Jude is currently Team Rector in the Moor Allerton and Shadwell Team in North Leeds and served her curacy in South Leeds, working across Beeston and Holbeck, and led in the outer estate of Hawksworth Wood as Team Vicar and Pioneer Minister. Read more here
A forum for our Readers and Licensed Lay Ministers takes place later this month with a keynote speech by Bishop Nick and break-out sessions where people can share valuable knowledge about their work and service. This year sees the quinquennial renewal of licences for all Readers and Licensed Lay Ministers and in preparation for this there is a “get-together" via Zoom on Saturday, March 2. Read more here
Skilled and eager volunteers who are keen to help parishes thrive are wanted by two of the diocese’s most important committees. The Finance, Assets and Investments Committee (‘FAIC’) and the Property Committee are both currently seeking new members. Read more here
Our Children, Young People and Families Team are looking to support folk this Lent with new Holy Week and Easter resources. The resources, part of our Rhythm of Life venture, have been gathered by our team from a variety of sources, and have options for children of all ages. Read more here
The Bishop of Huddersfield has been speaking about safeguarding in the Church of England, and how we are improving our response after past failings. In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, Bishop Jonathan spoke about how we are making a commitment to improving the protection and care of those who are vulnerable, and how we are making sure all are treated with compassion, dignity and love. Read more here
Church leaders with a desire to see their communities flourish are encouraged to join one of three newly created Growth Groups, designed to create a space for mutual learning, encouragement, sharing and prayer. Churches growing spiritually, numerically and in their mission to share the Gospel is at the heart of the vision and strategy for the Diocese of Leeds. Read more here
The Lord Mayor of Leeds Online Thank You Awards has honoured a church led project in the Parish of Pudsey for its caring response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pudsey Community Project, launched by the parish church in March 2020, coordinates local volunteer responses across the town and surrounding area, especially for people who are isolated, quarantined or anxious. Read more here
On Mothering Sunday one of our priests shared her powerful testimony of motherhood as part of the Church of England’s national online service.
The Revd Charlotte Cheshire, Priest in Charge at Christ Church Moldgreen & St James Rawthorpe, offered the story of her and her son Adam to help illustrate how complicated mothering can be. Read more here
Halifax Minster have been celebrating, as building work on their roof gets underway. The Minster has managed to secure a £124,000 grant from the government for vital repairs, and now the scaffolding is up, and work has begun, with the aim of completion by June. Read more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning Online
The PGS has launched its new digital service, offering donors a way of setting up regular giving via the PGS website. To explore how this new service can benefit your parish you're warmly invited to join a PGS Goes Digital Zoom meeting, running on Monday, March 22 and Monday, March 29. For more information contact Janet Edmond at janet.edmond@leeds.anglican.org or call 07376 525684.
This 2 hour session will take place on Saturday, March 20 at 10am and will look at definitions and models of disability, theology, practical tips, and how to help people with invisible disabilities. Booking is essential and can be done via the Eventbrite form found here, or by emailing katherine-alice.grasham@leeds.anglican.org
You're invited to read and explore eco fiction and works of environmental non-fiction and their relationship with Christianity in a world which recognises the interconnected nature of God and the world in which we live. The next meeting will explore A Life On Our Planet by David Attenborough and be held on Tuesday, March 23 from 7.15pm via a Zoom. Find out more here
A chance to find out more about the Rhythm of Life initiative and have your questions answered. It will be hosted by Bishop Jonathan Gibbs and the Rhythm of Life Steering Group, taking place online on Tuesday, March 23 at 7.30pm. To register your interest please email RoL@leeds.anglican.org
Every quarter you can come together with others who are working out what God’s call means to them. The Fellowship will be joined by the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Revd Canon Derek Walmsley. The aim of the session is to discuss the important changes to the new Discernment Process, which comes into effect in autumn 2021. 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
Bradford Cathedral has put together an Easter Service video for families, premiering on Easter Day at 5pm, featuring dramatisations, readings and images of the key events of Holy Week, with music and worship. Pre-service resources are available here.
On Good Friday at 12 noon and 3pm the Wintershall's Passion of Jesus Play will be live streamed on Facebook. Sadly the play that is normally performed live from Trafalgar Square is unable to take place this year. However, the recording from 2019 will be made available on Facebook here.
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 also offering a 10% for our churches. Use this code to get your discount - SH21CCL - and find out more here.
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Resources
If you're struggling with mental health, caring for someone who is or are just interested in learning more then you might be interested in The Cellar Trust Skills for Being Well in Adversity Course. This is a free, 6 week course held entirely on zoom which aims to help people improve their understanding of mental health through information, sharing experiences and activities. For more info please contact beingwell@thecellartrust.org.
Our Children, Young People and Families Team are looking to support folk this Lent with new Holy Week and Easter resources. The resources, part of our Rhythm of Life venture, have been gathered by our team from a variety of sources, and have options for children of all ages. 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. Find out more 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.
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.
Media
Church leaders with a desire to see their communities flourish are encouraged to join one of three newly created Growth Groups, designed to create a space for mutual learning, encouragement, sharing and prayer. Here is Robin, our Church Growth Advisor, explaining what they're all about. Watch the recording here.
The Parish Giving Scheme is an established planned giving scheme for churches that was launched across the Diocese of Leeds in January 2020. Here is a short testimony from Wendy, Treasurer and Church Warden at Wortley and Farnley, who explains how the PGS has helped them. More testimonies can be found on the Diocese of Leeds YouTube page.
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.
 ...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Vacancies
The Diocese of Leeds wishes to recruit a Finance Assistant (on a fixed term, part time contract of 28 hours per week) supporting the Finance Supervisor and Finance Manager in the maintenance of the accounting records of the Diocesan Board of Finance. For more details of this role and how to apply click here.
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.
 Bradford Cathedral are looking for someone to support the Communications, Marketing and Events Officer in creating communications and content to engage the cathedral’s prospective visitor base and current communities and stakeholders. For more details of this role and how to apply click here.
The College of the Resurrection are seeking someone to provide secretarial and administrative support to the College. For more details of this role and how to apply click 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 Canon Philip Gray has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Mike Marsh has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Felicity Cowling-Green to be Team Rector of Almondbury with Farnley Tyas (Huddersfield EA)

The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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