Welcome to the Enews for January 19

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The Diocese bade a fond farewell to the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley at a special evensong service at Ripon Cathedral. She has now left her suffragan role of five years as the Bishop of Ripon to take up a new challenge as the diocesan Bishop of Newcastle. Read more here
New arrivals from Hong Kong continue to be supported and welcomed by St Barnabas’ Church in Alwoodley. Since the announcement in 2021 of the British National Overseas passport scheme, allowing Hong Kong citizens to come and reside in the UK, North Leeds has seen a large number move from Hong Kong. Read more here
Following media reports of the meeting of the College of Bishops to discern a way forward for the Church of England on questions of identity, sexuality and marriage, the National Church issued a response yesterday. Read more here
The official CofE statement on the latest progress of Living in Love and Faith will be made public tomorrow, Friday, January 20.
Our cohort of Leeds Diocesan Interns have started 2023 with much food for thought as they came together again for weekly Monday training which is designed to equip them for life, work and leadership. Coinciding with Martin Luther King Day, The Rt Revd Arun Arora, Bishop of Kirkstall, led an interactive session on Racial Justice. Read more here
On Sunday, February 12 it is Racial Justice Sunday. Racial Justice Sunday is for all churches to reflect on the importance of racial justice, to give thanks for the gifts and beauty of human diversity, and to commit to end racism and acts of discrimination. Find helpful liturgical resources here on the Church of England website.
Bishop Nick has been seeing what goes on in our schools, with a recent visit to Whinmoor St Paul’s in Leeds. Bishop Nick was shown around by four children from the school’s Worship Committee, children from each class who are elected to help the school plan, prepare and deliver daily worship. Read more here
Former Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Revd Rowan Williams will begin Follow Me 2023, a series of inspiring talks and events organised by the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield. Wakefield Cathedral will welcome the noted theologian and writer for his talk entitled Agents of the new creation: bring the world to life, on Thursday, February 9. Read more here
Our Diocesan Advisory Committee is expanding its ability to support parishes with their buildings, with the recent addition of three new members and seven new specialist advisors. Their contribution will assist the DAC and its staff support parishes care for their church buildings in the best way and develop them as centres of mission that serve God’s people. Read more here
The Safeguarding Team are looking to recruit “Link persons” from around the Diocese to assist in responding to, assessing and managing safeguarding concerns or allegations made against church officers. The link person may be a senior member of clergy, including retired clergy. Read more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Dates for 2023
Holocaust Memorial Day: Friday, January 27

Diocese of Leeds Synod:
  • Saturday, March 18
  • Saturday, July 15
  • Saturday, October 14

Church of England General Synod:
  • Monday, February 6 - Thursday, February 9
  • Friday, July 7 - Tuesday, July 11
  • Monday, November 13 - Wednesday, November 15

Racial Justice Sunday: Sunday, February 12

#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
Living and Learning
Saturday, January 21 at 10.30am
A morning for new, continuing and those interested in becoming Parish Disability Reps. It will take place online and will include prayer, a Q&A session, group discussion and worship. Find out more here
Starting on Monday, January 23
This new enquirers’ course is open to anyone who seeks a deeper engagement with the person of Christ. This course is a new model of relational and experiential Enquirer’s Course by Sam Wells. Find out more here
Wednesday, January 25 at 9am
A day course at the Trinity Centre in Bingley to explore how to make our churches more inclusive to members of all communities. This course is open to both clergy and laity. Find out more here
Thursday, January 26 at 7pm
A Zoom workshop for church leaders and volunteers. Join members of the Children, Young People and Families team as we share and discuss creative ideas around seasonal activities which enable us to engage and build relationships with families. Find out more here
Wednesday, February 1 at 5pm
This webinar is for All – clergy, Churchwardens, Treasurers, PCC members, Parish Environment Officers and anyone who cares about the combating climate change. It will explore a step by step guide for churches on how and why to start on the journey to net zero. Find out more here
Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm
An opportunity to share ideas and resources which might support sessions with children, young people and families during Lent and Easter. Join the Children, Young People and Families Team for an informal session and please bring your ideas to share too. Find out more here
Wednesday, February 8 at 7pm
An opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging with new housing developments in parishes in the diocese. It will be led by Revd John Smith, Vicar of Pannal and Revd Canon Andrew Norman, Director of Ministry and Mission. Find out more here
Starting on Wednesday, March 1
This three part course aims to equip Christians to feel more confident about their own faith story, as they consider what God has done for them, and learn how to share it. Find out more and reserve a place here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Sunday, January 22 at 2pm
A Leeds civic event for Holocaust Memorial Day, held at the City Varieties Music Hall. It will be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and free tickets are available from leedsheritagetheatres.com
Sunday, January 22 at 3.30pm
All are welcome to join Bradford Cathedral for Choral Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Choir during term time. This is a meditative service in which the congregation participate through their presence and prayerful engagement with the spoken and sung texts. Find out more here
Thursday, February 2 at 7.30pm
Join Ripon Cathedral as they celebrate Christ’s Presentation at the Temple with a Ripon tradition – the lighting of over 7,000 candles in a series of glorious displays through the building. Find out more here
Candles in the Dark
Sunday, February 5 at 6pm
A celebration of worship, inspiration and encouragement at Bradford Cathedral. An evening for anyone who wants to see their church growing. It will be organised by the diocesan Leading your Church into Growth team and will feature guest speaker, Sophie Jelley, the Bishop of Doncaster.
Do you have a passion for seeing people come to know Christ? How about considering Church Army? They are a Mission Community as well as a trainer and employer of Pioneer Evangelists across the UK and Ireland. They host a series of Discovery Events throughout the year and their next ones are listed here.
Company of Servers Eucharist
Saturday, March 11 at 10.30am
The Company of Servers Diocese of Leeds Chapter are holding their Spring Eucharist on Saturday, March 11. It starts at 10:30am until 2pm at Holy Trinity Church, Bingley. Everyone is welcome and if you have access needs please email middleditch@live.com
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
On Sunday, February 12 it is Racial Justice Sunday. Racial Justice Sunday is for all churches to reflect on the importance of racial justice, to give thanks for the gifts and beauty of human diversity, and to commit to end racism and acts of discrimination. Find helpful liturgical resources 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.
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
The Digital Learning Platform is a place where you can discover, resources, events and online courses to enable you to dig deeper as a disciple of Jesus. It includes a number of learning areas. Why not check it out 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.
In response to the cost of living crisis, churches across our diocese have begun to open their doors to the public as Warm Spaces. One of those churches is St Paul’s Ireland Wood who have set up a weekly space on a Monday teatime called Warm Welcome. Watch the video here
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
We are looking for someone to join our team to help grow generous and financially sustainable churches. This post is fixed term for four and half years and is full time. Find out more about this role here
The successful candidate will be a member of the Children, Young People and Families team proactively developing ministry and mission amongst children, young people and families across the diocese. Find out more about this role here
Wakefield Cathedral have a number of current vacancies open at the moment, including a:
  • Communications, Marketing & Digital Officer 
  • Verger
  • Chief Operating Officer
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 Stroma McDermott to be House for Duty, Assistant Priest in the Benefice of Knaresborough (Ripon Episcopal Area)
Revd Lisa Holland to be Team Vicar in the Benefice of Knaresborough, Goldsborough, Nidd & Brearton (Ripon Episcopal Area)
Revd Robb Sutherland to be Area Dean of Halifax and Calder Valley (Huddersfield Episcopal Area)
Revd Teresa Mclaughlin to be Interim Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Washburn and Mid-Wharfe (Ripon Episcopal Area)
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
Contact us with your news
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