Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 4 March

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News
Bradford Cathedral and the Diocese of Leeds will bid a fond farewell to Dean Jerry Lepine who retires from his role this summer. Dean Jerry arrived at Bradford Cathedral in July 2013 and since then has built its reputation as a worship space and meeting place for all the city’s communities. Read more here
How we think about reader ministry in the diocese is the topic of an upcoming webinar for all our licensed lay ministers. This year sees the quinquennial renewal of licences for all licensed lay minsters, also known as readers, and in preparation there is to be a virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturday March 27. Read more here
With schools still closed and the constant demand for computers and IT equipment for home-working still a problem across the district, Wakefield Cathedral have been able to play their part in tackling this situation with the support of a local community group. Read more here
How we care for and help our young people during this time is a topic of massive importance, and so the diocese is hosting a webinar to meet the people behind our support and resources in this area: our Children, Young People and Families Team. The Zoom event will be held on Thursday, March 18, at 6pm. Read more here
Ripon Cathedral has received a financial boost from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help fund repairs during the coronavirus pandemic. Lifeline grants are designed to protect heritage sites and ensure that jobs and access to culture and heritage in local communities are protected during the months ahead. Read more here
One of our churches in the Leeds area is helping its congregation stay connected this season with a dial-in Lent course. The churches of Wortley and Farnley have been working hard throughout the pandemic to ensure that all congregation members, even those who find using the internet hard, feel part of what is going on. Read more here
A major theological training college with facilities in our Huddersfield area is looking to better protect God’s creation by formally recognising the climate emergency. St Hild College, which offers teaching in Sheffield, Mirfield, York and online, is taking steps to reduce its carbon emissions as it works towards carbon neutrality. Read more here
A soldier who worships at one of our churches in the Ripon area has accompanied a colleague to complete a world record. Major Billy McLaren, who worships at St Cuthbert’s Colburn and serves at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) at Catterick Garrison, has been running with Jacquie Barlow, who has been raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Read more here
A parishioner from one of our Leeds churches has not let lockdown slow him down, walking virtually from John O’Groats to Land’ End. Maurice Norman, who is 95, and worships at St Mary’s Garforth, has been walking most days since the beginning of 2020, has now logged 887 miles, the distance between the two tips of the United Kingdom. Read more here
One of our churches in the Leeds area has been providing for people in their parish with a foodbank. The Trussell Trust foodbank, based out of St Cross Middleton, has been providing food parcels, clothing and more to those most in need in their local area. Read more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning Online
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. This session is taking place online on Thursday, March 4 at 7.00pm. Find out more here
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
A fun and interactive online course to learn about children and young people with disabilities in churches. Taking place on Monday, March 8 this 90 minute Zoom course will cover definitions of disability, ways of working with children with disabilities, where to look for resources, and much more. Find out more here
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.
On Thursday, March 11 at 7.30pm the third in a series of three recorded Zoom interviews, exploring the relationship between Christianity and work will be taking place. This time Ann Nicoll and Lynne Gillions, two teachers, will be speaking about their career and faith. Find out more here
If you’ve ever wondered about getting involved in work with children, young people and/or families, this evening could be for you. Taking place on Tuesday, March 16 at 7.00pm it will provide an overview of opportunities and examples of children, young people and families ministry, introduce some of the essentials and give an opportunity to ask questions. Find out more here
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
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
This Friday is World Day of Prayer, and one of our churches in the Ripon area is offering a service to mark the moment. St Mary’s Richmond with Hudswell, Downholme and Marske, and St Michael’s Lambourn in Berkshire, have joined together to offer a service via Zoom at 3:00pm on Friday, March 5. Find out more here
Bradford Cathedral will be streaming a special service on Sunday, March 7 at 3:30pm. It will highlight and celebrate the achievements and talents of women through the ages: a range of outstanding women: composers, from the Middle Ages to contemporary and from a variety of nations; biblical women and saints; a contemporary poet, and their own Cathedral choir. Find out more here
The national Step Forward event, held annually for 18 - 30 year olds in the Anglican Church, is taking place on Saturday, March 13 over Zoom. It is a great opportunity for those exploring the possibility of ordination, no matter how faint that possibility might feel at the moment. Find out more 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 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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Resources
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.
Is your church in search of Easter or Lent songs to use for online or physical worship? If so St George's Church in Leeds are happy for any of their music on their YouTube channel to be used for worship purposes. Please give credit to St George's if you wish to include one of their tracks in a service.
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.
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.
Media
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.
 ...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.
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.
 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.
These two independent parishes are looking for a new priest in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. They are looking for a priest who will help grow their congregations, reach out to children and families and develop links with the local communities which they serve. 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 Jonathan Clatworthy has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Julie Cox has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Tom Lusty to be Vicar of the Parish of Upper Wharfedale and Littondale (Ripon EA)

The Very Reverend Jerry Lepine will resign from the post of Dean of the Cathedral Church of St Peter and Vicar of Bradford in the Diocese of Leeds on 31 July 2021
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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