Welcome to the Enews for April 14

The latest resources, news and more.
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The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, will be leading BBC One’s Easter Sunday service this year, broadcasting live from Leeds Minster. The Holy Communion service will include seasonal hymns and music by Francis Jackson, Philip Ledger, Handel and Vierne, sung by the Minster Choir and congregation, directed by Alexander Woodrow. Read more here
The Bishop of Huddersfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gibbs, has been named as the new Bishop of Rochester, Downing Street has announced. Bishop Jonathan will head the Church of England’s second oldest diocese after Canterbury, and said how much he valued being part of the team that forged our young diocese. Read more here
Donkeys have led processions and palm leaves have been waved, as Palm Sunday was marked across the diocese. The Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, took part in a procession to the church in Hubberholme, led by a fibreglass donkey from the Fox and Hounds pub in Buckden, sourced by intrepid Rector the Revd Tom Lusty. Read more here
The Leader of the Labour Party Sir Keir Starmer has paid a visit to Wakefield Cathedral. Sir Keir visited in the run up to Easter, interested to find out more about the plans for the forthcoming weeks and see how the cathedral was doing as the nation continues to recover from the impacts of the pandemic over the last two years. Read more here
The Archbishop of York joined with worshippers at Christ Church Sowerby Bridge during a year in which they are celebrating 200 years of a spiritual and physical presence in the town. He was joined by the newly appointed Archdeacon of Halifax and representatives from churches in the “Halifax and Calder Valley” deanery. Read more here
Bishop Nick has been awarded the Chartered Institute of Linguists’ David Crystal Trophy for his work in championing the power of language. The award is given to individuals who have made “an outstanding contribution to the field of languages throughout their life and career. Read more here
The Chair of the Sandford St Martin Trust, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, has expressed the Trust’s “deep alarm” at plans to privatise Channel 4. The Trust looks to promote programmes in our media that are thought-provoking and distinctive and that engage with religion of all faiths, ethics and morality. Read more here
Chainsaw-wielding members of a bereavement support group have carried out a massive clean-up to help restore Christ Church Pellon’s graveyard. Bales of brambles and overgrown shrubs had covered many of the 2,226 graves, making it difficult for visiting folk to gain access as shown by "before and after" inages of the site. Read more here
Jesus 100 is the name of a new book written by Bradford based Robin Gamble, the Bishop’s Advisor for Church Growth in the Diocese of Leeds. Subtitled ‘100 days to find him, to follow him and to begin to become like him’, Jesus 100 offers readers some of Jesus’ greatest hits stories from the Gospels, all explained with a contemporary voice. Read more here
Huddersfield Parish Church is celebrating its new kitchen in the crypt thanks to a £48,456 funding boost from the independent SUEZ Communities Trust. The church, whose vision is to be an open, warm and welcoming community of faith in the heart of the town, has a phased plan to improve access to the body of the church and crypt. Read more here
More than £2,000 has been raised by St. Hilda's Church, Cross Green, Leeds, for humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine through a sponsored walk. Parish priest Father Darren Percival, Parish reader Lorraine Butterfield, accompanied by Fr Darren's dog Poppy, walked just over 11 miles in three and a half hours from St Hilda's to Bradford Cathedral. Read more here
A prayer app is enabling Christians across the Wakefield District to walk the streets and pray for the people who live there. Developed by Vision Wakefield, the new Prayer-Walking App has enabled Christians to mark each street that they pray for as they walk. Read more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning
Accepting Applications for Lay Ministry Pathways now
The latest deadline for all lay ministry pathways (LLM, LPM, LWL) is 12 noon on Tuesday, May 31 to allow for the necessary interviews and safeguarding checks to take place. Further information for the Licensed Lay Ministry Pathway may be found here, for the Lay Pastoral Minister Pathway may be found here and for the Lay Worship Leader Pathway may be found here.
Occasional Preachers Course – Summer Term 2022
After two pilot courses, this new lay ministry pathway is to be continued. It is for people who are unable to commit to becoming Licenced Lay Ministers but still feel called to a preaching ministry on an occasional basis. In eight sessions, plus a full day of practical preaching experience, the Occasional Preachers course considers the historical and doctrinal narrative of the Bible and how we can preach faithfully, authentically and clearly.

It will be on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm on Zoom starting Tuesday, May 17 with a break for half-term week. The teaching day will be at Leeds Minster on Saturday, July 16. 
For further information and details on how to apply click here.

Please contact the Lay Ministry Administrator, Pippa Oates (pippa.oates@leeds.anglican.org) with any questions and/or if there are any problems putting together your application at such short notice.
Our stewardship team are visiting towns all over the diocese to talk about giving this spring and summer. Covering topics such as giving reviews, online and contactless giving, grants, treasurer support and the PGS, these full day events will be of interest to Clergy and church leaders. Booking is now open, so secure your place by clicking the link here.
Thursday, April 21 at 10am
In this online webinar, you’ll learn: how to create a welcoming Facebook page, what content is worth sharing, how to create engaged communities via groups, how to reach people in your community and tips for planning and scheduling content. Find out more here
Tuesday, April 26 at 7pm
An online session to help attendees support toddlers and their families as they prepare for the transition from church toddler groups to nursery or school and continue on their journey of faith. Find out more here
Tuesday, May 10 at 10am
Managing and making the most of the social media platform Instagram. As churches, how can we cut through the noise to reach our community? Why and how should we be using a platform such as this? Find out more here
Wednesday, May 11 at 7pm
Starting up Youth Work is a conversation for those who are exploring, or even just wondering about, what their church might offer specifically to young people. Find out more here
This new lay ministry pathway is for those unable to commit to becoming Licenced Lay Ministers but still feel called to a preaching ministry on an occasional basis. It includes eight sessions, plus a full day of practical preaching experience. It takes place on Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm, on zoom starting Tuesday, May 17. Find further details on how to apply here. Contact the Lay Ministry Administrator with any questions.
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Easter Sunday at Leeds Minster
Sunday, April 17 at 9.30am
Join Leeds Minster on Easter Sunday as they celebrate the risen Christ. All are welcome and the service will be broadcast live on BBC One. Doors open at 8.45am and attendees must be seated by 9.30am.
Performance of 'Messiah' at St Mark's Harrogate
Sunday, April 17 at 6pm
St Mark's are pleased to present 'Messiah' for their Easter Evening Praise. Their regular choir members will be joined by an augmented group of singers. Choir and soloists, will be accompanied by an experienced and professional group of instrumentalists making this a wonderful and spiritual end to Easter. 
Wednesday, April 20 at 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Wellsprings Together are gathering churches now involved or who plan to help take in Ukrainian refugees to share learning and support. It will be an informal time together with the chance to ask questions, learn from one another and hear example of best practice along with direction of support in your area. Find out more here
Thursday, April 28 at 6.30pm
Follow Me 7, a series of inspirational teaching sessions exploring faith and discipleship, and held at Wakefield Cathedral, continues with Fr Luigi Gioia, a freelance writer and speaker in theology and spirituality. Find out more here
Friday, April 29 at 9am
Bradford Cathedral will be hosting the launch of the Yorkshire Heritage Way. A 4-day inaugural walk will take place following the launch, arriving at Ripon Cathedral on the Monday. You can find out more here.
Monday, May 2 at 11.30am - 5pm
On bank holiday Monday award winning beers, refreshing ciders, wine and Pimms will be served in the Dean's Garden, with the backdrop of the beautiful Ripon Cathedral. The day will include live music, good food and children's activities. Tickets are available online or on the gate.
Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22
This year’s in person conference is all about 'Making a Difference' and participants will be discovering how Messy Churches focused on the kingdom of heaven can make a creative difference to our planet, to our local communities, to our churches, as well as to us ourselves! It is open to all Messy Church leaders and teams. Find out more here
The brutal conflict in Ukraine has triggered the largest war-related migration of people since the Balkan War of the 1990s. For all the latest information for parishes and individuals seeking to respond, from both the Diocese of Leeds and Church of England, please visit this page of our website.
This Lent, the Church of England are calling us to reflect on the injustices of the world and ask what God is calling us to do about them. #LiveLent: Embracing Justice is the Church of England’s theme for Lent 2022 and a variety of resources have been created for churches to use. Find out more and access the resources here.
Thy Kingdom Come will return in 2022, starting on Thursday, May 26 and ending on Pentecost Sunday. Find all of the latest resources here to help your church get involved.
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.
The Diocese of Leeds is pleased to share its toolkit for churches as part of its strategy for achieving carbon net zero by 2030: Saving Creation. The toolkit invites churches to start on the pathway to carbon net zero by taking six steps towards the goal. Access it here
Living in Love and Faith, 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 includes a 480-page book, a series of films and podcasts, a course and an online library of other publications. Find more here
Students in Leeds are encountering the Christian Faith through a newly planted student congregation. Here is Cam from Church at Hyde Park Corner sharing more about who they are and what they've been up to! Watch the video here
How can we help accommodate people with hidden disabilities at church? Katherine-Alice, our Disability Officer, talks through some of the ways we can do this, along with the support available. Watch the video here
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Holy Trinity Huddersfield are passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus with students and young adults (SYAs) in their town. As part of a funded Diocesan project - ‘Reaching Generation Next’ - they're now seeking to appoint two skilled and experienced team members who share their passion for reaching out to SYAs with the gospel and growing disciples as part of this project. Find out more here
The Diocese of Leeds is looking for an Administrator to work with the Finance and Property departments. The successful candidate will work as part of a team and assist the Head of Property with the smooth and efficient running of the Property department. They will also provide support to the Chief Financial Officer in running the overall department. Find out more here
The Bishop of Leeds seeks to appoint priest as Vicar of All Saint's Otley, following the retirement of the previous post holder. Otley is a vibrant, historic Yorkshire market town with a population of around 14,000 people. Situated on the River Wharfe in Lower Wharfedale, Otley borders the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is only a few miles from the Yorkshire Dales. Find out more 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 Tim Thomas to be Incumbent of St john’s Bowling (Bradford EA)
Bishop of Huddersfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gibbs, has been named as the new Bishop of Rochester
Revd Colin Hopkinson has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds 
Revd Dr George Williams has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds 
Revd David Wheeler has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds 
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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