Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 10 September

The latest resources, news and more.
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The theme of racial justice will run through a programme of perspectives, prayers, music and Bible readings being released by the cathedrals of the Diocese of Leeds on September 13. The service draws together material that has been significant in this summer of protest, including Joshua Luke Smith's rap on racism and the renowned West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding's interview on Sky. Read more here
How the church can find new ways to expand its mission and ministry in these changing times was the theme of a recent webinar run by the Diocese of Leeds. The Revd Canon Robin Gamble, the Bishop’s Advisor for Church Growth, hosted the online event, entitled ‘Re-imaging the Church’, alongside the Rt Revd Sophie Jelley, the newly appointed Bishop of Doncaster, and the Rt Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley. Read more here
Work is continuing at two city centre churches looking to bring worship and prayer to the heart of Bradford and Leeds. Inside of Fountains Church Bradford, with building works ongoing. Fountains Church Bradford and Holy Trinity Boar Lane in Leeds are both churches who are being funded by the Church of England’s Strategic Development Fund (SDF) to bring new and different ways of worship to the two cities. Read more here
With key workers having done amazing things to keep us safe and the country running this year, the Mothers’ Union has launched a new appeal using their own expertise to say thank you. The ‘Thank You Key Workers’ Appeal looks to provide new one-day experiences and short breaks for key workers who have had their lives impacted by the pandemic, often being forced to be apart from loved ones and losing out on quality family time. Read more here
A new book club is being launched for churches in the UK, looking to encourage as many Christians as possible to read and share books that they find helpful. The initiative, ‘The Big Church Read’, is aiming to help start good conversations between folk about various books, the first of which being ‘The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry’, by John Mark Comer. Read more here
A Leeds church is putting itself at the heart of its area with the installation of a new defibrillator. St Edmund’s Church in Roundhay has had it put in place as part of a Leeds Council scheme to provide 50 community public access defibrillators, or CPADs, across Leeds. Read more here
Things to look out for
As the country continues to react to the coronavirus, government guidance on what we can and can't do in places of worship continues to change on a regular basis. To keep updated on the most recent guidance from the government and the Church of England, make sure to regularly visit our COVID-19 website section.
The National Giving Team have developed a new group of resources to help churches explore God’s generosity and how it enriches daily lives. The resources will include daily podcasts, materials to use in services and for study groups to aid biblical reflection. The resources are designed to be used during the course of a week during the harvest season and throughout the autumn and will become available for download from the Parish Resources website from September 21. 
Online Events
Online emergence surgery
Today, September 10 at 6pm, a further online Emergence Surgery hosted by the Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven, Jonathan Gough and Diocesan Secretary, Jonathan Wood will take place. It is an opportunity for churches to discuss and share experiences around the challenge of emergence. If you want to attend please email covid-19help@leeds.anglican.org to register.
Interfaith Presence and Engagement
On Monday September 14 the Keighley Interfaith group are running a Zoom discussion hosted by the Revd Jenny Ramsden, on the topic of Presence and Engagement and other interfaith relationships and initiatives. The meeting will run from 7pm until 8pm. If you would like to register please email rabyhathome@googlemail.com.
Online drop in chats where questions are answered about worship with a creation care theme, energy efficiency and church buildings, churchyards, community engagement, funding, campaigning and much more. The first will take place on Tuesday, September 15 at 2pm. Follow this link to find out more and how to attend.
On Wednesday, September 23 the Church of England Digital Team will be hosting a webinar for the Diocese. Taking place from 10am - 12.30pm, they will be sharing their digital expertise and how your church can become more discoverable online, through the use of social media and platforms like A Church Near You. Book a place by sending an email to comms.training@leeds.anglican.org
Bradford Cathedral eco extravaganza
From Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27 Bradford Cathedral are hosting an online extravaganza focused on the environment. The weekend will be packed with great a variety of speakers, worship and workshops. More information to be released soon.
On Thursday October 15 the Leeds Branch of the Council of Jews are holding their Annual Public Lecture, titled 'Anti-Semitism: the Oldest Hatred'. The speaker will be John Mann, Lord Mann of Holbeck Moor, HM Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism. To book a place please click here.
Bradford Cathedral has launched a mixture of RE resources, creative writing, art, observational drawing and colouring exercises for use by schools from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 4, alongside tools such as the Discover Bradford Cathedral blog and the 360-degree tour, with more coming soon. You can find the resources here.
St Johns Church in Ben Rhydding, Ilkley have created their own digital worship to be used during online services during lockdown. Members of the music group recorded each part from their homes, which were then mixed together into a synchronised montage. The recordings can be found here and if your church wishes to use them please send an enquiry to office@benrhydding.org.uk
How to bring digital learning developed during lockdown into our reopening churches is the subject of a new resource page on our website’s COVID-19 section. Taking church online has presented a number of new opportunities and as church buildings prepare to host services with congregations once more, a new missional horizon presents itself. Read more here
The latest edition of Money For Mission, produced by our stewardship, income generation and finance teams is now available. Here they hope to answer some of the questions you may have around church finances and provide useful resources and information. Follow this link to read it.
Leeds Destitute Asylum-seekers Support (LEDAS) is a new charity to provide destitute asylum-seekers with housing. They're doing this in response to COVID-19, and in response to asylum-seekers’ expressed preference for the privacy and independence single-room housing can give. Could your church help? Do you know of a house they might use? Contact info@ledas.org.uk for more details.
The Diocese has created a new guidance document which we hope will help parishes think through the challenges of emerging from lockdown. Specific guidance contained within this section of the website will need to be applied to different situations, but we hope Lifting the Lockdown will encourage and support wider planning.
A great variety of resources, online training and learning communities can be found on the Diocese of Leeds Digital Learning Platform - and you can join up now by visiting it and registering 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.
 ...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Sam Corley, the Rector of Leeds, shares a short update about the exciting progress being made to Holy Trinity, Boar Lane. It is hoped works, to help create a new place of worship and prayer for the centre of Leeds, will be complete towards the end of the year. See more here.
We are not returning to the 'same old, same old' we are Re-Imagining the Church. Here is a webinar for the Diocese of Leeds featuring Sophie Jelley (Bishop of Doncaster), Philip North (Bishop of Burnley) and Robin Gamble (Diocese of Leeds Adviser for Church Growth). See more here.
The Governors at Westminster Primary School wish to appoint an inspirational Headteacher for this rewarding leadership role. The school is seeking a strong leader and team player who will build on existing strengths to ensure the school achieves its ambitions for excellence and success at every level. Find out more here
St Matts is a newly-formed resource church in Leeds seeking to bless and renew Burley, Leeds and beyond. St Matts are looking for someone to undertake a short-term feasibility study to identify the potential for growing the work of the church in the parish of Burley and its vicinity. Find out more here
Useful links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact: 
Carla Darbyshire 07399 809732 or
Jenny Leccardi 07872 005189 or
Narinder Lyon 07872 005309
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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