Welcome to the Enews for February 16

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Bishop Arun Arora has spoken plainly and powerfully on the real life dangers of inflammatory language at a special service to mark Racial Justice Sunday. Preaching at Blackburn Cathedral, the Bishop of Kirkstall examined how misplaced notions of patriotism, combined with reckless political rhetoric, can result in racist outpourings. Read more here
A second Prayer Vigil for Peace in Ukraine will be held at Bradford Cathedral on Friday, February 24, from 6pm - 7pm. The hour-long service will include lament for the impact of the war, prayer for peace in Ukraine, and a celebration of Ukrainian identity. Read more here
Team Leeds was out in full force at the most recent General Synod, helping to shape the debate around big issues in the life of the Church of England today. The meeting of Synod, the Church of England’s national assembly, took place in London between Monday, February 6 and Thursday, February 9. Read more here
The Church of England’s General Synod has welcomed proposals which would enable same-sex couples to come to church after a civil marriage or civil partnership to give thanks, dedicate their relationship to God and receive God’s blessing. Synod members also voted to “lament and repent” of the failure of the Church to welcome LGBTQI+ people. Read more here
This year, those involved with children and youth ministry across the diocese are invited to TEND, one-day conferences designed to thank, encourage and equip. Attendees will have the option to book onto one of three dates, each hosted at one of our three cathedrals in Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield. Read more here
Eating together is an important part of building Christian relationships, and one of our Huddersfield churches has been using this to help deepen links with their sister church in Tanzania. St Mary’s Luddenden and St Mary’s Mmazame have organised joint parish breakfasts on the second Sunday of each month. Read more here
A packed Bradford Cathedral celebrated Candles in the Dark, a diocesan event focussing on evangelism and church growth. Those in attendance heard encouraging interviews from Ashley Evans and the United Reform Church, Hannah Lievesley and her work in Far Headingley and Bishop Toby about his vision for the church in the Bradford. Read more here
Faith leaders, public sector representative and more gathered recently at Fountains Church Bradford for a morning of conversations and learning about developing partnerships across the Bradford area. The morning brought together clergy and licensed lay ministers with other faith leaders, and representatives from the local council, police, NHS and more. Read more here
A range of Honorary Canons have been installed at Ripon Cathedral in recognition of their service and dedication to the diocese. Statutes provide for a variety of canons to be appointed to work with the Dean to enable the catheral to fulfil its calling as a centre for mission for the Diocese of Leeds, together with its partner cathedrals, Wakefield and Bradford. Read more here
One of our Ripon churches has been celebrating the generosity of their congregation, which has allowed them to repair their organ. The successful repair of the organ in the Upper Wharfedale and Littondale benefice was thanks to a Generosity Week held last year, using resources from the Church of England. Read more here
Church volunteers aged between 18 and 80+ are Festival Angels who enjoy serving young people and staff at the Leeds Festival each August Bank Holiday. They provide hot drinks and a welcome space, reunite folk with lost property and are around as a caring & helping hand.
Watch a video here to find out more.
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning
Monday, February 20 from 10am to 4pm
The Stewardship team are hosting a Digital Clinic at Church House. You can attend in person or arrange a Zoom call. Seek advice on contactless devices, find out how they work or discuss any issues you are having with a current device. It will run on an appointment only basis. Email resourcingparishes@leeds.anglican.org or call 07376 525684 to book a slot.
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
Saturday, March 4 at 10 am
Our established Discovery Course aims to help you discover how and where God is calling you to serve others. It will be held at The Trinity Centre, John Escritt Road, Bingley, BD16 2ST. Find out more and reserve a place here
20th, 21st and 27th March
The ‘Being With’ course is excellent for enquirers. Over ten weeks the course focuses on the experience of being in community as we explore Christian faith together. A ‘taster’ three session course is planned for March 2023, so you can see how the course runs and whether it will suit your context. Find out more here
A time to pause and reflect on the rhythms of our lives. Each retreat will be led/hosted by one of our Area Bishops or Cathedral Deans. Further details and booking information can be found here.

Bradford: Saturday, March 11 at Bradford Cathedral
Huddersfield and Wakefield: Saturday, March 11 at College of the Resurrection
Ripon: Saturday, March at Ripon Cathedral
Leeds: Saturday, March 25 at St Paul's, Ireland Wood
Tuesday, March 28 at 7.30pm
You're invited to find some peace and stillness. With the help of Scripture, we journey deeper into Lent. This online session offers an opportunity to reflect, pray and discover the practice of Christian meditation. To receive the Zoom link, please email charlie.scott@leeds.anglican.org
If you wish to apply for the Occasional Preachers, Lay Pastoral Ministry and Lay Worship Leaders Courses for the 2023-24 academic year, please ensure that you speak to your incumbent, as you will need their support for your application. More information on the range of ministry pathways we offer can be found here.
Starting Thursday, April 20 at 6.30pm
St Hild are offering a 10-week Online Short Course on Christian Doctrine for the summer term. This course is a great taster for those who are possibly interested in further theological study. Here is the Eventbrite page where individuals can sign up. St Hild's newest Postgraduate Prospectus is available to download on their website here.
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Friday, February 24 at 6pm
All are invited to attend a Prayer Vigil for Peace at Bradford Cathedral, to mark the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The hour-long service will include lament for the impact of the war, prayer for peace in Ukraine, and a celebration of Ukrainian identity. Find out more here
Monday, February 27 at 4pm
The Leeds Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship exists to enable evangelical clergy and lay members to meet and encourage one another in our mission and ministry. The next meeting will be on zoom. If you'd like to know more or come to the meeting, please contact John Bavington on john.bavington@leeds.anglican.org
Wednesday, March 1 at 9.30am
Held at Dewsbury Minster and organised by Spirit in Mind and South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership. A days conference of Engagement with the healing energies of animals, plants and the natural world; Developing new pathways in mental health care. For further information and to reserve a place, please email pastoral.care@swyt.nhs.uk
Wednesday, March 8 at 7:45pm
Network Leeds are inviting you to an evening on zoom with Christians from Leeds. Attendees will listen, talk, think, and pray about our shared calling to the City. The focus will be on wellbeing, both our own and that of our neighbours and our communities, in this time of public and private crisis. Find out more here
Saturday, March 11 at 10.30am
One of our Ripon area churches is looking to reduce their emissions and keep people warm, and is sharing their findings with the diocese. St Mary’s Embsay with Eastby is organising an open morning for visitors from other churches across the diocese. Find out more here
Parcevall Hall have a number of retreats coming up, including:
  • Friday, March 10 - Sunday, March 12: Teaching spiritual practices. Led by Dr Rupert Sheldrake. £226 per person
  • Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26: Heart & Soul Singing Retreat. Led by Keely Hodgson. £200 per person

Find a list of all the retreats at Parcevall Hall coming up in 2023 here. Here are also a couple of last minute offers:
  • Friday, February 17 - Sunday, February 19 £155 per person full board
  • Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26 £155 per person full board

To book, please contact the Hall at admin@parcevallhall.org.uk or phone on 01756 720213.
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
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.
Journeys is new resource from The Clewer Initiative designed to equip and inspire people in the fight against modern slavery. Journeys consists of five mini films and two accompanying resources – one for Lent and one that is suitable for anyone, at any time of year. Find out more here
The Church Army Lent Resource has been designed to give you, your small group or your church space and time each day throughout Lent to listen to God, reflect on the Bible, and see how and where you can listen to His leading in your actions and attitudes. Find out more 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.
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.
Dates for 2023
Diocese of Leeds Synod:
  • Saturday, March 18
  • Saturday, July 15
  • Saturday, October 14

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

#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
New arrivals from Hong Kong continue to be supported and welcomed by St Barnabas’ Church in Alwoodley. St Barnabas have been working alongside Faith Action to reach out to those moving from Hong Kong, by providing weekly English classes. Watch the video here
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
St Matts are seeking to employ a Youth Minister because they care deeply that their young people grow as disciples of Jesus Christ who can make more disciples. Find out more about this role here
This post will form a key part of the operations and administration team at Bradford Cathedral, helping to ensure that our governance and administration is streamlined, efficient and effective. Find out more about this role here
St Paul's are looking for a youth worker to join their staff team to help them see their young people become a "Growing Community, Shaped by Jesus" within the life of St Paul's Church and in the surrounding community. Find out more about this role 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 - Safeguarding Adviser
Moves and Appointments
Revd Canon Vivien Elphick has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds
Revd Kenneth Crawford has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds
Revd Jane Ball to be Vicar of the Masham Group of Parishes comprising Masham, West Tanfield, Well with Snape, Healey and North Stainley (Ripon EA)
Revd Canon Philip Gray to be Canon Emeritus of Bradford Cathedral
Revd Canon Ailsa Newby to be Canon Emeritus of Ripon Cathedral
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