Welcome to the Enews for June 9

The latest resources, news and more.
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People from across the diocese braved the weekend weather to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee over the recent bank holiday. Churches gathered for parties and services in all areas of the diocese, with food, drink, music and more, all to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of committed service to the country, service inspired by her strong Christian faith. Find out more here
Revd Canon Arun Arora will take up the role of Bishop for the Leeds Episcopal Area after five years as Vicar of St Nicholas Church in the heart of Durham City. The appointment is a return to Yorkshire, where he served his curacy at St Mark’s Church in Harrogate. Find out more here
Bradford deserves to celebrate after being named the UK's City of Culture for 2025, says Bishop of Bradford, Toby Howarth. “This is fantastic news for a city that is so rich in culture, communities and above all, in its people,” Bishop Toby said after the decision was announced on the BBC’s One Show by Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries. Find out more here
The Diocese of Leeds Church Building Grants and Loan Scheme is now open for 2022 applications. The scheme supports churches with maintaining and improving their church buildings so they can better serve and minister to their local communities. Find out more here
Father Darren Percival, parish priest of St Hilda’s, Cross Green and St Saviour’s, Richmond Hill, Leeds, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the community. It is recognition for his work during Covid restrictions ensuring that the Church’s work did not stop. Find out more here
Christian support for mariners at a time of international conflict is the focus of this year’s Sea Sunday on July 10. It comes as seafarers face a second acute crisis, supplementing the intense difficulties they have faced during the pandemic, writes Revd Canon Andrew Wright, Secretary General of the Church of England’s Mission to Seafarers. Find out more here
More than a hundred people of different ages and nationalities turned out for an open-air service in Cliffe Castle Park on Sunday, June 5. As part of the Jubilee celebrations, Keighley Parish decided to take their worship out in the park. Find out more here
Farsi speaking asylum seekers and university students were among those baptised recently at two joyous services, held at St George's Church in the centre of Leeds. In total twenty three baptisms and one affirmation of baptism by full immersion took place on Sunday, May 15, during St George's morning and evening services. Find out more here
The Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon, has been talking recently about the inspirational woman who got her to take up percussion playing, as part of a series on BBC Radio York. As her remarkable woman, Bishop Helen-Ann chose Dame Evelyn Glennie, Scottish percussionist and trailblazer for differently abled musicians as she is deaf. Find out more here
The pipe organ of Ripon Cathedral is revealed in all its glory this month, with a Summer Organ Festival, showcasing what it can do and premiering a specially commissioned animation telling the cathedral’s 1350-year-old story. Find out more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning
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.
Wednesday, June 14 at 10am
Through reading together, we can provide that space and opportunity to talk together about the environmental crisis through the themes and topics of the books we read and discuss. Find out more here
Wednesday, June 22 at 10am
A session to help you understand the needs of people with autism and other forms of neurodiversity in the Church and help you plan to make reasonable adjustments for them. It will be led by Revd Adrian Judd and Revd Rob Harper. Find out more here
Wednesday, June 22 at 7pm
A session exploring the different ways in which we harness technology in church to aid work with young people. From advertising and app awareness to safeguarding and Zoom, this session will take a look at the potential, practicalities and pitfalls of delivering digital youth work. Find out more here
Wednesday, June 22 at 7pm
The Feast, a national interfaith organisation, will be leading an online workshop for clergy/readers/lay leaders across the Diocese. The session will introduce the Feast's Guidelines for Dialogue, a tool developed to help create the safe spaces for honest and respectful conversations to happen. Find out more here
Thursday, June 23 at 7pm
This webinar is for all – clergy, Churchwardens, Treasurers, PCC members, Parish Environment Officers and anyone who cares about combating climate change. Following the publication of the Saving Creation: Six Steps to Carbon Net Zero Church Toolkit, this webinar will start with a scriptural reflection to help us understand the gospel response to climate change. We will then look at the practical steps that a church can take to work towards becoming carbon net zero. Find out more here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Sunday, June 12 at 3.30pm
If you are celebrating your Golden Wedding or even longer, Ripon Cathedral invites you to share in this years special service of thanksgiving and blessing, to renew your vows and to celebrate your many years of marriage together. Find out more here
Friday, June 24 at 3pm
What's the point of poetry in such a precarious world, and at a time when so much we value is being threatened? Join Canon Mark Oakley and poet/author Diane Pacitti as they discuss the importance of poetry at this 'pay as you feel' event in conjunction with the Bradford Literature Festival. Find out more here
Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, June 26
Thousands of visitors will be flocking to the picturesque village of Cawthorne in South Yorkshire for the Open Gardens event. This popular biennial attraction is being held for the thirteenth time and 15 gardens will be open from 11am to 5pm each day. Find out more here
Wednesday, July 6 at 7pm
Do you have a passion for sharing your faith or know someone who does? Are you exploring vocations, but are not sure where you fit, or know somebody like this? Then how about considering Church Army? They're hosting their next Online Discovery Evening for anyone interested in finding out about Church Army. Find out more here
For more events around the diocese please see our calendar
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.
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
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 May edition here.
The Parish Giving Scheme is an established planned giving scheme for churches. Here is a short testimony from Alison Dean from Wakefield Cathedral, who explains how the PGS has helped them. Watch the video here
A story of church regeneration and renewal found at St Wilfrid's Lidget Green in Bradford. Watch the video here
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
This vital role for the cathedral comes at a time of challenge and opportunity as they continue to negotiate the new landscape created by the coronavirus pandemic. Find out more here
The Parish of Keighley is looking to appoint a Town Centre Co-ordinator. Based in the centre of Keighley Town, this is an exciting job opportunity for anyone who is passionate about working with people who are battered by the storms of life. Find out more here
The Chapter of Bradford Cathedral seeks to appoint a highly organised and capable person to the position of Music Department Administrator to start in August 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter). We are a centre of excellence for traditional church music and musical education within the Church of England Diocese of Leeds. We seek to bring people to the Christian faith through worship and high quality music. Find out more here
Our vision at Holy Trinity is “to make committed followers of Jesus, and to share his transforming love”. As part of this vision we are passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus with Young People in our town. We have a growing vision to see many more young people in our town encounter the love of Jesus and become his followers. 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 Aaron Kennedy has been appointed as Vicar of Otley (Leeds EA)
Revd Lisa Senior has been appointed as Interim Priest in Charge of Middleton (Leeds EA)
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
Contact us with your news
Please contact the Communications Team with your news for future editions. The Enews is published twice a month. The next edition will be sent out on June 23. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org  
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