Welcome to the Enews for May 12

The latest resources, news and more.
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Is your church preparing for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations over the extended bank holiday weekend? A range of resources for churches have been provided by the Church of England and HOPE Together, including a new contemporary hymn to be used in celebrations and Platinum Jubilee branded banners and posters. Find out more here
Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge has received more than £1600 from The National Lottery Community Fund, to help it mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. They received the funding from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Awards for All Programme, which provides funding to local projects across the UK every year. Find out more here
The Church of England today announced plans for a significant increase in funding for the next three years to support God’s mission and ministry across the country, supporting local parishes and growing many more new worshipping communities to serve the whole nation. Find out more here
Kirkby Malham Parish Church is welcoming hundreds of visitors to their first ever ‘Art in the Dale’ exhibition which features a wealth of local talent. Revd Sue McWhinney invited nine local artists to develop their ideas for an exhibition of painting, felt-work, and photography, all inspired by the landscape in which they lived. Find out more here
St Mary Magdalene in East Keswick has been awarded a Silver Eco Church Award, signalling another step forward in their journey to look after the environment. The Eco Church Award is run by A Rocha UK, a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world, and rewards churches for implementing positive eco steps. Find out more here
St Wilfrid's founding role in creating Ripon Cathedral 1,350 years ago is being marked with celebrations that saw more than 2,000 visitors to the historic building in the opening weekend.
Dean John led the welcome to friends and newcomers to the specially-decorated church, which has been a place of worship since 672. Find out more here
A young member of one of our Ripon area churches has got to know a new fluffy friend, as part of a Lambing Service. Three-year-old Edith Hudspeth, of Selside, was presented with a lamb called 'Spot' by the Revd Stephen Dawson at the end of a Lambing Service at St Oswald’s Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Find out more here
St Peter’s Coniston Cold are celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee with sponsored crowns, a community party and the ringing of the famous Bell Busk bell. Crowns are being decorated to be placed on a celebratory sign outside the church, and are sponsored, with donations going to the church. Find out more here
Members of Kairos Network Church featured in his years Harrogate Flower Show, talking about Forest Church and the benefits of worshipping outdoors. Revd Jen Bradley, curate at Kairos Network Church, and Catherine Burrage, youth leader at Kairos Church, were interviewed on the Human Gardener stage on Sunday, April 24, the final day of the flower show. Find out more here
Wilderness found at the back of Eldwick vicarage garden has been converted into space for the whole community to share. The Eldwick Church’s ‘Church in the Garden’ project started early in 2021 and thanks to a number of grants, donations, and much hard work by a team of volunteers, the garden is now open for all to enjoy. Find out more here
Our bishops have wished our Muslim friends 'Eid Mubarak' as Ramadan comes to an end this week. Read the bishops' warm words on our website 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.
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.
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 to 9pm, on zoom starting Tuesday, May 17. Find further details on how to apply here. Contact the Lay Ministry Administrator with any questions.
Tuesday, May 17 at 7.30pm
This webinar is for all and anyone who cares about combating climate change. It 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
Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm
There are many new build housing developments across our diocese. How should local churches respond? How can Neighbourhood Plans be influenced? What about schools and local services? This discussion-based event will build on the work of the diocesan New Housing Working Group and identify topics for in depth engagement at follow-up events. Find out more here
Thursday, May 26 at 7pm
Are you bewildered by the online giving choices? Do you have online giving and it doesn’t seem to attract donations? Do you need ideas for promoting your online giving page? Join us at this hour long webinar. We'll be joined by our Stewardship Team and will show you how to get online giving, and where and how to publicise it afterwards. Find out more here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Churches across the diocese are planning services, parties and different celebrations to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We are collecting a list of Jubilee events and sharing them here on the diocesan website. If you have an event you would like adding, please contact communications@leeds.anglican.org
Seeing the wood for the trees
Saturday, May 14 at 11am
Join the theologian Alison Milbank in a guided tour of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to explore the relationship between art, nature and theology. Tickets can be found on Eventbrite or email admin@artandchristianity.org
Tuesday, May 17 at 10am
This club meets monthly to share opinions and views. The next will be held online via Zoom. 21st Century Nature Poetry from British poets such as Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Rowan Williams, Ruth Padel and Malcolm Guite. The poems and a brief biography of the poets will be provided. Find out more here
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
Saturday, May 21 at 10am
After the sell-out event with John Rutter CBE in 2019, come to Bradford Cathedral on Saturday, May 21 for their next Singing Day, this time with Professor Paul Mealor, Professor of Composition at Aberdeen University. Find out more here
Saturday, May 21 at 2pm
All Saints' Church, Darton are hosting a Teddy Bear's Picnic that will include cake stalls, treasure hunts, party games, hot and cold drinks and a raffle. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic. Find out more here
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
Sunday, June 26
Bradford Cathedral will be hosting a Festal Evensong to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Cathedral Girls' Choir. Former Girl Choristers are warmly welcome to come along to sing evensong - so if you were one, or know somebody who was part of the choir, then please spread the word! Find out more here
For more events around the diocese please see our calendar
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.
Liturgical Resources for HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. These resources are designed to help churches and faith communities mark HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee year in 2022. Throughout the year, more resources will be added as they are produced. 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.
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.
A story of church regeneration and renewal found at St Wilfrid's Lidget Green in Bradford. Watch the video here
How can we help accommodate people with hidden disabilities at church? Here's a video talking 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.
Are you a people person? Do you share our vision to build up community and empower people? Are you able to encourage volunteers? If so, St James' Church Hub are seeking a part-time Community Worker. Find out more here
Part time chaplain at HMP Leeds
HMP Leeds is looking for a part time Chaplain able to offer up to two days per week. It is a great role for someone with a pastoral heart. For more information and to arrange a visit, please contact the Managing Chaplain Usman Mohammed on mohammed.usman@justice.gov.uk or 0113 203
Westwood Christian Centre are a small community, running a retreat centre that offers peaceful short-term breaks to individuals, families and groups. They are looking for someone to work with their continuing warden to help manage the day-to-day running of the centre. 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 David Tomlinson to be Rector of the Benefice of Lower Teesdale (Ripon EA)
Revd Stuart Stobart to be Interim Priest in Charge of the parish of Halifax St Augustine. He will also remain as Priest in Charge of Halifax Holy Trinity and St Jude (Huddersfield EA)
Revd Rosamond Mary Latham to be Honorary Assistant Curate within Ripon Cathedral, and to serve as the Chaplain to the Alms Houses and Chapel of St. Mary Magdalen, Ripon
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 May 26. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org  
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