Welcome to the Enews for November 24

The latest resources, news and more.
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Revd Dr Tracey Raistrick is to be the next Minister Among Deaf People for our diocese. Starting in the New Year, Tracey will take on the role from the recently retired Revd Mark Smith. She will also continue in her current position, as Priest in Charge of St John’s Ingrow, on a half time basis. Find out more here
Interfaith Week 2022 was marked across the whole diocese with a full slate of events and activities. Amongst the activities, Roses for Peace were handed out in in Huddersfield, which are white roses with words for peace from the Holy Bible & Holy Qu’ran attached. Find out more here
People all across the diocese gathered on Sunday, November 13 to mark Remembrance Sunday 2022. Acts of remembrance took place in churches and at memorials up and down our region, with readings, prayers and silences held. A gallery of images from acts of remembrance can be found here.
Education experts from across our diocese and beyond gathered for the annual School Leaders’ Conference, the first to be held since the outbreak of COVID-19. Some 150 delegates took their seats at the Queen's Hotel in the heart of Leeds to be welcomed by Bishop Helen-Ann, chair of the Diocesan Board of Education and Richard Noake, Diocesan Director of Education. Find out more here
A new Rhythm of Life Lent Course has been created for 2023. Run by the 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.
Three members of our clergy with greatly different roles and responsibilities have shared their thoughts on the 30th anniversary of women’s ordination. Read what they said in an article first published in the Yorkshire Post. Find out more here
After a series of difficult Christmases, Churches across the diocese are encouraged to welcome people back to services and events this Advent, as part of the Church of England’s annual Christmas campaign. It aims to support, equip and inspire churches to invite as many people as possible to church this December. Find out more here
Bishop Nick was at Wakefield Cathedral last Sunday as four new members of the Diocese of Leeds College of Canons wre installed at an evensong. They included Bishop Arun Arora, Bishop of Kirkstall, who was installed alongside the Revd Anne Russell, Team Rector of Seacroft in Leeds. Find out more here
Diocesan Environment Officers from across the Northern Province, including our own Jemima Parker, were the guests of the Archbishop of York at Bishopthorpe Palace recently. In a Eucharist service the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell spoke of how climate change was the greatest threat for humanity and all of God’s creation at the moment. Find out more here
The Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Leeds is supporting the #nomore1in3 campaign this year in partnership with Women’s Aid, looking to help end gender-based violence. Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. Find out more here
A new devotional book, written by the Rt Revd Chris Edmondson, assistant bishop, and Karen Openshaw, founder of Karen Openshaw Consultancy, has recently been published. It aims to offer something simple to slot into the busyness of the day, yet engaging enough to act as a spiritual discipline perhaps in a season like Advent or Lent. Find out more here
A junior Altar Server at one of our Leeds churches has been raising money by donating some of her hair in a good cause. Millie, one of the junior Altar Servers at Holy Trinity Cookridge, has raised over £600 in sponsorship for the Little Princess Trust by having 18 inches cut off her hair. Find out more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning
Thursday, December 8 at 7.30pm
In the business leading up to Christmas, you are invited to find some peace and stillness. With the help of Scripture and other sources of inspiration, we journey deeper into advent. This 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
A new online self-paced course for people who are learning to live with dementia, for those sharing the journey with them, and for church communities looking to provide appropriate care and support. More information and immediate self-enrolment is available here.
Starting in 2023
Starting on Monday, January 9
The course is open to anyone who has a heart for caring for people. This is your last chance to take this course prior to next year’s Lay Pastoral Minister applications closing. It is a great course for a whole prayer ministry or visiting team to attend together. Find out more here
Starting on Wednesday, January 11
A course designed to help Christians feel more confident about sharing their own personal faith story without feeling uncertain about what they believe, or anxious about difficult questions. A great way to get your church talking about their faith. This course is open to clergy and laity. Find out more here
Tuesday, January 17 at 7.30pm
A chance to find out more about the Rhythm of Life initiative and have your questions answered. Hosted by Bishop Tony Robinson and the Rhythm of Life Steering Group. To register your interest and to receive the Zoom meeting link, please email RoL@leeds.anglican.org
Starting on Monday, January 23 at 2.30pm
This new enquirers’ course is open to anyone who seeks a deeper engagement with the person of Christ. This course is a new model of relational and experiential Enquirer’s Course by Sam Wells. Find out more here
Wednesday, January 25 at 9am
A day course at the Trinity Centre in Bingley to explore how to make our churches more inclusive to members of all communities. This course is open to both clergy and laity. Find out more here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Friday, November 25 to Saturday, November 26
Come along and visit over 100 superb stalls with a lovely selection of Christmas gifts, food and drink. Enjoy mulled wine, and Christmas treats including hot turkey sandwiches, mince pies, homemade cakes whilst listening to Christmas music. Family activities, Christmas prize draw and much more. Find out more here
Joy to the World
Friday, December 2 at 7.30pm
The Women's Ministry Team at St Mark's in Harrogate are hosting a special Christmas event for women, celebrating the birth of the baby who came to save us. The evening will include wine, worship, seasonal crafts and contemplation.
Thursday, December 8 at 5.30pm
This year’s NHS Carol Service, at Bradford Cathedral, is being opened up to all those working across the Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership. This service is open to anyone who works in health and care locally. Reserve a spot here
Friday, December 16 at 7pm
One of Wakefield Cathedral's flagship festive events of the year, Carols by Candlelight returns for 2022, a fabulous evening of carols and Christmas music with Wakefield Cathedral Choir. Reserve a spot here
Candles in the Dark
Sunday, February 5 at 6pm
A celebration of worship, inspiration and encouragement at Bradford Cathedral. An evening for anyone who wants to see their church growing. It will be organised by the diocesan Leading your Church into Growth team and will feature guest speaker, Sophie Jelley, the Bishop of Doncaster.
Discover resources from the Church of England to invite your community back to church this Christmas. The services and events will be specific to your community, but here you will find signposts to the national branding, reflections and more that will help you to invite people into your church – both online and onsite.
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
The Digital Learning Platform is a place where you can discover, resources, events and online courses to enable you to dig deeper as a disciple of Jesus. It includes a number of learning areas. Why not check it out 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.
Sudan Link Calendars for 2023 are now available from Dale Barton, Sudan Working Group Secretary, at sudanlinkcontact@gmail.com. Donations of £2.50 to the Diocesan Board of Finance are invited to cover costs of production and postage.
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 November edition here.
Revd Dr Tracey Raistrick is to be the next Minister Among Deaf People for our diocese. In this recently recorded video both the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, and Graham Kershaw, a member of the Deaf Church, welcome Tracey to her new role. Watch the video here
Simply put, Parish Share enables us to do the stuff of the kingdom of God. In this short video, we seek to introduce and explain what Parish Share is and why it exists. Watch the video here
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
The diocese is embarking on an exciting programme of transformation which seeks to support and enable our 600 churches to move forward in their mission to be good news in their communities. ‘Barnabas: Encouraging Confidence’ will use data in an evermore sophisticated and humane way to help us identify where support can be most effectively targeted, and how we can improve our use of resources. Find out more about this role here
We are seeking a project support worker for the diocese who will help us make the promise of the Barnabas: Encouraging Confidence programme a reality for our diverse churches. 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 Chris Enwerem to be Priest in Charge of St Michael’s Shelf with St Aidan’s Buttershaw (0.5) and Associate Leader (0.5) of Fountains Church (Bradford EA)
Revd Dr Tracey Raistrick to be Minister Among Deaf People in the Diocese of Leeds
Revd Chris Balding to be Vicar of Wortley and Farnley (Leeds EA)
Revd Bob Shrine 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
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 December 8. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org  
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