Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for April 15

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News
The passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is a time for both prayer and gratitude for a life of devoted service, says Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines in a sombre reflection. Read more here
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby led national prayers for HRH Prince Philip in a reflection published following Friday’s sad news. Read his reflection here. An online book of condolence, together with prayer and liturgical resources for churches may also be found here.
Processions, outdoor singing, Easter gardens, online services and a self-service feet wash were some of the ways our churches marked Easter. COVID-19 continues to impact on the way church activities are conducted, and in response church communities have continued to come up with creative ways of supporting their local areas and maintaining worship. Read more here
As we come out of the pandemic, how do we reconnect with young families, support new parents and continue contacts made at baptism and Christening services? ‘Helping young families reconnect with church’, on Wednesday, April 28 at 7.00pm, is a Zoom meeting for church leaders and those coordinating toddler groups. Read more here
The Parish Giving Scheme’s new digital service offers donors a new simple and secure online method of setting up regular giving, by direct debit, via the PGS website. To find out how it works and what benefits it can bring to PGS donors and PGS registered parishes watch a recorded webinar here by Stewardship Officer, Janet Edmond.
Our six bishops have offered a greeting to our Sikh friends and communities for this year's Vaisakhi. The full greeting can be read on our website by following the link here.
Christians from churches in Central Barnsley came together on Good Friday to walk the Way of the Cross. Members from the five churches in the Benefice of Central Barnsley were joined by the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, and the Archdeacon of Pontefract, the Ven Peter Townley as they made there way through the town centre. Read more here
'Flags of Hope', created by Yorkshire Dales crafters, now hang in St Andrew’s, Grinton for visitors to enjoy. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, owners of a Yorkshire Dales craft shop, 'The Threshing Barn', found in the village of Reeth, decided to invite local people to make the A5 pieces of artwork. Read more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning Online
The Diocese of Leeds is planning to run digital training in 2021. We believe digital will play an important role in the life and mission of the church moving forward, and wish to equip and support our churches in this area. Please fill out our survey here to help us determine the digital training and support that would most benefit our churches and parishes.
Spiritual Direction Training will resume in September 2021 with two innovative and exciting courses designed to equip all who feel called to explore their spiritual journey and the ministry of spiritual companionship. Find out more here, including dates and how to apply. Applications are open until Monday, May 24 so make sure to book your place if you're interested.
Why not come along to our new monthly online PGS Zoom Clinics beginning on Monday, April 19 at 12 noon and repeated at 6pm? These informal clinics aim to act as a forum for parishes already registered with the PGS and those still thinking about joining. For clinic dates and joining links please visit our website here.
The pandemic has had a huge impact on people's wellbeing, particularly children and young people. This course on Wednesday, April 21 at 7pm looks at mental health wellbeing and how we can help be part of a support network for our children and young people. Find out more here
What is our Christian response to COVID-19, and how are we to live through this period in a way that keeps us alert to the Holy Spirit? This Jesus Shaped People taster event on Thursday, April 22 will introduce you to the new programme which can help explore how God can use this as a 'kairos moment' to re-shape His Church. Find out more here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Services of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for HRH Prince Philip
Services of thanksgiving following the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are taking place across our three cathedrals on Friday, April 16, both online and in person. The services at Ripon and Bradford will be held at 6pm, with the service at Wakefield at 6.30pm. Visit their websites to find out more.
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Across one of the 5 areas : Bradford - Huddersfield - Leeds - Ripon - Wakefield
Resources
This year's annual Thy Kingdom Come 11 days of prayer, from Ascension to Pentecost, will happen from Thursday, May 13 to Sunday, May 23. A host of resources, including a webinar on this years plans, can be accessed here on the Thy Kingdom Come website.
Prayer and Liturgical resources, to commemorate The Duke of Edinburgh, have been made available for churches and schools by the Church of England. Please ensure that the Advice for Worship and Prayer guidance is read ahead of using any of these official resources and be aware that Coronavirus restrictions are still in place for acts of commemoration.
On Sunday, April 25 it is Vocations Sunday. God calls everyone. Some are called to be priests and leaders but all of us are called by God, to receive his forgiveness, to be members of Christ's body and serve him wherever we are. Created by our Vocations team, this video is free to download and use in your church on Vocations Sunday. Access it here
Living in Love and Faith, The Church of England’s landmark set of resources on questions of identity and which draws together the Bible, theology, science and history with powerful real-life stories has now been published. The product of three years’ work includes a 480-page book, a series of films and podcasts, a course and an online library of other publications. Find more here
During the Covid 19 crisis, we’ve had to adjust to very different rhythms. As Christians, we believe Jesus should be at the heart of our rhythms of life, whatever our circumstances. Find out more here about the ‘Rhythm of Life’, a new diocesan venture.
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.
Media
The passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is a time for both prayer and gratitude for a life of devoted service, says Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines in a sombre reflection. Watch his video reflection here.
On Sunday, April 25 it is Vocations Sunday. God calls everyone. Some are called to be priests and leaders but all of us are called by God, to receive his forgiveness, to be members of Christ's body and serve him wherever we are. Created by our Vocations team, this video is free to download and use in your church on Vocations Sunday. Access it here
 ...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Vacancies
We're looking to recruit someone to support our current programmes of work ensuring appropriate governance, including risk management, regular reporting, and budget management. The individual will work with parish clergy who are leading resource churches to ensure they have the necessary support to plant more worshipping communities. For more details click here.
Do you have the leadership and management skills and experience to establish an effective operational platform and help St George's Leeds deliver their vision? If so, please consider joining their team as their Operations Manager. For more details click here.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Leadership Team at Halifax Minster as full time Operations Manager. The Minster is looking forward with confidence as Covid 19 restrictions continue to be lifted and the recovery of ministry and mission is already taking shape. For more details click here.
Sorted Youth Church reaches teenagers from a number of social housing estates around north Bradford. They are looking for someone with a real heart for working with young people including those with challenging behaviours. For more details click 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 Anne Russell to be Team Rector at Seacroft (Leeds EA)

Revd Martin MacDonald has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Derek Jones to be Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Little Horton (Bradford EA)

Revd Robert Findlow to be Rector of Broughton, Marton and Thornton (Ripon 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 April 29. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org  
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