Welcome to the Enews for February 17

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The Church of England’s General Synod met last week to discuss and debate important issues including slavery, the persecuted church, our path forward towards carbon net zero, church governance and more. The Diocese of Leeds had a full complement of representatives, and we have asked some of them to reflect on their experiences of the week. Read more here
Church leaders in the Harrogate district are supporting plans for a mosque in the town with a new joint statement. Twenty-two leaders have signed the letter backing the scheme, saying the “time is right” for a place of worship for Muslims. Signatories include several priests from Anglican churches in the area, and the Bishop of Ripon. Read more here
Mission and ministry across post-industrial Yorkshire is the focus of an up and coming event for church leaders. Taking place on Saturday, March 5 at Wakefield Cathedral, the day will include input from a number of speakers, including the Revd Jude Smith, the Revd Canon Peter Farley-Moore and the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson. Read more here
New arrivals from Hong Kong joined with more than 100 locals from St Barnabas’ Alwoodley, Leeds to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Welcoming the Year of the Tiger, the church was decorated with fai chun (traditional red decorations) and everybody brought Chinese food to share. Read more here
Bradford Cathedral have hosted a successful Cathedral Sing event recently, helping children from across the city to experience the joy of singing in a church choir. The workshop, held on Saturday, February 12, included working on singing technique, with the children practising singing rounds and how to sing in harmony. Read more here
New changes to church legislation designed to help churches reach carbon net zero have been approved by General Synod, meeting this week. Changes to the faculty jurisdiction rules - the Church’s equivalent of planning law - were voted through on Wednesday, February 9. Read more here
Parish Environment Officers in the Aire and Worth Deanery have recently been commissioned to help their churches reach our target of carbon net zero by 2030. It took place at a well-attended meeting of the Aire and Worth Deanery Synod. Read more here
A motion at General Synod introduced by the Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, on a report from the national Governance Review Group has passed at the most recent Synod meeting. The motion follows a report put together by the Governance Review Group, chaired by Bishop Nick. Read more here
This Lent, Christians across the diocese are invited to explore how we live the gospel in our daily lives, with our upcoming Rhythm of Life course and retreats. With a Lenten focus, each week will provide an opportunity to learn more about how we can provide structure to our lives in seven key areas: praying, reflecting, encouraging, sharing, resting, celebrating and creating. Read more here
For more diocesan and regional news, visit www.leeds.anglican.org
Living and Learning
Thursday, February 17 at 12noon
Join Stewardship Officer Janet Edmond in this webinar. We will explore ways to help you decide whether and when to run a generous giving programme, what’s involved and where to find resources that will help with planning, delivering and evaluating your programme. To register your place please click here.
Thursday, February 24 at 12noon
Attracting monetary gifts for your church can seem a challenge, even though people give generously to causes they believe in. In this webinar we'll explore how, by telling stories, we are promoting our vision of a better world and helping givers of faith and those of none to see that the church is a worthy recipient of their gifts. To register your place please click here.
Tuesday, March 1 at 7pm
A sister course to the popular, established Pastoral Conversations. It looks at how to move from the pastoral to the spiritual in a supportive conversation. This course serves as a taster for anyone interested in the Lay Pastoral Worker pathway and the Spiritual Direction Training course. Find out more here
Saturday, March 5 at 10am
Mission and ministry across post-industrial Yorkshire is the focus of an up and coming event for church leaders. Taking place at Wakefield Cathedral, the day will include input from a number of speakers, including the Revd Jude Smith and the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson. Find out more here
March 5th, 26th and April 2nd, 9th
The bishops in the Diocese of Leeds invite you, during Lent, to come together for retreat days throughout the Diocese. This is an opportunity for reflection, prayer, learning and sharing with others, whilst engaging with the diocesan Rhythm of Life initiative. Everyone is welcome and more can be found here.
Monday, March 7 at 7.30pm
Whether you have always worshipped outdoors, or have discovered new ways of being church during the pandemic - you are welcome to a conversation about what has been helpful, what to avoid and what we might do next. Email jude.smith@leeds.anglican.org for the link.
Thursday, March 24 at 5pm
A webinar offering practical suggestions on how your church can have a good UN World Environment Day (5th June). What kind of service could you have? What liturgy is available? What hymns and songs could you draw on for your worship? What about a church picnic or a joint activity to care for creation? Find out more here
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese
Tuesday, February 22
It’s Spring at Bradford Cathedral, and during half term fun activities for all ages will be available. At the family activities there will be lots of things to see, do and discover; it will be a Spring-themed day with craft activities involving nature, flowers and woodland creatures. Read more here
Wednesday, February 23 at 10am, 1pm and 7pm
Join Parish Nursing on Zoom to find out about them, what it is and how it works with no strings attached. These free 1 hour sessions are hosted by their Regional Nurse Coordinator, Dawn Stephens, with input from parish nursing services around the country. Find out more here
Sunday, February 27 at 3.30pm
The Collation and Installation of the Revd Bill Braviner as Archdeacon of Halifax will take place at Wakefield Cathedral on Sunday, February 27 at 3.30pm. You may read more about Revd Bill here.
Wednesday, March 9 at 12pm
The National Parenting Initiative, a charity with a vision to see churches supporting families in their community, are hosting a short online event for those who work or volunteer with families in churches in Yorkshire. Find out more here
Friday, March 18 - Thursday, March 24
St Mary’s Barnsley is celebrating 200 years since it was rebuilt in its current form, and as part of the festivities they are hosting a ‘Weddings Through the Ages’ festival. The festival will explore the history of marriage at the church over the centuries. Find out more here
Service of remembrance for John Oliver
Sunday, April 3 at 2.30pm
A service to remember the former Archdeacon of Leeds John Oliver’s life and ministry will be held at Leeds Minster on Sunday, April 3 at 2.30pm. It will be led by Bishop John Packer. Anne and the family invite all those who knew and worked with John to this service.
The Rhythm of Life is offering a Lent course for parishes to run locally. With a Lenten focus, each weekly session will concentrate on one of the seven Rhythm of Life areas. It can be delivered in parishes/cathedrals on Zoom or face-to-face (using the available leaders guide, and video/audio clips). As an alternative to parish-based courses, individuals can join a diocesan-run Zoom-based option. Find out more here.
This Lent the Church of England are calling us to reflect on the injustices of the world and ask what God is calling us to do about them. #LiveLent: Embracing Justice is the Church of England’s theme for Lent 2022 and a variety of resources have been created for churches to use. Find out more and access the resources here.
This Lent Wellsprings Together encourage you to reflect on the call to love God and your neighbour by using the Growing Good course with your church. The Growing Good Toolkit celebrates the potential of the local church to make a difference. Wellsprings Together are running a free workshop for churches interested in the course. Sign up 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.
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
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
Mission and ministry across post-industrial Yorkshire is the focus of an up and coming event for church leaders. Watch this video featuring Revd Jude Smith and the Dean of Wakefield, who share what the event is all about.
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
The Team Coordinator will provide administrative support and ensure the smooth operation of all aspects of our small and busy team’s work, which encompasses the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC), the Area Mission and Pastoral Committees (AMPCs) and the Closed Churches Task Group (CCTG). Find out more here
Are you an experienced youth pastor with a passion for Jesus and a heart for young people who seeks to see them encounter God and grow in relationship with Him. This is a key appointment within the team at St Mark's as they seek to disciple the next generation. Find out more here
Wakefield Cathedral are seeking a Development Manager who will lead in identifying and securing funding opportunities. The Development Manager will lead in identifying and securing funding opportunities, for both major capital projects and the ongoing ministry and outreach of the cathedral. Find out more here
The Bishop of Leeds and Trinity College, Cambridge wish to appoint a priest to be Vicar of Masham and Healey and Priest-in-Charge of West Tanfield and Well with Snape and North Stainley. 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 Mark Lyon to be Anglican Chaplain at HMP Wakefield in the Diocese of Leeds.
Revd David Kirby has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds.
Revd Sarah Hancox to be Assistant Area Dean of the Whitkirk Deanery (Leeds EA).
Revd Lloyd Williams has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds.
Revd Sue Hulme has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds.
Revd Canon Michael Wood to be Canon Emeritus of Bradford Cathedral.
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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