Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 27 August

The latest resources, news and more.
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Reflections on how we can care for God’s green Earth are at the head of a host of new and updated resources about the environment from the Diocese of Leeds, in time for this year’s Season of Creation. The new reflections look at how our call to care for our planet is rooted in the Bible, and are designed to help those looking to preach on the subject. Read more here
Grants to support emerging mission projects have been awarded to parishes by the Diocese of Leeds. The scheme was launched in June to support churches as they return to their buildings following the strictest lockdown measures and to facilitate initiatives that allow church mission to flourish in the current context or to revive work that may have stalled. Read more here
A priest is looking to raise money and awareness for the deaf community with 13 hours of signing the Old Testament. The Revd Michael Sabell, a retired vicar who has been helping in the parish of Dacre with Hartwith & Darley with Thornthwaite, is doing a ‘signathon’ to raise deaf awareness and funds for a Sign Language translation of the Bible. Read more here
One of our Leeds churches has been bringing church outside to people, thanks in part to a grant from the diocese. St James the Great in Manston has been running ‘Inside-out Church’ in their churchyard for the last few weeks, with activities people can drop in and out of running all day on Thursdays. Read more here
A member of one of our churches has taken the scenic route to raise money, by walking some 480 miles. Karen McLean, who worships at Christ Church, Lofthouse, was set to walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in north-western Spain. Unfortunately it was cancelled but Karen decided to walk the miles in Yorkshire, completing the challenge virtually. Read more here
Dressed as All Saints Church in Cawthorne, a dedicated congregation member completed a gruelling 19 mile run to raise money for urgent repairs to the church roof. Jonathan Bell is one of the church wardens and has raised a total of £2,000 so far to go towards the urgent and expensive works required. Read more here
Exploring new ways that the church can carry out mission and ministry, as the UK seeks to emerge from lockdown, will be the focus of an up and coming webinar. Our own Robin Gamble, the Bishop’s Advisor for Church Growth, will be hosting the online event, entitled ‘Re-imaging the Church’, alongside the Rt Revd Sophie Jelley and the Rt Revd Philip North. Read more here
Things to look out for
As the country continues to react to the coronavirus, government guidance on what we can and can't do in places of worship continues to change on a regular basis. To keep updated on the most recent guidance from the government and the Church of England, make sure to regularly visit our COVID-19 website section.
The Diocese of Leeds has launched a new appeal to support the church in Sudan as they work to help those impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more and how to donate here.
Online Events
We are not returning to the 'same old, same old' we are Re-Imagining the Church (Lockdown lessons meets The Acts of the Apostles). A webinar for the Diocese on Thursday, September 3 from 10.30am to 12.00pm with Sophie Jelley (Bishop of Doncaster), Philip North (Bishop of Burnley) and Robin Gamble. It's a joint venture between the diocesan communications and church growth teams. Book a place by sending an email to comms.training@leeds.anglican.org
On Tuesday, September 8 at 7.30pm a chance to find out more about the Diocese of Leeds Rhythm of Life initiative and have your questions answered. It will be hosted by Bishop of Wakefield, Tony Robinson. To register your interest and to receive the Zoom meeting link, please email RoL@leeds.anglican.org
Online emergence surgery
On Thursday, September 10 at 6pm a further online Emergence Surgery hosted by the Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven, Jonathan Gough and Diocesan Secretary, Jonathan Wood will take place. It is an opportunity for churches to discuss and share experiences around the challenge of emergence. If you want to attend please email covid-19help@leeds.anglican.org to register.
Online drop in chats where questions are answered about worship with a creation care theme, energy efficiency and church buildings, churchyards, community engagement, funding, campaigning and much more. The first will take place on Tuesday, September 15 at 2pm. Follow this link to find out more and how to attend.
On Wednesday, September 23 the Church of England Digital Team will be hosting a webinar for the Diocese. Taking place from 10am - 12.30pm, they will be sharing their digital expertise and how your church can become more discoverable online, through the use of social media and platforms like A Church Near You. Book a place by sending an email to comms.training@leeds.anglican.org
Bradford Cathedral eco extravaganza
From Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27 Bradford Cathedral are hosting an online extravaganza focused on the environment. The weekend will be packed with great a variety of speakers, worship and workshops. More information to be released soon.
The Torch Trust is enabling churches across the UK to include people with sight loss in every aspect of church life. If your church is interested in becoming a sight loss friendly church, Torch Trust are providing virtual taster sessions and training workshops. For more information and how to sign up, follow this link to their website.
DigiChurch are based in Huddersfield with a mission to help churches find sustainable, cost-effective solutions to creating digital content that will help to connect and engage with more local people, and communicate more effectively with existing congregations, to further develop church community. They are looking to partner with churches, providing them with video production and AV technical support, advice/consultation and free resources. Find out more here
St Johns Church in Ben Rhydding, Ilkley have created their own digital worship to be used during online services during lockdown. Members of the music group recorded each part from their homes, which were then mixed together into a synchronised montage. The recordings can be found here and if your church wishes to use them please send an enquiry to office@benrhydding.org.uk
How to bring digital learning developed during lockdown into our reopening churches is the subject of a new resource page on our website’s COVID-19 section. Taking church online has presented a number of new opportunities and as church buildings prepare to host services with congregations once more, a new missional horizon presents itself. Read more here
The latest edition of Money For Mission, produced by our stewardship, income generation and finance teams is now available. Here they hope to answer some of the questions you may have around church finances and provide useful resources and information. Follow this link to read it.
Leeds Destitute Asylum-seekers Support (LEDAS) is a new charity to provide destitute asylum-seekers with housing. They're doing this in response to COVID-19, and in response to asylum-seekers’ expressed preference for the privacy and independence single-room housing can give. Could your church help? Do you know of a house they might use? Contact info@ledas.org.uk for more details.
The Diocese has created a new guidance document which we hope will help parishes think through the challenges of emerging from lockdown. Specific guidance contained within this section of the website will need to be applied to different situations, but we hope Lifting the Lockdown will encourage and support wider planning.
A great variety of resources, online training and learning communities can be found on the Diocese of Leeds Digital Learning Platform - and you can join up now by visiting it and registering 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.
 ...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
The Diocese of Leeds has launched an emergency appeal to support our brothers and sisters in Sudan. We are asking for funds for emergency food and supplies for those across the country who rely on the church for support or survival. Watch a video about the appeal here.
The Leeds Diocesan Internship Scheme is an amazing opportunity to explore more of what it means to be a disciple of Christ and to serve his church. Watch this video from Director of Interns, Joanna Seabourne, to find out more.
St Augustine’s Church in Bradford are seeking a part-time administrator for 1.5 days a week – hours flexible. The deadline for applications is 6th September and interviews will take place on 14th September. Find out more here
St John's Church East Bowling is one of five Resourcing Churches in Bradford by the Anglican Diocese of Leeds. St John's particularly wants the Mission Apprentice to help the church develop its work with unchurched young people and develop forms of church appropriate for them. Find out more here
The Governors at Westminster Primary School wish to appoint an inspirational Headteacher for this rewarding leadership role. The school is seeking a strong leader and team player who will build on existing strengths to ensure the school achieves its ambitions for excellence and success at every level. Find out more here
Christian Aid are looking to appoint a Schools Programme Administrator and a Global Neighbours Schools Programme Officer. Christian Aid believes that everyone, regardless of faith or race, is entitled to live a full life, free from poverty. As a charity they believe in tackling the root causes of poverty and their schools programme works to this end. Find out more here
St Matts is a newly-formed resource church in Leeds seeking to bless and renew Burley, Leeds and beyond. St Matts are looking for someone to undertake a short-term feasibility study to identify the potential for growing the work of the church in the parish of Burley and its vicinity. Find out more here
The St Hild Centre for Church Planting Relationship Manager role has been created to support the development and operation of the new St Hild Centre for Church Planting, part of St Hild College. Their aim is to equip people for church planting through effective networking, excellent mentoring and training, and high quality theological reflection in context. Find out more here
Useful links & Information
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Carla Darbyshire 07399 809732 or
Jenny Leccardi 07872 005189 or
Narinder Lyon 07872 005309
Moves and Appointments

Revd Mark Cannon to be Rector of Addingham (Bradford EA)

Revd Kevin Barnard has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Colin Blake has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds

Revd Catherine Barnard 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 
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