Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 23 April

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News
As the diocese celebrates its sixth birthday, Bishop Nick has thanked clergy and lay together for their commitment and hard work and made a call to prepare for “a new normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to clergy he writes: “Happy Birthday! The Diocese of Leeds is six years old today." Read more here
National attention focused on the living room of Wakefield Cathedral’s Canon Precentor on Low Sunday, from where Revd Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders livestreamed a special family service.
Revd Leah led the worship, supported by her husband, Revd Dr Mark Vasey-Saunders, and their children: Miriam, 9, Elias, 12, Jude, 14 and Reuben, 16. Read more here
A year ago, on Easter Sunday morning, the world woke up to the horrific and tragic news that bombs had taken the lives of 253 people attending churches or in hotels across Sri Lanka. On the first anniversary of the bombings the Rt Revd Paul Slater, Bishop of Kirkstall, along with the two Anglican bishops of Sri Lanka offer their thoughts and reflections. Read more here
Her Majesty the Queen's powerful messages of support for people and public services have been praised in an Easter reflection by Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley, published by a national newspaper. Writing in the Sunday Express, the Bishop of Ripon said: "Her uplifting words acknowledged the fear and seriousness of the moment, yet guided us upwards." Read more here
Holy Week was open to all this year despite the current restrictions, thanks to video services produced by the Diocesan Deaf Ministry Team. Services were available on YouTube for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, full of hymns, prayers, reflections and activities, all in English and British Sign Language.  Read more here
‘Churches Together' in Cleckheaton celebrated Easter by opening a Foodbank and offering a full range of services to local people struggling due to COVID-19. PCC Secretary of St Luke the Evangelist’s Church, Cleckheaton, Josie Pugsley explained their initiative: “As the COVID-19 situation began to impact local people it became clear that many needed help and support." Read more here
How people of faith are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic is the subject of a new blog from the Diocese of Leeds. 'Keeping Faith’ invites people of different faiths from across our diocese to share how their faith is keeping them going during these difficult times. Some of the entries are personal reflections, while others are examples of how people have helped out in practical ways.  Read more here
St Matts Leeds, a church community located in the North West part of the city, have been responding to the COVID-19 crisis, offering "moments of joy and moments of hope" to those in need. In a recently published video, members of the congregation share the ways they have reached out to those in the Burley area. Read more here
Quality local materials and workmanship mean a church in the Bradford area has recently been honoured with an award for its new expansion and reordering. The Ilkley Civic Society has given its Design & Conservation Award, the highest level of recognition, to All Saints Church Ilkley, and Halliday Clark, local architect.  Read more here
Christian strength, kindness and patience marked the life of the Rt Revd Peter Vaughan, an Honorary Assistant Bishop to the former Diocese of Bradford, who passed away peacefully last month. Bishop Peter served in Bradford from 1998 to 2001. Revd Gordon Dey said: “Peter will be remembered and specially treasured for his time as Honorary Assistant Bishop."  Read more here
Events
On our website we have made a list of the church services and events being live streamed across our diocese. This is so anyone in our area is able to find their neares t live streamed Sunday service or prayer meeting. Follow this link to vie w the list and email communications@leeds.anglican.org if you want your church to feature.
On Thursday, April 30 at 7.30pm there is an opportunity for those involved in maintaining an online presence at their church to join a Zoom Q & A. Organised by our social and digital media officer, it will offer a space to ask and discuss questions with a panel of digital enthusiasts. Topics discussed will include live streaming, social media and the use of websites. To book a place please send an email to communications@leeds.anglican.org
Bradford Cathedral are offering lots of activities and resources to take advantage of during lock down, including an online children's space, an online art exhibition and a weekly Bible Study. This years planned Lent Course, titled Pilgrimage and produced by Andrew Tawn, Director of Clergy Development, is now also avail able and can be accessed here on their website.
Resources
Our Children, Young people and Families Team have gathered a number of great resources on the Digital Learning Platform, to support and equip parents, children, young people and church youth leaders during this time of physical distancing. Find and access the resources here.
Global Explorers is a fantastic, interactive teaching resource for parents that will help their children find out about global issues. They can take a virtual journey, build up interest and knowledge of the world around us. It features fascinating facts, quizzes, videos, lesson plans, worksheets and real-life stories of children all over the world! Visit www.globalexplorers.org.uk to access it!
A new COVID-19 web page, designed to give easy access to information and resources regarding coronavirus, has now been created on our website. It can be accessed via the banner on the home page and contains links to Church of England advice for parishes, clerg y and worshippers, plus downloadable material from the national church. Read more here
In a special edition of Money For Mission our stewardship, income generation and finance teams hope to answer some of the questions you may have around church finances at the moment. They also offer s ome helpful guidance and reassurance around giving in the current climate. R ead it here and find other editions on our website.
Many people are feeling anxious about the effects of the coronavirus. Leeds Christian Community Trust has opened a telephone line to provide a listening ear and/or prayer support to any adults over the age of 18. Between 6 pm and 8 pm each evening a member of their team will be available to chat, listen, and to pray. Call them on 0330 5001 614 or email hotline@networkleeds.com with your details.
On the Digital Learning Platform there is a new learning community called Cabin Fever (COVID19). A place to support one another, find activities, share online resources and chat about current concerns an d possible solutions during this time of lockdown. Find it here and sign up to the learning platform to find other great training and resources.
A great variety of resources, online training and learning communities can be found on the Diocese of Leeds Digital Learning Platform - and you ca n 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.
Media
 .. .is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here .
Robin Gamble, the Bishop's Advisor for Church Growth in the Diocese of Leeds, has started a new series of Youtube talks looking at the stories and life of Jesus, and how it resonates with us at this cornavirus time.  View the most recent one here.
Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, has produced a series of Holy Week thoughts, which were released each day on our social media platforms and website. Follow this link to catch up on his Easter series of videos.
Live streaming has become an important way for churches to stay connected and ensure everyone is able to access events and serv ices, even when people are unable to physically attend. Here , our Digital and Social Media Officer, Richard Ea rnshaw, presents 10 easy steps for live streaming through Facebook and on a smart phone.
Vacancies
They will be responsible for supporting the Bishop’s Senior Staff with the delivery of the strategic programme. The role will ensure that strategic projects are delivered on time, within scope and budget. The Programme Manager will provide oversight of the strategic programme from inception of ideas through implementation to delivery of projects, ensuring change outcomes are well-defined, appropriately prioritised, and delivered to plan.  Find out more here
The Governors at East Morton Primary School in Keighley wish to appoint an inspirational Headteacher for this rewarding leadership role . Please follow the link here to find out more information and an application pack. 
Useful links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact: 
Jenny Price 07800 740001 
Jenny Leccardi  07872 005189 or
 Narinder Lyon  07872 005309
Moves and Appointments

The Revd Keith Freeman to be Rector of The Castleford Team (Wakefield EA) 
Useful Contact Details
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 e-news is published twice a month. The next edition will be sent out on May 7. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org   
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