Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 22 October

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News
In a presentation to synod Director of Ministry and Mission for the Diocese of Leeds, Andrew Norman, invited everyone to join the newly launched ‘Rhythm of Life’ venture. Inspired by the work of religious communities, the initiative offers an opportunity for Christians to re-align and put Christ back at the centre of their daily lives. Read more here
At least thirty more Missional Youth Churches could be established across the country with the support of £200,000 funding from Allchurches Trust. The grant will enable The Missional Youth Church Network to significantly expand reach over the next three years, creating church with a particular focus on engaging and supporting non-churched young people in places of rural and urban poverty. Read more here
The Parish Giving Scheme continues to offer financial stability and administrative ease to a growing number of churches across our diocese during uncertain times. In January 2020, the Diocese of Leeds became the 28th diocese in the Church of England to join the scheme. Nine months on and there are now more than seventy of our parishes registered. Read more here
The most recent statistical information for each of the 448 parishes which make up the Diocese of Leeds has now been published and is available online. A wide range of detailed data has been produced by Research and Statistics Unit at Church House, London which collects, analyses, and publishes data relating to various aspects of the Church of England. Read more here
A well-known Leeds charity that supports homeless and vulnerable adults has been celebrating its 90th birthday this week. On October 14 St George’s Crypt Leeds launched a virtual year of birthday thanksgiving, as physical events are not possible at the moment. Read more here
In these difficult circumstances, the Diocese of Leeds has published a short FAQ to help parishes help the church to learn about how we have done in 2020. After the publication of the Statistics for Mission 2019, the Diocese has prepared answers to some of the likely questions about gathering data for 2020, a year unlike any other. Read more here
Wakefield Cathedral has announced the exciting appointment of a new Canon Missioner. The Reverend Canon Peter Farley-Moore has accepted the invitation of the Bishop of Leeds to take up this significant role. Peter is currently Area Dean of Deptford, where he’s been involved in an innovative project backed by the Church Commissioners to develop buildings and church growth. Read more here
An interfaith organisation bringing faith communities together to combat the climate crisis are running a series of online workshops for Leeds. With the UK set to host critical UN climate talks in 2021, these workshops run by Faith for the Climate are designed to help faith communities to get skilled up and ready to take action against climate breakdown. Read more here
The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, has written the foreword for a new special edition folio release of the Book of Proverbs. One of the five ‘wisdom’ Books of the Old Testament, The Book of Proverbs remains relevant today as it deals with ethical, spiritual and practical issues, and offers wisdom to all humanity. Read more here
One of our parishes is to be the recipient of new funding from the Culture Recovery Fund. Dewsbury Minster is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion in the Culture Recovery Fund, designed to help culturally vital places and spaces through the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here
Online stories of faith share the hope and life transforming power of the gospel with the people of Leeds. Inspired by a recent sermon series, exploring how different people met with Jesus in the Gospels, members of the congregation at St George’s Church in Leeds took it in turns to record and share their testimonies as part of the weekly online service. Read more here
Events
On Monday, November 2 at 7.30pm the Diocese of Leeds are hosting a webinar, exploring how churches can best broadcast worship online from their buildings. Held on Zoom, it will include presentations from different speakers, including church members involved in online broadcasting. A newly launched guide on the subject, produced by the diocesan Communications and DAC Teams will also be presented as a helpful resource for parishes. Find out more here and book a place by emailing comms.training@leeds.anglican.org
A bi-monthly Environmental Book Club where participants can explore eco fiction and works of environmental non-fiction and their relationship with Christianity in a world which recognises the interconnected nature of God and the world in which we live. An introductory meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th November from 7.15 -8.30pm online via a Zoom. Find out more here
Taking place on Saturday, November 7 this conference is an opportunity to pause and reflect on what God is saying; to check we are on His course; and to ensure that our work and worship are aligned in values and purpose, so that we become fruitful in building His Kingdom in His world. Find out more here
Resources
An online page has been developed by the Church of England to help clergy and lay leaders prepare for All Saints' Day, All Souls’ Day and Remembrance in 2020. The section is split into: downloadable and printable resources, liturgies and prayers, and digital plans. Follow this link to reach the page and find out more.
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.
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.
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. Find out more here
Anne Chaplaincy offers a way of supporting older people emotionally and spiritually. Whether you’re an individual called to this ministry, or a church leader wanting to develop it in your community, Anne Chaplaincy are willing to help. Find out more about them on their website and find helpful Bible Reading Notes for Older People here.
Media
 ...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
The Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell was enthroned as the 98th Archbishop of York at a service of Evensong on Sunday 18 October at York Minster. Watch the service here as Archbishop Stephen uses the historic Garbett Throne, situated in the Nave of York Minster, for this enthronement.
The Parish Giving Scheme is an established planned giving scheme for churches that was launched across the Diocese of Leeds in January 2020. Here are some short testimonies from church members across our diocese, who explain how the scheme has helped them with their church finances and giving. Watch them here
Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley leads the Church of England Digital Harvest Service, reflecting on climate change, farming and the beauty of nature. She is joined by members of St John's Church in Sharrow and we hear reflections from Yorkshire Dales farmers and a painter based near Ripon. Watch the video here
Vacancies
St Peter's Morley have a vision to inspire and equip the next generation of Jesus followers and are looking for an Associate Leader with responsibility for Children and Youth to help carry this vision forwards. For more details of this role and how to apply click here
Holy Trinity Huddersfield are seeking a passionate and gifted Children’s Ministry specialist who, in the power of the Spirit will lead, reinvigorate, and further develop their Children’s and Families Ministry.  For more details of this role and how to apply click here
St John's Church is one of 5 Resourcing Churches in Bradford in the Diocese of Leeds. St John's particularly wants the Mission Apprentice to help the church develop its work with unchurched young adults and develop forms of church appropriate for them. For more details of this role and how to apply click here
Bradford Cathedral are looking not only for an able, competent, professional and committed individual who is keen to work with their purpose, values and strategy but also one who is really good news for the team. For more details of this role and others currently available at Bradford Cathedral click here
Useful links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact: 
Carla Darbyshire 07399 809732 or
Jenny Leccardi 07872 005189 or
Narinder Lyon 07872 005309
Moves and Appointments

Revd Mark Watson to be Interim Priest in Charge of East Ardsley (Leeds EA)

Revd Canon Peter Farley-Moore to be Canon Missioner at Wakefield Cathedral
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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