Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for March 19

Welcome to the latest Enews with events, resources, news and more.
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The power of prayer, married to modern technology, will create new opportunities for worship during this challenging time, Bishop Nick has told clergy. In a letter which addresses the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Nick explains how worship must continue and adapt to the issues we all now face. Read more here
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus. In a joint letter, Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu said they believe it is now necessary to put public services on hold until further notice. Read more here
A new web page designed to give easy access to information and resources regarding coronavirus has now been created on our website. Entitled "Care and Share - COVID-19 Advice and Support," it contains links to Church of England advice for parishes, clergy and worshippers, plus downloadable material from the national church. Read more here
A joyful photo from one of our churches is in the frame to win a national competition. The image, named as the North East winner of Ecclesiastical Insurance's Parish Pixels competition, is now one of the contenders to win the whole thing, as it opens up to public voting. The picture, by church member Hannah Owens, shows families dancing at the reopening of St Stephen's, in West Bowling, Bradford. Read more here
The spires and towers of Bradford, including the Cathedral, are to reach for the skies as part of a new mural outside Bradford Interchange by local artist Sven Shaw. Sven is known for his murals in the pedestrian subways of Bradford, and has begun his new project ‘Bradford in Spires’ after being approached by the Bradford Business Improvement District, or BID. Read more here
The Diocesan Synod that was due to take place on Saturday, March 14 was cancelled, due to issues linked to coronavirus. The Diocesan Secretary, Debbie Child explained the difficult decision to postpone its presentations and debates until June this year. Read more here
Keeping a church connected during a time of social distancing. In this series of webinars, the Church of England Digital Team will look at different ways your church can use digital communications to keep connected with those who attend your services and events, as well as reaching out and caring for those in your local community. The next webinar is today at 12pm and they are free to attend a nd will be recorded. Find out more here.
The free monthly printed news for April has been delivered around the diocese - check pick-up points and where your church's are here. April's issue includes: Christian links strengthened during a trip to Sri Lanka, a Green Lent path to Easter, a message from our diocesan bishop Nick Baines and information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
A new web page designed to give easy access to information and resources regarding coronavirus has now been created on our website. Entitled " Care and Share - COVID-19 Advice and Support," it contains links to Church of England advice for parishes, clerg y and worshippers, plus downloadable material from the national church. Read more here
This Lent, the Church of England are encouraging adults and children to engage in God’s plea for us to “Care for Creation”. As part of this the diocese is running an online course enabling study and discussion of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 'Saying Yes to Life' by Ruth Valerio. Find out more here
Safe Togetherness is a new Facebook group designed to give easy access to information and church resources for those across the diocese, regarding coronavirus. For many it is an uncertain and challenging time, and we want this to be a space for people to talk, offer support and share the good things churches are doing to help those in need. Join the group here
Here is a beginners guide to going live with your service or event for free, written the the Church of England Digital Team. Live video is being watched more than ever before. According to Vimeo, more than 80 per cent of people surveyed said they would prefer to watch a live video than read a social post or blog. Find out how to do it here
"Take responsibility for your discipleship ...join the online learning community" urged Bishop Nick at the close of the Diocesan Lay Conference in 2018. The Digital Learning Platform is full of great information - 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.
 .. .is the name of Bishop Nick's blog, which includes his appearances in the House of Lords and can be viewed here .
Elections for General Synod, the Church's 'parliament', are taking place this year. Will you stand for synod? Will you stand to vote on important issues in the life of the church? O ur diocese will be looking for people to stand as candidates in the elections that commence in the summmer. Watch this videos to find out more
A group from the Diocese have been visiting Sri Lanka, building links with the local church while exploring this beautiful country. They have been recording their explorations in a series of video blogs. Watch all the videos here
The Parish of Keighley in partnership with St John’s Ingrow are seeking to appoint an energetic, imaginative, experienced and suitably qualified person to the position of Youth Worker for Keighley. This is an exciting opportunity as part of the ministry team in Keighley Parish, working with clergy, mission apprentices and volunteers to realise the parish vision for effective youth and family ministry.  Find out more here
We are looking for someone who would enjoy working within a committed and collaborative team, to be priest-in-charge of the parish of Christ the King in Battyeford (West Yorkshire) whilst also teaching and supporting students for lay ministry within the School of Ministry of the Diocese of Leeds.  Find out more here
Useful links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact: 
Jenny Price 07800 740001 
Jenny Leccardi  07872 005189 or
 Narinder Lyon  07872 005309
Moves and Appointments
Revd Stuart Stobart to be Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Halifax Holy Trinity and St Jude’s (Huddersfield EA).
Revd Phil Arnold to be Vicar of Christ Church, Upper Armley (Leeds EA).  
Revd Diane Lofthouse has been granted a licence to serve as Chaplain at Harrogate District Hospital (Ripon 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 April 2. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org   
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