Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 2 July

The latest resources, news and more.
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Government guidance on opening places of worship has now been interpreted by the Church of England. As we approach the return of church serv ices from July 4, that new and relevant guidance from the national Church is available here. Com ments made by Diocesan Secretary Jonathan Wo od on the progress towards emergence from lockdown restrictions can also be read here.
The Bishop of Leeds was the first to re-enter Wakefield Cathedral as it reopened for prayer and reflection on Wednesday, July 1 after more than three months in lockdown. The Rt Revd Nick Baines lit a candle on the altar and said a prayer for all those who have died during the pandemic and those who have lost loved ones, family and friends. Read more here
A new tool on the Parish Returns system will help the Church begin the process of becoming carbon neutral. By simply entering the information from your church’s energy bills the Energy Footprinting Tool can calculate the carbon emissions from that energy. In February this year the Church of England General Synod passed a motion committing to become a carbon neutral church by 2030.  Read more here
Yorkshire Air Ambulance are to benefit from the generosity of those taking part in an angelic prayer project at Ripon Cathedral. ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ was launched by the cathedral in early May. The aim of the project is to create an installation that fills the cathedral with angels bearing prayers for those who have lost their lives to the coronavirus and those working in front line services.  Read more here
A church in the Wakefield area is celebrating after the recent completion of a major reordering project. St Paul’s Monk Bretton wanted to improve areas within the church to make the building a better representation of their commitment to be a warm and welcoming environment. Read more here
Children at St Giles’ Church in Bramhope have been enjoying diocesan youth resources with a twist, thanks to new videos produced by one of their youth leaders. Gill Pinches, who runs the Toddler Group at the church with her husband, wanted to find a new way to share our material with the kids in the village. Read more here
A nestful of robins added surprise natural beauty to an Easter floral display placed outside one of our locked churches. As the undisturbed flowers stood untouched for weeks during lockdown, enterprising feathered parents made a tiny nest behind Easter lilies in perfect sanctuary. Worshipper Irene Truman created the display to go between a locked porch door and a shut gate at St Peter's, East Marton. Read more here
Online Events
The Church of England weekly online service, which has become a regular feature during the COVID-19 pandemic, will this Sunday include contributions from prison chaplains and prisoners. The title of the service will be #holdingthehope and will be aired here on the Church of England Facebook page at 9am.
The Diocese of Leeds Children, Young People and Families Team are hosting a 10 week course designed as an introduction for those new to working with children and young people and as a refresher for those who already have experience. To find out more about the course, wh y not come to an online taster session on Wednesday, July 15 at 7pm. Details can be found here.
Welcome to a new season of drop in chats, webinars and discussion groups aimed at helping you and your church with your mission and ministry to care for God’s Creation. Follow this link to find out more. ' Zero Carbon Church - What does it look like and how do we get there?' is the theme of the next online session, which takes place on Thursday, July 9 at 2pm.
Riding Lights Theatre Company invites you to take the plunge and sign up for Summer Theatre School Online. With a long established reputation for unique creative holidays, they couldn’t let this year go by without a chance to have fun making theatre together from home, and this year will be taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Find out more here
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.
A new COVID-19 section of our website, designed to give easy access to information and resources regarding coronavirus, is now available. 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
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.
The electronic version of the Archdeacons News for 2020 is now available from our website. There will be no printed copies of the newsletter this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please feel free to circulate it to churchwarden s and anyone else you might normally send it to. Find a downloadable version here.
The latest edition of Money For Mission, produced by our stewardship, income generation and finance teams will be available today. 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 lockdown, video conferencing has emerged as a popular youth work tool. Platforms such as Zoom have risen in prominence. If your using these to deliver youth work, it’s really important that you follow good practice. Here is a document that contains the latest advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on how to use video conferencing in a way that protects both those you work with and yourself.
Ministry during the COVID-19 crisis is a collection of online articles and advice related to things such as good practice for online ministry and how sharing a good old-fashioned phone call can be a l ifeline. Follow this link to read them here.
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.
 .. .is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here .
The Diocese of Leeds is running online webinars over the summer on a variety of environmental issues. Hear from some of those leading this training here , on what to expect.
Revd Mark Smith, Minister with Deaf People in the Diocese of Leeds, has made a collection of Christian worship songs and hymns, accessible in British Sign Language (BSL), available on YouTube. Watch them 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.  Find out more 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 Darren McClintock to be Chaplaincy Team Leader at Harrogate Hospital
Revd Mike Leigh to be appointed as a full-time Chaplain at Scargill 

The following have be granted permission to officiate in the Diocese of Leeds:
Revd Dr Jenny Arnold, who was Rector at Christ Church The Quinton, Birmingham 
Revd Canon John Carter who was Diocesan Communications Officer for the Diocese of Leeds
Revd Lloyd Evans who is a Curate in the Diocese of Durham
Revd Paul Fisher who previously held Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Bradford
Revd Canon Alec Harding who is a Vicar of Barnard Castle in the Diocese of Durham
Revd John Hutchison who also holds permission to officiate in the Diocese of Sheffield 
Revd Daphne Kitching, who also holds permission to officiate in the Diocese of York
Revd Darren Moore who is School Chaplain at Barnard Castle School in the Diocese of Durham 
Revd Jonathan Oldfield who is currently Incumbent of Slaidburn and Tosside in the Ripon EA
Revd Michael Taylor who is currently Assistant Curate at Pontefract in the Wakefield EA 
Revd Judith Ashurst who recently retired as a priest in the Diocese of Carlisle 
Revd Paul Haworth, previously from the Diocese of Chelmsford, who has moved to Normanton 
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 Enews is published twice a month. The next edition will be sent out on July 16. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org   
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