Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 8 October

The latest resources, news and more.
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People across the diocese took their next steps in their journeys of faith this past weekend, with the ordinations of 13 new deacons and 14 new priests. Multiple socially-distanced services took place in all three of our cathedrals over the weekend, with the deacons being ordained at Bradford Cathedral on Sunday October 4. Read more here
A new service providing vital support for survivors of church-related abuse is now operational. Safe Spaces, commissioned by the Anglican and Catholic Churches in England and Wales, will be run by Victim Support, a national charity with a track record of providing survivor support. Read more here
The first-ever online Diocesan Synod took place with much discussion of the impact of COVID-19 across our region and a shared commitment to the future. The new Diocesan Secretary Jonathan Wood outlined how despite shifting rules and regulations prompted by the virus, the diocese was doing everything in its power to support our churches, parishes and schools. Read more here
Solar panels are high on the agenda as the Church of England marks the Season of Creation which includes a focus on environmental protection. Larger church buildings, including our own Bradford Cathedral and St Mark's, Harrogate, already host solar panels. Yet it’s not just the large-scale buildings that have seen solar panels being erected. Read more here
A new Safeguarding Training Officer has joined our diocese and will help guide people through a specially developed online learning course launched this month. Alex Robertshaw-Seery will oversee the Virtual Leadership Safeguarding Pathway (VLSP), which is a transformative approach to safeguarding learning. Read more here
The congregation at St James Church, Horsforth have been collecting recipes during lockdown for a cookbook of family favourites, in aid of the Safe House in Mara, Tanzania. Four members of St James Church travelled to Tanzania on the diocesan trip back in February to visit some of the projects funded by the Diocese of Leeds, one of which is the Safe House. Read more here
One of our Leeds area churches has had their green activities rewarded, by achieving their Bronze Eco Church Award. All Hallows in Bardsey got their award by completing the Arocha Eco Church survey, which easily tracks what your church is doing for the environment in five key areas of church life. Read more here
Debbie Child officially retired from her role as our Diocesan Secretary back in March, handing over to Jonathan Wood after giving 28 years of loyal service to the Church of England in our region. Following months of restrictions, the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, decided now would be a good time to formally thank Debbie on behalf of the diocese, "for her remarkable service over so many years." Read more here
The Mother’s Union in the Diocese of Leeds has been supporting us in many different ways during this time, and recently have used the PPE they have been making to support youth work in Leeds. Many Mother’s Union members have helped make PPE for front line workers, as well as hearts to be placed with people dying in isolation. Read more here
Carpentry skills, community engagement and teamwork have helped build and plant two raised beds at St Cuthbert’s, Colburn, near Catterick. Revd Andrew Cromarty had hoped to brighten the look of the church grounds since he arrived in 2014 and this summer two big flower beds were built from scratch and filled with flowers. 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.
Preparing Your Church Building For Winter
Help and advice to prepare your church building for winter and hopefully make a few financial savings along the way will be the focus of the first in a new series of Church Maintenance Webinars. It will be delivered on Tuesday, October 13 at 12 noon by members of the Stewardship and DAC teams. If you're interested in attending please email Janet Edmond at janet.edmond@leeds.anglican.org  or Jen Read at jen.read@leeds.anglican.org.
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) continues to attract new parishes across the diocese with now more than 70 having registered. If you'd like to find out how the PGS could help your church, come join one of our webinars on Wednesday 14th October at either 12 noon or 7pm. Please email Janet.edmond@leeds.anglican.org for details on how to join.
On Saturday, October 17 the Bradford Area Prayer and Spirituality Team invites you to a Quiet Day on the theme of “Sabbath” using Zoom, led by the Reverend Christine Crabtree. The day will start at 10am and will include sessions with other participants on Zoom but also time spent in quiet in your own space. To register for the day please contact Nicholas Clews on nicholas.clews@leeds.anglican.org
Join Bradford Cathedral throughout this Autumn, as they welcome a variety of instrumentalists and organists for a series of exciting concerts. They begin on Tuesday 13th October at 1pm with Iyad Sughayer on piano. The concerts are free to attend / stream but the cathedral are offering these as 'pay as you feel', with the money raised supporting the series. Find out more here
In a lively, thought-provoking – and, for some, prophetic – Fresh Expressions Facebook Live session George Lings talked to Tim Lea and Lizzie Lowrie about his new book Seven Sacred Spaces: Portals to deeper community life in Christ. (BRF, 2020). Watch the video here.
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.
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.
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
 ...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
The Parish Giving Scheme is an established planned giving scheme for churches that was launched across the Diocese of Leeds in January 2020. Here is a short testimony from the Revd Nicholas Mercer, Rector of Bolton Priory, who explains how the PGS has helped them. Watch the video 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
Following months of restrictions, the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, decided now would be a good time to formally thank Debbie Child on behalf of the diocese, for her remarkable and loyal service to the Church of England in our region. Watch the video here
Sam Corley, the Rector of Leeds, shares a short update about the exciting progress being made to Holy Trinity, Boar Lane. It is hoped works, to help create a new place of worship and prayer for the centre of Leeds, will be complete towards the end of the year. See more here.
Holy Trinity is looking for an enthusiastic, talented and imaginative chaplaincy co-ordinator to build on the strong foundations in this unique Catholic and Church of England 3 – 16 through school. Find out more 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 how to apply click here
Fountains Church are looking for a person with great communication, interpersonal and organisational skills to work cooperatively with a team of volunteers and a range of colleagues, while also being able to offer a proactive and self-motivated approach to volunteer support. Find out more here
This is a new, senior role, vital to building up the capacity and sustainability of the cathedral’s ministry as they emerge from some of the most challenging months in their recent history. The Income & Funding Manager will lead in identifying and securing funding opportunities, for both major capital projects and the ongoing ministry and outreach of the cathedral. Find out more here
The Diocese of Leeds has been awarded 5 years funding for a Director of Church Revitalisation and are looking for someone to come and join us as we seek to nurture confident Christians who are growing churches, transforming communities and helping share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Find out more here
Ripon Cathedral wishes to appoint a Children and Family Worker to work together with the Canon Pastor in developing the flourishing and growing ministry to children and their parents. 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 Anna Wallis who previously served as Assistant Curate at Huddersfield St Peter 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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