Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 18 June

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The three cathedrals of our diocese are readying to welcome people back into their buildings following the Government’s announcement that churches may open for private prayer. Each of our magnificent cathedrals is unique in the way it serves the needs of worshippers and each are on their own tailored journeys to different reopening dates, firstly at Ripon, then Bradford and then Wakefield. Read more here
How difficult discussions about racism and racial injustice can be had with our young people was the topic of a recent Facebook live conversation supported by the diocese. The Live Youth Work Conversation featured talk about the current situation in the USA and beyond, and how we look to have difficult discussions about race with our young people today.  Read more here
Work to transform a former nightspot into a brand new church in the heart of Bradford has now begun. This major project will see the Glydegate Square complex, once home to the Revolution nightclub, converted into Fountains Church. The Coronavirus pandemic has delayed progress, but Fountains Church Leader Revd Linda Maslen said it was now safe to start work. Read more here
Halifax Minster reopened to the public on Monday with time for private prayer between 11am to 2pm, every day this week. The Minster will not be open for tourists and general visiting until further guidance is given by both the Government and the Church of England. Those who come to pray should observe social distancing and hygiene regulations put in place to provide a safe space for everyone. Read more here
Historic England has launched a second emergency grant fund which could benefit churches in our diocese. The Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund will award grants to help fund urgent maintenance, repairs and surveys at some of England’s cherished historic buildings and sites, including places of worship. Read more here
Children from one of our schools have been brightening up their area with new street art inspired by those helping us during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pupils from St Mary’s School Hunslet wanted to cheer people up with their art, as well as show support for key workers working hard to keep us safe and the country running. After getting approval from the council, they painted their designs for all to see. Read more here
A community café run from one of our churches has been named a #locallegend, thanks to an award from the Leeds Civic Trust. Rainbow Junktion, the pay-as-you-feel intercepted food café run from All Hallows Church in Leeds, has been recognised because of their extensive work supporting the local ar ea during the coronavirus crisis.  Read more here
Voices from all generations have talked about what we can do for God’s Creation as part of the latest ‘Hope on the Edge’ event from Bradford Cathedral. ‘Hope on the Edge’ is a twice yearly gathering to which people are invited to come and pray for issues that are of concern, and this time the group discussed how we can offer care and prayer for Planet Earth.   Read more here
A survey to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on clergy and laity in the diocese is being carried out by one of our parish treasurers. Doug Hall is a Reader Emeritus and is currently treasurer and Deanery Synod rep for Christ Church Lothersdale. Since retiring from running his own market research company, he has been involved in carrying out research on various aspects of faith and spirituality.  Read more here
Clergy and lay church leaders have taken part in Zoom training sessions offering practical tips on video presentation. Organised by the Diocese of Leeds Communications Team, the online meetings featured the Revd Canon Robin Gamble, Bishop’s Advisor for Church Growth, who offered practical tips to help those new to appearing on camera.  Read more here
The Headteacher of one of our schools has managed to bring cheer to his students and raise money for charity. Tim Whitehead, Headteacher at Kildwick CE Primary School, decided to run past the homes of all the children at the school in order to raise money for the charity Young Minds, supporting mental health work in schools. Read more here
Despite the current lockdown, churches across the Diocese have been generously raising money for Christian Aid Week 2020. Taking place in the middle of May this year, Christian Aid Week is an annual intiative, bringing communities togethe r in action and prayer to stand in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people.  Read more here
The magazine of one of our churches has been honoured with a national award. ‘Adel Bells’, the magazine for the parish of Adel cum Eccup recently was awarded the Gold Award from the Association for Church Editors. Marjorie Cole, editor of the magazine, said: “We are all feeling very excited and encouraged to know that our magazine has been recognised as a gold award winner. Read more here
A church pet service in Richmond, celebrating people’s animal companions and the gift of Gods creation, took place digitally. Each year St Marys Church holds their Fun-Key Church Pet Service and despite the continuing lockdown restrictions 2020 was going to be no exception. Read more 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. 'Embed ding Creation in Our Worship' is the theme of the next set of online sessions, with the first taking place on Tuesday, June 23 at 2pm.
Finding Home by Basia Szymańska is an audiovisual exhibition about Polish combatants, who came to the UK after WWII. It consists of portraits and recordings of 5 people, who shared their story about surviving war, and their journey to find a new home in England. Watch them here on Bradford Cathedral's website.
On Thursday, June 25 at 12pm an Inspiring Everyday Faith webinar will feature insights on how to lead well in times of accelerating change with contributors from The Arthur Rank Centre, CPAS, Jesus Shaped People, LICC, Mothers’ Union and more. The Inspiring Everyday Faith webinar series shares ideas, innovations and insights from the work of Setting God’s People Free.  Register and find out more here.
Originally planned to be hosted in Leeds, the national church planting conference is going online on Thursday, June 25. It is designed to equip, stimulate and inspire people for the next season of ministry. They are bringing together mov ement leaders and speakers from England and further afield, as well as testimonies from church planters who are breaking new ground. Find out more and book a place here.
“Law and Life in the Anglican Communion” is the title of the first Ecclesiastical Law Society lecture to be held online. This lecture, the second in the ELS Northern Province Lecture series 2020, will be given by the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, and will take place on June 25. Find out more about the event 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
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 i mportant that you follow good practice. Here is a document that contains the latest advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on ho w to use video conferencing in a way that protects both those you work with and yourself.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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
Here one of our stewardship officers, Becky Nicholson, offers some ideas to help churches continue to fundraise, even when your church community is apart. Watch it here
St John's is one of 5 resourcing churches within the Bradford Episcopal Area. This role is for a 2 year term starting as soon as possible, 20 hours per week and comes with a salary of £10k per annum.  Find out more 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
The vicar and PCC of St Peter and St Leonard Horbury are looking to appoint a dynamic and engaging part time Children and Families Worker who desires to bring children and families into a living relationship with Jesus Christ, expressed in worship and growing in faith.  Find out more here
Useful links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact: 
Jenny Leccardi  07872 005189 or
 Narinder Lyon  07872 005309
Moves and Appointments

Revd Cindy Sheard to be Assistant Curate in the Mirfield Team Ministry (Huddersfield EA).

Revd Robb Wainwright to be House for Duty Associate Priest for Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard (Ripon EA).

Revd Antony Laotan, currently serving Assistant Curate at Holy Trinity, Idle to be Incumbent of Christ Church in the Benefice of Stamford (Diocese of Lincoln).
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 2. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org   
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