Diocesan e-news
Welcome to the e-news for February 7

Welcome to the latest enews with events, resources, news and more.
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Jesus being the Light of the World was celebrated at spectacular Candlemas services held across the diocese on Saturday. Candlemas marks the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem and also the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary . Read more here
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is encouraging all to share in the Church of England’s LentPilgrim journey. Written by Bishop Steven Croft, co-author of the Pilgrim Course, the Pilgrim Journeys: The Beatitudes, provides a short daily reflection, a Bible reading, a prayer and suggested response. Throughout the season of Lent, the reflections are based on the Beatitudes, as taught by Jesus. Read more here
A rare mural is to be restored during a year of good works to mark 900 years of worship at St Peter’s Church, Birstall, thanks to a generous donation. Revd Paul Knight is on a mission to restore the Frampton mural above its main arch which was painted in 1901 and is one of only three in the country. Read more here
Bishop Nick spoke at a conference on ‘Freedom of Religion in Sudan’ in Khartoum at the end of January. His four day visit took place as anti-government public protests (which have have been going on for several weeks) continued. Bishop Nick also met with Archbishop Ezekiel Kondo and local clergy, and preached at a service at Khartoum Cathedral. Read more here
The Green Energy Saving Scheme, which has led to the reduction of 2,142 tonnes of annual carbon reductions in churches since its introduction 3 years ago, is to be retendered for a greener future. Introduced to the Diocese of Leeds in 2015, 212 churches now purchase their electricity and/or gas through the Green Journey, delivering an estimated total of £105,846 annual savings.  Read more here
Around the Areas
Bradford folk gathered in a local Costa for coffee, cake and conversation about life's journeys. The event, named 'The Wheels on the Bus', brought Bradford churches into the coffee house located in Greengates and provided those there with an opportunity to explore the Christian Faith in an informal, accessible and neutral setting.  Read more here
Does your church's Nativity set have a wonky donkey or shabby sheep in need of repair? Perhaps it is beginning to look as old as the Christmas story itself? If so, then help is at hand. John Neale, a member of St Luke’s Church, has recently carried out restoration work on a Nativity set from St John's, a church located in the same benefice of Cleckheaton.  Read more here
On Sunday, February 3 the South and West Yorkshire Wing Air Cadets were welcomed for the first time to St Hilda’s Church in Leeds to a service of thanksgiving. The special service also marked the founding day of the Air Training Corps, which took place on Tuesday, February 5. It was attended by up to 50 cadets, along with Father Darren Percival, priest in Charge of Saint Hilda's Cross Green, who presided and the Area Bishop of Kirkstall, Paul Slater who preached.  Read more here
A range of Honorary Canons have been installed at Ripon Cathedral in recognition of their service and dedication to the diocese. The Mayor of Ripon attended the Sunday afternoon ceremony, which Dean John Dobson described in his welcome as "an important event for the Cathedral and with great civic significance as well." Read more here
A special week night service with a free evening meal for vulnerable people in the Wakefield area is celebrating its first anniversary. St Catherine's Church Centre has opened its doors for a service called Open Hands every Monday evening since January last year. And attendance has almost trebled, said its vicar, Revd David Gerrard. Read more here
Talking About The E Word at St Peter's Gildersome on, Thursday, March 28 will be evangelists, Sophie Jelley from Durham Cathedral and author and vicar, Matt Woodcock, sharing ideas and good practice. The day is open to all clergy and lay people who want to engage with those outside the church. The day runs from 10am to 3.15pm, the day will include lunch. Click here for more information and to book a space.
Our three cathedrals in Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield are welcoming new Honorary Canons for 2019 . For details of those becoming canons and dates for the installation services please follow this link. 
"Simple Stitch for Wellbeing" is a four week textiles course starting on Thursday, March 7, 10am - 12.30pm at Dewsbury Minster. Run by the Revd Anne Wood, it offers a gentle and mindful break from the usual pace of life. Using simple running stitch the focus will be on the stilling and the stitching, more than the making! For more information or to book, please contact Anne on 07929 452439.
On Friday , February 22 Dr William Allchorn will deliver a talk at Outwood House about Christian responses to the far right . Starting at 7pm Dr William Allchorn will look at the drivers of this populist revolt and what Christians can do about it. The talk will draw on examples from UK anti-Islam movements in order to illuminate where Christians are getting involved and how Christianity features in the ideology, practice and support bases of the far right. Find out more here
Spring Harvest , the national teaching and worship conference returns for a second year to Harrogate from April 13 to 17. This year the conference will celebrate its 40th birthday, and as well as offering inspirational teaching and worship, there are extensive children and youth activities. Find out more here
Harrogate School of Theology and Mission has the pleasure of hosting the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley on Saturday, March 23 for the lecture, ‘To read, mark, learn and inwardly digest: some reflections on a diet of Biblical Interpretation.’ This will take place at St Mark’s Church, Leeds Rd, Harrogate HG2 8AY 10am - 12pm, with breakfast served from 9.30am. Find out more here
For further events:
Across the Diocese click here
Across one of the 5 areas : Bradford - Huddersfield - Leeds - Ripon - Wakefield
Training events across the diocese - Digital Learning Platform
"Take responsibility for your discipleship ...join the online learning community" urged Bishop Nick at the close of last years Diocesan Lay Conference. The Digital Learning Platform is full of great information - and you ca n join up now by visiting it and registering here
The February 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.
The Church of England's 2019 Lent and Easter campaigns, LentPilgrim and EasterPilgrim have been announced. For more information and to o rder or download some of the available resources visit the Church of England website. Wherever you are, these resources should help your church mark these important seasons in the church calendar.
The free monthly printed news for February was delivered around the diocese on January 18 -   check pick-up points and where your church's are here. This month, the launch of Bradford Cathedral's centenary year, record numbers for the Boxing day Pilgrimage, a new Rector of Bolton Abbey and an invitation to Germany.
WaterAid have just launched their new Lent appeal, Jars of Change 2019. They are inviting churches to join Jars of Change to transform communities with clean water for the very first time and have created a range of free resources available for churches to inspire their congregations. Visit their website for more information.
Inspired classrooms is an innovative and highly creative online Toolkit for schools and churches. It is designed to open up parish churches as spaces of accessible and enjoyable cross-curricular learning. It is FREE to use and can be accessed by any church and school. No other heritage learning resource has the richness or cross-curricular potential of parish churches and Inspired Classrooms will enable you to explore and enjoy them! Find out more at their website here.
 .. .is the name of Bishop Nick's blog, which includes his Thought for the Day from BBC Radio 2. Take a look at it here
Bishop Nick's appearances in the House of Lords are also recorded here .
...is the name of Bishop Helen-Ann's blog, which includes her reflections and sermons from various places. Take a look at it here
Holy Trinity Boar Lane, located in the centre of Leeds, has successfully secured funding towards a new week-day church that will be formed for those who work in the city. Here is a short video, sharing the thoughts of those involved in this exciting project. Watch the video here
Bishop of Bradford, Toby Howarth, introduces the new Resource Church in Bradford’s City Park. It will be a friendly Christian worship centre that will reach out and embrace the whole community – welcoming the large resident student and business population in particular, alongsid e those who call the city centre their home. Watch the video 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 Canon Simon Moor to be Rector in the Benefice of Bedale with Burrill, Leeming and Thornton Watlass (Ripon EA)
Revd David Gerrard to be Area Dean of the Wakefield Deanery in the Wakefield EA
Revd Nathanael Poole to be Associate Leader of Bradford City Centre Resource Church (Bradford 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 February 7. Area news stories to  enews@leeds.anglican.org   
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