Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 24 September

The latest resources, news and more.
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Ordinations of Deacons and Priests will be taking place in the Diocese of Leeds at the beginning of October. Thirteen Deacons will be ordained at Bradford Cathedral on Sunday October 4, with twelve Priests also being ordained over the weekend. Find out more about who is being ordained and read more here.
Creation and the Harvest is the focus of this week’s upcoming Church of England digital service, broadcast from our diocese and led by the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley. Viewers from across the country will have the opportunity to join with the bishop and members of St John’s Church in Sharrow as they share readings and offer prayers for God’s creation. Read more here
Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines and the Bishops of our five Episcopal Areas sent a New Year's message of friendship to Jewish communities in our diocese as they prepared for Rosh Hashanah. The marking of their religious New Year began at sunset on Friday, September 18 and ended at nightfall on Sunday, September 20. Read more here
New resources to help churches think about giving have been released in time for Harvest. The campaign, called ‘Generous Harvest’, aims to help churches meaningfully and prayerfully engage with both giving and gratitude in a year where many have been negatively affected by the current pandemic. Read more here
The Diocese of Leeds is in the top three dioceses across the country for using a new online tool to help make our churches carbon-neutral. The Energy Footprinting Tool on the Parish Returns system calculates the carbon emissions from the energy used by a church using information from the energy bills. Read more here
How we see and respond to the Holy Spirit is the topic of a new seven week course for churches from Jesus Shaped People. ‘Stay Alert to the Spirit’ aims to help churches do exactly that: use this time of suffering and uncertainty can encourage a fresh alertness to the Spirit of God. Read more here
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is consulting widely on the most suitable person to be the new Bishop of Colombo. The Archbishop of Canterbury has asked Anglicans in Sri Lanka to pray as he continues to consult widely on the most suitable person to be the new Bishop. Read more here
Sewn goods from one of our Bradford area churches are supporting the work of an orphanage in Nairobi. Elizabeth Utley, from St Andrew’s Church in Kildwick, has been sewing useful items for the children cared for at the orphanage in the capital of Kenya after discovering it as part of a work trip with her husband, John. Read more here
A church in the Ripon area has used this Season of Creation to begin its thinking on how to achieve the Church of England’s target of carbon net zero by 2030. St Mary’s Embsay with Eastby has held various events this September to help care for the environment, including a Zoom discussion on being ‘Willing to change our ways’ and a Fairtrade stall. 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.
Online Events
Marking the Yorkshire launch of Talk/together’s nationwide series of conversations about what unites and divides us, on Thursday, September 24 at 6pm, a panel brought together by British Future discusses: “Will Covid cause division in Yorkshire or can we get through this together?“ Find out more and register here.
Bradford Cathedral eco extravaganza
From Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27 Bradford Cathedral are hosting an online extravaganza focused on the environment. The weekend will be packed with great a variety of speakers, worship and workshops. More information about the online event can be found here.
On Wednesday, September 30 the Diocese of Leeds are running a webinar allowing churches to explore the Rural Community Energy Fund. A fund is available to help community groups in rural areas across our Diocese develop renewable energy projects. The webinar will be lead by Alan Millar, the RCEF Project Officer, and more details can be found here.
On Monday, October 5 at noon and 7pm the diocesan Stewardship and Income Generation Team will be running webinars explaining how your parish can register for the Parish Giving Scheme and launch it to your congregations using the Generosity Week Harvest Materials. To join the webinars click this link.
Online drop in chats where questions are answered about worship with a creation care theme, energy efficiency and church buildings, churchyards, community engagement, funding, campaigning and much more. The next will take place on Wednesday, October 7 at 5pm. Follow this link to find out more and how to attend.
Help and advice to help prepare your church building for the winter and make a few financial savings along the way will be available in the first session of a new series of Church Maintenance Webinars. The sessions will be delivered on Tuesday, October 13 from noon to 1.15pm by members of the Stewardship and DAC teams at the diocese. Join by clicking this link.
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.
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
How to bring digital learning developed during lockdown into our reopening churches is the subject of a new resource page on our website’s COVID-19 section. Taking church online has presented a number of new opportunities and as church buildings prepare to host services with congregations once more, a new missional horizon presents itself. Read more 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.
Leeds Destitute Asylum-seekers Support (LEDAS) is a new charity to provide destitute asylum-seekers with housing. They're doing this in response to COVID-19, and in response to asylum-seekers’ expressed preference for the privacy and independence single-room housing can give. Could your church help? Do you know of a house they might use? Contact info@ledas.org.uk for more details.
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.
 ...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed 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.
We are not returning to the 'same old, same old' we are Re-Imagining the Church. Here is a recording of a webinar for the Diocese of Leeds featuring Sophie Jelley (Bishop of Doncaster), Philip North (Bishop of Burnley) and Robin Gamble (Diocese of Leeds Adviser for Church Growth). See 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
The Governors at Westminster Primary School wish to appoint an inspirational Headteacher for this rewarding leadership role. The school is seeking a strong leader and team player who will build on existing strengths to ensure the school achieves its ambitions for excellence and success at every level. 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 Gareth Howles to be Priest in Charge of Farsley (Leeds EA)

Revd Canon Philip Gray to resign as Incumbent of Ilkley St Margaret with effect from March 2021
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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