Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for April 4

Welcome to the latest Enews with events, resources, news and more.
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Education experts from across our diocese and beyond have gathered for the Annual Senior Leaders’ Conference held in the heart of Leeds. Some 200 delegates took their seats at the Queen's Hotel to be welcomed by Bishop Jonathan Gibbs, chair of the Diocesan Board of Education and Richard Noake, Diocesan Director of Education. Read more here
The very first Social Media Skills Camps will be held across our diocese this Summer. In this initiative, lead by the Diocese of Leeds Communications team, these special events will bring people together who are familiar with current trends and platforms for an evening to discuss and discover how social media can be best used to spread the Good News of Jesus.  Read more here
Rock legend Ian Anderson is bringing his Christmas Jethro Tull Concert to a brace of our cathedrals this December. Tickets have just gone on sale for a gig at Wakefield Cathedral on Friday, December 6 to help raise funds and fly the flag for the Christian tradition. And the band will then head north to play Ripon Cathedral the following evening. Read more here
Vicky Bell has been appointed as Pioneer Evangelist in the Bradford Centre of Mission to work alongside co-founder Tracy Milne. Vicky will begin the new role in her home town on Monday, April 23. Looking ahead to her new role Vicky says: "I am very excited to continue working with Sorted and to share the Gospel with the young people who live on the estates where I grew up." Read more here
"Green Journey", a package of energy services provided for churches in the Diocese of Leeds, has renewed its partnership with energy procurement specialist Green Energy Consulting (GEC). At the end of a successful four year partnership, the bundle of services was retendered in February in a process run by the Diocesan Energy Services Scrutiny Group. Read more here
Authorised spiritual directors are on hand across the diocese to help worshippers journey further in prayer with Jesus. "Did you know there are currently 93 people in the diocese, lay and ordained, who make themselves available to support you on your Christian journey of discipleship?" said Canon Paul Maybury, Diocesan Spirituality and Prayer Coordinator.  Read more here
A second caravan offering free breaks on the beautiful North Yorks coast has been declared open by Mothers’ Union Chaplain, Ven Peter Townley, Archdeacon of Pontefract. He led prayers and blessed the latest upgraded MU caravan, which is at the highly-rated Primrose Valley site, close to Filey beach. Read more here
Clergy keen to fulfill lifelong dreams, make pilgrimages or even take art courses while on sabbatical next year could qualify for cash help from Ecclesiastical Insurance. The insurance company has now opened its popular Ministry Bursary Awards (MBAs) to applications for 2020 clergy sabbaticals. Read more here
Around the Areas
Addressing the roots of extremist views in Bradford is one of the tasks now facing Bishop of Bradford, Rt Revd Toby Howarth, who is to head the district’s Stronger Communities Partnership Board. The Board is a partnership between strategic leaders, the voluntary, private and faith sectors and local people who live in Bradford. Read more here
As Brexit storms thunder on, Bishop of Huddersfield Jonathan Gibbs has preached in Dresden's Frauenkirche , rebuilt after being destroyed by Allied bombing in the Second World War. Bishop Jonathan gave the sermon in German at a special service last month and drew on his international life experiences to call for Christian clarity in precarious political times. Read more here
After over 80 years as a chorister, Peter Davis, a member of St Mary’s Church in Garforth, has finally decided to hang up his robes. Peter, pictured with the Revd Jane Brown, vicar of St Mary’s in Garforth, and Gillian Hainsworth, Director of Music at St Mary’s, was presented with the Royal School of Church Music’s loyal service medal in recognition of the many years of faithful service he has provided as a church chorister. Read more here
Children from Barnoldswick CoE Primary School have received an imaginative introduction to Easter. Revd Sheena McMain used material from the Experience Easter project and on March 27 and 28, six "stations" were set up around Holy Trinity Church, Barnoldswick, which brightly told the story from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection. Read more here
Private paradises will be open to all this summer when thousands of visitors will flock to the picturesque village of Cawthorne, South Yorkshire for its Open Gardens weekend. Fundraising from the event will go towards repairs to All Saints' Church, the Exodus children's charity in Barnsley and village organisations.  Read more here
Spring Harvest , the national teaching and worship conference returns for a second year to Harrogate from Saturday, April 13 to Wednesday, April 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
Churches across different denominations and traditions are joining together in the North Yorkshire town of Wetherby to host the Riding Lights Theatre Company . Preluding Holy Week, the internationally renowned theatre group will be presenting their passion play, The Narrow Road, at St James’ Church on Friday, April 12 as part of their national tour. Find out more here
The Merry Opera are performing a dramatised pe rformance of Handel’s Messiah, first at Dewsbury Minster o n Saturday, April 13 at 6.30pm then at Halifax Minster on Sunday, April 14 at 7pm. Twelve strangers seek spiritual comfort in their struggle to understand the world. Singing together in a church, they inspire each other to pick up the ragged ends of their faith and look to the future with hope.  
Lamps Theatre Company are performing their passion play at Bradford Cathedral on Monday, April 8. Performed by a cast of three talented professional actors, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus are recreated in a moving, memorable and ultimately joyful retelling of the Easter events. For more details and to book a place follow this link.
Explore what God's call might mean for you with others thinking about the same thing with a speaker, food and resources to help your discernment. This quarter's Fellowship of Vocation speaker is Derek Walmsley, the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations. For further details and to book a ticket, visit this page on the Digital Learning Platform.
From 4pm on Maundy Thursday to 4pm on Easter Monday, Parcevall Hall are offering various options for an Easter Retreat. Guests are welcome to visit for a day, stay overnight or for the whole Easter weekend if they wish. Prices vary depending upon the type of retreat. For more information and to access the retreat schedule plea se follow this link.
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 March 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 released. 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 April was delivered around the diocese on March 15 -   check pick-up points and where your church's are here. This month's issue includes: the national launch of a Persian language Holy Communion at Wakefield Cathedral, installation of a new archdeacon of Richmond and Craven, a fact finding trip to Hanover and a new service for deaf Christians.
St James Church, Bolton near Bradford have a set of 5 choir vestments (blue cassocks and white surplices). They are a mixture of child and adult sizes and are going free to a good home. If you wish to make the most of this offer please contact the church via email on revsteve@boltonstjames.org.uk or admin@boltonstjames'org.uk
The Resource Hub has been launched to give churches access to logos, videos and stock photography to be used across their communication platforms. The hub, which can be accessed through A Church Near You for logged-in editors, contains high quality resources for use across websites, social media, print and even church TVs. Find out more here
 .. .is the name of Bishop Nick's blog, which includes his appearances in the House of Lords and can be viewed here .
Social Media Skills Camps
The very first Social Media Skills Camps will be held across our diocese this Summer. Here is a short video from Digital and Social Media Officer, Richard Earnshaw, who explains what they are all about. Watch the video here
St Paul's Ireland Wood has made a video to mark the first anniversary of the arrival of vicar Mark Harlow and some forty new worshippers from St George's Leeds. 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 David Carpenter to be Lecturer at Halifax Minster (house-for-duty) (Huddersfield 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 March 7. Area news stories to  enews@leeds.anglican.org   
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