Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for March 7

Welcome to the latest Enews with events, resources, news and more.
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Wakefield Cathedral has hosted a special service to launch the Church of England’s first Persian language translation of Holy Communion to further engage with the growing numbers of Iranians in our congregations. Some 500 Iranians from across the country packed into the cathedral and were welcomed by its Dean, the Very Revd Canon Simon Cowling and Subdean Revd Canon Tony Macpherson. Read more here
A delegation from our diocese has just returned from a bridge-building trip to Hanover, Germany. Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, along with the Revd Dr Hayley Matthews, Diocesan Director of Lay Training, and the Revd Derek Jones, curate in Little Horton, Bradford, travelled to Hanover for a four-day exploratory visit, getting to know the context of the Church there, and meeting with various lay and clergy representatives. Read more here
The new Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven, Canon Jonathan Gough, will be installed at Ripon Cathedral this Sunday and is looking forward to working with clergy and laity in rural ministry. Jonathan, who previously served as the Assistant Chaplain General to the British Army, arrived in the Ripon Episcopal Area last month and will be installed by Bishop of Kirkstall, the Rt Revd Paul Slater at the 3.30pm service on Sunday, March 10. Read more here
General Synod has approved legislation increasing flexibility for worship schedules in multi-parish benefices. Synod voted strongly in support of changes allowing churches in group ministry to rotate services without explicit permission. Existing legislation had required that Morning and Evening Prayer be said each day in every church and Holy Communion be held each week in every church. Under the new legislation, the same services need only need be held in one church within a benefice, at the same regularity.  Read more here
Lent is upon us - the spiritual time of repentance in the Christian calendar which offers a chance to say sorry to God. For many people Ash Wednesday was the start of a period of prayer, fasting and repentance, which lasts throughout the forty (week) days of Lent to Easter Day. Across our diocese, the ashes, made from the palm fronds woven into crosses for last year’s Palm Sunday, were used to mark the sign of the cross on people’s foreheads. Read more here
Around the Areas
Jesus Weeps for Peace is the title of a special Palm Sunday event to be held at Bradford Cathedral , featuring inspirational stories from one of the world’s most deeply conflicted areas. The evening event will focus on the relevant experiences of two women, Hedva Haymov and Shireen Awaad. Read more here
Halifax Minster hosted the funeral of former ‘Class of 92’ coach Eric Harrison. Mourners attending the funeral included many notable names from the football world, including David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson who provided a eulogy. Reverend Hilary Barber, Vicar of Halifax who officiated, said: “Eric led a full life on earth, and in his life he created a legacy within the football world, and of a loving family man.” Read more here
A Tweet Up of social media users from churches and cathedrals across the Diocese of Leeds took place at Church House to encourage and inspire those seeking to make the most of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The event brought together church goers to listen to guest speakers who shared presentations about online interaction and the use of social media.  Read more here
"Bring Parliament to the Dales to learn the tough realities of Northern farming," says Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley in a recent Yorkshire Post opinion piece . The Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann, Bishop of Ripon, speaks for the Diocese on rural issues. Read the full article here
Five new Honorary Canons have been installed at Wakefield Cathedral in recognition of their ‘heavy lifting’ in the service of Christ, to help make Jesus known across the young Diocese of Leeds. The Sunday afternoon choral evensong included the first installation of canons led by the recently appointed Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Simon Cowling, who described it as “a great day for the cathedral, welcoming five new honorary canons who all bring their individual gifts and talents.”  Read 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
Explore Churches is a website supported by the National Churches Trust which enables visitors to search for their nearest historic church. A new area of the website has been introduced, which will bring special experiences in sacred places, for tour operators and their clients. On Monday, March 18, at Church House Leeds, a training day will introduce you to planning, pricing delivering and promoting an experience at your church; to bring churches income and visitors. Find out more here
Mother's Day Runaways are taking place, on March 30, in some of the churches in our diocese. If you find Mothering Sunday painful for whatever reason, this reflective service has been designed with you in mind. These informal gatherings aim to help acknowledge the bittersweet emotions surrounding Mothering Sunday. Offering the space to grieve, teaching us how to lament and inviting the God who loves us into our stories of struggle. See our events diary for the churches holding a Mother's Day Runaway.
A day of prayer org anised by the Bradford Area Prayer and Spirituality Team will be taking place on Saturday, May 18 at Haworth Road Methodist Church. All are invited to this day of prayer which will include: reflection on God in the scriptures, listening to God, silence and storytelling. Refreshments available from 9:30am for a 10am start. To book a place, please contact Nicholas Clews: 01274 662735 or nicholas.clews@leeds.anglican.org
Previously the Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard is now an assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Leeds. He is an author of many books, most recently Five Events that made Christianity. In this series of three addresses, The Elusive God, at Bradford Cathedral , Bishop John will explore how we live our faith when it feels like a struggle.
A training day for current or prospective volunteer lay trainers is to take place at the Bingley Trinity Centre on Monday, March 25. Starting at 10am, this Train the Trainer Workshop aims to encourage confidence and skill in delivering courses. The day will include models of teaching and learning, confident leadership and using the Digital Learning Platform. Find out more here
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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 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 March was delivered around the diocese on February 15 -   check pick-up points and where your church's are here. This month's issue includes: national funds which will boost city centre church projects, a special birthday in Wakefield, honorary canons taking their place at Ripon Cathedral and a repair service for wonky donkeys.
Andrew Burnett (pictured) is a member of Outwood Church and is offering his services as a DJ to any church wanting to organise a musical event. Andrew specialises in 50s and 60s music and has previous experience of contributing to events in Outwood. If you wish to know more or enquire about a booking, please contact Andrew on 01924 827575 or 07960389429.
For the past 20 years, Green Pastures have been buying property and providing experienced support for churches and Christian charities so that they can reach out and house the homeless in their area. In December 2018 they reached a total of 1,000 bed spaces providing homes and holistic care for homeless and vulnerable people across the UK. They also offer an ethical investment opportunity earning up to a 5% return whilst helping to end homelessness. To find out more, go to greenpastures.net
 .. .is the name of Bishop Nick's blog, which includes his appearances in the House of Lords and can be viewed 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
On Thursday March 28, Leeds Diocese are running a special training day on evangelism. For so many in the church today, evangelism can be a scary concept and difficult to apply to our everyday lives. Therefore, this day aims to inspire and equip all involved within the church. For more details watch this promotional video featuring Robin Gamble, Bishop's Adviser for Churc h Growth.
In February an educational group from the diocese embarked on a visit to the link Diocese of Mara in Tanzania. During their trip they spent time visiting many of the schools and received some very warm welcomes. Here is a short video of one of their visits to a school in Kin yariri. Watch the video here
Useful links & Information
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Jenny Price 07800 740001 
Jenny Leccardi  07872 005189 or
Narinder Lyon  07872 005309
Moves and Appointments
Rev’d Glenn Coggin to be Vicar of Stanley, Outwood and Wrenthorpe and priest in charge of Alverthorpe (Wakefield EA)
Revd Chris Chorlton to be Vicar of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham (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 March 7. Area news stories to  enews@leeds.anglican.org   
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