Diocesan Enews
Welcome to a Special Easter Edition

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Following Bishop Nick’s call to continue to celebrate this season online, lots of churches offered digital worship this Palm Sunday. For example, St George’s Church Leeds premiered their recorded Sunday service on YouTube, which included a video retelling of the Palm Sunday story, complete with costumes and tree branches. Read more here
No Palm Sunday processions or donkeys this year, but the glory of Easter will be shared by online worshippers, urges Bishop Nick in a letter to clergy sent today. "We can still re-live the events and significance of the day on our own or via social media," writes Bishop Nick in an Ad Clerum, printed in full below. "The same, of course, applies to Holy Week and Easter. Read more here
Extraordinary circumstances in Holy Week 2020 bring blessings and challenges, writes Bishop Nick in a letter to clergy, sent last evening. In his latest Ad Clerum during the COVID-19 pandemic, he gives hope that new ways of spreading the Good News will be born from a time of confusion. Read more here
The bishops of the Diocese of Leeds are sending our Sikh friends best wishes for the upcoming festival of Vaisakhi, which takes places on Monday Ap ril 13. The full message can be read by following this link to ou r website.
A new ecumenical support group in Masham is keeping vulnerable folk in the area well fed and supplied. Masham’s Shopping Angels are a small band of volunteers who collect and deliver food, prescriptions and pet s upplies, made up of clergy from St Mary the Virgin Church and Masham Methodist Church.  Read more here.
This Easter we are inviting people across our diocese to be apart of our 'pass the cross' video. All you have to do is film yourself passing the cross from left to right whilst saying 'Alleluia Christ has risen!' All the clips will then be edited together and shared t his Easter Sunday. If you are up for joining in, please film and send your video to communications@leeds.anglican.org.
Bishop of Huddersfield, the Rt Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs, has spoken openly of the personal importance of his new role as the Lead Safeguarding Bishop for the Church of England, which he commences this week. In a blog posted on the national Church of England website, Bishop Jonathan talks of how difficult memories from his childhood will help in the many aspects of his new role. Read his blog here
This Easter weekend, to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the churches across our diocese and the three cathedrals will be hosting digital services on their online platforms. On our website we have made a list of the church services and events being live streamed across the five areas. Find where your local service will streamed here
On Good Friday Wintershall Plays will be live streaming their Passion of Jesus performance on social media. Wintershall normally perform at Trafalgar Square each Easter, but this year will be providing a digital offering that will include interviews with cast members and testimonies from One Good Frida y organisers. The 'story' is one hour long followed by a recording of Passion 2019. Find more here
Spring Harvest Home is a completely free online conference programme with content suitable for everyone in the family. Starting on Monday, April 13 there is some amazing material all built around the 2020 theme of "Unleashed - The Acts Church Today". Never has there been a more appropriate time t o gather together as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together. Find out more here
A new Easter 2020 section of our website has been created, designed to give easy access to information and resources regarding Easter. It can be accessed via the banner on the home page and contains links to resources for families and clergy, along with a list of online streamed Easter services across our diocese. It also includes video messages from Bisho p Nick, released each day of Holy Week. Access it 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 nearest live streamed Sunday service or prayer meeting. Follow this link to view the list and email communications@leeds.anglican.org if you want your church to feature.
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.
Global Explorers is a fantastic, interactive teaching resource for parents that will help their children find out about global issues. They can take a virtual journey, build up interest and knowledge of the world around us. It features fascinating facts, quizzes, videos, lesson plans, worksheets and real-life stories of children all over the world! Visit www.globalexplorers.org.uk to access it!
A new COVID-19 web page, designed to give easy access to information and resources regarding coronavirus, has now been created on our website. 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
In a special edition of Money For Mission our stewardship, income generation and finance teams hope to answer some of the questions you may have around church finances at the moment. They also offer s ome helpful guidance and reassurance around giving in the current climate. R ead it here and find other editions on our website.
Each month Robin Gamble, the Bishop's Adviser for Church Growth in the Diocese of Leeds, produces a newsletter offering powerful reflections and thoughts about church growth, along with the latest information with regar ds to resources and events. Follow this link to read the newly released April edition.
On the Digital Learning Platform there is a new learning community called Cabin Fever (COVID19). A place to support one another, find activities, share online resources and chat about current concerns an d possible solutions during this time of lockdown. Find it here and sign up to the learning platform to find other great training and resources.
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.
 .. .is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here .
Robin Gamble, the Bishop's Advisor for Church Growth in the Diocese of Leeds, has started a new series of Youtube talks looking at the stories and life of Jesus, and how it resonates with us at this cornavirus time.  View the most recent one here.
Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, has produced a series of Holy Week thoughts released each day on our social media platforms and website. Follow this link to catch up on the video messages published so far.
Live streaming has become an important way for churches to stay connected and ensure everyone is able to access events and serv ices, even when people are unable to physically attend. Here , our Digital and Social Media Officer, Richard Ea rnshaw, presents 10 easy steps for live streaming through Facebook and on a smart phone.
They will be responsible for supporting the Bishop’s Senior Staff with the delivery of the strategic programme. The role will ensure that strategic projects are delivered on time, within scope and budget. The Programme Manager will provide oversight of the strategic programme from inception of ideas through implementation to delivery of projects, ensuring change outcomes are well-defined, appropriately prioritised, and delivered to plan.  Find out more here
The Governors at East Morton Primary School in Keighley wish to appoint an inspirational Headteacher for this rewarding leadership role . Please follow the link here to find out more information and an application pack. 
We are looking for someone who would enjoy working within a committed and collaborative team, to be priest-in-charge of the parish of Christ the King in Battyeford (West Yorkshire) whilst also teaching and supporting students for lay ministry within the School of Ministry of the Diocese of Leeds.  Find out more here
Useful links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact: 
Jenny Price 07800 740001 
Jenny Leccardi  07872 005189 or
 Narinder Lyon  07872 005309
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