Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for November 28

Welcome to the latest Enews with events, resources, news and more.
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Bradford Cathedral has marked its centenary with an anniversary service to highlight its tremendous achievements. The cathedral, one of the three in our diocese, has run events, services, concerts and exhibitions throughout the year to celebrate its 100th birthday, culminating with a very special celebration on Sunday . Read more here
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has held a meeting with Diocesan Environment Officers about the Church’s response to environmental issues. Diocese of Leeds Environment Officer, Jemima Parker, coordinated a group of 8 en vironment officers from dioceses around the country to meet with the Archbishop at Lambeth Palace, London. Read more here
The Church of England has shared its updated advice on how churches can get involved in the election season, as well as their responsibilities while doing so. Read more here
Christian theology played a part in the stereotyping and persecution of Jewish people which ultimately led to the Holocaust, a new reflection on Christian-Jewish relations issued by the Church of England acknowledges. Read more here
Choirs across the diocese are gearing up for performances during Advent, including a thriving singing group in Settle who are borrowing the parish church. Langcliffe Singers will be performing a concert of English music on Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. in Settle Parish Church. Read more here
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, have called for discussions during this General Election season to be marked with humility and love in a new statement. See below for the full text, or click here for a video version of the call.  Read more here
Around the Areas
Life has mirrored art in aid of church improvements at Silsden, where the daring vicar has abseiled down St James’ tower. Revd David Griffiths decided to bring to life a comic image which local artist Martin Williamson had created for mugs and coasters to be sold of the church’s renovation appeal. Read more here
This year St John the Evangelist Golcar will go to the ball thanks to the writing skills of their new vicar, Fr Simon Crook. The church has a long history of staging community pantomimes, and Fr Simon was keen for the tradition to continue, so when no one else volunteered to produce a script this year he decided to write his first ever stage production, Cinderella. Read more here
Hard hats, scaffolding towers and a cherry-picker have been a regular feature at St James Church in Manston after undergoing a full lighting make-over. St James the Great, the Parish Church for Cross Gates in East Leeds, managed to raise £32,000 to complete the much needed works. Read more here
Qualified midwife Revd Andrew Steer has been warmly welcomed into the world of Gargrave with Coniston Cold and Kirkby in Malhamdale. Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, licensed him as priest in charge of both benefices at a packed St Andrews on Thursday, November 14. Read more here
An award-winning school, a Bishop’s breakfast and the Sisters of Horbury all featured in a recent visit to the Wakefield Area by the Archbishop of York. The Most Revd John Sentamu began his day as a guest at Bishop Tony Robinson’s monthly breakfast meeting for Wakefield’s business and community leaders. Read more here
On Friday, December 6 there will be Carols at Leeds Minster, with refreshments provided from 5pm in the Minster cafe to support the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal. There will also be music performed by All Saints Primary School and Abbey Grange Concert Band and Choir. Find out more here
The Parish Giving Scheme is being launched across the Diocese in January 2020. To mark this launch we hope you will be able to join one of the 5 special events organised to take pl ace in each Episcopal Area. To have your questions answered and find out how the PGS can help rejuvenate giving in your church, book your place at a launch event near you. Find out more here
On Sunday, December 15 from 3.30pm, come to Ripon Cathedral for a special Evensong, accompanied with a harp performa nce, to celebrate half a centenary of Ripon Cathedral's Choir performing Britten's Ceremony of Carols. This iconic piece of music was first introduced by Ronald Perrin, then Director of Music, to Ripon Cathedral some 50 years ago. Find out more here
Registration for the 2020 Dayschool of Leeds School of Theology is now open. An informal, accessible opportunity it aims to offer theological education which brings academic theology and missional practice together. The Leeds School of Theology is open to all and is an exciting opportunity for anyone wanting to gain a greater knowledge of God, Scripture and theology.  Find out more here
This December why not Quietly Contemplate Christmas at Parcevall Hall ? These two days towards the end of advent are an opportunity to enjoy simple pleasures, peace, calm and nourishment before the bustle of Christmas. The retreat will be from 4pm on Wednesday, December 18 - Friday, December 20. Find out more here
This advent season, Tearfund are coming to town with Cathy Burton, Yvonne Lyon, Paul Bell & David Lyon for their first Christmas Concerts tour. Come, all ye faithful, to St Peter's in Rawdon on Friday, December 13 and join the celebration in an evening of festive cheer with beautiful acoustic carols and original songs. 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
Friday, November 29 is National Gutters Day. Regular inspections of church buildings and clearing gutters prevents potential future high costs to PCCs for building repairs caused by leaking gutters and blocked downpipes. please remeber your friendly DAC officers and Ar chdeacons are always on hand to offer advice. Follow this link for some useful maintenance tips.
The free monthly printed news for December has been delivered around the diocese -   check pick-up points and where your church's are here. December's issue includes: a Christmas message from Bishop Nick, a report from Diocesan Synod and a German Choir delighting audiences across the Diocese.
An invitation to wonder and excitement is held in the Church of England’s Advent campaign for 2019. After popular demand, the Follow the Star camp aign is returning this year with 12 brand-new reflections for the Christmas period. Click here to access all of the printed and digital resources.
There's plenty going on around our Diocese in the world of Stewardship and Income Generation: exciting new training courses on offer as well as news and developments in funding.  Find out more by reading the latest Money for Mission newsletter.
"Take responsibility for your discipleship ...join the online learning community" urged Bishop Nick at the close of last year's 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 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, which includes his appearances in the House of Lords and can be viewed here .
Presidential address to synod
Watch the presidential address from Diocesan Synod in October. Urgent political business in Westminster meant that Bishop Nick Baines was absent from the Diocesan Synod, meaning his address was read out on his behalf by the Bishop of Kirkstall, The Rt Revd Paul Slater.  Watch the video here
Bishop Nick here introduces the Parish Giving Scheme. The Parish Giving Scheme is an established planned giving scheme for churches that will be launched across the Diocese of Leeds in January 2020. Watch the video here
The Diocesan Education Team wish to appoint a highly motivated, talented and effective education professional to the post of School Adviser: Leadership (Primary).  Find out more here
Love Christ? Love young people? Love the Dales? The Anglican Churches of Upper Wharfedale are seeking to appoint a gifted Youth & Children Worker to Project Reverb, an established Christian youth and children’s work project.  Find out more here
A new opportunity has arisen in the Benefice of Leyburn and Bellerby for an administrator. The postholder will be responsible for the administration of The Benefice, reporting to the Vicar of the Benefice. Find out more 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 Mark Oakley, Dean of Chapel at St John’s College, Cambridge has been appointed as Canon Theologian at Wakefield Cathedral
Revd Ian Sparks to be Priest in Charge of Greetland and West Vale (Huddersfield EA)
Revd George Spencer to be Priest in Charge of the Parish of Ravensthorpe and Thornhill Lees with Savile Town (Wakefield EA)
Revd Alan Maxwell to be Priest in Charge of the Parish of St George Ovenden (Huddersfield EA)
Revd Craig Marshall, to be Incumbent of the Lower Wharfedale Benefice (Ripon EA)
Revd Canon Alison Montgomery has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds
Revd Kevin Ward has been granted Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Leeds 
Useful Contact Details
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here  
Contact us with your news
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