Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 13 August

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Her Royal Highness, Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge has lent her support to Baby Basics centres across the UK, including at St Paul’s Ireland Wood, Leeds. She visited the headquarters of the Christian charity in South Yorkshire on Tuesday to lead a drive for donations, which has seen major retailers give more than 10,000 items to baby banks across the country. Read more here
He’s only done it again! Wakefield Cathedral chorister Charlie Trueman has made it to the semi-final of BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2020 competition - and this time it’s going to be on the television. Charlie who was a finalist in last year’s competition said he was really excited by the news - not least because he gets to meet his idol, Aled Jones. Read more here
Ripon Cathedral's origami art installation is now on display with some 10,000 paper angels flying high above the nave. The installation is part of their ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ project launched in May to support the vital work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Ripon Cathedral. Each angel reflects the prayers offered for those who have lost their lives to the coronavirus and those in front line services risking their lives for the sake of others. Read more here
Seven half marathons in seven days is the tough target for Revd Prof Simon Robinson, lecturer at Leeds Minster, who is running the ‘virtual’ Great North Run Challenge to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. As part of a family team, his daunting task will end on September 13 and is a fundraising effort linked to his wife’s tragic loss of both her sisters to cancer in under three years. Read more here
A public consultation on how best to avoid new divisions in society is being launched by the /Together coalition, whose Board of Trustees is chaired by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines. A major new poll by ICM suggests that most people feel the country is significantly less divided as a result of Covid-19. Read more here
A youth worker from one of our churches has shared experiences of youth ministry during lockdown in a new article. Natalie Jones, Youth Pastor for St Mark’s Harrogate, has written about how St Mark’s has been supporting young people in the area, what new things they have done and how the experience is helping them prepare for the future. Read more here
Churches across the Diocese will be revealing some of their best kept secrets as part of this year’s National Heritage Open Days Festival. Between the 11th and 20th September, everyone can uncover countless local hidden gems across the Diocese as heritage sites will open their gates digitally to reveal attractions not usually open to public view. Read more here
Gargrave gardens have gone global in support of their local church. Every year, gardeners in Gargrave fling wide their gates to welcome visitors in a fundraising event for St Andrew’s Church. In 2020 this has not been able to happen, but, rather than take a year off, the gardeners decided to share their gardens with the wider world by setting up a virtual garden trail. 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, including the wearing of face coverings, make sure to regularly visit our COVID-19 website section.
The Diocese of Leeds has launched a new appeal to support the church in Sudan as they work to help those impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more and how to donate here.
Online Events
Join Bradford Cathedral at 12 noon on Saturday, August 15 on their Facebook or YouTube channels for a special VJ Day service, including readings from the Lord Mayor of Bradford; the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire; The Rt Revd. Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds; and Anne Jay from the Burma Star Association, as well as music from the Bradford Cathedral choir.
We are not returning to the 'same old, same old' we are Re-Imagining the Church (Lockdown lessons meets The Acts of the Apostles). A webinar for the Diocese on Thursday, September 3 from 10.30am to 12.00pm with Sophie Jelley (Bishop of Doncaster), Philip North (Bishop of Burnley) and Robin Gamble. It's a joint venture between the diocesan communications and church growth teams. Book a place by sending an email to comms.training@leeds.anglican.org
On Tuesday, September 8 at 7.30pm a chance to find out more about the Diocese of Leeds Rhythm of Life initiative and have your questions answered. It will be hosted by Bishop of Wakefield, Tony Robinson. To register your interest and to receive the Zoom meeting link, please email RoL@leeds.anglican.org
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 first will take place on Tuesday, September 15 at 2pm. Follow this link to find out more and how to attend.
On Saturday, October 10 Blackburn and Chester Diocesan youth teams and the ‘Leading Your Church into Growth’ team are partnering to bring you an exciting new conference, ‘Leading Your Church into Youth Work’; to inspire, encourage and equip ministry with young people to start, grow & develop. For more information and how to book onto the day please follow this link.
The COVID-19 section of our website, designed to give easy access to information and resources regarding coronavirus, is continually updated. It can be accessed via the banner on the home page and contains links to Church of England advice for parishes, clergy and worshippers, plus downloadable material from the national church. Read more here
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.
It is with great sadness that the trustees of Cornerstone Book Shop announce that it will cease trading at the end of September. The shop will remain open until the end of September with the aim of selling as much stock as possible. Please continue to support Cornerstone by ordering books or resources by phone on 01756 793673 or email books@cornerstoneskipton.co.uk
The parish of Bardsey with East Keswick has recently reworked its monthly magazine, taking it online for the first time.The magazine combines a mix of articles of general interest with church news and information. This edition takes a closer look at some of the things people have been doing during 'lockdown'. Read more here
The latest edition of the Church Growth Newsletter is now available. Follow this link to find inspirational reflections from the Revd Canon Robin Gamble, Bishop's Adviser for Church Growth, up coming events and the latest Fresh Expressions news. Why not subscribe to the Church Growth mailing list to receive it regularly?
Throughout May and June the Communications Team ran a number of online training courses. Recordings of these can be accessed here on the Diocese of Leeds website. It includes training on creating video for church and how to use social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
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.
A great variety of resources, online training and learning communities can be found on the Diocese of Leeds Digital Learning Platform - and you can 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.
The Diocese of Leeds has launched an emergency appeal to support our brothers and sisters in Sudan. We are asking for funds for emergency food and supplies for those across the country who rely on the church for support or survival. Watch a video about the appeal here.
The Leeds Diocesan Internship Scheme is an amazing opportunity to explore more of what it means to be a disciple of Christ and to serve his church. Watch this video from Director of Interns, Joanna Seabourne, to find out more.
Bishop Nick addresses parishes across the diocese on the challenges of dealing with COVID-19. A version of the message translated into British Sign Language and with subtitles can also be found here.
St Augustine’s Church in Bradford are seeking a part-time administrator for 1.5 days a week – hours flexible. The deadline for applications is 6th September and interviews will take place on 14th September. Find out more here
St John's Church East Bowling is one of five Resourcing Churches in Bradford by the Anglican Diocese of Leeds. St John's particularly wants the Mission Apprentice to help the church develop its work with unchurched young people and develop forms of church appropriate for them. Find out more here
Christian Aid are looking to appoint a Schools Programme Administrator and a Global Neighbours Schools Programme Officer. Christian Aid believes that everyone, regardless of faith or race, is entitled to live a full life, free from poverty. As a charity they believe in tackling the root causes of poverty and their schools programme works to this end. Find out more here
St Matts is a newly-formed resource church in Leeds seeking to bless and renew Burley, Leeds and beyond. St Matts are looking for someone to undertake a short-term feasibility study to identify the potential for growing the work of the church in the parish of Burley and its vicinity. Find out more here
The St Hild Centre for Church Planting Relationship Manager role has been created to support the development and operation of the new St Hild Centre for Church Planting, part of St Hild College. Their aim is to equip people for church planting through effective networking, excellent mentoring and training, and high quality theological reflection in context. 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 Anthea Colledge to be Assistant Area Dean of the Headingley Deanery (Leeds EA)

Revd Canon Paul Tudge to be Canon Emeritus of Bradford Cathedral
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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