Diocesan Enews
Welcome to the Enews for 16 July

The latest resources, news and more.
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Bishop Nick has written a letter of thanks and encouragement to all worshippers in our diocese for being the Body of Christ in the wider world throug hout the COVID-19 crisis. He has also filmed an accompanying video. Follow the link here to read his letter and watch the video.
Zoom surgeries on how our parishes can progress safely from lockdown have drawn audiences of 150 clergy and laity together. Organised by the diocesan Emergence Strategy Group, the two online sessions held so far were hosted by the Archdeacon of Ric hmond and Craven, Jonathan Gough and Diocesan Secretary Jonathan Wood. Read more here
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
A “magical” wedding took place in one of our churches on Saturday, July 4 after three months delay due to COVID-19 lockdown. St George’s, Leeds was the setting for one of England’s first “new normal” weddings, with social distancing, no singing and lashings of sanitiser. Read more here
The opening for worship for one of our churches was the lead news item on BBC Look North on Sunday, July 5. TV cameras were at St Edmund’s, Roundhay, Leeds, to capture Revd Nigel Wright welcome some 80 worshippers into the specially prepared church after three months absence. Read more here
A newly opened M&S Food store in Ripon has received a bishop’s blessing from the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley. The shop was originally due to open in April, but due to the current pandemic its opening had to be rescheduled. Bishop Helen-Ann was joined by Mayor of Ripon Councillor Eamon Parkin. Read more here
Wakefield Cathedral have produced a new hymn celebrating the things they have achieved during lockdown, which was shared as part of a recent fully digital choral evensong. The final hymn has words written by the Cathedral Precentor, Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders, and is set to Vaughan Williams’s stirring hymn tune normally sung as For All the Saints.  Read more here
Interns from across the diocese joined together for a final celebration to mark the end of a year of leadership development and discipleship. Each year from September to July the Leeds Diocesan Internship scheme offers an opportunity for participants to explore more of what it means to be a disciple of Christ and to serve his church.  Read more here
Online Events
On Monday, July 20 at 7pm a 75 minute online seminar hosted by the Dean of Bradford, Jerry Lepine will be taking place. It will feature Udy Archibong, Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford and Tony Parry, District Bishop for the New Testament Church of God. It will explore w hy this is such a significant moment to address racism and how we can contribute to change. Details can be found here.
A fun and interactive online course to learn about Children and Young People with Additional Needs and Disabilities in churches. This 2 hour course taking place on Monday, July 20 at 6pm will cover definitions of disability and additional needs, ways of working w ith children with additional needs, where to look for resources, and much more. Book a space here.
Welcome to a new season of drop in chats, webinars and discussion groups aimed at helping you and your church with your mission and ministry to care for God’s Creation. Follow this link to find out more and register. ' My Church's Carbon Footprint Is...' is the theme of the next online session, which takes place today at 2pm.
Riding Lights Theatre Company invites you to take the plunge and sign up for Summer Theatre School Online. With a long established reputation for unique creative holidays, they couldn’t let this year go by without a chance to have fun making theatre together from home, and this year will be taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Find out more 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 neares t live streamed Sunday service or prayer meeting. Follow this link to vie w the list and email communications@leeds.anglican.org if you want your church to feature.
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, clerg y 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.
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.
The latest edition of the Churc h 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 cours es . 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.
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.
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The Leeds Diocesan Internship Scheme is an amazing opportunity to explore more of what it means to be a discip le 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.
The Bishop of Leeds was the first to re-enter Wakefield Cathedral as it reopened for prayer and reflection on Wednesday, July 1 after more than three months in lockdown. Bishop Nick lit a candle on the altar and said a pr ayer for all those who have died during the pandemic and those who have lost loved ones, family and friends. Watch the video here
The Diocese of Leeds wish to appoint an Assistant Safeguarding Adviser to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Safeguarding is an integral part of the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Leeds and we believe everyone involved in church activities has a role to play as we deliver our commitment to creating a safer culture and a responsive service for all.  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
Bradford Cathedral are excited to share that they are looking for a new Income Development Officer on a full-time basis to build on the significant contribution that the previous postholder has made to the financial robustness of this cathedral.  Find out more here
The Parish of Baildon has an exciting new post and is seeking to appoint a new Director of Music as their current Director has been accepted for training for ordained ministry in September. The Parish of Baildon has a thriving musical tradition and music plays a central part in all their worship.  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 Canon James Allison to be Priest in Charge of St John Coley (0.5) and Priest in Charge of St Matthew Northowram (0.5).
Revd Mary Winter to be Community Priest (0.5) in the parish of Thorpe Edge.
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 Enews is published twice a month. The next edition will be sent out on July 30. Area news stories to enews@leeds.anglican.org   
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