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Let the diocese pray daily until Pentecost,
invites Bishop Tony
Ascension Day is the start of ten days of faithful waiting and the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, has invited everyone in our diocese to join in daily prayer.

The national Church is also encouraging Thy Kingdom Come, a global wave of prayer by all Christians between Ascension Day (21 May) and Pentecost (31 May) for more people to come to know Jesus.

Reflecting on the unique and testing times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Tony writes:

“At a time when the whole world continues in anxiety – not simply about the usual things: what we shall eat, or drink, or wear, but anxiety for our bodies, our very breath and lives, and the lives of others, both our loved ones and strangers – the Church has a triple proclamation!

Christ has died: and by his death we are forgiven, healed and reconciled to God.

Christ is risen: and he shares the brilliance of his new life through his body, the Church.

Christ will come again: and as pledge of what is to come has given us the Spirit to dwell in our hearts!

Christ gives us, for our anxiety, his resurrection peace – not as the world gives, and but that which passes understanding.

It radiates from the stories of the empty tomb and the upper room, from the shores of Galilee and the hill of the ascension. He calls us not to be anxious about adding days to our lives, but to add life to our days!

That is why the last ten days of Easter culminate in the period between the Ascension and Pentecost: ‘waiting for the Father’s promise’ waiting for the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life.

It was Jesus himself who first instructed his disciples to observe those days in prayer: ‘he told them not to go away from Jerusalem, but ‘to wait for the Father’s promise’.

I would like you join me in Praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit, every day from Ascension to Pentecost joining with other Christians throughout the world with ‘Thy Kingdom Come ‘ call to prayer.

I hope that you will join me and many others each day until we celebrate Pentecost.”

Rt Revd Tony Robinson
Bishop of Wakefield
Our churches must stay closed, but clergy or a lay leader may now enter for private prayer or to stream worship, writes Bishop Nick. “These are extraordinarily demanding times for us all,” wrote Bishop Nick, in a letter to our clergy. “Please be patient and kind to all, as we continue to navigate this uncharted territory together." Read more here
A global prayer movement, characterised by mass public gatherings and worship, has been radically revamped due to Covid-19. Thy Kingdom Come has been tailored to enable churches, families and individuals to pray and worship in their homes, through a suite of adapted resources, some of which have been developed by Missional Generation, a Christian charity based in Leeds. Read more here
Dial-in services have been making sure that Church remains accessible to all in these difficult times. All Saints Church in Ilkley, along with the Benefice of Sutton with Cowling and Lothersdale have been running services each week in this fashion, reaching those who otherwise might be isolated from church at this time.  Read more here
Mothers’ Union members have stepped up their support for local communities across the diocese during the COVID-19 crisis. Meaningful keepsakes in the form of pairs of hearts to share with hospitalised loved ones have been knitted by MU members. And more than 1,000 essential items have been sent to local hospitals and community settings. Read more here
Fiona Beevers, a member of Bradford Cathedral, has been repatriated from Khartoum where she's been working as head teacher of an international school. Formerly Deputy Director of Education for the Diocese, Fiona witnessed a growing crisis affecting daily life of ordinary people. You can listen in or ask questions as she chats with Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Toby Howarth in a live Zoom webinar on Monday, May 25 at 4pm. Read more here
Personal spiritual growth can flourish despite limited personal freedoms, if we learn from aspects of monastic practices, suggests Diocesan Prayer and Spirituality Co-ordinator Revd Canon Paul Maybury. “If, like monks and nuns, we can see our new restrictions as a gift to us, then perhaps something of the rhythm of the monastery might be nurturing to us." Read more here
The Archers, Radio 4’s everyday tale of country folk, is also a casualty of COVID-19 with listeners now starved of new storylines – including Bishop of Ripon, Dr Helen-Ann Hartley. Writing affectionately in today’s Radio Times magazine, she confesses to being “a relatively new convert” and yearns for the return of the long-running series which chronicles life in the fictional village of Ambridge. Read more here
Artwork and uplifting messages have been sent to two care homes by the children and young people of St Stephen’s Church, Lindley. In response to the isolation of those in care homes, the Junior Church at St Stephen’s Lindley decided to send personal messages of encouragement to the residents of Beechwood and Cleveland House. Read more here
A church-run charity in Bradford is providing first class health, diet and fun advice to their local area with a wide range of online resources. Shine is a deep-rooted community charity based at St Stephen’s Church, working with the people of West Bowling to offer help and hope to anyone who walks through their doors – and that means “virtually” too. Read more here
Churches in our link diocese of Tarime in Tanzania will be able to help people wash their hands before services, thanks in part to a grant from the Diocese of Leeds. The grant has allowed the Diocese of Tarime to purchase gloves and liquid disinfectants for all the 44 churches and worship centres in the diocese, alongside special buckets with taps so water can be made available for everyone. Read more here
The Diocese of Leeds Lay Training Team are happy to announce that they are taking applications for three upcoming courses that will be beginning in the Autumn term 2020: Licensed Lay Ministry (fo rmerly Reader Training), Lay Worship Leaders' Course and Lay Pastoral Ministry Course. Find out more by reading their most recent newsletter.
Originally planned to be hosted in Leeds, the national church planting conference is going online on Thursday, June 25. It is designed to equip, stimulate and inspire people for the next season of ministry. They are bringing together mov ement leaders and speakers from England and further afield, as well as testimonies from church planters who are breaking new ground. Find out more and book a place here.
“Law and Life in the Anglican Communion” is the title of the first Ecclesiastical Law Society lecture to be held online. This lecture, the second in the ELS Northern Province Lecture series 2020, will be given by the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, and will take place on June 25. Find out more about the event here.
Bradford Cathedral are looking to recruit boys and girls from the age of 7 to become cathedral choristers. As a member of Bradford Cathedral Choir you receive a first-class education in music, regular free singing and theory tuition, the opportunity to meet other chil dren who love music, and the opportunity to sing at home and abroad. For more information please visit their website.
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.
An exchange trip, taking young people from Leeds to visit the link Diocese of Southwestern Virginia in the USA, will be taking place in July and August 2021. It is a great opportunity to meet other young people and participate in a variety of different experiences. Young people should be aged between 16-18 and it requires fundraising of £1500. To apply please follow this link and i f you have any questions, please email: virginiayouthexchange@leeds.anglican.org
The Diocesan Education Team have been involved in the new national Church of England initiative, Faith at Home. The campaign is aimed at equipping households to ex plore and grow in faith through inspirational experiences grounded in the new daily normal of the home. It will support school leaders, church leaders and parents by providing experiences, resources and guidance. It can be accessed here.

The 11 week programme will explore themes including Hope, Love, Humanity including one which Leeds DBE have contributed to the resourcing of on Courage.  The Education Team are also providing fortnightly ‘mini training’ communications to schools, to support staff and governors. The first one launched this week, foregrounds Faith at Home and can be found here.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. This year it will be taking place for 11 days from Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 31. Follow this link to find out more about the ways your church can get involved this year.
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.
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.
Lockdown is not Shutdown - read the latest edition of th e Growing Your Church newsletter , produced by Robin Gamble, the Bishop's Advisor for Church Growth in the Diocese. Find inspiring thoughts, resources and advice about all things church growth, particularly during this season of lockdown.
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
Like many businesses at the moment, Cornerstone Christian Books and Resources in Skipton, have had to change and adapt. Although many of their staff are on furloug h, they are still willing to be contacted and take orders. Take a look at their website here or why not like their page on Facebook ?
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 .
Lighthouse is a fresh expression of church based in the centre of Leeds, which reaches out to those battered and bruised by the storms of life. Here is a video, offering a glimpse into all the amazing work they have continued to do to serve and support people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch it here
Here is a video from St Matts, Leeds who are playing their p art in the Burley community of Leeds to support those in need during COVID-19. Watch their video here
Here are some top tips from our Digital and Social Media Officer, Richard, on how to live stream effectively at home . Watch their video 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.
This unique 3 -16 Catholic and Church of England Academy is looking for an outstanding senior leader, with a passion for the development of teaching and learning and a vision to inspire staff, pupils and parents.  Find out more here
This unique 3 -16 Catholic and Church of England Academy is seeking to appoint a visionary Headteacher to take their students to the next stage.  Find out more here
The Governors at Hipswell Church of England Primary School wish to appoint an inspirational Headteacher for this rewarding leadership role. The school is seeking a strong leader and team player who will build on existing strengths to ensure the school achieves its ambitions for excellence and success at every level.  Find out more here
Useful links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact: 
Jenny Leccardi  07872 005189 or
 Narinder Lyon  07872 005309
Moves and Appointments

Revd Amanda Grant to be Interim Priest-in-Charge of Shelley and Bishop of Huddersfield’s officer for work with children and young people.

Revd Dr Erik Peeters to be Priest in Charge of the Parish of Christ the King, Battyeford (0.7) in the Huddersfield EA and a Lay Training Officer (0.3).

Rev’d Tom Bates-Bourne to be Associate Priest in the Benefices of Grimethorpe with Bierley, Ryhill and South Kirby (Wakefield EA).
Useful Contact Details
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here  
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