Diocesan e-news
Welcome to the e-news for January 10

A very Happy New Year to all our readers and welcome to the first e-news
of 2019 with the latest events, resources, news and more.
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Bradford Cathedral launched its centenary celebrations with special Epiphany events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Parish Church of St Peter, Bradford becoming the Cathedral of Bradford. Bishop Nick attended and provided a powerful talk to a large audience, entitled: "Going back a different way: being Christian in a p opulist world" which addressed pressing modern issues. Read more here
A record number of pilgrims, around 2000, have taken part in this year’s Boxing Day Pilgrimage from Ripon Cathedral to Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire. It was the first walk to be led by the Area Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd. Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, installed almost a year ago. Read more here
New Year's resolutions will inspire many people to get healthy and the Diocese wants to hear from parishes where church space or fellowship is helping foster physical activities at the start of 2019. Fit and Faithful is a month-long social media campaign inviting everyone to share the health and fitness activities in their parish by using #fitandfaithful when posting on social media. Read more here
Invitation to join in German Christian celebrations 2019
The 2019 Kirchentag celebration organised by the Protestant church in Germany takes place in Dortmund this year and many from the Diocese will make their way to join in, says Archdeacon of Pontefract, Peter Townley. In 2017 some 150,000 Christians took part in events in Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Erfurt and Wittenburg. A meeting for anyone interested in going to this year's event will take place at Church House, Leeds on Tuesday, February 1 2. Read more here
The next Rector of the Priory Church, Bolton Abbey, will be the Revd Nicholas Mercer. He is currently the Rector of the Falkland Islands, a parish which includes South Georgia and the British Antarctic Territories. Prior to this Nicholas served in the Army Legal Services as a Captain for 20 years, posted in Northern Ireland, Bosnia Herzegovina, Germany, Iraq and Cyprus. The Institution and Induction Service will take place on Monday 1 A pril 2019 at 7pm at Bolton Priory.  Read more here
Around the Areas
The Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford, braved the bad weather at the start of December to join other members of the city’s faith communities in establishing a new urban forest in Bradford as part of the EcoCathedral project. The idea has seen many groups planting trees in the reclamation area near Canal Road. The former a llotments are slowly being transformed into what will eventually become an urban forest. Read more here
Christ Church Sowerby Bridge has celebrated the end of a 12 month funding campaign with new lights that shone just in time for the Christmas celebrations. The Sowerby Bridge Church commissioned a new responsive lighting scheme to replace old wiring and 1970’s fluorescent tubes. Th e project demonstrates that even with a building dating from 1821 meaningful, sustainable and vital changes can be made to its carbon footprint. Read more here
Folks of all ages have been keeping active in an unusual way at a church in the village of Lofthouse. The Indoor Curling Cafe , run at Christ Church Lofthouse, launched last October and has quickly gained a regular following of enthusiastic 'curlers' who enjoy fortnightly matches. It provides an opportunity "for everyone, young and not-so-young, able-bodied and not-so-able-bodied to take part and compete against each other." Read more here
Ribblehead recently played host to a group of Muslim and Christian women who came together to explore their faith, build relationships and talk about shared issues of concern. Organised by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust in partnership with the Revd Anne Russell, the event was a reflective and open encounter which offered the opportunity to foster un derstanding, counter stereotypes and find solidarity in problems of mutual concern. Read more here
Special bargains are on sale at Normanton's parish church to help pay for an exciting reordering of the church building that commenced at the start of January. On Sunday the congregation of All Saints, Normanton had their last service in their Grade 2* Listed Building whilst the development, which will include new underfloor heating, energy efficient LED lighting, accessible toilets, recarpeting throughout and a digital PA system began.  Read more here
Former Ripon vicar turned bishop, Mark Tanner, is to lead a weekend for men from across the Yorkshire Dales early next year.  Bishop Mark, who is now the Bishop Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle, but was the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church Ripon will speak at a ' Men of the Dales ' weekend from February 1-3  Find out more here 
Spring Harvest , the national teaching and worship conference returns for a second year to Harrogate from April 13 to 17. Next year the conference will be celebrating its 40th birthday, and as well as offering inspirational teaching and worship there are extensive children and youth activities. Find out more here
Every Parish is encouraged to have a disability representative . This important training day on January 26 outlines the role of the disability rep and explains the support and information available. The event takes place in Huddersfield, and is open to all, with future training events are being planned in other parts of the diocese. It is for existing reps and those considering the role.  Find out more here
On  Wednesday 6 January Honorary Assistant Bishop Colin Buchanan will be delivering a Ecclesiastical Law Society lecture, 'The transferable vote – a Hundred Years of Anglican Experience’, marking the centenary of the Church Assembly, which in 1970 became the General Synod. The event takes place at Church House Leeds and starts with refreshments at 5pm.
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
"Take responsibility for your discipleship ...join the online learning community" urged Bishop Nick at the close of last years Diocesan Lay Conference. The Digital Learning Platform is full of great information - and you can join up now by visiting it and registering here
The January 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.
A 12 week course being led in 4 different locations starts in January. Ever wondered what theology means and how to study it? Need some guidance on how to dig a bit deeper? This introductory course may well be for you. Find out more here
The free monthly printed news for February will be delivered around the diocese next week -   check pick-up points and where your church's are here. Next month, the launch of Bradford Cathedral's centenary year, record numbers for the Boxing day Pilgrimage, a new Rector of Bolton Abbey and an invitation to Germany.
 .. .is the name of Bishop Nick's blog, which also includes his Thought for the Day and Chris Evans show scripts. Take a look at it here
Bishop Nick's appearances in the House of Lords are recorded here .
A centenary prayer read by the Rt. Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, on Sunday 6th January 2019 at Bradford Cathedral. This prayer was read as part of a day of events that celebrated the Epiphany and launched the C athedral's Centenary Year in 2019. Watch the video here.
Bishop Nick has filmed a Christmas Day video message for our website and social media platforms. Watch the video or read his message here.
In the first of a series of new videos from the Vocations department, three assistant curates, Abbie, Rolf and Erik share their stories of how they felt called to ordained ministry in the Church of England. Watch the video 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 Tracey Raistrick to be Interim Minister of St John’s Ingrow (Bradford EA)

The following canonries are to take place at:
Bradford Cathedral 
The Revd Mike Cansdale - Honorary Canon
The Revd Kathia Shoesmith - Honorary Canon
The Revd Phil Stone - Honorary Canon
The Revd Michael Wood - Honorary Canon
Ripon Cathedral
The Revd Brendan Giblin - Honorary Canon
The Revd Veronica James - Honorary Canon
The Revd Matthew Peat - Honorary Canon
The Revd Penny Yeadon - Honorary Canon
Mrs Debbie Child - Honorary Lay Canon 
The Revd Leslie Newton - Ecumenical Canon
Mr Richard Noake - Capitular Canon 
Wakefield Cathedral
The Revd Sandra Benham– Honorary Canon
The Revd Rachel Firth– Honorary Canon
The Revd Vaughan Pollard– Honorary Canon
Mrs Jane Evans– Honorary Lay Canon
Mr Irving Warnett– Honorary Lay Canon
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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