Generosity week is coming to the Diocese of Leeds from 26th September through to 3rd October. During this week we invite you to hold services, run group sessions, broadcast podcasts and distribute readings on the theme of generosity to your community. Find out more, including how to book on to a choice of webinars, by going to our Generosity Week page.
The Ecclesiological Society, in partnership with the Leeds Civic Trust, are pleased to announce the launch of an important conference in Leeds Minster on Saturday, September 11 celebrating the building’s unique and influential heritage. Organisers have been working hard to ensure attendance at the conference is available either ‘live’, in the Minster, or via Zoom, and are proud to present an all-day programme of six speakers who will talk on various themes from the Minster’s multifaceted history. At 5.30pm, there will also be a specially arranged service of Evensong, sung by the outstanding choir of Leeds Minster, led by Master of the Music, Alex Woodrow. Further information and how to book can be found here.
Climate grief is normal. If we understand what’s happening to the planet and how that impacts all humanity then we are inevitably going to be anxious. How as Christians should we talk about this grief in our churches? What pastoral support do we and others need? And how can we allow God to use these powerful feelings to care for His people and planet? Hannah Malcolm, 2019 Theology Slam Winner, and Grace Thomas will sensitively guide us though a morning of inspiration and interaction, to enable us to be better informed and improve our mental health.
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. It is designed to equip you for life, work and leadership. The scheme runs from September to July and involves practical placements, training and community living. To find out more get in touch with Joanna, our director of interns, at Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org
Following a successful pilot scheme supported by the Diocese of Leeds, the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) has launched its new digital service. Since its introduction in January 2020, churches across the country have been signing up to the PGS and it is now the preferred way to give for the Diocese of Leeds and the Church of England’s recommended planned giving scheme. The scheme offers parishes a proven way to boost levels of income, along with a myriad of other benefits for parishes and givers alike. The new digital service provides donors with an alternative online method for setting up regular giving by direct debit, complementing the existing telephone service and paper gift forms. Find out more here.
In this video our lead stewardship officer, Becky, explains what a Giving Review is. We recommend that every church PCC conducts a giving review every single year. A giving review is not a financial review, it looks at giving as an act of Christian Discipleship and asks what are we doing as a generous church. Find out more about Giving Reviews and ways to build a generous chruch here.
What does it look like to be called by God? Hear from our Director of Ordinations and Vocations, Derek Walmsley, and some special guests, in time for this year's Vocations Sunday!
The passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is a time for both prayer and gratitude for a life of devoted service, says Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines in a sombre reflection.
A year on from the first lockdown caused by Covid-19, the Church of England along with hundreds of other organisations is coming together to remember those who have died, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved. Here is a reflection and a prayer from our diocesan bishop, the Rt Revd Nick Baines.
The Parish Giving Scheme is an established planned giving scheme for churches that was launched across the Diocese of Leeds in January 2020. Here is a short testimony from Wendy, Treasurer and Church Warden at Wortley and Farnley, who explains how the PGS has helped them. More testimonies can be found on the Diocese of Leeds YouTube page. Find out more about the scheme at www.leeds.anglican.org/pgs