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
Church leaders with a desire to see their communities flourish are encouraged to join one of three newly created Growth Groups, designed to create a space for mutual learning, encouragement, sharing and prayer. Churches growing spiritually, numerically and in their mission to share the Gospel is at the heart of the vision and strategy for the Diocese of Leeds. For each group starting in May or September, the aim is to gather leadership teams from up to twelve churches who will meet every two months to focus on one of seven key steps for growth, based on the Leading your Church into Growth (LyCiG) teaching material. To register your interest contact Robin on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Rhythm of Life Lent Course starts this week. This is a standalone course that can serve as a stepping stone for further engagement with the Rhythm of Life. There will be six sessions, with online materials, for use with Zoom. A leader’s guide will be available. Sessions will provide an opportunity to engage with the seven Rhythm of Life areas for deepening commitment: Praying, Reflecting, Encouraging, Sharing, Resting, Celebrating and Creating. Each session will be 90 minutes in length, including a 10 minute break. The framework will consist of video clips, Bible passages, discussion questions, break out groups for discussion and prayer. It is offered as a way of helping us benefit more fully from the Rhythms of God’s grace in our current circumstances. Find out more here and how to join the diocesan led course if your church is not running one already.
Last week close to 100 people participated in an online event to explore the recently released GRA:CE report by THEOS and the Church Urban Fund which explored the relationship between social action and evangelism, finding a strong connection between growth, social action and discipleship. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, the report’s author Hannah Rich, Senior Researcher at THEOS before discussing the implications for their churches’ mission. The event was jointly organised by the Bishop’s Advisor for Church Growth Robin Gamble and Wellsprings Together, the joint venture between the Diocese of Leeds and the Church Urban Fund. Watch the recording of the event here.
Scargill House in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales is sadly not able to welcome people in person at the moment, but they’ve created an exciting online programme to help you through the latest lockdown. With retreats, a virtual pilgrimage, sessions on mindfulness, enneagram and quiet days, there’s something for everyone to dip in to. For more information on how to join in, visit their website www.scargillmovement.org They look forward to welcoming you!