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!
At the start of 2021, parishioners are invited to join and take part in a number of supportive online communities set up by the Diocese of Leeds. Hosted on Facebook, these groups and pages have been created to offer a safe space to share tips, good news and ideas. Each has its own particular emphasis and details of each one can be found below. www.facebook.com/groups/leedscofecommschampions - digital church www.facebook.com/groups/leedscofecameraclub - camera club www.facebook.com/groups/safetogetherness - COVID support www.facebook.com/groups/LeedsCandY - children and youth www.facebook.com/groups/EnvironmentDioceseofLeeds - environment www.facebook.com/groups/dioceseofleedsdisability - disability and inclusion www.facebook.com/VocationsLeeds - vocations www.facebook.com/MoneyForMission - church finance www.facebook.com/leedschurchgrowth - church growth www.facebook.com/riponlaytraining - lay training in Ripon
In ordinary years, Yorkshire’s farming community would be celebrating Plough Sunday at Ripon Cathedral today, but with the traditional service unable to take place, Bishop Helen-Ann, Bishop of Ripon, has made a short video to mark the important event. The service, held in conjunction with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, dates back to the Middle Ages when the ploughs were blessed and prayers offered for God’s continuing providence.
God becomes unmasked with the birth of Jesus, explains Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines in his Christmas message after an extraordinary year. In a special video, Bishop Nick thanks everyone across our diocese for keeping hope alive, when the world has seemed sometimes dark and fearful.
The rebirth of Holy Trinity, Boar Lane is nearly complete as builders put the finishing touches to the new-look city centre worship hub. The Revd Sam Corley, Rector of Leeds, and Lisa McIntyre, DAC Secretary, take a tour of the building and share some of the changes that have been made.
Enjoy again the wonder of the Nativity story this Christmas. Presented by Church of England primary schools across our diocese.
A special Christmas film featuring various groups from the City of Bradford. It features a host of individuals, groups and places including: the Rt Revd Toby Howarth (Bishop of Bradford), City of Bradford Brass Band, Bradford Cathedral Choir, Doreen Lee (Lord Mayor of Bradford), the Khidmat Centre, a Persian asylum seeker from the Sharakat Project, Churches Together in Burley-in-Wharfedale and a farming family on Addingham Moorside.
Here are some of our staff from the Diocese, performing this original version of O Little Town of Bethlehem for us this Advent. For more carols from around our diocese visit our Advent 2020 section here.