Clergy from the Diocese of Leeds came together for the start of a new cricket season, competing in their first match of the 69th Church Times Cricket Cup against the Diocese's of Chester and Liverpool. Every year diocese's compete against one another to win a cricket competition which was first held in 1951. It brings together Diocesan teams from across the country, with just over half of English Dioceses submitting teams. Teams can consist of both men and women and the tournament brings a friendly rivalry between the country’s Dioceses. This year we will be following the teams progress via a video blog, sharing their time together and journey to try and win the Church Times Cricket Cup for the first time. The second match will be against the Diocese of Manchester on Monday, May 20th followed by further fixtures against the diocese's of Lichfield, Carlisle and Blackburn.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club have welcomed a new club chaplain at the start of the cricketing season. The Right Reverend Chris Edmondson, the former Bishop of Bolton and Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Leeds, has succeeded the Canon Max Wigley following 15 years in the role. Read more about it here on our website.
Archbishop Justin Welby is inviting all Christians to join together in 10 days of prayer from Ascension to Pentecost; to pray for those whom we love, who do not know they are loved by God. Find out more about the Church of England's daily prayer resource at www.churchofengland.org/TKC
The very first Social Media Skills Camps will be held across our diocese this Summer where people will gather to learn and share their knowledge. In this initiative, lead by the Diocese of Leeds Communications team, these special events will bring people together who are familiar with current trends and platforms for an evening to discuss and discover how social media can be best used to spread the Good News of Jesus. If you wish to find out more about the social media training offered in the diocese please follow this link. Click here to book a place on a course.
It is already a year since 45 worshippers from St George's, Leeds joined with worshippers at St Mark's, Ireland Wood, in an exciting adventure in church growth. And to mark that anniversary, the combined Ireland Wood congregation has produced a video which tells their successful journey and honestly addresses early concerns about the innovative idea. Mark Harlow and his wife Kathryn, the associate priest, brought families with them to help rejuvenate and support the existing congregation as part of a Leeds Episcopal Area project funded by a successful bid for finance made by the diocese to the Church Commisioners. “Resource Churches are about leading into growth and developing a pathway of leaders," said Bishop of Kirkstall, the Rt Revd Paul Slater, who is overseeing the project. "The idea is to create a spiritual cascade, so St Paul’s Ireland Wood will eventually become a Resource Church itself and develop leaders who can help revitalise another church.”
On Thursday March 28, Leeds Diocese are running a special training day at St Peter’s Church, Gildersome called 'Talking about the 'E' Word'. By 'E' word we actually mean evangelism word. For so many in the church today, evangelism can be a scary concept and difficult to apply to our everyday lives. Therefore, this day aims to inspire and equip all involved in evangelism within the church. It will be lead by the Revd Canon Robin Gamble (Bishop's Adviser for Church Growth), Revd Canon Sophie Jelley (Diocese of Durham) and Revd Matt Woodcock (Diocese of York). They will help those attending think about the four basic skills and pieces of ministry involved in this great work: 1. Scattering seeds 2. Personal one to one 3. Running and presenting at evangelistic events 4. Organising an inquirers’ group If you wish to book a place or for more information please contact Robin at email@example.com
Over the last few years, strong links have been forged between schools in the Leeds Diocese and Tanzanian schools in Mara Diocese. Over time, schools in the Diocese of Leeds have helped raise funds for a huge variety of projects to help communities in Mara. These have included digging wells, building classrooms, providing text books and desks. There have been several trips made by teachers to visit their partner schools in order to strengthen these links and for teachers to have a better appreciation of Tanzanian life and to develop resources that schools can then use to further the children’s understanding. On February 16th a group embarked on the next visit. The team comprised of: Rev Maggie McLean, Rev Stephen Rochell, Ruth Randall (South Ossett/Kinyariri), Michael Walker (Ackworth Howard/Mshikmano), Tim Wildey (Crigglestone St James/Regata), Kate Morrison (Lindley Infants/Kwikerege), Kate Wilson (Windmill/Mugango) & Diane Norton (RE Adviser). During their trip in Mara they spent time visiting many of the schools, inlcuding one of the more rural link schools, Kinyariri. When the team arrived they were surrounded by little faces and hands desperate to say, ‘Jambo.’ The children had made flags to welcome them and sang as they walked. When they reached the school the team returned the greeting by singing a song called ‘Asante kwa kutukaribisha (thank you for your greeting),’ which delighted children and staff alike. To read more about the Tanzania Educational Visit, follow this link to their blog.
A brand new Anglican church backed by £4.6million is set to open in a former nightspot in Bradford’s City Park. The new Resource Church in Bradford’s City Park will be a friendly Christian worship centre that will reach out and embrace the whole community – welcoming the large resident student and business population in particular, alongside those who call the city centre their home. The project has been developed by the Bradford Episcopal Area of the Church of England Diocese of Leeds, supported by £3.1million from the national Church Commissioners’ Strategic Investment Board and £1.5million of local money. Here is a short message about the project from the Bishop of Bradford, Toby Howarth. For more information about the project please follow this link.
A new-style church to suit the needs of city workers will soon open for business at Holy Trinity, Boar Lane, Leeds, thanks to an £800,000 Church of England grant. Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane will offer special weekday services at times tailored to people’s busy lives and already has the backing of business leaders and Leeds City Council. The much-loved landmark on Boar Lane had faded as a spiritual presence in the city, with almost all its religious activity ceasing last summer. However, £802,376 from the national Church of England’s Strategic Development Fund means it will be reborn in 2019 as a place of weekday ministry designed to reach out and welcome city centre professionals with a start date scheduled for 2020 Some 80,000 people work within ten minutes walk of the church, which stands beside the Trinity Shopping Centre and 60,000 people walk past its doors every day. The project, which was proposed to Church Commissioners by the Anglican Diocese of Leeds, will be overseen by the Revd Canon Sam Corley, Rector of Leeds, who shares his thoughts alongside the Revd Lizzy Woolf and the Revd Joanne Seabourne. Read more about the project 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 Cathedral's Centenary Year in 2019. For more details about the centenary launch at Bradford Cathedral, including the script from a lecture given by Bishop Nick, please follow this link.