In between Ascension Day and Pentecost churches and Christians across the world were encouraged to pray for people to come to know Jesus as part of the Thy Kingdom Come global prayer movement. Here is a video from St Matthias Church with Riverside in Leeds, sharing the experiences of some of their congregation and what they did to participate in Thy Kingdom Come this year.
Clergy from the Diocese of Leeds have competed in their third match of the 69th Church Times Cricket Cup against the The Diocese of Litchfield. The Diocese of Leeds one another competitive match, meaning they have now reached the knock out stages. Check out the teams third video blog here, sharing their time together and journey to try and win the Cup. Their next match was against the Diocese of Carlisle which took place on 10th June.
Enthusiasm for the future, positive financial news, the need to respect differing views and the Church of England’s ability to bridge Brexit divides all featured at the Diocesan Synod in Harrogate on Saturday, June 8. Bishop of Leeds, the Right Revd Nick Baines gave his first Presidential Address after returning from his sabbatical, which can be viewed here. To read more about what happened during diocesan synod follow this link.
We are really excited to welcome people from across the diocese on Monday, June 3 to a Social and Digital Media Day for Churches. We are privileged to be joined by The Church of England Digital team who will be presenting their knowledge and wisdom. Check out our video where one of the attendees Becky shares why she is looking forward to the day! Richard Earnshaw, Digital and Social Media Officer, also explains everything about the up and coming Social Media Skills Camps in 2019. For more inforation and to book onto one of our social media training events, follow this link.
This week clergy from the Diocese of Leeds competed in their second match of the 69th Church Times Cricket Cup against the The Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese of Leeds came back from the brink to win a very closely fought match with both teams doing their diocese's proud. A second victory in a row keeps their journey to the final alive and well. Check out the teams second video blog here, sharing their time together and journey to try and win the Cup. Their next match will be against the Diocese of Litchfield in a couple of week time.
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.”