Ever wondered how decisions are made regarding the future of our Diocese? Ever wondered who makes those decisions and why? Diocesan Synod is where it all happens, where confident Christians, clergy and laity of all ages gather three times a year at different locations for the debate and decision making that governs our direction. Check out our vlog, taking you behind the scenes and showing what synod is all about. For more information about Diocesan Synod and how to be involved please contact Heather Burge on Heather.Burge@leeds.anglican.org
Watch the presidential address from Diocesan Synod, which took place on Saturday, October 19. Urgent political business in Westminster meant that Bishop Nick Baines was absent from the Diocesan Synod, meaning his presidential address was read out on his behalf by the Bishop of Kirkstall, The Rt Revd Paul Slater. Read the full report from synod here.
The Bishop of Leeds, Rt Revd Nick Baines, here introduces the Parish Giving Scheme. The Parish Giving Scheme is an established planned giving scheme for churches that will be launched across the Diocese of Leeds in January 2020. Parishes in the Diocese can pre-register to join the Parish Giving Scheme prior to its official launch in January. The Parish Giving Scheme is currently being piloted across the Diocese until the end of 2019. For more information and to book onto a launch event near you, please visit the Stewardship and Income Generation pages of our website here.
On Tuesday, November 5 you are welcome to the W-Word Day at St Paul's Church, Morley. The W-Word is all about Worship. Whatever our tradition, this day seeks to explore how we can lead worship in a way which touches people with a warmth of humanity and the wonderment of divinity. How we can create a doable act of worship which welcomes, connects, interests and makes people want to come back to our churches. Special Guest Speakers include: Revd Neil Short – Neil planted St James in the City in the Diocese of Liverpool Revd Helen Bent – Helen is a musician with a wealth of experience in both parish ministry and the training of worship leaders and musicians and Revd Robin Gamble Find out more and book your place here.
Young adults from across our region are embarking on an exciting learning journey as they start on our Diocesan Internship Scheme. The scheme brings together young people serving in churches across the diocese to stretch and challenge them in discipleship, to grow their gifts and skills and to help them discover more of what God is calling them to. Read more about it here
Find out more about the Church of England's first Labs Learning Roadshow, held in the Diocese of Leeds at St George's Church. More than 100 churches came along to the day-long digital conference in September 2019 to be inspired and equipped to use digital for mission. Find out more about the day by following this link.
Young people from across the Diocese and beyond gathered for this summer’s Ripon Venture camps, which combine fun activities with Christian engagement. Guided by various leaders, two week-long residential courses at Ripon Grammar School for 11 to 18-year-olds included team-building exercises, such as gorge scrambling, cave exploration and group games. This year also saw the launch of a third camp, Ripon 3, which welcomed around 50 young people between the ages of 8 to 11.
This is Becky Nicholson, our Lead Stewardship Officer, talking about some important up and coming training this Autumn that is available for those wanting to know more about church fundraising and applying for grants. To find out more and book a place, please follow this link https://bit.ly/2YwrNPX
Here is the last Clergy Cricket Vlog of 2019. This year we have followed the Diocese of Leeds as they have competed in the Church Times Cricket Cup. Last week they faced the Diocese of London in the semi finals, so an all important place in the final was up for grabs. Unfortunately, it was a loss for the Diocese of Leeds meaning the end to what has been another great season. Congratulations to the Diocese of London who will go on to play the final in September.
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.