The Diocese of Leeds is one of four presence and engagement hubs in England, which means that the Diocese supports ministry and mission in a world of religious diversity. Eighty two of the parishes in the Diocese are inhabited by ten percent or more of people of other faith. Whether we live in those parshes or not, all of us see, hear or meet people of other faiths sometimes on a daily basis. Therefore, we encourage you and your church to take part in Interfaith week. It takes place from 11th to 18th November and is a great opportunity to focus on interfaith understanding and cooperation. Inter Faith Week: Highlights the good work done by local faith, inter faith and faith-based groups and organisations Draws new people into inter faith learning and cooperation Enables greater interaction between people of different backgrounds Helps develop integrated and neighbourly communities Celebrates diversity and commonality Opens new possibilities for partnership Building good relationships and working partnerships between people of different faiths and beliefs is part of the year-round work of many people and organisations across the UK. Having a special Week provides a focal point, helping to open inter faith activity up to a wider audience so that more and more people are made aware of the importance of this vital work and are able to participate in it. Interfaith week is for anyone and all can take part in or hold their own events. See this video or visit our Interfaith 2018 page for some ideas of how to get involved.
The Diocese of Leeds has had links with Tanzania for the last 30 years. Through working together, shoulder to shoulder, the Diocese has been able to support various projects in Tanzania that help some of the poorest people in some of the poorest places in our world. In recent years, one project the Diocese has assisted with has been the setting up of a safe house, a place of safety for girls in Tanzania fleeing from the practice of Female Genital Mutilation or FGM. In this video you will hear from one of the girls telling her story, an account of survival and of hope. As you hear the account of Pilli, please consider whether you can support this vital work. If you would like to know more then please contact the Safe House Link Officer Rebecca Cain on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07921802837. Or to find out more about the Tanzania link please follow this link to information on the Diocese of Leeds website.
This Autumn there are gatherings planned for all those involved in Children and/or Youth ministry in the local churches. During these events there will be an opportunity to share ideas, resources, encourage one another and time to meet, chat & pray for one another. For more information check out the Children and Youth Work part of the webste and to book a place Please email email@example.com
The new Dean of Wakefield will ring the bells of Wakefield Cathedral himself on Saturday 29 September 2018 to mark the start of his ministry. The Revd Canon Simon Cowling will be installed as the third Dean of Wakefield supported by a congregation representing the city, the church and the region - including the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines and many friends from his former parishes. He takes up the post after five years as the Rector of Bolton Abbey and is looking forward to contributing to the renewed sense of confidence in the city. Here are Simon's thoughts about his new up and coming role.
Creationtide, a month-long celebration of God’s wonderful natural world runs throughout the month of September until 4th October. Churches across the diocese have been running special services, exciting events and prayers to celebrate Creationtide, otherwise known as the ‘Season of Creation’. It is a period in the official Church of England calendar dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. The season is taking place to encourage Christians throughout the Anglican community to give thanks for the God’s creation and put practices in place to help improve the environment. The Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon offers her thoughts on this special time of the year and gives thanks for those who work within agriculture in the Diocese of Leeds. If your church wants to get involved in this years ‘Creationtide’ then find some useful resources on the national Creationtide website, including an actions and reflection sheet. Other useful ideas and resources can be found here on the Diocese of Leeds Environment page. Jemima Parker the Diocesan Environment Officer is also available to be contacted for advice and support.
Creationtide, a month-long celebration of God’s wonderful natural world runs throughout the month of September until 4th October. Churches across the diocese are preparing a variety of special services, exciting events and prayers to celebrate Creationtide, otherwise known as the ‘Season of Creation’. It is a period in the official Church of England calendar dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. The season is taking place to encourage Christians throughout the Anglican community to give thanks for the God’s creation and put practices in place to help improve the environment. Planned church events in the diocese include a thanksgiving service dedicated to animals, green communion and one church in Wakefield, St John’s, has created prayer bags which contain different natural objects to promote prayer and which will be handed out to the congregations. The Rt Revd Paul Slater, Bishop of Kirkstall and chair of the Diocesan Environment Group offers his thoughts on this special time of the year. If your church wants to get involved in this years ‘Creationtide’ then find some useful resources here on the national Creationtide website, including an actions and reflection sheet. Other useful ideas and resources can be found here on the Diocese of Leeds Environment page. Jemima Parker the Diocesan Environment Officer is also available to be contacted for advice and support.
Dawn Savidge, a Children, Young People and Families Team Member for the Diocese of Leeds has produced a video to make churches in the diocese aware of the Higher Tour coming to Yorkshire in Spring 2019. The Higher Tour is an initiative of The Message Trust, who have been working in schools and communities for more than 25 years, sharing the good news of Jesus to young people. The Higher Tour’s big dream is to partner with local churches and other youth agencies to bring the good news to thousands of young people. The Higher Tour is coming to Yorkshire during March 2019. They will come to West Yorkshire from Monday 18th March to Saturday 29th March. The first two weeks will be focused on schools in the Wakefield, Leeds and Bradford areas.This will be followed by concerts, one in Wakefield on Saturday 23rd March and the other in Leeds on 30th March. Dawn said, "We are so excited that the Higher Tour is coming to West Yorkshire. The Higher Tour are extremely good at what they do best, giving the good news of Jesus to young people in schools in a creative and impactful way. The Higher Tour are wanting to partner with local churches to ensure that the discipleship of young people continues in their local context and that excites me too. I would really recommend getting along to their church launch on October 27th." If you wish to find out more, the Higher Tour is running a church launch night. This will be on Saturday 27th October from 7.30pm and the location is to be confirmed. The launch night is for church leaders and youth workers to come, find out and experience what the Higher Tour is all about. Information can also be found on their website www.highertour.com or send an email to Dawn on firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday 13th September from 10am to 3pm, Leeds Diocese are running a special training day at St George's Church, Leeds 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 clergy, lay leaders, youth workers and others 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). Five key evangelistic skills or areas will be covered throughout the day, including: communicating with lots of people, one to one evangelism, giving a good evangelistic talk, running an enquirers course and healing and evangelism working together. If you wish to book a place or for more information please contact Robin at email@example.com
During this special year, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service, Bishop Nick Baines brings a message celebrating the great achievements of the world famous British Institution. A special service will be held on 29th July at Ripon Cathedral to mark the founding of the National Health Service. Organisers are inviting anyone with a ‘good news’ story about the NHS which they are willing to share to get in touch. Canon Barry Pyke from Ripon Cathedral, says, “Often we hear negative stories about the NHS which often overshadow the great work done daily in transforming people’s lives. As part of the service we would really like to include ‘good news’ stories about the NHS. If you know anyone in your congregations whose lives have been changed by the NHS for the good and would be willing to tell their story then please contact me." Canon Barry also said, “It would be great to include as many as we can across our large and diverse Diocese to participate in this celebration.”
Bradford Cathedral’s bells are once again ringing out across the city after being rededicated by the Dean of Bradford and the Lord Mayor of Bradford. Guided tours were given by local schoolchildren, there was, a special choral evensong, and a presentation on the project. Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding of £79,100, the peal of First World War memorial bells have been repaired and restored as part of a wider heritage project which includes the exhibition, guided tours and a special booklet launched at the rededication event. Find out more in our news report here