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.
It is Christmas time again and everyone is busy buying presents, making plans, arranging Christmas dinner, visiting German markets, watching pantomimes and listening to the same classic Christmas songs. Of course there is another type of Christmas music that speaks a different message. A message of hope, joy and love in the form of a baby called Jesus born in a stable over 2000 years ago. They call them Christmas carols. In churches and chapels all across Yorkshire the great carols will be sung again this Christmas. Why don't you come and sing along to the great carols at your local church? Find your nearest church or chapel at www.achurchnearyou.com
Saturday 1 December 2018 (Wakefield Cathedral) A conference on sustainable church heating and lighting for churches. Join us at Wakefield Cathedral as we explore some of the following: How do I heat my church to provide a warm welcome? How to light my church to support worship and community use? How can my church fund a heating or lighting project? Why is this a gospel issue? More information available at: www.churchcare.co.uk/events/1093-northern-powerhouse
In the first of a series of new videos from the Vocations department, three assistant curates, Abbie, Rolf and Erik , share their stories of how they felt 'called' to ordained ministry in the Church of England. This September 2018 eleven people across the diocese have started training for ministry - read about them here If you are interested in exploring your vocation or finding out more visit our vocation pages on the Diocese of Leeds website here
Here is a message from Dean John Dobson, explaining all that is going on this coming weekend at Ripon Cathedral to commemorate the Armistice, 100 years since the end o the First World War. For more information go to the Cathedral website.
The Bible Breakfast Club is a new initiative at St John the Baptist Kirkheaton which is drawing in families from the local area. A Fresh Expression of church, it can be a stepping-stone for families who have had children baptised but who would probably not come for traditional services. In this short video, see the Bible Breakfast Club at work as Karen and Ian Atkinson talk how it started and what they do. “For us this is church. It’s got fellowship, it’s got teaching and God is with us. It is really a wonderful place to be,” says Karen. If you want to know more, or have a visit to help get things started in your church, contact the Children Families and Young People’s team by visiting their webpage here. And there is more on family ministry on a new resource page here For anyone looking for more support or ideas for family ministry in your area visit the Diocese of Leeds CandY Facebook Page here. This is where the latest resources, updates, events and local church initiatives are being shared. For more help and ideas on Fresh Expressions visit the Fresh Expressions webpage here
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.