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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.