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.
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.