Ministry & Mission

Children & Youth Leaders Network Meetings 2018

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

Season of Creation launches in Diocese of Leeds

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. 

Higher Tour Yorkshire 2019

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 or send an email to Dawn on

Talking about the 'E' word

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

Together in Faith 2018

Here is footage from the first ever Diocese of Leeds  Lay Conference, Together in Faith, that took place at the Harrogate Convention Centre on Saturday 9 June. The day was packed with inspirational talks and workshops with a team of national speakers travelling to Harrogate to lead around 24 different seminars. Some 40 stalls filled the vast ‘Market Place’ hall where refreshments were served and delegates could find out about the work of the diocese. Leading the main sessions were inspiring key-note speakers, Mark Russell, CEO of the Church Army, and the Bishop of Dorking, the Rt Revd Jo Bailey Wells.
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