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Major funding for fresh engagement with people of every ethnic background

In its 10th anniversary year, the Diocese of Leeds has received forward-looking funding to boost its work with the region’s richly diverse communities during the next decade and beyond. A grant of £734k has been awarded by the Church of England’s Racial Justice Triennium Fund to further develop our engagement with people of every ethnic background and in every social context. Read more here

Youth church praised for its precious work by the Archbishop of York

Sorted, the Bradford youth church, was visited by Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell for a live event which saw thousands of young people nationwide say the Lord’s Prayer together. The Prayer, hosted by presenters from The Way UK, aimed to do a live link-up across the country to encourage youth groups as part of the worldwide initiative Thy Kingdom Come. Read more here

A pilgrimage paved with prayer to all churches in Huddersfield Deanery

An inspiring pilgrimage has taken place across our Huddersfield Deanery with prayerful walkers visiting all 17 churches and covering more than 30 miles. With the theme of Thy Kingdom Come, and spread over four mornings, they also called in at a hospital chapel and Huddersfield University Faith Centre. Read more here

A focus on faith work at Wetherby Young Offenders Institution

“Children” is the word used at Wetherby Young Offenders Institution to describe the young people convicted of serious crimes who are held in its care. Its managing chaplain, Revd Andy Rowe has been in post since 2013 and together with chaplains from other faiths, he supports the residents, staff and its governor, Pete Gormley – who always uses “children” to describe the 15 to 18-year-olds on site. Read more here

Careful planning, decorated biscuits and community effort raises £25k

A well-planned fundraising weekend for the Parish of Bardsey with East Keswick has raised a whopping £25,000 to boost church funds. Structural damage to church grounds and rising heating costs had significantly hit their bank balance, so worshippers realised at the end of last year that they would need to do some fundraising in 2024, said incumbent Revd Angela Hannafin. Read more here

Northern GMH & UKME clergy and ordinands gather at Bishopthorpe

Clergy and church leaders of global-majority heritage or UK minority-ethnic backgrounds from the Northern Province gathered at Bishopthorpe Palace for a day of celebration, conversation and worship organised by the Rt Revd Smitha Prasadam, Bishop of Huddersfield, and the Rt Revd Arun Arora, Bishop of Kirkstall. The event was hosted by the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, who gave an address on ‘The Theology of Diversity’. Read more here

50 Daily Devotions engage people with Rhythm of Life

People from across the diocese and beyond have been engaging with our Rhythm of Life initiative, with 50 Daily Devotions between Easter and Pentecost. The daily emails included reflections from different people in our diocese, all looking at sections of the Book of Acts and how they connected to the seven focuses of the Rhythm of Life. Read more here

'Father of civil engineering' celebrated at his local Leeds church

People from St Mary’s Whitkirk have been to a service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate John Smeaton, the “father of civil engineering”. A group of parishioners went to the special service on Wednesday, May 29, to lay a wreath on the plaque there which commemorates John Smeaton. Read more here

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Living and Learning

Introduction to Theology (ITT)

Three courses for 2024-25 have been published on the DLP

Ever wondered what theology means and how to study it? Need some guidance on how to dig a bit deeper? Don’t know where to start? This free and updated course is for you!

A 12-session journey looking at the Christian faith, thinking about your own faith journey and developing theological skills. This is a great place to start when considering where God is calling you. Attending this course is a pre-requirement for Licensed Lay Ministry training in the diocese of Leeds and is also useful for those considering any of our other Lay Ministry pathways.

Three courses for 2024-25 are advertised on the DLP. Follow the links for further information and booking details:

If you require any specific help or information, please contact the School of Ministry administrator at shuna.hartley@leeds.anglican.org.

TEND Events

Saturday, June 8 at Dewsbury Minister; Saturday, September 7 at St Matts Leeds

We are delighted to invite all children, young people and families workers, leaders and volunteers to attend one of our TEND events this year.

This year’s theme is Encouraging Confidence and the days will include workshops, speakers, worship, reflection and the opportunity to meet others involved in ministry with and to children, young people and families. The dates and venues are:

  • Saturday, June 8 at Dewsbury Minister
  • Saturday, September 7 at St Matt's Leeds

Please click here for more details and to book.

Volunteers Week - Inspiring Governance Information Session

Tuesday, June 4, 12.15pm, online

Ever thought about becoming a School Governor - many professional skills and expertise are in demand by Schools and Academies looking to grow their Governing Boards.

Join Inspiring Governance for this 45 minute session to find out more about becoming a School Governor and how Inspiring Governance can support you to find a vacancy and get you started on your journey to become a School Governor.

Click here to sign up.

Introduction to Bid Writing Workshop

Tuesday, June 4, 1pm - 2.30pm, online

The Diocese of Leeds subscribes to an online funding portal to assist parishes in searching for grant funders. Idox, the company that runs this funding database, is offering all current users a free space on a 'Bid Writing Workshop’ through the organisation Get Grants on Tuesday, June 4 at 1pm. As a database user, you will receive an email from Idox asking if you want to sign up and attend. Please note this is a separate offer from the Diocese's delivered by Get Grants and is free but only to those registered with the platform. If you would like to attend this webinar please register here.

Summer Meditation

Tuesday, June 18, 8pm - 9pm, online

This session offers an opportunity to reflect and pray with the help of Scripture and other resources and to practice christian meditation. Please email charlie.scott@leeds.anglican.org to book your place. Click here to find out more.

Sharing the Christian Faith Confidently and Sensitively with People of Other Faiths

Thursday, July 4, 1pm - 2.30pm, online

What does the Great Commission mean for us in the light of other faith traditions? As we live out our Christian lives in a multi-faith context, this is a vital question.

This session will offer opportunities to explore theological issues and practical ideas for sharing our Christian faith with those who are followers of other faiths. John Bavington grew up in Pakistan and his first experience of interfaith evangelism was when his school friends tried to convert him to Islam!

To book a place and receive the Zoom link, please email jenny.ramsden@leeds.anglican.org. Find out more here.

What does God want me to do with my life?

Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 13, Scargill House

A fantastic opportunity to take time out to think more deeply about God’s call on your life, with time and space in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Is Vocation just something for ministers, monks and missionaries? How do we discover God’s purpose for our lives? What does the Bible have to say? Can we take the stories of the great Bible characters and apply them to our situation? Over the weekend, we’ll try to get some answers to these vital questions.

We’ll be led by Derek Walmsley, who is the Director of Ordinands and Vocations for the Diocese of Leeds.

Find out more here.

For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Events across the diocese

Hallikeld Benefice Summer Course: 'Big Questions!'

Starting Monday, April 22, 7pm, Kirklington Village Hall

How do faith and reason go together? If you're interested in some of life's big questions, come to watch some videos led by experts in their field and discuss their ideas with Revd James and others in our community. We'd love to have you along!

Sessions will run on Mondays from 7pm at Kirklington Village Hall on the following dates:

  • April 22: Why am I still a Christian?
  • May 6: Do I have to bypass my brain to believe in God?
  • May 20: Does the Christian faith make sense of science?
  • June 10: Why does God allow suffering?
  • June 24: What's the evidence for Jesus? Can we trust the Gospels?
  • July 8: Did Jesus really rise again?

Read-A-Thon for Ukraine

Saturday, June 1, 10am, St Paul's Shepley

All donations from the event will go directly towards humanitarian work in Ukraine.

A Read-A-Thon where a group will read the Book of Acts. It's an exciting story of adventure, murder and intrigue telling about the tumultuous beginnings of the Church. Martin Parrott, a fabulous folk singer, will provide a musical interlude. There will be scones with fresh cream and strawberry jam with tea/coffee for refreshment throughout the morning. It starts at 10am on Saturday, June 1, and should finish about 1pm. All are welcome for any length of time.

Emma Johnson and The Orchestra For The Environment: Tree of Life

Friday, June 7, 7.30pm, Bradford Cathedral

Emma Johnson MBE is a clarinettist who has made a name as a best selling soloist and recording artist. She won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition when she was 17 and has since recorded over 30 albums and given concerts all over the world.

Johnson is a published composer too and during lockdown she wrote a clarinet concerto, Tree of Life, inspired by a need to express something in music about the climate crisis.

Evoking birdsong and the natural world, the music is accompanied by striking images by Edward Hutchison. It ends on an optimistic note that by working together we can effect change.

Music by Holst, Vaughan Williams and Paul Reade helps to complete this musical celebration of the natural world. We also mark the 100th anniversary of Puccini with his exquisite Crisantemi inspired by flowers. The concert ends with music that comes straight from the heart, Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, the Serenade for Strings.

This event marks the pinnacle of our season of work at Bradford Cathedral exploring environmental issues.

Find out more here.

Women's Conference

Saturday, June 8, 11.30am - 5.30pm, Christ Church South Ossett

A conference to encourage, equip and empower women to become all that they were born to be.

With guest speakers, live music, refreshments and a buffet lunch included in the ticket price of £20.

Find out more here

Rewilding our Faith

Saturday, June 8, and Saturday, September 21, 10am - 3pm, Thicket Priory

Two days of study, prayer and practise around the themes of spirituality, creation and reconnecting with nature.

  • Day one: 'Earthing our spirituality': drawing inspiration from the mystics
  • Day two: Living an 'earthed spirituality': moving into engaged action for our planet

Bring your own lunch, and suitable clothing for outdoor worship. Suggested donation £10 per day.

To book either or both days please email Steve Parkin at sparkin1955@gmail.com.

Hollin House Open Garden

Saturday, June 15, 11am - 5pm, Hollin House, Leeds, LS16 5NG

Bishop Nick Baines and his wife Linda are opening their beautiful garden to raise funds for St Gemma’s Hospice. Tea, coffee and home baked cakes will be available to buy and enjoy.

Salt and Light Festival

Friday, June 14 - Saturday, June 15, The Sill, Northumberland

A new festival of faith and hope for rural mission in the north. Salt and Light aims to be an opportunity for those leading and working in the church to gather and explore the opportunities and joys of northern rural contexts.

Partnering with dioceses including Leeds, Carlisle, Durham, Newcastle and York, Salt and Light will be the beginning of a pattern of sharing and learning for the church in the rural north.

Click here to find out more and to book.

Treasures from the Parish Chest

Tuesday, April 2 - Friday, July 5, Tuesdays to Fridays, 9.30am to 4pm, North Yorkshire County Record Office

An exhibition of historic parish records from the Record Office collections in Northallerton, featuring items spanning a period of over 500 years.

They include images and information about all the material on display, and much more to provide further detail and context, and to demonstrate the wide range of records to be found in Anglican parish church archives.

Click here to find out more.

Monastic Wisdom in Daily Life: A Path to Peace and Community

Tuesday, July 27, 10am - 5pm, online

We are living in turbulent times. In so many ways it seems that as a species we have forgotten how to live in well with each other and the rest of creation. And yet, in the depths of who we are, there is a wellspring of love that is always calling us to an original harmony, to replace competition with collaboration, rivalry with friendship.

1,500 years ago, St. Benedict wrote a Rule for monastic life which has been one of the most influential texts in the history of Western Europe. In a world facing so many challenges, Benedict’s simple guide for a school of love in community offers us a wealth of transformative wisdom.

With help from Benedictine teachers across the centuries, we will explore key aspects of this timeless wisdom tradition which are of huge importance for our time, including:

  • Listening: as key to spiritual growth in community
  • Humility: the path of self-knowledge, equality and peace
  • Attention and Awareness: the path of balance, harmony, wholeness
  • The Monastic Vision for today: a priceless gift for a suffering world.

Find out more here.

The Essence of Being Human retreat

Saturday, August 10, 10am - 3.30pm, High Dalby House

A taster retreat day led by Revd Dr. Linda Robinson and Revd Shena Moray. An immersive, holistic day including reflective spaces, worship and adventure into the living word of God. Please email lindarobinson@talk21.com to book. Cost is £25 including lunch and refreshments.

Taize Pilgrimage

Saturday, August 17 - Monday, August 26

The Rt Revd Smitha Prasadam, Bishop of Huddersfield, will be leading a pilgrimage to Taizé this summer.

The pilgrimage for young people and adults is taking place from Saturday, August 17 to Monday, August 26, and the Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, will join pilgrims for part of their journey.

Click here to download the brochure.


Give To Go Green is a match-funding pilot project from the Church of England. In round 1, eleven churches in the Diocese of Leeds raised £57,000 for carbon-cutting building projects, which were match funded by the national Net Zero Carbon Programme. The Diocese of Leeds is taking part in round 2 of this project. Find out more here.

After pledging some £46,000 already, the Diocese of Leeds is pleased to announce the second round of our Diocesan Church Buildings Grant Scheme is open.

For the second round, the application form has been revised, in response to feedback from parishes.

The form and supporting information for an application can be found here.

We have produced our Leeds @ 10 Booklet, which marks our 10th anniversary by sharing stories from across our diocese, from our cathedrals and more, and looks to the future. It includes thoughts from Bishop Nick. Copies of the booklet are being distributed to every parish in the diocese. It is made of recycled paper and was kindly funded by an external donor. Find out more here

We have created a webpage to offer parishes General Election guidance, including on holding hustings and the Church of England's Pray Your Part initiative. Find out more here.


Leeds @ 10 - a visit from the Archbishop of York

To help us mark our diocesan 10th anniversary, the Archbishop of York visited our diocese from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21, and saw people and places all across the diocese.

Watch a video of what he got up to here.

Barnabas: Encouraging Confidence is the way in which the Diocese of Leeds wants to support churches to move forward in mission, ministry and sustainability. Watch this video to hear more about what Barnabas is and how is can help.
...is the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.

Property Support Officer - Diocese of Leeds

We are looking for someone to join our Property Team to take on the role of Property Support Officer. If you are an enthusiastic and highly motivated person who likes to do a good job and work as part of a team with an interesting property portfolio then we would like to hear from you. We are a flexible organisation who have an opportunity within our Property Team for a Property Support Officer. Our team undertake all property management functions for a portfolio of circa 400 residential properties and 800 acres of land mainly used for farming and development opportunities. Individuals will be responsible for working with our Property Managers in the management of a wide-ranging portfolio of mainly residential properties across the Diocesan Area. Find out more about this role here

Useful Links & Information


For safeguarding issues, contact our advisers on:

safeguarding@leeds.anglican.org or call 0113 353 0257 

Sofia McGreavy - Head of Safeguarding

Jenny Leccardi - Safeguarding Adviser

Narinder Lyon - Safeguarding Adviser

Nikki Rose - Safeguarding Adviser

Sam McMorland - Assistant Safeguarding Adviser

Click here for Safeguarding Training in 2024

Moves and Appointments

The Revd Darren Percival, currently serving as Incumbent at Monk Benefice and Priest in charge of Cudworth Benefice, has been appointed as Area Dean of Barnsley in the Wakefield Episcopal Area

The Revd Joanna Glenwright has been appointed as Vicar of St John’s Menston (0.5) in the Bradford Episcopal Area and Assistant Diocesan director of Ordinands and Vocations (0.5)

The Revd Gemma Fleury has been appointed as Interim Priest in Charge for the Gipton and Oakwood Benefice in the Leeds Episcopal Area

The Revd Jon Berry has been appointed as Interim Team Vicar (0.5) of Keighley in the Bradford Episcopal Area for a period of 12 months

The Revd Alastair Kirk, currently serving as Team Vicar (0.5) in the parish of Keighley will serve as full-time Interim Team Vicar of Keighley in the Bradford Episcopal Area with immediate effect for an initial period of 12 months

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