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Welcome to the Enews for December 23

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The new Dean of Bradford will be the Revd Andy Bowerman, who is to return from Dubai to the cathedral where he was ordained and to the city he loves. Bradford is also where he served as Bradford City FC’s chaplain from 2004 to 2009 and once ran the popular Vicar’s Café Bistro in Saltaire, amongst his other clerical duties.
The Christmas story is a defiant rejection of the notion that darkness always wins and invites us to look for the light that is there when the gloom seems all-powerful, writes Bishop Nick in a Christmas reflection for the Yorkshire Post. The full text can be read on the diocesan website here.
“Mothers’ Union in the Diocese have been busy ensuring refugee families, families of prisoners and those needing extra help at Christmas get those little extras which can make a huge difference,” says Jean Thurman, as she retires as Diocesan Mothers’ Union President after six years. Read more here
The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, is featured with one of 2021’s must-listen radio items as part of BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Year. Bishop Nick spoke powerfully on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about the value of all of us after the tragic deaths of some 27 people attempting to cross the English Channel.
Churches in Wakefield are pleased to announce the winners of a Christmas card competition to help share God’s love with the city. Following the 65,000 Christmas cards sent to local residents last Christmas by leaders of Vision Wakefield, the church leaders involved have challenged secondary school children this year to design a winning Christmas card. Read more here
Near neighbours in the Little London area of Leeds, All Souls (Hook Memorial) Church and HMS Ceres Navy Reserve, based at Carlton Barracks, came together for the HMS Ceres Christmas Candlelit Carol service recently.
A digital reimagining of the nativity story is sharing the good news of Jesus' birth in a new way to the outer areas of Bradford and Bingley. Churches found in Harden, Wilsden, Cullingworth and Denholme are inviting their local communities to follow an At the heart of Christmas Nativity Trail, using QR codes and online videos. Read more here
The Mothers’ Union are pleased to announce the winner of their Christmas Card competition: Sophie! The idea was a competition for a child to design a card for children to receive. One poster about the competition went into Giggleswick Primary School, which encouraged Sophie to think about what the subject of the card should be. Read more here
During Advent five churches from Ripon Deanery combined forces to sell hand carved olive wood items from Bethlehem to support the struggling Christians of that area. Members of each of the churches were only too happy to support this initiative and offer a glimmer of hope to Christian brothers and sisters there. Read more here
Many a church has a resident mouse, but the one at St Paul’s Shadwell made an unintended pilgrimage one day in Advent. Sniffing round the gallery, it detected a tempting scent from within a rucksack. The bag had been left unattended by one of the DAC’s advisers, Doug Whiteley. 
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Living and Learning Online
Tuesday, January 18 2022 at 10am
This Book Club chooses both fiction and non-fiction books, both accounts and personal stories, and touches on themes of wide concern: air pollution, over-population, deforestation, sustainable green cities, organic farming, rural life and isolation and coastal erosion; our programmes gradually offer a fuller picture, problems fall into place and a sense of fellowship emerges. Find out more here
Wednesday, January 26 2022 at 12pm
Churches up and down the diocese are reporting a drop in income over the last two years. To help give you some income generation inspiration we are planning this brand new webinar with topics included such as digital giving, grants, discipleship and Generosity Week. Find out
Thursday, January 27 2022 at 7.30pm
Following the publication of the Saving Creation: Six Steps to Carbon Net Zero Church Toolkit, this webinar will include a scriptural reflection to help us understand the gospel response to climate change. Attendees will then look at the practical steps that a church can take to work towards becoming carbon net zero. Find out more here
Thursday, February 10 2022 at 10am
If you’re interested in engaging with, nurturing and growing disciples with children, young people and families and empowering them to become leaders, this Zoom session could be for you. To book a place, please contact 
For more Diocese of Leeds training visit the Digital Learning Platform
Advent Events Across the Diocese
Advent is well underway across our diocese and the doors are open for safe social gathering in our many and varied places of worship.

Our three cathedrals are ready for the annual influx of guests at carol services and choir concerts and everywhere our clergy and lay leaders are reaching out, quite literally, into the public square with drive-in carol singing in car parks and other locations.

To find out what’s going on please visit our special Advent website section here.
You can join the Bradford Cathedral Christmas services live online this year, as well as catching up on services including 'Nine Lessons and Carols'. Visit the Cathedral's Advent and Christmas page to find links to these, plus services recorded live for Premier Radio and BBC Radio Leeds, and much more.
Ripon Cathedral continues to host festive services and events across the Christmas period, including a Festival of Lessons & Carols and the return of the annual Boxing Day Pilgrimage. Visit the Cathedral's Advent and Christmas page to find out more.
Come along to Wakefield Cathedral this December and January for a feast of festive events and services. These include a Christingle & Crib Service, Midnight Mass and an Epiphany Carol Service. Visit the Cathedral's Advent and Christmas page to find out more.
Missional Generation, a Christian Leeds based charity, have produced a brilliant series of animated videos retelling the Christmas story. If you'd like to use them for an up and coming church service, access them here via Vimeo. Find out more about Missional Generation at
'At the heart of Christmas' is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021. Local churches all over the country are welcoming their communities to celebrate and share the good news of Christ’s birth with special services and events, supported by a wide range of national resources and support found here.
The Diocese of Leeds is pleased to share its toolkit for churches as part of its strategy for achieving carbon net zero by 2030: Saving Creation. The toolkit invites churches to start on the pathway to carbon net zero by taking six steps towards the goal. Access it here
The Rhythm of Life is offering two courses for parishes to run locally, one centred on Creationtide and the other called "Finding your Rhythm". Each contains six or seven sessions and serves as a stepping stone for further engagement with the Rhythm of Life. Find all the resources and details here.
Leeds Diocesan News continues to be produced in digital form, containing important news and views from across the Diocese of Leeds. Download and view the latest December edition here.
The latest edition of the Prayer Diary is now online to download.There are fresh prayers for Sudan as well as prayers for Tanzania. Download prayers here.
Churches across our diocese are ready to welcome people this Advent and Christmas. The diocese of Leeds has produced a short Advent and Christmas video to be shared by parishes this December.
Join us on the journey to become a carbon net zero church. We invite you to start on this pathway by using the new Churches Toolkit. Watch our new video here, introducing the toolkit for churches that forms part of a strategy for achieving carbon net zero by 2030. the name of Bishop Nick's blog and his most recent entries can be viewed here.
Following the move of their existing MD to a new region and their Community Choir MD retiring during Covid the United Benefice of Thornhill and Whitley Lower are looking to recruit an experienced organist and choir leader as their permanent Director of Music.
The Rector of Leeds Minster will be a key figure in leading the mission of the Church of England in one of England's largest cities. The person appointed will have a remarkable combination of gifts, experience and potential. Find out more here
Useful Links & Information
For safeguarding issues, contact our advisers on: or call 0113 353 0257 
Carla Darbyshire - Safeguarding Team Leader
Jenny Leccardi - Safeguarding Adviser
Narinder Lyon - Safeguarding Adviser
Nikki Rose - Assistant Safeguarding Adviser
Moves and Appointments
Revd Andy Bowerman, currently serving with the Anglican Mission Agencies as Director in the Middle East and South Asia for Mission to Seafarers, as Dean of Bradford.
Revd Natasha Thomas to be Team Vicar – Mission in the Parish of Keighley (Bradford EA).
The Who's Who directory lists clergy & diocesan staff (email addresses & phone numbers). Access it here 
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