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Spring 2018


The free monthly paper news for February will be  delivered around the diocese on or around January 16 - check pick-up points and where your church's are here. This month we look ahead to the service of welcome for Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley, resources for Lent and news from across the diocese. Download here.


Ash Wednesday on February 14 marks the start of Lent, and this year our bishops invite individuals and churches to join them in 'A Holy Lent of Loving, Living and Learning'. That's the title of a four page guide which churches are encouraged to download and print off . More on our new Lent 2018 resources page here , or download a PDF of the leaflet direct by clicking on the picture. 


The January 2018 edition of the Prayer Diary is now online. A prayer card of Leeds Diocese ordinands in training is also online plus fresh prayers for Tanzania and Sudan. Download prayers here.


Resources are available from Churches Together for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018, traditionally celebrated 18-25 January. Materials for 2018 were produced in the Caribbean and take Exodus 15, a song of triumph over oppression, as the theme for the week. More here.
Local information including a prayer lunch at Leeds Minster on 17 January here.


The latest Church Growth e-newsletter is out now with articles on Messy Church training, Leading Your Church into Growth events, and the next Mission Shaped Ministry course. Plus find out what badgers and evangelism have in common. Read it here.


The National Churches Trust is actively inviting applications to its maintenance grant programme, a pilot programme in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust. They are offering awards of between £500 and £3,000 to encourage churches to act on small, urgent maintenance issues and repairs to church buildings. More here 


Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year as people come together to remember the Holocaust and subsequent genocides to use the lessons of the past to create a better future. In 2018, the theme is the power of words. Churches and organisations can get support and resources to mark the day. More here.


From Environment Officer, Jemima Parker, comes a handy guide to saving energy and money in 2018.  Whether in church, in the kitchen or driving, there will be something to learn from 52 Eco tips for the New Year. Read it here