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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.


Latest parish dashboard data published

The most recent statistical information for every parish in the diocese has now been published and is available online.The Parish Dashboard has been produced by Research and Statistics Unit at Church House, London which collects, analyses, and publishes data including mission and attendance data from 2007 to 2016. More here


Latest news from Safeguarding with information about the new DBS provider; training in 2018; the new safeguarding policy from the Church of England as well as new Practice Guidance. Download here.


This Lent, new resources are available for churches. They include the new Lent prayer leaflet for download from our bishops referred to above; #LiveLent - Let your light shine, a Lent journey through the Gospel of John from the Church of England; Bishop John Pritchard's York Course, and more - visit our Lent resources page here 


The latest diocesan environment ebulletin was published online this week. 'God's Green Fingers' includes news, events and resources for churches. You can subscribe to it by emailing Environment Officer, Jemima Parker and you can read this week's edition here 


Fairtrade Fortnight this year runs from 26 February - 11 March. Free resources are available from the Fairtrade Foundation for Churches and Schools. Also the diocesan Fairtrade Group are running a competition to design an invitation to a Fairtrade event for individuals, schools & groups. More details on the Fairtrade webpage.


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