Ministry & Mission

Interfaith Week 2018

The Diocese of Leeds is one of four presence and engagement hubs in England, which means that the Diocese supports ministry and mission in a world of religious diversity. Eighty two of the parishes in the Diocese are inhabited by ten percent or more of people of other faith. Whether we live in those parshes or not, all of us see, hear or meet people of other faiths sometimes on a daily basis.  Therefore, we encourage you and your church to take part in Interfaith week. It takes place from 11th to 18th November and is a great opportunity to focus on interfaith understanding and cooperation. Inter Faith Week: Highlights the good work done by local faith, inter faith and faith-based groups and organisations Draws new people into inter faith learning and cooperation Enables greater interaction between people of different backgrounds Helps develop integrated and neighbourly communities Celebrates diversity and commonality Opens new possibilities for partnership Building good relationships and working partnerships between people of different faiths and beliefs is part of the year-round work of many people and organisations across the UK. Having a special Week provides a focal point, helping to open inter faith activity up to a wider audience so that more and more people are made aware of the importance of this vital work and are able to participate in it. Interfaith week is for anyone and all can take part in or hold their own events. See this video or visit our Interfaith 2018 page for some ideas of how to get involved. 

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 charlie.scott@leeds.anglican.org

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. 
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