In This Issue
New Dean of Ripon
Vote for women bishops
Simon steps down
Church leaders take a stand
The final Together
The Thanksgiving Service
Presentation Skills workshop
Harrogate School of Theology
Have your say!
The Day Out in June
Annual Review on YouTube
Le Tour timetable
WYAD Newsletter published
Article Headline
On the website
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Events coming soon

March 30

Diocesan Thanksgiving service -

Ripon Cathedral: 5.00pm - 6.45pm - A celebration for the  178 years of life and witness in Diocese of Ripon/Ripon & Leeds Each parish/benefice is being asked to send representatives with a photograph representing what it  has contributed to the life of the wider world . The event will include a sharing of food, stories and worship and will conclude with the release of baloons on the West Front. 

April 2 

Presentation Skills for clergy,

9.30am - 12.30pm with Lee Jackson.  Tips and techniques including use of PowerPoint.  Venue details and booking:  


, or (0113) 2000 558)


April 3 

WYSOCS: Ideas Have Legs. 

For undergraduate and sixth form students,  a  weekly series exploring philosophy and scripture.  Free for the first evening, whole series 10 .  7.30pm - 9.30pm, Outwood House, Leeds, LS18 4HR


April 4 

Tour de Yorkshire - Graham Obree,

double world champion shares his experiences at Ripon Cathedral, 7pm


April 5-6 

Open Weekend at St John's Sharow following major refurbishment - 5th  10am - 4pm, 6th  11am - 3pm followed by the Opening Service.


April 5 

Quiet Day With Tony Horsfall, 9.30am - 3.30pm St Matthias Church, Burley, LS4 2DZ, 10.00


April 5 

Harrogate School of Theology and Mission, St Mark's, Harrogate 9:30 - lunch (not included). Fulfilment: hope, heaven and the end of the world, with Jon Swales, SBTC tutor. 8 per session or 25 for the series of four (5/15 for students)See www.hstm.org or contact Tim Hurren (01423) 541696


April 5 

CREATE -  city-wide workshop by young people, for young people aged 11-15, held at St Richard's Church, Seacroft. 3-6 pm. Theme: Easter Crafts. Bookings: Sue, (0113) 200 0547, Judith Shalkowski, 07759 470 199 or http://www.createleeds.btik.com/


April  8 

Safeguarding Training for Clergy & Readers, Diocesan Office, Leeds , 7pm - 9.Essential training for all clergy and Readers, Book via gail.matthewman@riponleeds-diocese.org.uk or (0113) 200 0558


April 9 

CarbonConversations                - for people with good intentions, fun, practical and participative session at Ebor Court, Skinner street, Leeds, LS1 4ND. LCCT event - Contact Tony Herrmann: Leedsconversations@gmail.com

Moves and Appointments

Revd Helen Banks,

previously Assistant Curate at Garforth; now Chaplain to the Methodist Christian Care Home at Gledhow, Leeds

Revd Christella Helen Wilson, Curate at Pannal with Beckwithshaw; to be Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Hampsthwaite and Killinghall and Birstwith 


Revd Lynn Purvis-Lee, previously Anglican Hospital Chaplain at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust in the Diocese of Durham; to be Vicar of the Benefice of Penhill 

Job Vacancies
Together e-news 
 March 28th, 2014
Welcome to the fortnightly E-news from the diocese. After a gap of a couple of weeks we're back with the news of a new Dean at Ripon, a catch-up on this month's Synod news, and details of events including the Thanksgiving Service at Ripon this Sunday. There are links to resources and events across the diocese - just click on the headline, picture or underlined copy to read more.
John Carter 

The Revd Canon John Dobson, currently serving in the Diocese of Durham, was introduced last week as the choice for the new Dean of Ripon, following the death of the Very Revd Keith Jukes last year. John (49) is currently Vicar of Blackwell All Saints and Salutation, and Priest-in-Charge of Coniscliffe. He also serves as Area Dean of Darlington - read more about him here.

Church  leaders from across the diocese have given overwhelming backing to new legislation which could enable women to become bishops by the end of the year. Ripon and Leeds Diocesan Synod met at St Aidan's High School in Harrogate, on March 1st, the first diocese to vote on the package of legislation which has been sent out from General Synod.  Read a report here. 
Bishop James led tributes at Diocesan Synod on March 1st to His Honour Judge Simon Grenfell who steps down as Chancellor after 22 years when the diocese is dissolved on Easter Day. He described Simon as a key officer who had played a vital part in the diocese. Diocesan Registrar, Nicola Harding is pictured presenting Simon with a gift on behalf of the diocese. Read more here from Synod

Senior Church Leaders from across West Yorkshire have come together to express their shared concern for food justice. In the context of public Ash Wednesday prayer together in the shopping precinct outside Wakefield Cathedral, WYEC leaders expressed their commitment to a society without hunger. At the same time churches were encouraged to show generosity by giving away food and St Martin's Potternewton gave fruit and biscuits to passers-by at Chapeltown Road (pictured)  - for a full report on the WYEC website click here. 

After 14 years in its current form, 'Together', the diocesan monthly bulletin with a circulation of more than 14,000 comes to an end, to make way for a new publication for the whole of West Yorkshire and the Dales from July. In May and June churches which receive Together will continue to receive WYAD transformation news in paper form, free of charge. Details of the new publication will be announced in due course. Read the final, April,  edition of 'Together' online by clicking here.
Churches across the diocese will be sending representatives to Ripon Cathedral on Mothering Sunday, March 30th, for a service of celebration and thanksgiving for the Diocese of Ripon/Ripon and Leeds at 5pm. Each church is being asked to bring a photograph representing their church's work in the wider community ... Read more here..  

Lee Jackson is a motivational speaker and presentation coach. He is also a Street Angel and the son of the late Rev. Peter Jackson and so is well placed to teach and understand vicars

communication skills :) On Weds 2nd April, Lee will be leading a session open to all licensed ministers on Presentation Skills from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm at the Diocesan Office, Leeds. More details here

Harrogate School of Theology and Mission
Saturday 5th April is the end of the tax year and the final live lecture at Harrogate School of Theology & Mission for this year. The topic for this final session will be 'Fulfilment: hope, heaven and the end of the world'. It will be led by Revd. Jon Swales from St. George's Leeds. Breakfast is available from 9.30 am The cost is 8 including breakfast and refreshments, with a reduction to 5 for students, payable on arrival in cash or by cheque made out to St. Peter's Church Harrogate. For more information click here
Have Your Say - Bishops' Lent deanery meetings

Local congregations and clergy from across the region have been having their say and there are still some meetings to come to help shape the agenda for the new diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. With the Bishop of Pontefract, the Rt Rev Tony Robinson or the Bishop of Knaresborough, the Rt Rev James Bell - both of whom will become area bishops in the new diocese on the Appointed Day at Easter. More details of where your nearest meeting is by clicking here. 

The invitation is going out to churches throughout the region to put Saturday June 14th and 'Harrogate' into the diary. Congregations and groups are being encouraged to the town for a unique diocesan 'Day Out' where they can experience and learn about a wide variety of Fresh Expressions and church growth initiatives. Find out more on the special Day Out website here
Annual Review on YouTube 
This year's Annual Review has not been produced in printed form (with only a few weeks before the diocese is dissolved) but a video has been produced of the Power Point annual review presentation given to Synod members. The Annual Review complete with the 'live' Synod commentary can now be viewed on YouTube by clicking here 

With just under 100 days to go before the Tour de France comes to the diocese, the Sanctuary Centre has produced a free booklet to use throughout the 100 day festival from 27 March - 5 July and beyond with topical prayer points, liturgy and more. With a daily prayer plan, topical prayers and prayers for use in services including the Lord's Prayer in French this is a great resource for churches and individuals.. Click here

Each month the West Yorkshire and the Dales Transformation Programme News is sent to churches but you can also read it online - or download a PDF to print out copies for yourself or your church  by clicking here 
St Augustine's youth group in Bradford have created their own 'cardboard testimony' that they can share with their friends on Youtube. It shows young people expressing - on big pieces of cardboard - how they feel God helps them. Check out their video on YouTube by clicking here
A Church in Brighouse is to run market stalls at the town's flourishing weekend events - thanks to the Bishop of Wakefield and the Hope 2014 initiative. St Martin's Brighouse got involved with the town's traders last year  - thanks to curate, Fr Andrew Hall who has a heart for the market stall holders - it was so successful they decided to use their 100 gift to mark Bishop Stephen Platten's 10th anniversary as Bishop of Wakefield to buy a stall at every big town event throughout the year.  Read more about the initiative here.. 
The new West Yorkshire and the Dales transform website is the place to go to keep up to date with the latest news on progress towards a new diocese, and to find out more about other parts of the area. Click here to go straight there
If you want to keep up to date with the latest news from the diocese on your computer, tablet or smartphone then simply follow us on twitter. For updates on the transformation to a newdiocese @WYADtransform;  for prayer news follow @RL_prayer ; for Diocesan updates follow @riponandleeds ; and for communication news and general interest you can follow Comms Officer, John Carter @johncomm  Click here for a link to twitter

WebsiteFor the latest information and church news go to the diocesan website. The website is an essential home page with links to resources, a section for subscribing to the e-bulletin and you can read the latest printed 'Together' on the home page.


The online Diocesan Directory is automatically updated and the list of names can now be filtered by categories to speed up the process. Quickly find the email, phone number or address of anyone in an official church role


Future e-news editions 
The next edition of the Bulletin will be published on Friday April 11th. Meanwhile please carry on sending news to John Carter


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