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Together january 2013

News from

the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds

Women bishops - what should happen next?

Praying for Unity

Bishop John Packer has told clergy he is “bitterly dismayed” by the General Synod vote to reject legislation for women bishops and says pressure should now be placed on central church authorities by diocesan synods to move quickly to ensure women can become bishops.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from 18-25 January, and a new report calls for recognition and welcome for as many as seventy new congregations in Leeds which have sprung up in the past five to ten years. ‘Direction in Diverse-city’ compiled by Paul Lancaster of Hope for the Nations, raises awareness of the growth of the many new international churches across Leeds and encourages greater connection in mission between people of different nationalities. At the time of publication, a gathering of church leaders from both emerging churches and established congregations is being planned on January 18, marking the start of the Week of Prayer. For more go to

General Synod members from our diocese speak out following November’s ‘no’ vote

In a pastoral letter to all clergy written the day after the vote,

he said that he and Bishop James were “both bitterly dismayed at this decision, delaying as it does the admission of women to the episcopate and running counter to the wishes of the overwhelming majority of diocesan synods.” He told Together that it is

vital “to press on in finding a way forward to enable women to become bishops.” He said, “Dioceses which feel strongly about the General Synod decision should say so through their own diocesan synods.” Both he and Bishop James voted for the measure, as did all three clergy representatives – Revd Jonathan Clark, Revd Jan Kearton, and Revd

Kathryn Fitzsimons. However, two of the three Ripon and Leeds lay representatives, Richard Mantle and John Beal voted against the measure, and it was in the House of Laity that the measure failed. (Continued on Page 2)

Report: “70 new churches in Leeds”

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Crypt Christmas Janet goes to Wales Interfaith Internships? Church websites Seeking trustees I

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Leeds Rhinos boost for Crypt’s Christmas Leeds Rhinos players Stevie Ward (left) and Ben JonesBishop gave an extra push to the St George’s Crypt Christmas Appeal when the two Rugby League stars visited the Leeds’ based charity to lend their weight to the campaign. The Crypt provides overnight shelter and a range of non-residential services including over 100 hot meals per day to many of the region’s homeless and disadvantaged people. It costs more than one million pounds a year to run the Crypt with the Christmas appeal

being the biggest campaign for support in the year.

The title of this year’s Christmas Campaign was “Be An Angel this Christmas” and Crypt Director of PR and Fundraising, Martin Patterson,

said the support of people like Ben and Stevie was a great boost. “This appeal is especially important to us as Christmas is a time when people do think of others less fortunate than themselves. We are delighted that two members of one of the world’s most successful Rugby League teams Leeds Rhinos – came and supported the Crypt. The Appeal is still open and we hope that many from Leeds and beyond will respond to the need.”

Woman bishops - what next? (Continued from Page 1) John Beal told Together, “As it was clear that those for whom the provision is necessary (opponents) could not accept the watered down amendment introduced by the House of Bishops, I was unable to support those clauses.” He added, “It is essential... to find a form of words which enables women to become bishops whilst at the same time provides acceptable provision for those who in conscience cannot accept them. There is widespread support in General Synod to work to bring forward a new measure as soon as possible II

but we have to get it right.” But another lay member, Nigel Greenwood, who voted in favour, says that a single clause measure, without any provision for opponents, should be introduced as soon as possible. “I believe the strong reaction following the vote (within the CofE and beyond) now brings a unique opportunity to move forward with confidence, through a single clause measure which enables women to become bishops.” It’s not a view shared by all. Revd Jonathan Clark, Rector of St George’s Leeds, told

Together, “What we need is to build just a little more consensus, and in particular, to assure the traditional Catholics and Conservative evangelicals about the future for young ordinands with their traditional convictions.” Richard Mantle, from the House of Laity, who voted against the measure, said: “My view is that work on the legislation should recommence as a matter of urgency... There needs to be less entrenchment and more listening; not least, we need realistic and good legislation that keeps us all together.”

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Janet returns to Welsh roots Janet Henderson, the Archdeacon of Richmond, says she will miss the churches and people of North Yorkshire as she moves to a new post to be the next Dean of Llandaff. Janet will make history in March when she becomes the first woman Dean of the 12th century Llandaff Cathedral. But she told Together that leaving the diocese will be difficult. “This is a truly wonderful part of the world and I have grown to love the Dales, the moors, the towns, the Vale of York, the parts of County Durham I have covered and the people who are so kind and neighbourly. Many of our churches here are lively

and forward-looking and they make a big difference, punching above their weight in numbers in their communities.”

and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. A former nurse, she will be returning to her Welsh roots when she goes to Cardiff. Bishop John said, “Janet has been an outstanding archdeacon with a real love for people and an ability to listen and to lead. As the first woman archdeacon of the Northern Province she has been able to be a particular encouragement to women in ministry. We wish her well in this calling to leadership of a cathedral.”

Janet became Archdeacon of Richmond in 2007 following parish ministry and lecturing posts at St John’s Nottingham

Janet’s installation will take place in Llandaff Cathedral on March 2nd and friends and colleagues are invited to attend.

New Director of Clergy Development A new Director of Clergy Development has been licensed at a service in Ripon Cathedral, taking on a recently created fulltime role begun by the Ven Paul Hooper who is now Archdeacon of Leeds. Revd Andrew Tawn (pictured right, with Bishop John Packer) begins his new ministry after fourteen years as Rector of St Peter’s, Addingham, in the Bradford Diocese. As well as bringing to the new

role extensive parish experience in Addingham, Liverpool and Oxford, Andrew has been

Bradford’s Director of Initial Ministerial Education, and Warden of Readers for five years.

Andrew is married with two teenage daughters and in his spare time writes, plays the flute, paints and enjoys walking in the local hills. He said that he had a mixture of feelings leaving parish ministry after 23 years to become Director of Clergy Development: “...bereavement at leaving a role I have loved but excitement at a new challenge and the chance to develop the training work which has been increasingly important to me.”


Bishop James writes Making a difference in 2013

Interfaith Week was celebrated in Leeds last month with music and dancing in the city centre and with the Hook Lecture at Leeds Minster.

Being different, in some respect, is the theme underlying New Year’s resolutions. It obviously has a basically personal application. We think we should be different from how we are. Most of us have learnt that if there isn’t the desire and the determination, the resolution is likely to fizzle out! ‘Making a difference’ was a key phrase that emerged when representatives of the three dioceses got together last October to work on a vision for the proposed new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. Making a difference is something that has a corporate application – it is something that we aspire to do together. I guess that we were thinking about making a difference to the life of the communities in which our churches are set by contributing to the common good; making a difference to the lives of individuals and families and friendships by being and bringing the good news of Jesus Christ, making a difference by offering access to transforming worship for all. Making a difference is something that can be achieved – in part at any rate – by doing things differently. I like to


Faiths come together

think that the proposal for a new diocese is as much about opportunity as it is about organisation, as much about re-imagining as re-structuring. It offers the opportunity to re-imagine how we might best enable the delivery of mission in the parishes, how we share resources to best effect, how we work together for maximum impact, all based on a renewed commitment to be shaped like Christ in proclaiming and demonstrating the closeness of the kingdom of God. We are rapidly approaching the point where, if we are to go ahead with the proposal, we need to hear from across the diocese how you believe we can do things differently in order to make a difference. +James

The speaker was the noted Muslim academic and broadcaster, Professor Mona Siddiqui and in her lecture on ‘Faith in Public Life’ she argued that people of faith should be engaged in civic life and called for a new kind of civic engagement with “an authentic moral voice in a world too often compromised and confused.”

Meanwhile the ground floor of the Merrion shopping centre in Leeds came alive with dancing, music, drumming, video displays and prayers offered by the nine world faith represented on the Leeds Faiths forum. Children enjoyed henna painting, balloons and filled in greeting cards and prayers for peace whilst local inter faith organizations exhibited including Leeds Faiths Forum, the 'Interactive' youth programme, Concord and the Council for Christians and Jews.

Could you be an intern? Churches in both the Leeds and Richmond Archdeaconries are now running ‘intern’ schemes to enable young adults to take a year out gaining experience in mission and church life, and testing a vocation to full-time Christian ministry. The longest running scheme is based at St George’s, Leeds, which this year is opening up the scheme to older participants. Together found out more about Intern+. While internships may not be new in the world of politics or business, they are less common in the church. But in 2007 St George’s in Leeds pioneered its first intern scheme with three young graduates from the university. This year, sixteen interns are receiving experience in Christian leadership and in children’s work, or music and worship leadership, administration, student mission, youth work, or work with the homeless and refugees. It’s a five day a week commitment, but students receive housing and utility costs, join a weekly school of theology and have regular spiritual direction and group support. The intern scheme leader is Associate Rector of St George’s, Mark Powley, (pictured above). “Our priority is to help interns grow in relationship with God,” says Mark. “Each internship involves leadership experience, training in transferable work skills, and an opportunity to consider God’s calling for the future.” Now comes Intern+ with three older interns taking part this year and hopefully more next year. Mark explains, “We are looking to recruit adult interns of any age who would like to serve and grow through internship. Intern+ is a flexible way to serve, whether giving one working day a week, part-time or after retirement. It’s an opportunity to use gifts, experience and wisdom for the kingdom and to develop new skills.”

February 19th is the deadline for applications for the 2013/14 year which runs from August to August, and a coffee evening for anyone interested takes place at St George’s Centre, Leeds on Feb 12th at 7.30pm. Find out more online or from Kim Mason at

Pictured are three of this year’s interns, Bethany, Ruth and Millie. Millie (pictured right) works with students and at Wrangthorn church. “You get a really good balance of being given a lot of responsibility, while being really supported. It’s a really safe place to develop as a leader.”

Step-Up... the Richmond Archdeaconry, is an intern programme running since 2010 across four churches. The founding churches of Holy Trinity Ripon, St. Andrew’s Starbeck, and Kairos Network church in Harrogate started to discuss the idea of setting up a year out scheme in partnership with the Diocese. They were joined in 2011 by St Mark’s Harrogate. Representatives of the diocese sit on the Council of Reference and have helped to shape Step Up to what it is today. For more information contact or call (01423) 560558 V

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Developing church websites Would you like to know how to improve your existing church website or learn about starting a church website for the first time? This month a free seminar is being held at the Diocesan Office, St Mary’s Street in Leeds on January 16th at 11am which aims to provide church webmasters, clergy and church members with advice and tips on creating a great website which will benefit the church.

Making a return visit to leading the church website morning is Kyle Cottingham of Church Edit. Topics will include: why have a church website, the different audiences, what makes a good church website, pages your church website must contain, search engines, how to get your church website found by Google and how to create a church website with no technical knowledge. To register for the seminar go

Prayers and readings for Holocaust Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year on January 27th, the date of the liberation of Auschwitz. This year it falls on a Sunday, and offers an opportunity for churches to mark the day. The theme for 2013 is: ‘Communities Together: Build a Bridge’ and to help churches, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website contains a selection of liturgical readings and prayers ( uk) together with poetry, as well as lists of names from the Holocaust and victims of other genocides.

Called to Lead? As part of the national strategy for encouraging young vocations across the Church of England, the diocese now has a Young Vocations Team which is holding its first event this month. Team members are Dave Young (Christ Church, Upper Armley) with Hannah Smith (Leeds Minster), Tim Laundon (St James’ Wetherby) and Andy Patrick (St Mark’s Harrogate) and they will be working alongside the Director of Ordinands, Peter Clement, and vocations advisers to complement the existing diocesan selection. VI

The main aim of the team is to encourage more under-30s to consider ordained ministry. On 28 January at 7.30pm the Young Vocations Team will be inviting anyone under 30 who is exploring ordination to come to an informal event at Leeds University Chaplaincy. This is an informal chance for those considering ordination to meet with younger clergy. The Team intends to set up young vocations groups across the diocese and to work with churches and chaplaincies to nurture young vocations. For more contact Dave Young on or (0113) 256 6535.

Churches and groups may also wish to consider holding an activity which builds a bridge between communities. For more help and support contact Sharon Artley, Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Champion for HMD: 07773 181 773 or contact the Trust: 0845 838 1883

Diaryy Dates Your guide to events

in the Diocese of Ripon & Leeds

January 6



Epiphany Procession and Festal Eucharist, Ripon Cathedral, 10.30am, Epiphany Service of Carols and Readings, 6.30pm, Leeds Minster

Mothers' Union Trustee Commissioning Service, 1.30 pm, Ripon Cathedral. After six years, Carolyn Peulevé (pictured above, left) will be handing over to new Diocesan President, Ros Dobbin. Bishop John Packer will be commissioning Ros in her new role. All are welcome, members and non-members Ecumenical Plough Sunday Service at Ripon Cathedral. 2.30pm. Speaker Bishop James Bell. A service jointly organised by Andy Ryland, Rural Officer and Elizabeth Clark Rural officer for the Methodist church. Plough Sunday at St Mary’s Masham, 6.30pm


Reading & Speaking in Church, 7.30pm St James, Church Street, Wetherby LS22 6LP. Cost £5 per person or £10 per parish. Contact Carol Stenner on (0113) 200 0558 or carol.


Church website morning, 11am-1pm, Ripon and Leeds Diocesan Office, St Mary’s Street Leeds LS9 7DP. Free but participants must register at (see page 6)


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: ‘What does God require of us?’ Resources and information at


Narnia Experience meeting for anyone interested in taking part in this production, from Nov 25 to Dec 8. 7.30pm at the Cardigan Centre, Cardigan Rd, Leeds LS6 1LJ. More information at or 07888 7572264


Children and young people journeying in faith – a consultation about confirmation and Holy Communion. Holy Trinity Ripon, 9.15am – 1pm (sandwich lunch). And again on 29th, at the Diocesan Office, Leeds, LS9 7DP


Ripon Cathedral Wedding Show, 10.30an – 3.30pm, £2 entry


Poverty and Homelessness Action Week 2013 - Church Action on Poverty have prepared materials including Worship guides, including readings, prayers and hymns at


Holocaust Memorial Day – Survivor, 70 years from Aushwitz, a play by Kate Griffin at the Mirfield Centre, 4pm – 6pm. £5 including refreshments. Book via Rachael Salmon, (01924) 481920


Called to Lead. Evening for those under 30 wanting to explore ordination. Leeds University Chaplaincy, 7.30pm (see page 6) More info from Dave Young:


Treasuring the little people in God’s Story. An ecumenical evening for children’s workers and leaders of children’s liturgy to explore resources, ideas and good practice. 7.15pm, Gracious St. Methodist Church, Knaresborough. £7. Book via (0113) 261 8040 VII

Leeds approved premises seek new trustees Have you ever wondered what happens to offenders who leave prison with either a condition of residence or on post custody licence or people who are on community orders or bail? The answer is that many live in Approved Premises (which used to be called bail hostels). Two of these, Ripon House for women and Cardigan House for men, are independently managed by the Ripon and Leeds Diocesan Council for Social Concern, a registered charity. Most of the appointments are made by either the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds or by the Diocesan Council for Mission. Together found out more‌ Back in the late 19th century the Church of England Temperance Society (CETS) was formed in response to rampant poverty which often led to serious alcoholism. The work of CETS was closely linked with the courts and the work of the National Police Court Missions. Nearly 80 years ago the two missions bought Ripon House as a hostel for girls and Cardigan House for boys. Later they were transferred to the Church of England Council for Social Aid, formed when the two charities came together. In 1971 bail hostels were set up as an alternative to imprisonment and the two houses

became bail hostels for adult probationers. Today the hostels are run by a group of dedicated staff and supported by a Management Committee, with

a Board of Trustees responsible for the charity. Recently the charity was renamed the Council for Social Concern. The major work of the hostels is the rehabilitation of offend-

Moves and Appointments Venerable Janet Henderson, Archdeacon of Richmond; to be Dean of Llandaff Cathedral and Vicar of the Parish of Llandaff in the Diocese of Llandaff (Wales). Revd Myra Shackley, House for Duty Priest, Spofforth with Kirk Deighton; to be also Capitular Canon of Ripon Cathedral. VIII

Revd Yvonne Callaghan, Assistant Curate within the parishes of Middleham with Coverdale, East Witton and Thornton Steward; to be Vicar of the united parish of Easby with Skeeby and Bromptonon-Swale and Bolton-on-Swale Revd Alistair Kaye, Armley Deanery Missioner; to be Priest in Charge (Vicar designate) the Parish of St Luke

ers, particularly those addicted to drugs or alcohol. While this is the work of the trained staff, members of the Management Committee and Trustees inspect the premises to ensure that the houses are comfortable and that all the necessary safety procedures are in place. This gives opportunities to meet residents and learn first hand about the work being done. The Board of Trustees has vacancies and would like to recruit new members. If you are interested in joining either committee please contact the Trustee’s Secretary Mrs Susan Teet (0113) 2456772 or visit for more information. David Brighton Editor (0113) 2000540, email:Together John Carter Managing Editor (01423) 530369, email: Cost and delivery enquiries: Julie Milbourne, Ripon & Leeds Diocesan Office, (0113) 2000540

Beeston Hill and Holbeck with St Peter and St Cuthbert Hunslet Moor.

Together January 2013  

The monthly magazine from the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds

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