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See also The Briefing, which is issued on alternate Fridays in between The Journal.

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30th October 2020

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  • Season of Remembrance 2020 - York Minster's Day to Remember those who have died this year
  • Pandemic experience inspired art in church
  • October's Priestings - link to photo albums
  • 98th Archbishop takes his throne and reminds us of 'a set of ideas that are very dear to us'
  • Stories from Stepping Up: Chris Stringer
  • Stories from Stepping Up: Jane Cotterill
  • Churches providing free meals for children amid half-term holiday hunger fears
  • Email scam - Beware
  • SCIE to Conduct Independent Safeguarding Audit of Bishopthorpe Palace in November 2020
  • Parish Giving Scheme - now available
  • Faculty News
  • Statistics for Mission 2020
  • FAO All Clergy and PCC Members Annual Reports and Accounts Submission - within 28 days of APCM being held
  • Sunday Reflection with the Archbishop of York
  • Recognised Parish Assistant (RPA) Training with YSOM

16th October 2020

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  • A service of Evensong with the Enthronement of the Archbishop of York Sunday 18th October at York Minster
  • New Priests to serve in the Diocese of York
  • Email scam - beware
  • SCIE to Conduct Independent Safeguarding Audit of Bishopthorpe Palace in November 2020
  • Offering hope as we face a second wave - Archbishops' letter to bishops
  • 'Uncomfortable and challenging reading; there is much to learn'
  • Parish Giving Scheme - now available
  • Faculty News
  • The Mustard Seed Team is Growing!
  • Stories from Stepping Up: Sam Moore
  • Stories from Stepping Up: Phil Sainty
  • Statistics for Mission 2020
  • FAO All Clergy and PCC Members Annual Reports and Accounts Submission - within 28 days of APCM being held
  • Sunday Reflection with the Canon Missioner of York Minster

2nd October 2020

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  • Offering hope as we face a second wave - Archbishops' letter to Bishops
  • 'I pledge myself to working with you...' - Archbishop's first address to Diocesan Synod
  • Five new Readers and Twelve new Deacons - links to photo albums
  • Ordinations and Licensings 2020 - Watch them now!
  • Whitby Sisters welcome new Chaplain
  • This is what Jesus has given us to do
  • York University's new Chaplain arrives
  • Jobs - Digital Communications Officer, ACTS 435
  • Digital launch of 'Church Planting' and 'Mission on the Margins' tracks at St Hild College
  • FAO All Clergy and PCC Members Annual Reports and Accounts Submission - within 28 days of APCM being held
  • Sunday Reflection with the Archbishop of York
  • People on the Move

18th September 2020

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  • Archbishop ordains twelve Deacons to serve in the Diocese of York
  • A warm pool, a tea bag, and the beat of a drum: five new Readers for the Diocese of York
  • Revd Nicola Bown welcomed as Rector of St Mary's, Cottingham
  • Stepping Up begins in the Diocese of York
  • Generosity Week: Harvest
  • Reflections of a Giving Adviser
  • FAO All Clergy and PCC Members Annual Reports and Accounts Submission - with 28 days of APCM being held
  • The waiting's over! Wydale's back on the 1st October
  • Journey Through the Bible - SOLD OUT!
  • Survey: where do we go from here? Churches, communities & buildings during COVID and beyond
  • Sunday Reflection with the Bishop of Selby

4th September 2020

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  • The waiting's over! Wydale's back on the 1st October
  • I feel really blessed that God called me in Middlesbrough
  • Partnerships, People and Pews
  • Survey: Where do we go from here? Churches, communities & buildings during COVID and beyond
  • Stepping Up: Growing disciples in places where life is tough
  • Sunday Reflection with the Archbishop of York
  • 'By the Grace of God, I will' - Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, is interviewed by John Young
  • 'Being a Treasurer: The Basics' Online Training from the Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers (ACAT)
  • VACANCY: Part-Time Bank Chaplains (NHS)

21st August 2020

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  • Summer funding boost for Selby Abbey
  • Sherburn-in-Elmet Coronavirus Aid Group with the Bishop of Welby
  • Email scam - Beware
  • Sunday Reflection with the Canon Pastor at York Minster
  • Helping families Journey Through the Bible
  • #OnlineSafetyatHome ~ Simple 15-minute activities to do as a family
  • Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage announced
  • Words and Prayers for the week of the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
  • September 2020 Prayer Diary
  • Looking back on Come and See

7th August 2020

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  • Email Scam - Beware
  • The Gift of Humanity in Rural Ainsty
  • Archbishop Stephen's Seal used for the First Time
  • 'By the Grace of God, I will' - Stephen Cottrell is interviewed by John Young
  • Sunday Reflection with the Bishop of Selby
  • A big thank you!
  • Helping families Journey Through the Bible
  • Equipping Generous Churches: a Summer Training Programme
  • Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage announces
  • Words and Prayers for the week of the Ninth Sunday after Trinity
  • August 2020 Prayer Diary
  • Looking back on Come and See

24th July 2020

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  • Archbishop of York pays virtual homage to The Queen in historic first
  • Bishop of Hull reflects on the Mustard Seed in this weeks Sunday video reflection
  • Helping families Journey Through the Bible
  • Top Tips on Contactless Giving published
  • Equipping Generous Churches
  • Return of Parish Finance - end July deadline
  • Allchurches Trust Limited ~ new COVID-19 grants programme
  • Associate Team Leader wanted for Mustard Seed
  • Words and Prayers for the week of the Seventh Sunday after Trinity
  • August 2020 Prayer Diary
  • Holiday Club @ Home - Hope club 2020

17th July 2020

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  • Archbishop launches new weekly video reflection series
  • Return of Parish Finance - end July deadline
  • Allchurches Trust Limited ~ new COVID-19 grants programme
  • Equipping Generous Churches
  • Associate Team Leader wanted for Mustard Seed
  • Words and Prayers for the week of the Sixth Sunday after Trinity
  • August 2020 Prayer Diary
  • Holiday Club @ Home - Hope club 2020

10th July 2020

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  • Stephen Cottrell becomes 98th Archbishop of York
  • New Archbishop of York website is now live!
  • The Power of Prayer ~ Archbishop Stephen Cottrell takes to the air on this Sunday's online Church of England service
  • Mustard Seed: Church reaches out in places where life is tough
  • New ministries begin; Lay Worker licensing online for those to be ordained Deacon later this year
  • Words and Prayers for the week of the Fifth Sunday after Trinity
  • August 2020 Prayer Diary
  • Hull Minster's new Priest-in-Charge cycles to work... from Middlesbrough
  • Positively Rural ~ Being church in the light of Covid19
  • Equipping Generous Churches
  • Holiday Club @ Home - Hope club 2020
  • Looking back on Come and See

26th June 2020

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  • View the Confirmation of Election of Bishop Stephen Cottrell as the 98th Archbishop of York, Tuesday 9th July at 11.00 am
  • A Pastoral letter to the Diocese of York
  • The Chronicles of Narnia to be celebrated in stone on major Yorkshire parish church
  • Ordinations 2020: what's happening?
  • Selby Abbey's roof appeal receives widespread support
  • A warm - though distanced - welcome for the new Archdeacon of Cleveland
  • Words and Prayers for the week of the Third Sunday after Trinity
  • Generous Giving Team to launch e-news
  • Positively Rural ~ being church in the light of COVID19
  • Looking back on Come and See

12th June 2020

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  • O praise God in his Holiness - Thanksgiving and celebration for the Ministry as 97th Archbishop of York of Dr John Sentamu
  • Archbishop lays down his crozier on the high altar at York Minster as his last act as Archbishop of York
  • A pastoral letter to the Diocese of York from the Bishop of Whitby
  • A warm though distanced welcome for the new Archdeacon of Cleveland
  • Words and Prayers for the first Sunday after Trinity
  • Historic England COVID-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund
  • Confirmation of Election of Bishop Stephen Cottrell as the 98th Archbishop of York Thursday 9th July 2020
  • Generous Giving Team to launch new e-news
  • Leadership in Crisis ~ a blog from John Lee
  • Parish Finance for PCCs
  • 2019 Return of Parish Finance and Annual Report & Accounts - All PCC members

5th June 2020

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  • O praise God in his Holiness - Thanksgiving and celebration for the Ministry as 97th Archbishop of York of Dr John Sentamu
  • Thanks to the Diocese of York on my Departure
  • Thanks be to God; you go with our prayers and our love
  • Archbishop of York to preach in a national online service for Trinity Sunday
  • The 97th Archbishop of York: a look back to 2005
  • Easter Baptisms outside York Minster through the years
  • The 2016 Pilgrimage
  • Thousands celebrate as Holy Trinity becomes Hull Minster

29th May 2020

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  • Thanks be to God: you go with our prayers and our love
  • Archbishop of York to preach in Church of England national online service on 7th June
  • Pope delivers special message for Pentecost Sunday online service alongside Archbishops and Senior UK Church Leaders
  • Words and Prayers for Pentecost
  • Confirmation of Election of Bishop Stephen Cottrell as the 98th Archbishop of York. Thursday 9th July 2020
  • "The Other Side of the Boat" a new podcast for the Diocese of York
  • Living it up in the Lockdown: Christian Aid Week at St Laurance's
  • 'Love your Neighbours' ~ Practical outreach from Newton-on-Ouse
  • Stories of Hope from Scarborough
  • In at the Deep End ~ Tracy's first months in Scalby
  • An invitation from Good News For Everyone! (formerly GideonsUK)
  • A message of hope from all the children and families at Holy Nativity
  • Coronavirus, Church and You ~ Survey by York St John University
  • Resources from the Diocese of York
  • Looking back on Come and See

15th May 2020

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  • Coronavirus update
  • Archbishop of York to preach in Church of England national online service on 7th June
  • Prayer on the Sixth Sunday of Easter
  • Limited access to church buildings: Archbishop issues guidance
  • Churches lead in 'heart-warming' launch of Carlton and Villages Network
  • Archbishop leads House of Lords debate on Income Equality and Sustainability
  • Coronavirus, Church, and You ~ Survey by York St John University
  • Stories of Hope from Middlesbrough
  • Stories of Hope in Bridlington
  • Tell us all about it!
  • Bridging the Gap - meet the Deacons
  • Choir to sing weekly hymns for digital church services across the country
  • Resources from the Diocese of York
  • Your Churches - online!
  • Looking back on Come and See
  • One Voice York ~ Prayer about COVID Together

1st May 2020

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  • Were not our hearts burning within us
  • Prayer on the Fourth Sunday of Easter
  • Choir to sing weekly hymns for digital church services across the country
  • "A blank sheet of paper" - Getting into the future God is calling us to
  • What's been growing during Lockdown?
  • #GuerrillaGratitude
  • Generous Giving - is your church streaming online worship?
  • Prayer Diary May 2020
  • Resources from the Diocese of York
  • Your Churches - online!
  • Looking back on Come and See

17th April 2020

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  • Alleiluia! Christ is risen indeed!
  • Prayer on the Second Sunday of Easter
  • York Minster plans Memorial Service to comfort those bereaved by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • "Whatever the worst is, the best is yet to come" Archbishop's Easter message for the Diocese of York
  • Prayer Diary for May 2020
  • Resources from the Diocese of York
  • Coronavirus Job Protection Scheme (or 'furlough')
  • Your Churches - online!
  • Looking back on Come and See

9th April 2020

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  • Good Friday to Easter Day
  • Prayers for Maundy Thursday
  • York Minster's digital worship for Holy Week and Easter
  • Your Churches - online!
  • From the Archbishop of York and the Bishops of the Diocese of York in Holy Week
  • Resources from the Diocese of York
  • Coronavirus Job Protection Scheme (or 'furlough')
  • New faculty jurisdiction rules from April 2020
  • Looking back on Come and See

3rd April 2020

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  • Caring for Church BUildings during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak - advice for parishes
  • Streaming this Sunday...
  • Holy Week and Easter
  • York Minster's digital worship for Holy Week and Easter
  • Your Churches - online!
  • To the Parishes of the Diocese of York, from the Generous Giving Team
  • Resources from the Diocese of York
  • Looking back at the Come and See Mission

27th March 2020

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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches
  • Archbishops affirm Coronavirus advice; churches to remain closed
  • Services streaming this Sunday
  • Coronavirus update - Safeguarding Training
  • To the Parishes of the Diocese of York, from the Generous Giving Team
  • Resources from the Diocese of York
  • Looking back on the Come and See Mission

20th March 2020

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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches
  • Words and Prayers sheet
  • Archbishop of York to stream live Facebook prayers on Mothering Sunday
  • Archbishops call for Church of England to become radically different as public worship put on hold to help stem spread of coronavirus
  • Coronavirus update - Safeguarding Training
  • Streams in the Desert: churches take to the air during Coronavirus measuers
  • Coronavirus Generous Giving Update
  • Bishops back to school - a glimpse of the Come & See Mission
  • York pupils attend Duke and Duchess of Sussex's last official engagement as working royals

6th March 2020

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  • 1 Week to go until the #ComeandSeeMission
  • 30 Bishops to join the Archbishop of York in 'Come and See' Mission to the Diocese of York
  • Archbishop appoints new Archdeacon of Cleveland
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidence for churches
  • Major pilgrimage route to be launched; The Way of St Hild
  • Bishop's admiration for flood-stricken community
  • Churches swing into action as flooding hits the lower Aire
  • To the Saints of the Diocese of York
  • #LiveLent resources for schools and young people!
  • Governor vacancies

21st February 2020

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  • Come and See Mission
  • Archbishop of Canterbury pays tribute to the Archbishop of York
  • Yvonne Bowling is recognised as Chaplaincy Assistant
  • Community, Welcome and Friendship ~ St Peter's plans come together
  • Bishop Paul cuts the turf to return the Kirk to Kirkleatham
  • Stats for Mission 2019 - we're into the home straight!
  • 'Time to Change' at the Wellbeing Cafe at St Wilfrid's, Brayton
  • Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
  • #LiveLent: Care for God's Creation
  • APCMs
  • Churches asked to take part in new research study

7th February 2020

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  • Come and See Mission
  • Anonymous Donor gives up £5.9m to help Belfrey's building project
  • Three Weeks to go - Adding your parish's 2019 data to the national C of E picture
  • A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Ministry of the Revd Dr David Efird
  • Follow Mustard Seed on Social Media!
  • Superstar bishop on song
  • Supporting Treasurers - ACAT
  • York C of E Jobs - Director of Music @ Selby Abbey

EXTRA: Stats for Mission Special!

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24th January 2020

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  • Add your events to the Come and See website!
  • The Star of David i 600 Candles ~ York Minster's commemoration for International Holocaust Memorial Day
  • The latest in a distinguished line ~ Dedication of the High Steward's Panel at Selby Abbey
  • How can we lead our churches into giving generously?
  • Love Driffield: Searching for new premises
  • 'A most varied Ministry' ~ Mission to Seafarers, South Tees, seeks volunteers

10th January 2020

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  • Stepping Out... a week of volunteering with Harry Pearson
  • Complete your part of the big picture by the end of January ~ Statistics for Mission!
  • Could you lead Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland?
  • Faith and the Environment ~ A talk by Dr Carmody Gray
  • That was the year: highlights of 2019...
  • New appointments in 2019

Welcoming the next Archbishop of York

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  • Bishop Stephen Cottrell
  • Prayer on the announcement of the Archbishop of York Designate
  • Prayer for Archbishop Sentamu
  • Greeting Bishop Stephen as Archbishop of York Designate at York Minster (photos)
  • Bishop Stephen speaks about his appointment as the next Archbishop of York
  • Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell in Conversation