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9th April 2021 - Advice to parishes on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

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  • His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh - 10 June 1921 - 9 April 2021
  • A prayer on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
  • Remembering His Royal Highness Prince Philip - Church of England's online book of condolence is now open
  • Advice on Candles in Churches
  • Prayers and Liturgy for the dead of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
  • Advice on Flags
  • Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Advice on Bell Ringing
  • Statement from the Archbishop of York

19th March 2021

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  • 'And the Darkness shall not overcome it! The Children of Light festival launching Sunday
  • Howden pupils quiz Archbishop
  • Pray and Challenge - Bishop's response to death of York-Born Sarah Everard
  • RPAs - Ten Years on and still going strong!
  • Every time we do something to protect the planet, we bless our creator - Introducing the Diocesan Green Ambassador
  • Ring out the bells! An 'Outstanding Contribution to Ringing' awarded to young Roos bellringer
  • Thanksgiving for Jabs!
  • Breaking Day - a lockdown Passion Play bt Les Ellison - from York-based Riding Lights Theatre Company
  • Statistics for Mission 2020
  • Church of England Digital Lab Webinars
  • A Church Near You
  • Sunday Reflection with Carolyn Edwards, Diocesan Children and Youth Adviser
  • Re-opening Churches - top tips for encouraging safe giving
  • Making the best use of your Praish's Financial Assets
  • APCM information and resources
  • People on the move

5th March 2021

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  • 'And the Darkness shall not overcome it! The Children of Light festival to be launched on the 20th March
  • Archbishop of York's support for Archbishop of Canterbury's Statement regarding the Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria
  • To the Saints of the Diocese of York
  • 'Living Christ's Story' - Diocesan Consultations getting under way
  • Hymns to sing on Zoom
  • Burning down the house
  • Safeguarding and your Parish Website
  • Statistics for Mission 2020
  • Supporting Treasurers: Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers (ACAT)
  • Rural Church seminars grow out of 'lockdown' report
  • Church of England Digital Lab Webinars
  • A Church Near You
  • Sunday Reflection with the Bishop of Beverley
  • Giving and Mission: the Joy and the Challenge

19th February 2021 2021

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  • 'Living Christ's Story' - Diocesan Consultations getting under way
  • Jonny's the new Team Member for Mustard Seed
  • Bishop Humphrey Taylor RIP
  • Thanksgiving for Jabs!
  • 2020 was a very peculiar year - with some amazing Statistics for Mission!
  • The pipes, the pipes are calling - in Loftus
  • 'And the Darkness shall not overcome it! The Children of Light festival to be launched on the 20th March
  • Rural Church seminars grow out of 'lockdown' report
  • Church of England Digital Lab Webinars
  • A Church Near You
  • Sunday Reflection with the Vicar of St Mary's, Beverley
  • Equipping Generous Churches
  • York C of E Jobs: Director of Mission and Ministry
  • People on the Move

5th February 2021 2021

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  • 'Living Christ's Story' - overwhelming support for refreshed Diocesan Vision at Synod
  • Loneliness, food poverty and homelessness: Charity receives £22k funding to continue vital work
  • St Chad's goes Digital for Giving
  • #LiveLent 2021 church resources: God's Story, Our Story
  • 'And the Darkness shall not overcome it! The Children of Light festival to be launched on the 20th March
  • Rural Church seminars grow out of 'lockdown' report
  • Church of England Digital Lab Webinars
  • A Church Near You
  • Sunday Reflection with the Bishop of Saldanha Bay
  • PCCs and Charity Registration
  • Equipping Generous Churches
  • Statistics for Mission
  • Fees for Casual Duty and Occasional Offices
  • York C of E Jobs: PA to the Archdeacon of Cleveland

22nd January 2021

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  • And the darkness shall not overcome it! The Children of Light festival to be launched on the 20th March
  • Rural Church seminars grow out of 'lockdown' report
  • Farewell to walker, writer, fundraiser, teacher and Reader John Eckersley
  • Multiply Minister Kia Macpherson
  • Church of England Digital Lab Webinars
  • A Church Near You
  • Sunday Reflection with the Bishop of Whitby
  • PCCs and Charity Registration
  • Equipping Generous Churches
  • Statistics for Mission
  • Fees for Casual Duty and Occasional Offices
  • People on the Move

8th January 2021

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  • "Our Hope is Found..." Archbishop's New Year reflection series
  • Church of England Digital Lab Webinars
  • A Church Near You
  • To the Saints of the Diocese of York
  • Sunday Reflection with the Revd Dr Gavin Wakefield
  • Top Tips for Promoting the Parish Giving Scheme
  • Equipping Generous Churches
  • Peerage for Sentamu
  • 'Fantastic news' - Rector welcomes success for high street regeneration bid led by church member
  • Stories from Stepping Up: Lee-Anne Southon
  • Statistics for Mission
  • Fees for Casual Duty and Occasional Offices
  • Free Will Offer 2020: Thank You
  • People on the Move

11th December 2020

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  • Living Christ's Story - York Diocesan Synod Address November 2020
  • 'Distressing and Shameful' ~ Bishop Paul's comment on JRF Report 'Destitution in the UK 2020'
  • To the Saints of the Diocese of York
  • 'Churches are so much more than places of worship'
  • Free Will Offer 2021
  • Rural Teaching Partnership launched to build a fair education for pupils in rural communities
  • The Church bells will ring again at St Alban's Withernwick
  • East Riding on a Donkey - Archbishop of York's Christmas Card designed at Beeford Church of England Primary School
  • Ready for Christmas: Digital Giving and Christmas Fundraising
  • Resources for Advent and Christmas from the Education and Children and Youth team
  • Sunday Reflection with Vicar of Northallerton and Area Dean of Mowbray, the Revd Fiona Mayer-Jones
  • 'Hamper' of Christmas ideas for churches from the Church of England and the University of York
  • Beverley Minster Christingle Service 2020
  • 12 Days of Giving from the Ecclesiastical and the All Church Trust
  • Stories from Stepping Up: Kat Cross
  • Stories from Stepping Up: Chris Greenwood
  • Comfort and Joy
  • Family Fun Day at Wydale Hall
  • Leading Your Church into Growth
  • Occasional Offices reminder

27th November 2020

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  • Living in Love and Faith
  • Free Will Offer 2021
  • New Diocesan Warden of Readers
  • Ready for Christmas: Digital Giving and Christmas Fundraising
  • Resources for Advent and Christmas from the Education and Children and Youth team
  • Sunday Reflection with the Director of Making & Nurturing Disciples
  • Fraudulent Facebook account: Dr John Sentamu
  • 12 Days of Giving from the Ecclesiastical and the All Church Trust
  • Stories from Stepping Up: Laura Carlisle
  • Stories from Stepping Up: Tracy Thompson
  • Missional Rural Church Network
  • Occasional Offices reminder
  • Statistics for Mission 2020
  • People on the Move

13th November 2020

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  • Churches hold month of prayer during second lockdown
  • To the Saints of the Diocese of York from the Bishop of Whitby
  • Resources for Advent and Christmas from the Education and Children and Youth team
  • Sunday Reflection with the Archdeacon of York
  • Church of England publishes Living in Love and Faith resources as bishops call on Church to 'listen and learn together'
  • Saints and Holy Places of Yorkshire: A pilgrim's guide to God's Own County
  • Light before lockdown
  • Welcome to Holy Redeemer: Church wins the Lottery!
  • 12 Days of Giving from the Ecclesiastical and the All Church Trust
  • A lifetime for the community
  • Strensall Pumpkin Light Trail
  • Stories from Stepping Up: Val Oliver
  • Stories from Stepping Up: Dave Evans
  • SCIE conducting Independent Safeguarding Audit of Bishop Palace in November 2020
  • Faculty News
  • Statistics for Mission 2020
  • FAO All Clergy and PCC Members - Annual Reports and Accounts Submission - within 28 days of APCM being held

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